Queen mattresses are the most popular size sold in today’s industry. They provide enough space for most adults to sleep comfortably, without taking up valuable floor space in our homes—many of which are becoming smaller, or designed with a conscious consideration for the ease of layout and mobility.
Finding a queen mattress takes more than selecting the right size, of course. There are multiple material types to consider, mattress thicknesses, and—of course—budget. Our buyer’s guide will address some concerns and questions about shopping for a new bed, and look at a few of our favorite queen mattresses priced under $500.
Brentwood Home Cypress Gel Memory Foam 11”
Arctic Dreams 10” Cooling Gel
Perfect Cloud UltraPlush Gel-Max 10”
Live and Sleep Resort Ultra 12” Gel
What’s the difference between a queen, king, and California king? Which should I get?
Bed size is a personal choice, but also a practical one. You need to find one that will fit you (and your partner…or kids and pets, too, if applicable!) without crowding your bedroom. This is subjective, of course, because some people want more room to stretch out than others. Below are standard sizes for two-person beds:
- Queen: 60×80”
- King: 76×80”
- California King: 72×84”
If any of these could sleep you and all bedmates you have comfortably, look at the size of your bedroom. Will a king leave you too little space for nightstands, or sufficient walkways? Likewise, will those extra inches at the foot of a California king make for tight quarters?
Queens are so popular because they can fit two adults (with a little room to spread out, usually), but still leave enough room on either side for accessibility.
Memory foam, latex, hybrid, innerspring—what’s the difference, and which is best?
The type of bed you buy is also a matter of preference…but you should think about what you need, too. Some materials are better for chronic pain or overweight individuals; some are more comfortable for back sleepers or side sleepers.
Here are the types of mattresses you’ll find in your search for one under $500, along with their pros and cons: