Best Mattress For An Airbnb – Affordable Options

A bad mattress can mean unhappy guests. But furnishing an Airbnb is expensive. These are some of the best mattresses for an Airbnb that are affordable.

Don’t make the same mistake as I did. When I first started hosting I thought the mattresses at my property were good enough. I was wrong. Luckily one of my first guests mentioned the mattresses were a bit uncomfortable, but still gave me 5 stars. After that, I went and laid on every mattress. The guest was right. The mattresses were uncomfortable and I bought new ones for every bed immediately.

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New mattresses can get expensive fast, especially if you have several beds. Here are some good options that won’t break the bank but will keep guests happy.

  1. Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress:

The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress is very popular with Airbnb hosts. The mattress is infused with green tea and charcoal to keep the mattress fresh. There are different thicknesses. I would recommend the 12″ or the thinnest 10″. The thinner options tend to have worse reviews.

There are some complaints that the mattress is harder than expected. But it does appear to make the majority of people happy. Remember you will never be able to please everyone with a mattress. Many hosts give this mattress rave reviews, especially for the price.

If you are looking for a very affordable option, Zinus is a great choice. Many hosts love and have repeatedly purchased this mattress.

I do know a few hosts who have purchased this mattress and disliked it. They think the mattress is too hard. Zinus is cheap enough that even if you purchase a topper it is still a very affordable option. This also gives the guests a choice to remove the topper if they prefer a firmer mattress or leave the topper on for a softer mattress.

  1. Signature Design by Ashley:

Running low on funds but still need new mattresses? This mattress by Ashley is about as inexpensive as the Zinus. It also has great reviews. I know hosts who have this in their rentals and are extremely happy with it. If you decide this mattress is the one it is best to go with the 12″ instead of a thinner mattress. The 12″ is still very affordable. For the price of this mattress, the reviews are amazing!

  1. Lucid

This mattress is one of the cheaper options. If you need to stick with the most affordable options this would be my choice for the cheapest mattresses.

The reviews are great. There are hosts I know who use Lucid mattresses and love them. A great mattress for those on a budget.

  1. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress:

Nectar is a memory foam mattress that is very affordable. It isn’t the cheapest mattress but it isn’t much more expensive than the cheapest mattresses. If you can afford more than the cheapest mattress Nectar is my personal favorite. I have it in my rental (I stay at it for weeks at a time in the off-season) and love it. I liked the mattress so much that I got one for my house and have been using it for the last several years. My guests have mentioned several times that the beds are comfortable and I have yet to have any complaints.

  1. Dream Cloud

This is another brand that isn’t the most expensive but not the cheapest. There are great reviews on Dream Cloud and other hosts who have them like Dream Cloud.

If I was looking for new mattresses for my vacation rental and even myself I would highly consider a dream cloud. Dream Cloud is a reasonable price and with the reviews, I think this mattress is a great choice.

  1. Tuft & Needle Mattress:

The Tuft & Needle is another brand I see people choose often. I believe the price has increased in the last few years. This is one of the more expensive mattresses.

I have not personally tried this mattress, but I haven’t heard as many complaints about this mattress compared to the Zinus mattress. If you have the budget it may be worth buying this higher priced mattress. But there are many other options that I think are more affordable and will give your guests a comfortable night’s sleep.

  1. Casper Sleep Original Foam Mattress

The Casper mattress has had wonderful reviews in the past. This mattress is middle range in price. The most recent reviews on Amazon for this mattress aren’t great. I included Casper in this article because there are many hosts I have seen recommend them.

I was considering getting this mattress for my vacation rental until I read the most recent reviews. It appears that several people have received mattresses that have been in the box for a few years and there are complaints about the mattresses. This issue could be fixed now but I wasn’t willing to risk it. Casper is a mattress many hosts recommend. But I would be cautious buying it.

Get a mattress protector!

Regardless of what mattress you get make sure to get a mattress protector. A mattress protector that encases the entire mattress is a must. This is not only protection against wetness but also protects against bed bugs. Bedbugs are a host’s worst nightmare. Do everything you can to prevent them! If you are looking for options for mattress protectors check out this article.

A mattress protector can sometimes give a plastic feel. To avoid that a mattress protector that fits like a fitted sheet can be used overtop the mattress protector that encases the mattress.

I know that seems a little redundant. But having a mattress protector that can be removed and washed easily makes life easier. It is also double the protection for your mattress. Keeping spare mattress protectors on site in case of a bad accident is doable. Keeping spare mattresses is much more difficult.

My thoughts

The Nectar or Dream Cloud are my choices for mattresses. They are reasonably priced and I see them both recommended by many hosts. I have a Nectar at my vacation rental and my house. I think either of these two is a great choice.

Tuft and Needle and Casper are both on the higher end of the price for mattresses I would consider. With a higher price tag, they may last a bit longer. If I was making a considerable about of money and wanted a better mattress I would consider getting one of these mattresses. But for most people (including myself) I think there are better-priced mattresses that have a similar comfort level.

With a tight budget, the Zinus is a good option. I would recommend a topper that guests can remove if they would like a firmer bed. This is one of the easiest ways to make a large amount of guests happy by adding a topper. Zinus is currently one of the most affordable options. Ashley brand mattress is a very similar price. I have heard fewer complaints about the Ashley brand but many more hosts have Zinus than Ashley mattresses.

Lucid is slightly more expensive than Zinus and Ashley mattresses. If you have to go with the cheapest option I would choose the Lucid mattress. It is still very well priced and hosts I know who have a Lucid mattress are happy with them.

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