By Mike Szostech Last updated

Is it possible to get a good mattress without spending much money? We tested dozens of mattresses to find out if a cheap mattress is worth spending your hard-earned money on.

We’ve found that you can’t get a good cheap mattress for around $500. Anything less than that will not have the quality or longevity, and should only be purchased if you are desperately low on money or needing a mattress for a child’s room or intermittent use (like in a camper trailer or guest room).

Most of our recommended hybrid mattresses, foam, or latex mattresses cost more than $1000. While some decent mattresses are available under $1000, we set out to find if it’s possible to get a great mattress in Canada on a budget.

With mattresses, you really do get what you pay for. The more you pay, the more you get. If you save money you’re either trading savings off for quality or longevity.

There are some relatively comfortable mattresses available under a $500 budget, but they contain fiberglass.

We’ve rounded up the best budget mattresses from all of our tests. These are inexpensive, and yet provide a decent level of comfort. They have great value whether you’re on a tight budget, or just looking for a new mattress

Our Recommendations: Canada’s Best Affordable Mattresses

Review Contents:

Best Cheap Mattress Overall

Budget mattresses are reasonably priced and come with some of the features that more expensive mattresses do – like shipping to your home, long trial periods, and even decent warranty terms.

Companies save money (which allows them to sell for less) by making a simpler mattress. These mattresses will only have one or 2 layers of foam so the support and comfort is lower than in the more expensive mattresses.

Douglas: Best Value Mattress

While this isn’t the cheapest mattress you can get (it’s a little more expensive than the Juno), we think that the little bit more it costs is more than worth it in the long run – that’s why we’ve chosen it as the best value mattress overall.

1. Memory foam with cooling gel and cooling fabric in the cover of this mattress1. Douglas doesn’t have sales on their mattresses, but sometimes they will have special offers with free bonus accessories like pillows or sheets
2. Mattresses Made in Canada2. The mattress only comes in one firmness which we found to be great for side sleepers and back sleepers, but probably too soft of a feel for stomach sleepers that are over 180 lbs
3. Industry leading 365 day sleep trial and
4. 20 year warranty
5. Free Shipping
The Douglas Mattress

The Douglas Mattress

From the same company as the Juno, the Douglas mattress offers more features like a thicker profile with more foam layers and a more luxurious feel. Firmness is a little softer than on the Juno, which is better for side sleepers, and the edge support is also better.

The Douglas Mattress is made in Canada, and starts at only $779 for a Queen size. This 10" thick mattress is rated as 'Medium Firm'. offers a 365 Night Trial period and a 20 year warranty.

Materials Used: memory foam, cooling gel, cooling fiber or fabric, tencel, removable cover
Certifications: Certi-Pur US
Other: Fiberglass free details

Shop Now $779 for a Queen

Douglas Mattresses are Canadian Mattresses

The Douglas Mattress is from a Canadian mattress company called Good Morning. Since Good Morning doesn’t sell their mattresses to the USA, they don’t need to meat the stricter USA fire standards. That makes this a great value mattress that doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or fiberglass mattress socks.

All of the foam in the Douglas mattress is Certi-PUR US certified and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals to worry about off-gassing once you open your newly shipped mattress.

High quality foams is one of the reasons this mattress costs more than the very cheapest mattresses that are made overseas and sold at a discount.

If you’re looking for Canadian mattresses, the Douglas has a great feel, top rated comfort, multiple densities in it’s foams, and even a cool Canadian inspired design on the mattress cover. Click to view our full review.

When testing the Douglas mattress, we found it to have decent edge support, great motion isolation, and a good amount of support without being too firm.

Named Canada’s Best Mattress

Sure, Douglas claims itself to be Canada’s best mattress, but in our independent mattress review, we came to the conclusion that the Douglas mattress is the best value mattress in Canada. And it seems like others that have purchased the mattress agree!

Although we don’t know how many Douglas mattresses have been sold, we know that there are over 17,000 times a review was left for it on the Douglas website along with 5500 additional reviews on Google. And the average rating is 4.7 out of 5 for the overall product rating.

On top of being a super-comfy mattress with perfect firmness for side sleepers, it comes with an industry leading 20 year warranty and a 365 night in-home sleep trial. The Douglas is our favorite foam mattress pick for the best cheap mattress and represents a great value for the money.

Douglas Mattress Sizes

While the queen size mattress is the most common size purchased in the country, the Douglas mattress comes in all different sizes – including an RV size.

Mattress SizePrice   
Twin XL$649.00
Full / Double$699.00
Cal King$869.00
Split King$1,298.00

Juno: Affordable Mattress Made in Canada is a Canadian company that makes their mattress in Canada. We rank the Juno as the best affordable mattress because of what you get for the low price! While it isn’t the best price mattress, it is almost the cheapest mattress and it comes with a way better sleep trial and warranty than the slightly cheaper mattress options.

Juno Mattress

Juno Mattress

At just under $600 for a queen size, this isn't the cheapest mattress, but it has 8 inches of full body support and cooling gel foam. It also has a knit cover that can be removed and washed. Everything about this mattress is a reasonable quality for the price they're charging.

The Juno Mattress is made in Canada, and starts at only $578 for a Queen size. This 8" thick mattress is rated as 'Medium Firm'. offers a 120 Night Trial period and a 15 year warranty.

Materials Used: cooling gel, viscose
Certifications: Certi-Pur US
Other: Fiberglass free details

Shop Now $578 for a Queen

You can read our full Juno mattress review here.

We like that Good Morning has taken the time to ensure that all of the foam used in the Juno mattress (even though it’s their cheapest mattress) is Certi-PUR certified. We thinks it’s great that they don’t cut corners by using harmful chemicals or fire retardant materials.

The mattress does only come with 2 layers of foam – a 6″ thick layer of ‘total support foam’ which is quite firm, and a top layer of 2″ thick cooling gel foam. The top 2 inch layer is quite soft memory foam so it hugs your body, but it doesn’t keep you from sinking through and feeling the firm bottom layer of foam.

More expensive mattresses will have a thicker top layer, or even multiple top layers to keep your joints and pressure points from grounding out on their firm base layer foams. This mattress, not so much.

At the same time, the firm base layer provides ample edge support while sitting on the edge of the bed. If you like a firm mattress, then no worries here!

No need to worry if you sleep with a restless partner, because motion isolation is excellent due to the memory foam. Those top layer of foams also contains cooling gel to help you stay comfortable even during summer.

This is a useful feature because memory foam mattresses have a reputation for keeping heat in.

The knit cover is nice and soft and there’s an optional upgrade to the Cool+ cover to help heat dissipate even more quickly. The Cool+ has moisture wicking fibers to keep the cover dry and help eliminate odour, and has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 from owners who opted for the upgrade.

Do Canadians like the Juno mattress?

Yes they do! Juno has sold over 75,000 mattresses, and with almost 6000 reviews, the mattress has a great overall 4.7 out of 5 rating. The Juno mattress is generally regarded as comfortable and having a great feel, but reviewers are mostly pleased with its value for the price. The Juno is also more affordable than the IKEA Morgedal mattress that it is often compared to.

What is Juno’s firmness?

The Juno mattress is rated medium-firm, but we found it to be firmer than the Douglas mattress that is made by the same company and also rated medium-firm. In fact, the Juno is listed as 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, while the Douglas original is 6.5 out of 10. We found this to be the opposite – with the Juno being more firm than the Douglas mattress.

Juno mattress is firm enough to be suitable for side sleepers that are average weight or lighter. For a heavier side sleeper, the mattress will likely allow too much sinking to keep your spine in correct alignment.

