Cheap Memory Foam Mattress — How to Save Money and Still Get the Benefits in a Cheap Mattress Set

A cheap memory foam mattress is cheap for a reason. The stuff inside is not as good as what goes into a well-made viscoelastic bed. If you have tried a Tempurpedic or Sealy memory foam mattress and think you will be getting the same “feel” while sleeping on a cheap mattress set made from low-quality memory foam, you will be disappointed.

On the other hand, if you have already tried a bargain-basement memory foam mattress and found that it IS just what you need and want, you now have to decide where to go to get the “best” value for the price you’re willing to pay.

Some Things to Watch Out For

Cheap bed sets often skimp on inner core support. Since this is the most important part of the bed for support and durability, a cheap memory foam mattress will generally be thinner and might use a core that is less dense and thinner than it should be. This makes the bed sink in a lot sooner than it would otherwise.

Many will have a polyurethane foam core rather than a viscoelastic core. This is not a terrible thing for a cheap mattress to have, as a firm poly core might offer as good or better inner support than weak memory foam. Even some high-quality, more expensive models now have firm polyurethane as the thickest bottom layer. But remember, any bed that has a thick poly foam core and a memory foam layer on top less than 3 inches is not a true memory foam bed. This means that what you think is a “cheap” memory foam mattress could actually be an overpriced foam mattress. Read more about misleading memory foam tactics here…

The best memory foam mattresses have an inner core density of 4 lbs, with 5 lbs for extra firmness. Also, the ILD for the top layers should be between 13 and 15. This is knowledge you can tuck away for comparison purposes when shopping for a cheap or discounted bed. You will not get the top numbers and best features, but you have a goalpost to get as close to as possible.

You might not be able to find out the actual density numbers of a cheap bed, but you can always try.

Where to Find It

Your best bet are the discount department stores for the cheapest prices — this includes Costco, Walmart and IKEA. Depending on your budget, you might also try discount mattress stores that have “blowout” sales and closeouts occasionally.

The most important thing to do is to test it out carefully. No matter how much of a bargain it is on the floor, it won’t be if you decide you don’t like it.

If your current bed is in reasonable shape, you might also want to try a memory foam topper to test how your body responds to sleeping on this surface all night. Don’t try this on a soft or sagging mattress, however, as it won’t give you a good test.

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  1. Sunila says:

    Leland,Great question! The NordicRest does not dieffr from the Posturpedic in any other way except the price and we do not use their proprietary formula however, we use the same foam and have the same warranty.

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