How Much Does a Mattress Cost?

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how much does a mattress cost?

How Much Does a Mattress Cost?

There’s no one-size-fits-all price tag for a quality mattress. You can spend as little as $250 and as much as $3,500+ on a new bed. Many factors contribute to a bed’s price: the mattress size, materials used, country of manufacture, and more.

Because there is so much variance in price from size to size and material to material, it can be difficult to get a basic grasp of a price range to expect. For a quick estimate, it’s helpful to compare price ranges for each category of mattress.

Average Mattress Cost by Category:

Mattress Category Description Price Range Average Price (Queen) Average Price (Twin)
Budget Affordable beds, typically all-foam or innerspring construction using basic materials. $250-$1,000 $600 $400
Mid-Range Mid-range beds, usually all-foam, innerspring, or hybrid using quality materials. $500-$1,500 $1,000 $600
Luxury Luxurious beds; mostly hybrid and latex construction using high-end materials. $1,200-$3,000+ $1,800 $1,300

 

Average Mattress Cost by Material:

Mattress Category Description Price Range Average Price (Queen) Average Price (Twin)
Innerspring Affordable beds, typically all-foam or innerspring construction using basic materials. $500-$1,200+ $1,050 $600
All-Foam Mid-range beds, usually all-foam, innerspring, or hybrid using quality materials. $250-$1,200+ $1,050 $500
Latex Luxurious beds; mostly hybrid and latex construction using high-end materials. $1,000-$2,500+ $2,000 $1,100
Hybrid Hybrid beds combine traditional metal coils with layers of foam materials, to create a good blend of comfort and support. $1,000-$3,000+ $2,050 $1,150

Factors Influencing Mattress Price

A wide variety of factors can contribute to the overall cost of a new bed. The most significant ones are:

Material & Construction: Perhaps the biggest cost factor for a new bed are the materials used, and the quality and craftsmanship that goes into making the mattress. Hybrid beds (which have both innerspring coils and foam) are typically more expensive than all-foam models. And beds made from luxury or specialty materials, such as latex, are also pricier than standard memory foam. Even all-foam beds can have a significant amount of variance in price, depending on the type of foam used. Polyfoam is relatively inexpensive, while memory foam and specialty materials such as copper-infused memory foam can add to the cost of a bed.

Mattress Size: The price of a mattress will scale directly with the size. Smaller beds, such as Twins, generally cost about half as much as large King size beds. Less popular bed sizes, including California King and Twin XL are also slightly more expensive than similarly sized mattresses in more traditional sizes. Refer to the table above to get an idea of mattress prices by size.

Online vs. In-Person: While it may seem logical to purchase a mattress in a brick-and-mortar store where you can test it out, it will almost always be more expensive to go this route. A Consumer Reports investigation found that local mattress stores were selling mattresses at markups of up to 900% – which means customers were paying $3,000 for a mattress that cost about $300 to make. Online mattress retailers have far lower overhead costs, and are able to sell at much smaller margins. By shopping for a mattress online, you can save a good amount of money.

Warranty & Return Terms: Most new beds come with some sort of warranty, and most manufacturers also offer some sort of return policy. The details of these policies can influence the initial purchase cost, with longer warranties typically adding some cost to your initial purchase price.

Additional Costs for a New Mattress

The initial purchase price of a mattress is the biggest expense, but it’s not the only one. There are some extra expenses that you’ll want to budget for:

Shipping & Setup Costs: Depending on where you buy your mattress, you may have to cover the cost of shipping, in-home delivery and/or setup. If not included in the purchase price, expect to spend $50-$100 on shipping, and even more on white-glove in-home delivery. Some companies even offer removal of your old bed, for an additional fee. Many online companies now offer free shipping, so make sure to shop around.

Foundations & Accessories: Beyond the initial mattress purchase, you’ll also need to consider the cost of any accessories you will need. A foundation/box spring can be a major cost, and even small things like bedding can add up. The cost of these items varies significantly, but as with mattresses themselves, accessory prices tend to scale with the mattress size you purchase (so King accessories will cost significantly more than Twin). Likewise, odd sizes like California King and Twin XL are more difficult to find accessories for, and many options are more expensive for these sizes.

Warranty & Returns: Some mattress warranties – as well as return policies – have expenses associated with them. For instance, some manufacturers require the customer to pay for return shipping during a warranty claim, or there may be “restocking” fees associated with a product return. Be sure to check the terms of each policy before purchasing.

How to Get a Good Deal on a New Bed

  1. Buy Online – In the majority of cases, purchasing a bed online will be cheaper than going to a local mattress store.
  2. Consider Durability – Buying a cheaper bed may save you money initially, but you may have to replace it sooner. Consider the durability and overall quality of your new bed to save money in the long run.
  3. Comparison Shop – There are hundreds of mattress companies competing for your business. Doing some comparison shopping between several brands can help you get a great deal on a quality product.
  4. Shop During Holiday Sales – Many mattress companies run attractive sales during various holidays throughout the year. President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Black Friday are all great times of year to score a good deal.
  5. Invest in Your Health – Lastly, remember that a quality mattress can have a huge impact on your health and happiness. Therefore, you don’t want to cut corners. It’s worthwhile to spend a bit more to get a quality bed that will be comfortable and last a long time.