Juno Mattress Sizes

Mattress SizePrice   
Twin XL$528.00
Full / Double$558.00
Cal King$678.00
Split King$1,056.00

A more expensive, but a great priced organic latex mattress

Cheap and Organic and Latex don’t typically end up in the same sentence. This mattress is the cheapest latex mattress we could find, and so we thought it was worthy of a spot on the list.

We ended up buying this mattress to sleep on for our bed, and we love it. It’s comfortable and after 3 years of use it hasn’t started sagging or losing it’s springiness at all.

Dream Green Organic Latex Mattress

Dream Green Organic Latex Mattress

This mattress comes in 4 different firmness options - soft, medium, medium firm, and firm.

The Dream Green Organic Latex Mattress is made in Canada, and starts at only $1699.00 for a Queen size. This 8" thick mattress is rated as 'Customizable'. Naturelle offers a 90 day trial period and a 25 year warranty.

Materials Used: natural latex, organic latex, removable cover
Certifications: GOLS, GOTS, OEKO-Tex 100, Certified Organic Cotton
Other: Fiberglass free details $1699.00 for a Queen

Another Supportive, Springy, Affordable Mattress

Tuft & Needle Nod Mattress

Tuft & Needle Nod

Tuft & Needle makes a great mattress for a little bit more than the Juno. It's also made in Canada, and they say that it sleeps cooler than memory foam, it's more supportive than memory foam, and it's more responsive than latex.

The Tuft & Needle Nod is made in Canada, and starts at only $749.99 for a Queen size. This 8" thick mattress is rated as 'Medium'. Tuft & Needle offers a 100 Night Trial period and a 10 year warranty.

Materials Used: breathable foam, quilted cover
Certifications: Certi-Pur US, GREENGUARD Gold
Other: Contains fiberglass details $749.99 for a Queen

If you don’t need a cheap mattress that was made in Canada, there are some cheap mattresses made in the USA or Europe with clean materials and legitimate sleep trial periods.

If you really need the cheapest mattress

We found that a lot of the cheap mattresses online come with a load of bad reviews, or end up being uncomfortable and saggy after a few short months.

Amazon is full of copycat companies that make mattresses overseas. And they’re cheap! Starting at $200 CDN value, shipped to your door, for a twin size mattress. And most of them have decent reviews!

Some people find these to be fairly comfortable, other complain that they don’t last long and have to make warranty claims. Another problem with these Amazon mattress companies is that they typically have a very short trial period (or none at all).

When trying to save money on a mattress, companies will cut corners. That means you could end up with chemical fire-retardant sprays like formaldehyde or even fiberglass issues in your mattress – so be smart! Often the gel memory foams will not be Certi-PUR US certified. Post sale support can also be harder to get from a foreign company reselling through Amazon.

All in all, these are really the cheapest mattresses in Canada, but you do get what you pay for. These companies aren’t very clear about the materials used in the mattresses, and while we’ve tried to dig for info, only some of the companies admit to using a fiberglass fire sock to keep the cost of their mattresses to a minimum. Here are 3 highly rated best cheap mattresses on Amazon that we were able to get details on.

Sleepenvie Rogan Mattress

Sleepenvie Rogan

If you need a firmer feeling mattress, the Rogan mattress is a good choice that will help keep your spine in proper alignment.

The mattress is made from gel-infused memory foam that conforms to your body for comfort and support, but doesn't get too hot because of the gel technology.

It's not a Canadian company, but they're in California, and they offer a generous 150 night trial period. There is, however, a fiberglass mattress sock since these cheap mattresses are made for the USA market.

The Sleepenvie Rogan is made in Europe and Asia, and starts at only $399.00 for a Queen size. This 8" thick mattress is rated as 'Firm'. Sleepenvie offers a 100 Night Trial period and a 10 year warranty.

Materials Used: memory foam, cooling gel, rayon
Certifications: OEKO-Tex 100, Certi-Pur US

Shop Now $399.00 for a Queen

How does the Rogan Mattress Feel?

Typically, mattress companies take the middle ground and rank their mattress as being ‘medium firm’. However, the Rogan is one mattress that is officially rated as ‘firm’ by the company. That makes it well suited for stomach sleepers, as well as some heavier back sleepers that find they sink in too much on a mattress with medium firmness.

We’ve found that cheaper mattresses like the Juno should probably be rated as firm as well, but since we haven’t yet had a chance to personally test the Rogan, we can’t say how much firmer than the Juno mattress it really is.

Molblly Gel Foam Mattress

Molblly Gel Foam Mattress

This mattress is actually CertiPUR-US certified for it's foam contents (great), but they have a fiberglass inner cover over the poly foam to meet fire regulations (not great). They do offer a 30 night trial - which is higher than most other sellers on Amazon, but no where near the 365 day trial that Douglas offers!

The Molblly Gel Foam Mattress is made in China, and starts at only $195.49 for a Queen size. This 6" thick mattress is rated as 'Medium Soft'. Molblly offers a 30 Night Trial period and a 10 year warranty.

Materials Used: memory foam, cooling gel, removable cover
Certifications: OEKO-Tex 100, Certi-Pur US $195.49 for a Queen

How comfortable is the Molblly budget mattress?

Most people seem to rate the Molblly as comfortable with supportive foam that keeps them from getting too hot.

This is a very cheap mattress, and it comes in different thickness options. Performance will get better with a thicker option. The 6 inch mattress listed above just doesn’t protect your knee very well from feeling the bedframe when getting in and out of bed (without being too firm of foam for a comfortable sleep).

As with other mattresses we’ve tested, a thicker mattress will provide a more pleasant feel as the different layers and foams can better perform there functions of letting you settle in and conforming to your body while still providing ample support.

If your budget allows, choose the thicker options.

Zinus Green Tea Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Zinus Green Tea Gel Memory Foam

Very similar to the cheap mattress from Molblly, this is one from Zinus. It has green tea extract in it for anti-bacterial purposes and also to help the sleeper stay cool.

Zinus mattresses are relatively firm, so they work well for a side sleeper.

There's no doubt that the Zinus mattresses are popular - they have started showing up in physical stores in Canada, and they are the top sellers on Amazon. But they have the same fiberglass inner cover as the Molblly mattress above.

The Zinus Green Tea Gel Memory Foam is made in China, and starts at only $269.40 for a Twin size. This 12" thick mattress is rated as 'Medium'. Zinus offers a 10 year warranty.

Materials Used: memory foam, cooling gel, green tea extract, activated charcoal
Certifications: Certi-Pur US
Other: Contains fiberglass details $269.40 for a Twin

Is the budget Zinus mattress a good value?

Most people are satisfied with the Zinus mattress, but keep in mind that most purchase this mattress because of a limited budget, not because they think it’s the best mattress. Some of Zinus’s more expensive mattress options get more expensive and are similar in price to the Juno mattress – and we definitely recommend the Juno over the Zinus.

How We Picked the Best Cheap Mattress

To start with, we actually used our own Mattress Comparison Chart that has over 500 mattresses in Canada, and narrowed down the mattresses by size. We decided to compare all of the cheap mattresses in the queen size because that’s the most common mattress size sold in Canada.

Even if you’re looking for the best cheap mattress for a child’s room, dorm room, or guest room, you’ll be paying less than all of the compared prices. So it’s safe that when comparing based on cost it doesn’t really matter the size you need, the companies and mattresses will still end up in the same order.

In order for a mattress to make it into the list of the best cheap mattresses, we also wanted a mattress with a reasonable return policy, and we wanted to stay away from harmful chemicals and fiberglass.

Luckily, in Canada, we have more options for fiberglass free cheap mattresses because our fire-certification tests are different than in the USA. All of the Canadian mattress specific companies design their mattresses to only meet the Canadian requirements, which is great because they can use less harsh methods to meet the fire resistance tests.

