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The Best Budget Luxury-Feel Mattress

Three mattresses, three different price points, and how they compare to find a luxury feeling mattress that doesn’t break the bank.

Apparently, when you have a baby, decorating isn’t quiiiiiite as high on the priority list as say… sleep.

Ask me how I know. 😉

In the midst of comparing ratings, reading endless reviews, price comparing, and a mountain of mattress shopping homework for the guest bedroom makeover, we finally landed on one that was less than $250 and legitimately felt close to our master bedroom’s $1,800 luxury mattress.

Truly, I #nerdout about this kind of stuff.

The Best Budget Luxury-Feel Mattress | Three mattresses, three different price points, and how they compare to find a luxury feeling mattress that doesn't break the bank.

And I thought, hey! Might as well mention this little budget-friendly gem we discovered!

This isn’t a sponsored post; just something we spent our hard-earned money on that we felt was well worth sharing.

And truth be told, after buying the cheaper one for the guest room, I kind of feel like a sucker for ever purchasing the pricey one.

(Some affiliate links are provided below. Full disclosure here.)

The less than $250 winner for the guest room is this Zinus Memory Foam 10 Inch Green Tea mattress (although it comes in 6 inch, 8 inch, and 12 inch too).

The Best Budget Luxury-Feel Mattress | Three mattresses, three different price points, and how they compare to find a luxury feeling mattress that doesn't break the bank.

Why we love it:

  • It’s one of those convenient delivered in a box mattresses and arrives in 1-2 days.
  • It’s the goldilocks of mattresses – not too soft, not to firm. (If you like super firm or super soft, this mattress isn’t for you.)
  • Infused with green tea extract and castor seed oil to repell odor and bacteria
  • Has a memory foam core to resist bounce if accompanied in bed with a partner
  • Has support layers to relieve just enough pressure
  • Good return policy – Amazon customer service will allow a credit along with instructions for mattress disposal so that you don’t have to repack it and send it back

What we don’t love:

  • It does claim to have a cooling feature, but I don’t think this feature is quite as cooling as the luxury one we have. Although, that can be fixed with a mattress cooling pad for about $40.
  • There was a plastic chemical smell when we first opened it, but it was gone within 48 hours. (Give it a full 3 days to completely expand before test driving it.)

The Best Budget Luxury-Feel Mattress | Three mattresses, three different price points, and how they compare to find a luxury feeling mattress that doesn't break the bank.

We used the Zinus mattress in conjunction with a Zinus bed frame and box spring so that we knew without a doubt that they would all work well together.

In comparison to our high end Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid (our exact is no longer available, but this mattress is similar), the Zinus has definitely been a great alternative if you don’t have the money to spend on a pricier mattress.

The bed itself isn’t much to look at yet since we’re waiting on a vintage headboard to arrive that I scored on eBay, but hey, at least it’s comfy so far! (Side note: Can we stop for a sec to appreciate those deep green velvet curtains? Er meh gersh. More about that later though.)

The Best Budget Luxury-Feel Mattress | Three mattresses, three different price points, and how they compare to find a luxury feeling mattress that doesn't break the bank.

As for a mid-range one, we really like the Tuft & Needle in Olivia’s room too, which is slightly over $500 but feels a little more firm than the Zinus. It has served us well for 3 years now.

So there ya go: three price points, three mattress, three great experiences.

If you want other recs for our favorite budget-friendly luxury feel bedding, these are our favorites too:

The Best Budget Luxury-Feel Mattress | Three mattresses, three different price points, and how they compare to find a luxury feeling mattress that doesn't break the bank.

Maybe that helps? I hope it does anyway.

If there’s one thing I appreciate more than anything these days is sleeeeeeeep! It’s my love language these days. Let me sleep and you’re instantly my favorite person in the world.

Since we’re on the subject, have you done the mattress in a box thing? Do you have any other recs to throw into the pot?

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17 Comments

  1. I really like our Purple mattress. We’ve had it for 3 years now. I would put them in the mid price range. (They have cute commercials). FYI – they offer a veterans discount.

  2. Thank you for the reviews. A mattress is one of the hardest things to buy! (The room is looking GREAT).

  3. I slept on the exact same mattress while visiting my son. I had no trouble getting used to it. When I came home, I ordered one for my guest room!