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The days can be long when you’re not getting the sleep you need.

If you’re tossing and turning because of a mattress that’s seen better days, upgrading seems like a simple solution.

But it’s not as easy as it sounds when you’re on a tight budget.

Other mattress reviews focus exclusively on high-end beds that are out of reach financially for most folks, but not this one.

If you need a hand finding the best mattress with a price you like, this mattress review is taking a closer look at quality queen beds that can be purchased online and delivered right to your door for under $300.

Don’t believe me? Let’s get started — better sleep awaits.

Linenspa 8-Inch Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress

Best Queen Mattress Under $300

Highlights

  • Medium-firm support
  • Lightweight for easy setup
  • Low-profile
  • CertiPUR-certified
  • 10-year limited warranty

Recommended for a dorm or guest room, this ultra-affordable hybrid mattress by Linenspa is a refreshing combination of cozy and firm.

It features a sturdy, 6-inch coil base for medium-firm support. But unlike most bargain mattresses, it has a plush, 1.5-inch CertiPUR-certified memory foam top layer that contours to the body for excellent pressure relief.

Edge support is firm on all sides of the bed, and it sleeps cooler than memory foam alone. The feel is ideal for both side sleepers and stomach sleepers alike, making it a best mattress for accommodating guests with any sleep preference.

The Linenspa’s low-profile design is perfect for pairing with a tall bed frame that creates valuable under bed storage space.

For occasional guests or daily use by a child or young adult, other reviews suggest this hybrid mattress is a superb value. We agree. For the price, you couldn’t ask for more.

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Pros

  • Sleeps Cool
  • Firm Edge Support
  • Exceptional Price

Cons

  • Low Coil Count
  • Thin Comfort Layer
  • Considerable Motion Transfer

Ashley Furniture Signature Design – 12-Inch Chime Express Memory Foam Mattress

Best For Back Pain

Highlights

  • Top to bottom foam construction
  • No-flip design
  • Hypoallergenic
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 10-year warranty

Ashley knows furniture, and they’ve poured their heart into this better-than-basic foam mattress. The multi-layer core combines polyfoam of different densities to provide superior support and align the spine while the 2-inch memory layer relieves painful pressure points. For stomach sleepers, it’s like floating on a cloud.

Motion transfer is minimal so two can sleep soundly — reviews rave say it’s much-needed relief from partners who toss and turn. Materials inside and out are CertiPUR-US certified and hypoallergenic — that’s good news for allergy sufferers.

The Chime arrives compressed and neatly boxed — but it feels far less like a bed-in-a-box than a high-end showroom mattress. Backed by a 10-year warranty, you can expect long-lasting comfort. If you’re in the market for the best mattress for deep pressure relief, this is the combination of quality and price you’ve been waiting for.

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Pros

  • Firm but gentle support
  • Excellent motion transfer control
  • Ideal pressure relief

Cons

  • Cover fabric is slippery
  • Sleeps warm
  • Tall for some sleepers

Molblly 10-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Highlights

  • Gel memory foam top
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified
  • ISPA certified
  • 10-year warranty

If you like the soft feeling of a foam mattress, but it sleeps too hot, consider this gel memory mattress from Molblly. It features the same breathable, high-density support foam found in several of our best mattresses, but with a cooling gel memory layer on top.

Reviews across the board agree the support level is a little firmer than advertised, yet optimally balanced for both side sleepers and stomach sleepers. Gel memory mattresses are the best cooling beds for warm climates, so ditch the high air conditioning bills and invest in this Molblly instead.

Multiple independent certifications guarantee you’re sleeping on high-quality, non-toxic materials. And unlike mattresses that can be tough to keep clean, the Molblly comes with a removable, machine washable cover. Breakfast in bed with the kids and the dog is no problem! For the price, it may give you your best sleep ever.

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Pros

  • Controls motion transfer
  • Removable, machine washable and hypoallergenic cover
  • Guaranteed safe, non-toxic construction

Cons

  • Significant off-gassing
  • Firmer feel than advertised
  • Little edge support

Ashley Furniture Signature Design – 12 Inch Chime Express Hybrid

Best Design

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Pros

  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Superb edge support
  • Compatible with all bases and frames including adjustable beds

Cons

  • More off-gassing than expected
  • Limited 1-year warranty
  • Non-removable cover

Highlights

  • Firm support
  • No-flip design
  • Sleeps cool
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Matching box spring available

Ashley’s done it again with the Chime Express Hybrid. The base contains 680 individually wrapped coils for maximum support and motion transfer control. If you’re worried about feeling springs under your hips and shoulders, don’t be. Covered with upholstery-grade support foam plus a soothing layer of lumbar-supporting gel memory foam, you’ll never feel them. It’s a stellar blend of cooling comfort and pressure relief.