Combining all of this information, we give each mattress a score that allows us to compare them with one another in a mostly unbiased way.

The Mattress Competition

You’ll notice that there aren’t any hybrid mattresses with coils that made our list of the best affordable mattresses. That’s because they are more complex to build and cost more to make, which means the hybrid mattress prices were too high to win a spot in our rankings.

A hybrid mattress can provide great value and is among the best comfort level for side, back and stomach sleepers, but they are more expensive than the memory foam mattresses.

We really like the Simba Hybrid mattress, and after conducting our reviews we ranked it as one of our overall best mattresses. While we think the price is justified because of the premier comfort it provides with its memory foam and 5000 pocket coils, it’s just too expensive for anyone looking for a budget mattress.

Same goes for the Emma Hybrid Comfort mattress – our series of tests and reviews really impressed us and even though it’s 2nd place for overall best mattress, it’s more expensive than these options. We found during our hybrid review that we really loved this mattress and found the firmness ideal, with a layer of comfy memory foam on top of the supportive coils. We ranked it as the second best Canadian mattress (just missing out slightly to the more premier Simba 5000).

Emma is one of the few online hybrid mattress companies that offers heavy discounts on their mattresses during Black Friday and other events so it’s worth it to wait if you don’t need a new mattress urgently. Note that we would only recommend the Emma original to heavier people as it was just too firm and had almost no give or response for our 160lb bodies when we tested it on our bed.

Logan & Cove now offers a new hybrid bed called the Frontier with 2700 micro coils which would likely be comparable to the Simba 2500 mattress features. The coils have 5 zones of support so that back and side sleepers have more support at their hips and a softer feel on their shoulders. It’s rated as medium firm bed but we haven’t tested it so we didn’t feel comfortable recommending it.

Good Morning, the company that makes our top pick the Douglas Mattress and our budget pick the Juno, used to have a mattress that was even cheaper than the Douglas Juno. It only had a single layer of memory foam (with no top memory foam comfort layer of gel memory foam) so it was really the cheapest Canadian mattress you could get. It must not have been a very popular mattress because it’s no longer available, but that’s ok – it was even less comfortable than the Juno.

The Endy mattress is very popular, but we found it quite firm considering Endy calls it a medium firm feel comfort level. Endy says their 10 inch height mattress is good for back, side, and stomach sleepers, and that it is loved by 1 million Canadians!

Endy claims that their foam is unique in that it offers the same firmness performance even as the Canadian seasons change from warm to cold. We didn’t notice the firmness change as it warmed up, we just felt it was too firm for our liking. The Endy is actually very comparable in feel and comfort to the $300 cheaper Juno mattress.

We’re hoping to test out Endy’s newer 13 inch thick hybrid memory-foam coil spring mattress soon and when we do we’ll add it to our review. Endy says it offers maximum support with it’s Canadian made steel coils and zoned lumbar support. Endy pours their own foam at factories in Ontario and assembles the coils and memory foam in Canada.

Polysleep seems to have reasonably priced mattresses, but we just haven’t been able to test in person and actually lay on a Polysleep bed. We’ve heard good things about the 10 inch height Polysleep and the bed seems to be comparable in value to the other memory foam mattresses for comfort and firmness as well as the quality of the foams.

What we haven’t included in our list of best mattresses and why

Mattress Reviews we haven’t conducted – yet!

  • Silk & Snow Mattress
  • Saatva Mattress
  • Purple Mattress
  • Nectar Mattress
  • Casper Mattress
  • GhostBed Mattress

Silk & Snow mattresses have pretty decent reviews, but recently they’ve lost some of their market share. Silk and Snow mattress used to offer something unique, but as new mattress companies start up their mattress are less special. All in all we think that a Silk & Snow mattress is still a good choice but we haven’t had a chance to actually see it or sleep on it in person so we can’t whole-heartedly recommend it.

Saatva makes some mattresses that are rated above average, but the cost is also above average, and they’re still more expensive than these mattress picks even on sale.

