The 5 Best Foam Mattresses For Those On A Budget

by Jen | Last Updated: June 16, 2017

Jane here, guys! We recently changed the mattress in our master bedroom. I hate spending money needlessly but it was getting pretty clear that we needed a brand new one. A huge red flag is when you’re waking up sore from sleeping even if you weren’t sore in the first place!

As you can imagine, I scoured the Internet and home furniture shops looking for the best foam mattress ever. I’ve shared in multiple articles about my bad back and our love affair with memory foam so it’s not entirely surprising that we ended up with such a mattress.

And before you ask, nope, your memory foam mattress won’t remember that you don’t like Mondays, that you like to be woken by the gentle sound of birdsong at a reasonable hour, and you take your coffee with milk and two sugars.

But, with a memory foam mattress, you can benefit from the comfort, support, and improved relaxation that comes from a mattress which “remembers” how your body naturally positions in sleep. It contours itself to that position and displaces pressure along the length of the body.

Because of this, memory foam mattresses are particularly good for people who suffer from hip and back pain (me!), which can be aggravated by trying to adjust your position, night after night, on either a relatively inflexible box spring mattress or a too-soft cushion.

Just a quick reminder though that if you’re buying “memory” anything, there will most likely be off-gassing (that strange ‘new car’ smell) at first. Just read our tips for getting rid of the smell faster.

Your mattress is the most important part of your bed – and the most expensive. Have a look at our handy reviews and make sure you make the right choice for a good night’s sleep.

Top 5 Best Budget Foam Mattress

RANKMATTRESSPRICERATING
5Best Price 12"$$$7
4Lucid 10" Gel$$8
3Signature Sleep Memoir 8"$8
2Zinus Sleep Master$$9
1Zinus 12" Green Tea$$9.5

#5: Best Price 12” Memory Foam Mattress

Best Price Mattress 12 Inch Memory Foam Mattress - Queen

Featuring a body conforming pressure relief system, this Best Price mattress is both soft and firm being that the top comfort layer is soft and thin but the rest of the mattress is firm.

It is comparable to a soft pillow top mattress. In the beginning, after it has first puffed up, the mattress will be very soft but it will eventually firm up more after a few days.

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This is a good mattress for its price. However, if you find that you don’t like it after you’ve take it out of its packaging and it has puffed up, you won’t be able to return it and you’ll be out a couple of hundred bucks.

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Best Price Mattress 12 Inch Memory Foam Mattress - Queen
  • Amazing comfort from body conforming memory foam; Height : 12 inch
  • Feel like you are floating on a cloud; no pressure points; deeper sleep
  • Mattress layers: 2.5 inches Memory foam, 3 inches super soft foam with pressure relief system and 6.5 inches High density foam

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#4: Lucid 10” Gel Memory Foam Mattress

LUCID 10 Inch 2019 Gel Memory Foam Mattress - Medium Firm Feel - CertiPUR-US Certified (Queen)

With gel technology cooling and a moisture-wicking system to absorb night time perspiration, this memory foam mattress regulates your body temperature for a cool, comfortable night’s sleep.

The mattress comes compressed flat for ease of shipping, and is designed to slowly rise to its normal level. It usually behaves as intended but there are a number of cases where the decompression is uneven – even after a few days.

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Depending on the sale price, this Lucid mattress is an even more affordable mattress than the Best Price one above.

LUCID 10 Inch 2019 Gel Memory Foam Mattress - Medium Firm Feel - CertiPUR-US Certified (Queen)
  • This dual-layer mattress combines 2.5 inch gel infused, ventilated memory foam surface + 7.5 inch high density foam base for a MEDIUM-FIRM...
  • Gel infused memory foam regulates temperature while conforming to the body to ease pressure points
  • Temperature-regulating, moisture-controlling TENCEL blend fabric cover creates a comfortable air layer

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#3: Signature Sleep Memoir 8” Mattress

Signature Sleep Memoir 8' Memory Foam Mattress, Twin

A basic memory foam mattress at a crazy cheap price that’s just a fraction of the cost of the other mattresses on this list. The Sleep Memoir features a dense foam core for durability topped with memory foam for added comfort.

It is a firm yet comfy mattress although it does tend to get quite hot.

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If you’re looking for a cheap, comfy, basic mattress, maybe for a vacation home or the spare room, this is definitely the one you want.

Signature Sleep Memoir 8" Memory Foam Mattress, Twin
  • One 2" layer of Memory Foam on top followed by a 6" layer of high density foam, the Memory Foam molds to the body's natural shape
  • Foam in this mattress is made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants, ozone depleters, mercury, lead and heavy metals....
  • Ideal as a bunk bed mattress, daybed mattress and trundle mattress

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#2: Zinus Sleep Master Ultima 8″

Zinus 8 Inch Ultima Memory Foam Mattress / Pressure Relieving / CertiPUR-US Certified /...]

An averagely priced conforming memory foam mattress, the Zinus is comfortable but could do with being a little firmer.

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This is a good budget mattress for when you’re in a period of your life that you can’t shell out big bucks for a Tempur one.

Zinus 8 Inch Ultima Memory Foam Mattress / Pressure Relieving / CertiPUR-US Certified /...
  • INSPIRED BY NATURE - Wholesome and natural ingredients, like green tea and moisture-absorbing charcoal work wonders in a mattress! And...
  • PRESSURE-RELIEVING FOAMS - 2 inches conforming memory foam, 2 inches airflow-enhancing comfort foam, and 4 inches durable, high density base...
  • CERTIPUR US CERTIFIED - Highest quality foam is CertiPUR US Certified for durability, performance, and content

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#1: Zinus 12” Green Tea Mattress

Zinus 12 Inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress / CertiPUR-US Certified / Bed-in-a-Box / Pressure...

While you can’t drink this mattress it does have green tea extract and castor oil added to it, to help keep it fresh, and combat bacteria, without causing the strong chemical odor that many people associate with memory foam.

It offers conforming pressure relief, and is medium-firm, which will suit most people’s comfort needs.

This is America’s number 1 bestseller for mattresses and I believe this is because of the unbeatable price (have you seen the price tags on Tempur-pedics??) and the high satisfaction ratings from buyers.

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A reasonably priced mattress with several benefits. Definitely worth buying if you’re looking for the master bedroom.

Zinus 12 Inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress / CertiPUR-US Certified / Bed-in-a-Box / Pressure...
  • The right combination- Our special recipe for rejuvenating rest. Refreshing green tea and moisture-absorbing Activ charcoal infused into...
  • Pressure-relieving foams- 3 inches conforming memory foam, 2 inches soft, airflow enhancing comfort foam, and 7 inches durable, high density...
  • Certipur US certified- Highest quality foam is Certipur US certified for durability, performance, and content

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