The Chime Express is also among the best mattresses for edge support. Lesser brands use uncomfortable metal bars that can sag over time. But Ashley went the extra mile and added two rows of 13-gauge coils along the entire perimeter of the mattress to offer superior stability when you’re sitting on the side of the bed.

Side sleepers who like a soft feel might prefer the Ashley Chime foam mattress. But the Chime Hybrid’s firm surface makes it among the best mattresses for stomach sleepers. Only a few of the best mattresses on our list are as packed with high-end features for the price. You’ll sleep like a baby.


Flash Furniture Capri Comfortable Sleep 12-Inch Pocket Spring and Foam Mattress

Best Price

Highlights

  • Medium-firm support
  • High-density polyfoam comfort layer
  • No-flip design
  • 5-year warranty
  • Value-priced

Three hundred dollars can buy a lot of mattress. But if your budget is more modest or you just want to outfit a guest room without breaking the bank, give this innerspring and foam mattress from Flash Furniture a try.

It’s not as plush feeling as a deep foam mattress, but it’s plenty supportive and has a cushiony top layer for comfort and pressure relief. Individually pocketed coils work independently to control motion transfer and edge support is solid.

The Capri isn’t the best mattress for everyone. The 6.5 gauge coils aren’t robust enough for daily use for larger adults, and it won’t stand up to kids using it as a trampoline. If you’re looking for a bed for long-term use, there may be more durable choices. Still, it’s medium-firm support level meets most sleepers’ needs, so for the price, it’s hard to beat for guest use. It’s comfort far surpasses what fold-out furniture offers. It’s a best mattress for overall value.

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Pros

  • Pocketed coils for superior motion isolation
  • Excellent edge support
  • Convenient side handles

Cons

  • Not CertiPUR-US certified
  • Light-duty 6.5 gauge springs
  • Takes longer than average to return to shape after it’s unpacked

Zinus 12-Inch Green Tea Foam Mattress

Best Quality

Highlights

  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Infused with green tea extract for freshness
  • Design encourages air circulation
  • 10-year warranty
  • Compatible with adjustable bed frames

Zinus believes everyone deserves a good night’s sleep, and they show it with this thoughtfully designed memory foam mattress. It begins with two layers of supportive, high-density polyfoam followed by a two-inch comfort layer. Three inches of ache-soothing memory foam on top is the icing on the cake. On a firmness scale of 1 to 10, consumer reviews rate it between 5 and 7.

What’s the Zinus’s claim to fame? Foam mattresses sleep warmer than conventional styles and over time, body odors can build. In addition to first-class comfort, the Zinus is infused with green tea and activated carbon that help keep the mattress smelling fresh. It’s a surprising feature for the price.

Reviews mention that that like all pure foam mattresses, off-gassing is an issue. But with the freshness factor and CertiPUR-US certification, you can be confident it’s not harmful to your health. And as part of Zinus’s commitment to the environment, some of the petroleum products typically used in a foam mattress have been replaced with sustainable plant-based oils. How great is that? It’s among the best mattresses for those who want to minimize their environmental impact.

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Pros

  • Made of environmentally friendly materials
  • Offers superior pressure relief
  • Soft knitted jacquard cover resists moisture

Cons

  • Sleeps warm
  • Significant off-gassing
  • Limited edge support

Secretland 10-inch Pocket Spring Hybrid Mattress

Best Budget-Friendly

Highlights

  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified
  • Heavy metal- and fiberglass-free
  • 10-year warranty
  • Compatible with adjustable bed frames

Hybrids are among the best mattresses for sleepers who need pressure relief, but want firmer support than a typical foam mattress offers. This model by Secretland is no exception.

The base is constructed of independently pocketed coils for a firm feel and superb motion isolation. Breathable layers of both memory and traditional foam serve as a type of pillow top. More than 85-percent of reviews agree the overall support level is medium-firm. Its a top pick for both side and stomach sleepers.

Despite the foam content in this mattress, it sleeps cool. The tufted dual-knit cover breathes well and stays securely in place. The Secretland is among the best mattresses for anyone wanting the firm support of coils and the motion transfer control of foam.