We also did not review Purple, and we didn’t review Nectar, because those mattresses are more than $1500 so they aren’t in the same price point as the memory-foam mattress we did review.

There are other companies that make a memory foam mattress available in Canada, but we did not bother to review Casper mattresses, Nectar mattresses, or GhostBed as they have a fiberglass mattress sock. We figured it wasn’t worth our time. They are foam mattresses with more than one layer of memory foam to provide additional support for side and back sleepers, and they would likely provide good value.

We wanted to review the Nolah mattress but they aren’t available in Canada so we decided not to bother. Same goes for Brooklyn Bedding mattresses and the Dreamcloud Dreamfoam essential, Dreamfoam, Helix, Bear, and Siena. Some of these countries appear to be shipping to Canada for a surcharge, but that can make the sleep trial and warranty claims difficult. Brooklyn Bedding and some of these other mattress companies may soon start distributing in Canada.

And no, we didn’t review the Douglas Endy – it’s not a mattress – that’s a common typo, so stop it already!

What to look for when choosing a cheap mattress in Canada

There are so many different choices for online mattresses that making a decision can be difficult. Plus, if you’re trying to save money and get the best mattress for a budget price, you won’t be getting all the bells and whistles. However, there are still a bunch of affordable mattresses that can give you a comfortable sleep on a budget.

When choosing a mattress in any price point, you need to know what type of mattress you want. To get the best sleep, you’ll want to consider your sleeping position, your body type, and that of anyone else you might be sharing the bed with regularly. Think of mattresses in beds that you’ve slept on before, and why you liked them.

Do you prefer a firm or a soft mattress? Do you like to feel hugged by soft memory foam while you sleep, or do you like to lay on top of a firmer, coil spring mattress? Health issues can also be a consideration – if you suffer from back pain, a firmer mattress will be best for you. If you sleep on your back or your side, you’ll typically want a mattress that let’s you sink just enough.

What to consider when choosing a mattress

  • mattress price
  • comfort level
  • sleep position
  • edge support
  • motion isolation if you sleep with someone
  • shipping costs
  • any accessories that may come with the mattress like sheets, pillows, and even free phones
  • sleep trial policy and warranty terms
  • is the review unbiased or is it a review that doesn’t really help you make a decision

Mattress Price isn’t the only factor when choosing the best cheap mattresses

There are many factors to consider when choosing a mattress. For some with very limited budgets, price is the most important aspect. That’s why we chose to include some really cheap mattresses so that people are aware of their best choices depending on their financial situation.

Another option, however, is financing. Most mattress companies offer financing, and since they also have extensive sleep test periods, it’s relatively low risk. Financing can be applied for and approved immediately on the company’s website via Payoneer at the checkout.

Are cheap mattresses comfortable?

In our reviews, we found that cheap mattresses can vary in comfort depending on the materials used and even the brand of the mattress.

However, in general, a cheaper mattress is not going to provide the same comfort as a more expensive mattress. If you struggle with pressure points, it’s essential to get a mattress that relieves pressure – likely a memory foam mattress.

If you’re looking for optimum performance and features, plan to pay more than the lowest price mattresses.

Some of the best mattresses provide enough firmness support for different types of sleepers. The also have cooling and chill technology to help maintain comfort for warm sleepers, and they have free shipping. Keep reading for some things to consider when upgrading your bed.

Mattress Firmness, Stomach Sleepers, and Sleep Position

In selecting the firmness of a mattress, the most important factor is your sleep position. Stomach sleepers will want a firm mattress – one that allows your hips and mid-section to sink just enough to maintain a natural curve in your spine. Side sleepers want a softer mattress to relieve pressure on their hips and shoulders. The best mattress for back sleepers is somewhere in-between. Back sleepers need support along their spine, but their hips need to settle into the mattress enough to support their lumbar area.

Body type can also be a consideration, as a heavier sleeper will sink farther into any firmness of mattress than a lighter sleeper even when testing the same bed. Sinkage is a bad thing when trying to get out of bed, it can make every morning feel like an uphill battle!

Average FirmnessRecommended Sleeping Position
Mattress Firmness Affected by sleeping position and body weight

Mattress companies determine the firmness of their mattresses through a combination of factors, including the type and density of materials used, the thickness of comfort layers, and the overall design of the mattress. They may also conduct testing and gather feedback from customers to assess the firmness level and make adjustments as needed.

The problem is that each mattress company has their own method for rating these things. We’ve tested medium-firm mattresses from one company that were too hard for our liking, and we’ve tested medium-firm mattresses from another company that were almost too soft. That’s a pretty big range for a foam mattress that’s rated the same!

We test each mattress the same way so that we can determine the firmness relative to each other.

Edge Support

Edge support is partially a factor of the firmness of the mattress. If sitting on the edge of the bed, or sleeping near the edge of the mattress, edge support is the measurement of how much the edge compresses.

If you’re edge sleepers, really bad edge support could mean that it’s easier to roll out of bed. Or it can mean that when you sit on the edge of the bed your bottom hits the bed frame.

Firm/good edge support is also beneficial for those that have a harder time getting up out of bed. With a firm edge, you can use it to push yourself up out of bed.

Motion Isolation in Bed

If you sleep with someone (or something – a pet) sharing your bed, then motion isolation is great to keep your sleep partner from disturbing you. All foam mattresses typically have better motion isolation than hybrid or innerspring mattresses, but none of the mattresses we tested had bad motion isolation.

The Juno bed had good motion isolation, but the Douglas Original had better motion isolation, and the Douglas Alpine and Douglas Summit had slightly better again.

What about shipping?

Shipping a mattress to Canada can be expensive, that’s why we’ve only included mattresses that are shipped for free within Canada.

There are a few other popular mattress companies that make and sell their mattresses in the USA, but it can cost an extra $250 for shipping plus duty to get the mattress into the country. And if you need to return the mattress after a sleep trial, it’s an equally annoying hassle.

We don’t feel the need to look for the best budget mattress from outside of Canada, as there are hundreds of them available within Canada’s borders.

Unboxing and mattress off-gassing

When we unboxed the mattresses, we made sure to clear the space so we could move around easily. It’s important to think about where you want the mattress to go before you start, because it’s heavy and hard to move once it’s out of the box.

We followed the instructions carefully to avoid messing it up, but in reality it was quite easy. And we made sure to give it time to puff up and air out before using it.

The mattresses can release a slight odor after unboxing, which is known as off-gassing. This is due to the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the materials used in the mattress. Most Canadian mattresses use CertiPUR memory foam that has very few, if any, VOCs.

The off-gassing odor is generally not harmful and tends to dissipate over time as the mattress airs out. It’s a good idea to open the windows and allow the mattress to air out before putting your sheets and bedding on the mattress.

Bed Foundation Requirements

A bed frame for a mattress-in-a-box should offer good support and stability for the mattress. It also needs to be the right size for the mattress, fitting it well without any overhang. The main goal is to make sure the bed frame gives the mattress the support it needs to stay comfortable and in good shape.

Some of the best foam mattresses have specific requirements or recommendations from the mattress manufacturer, in order to meet the warranty terms. Mostly, they require that the bed frame provide adequate support to keep the bed from sagging.

Typically, they say the bed frame slats need to be a maximum of 3 inches apart with each slat being a minimum width of 2 inches.

A solid surface platform bed can work, but it’s better to have a slatted frame that allows air to flow under the mattress. This helps prevent mold and mildew, and it also helps keep your bed cooler because memory foam mattresses are designed to let air flow through and take away your body heat while you sleep.

We’ve rounded up all that info and put it in this article.

Types of Mattresses

There are many different types of mattress, but we can group them into a few main categories because even though companies like to use new, fancy buzzwords, they are just new names for the same old mattress types.

