I test mattresses for a living and I'd buy these 3 on Cyber Monday

Nectar cyber Monday
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As a veteran deals writer turned professional mattress reviewer, I've become highly acquainted with some of the best mattresses on the market, along with the types of promotions mattress brands tend to run year-round. Mattress sales aren't created equal, however – the very best offers generally take place during this time of year.

Cyber Monday mattress deals are picking up where Black Friday left off, so there are still lots of discounts ongoing. Below are three mattresses (plus a bonus budget entry) I'd personally buy today and can therefore confidently recommend to you too. While the strength of their discounts played a large role in my final decisions, I also considered what each mattress offers in regard to overall value, build quality and brand reputation. That's in addition to our past experiences when testing them.

If none of our recommendations fit your specific criteria, then we have provided a list of other top Cyber Monday deals to check out. And if you're new to online mattress shopping, we have a few expert shopping tips to share below, too.

The top 4 mattresses to buy this Cyber Monday

1. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress placed on a light wooden bed frame and covered with a white duvet

(Image credit: Nectar)

The flagship Nectar mattress continues to offer the best value for money. Not only is it cheap (often undercutting mid-range rivals Purple and Casper), but it's also one of the most supportive mattresses we've ever slept on. In our Nectar Memory Foam mattress review, our testers praised Nectar's perfect balance of firmness and softness, with cushioned support around the shoulders, hips and back.

Nectar has been running a consistent 33% off sitewide flash sale throughout November, and that has continued into Cyber Monday. You can bring home a queen-sized Nectar Memory Foam mattress for just $669 (was $999). That's $130 below the sale price we saw last Cyber Monday, but that previous deal included up to $499 in free bedding. Nectar doesn't offer any freebies this time around, but you'll have more than enough money left over to spend on bedding sales if you so wish.

Another reason why we consider the Nectar to be the best mattress for under $1,000 is that it comes with a 1-year trial, free delivery and returns, and a lifetime warranty. Such perks should ease your mind if you're wary of buying a bed online, as you'll have a whole year to decide if you like it – and you won't have to pay a cent if you don't.

Consider the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress if: you like the soft, cushiony sink-in feeling of memory foam, but don't want to spend a lot of money.

Nectar Memory Foam mattress: 33% off, from $359 (opens in new tab)

Nectar Memory Foam mattress: 33% off, from $359 (opens in new tab)
Best Overall Value -
 Our favorite value mattress is now on sale. Nectar is taking 33% off sitewide, which is its best discount of the year. In our Nectar mattress review, we called the Editor's Choice mattress a tremendous value for the money. We found it's very comfortable (thanks to its five layers of memory foam) and it offers excellent pressure relief around your shoulders, hips, and back. Bonus points for offering an impressive 365-night trial and a forever guarantee. As part of its current sale — you can get the twin mattress for $359 (was $599) or the queen for $669 (was $999). Those prices beat last year's Black Friday flash sale. 

2. Saatva Classic mattress

The Saatva Classic Luxury Firm mattress placed on a black bed frame and dressed with a blue bed throw

(Image credit: Saatva)

The Saatva Classic hybrid brings hotel-quality comfort to your home at a price that won't decimate your bank account. It's not affordable in the way that the Nectar is, but when put into context with other handcrafted luxury mattresses, it's competitively priced, especially versus more expensive in-store models. It's durable, too – we slept on a Saatva Classic mattress for over a year and still found it as supportive and comfortable as we did the first night we tried it. We share all of the details in our Saatva Classic mattress review. (It also comes with a lifetime warranty.)

We have an exclusive discount that knocks $400 off Saatva mattresses of $1,000 or more (opens in new tab). That's the largest dollar-off coupon we've seen from Saatva all year as it applies to a broad range of beds, including the Classic. After discount, a queen-size Saatva Classic mattress is now $1,395 (was $1,795), which is one of the lowest prices we've seen for it in the past year. Note that a twin Saatva Classic is priced below $1,000 so you'll want to click this link (opens in new tab) to see it on sale for $710 (was $935).

You can customize your Saatva Classic mattress with three firmness options plus two height choices. Saatva has earned a seal of approval from the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations for its lumbar zone technology, and we think it's the best mattress for back pain. To further that benefit, free white glove delivery is standard with all orders so you won't have to worry about setting this over 100lb. mattress on your bed. You'll also get a full year to try it at home, but you'll be on the hook for a $99 returns fee if it doesn't work out. 

Consider the Saatva Classic if: you want a more buoyant bed that has some bounce – particularly if you're a stomach sleeper and/or have a heavier body weight and need something firm.

Saatva Classic mattress:  $400 off $1,000 or more (opens in new tab)

Saatva Classic mattress: $400 off $1,000 or more (opens in new tab)
Exclusive deal - The Saatva Classic is the best luxury hybrid mattress you can buy. This high-end innerspring mattress combines eco-friendly foams and a cushioning Euro pillow top with a super-durable dual steel coil support system. In our Saatva Classic mattress review, we found it's fantastic to sleep on. The Saatva Classic comes in three different comfort levels (soft, medium firm, or firm) and two heights (11.5 or 14.5 inches). Plus, it includes free white glove delivery as standard. After our exclusive discount (opens in new tab), a queen costs $1,395 (was $1,795). 

3. DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress

DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress in a light bedroom, with colorful bedding

(Image credit: DreamCloud)

If the Saatva above is out of your price range, the DreamCloud is an excellent alternative. This luxury hybrid is solidly-built and capable of comfortably supporting heavyweight sleepers. We note in our DreamCloud mattress review that it excels at pressure relief (especially along the hips and spine) and keeping night sweats at bay. The DreamCloud doesn't transfer a lot of motion, either, which makes it a great choice for couples who don't want to be bothered by their partner's movements. 

Much like its stablemate Nectar, DreamCloud has been hosting a consistent flash sale throughout the month, and it's rolling into Cyber Monday. The DreamCloud mattress is 25% off, dropping the price of a queen to $899 (was $1,199). Adding to an already incredible value, DreamCloud includes sheets, a mattress protector and up to two cooling pillows for free with purchase – an additional savings of up to $599.

You'll have a year to try the DreamCloud mattress at home, with free returns plus a full refund if you're not satisfied. Keep it and your purchase will be backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Combined with the free bedding and an exceptionally low price, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better value for a luxury mattress anywhere else.

Consider the DreamCloud: you're on the heavier side and need a supportive bed that'll gently cradle your joints – or if you like a firmer bed in general.

DreamCloud mattress: 25% off + up to $599 in free bedding (opens in new tab)

DreamCloud mattress: 25% off + up to $599 in free bedding (opens in new tab)
Affordable luxury -
 The 14-inch DreamCloud mattress is one of the tallest we've reviewed. It features five layers that offer firm, responsive support as well as soft cushioning. In our DreamCloud mattress review, we said it's a great bed for just about anyone, but it especially shines for those suffering from hip or lower back pain. As part of its flash sale — you can get the DreamCloud Hybrid mattress twin for $599 (was $799) or the queen for $899 (was $1,199). The mattress comes with free shipping, free returns, and a 365-night home trial. Plus, you get a free mattress protector, sheet set, and pillows.

BONUS: Siena memory foam mattress

A couple sleeps on the Siena Memory Foam Mattress in an orange bedroom

(Image credit: Siena Sleep)

My bonus entry is the Siena Memory Foam Mattress – a budget-friendly bed-in-a-box that delivers a surprising amount for its low price. Despite coming in at a regular sale price of under $500 for a queen size. In my Siena memory foam mattress review, I noted that the five-layer design is more akin to a mid-range mattress. In fact, it's comparable to the Nectar, although much firmer. The supportive sleep surface is especially comfortable when lying on your front, as it contours subtly to your body and distributes your body weight evenly. 

Because it's already so reasonably priced, I wasn't expecting major things this Cyber Monday. Siena is running its regular deal today, which knocks $200 off all sizes. While it's nothing particularly out of the ordinary, it's still exceptional value for money, and my top budget pick in the Cyber Monday sales. You'll still get a 180-night trial period, as well as a 10-year warranty.

Consider the Siena Memory Foam mattress if: you're on a tighter and/or are looking for an occasional bed, perhaps for the spare room. The firmer sleep feel means it's an especially good pick for back or stomach sleepers – those who like to lie on their side at night might find it a bit too firm. 

Siena Mattress: was (opens in new tab)

Siena Mattress: was $499 now from $299 at Siena Sleep (opens in new tab)
Budget option – Siena has stuck to its evergreen sale for Cyber Monday, but it's so cheap that we're not really complaining. A queen size is now down to $499. You'll have 180 nights to trial the Siena at home, and it comes with a 10-year warranty.

Cyber Monday mattress shopping: quick tips

Before you venture into the wild world of Cyber Monday mattress shopping, prepare yourself ahead of time to ensure you're purchasing the best bed for your sleep needs – and one that's within your budget. 

Whether you're new to buying a mattress online or need a refresher, here are a few expert shopping tips to keep in mind...

  • Know what you want: the only thing that's more important than saving money is purchasing a mattress that's the correct fit for your body type and sleep style
  • Look for a clear before and after price: along with checking the price history of the mattress, this is helpful in determining whether or not you're getting a true deal
  • Don't buy without a trial period: it takes about 21 days for your body to adjust to a new mattress so look for a mattress that includes a chance to test drive it
  • Check user reviews: get a sense of how a mattress fares across various builds and sleep preferences; many top brands boast tens of thousands of customer reviews

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Alison Barretta
Freelance reviewer and writer

Freelance writer and editor Alison is an expert mattress tester for Tom's Guide, and hails from Philadelphia, USA. Alison has reviewed a wide range of mattresses, pillows and other sleep accessories for Tom's Guide, putting the latest hybrid, memory foam and cooling mattresses from Casper, Nectar, Awara, Brooklinen and other leading brands through their paces. Alison has been sharing buying advice and retail news for over a decade. When she isn't reviewing mattresses, other home products or hunting for great deals to save you money, Alison can be found teaching/training in martial arts, fawning over skincare, and indulging in her quarantine-borne hobby: cooking.