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Pros

  • Individually-wrapped coils minimize noise and motion transfer
  • Breathable knit cover resists moisture
  • Firm edge support

Cons

  • Thinner-than-average comfort layers
  • Lacks side handles
  • Non-removable cover

PrimaSleep Wave Gel-infused Foam Mattress

Best For Deep Sleep

Highlights

  • Durable, high-density foam base
  • Superior pressure relief
  • Designed for optimal cooling
  • Soft yet supportive
  • Compatible with all bed frames

For the best cooling mattress with a price under $300, look no further than the PrimaSleep Wave. Triple-layer gel memory and conventional foam construction offer exceptional pressure relief without sacrificing support.

If you live a warm climate, the ventilated base layers, breathable cover and gel-infused foam will keep you cool on sweltering nights. The gel also serves to reduce the stuck feeling you get when you want to change positions on deep-sinking foam. If you have back pain, give the Wave a second look.

The Wave is not CertiPUR-US certified, so on paper, it doesn’t seem as attractive as other brands. But among the models on our list, it’s the best memory foam mattress for off-gassing. More than a few reviews exclaim, “There’s No Stink!” Sometimes, the proof is in the pudding.

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Pros

  • Minimal off-gassing
  • Smooth exterior profile
  • Thick cooling gel layer

Cons

  • Lacks CertiPUR-US certification
  • Limited edge support
  • Non-removable cover

LUCID 10-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Best Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Highlights

  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Latex-free
  • Cooling gel-infused
  • 10-year warranty
  • No-flip design

If you want to give memory foam a try, but worry it will be too soft or too warm — this top-quality bed by LUCID may be the best mattress for you. Although it’s billed as having a medium feel, reviews suggest it has the firmness and edge support you might expect from a traditional innerspring mattress.

The 7.5-inch base is constructed of top-quality, high-density foam for firmness. But it’s also topped with 2.5 inches of lush memory foam that’s both pin ventilated and gel-infused for maximum cooling power. Turn down the AC; you won’t need it.

Made of safe, quality materials throughout and backed by a 10-year warranty, you can sleep confidently knowing your investment will last. Its a great mattress for a phenomenal price.

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Pros

  • Balanced support and pressure relief
  • Breathable TENCEL cover controls moisture
  • Excellent temperature regulation

Cons

  • Firmer than advertised
  • No side handles
  • Non-removable cover

Zinus Ultima Comfort 8-Inch Foam Mattress

Best Comfortable Design

Highlights

  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Low-profile
  • Latex-free
  • Worry-free 10-year warranty
  • Works with all bed frames

Low profile foam mattresses fit almost anywhere, but they can also lack the support thicker mattresses offer. Not so with this 8-inch marvel from Zinus!

Most mattress reviews leave out models like this because many aren’t as comfortable as their deeper counterparts, but this one is an exception. If your space calls for a thin mattress, the Zinus’s 4-inch high-density foam base and two layers of comfort foam provide it without sacrificing comfort.

Made of quality materials throughout and backed by a worry-free 10-year warranty, the Zinus is proof that good things can come in small packages.

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Pros

  • Supportive yet soft
  • Smooth finish
  • Made with durable, environmentally friendly materials

Cons

  • Moderate off-gassing
  • No side handles
  • Sleeps warm

Why Buy a Queen Mattress Online for $300

Online Mattresses are a Better Value

If you’re on a budget, a furniture showroom is no place to buy the best mattress. From store to store, most models come from the same few factories online sellers use — only the labels, the cover fabrics, and the prices differ.

Are there advantages to buying from a store? There can be. If it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for a bed, a showroom allows you to try different types of mattresses. Consumer reviews can tell you a lot about what to expect from popular styles, but there’s nothing like taking one for a test drive. The difference in feel between older and newer mattresses may surprise you. Bed technology has come a long way.

But brick and mortar retailers also have overhead to cover. The cost of their swanky displays and so-called “free” delivery are all rolled into the higher price you pay. Add notoriously high sales commissions, and you could spend hundreds, perhaps thousands more for the same mattress you can buy online for a fraction of the price.

They’re Ideal for Nomads

There’s nothing more frustrating than investing in a forever mattress, only to discover a year later that it won’t fit into your new third floor digs. Conventional mattresses with box springs were once the gold standard for comfort, but they’re not flexible. Squeezing them through narrow staircases and small doorways can be next to impossible.

Mattresses of all types are also heavy and bulky, making them among the most cost-prohibitive items to move long distances. It’s less expensive to replace most mattresses than to move them cross-country.

