Your mattress is the single most important part of your bed, which is why it pays to buy one which is going to provide you with the best night sleep possible. But mattresses aren’t exactly cheap, which can be an issue for those on a budget. Luckily, it is possible to buy a good mattress for less than $500.

To assist you in your new mattress purchase, we have researched several mattresses and can now present to you the best mattress under $500. Each one of these mattresses provides the perfect middle ground between the lower and upper end of the market – meaning that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort, durability or the use of your favorite mattress internals.

Best Mattress Under $500

Sweetnight 10-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Our favorite mattress in this price range is Sweetnight’s 10-inch gel infused memory foam mattress which is constructed from 4 layers of high-quality foam. The top layer is 2 inches of gel infused memory foam which is designed to keep you cool, followed by 1 inch of ventilated comfort foam which is designed to promote breathability.

The bottom two layers are constructed from two separate layers of high-density comfort foam which are designed to relieve presses points and keep your body well balanced, as well as increase durability and prevent sagging.

Sweetnight Memory Foam Mattress

We found this mattress to be perfect for back pain relief as the memory foam is fantastically comfortable whilst still providing plenty of contouring and support whilst sleeping. And best of all, this mattress is designed to be flipped over so that you can choose your preferred level of firmness, whether soft or medium firm.

You’re essentially buying 2 mattresses for the price of one which makes the Sweetnight hard to overlook. If you prefer foam to innersprings, you will struggle to find better for £500.

Lucid 12-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress

If you prefer the feel of a hybrid mattress, this one may well be the choice for you. The construction is a combination of multiple layers of foam, followed by a 6.5 inch layer of encased (pocketed) premium steel spring coils.

What this provides is a beautifully comfortable and pliable sleeping surface with the support of steel springs underneath which gives that firmness and bounce that many people love.

Lucid 12 Inch Hybrid Latex Mattress

This mattress is designed to sleep cool and dissipate heat, as ventilation and breathability is at the core of its design. If you struggle with restlessness due to a high body temperature at night, this mattress will provide the relief you’ve been looking for.

A very popular mattress for a reason, this Lucid model is a great alternative to our best pick.

See our full review of this mattress.

Lucid 14-Inch Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress

Our next pick is another all foam construction mattress which is the very definition of plush.

This is achieved by the use of three layers of foam, the top two comprised of two types of memory foam – one charcoal infused, and one gel infused – and the bottom 10 inch layer being made from ultra supportive high density foam, wrapped in a durable Tencel cover.

Perfect for side sleepers, many customers love the motion isolation and control that is provided by this mattress, masking the movements of anyone else in the bed and providing the utmost in support for your body. And it’s designed to breathe too, with the thinner layers of foam allowing airflow through the material, despite the overall thickness. 

If you like the sound of sleeping on a cloud like surface, we think that you’ll appreciate this Lucid 14-inch foam mattress.

Ashley Furniture Signature Design 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress