You may think that it is really expensive to get a good quality mattress to sleep on, but that isn’t the case. These days, assuming that you are willing to shop online, you can easily find a good mattress for a decent price.
To prove this, we are going to be taking a look at a variety of good mattresses under the price of $500.
All of the mattresses in this list are going to be so comfortable and so well-made that you will struggle to believe that they are as cheap as they are. If you want to skip ahead, we would say to get the Novilla Gel Memory Foam Mattress.
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Novilla Gel Memory Foam Mattress
The first mattress that we are going to review is the Novilla Gel Memory Foam Mattress.
One of the main things that we like about the Novilla Gel Memory Foam Mattress is how inexpensive it is when compared to similar mattresses- like Sweetnight10 Inch Gel Memory Foam mattress (which we will review later).
Whereas the Sweetnight mattress would run you about $500 flat, you can get the Novilla Gel Memory Foam Mattress for about $250, which is basically half the price. Being able to pay that little for such a high-quality mattress is quite amazing and it is a big part of why the Novilla Gel Memory Foam Mattress have to appear on our review list.
Given the nature of this list (finding affordable, but still good mattresses) we just knew that the Novilla Gel Memory Foam Mattress would be a great addition to the list.
As is the case with all memory foam mattresses, you aren’t just getting the memory foam layer, but a bunch of other layers to support it. The main attraction is obviously the conforming memory foam, but in addition to that, you will also get two layers of both comfortable and supportive fabric.
Likewise, there is also a layer of gel added to the mattress to act as both another support layer and to help act as a cooling factor to prevent you from getting overly hot in the night. This makes the bed great for those who just can’t stand feeling hot at night (and we know that a lot of you agree with that).
One issue that we will bring up regarding the Novilla that you aren’t going to encounter with the other memory foam mattress that we just reviewed is the fact that the foam on this mattress does have the tendency to create a mild “sinking feeling.” While this may not be a huge deal for some, for others we know that this can be a deal breaker when it comes to mattresses, so consider yourself warned.
- Gel layer keeps you cool at night.
- 4 supportive layers.
- Great mattress at an affordable price.
- Very easy on your wallet.
- The memory foam does create a mild “sinking feeling.”
Sweetnight 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam mattress
If you are looking for the absolute highest-end mattress that you can realistically get while still staying under the price limit (or exactly at it in this case) that we have set, then you need to consider going for the Sweetnight 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam mattress.
This is an extremely well-made and, more importantly, comfortable mattress. The quality of this mattress is so good that we are confident that most of you will be amazed and surprised to find such a good mattress to be as inexpensive as it is.
This mattress is designed with 4 different layers of comfort. Probably the most important and most comfortable layer is the gel memory foam. As we are sure most of you are aware, memory foam is a pretty popular thing in mattresses these days because it allows your mattress to slowly conform to your body shape, which ensures a much more comfortable sleep.
Meanwhile, the addition of gel layer helps to keep you nice and cool. In addition to the gel memory foam, there are the requisite layers of soft cotton and soft fabric to help add even more layers of cushioning. These layers make the Sweetnight 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam mattress an extraordinarily comfortable mattress.
Overall, the mattress is just very convenient and easy to get ready. There is no smell that you need to let air out and it doesn’t need any time to “take shape” like some other mattresses.
It is also an incredibly malleable mattress so if you live in one of those areas that is hard to move things into, such as top floor apartments or houses with lots of stairs, you don’t have to worry because the mattress is great at moving through doors, tight areas, etc.
Now, we said in the introduction to this review that this is a “costly” mattress, but what exactly does that mean? Given that this is a best mattress under 500 list, pretty much all of the entries that we have reviewed and will review qualify as “low-priced” as far as mattresses are concerned.
However, by the standards of this list, the $500 price tag of the Sweetnight 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam mattress is definitely higher than the other mattresses that we have looked at; often in the tune of couple hundred dollars and as such it is definitely a cost increase that is worth noting.
- 4 different layers of comfort.
- 1 layer of gel memory foam.
- Extremely comfortable and good for muscle pain.
- No odd smell.
- Easy to move around.
- On the higher end of this article’s price spectrum.
Olee Sleep I-Gel Memory Foam Mattress
As we mentioned in the introduction to this article, the main purpose of this list is to find affordable mattresses that are also comfortable to sleep on. Given that, we figured that a good addition to this review list would be by looking at one of the cheaper mattresses that fits on this list, which is the Olee Sleep I-Gel Memory Foam Mattress.
In terms of price, there is no real contest. The Olee is just plain cheaper than the majority of mattresses out there. It can be purchased for well under $200, which is an extremely good price for a decent mattress.
Something else that we want to note is that this mattress really showcases a lot of what you will see on other mattresses on this list. For example, this mattress has a special layer of memory foam, which despite sounding like a big deal, is actually something that appears on many modern mattresses these days.
Likewise, to help with keeping you cool while sleeping, there is also a layer of gel foam included inside the bed. This gel foam helps to prevent you from feeling hot and smothered when sleeping. The gel layer is also designed to encourage the flow of air to help further in keeping you cool.
One potentially major issue with the Olee mattress has to be the fiberglass layer that the mattress has under the other layers. For those who don’t know, fiberglass can cause major issues because it has a tendency to shed, which means that the fibers can get onto clothing (and they are difficult to remove).
The reasons why we don’t treat this like a bigger issue is because of the fact that if you keep the outer layer on the mattress at all times, the fiberglass won’t end up impacting you, at the same time we felt it is worth mentioning. Given how amazingly inexpensive this bed is, one can hardly complain about this flaw.
- Gel layer encourages air flow.
- One of the cheapest mattresses that we will review.
- Decent quality for something so cheap.
- Layers of memory foam for extra comfort and support.
- Fiberglass layer can shed.
Linenspa 8 Inch Memory Foam Mattress
The next product that we want to review on this list is the Linenspa 8 Inch Memory Foam Mattress. This is an overall nice, middle of the road mattress that provides a decent platform to sleep on while not requiring you to spend too much.
It isn’t the best mattress on our list by any means, but it is a solid addition that many of you are no doubt going to be interested in.
The small size of this mattress definitely has some advantages that are worth noting. It is easier to move around and to get setup in small areas like apartments. It is also fairly comfortable, in spite of its size and cost.
There are a few issues with this mattress that hold it back just enough to keep us from naming this our overall best mattress option. First off, there is the fact that this mattress lacks a gel layer.
As you have come to see from the various reviews on our list, you know why we consider gel layers to be so important, so we won’t go into much detail here. Needless to say, this makes this mattress less than ideal option for those people who don’t like sleeping on hot mattresses. The second, and perhaps not as important, is the fact that this mattress is a bit thinner than average at only 8 inches.
- Relatively inexpensive.
- Good use of memory foam.
- Good comfort level overall.
- No sinking feeling whatsoever.
- No gel layer to keep you cool.
- A bit smaller than average.
Sweetnight Breeze Queen Size Mattress
For the last review on this list, we wanted to do a review of another mattress from Sweetnight line – the Sweetnight Breeze Queen. If you have read all of the reviews on this list, then you are likely to remember that we reviewed (and spoke very highly of) another Sweetnight mattress earlier on.
Obviously, the two mattress lines share some common traits, but this one also has some unique features that really make it a good option for anyone in the market for an inexpensive mattress that is still extremely comfortable.
As we said at the start of this review, those of you who have read the previous review of the Sweetnight mattress will instantly recognize that this mattress also boasts many similar features. For example, this mattress like the other mattress in this family, has a good variety of layers built into it.
As is the case with all Sweetnight mattresses, it features the signature combination of gel and memory foam that you have seen so often on this list. You already know by now why this combination works well, so we won’t go into further rdetail on it again. Likewise, it has the same great quality that you have come to expect from this brand, so it is extremely comfortable and at the same time made safely (the bed is hypoallergenic and contains no harsh chemicals).
In terms of what is unique to this mattress, what stands out to us the most is how compact this mattress is and how simple it is to move around. This Sweetnight is a bit smaller and definitely much easier to move than the last one, which makes it the superior option for those living in smaller houses, tide spaces or in areas like apartments.
When compared to the other mattress from Sweetnight that we reviewed, the Breeze mattress has 2 issues that really stick out to us.
First off, there is the fact that this mattress is a bit thinner than the other brand from Sweetnight, which means that it feels a bit less supportive.
Secondly, we have to mention that this mattress is a bit smaller as well (8 inches as opposed to 10 inches). That isn’t a huge reduction in the size, and some may even like that it is thinner, but it is definitely something that we wanted to note in the review.
- More compact and easier to move.
- Perfect for small houses and apartments.
- Has that signature Sweetnight comfort and design quality.
- Hypoallergenic bed that also doesn’t contain harsh chemicals.
- Comfortable gel and memory foam combination.
- A bit thinner than the last Sweetnight mattress.
- Smaller than the last entry from this brand as well.
Buying A Good, But Still Affordable Mattress.
As we said in the intro, we want to show you that buying a good, but also affordable mattress is something that isn’t that difficult. In this follow-up buying guide, we are briefly going to go over some of the things that you need to think about when buying a mattress.
Picking the size of the mattress that you want is obviously the easiest and also the first thing that you should do.
If you have set a price range like $500, then you aren’t too limited when it comes to sizes. As you are probably aware based on what you saw earlier on our review list, you can get all types of bed sizes for under $500, up to and including queen size. However, those looking for a king sized bed will be disappointed to learn that you can’t find a good king size mattress at that price range.
Gel and Memory Foam
In our opinion, the best combination when it comes to mattresses is to get a combination of gel and memory foam. This is a combo that appeared quite a bit on our review list and for very good reason, it works very well. The two complement and supplement each other perfectly.
The memory foam slowly conforms to your body’s shape and provides crucial muscle support. However, on its own, memory foam can create too much of a “sinking” feeling, which many find annoying.
That is where the gel comes into play. An added layer of gel foam does two things. Firstly, it helps to provide a bit more “support” for your body so that you don’t quite feel like you are sinking into the ground.
Secondly, the gel provides a very important cooling effect. We are sure that the vast majority of you do not like feeling hot while sleeping. Well, thankfully, the gel helps to provide a nice cool layer to insulate you from the heat.
How Easy It Is To Setup
While this doesn’t matter too much for people living with someone, or someone who has a dedicated partner that they can rely on, those of you living alone may want to consider how difficult a particular mattress is to get up and working.
Remember, depending on where you live, you may have to move the mattress up several flights of stairs, around several tight corners, and through several narrow spaces. All of this can be very tricky, but it can also be made a lot easier if you have a mattress that cooperates.
If you still have questions regarding how you can find the best mattress for under 500, we would recommend making use of our comment section to ask any additional questions that might still be on your mind.