If you’re staying in your current home for a while, it makes sense to buy the best mattress you can afford. But if you plan to relocate within a few years, a model with a lower price tag will do the trick.

They’re Perfect for Guests

Fold-out furniture and inflatable air beds are fine for surprise sleepovers, but they’re not ideal for regular guests. Buying a good quality queen mattress online is an inexpensive way to give your visitors a more comfortable night’s sleep without overspending. The best mattresses for a guestroom are those that appeal to the broadest range of your family and friends. A medium-firm bed works well for both side and stomach sleepers.

More Space Equals More Comfort

Full mattresses are good for singles, but for two, they’re cramped. Motion transfer from a partner who tosses and turns all night can keep you from getting the rest you deserve. And there’s never quite enough room to feel completely relaxed.

Upgrading to a queen size mattress costs a few dollars more, but if it helps you get the quality sleep you deserve, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Things to Consider When Buying a Queen Mattress Online for Less Than $300

Returns

Returning a mattress to a vendor hundreds of miles away is a tall order. Just a few years ago, if you bought a bed online and didn’t like it, too bad. Your only choices were to take a financial loss or spend hundreds to ship it back.

Today, returning an online mattress is easy as long as you’re clear on the terms. Most returns are free, but you’ll still have to pack it up for shipping or wait for a pickup. Home pickup is the easiest option for returns — wrangling a queen size memory foam mattress back into the box it came in feels like wrestling with an octopus. Most vendors use local agents to pick up returns for recycling or donation to charity.

Warranty or Trial Period

A free trial period serves as insurance against a mattress that’s not a good fit for you, but it’s a double-edged sword. Recognizing that buyers need time to adjust to the feel of a new mattress, some makers insist you use it for the full trial period before they’ll give you your money back.

Warranties differ from company to company and details matter. Read them twice and pay close attention to the fine print. In the $300 price range, warranties that require you ship the mattress back to the manufacturer are no bargain.

VOC Odor – Off Gassing

Nearly all mattresses contain petroleum-based foam products. Others, like memory foam mattresses, are chemically enhanced.

After manufacturing, even the best foam mattress will exude low-levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Unfortunately, the protective plastic sheeting a mattress is wrapped in for shipping traps VOCs. When you unwrap it at home, the chemical odor — known as off-gassing — can be strong. Even a coil mattress with a foam top can be expected to off-gas.

While it’s generally considered harmless, off-gassing can cause mild respiratory irritation. Allowing the mattress to breathe in a well-ventilated room usually resolves odors, but if you’re sensitive to chemicals, buying a CertiPUR-US-certified mattress can help.

CertiPUR-US is a voluntary testing and certification program for the polyurethane foams used in mattresses. Certified foams have been independently laboratory tested and are guaranteed to be:

  • Low VOC — less than 0.5 parts per million

  • Formaldehyde-, flame retardant- and heavy metal-free

  • Made without regulated phthalates or ozone-depleting chemicals

Material Quality

Material quality can make or break a mattress, and in general, you get what you pay for. But not every circumstance calls for spending top dollar. Manufacturers strive for a balance between quality and price to offer mattresses that fit every need. Before buying, consider yours carefully. For long-term daily use, splurging for a higher quality mattress is best. For a guest room or for temporary use, a less expensive model might do.

Smaller Selection, Fewer Bonus Features

The less you can afford to spend on a mattress, the more limited the selection will be. Budget-friendly queen size mattresses have fewer comfort features such as cooling gel and pillow tops, but you still find a model that’s comfortable and supportive. Focus on finding one with the features that matter most to you.

Online Queen Mattress Features

Dimensions

A queen size mattress measures 60 x 80 inches. That’s a generous 6 inches wider and 5 inches longer than a standard full size.

For tall sleepers, a queen size mattress represents a significant upgrade in comfort. Full-size mattresses are the same length as twins, but queens are as long as kings. You get the most for your money with a queen size without buying more bed than you need. For most couples, a queen offers plenty of room to stretch out and relax while leaving enough space for nightstands and to move around the bed.

Temperature

Cheap memory foam mattresses are more likely to sleep hot. Better versions are designed with ventilated cores for improved air circulation. And newer models use advanced phase-change materials that dissipate body heat. These features cost a few dollars more, but they’re more than bells and whistles. They can make a mattress markedly more comfortable, so they’re worth the spend.