Types of mattresses

  • memory foam mattresses
  • all foam mattresses
  • latex mattresses
  • hybrid mattresses
  • innerspring mattresses

Typically, all foam mattresses are the cheapest to make, and compact the most for shipping so they are also the most affordable. If you’re set on a hybrid or latex mattress, then it will pay to be patient and wait for mattress sales before you shop. Often a hybrid mattress (like the Emma Hybrid mattress) will go on sale and cost the same amount as a normal priced foam mattress.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is called this because it keeps a short-term memory of the shape of your body, so it really contours nicely. This is great if you like to feel that sinking-in feeling while you’re sleeping, but it can make it harder to get up and out of bed as you’re sort of sunk down in a hole.
Also, being more cradled by the memory foam leads to sleeping hotter. Many mattress companies have come up with cooling gels and other things to help minimize the heat.

All foam mattresses

While a memory foam mattress indicates a specific type of foam, an all-foam mattress doesn’t. It could really be any type of foam in the mattress, it just specifies that there is nothing else in the mattress like latex, or steel springs. In fact, many memory foam mattresses are also all-foam mattresses so there is definitely some crossover in terminology – but that likely doesn’t matter when you’re fast asleep!

Latex mattresses

Latex is a natural product made from the sap of the rubber tree. Of course there are synthetic latexes as well, so if you’re looking for a latex mattress be sure to find out if it’s natural latex or not. Latex has a naturally springy property and is very long lasting. Some latex mattresses have been giving quality sleep for 50 years with very little loss of their springiness!

Hybrid mattresses

A hybrid mattress consists of foam layers on top of an innerspring support layer. The springs are the same as those used in an innerspring mattress. Hybrid mattresses typically cost more, but they can also provide a better sleep for side sleepers or others who experience pressure points.

Innerspring mattresses

These mattresses don’t have foam layers, but may come with a small layer of padding (called a pillow-top) to help keep you from feeling the springs while laying on the mattress. These are the types of mattresses we all used to sleep on when we were kids – the cheap mattresses that came from Sears or Woolco.

The springs are usually made of steel, and they are referred to as coils. “Pocket coils” means that each coil is individually wrapped to prevent it’s movement from transferring too much to the next.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it cheaper to buy a mattress online in Canada?

Online mattress companies in Canada sell direct to the customer, so there's no overhead of showrooms and salespeople. The savings can then be passed on to the customer, making an online mattress cheaper than in store. The only time there's an exception to this is if a big-box store has a crazy sale (think Costco having a sale on their mattresses in a box). Shipping costs are almost always free, unless you're shipping to a remote location or buying a mattress from out of the country. Plus, buying online saves you the trouble of strapping a mattress onto the roof of your car!

Will a cheap mattress need to be replaced sooner?

Yes and no. Of course the very cheap mattresses will need to be replaced sooner, but there are many middle-priced mattresses being sold online by companies that are offering 10, 15, and even 20 year warranties on their mattresses - and they wouldn't still be in business if their mattresses didn't last.

Is shipping expensive when I buy a mattress online?

These online mattress companies know that a high shipping cost can be a turnoff, and so almost all of them include free shipping that gets their mattress right to your front door in a matter of days.

Are inexpensive mattresses worth it?

If you're looking for an inexpensive queen size mattress under $500, don't expect it to last for years and years. And while some non-specific sleepers may find them comfortable, we recommend spending a little bit more to get a mattress with a 10 year warranty and a more comfortable feel. The best price mattresses seem to be in the $500-$900 (Canadian, dollars) range and there are several choices that will serve you well for years.

Which mattress is best in Canada?

Our overall pick for the best mattress in Canada is the Simba 5000 hybrid, or the Emma Comfort Hybrid mattress. For a cheaper mattress that's all memory foam (which is why it's cheaper than the hybrid mattresses) is the Douglas Alpine or Summit mattress.

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