Pillow Top

Nothing beats the comfort of memory foam, but if you love the traditional innerspring feel, a pillow top coil mattress might be the solution. Pillow tops have an extra comfort layer built into the top of the mattress.

There are two styles — traditional and euro top. With the traditional style, the added layer is visible and appears stitched to the top of the bed. Extra padding on a euro top sits flush to the edge of the mattress, giving it a sleek, uniform appearance.

Comfort layers are made with a wide range of materials from polyfill like you’d find in a pillow to memory and gel memory foam. Choose the style that best fits your décor and comfort needs, but the additional materials add to the price of the mattress. Expect to pay a little more, but what is a good night’s sleep worth? Mattresses with pillow tops can rotated, but not flipped.

Desired Firmness

Mattress makers use different ways to describe their products’ firmness. Some use a numerical scale that equates to firmness levels from “very soft” to “very firm.” Others use general, subjective terms like medium or hard. While the perception of support varies somewhat between sleepers, determining general firmness is a surprisingly scientific process.

For an innerspring or hybrid mattress, firmness is a matter of coil gauge and density. The thicker the springs and the higher the coil count, the firmer it is. For memory foam, support level is determined by the Indentation Load Deflection, or ILD test.

ILD is performed on a 15 x 15 x 4-inch piece of foam. A 50 square inch circular press applies pressure to the center section, measuring how many pounds of pressure it takes to compress it by 25 percent. Ratings range from 14 to 44 — the higher the rating, the firmer the foam feels.

ILD testing is just one of many tools mattress makers use to give buyers an idea of how firm a mattress will be. But other variables ultimately affect performance. Because memory foam mattresses distribute weight more evenly than coil types, firm foams may feel softer than expected if you have only an innerspring mattress to compare it to. Firmness is best evaluated among similar materials.

Edge Support

How a mattress’s edges are constructed determines how supportive the sides are. Better innerspring mattresses have foam-wrapped coils extending all the way to the margin for support. Cheaper models are rimmed with steel bars that feel rigid and detract from the feeling of an otherwise cloud-like surface.

Memory foam mattresses have no metal components to sag, so they’re a dream from side to side. But first-time users complain that they have no discernible borders, making it easy roll out of bed. Sitting on the side of the mattress to put your slippers on in the morning is tough, and rising from such a soft surface takes effort.

If you need firm edges, a coil or hybrid model with foam encasement is your best bet. If you want every square inch of your sleep surface to be equally soft and forgiving, think foam.

Movement and Motion Transfer

Motion transfer reflects how much energy is transmitted through a mattress when users move. It depends in large part on the materials a mattress is made with.

If you throw a stone in a pond of water, you’ll see ripples on the surface. Throw the same stone in mud, and because it’s denser, it absorbs more kinetic energy, and you see less movement. Mattresses are similar.

In general, foam isolates motion better than coils. But cheaper models of any style that use flimsy materials will transfer motion to your partner every time you move. Research shows that even normal movements lighten the depth of sleep. Mattresses made with higher quality materials will offer deeper, more refreshing sleep for both of you.

Foam Density

Measured in pounds per square foot, density reflects how much air is in mattress materials. The more air, the softer it is, but the more likely it is to compress prematurely.

Polyfoam mattresses have density ranges between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. The higher the density, the more supportive it is, and the longer it will last.

Memory foam densities range between 2.5 pounds and 8.0 pounds, but the best memory foam isn’t always the densest. It depends on your needs. Low-density foams below 3.5 lbs/ft are the softest and least durable. Medium-density foams between 3.5 and 5.0 lbs /ft are considered optimally comfortable for back and side sleepers. Stomach sleepers benefit from high-density foam over 5.0 lbs/ft.

To learn how foam density helps stomach sleepers, you can read about the best mattress for stomach sleepers here.

To strike a balance between the comfort, durability and price, manufacturers may use higher -density foam cores for support topped with lower-density layers for comfort.

Foam Materials

Polyurethane foam is soft and flexible. Mattress makers like it because it’s lightweight and easy to compress, making it a bargain to ship. Unwrap a box-shipped polyfoam mattress, and it springs into shape in seconds with minimal chemical odor.

Memory foam is polyfoam that’s been chemically altered to increase its density and lower its resiliency. It’s significantly heavier, and although it’s compressible, it takes from a few hours to a few days for a box-shipped mattress to return to its original shape.

Depending on the quality, both memory foam and polyfoam can both provide a comfortable and supportive sleep surface. With daily use, you can expect better results from memory foam, but it costs more.

Types of Online Queen Mattresses

Foam Mattress

Foam mattresses are popular for their convenience and comfort. They don’t require a box spring. Put them on the floor or pair them with a budget-friendly platform bed for elevation. They’re also flexible and easy to move. But polyfoam, memory foam, and gel memory foam mattresses are not all created equal. Which will give you the best night’s sleep?

Polyfoam, the inexpensive polyurethane foam found in most padded furniture, is the lowest grade available. It’s lightweight and affordable, but beware — a cheap polyfoam mattress or egg crate mattress topper with a density lower than 1.8 pounds per cubic foot feels soft initially, but it compresses easily. Buy one today, and in as little as a few months, and you’ll see permanent indentations under your body’s pressure points.

Higher density versions — 1.8 to 2.5 pounds per cubic foot — can be surprisingly comfortable. They won’t last as long as better memory foam mattresses or be as supportive as coil versions, but they provide longer-lasting comfort for the price. Expect more motion transfer with polyfoam than with memory foam but less bounce than with a coil mattress.

Memory foam — also known as viscoelastic polyurethane foam — is polyfoam that’s been modified to improve its density and elasticity. It conforms to the contour of your body while you sleep, but then bounces back to its original shape. Rotating memory foam mattresses regularly helps prevent body indentations, but most shouldn’t be flipped.

Unlike conventional polyfoam, it doesn’t crush easily. With care, your memory foam mattress will be as comfortable next year as the day you bought it. Because it contours to your body and holds its shape, it’s among the best mattresses for back pain.

It does, however, sleep warm. Memory foam retains heat more than other mattress materials. It’s also heavy. A memory foam mattress can weigh as much as three times that of a polyfoam model. It can be too cumbersome to set up alone.

For a more traditional feel with the benefits of foam, a latex mattress is another good option. Whether natural or synthetic, latex is denser than memory foam and more resilient. It doesn’t conform to your curves as well as memory foam and motion transfer is higher, but a little bounce can be helpful for bedroom activities other than sleeping. Latex handles heavy individuals better than other foams.

Coil Mattress

Conventional innerspring mattresses are affordable, but they have the lowest satisfaction rating among everyday users. Once thought to be the most supportive type of bed, sleep scientists now know that foam mattresses are equally supportive without the use of metal coils that can sag prematurely.

Pillow top models fair slightly better, but the low-grade polyfoam used in the top layer of cheaper mattresses can deteriorate quickly, creating uncomfortable pressure points. Within a few years of ownership, mattress reviews suggest a quarter of users will feel less comfortable.

In warm weather, coil mattresses sleep cooler than memory foam, and for sitting on the side of the bed, they offer better edge support. Motion isolation varies by model, but you’ll spend significantly more for a coil mattress that controls bounce as well as memory foam. And over time, coils start to squeak.

Most coil mattresses also require the use of a box spring — lest you void the warranty. And not all innerspring styles are compatible with adjustable bed frames.

Hybrid Mattress

If you’ve ever slept on an innerspring mattress, you know they’re supportive, but they’re not the best mattress for overall comfort. With a hybrid mattress, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds.

Hybrids feature a supportive coil core wrapped with memory foam for comfort. You’ll enjoy the high profile and superior edge support of a conventional mattress, but with a contouring top layer than soothes pressure points.

Unlike all-foam mattresses, hybrids have a traditional innerspring bounce, but once you’re settled in, the memory foam takes over and envelops your body. It’s a great feeling, but reviews show coils deteriorate faster than the best memory foam, so some hybrid mattresses may not be as durable.

Looking for strictly hybrid mattresses, we have reviewed the best hybrid mattresses under $500 here on our blog.

Gel Mattress

Gel alone is too resilient a material to make the best mattress, but when added to memory foam, it makes it cooler to sleep on. It also decreases the heavy contouring some sleepers don’t like. If you toss and turn a lot, you won’t struggle to change positions like you can on deep memory foam.

Gel-infused foam also makes an ideal mattress topper. The cooling benefits are similar, and best of all, it’s affordable. A gel memory foam mattresses or mattress topper sleeps cooler than memory foam, but it will still be warmer than an innerspring mattress.

Final Thoughts

A mattress review can help you identify the best mattress from the hundreds available on the market, but there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all bed. Sleep is a very personal thing.

Whether you want the best memory foam mattress or a hybrid mattress with a more traditional feel, our list of the top queens under $300 has an affordable best mattress for you. Sleep well.