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I Got A $200 Mattress (And The Rest Of My Bedding) From Amazon And Have No Regrets

A mattress, comforter, pillow, and highly rated sheet set for less than $310.

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If you've ever moved across the country or — as in my case — to a new country, you'll know that some things are just too hard to relocate, like your bed and what goes on top of it.

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I recently moved from Sydney to New York and there was no way in hell I was wasting my limited luggage allowance on bedding*, so I had to start from scratch and buy everything new.

We don't have Amazon in Australia yet (I knowwwwwwww!), so when I arrived in the US and heard just how fast Prime shipping can be, I knew straight away where I'd be shopping for my much-needed bedroom staples.

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Here's exactly what I ended up buying after a lot of research on the best affordable bedding on Amazon:

1. A hypoallergenic comforter that honestly feels as soft and bouncy as I imagine a cloud to be.

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Number of reviews: 4,861

Rating: 4.5 stars

At first I felt a little skeptical about buying a duvet that cost so little — but then I read the comments. Amazon reviewers seriously love this thing, and for good reason. When it arrives, all boxed up, you think there's no way it can turn into the fluffy, soft, heavenly item you imagined, but it does!

Get it on Amazon for $30.99 or from Jet for $39.99.

2. A set of affordable sheets with more good reviews than I've ever seen for anything else on Amazon.

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Number of reviews: 30,591

Rating: 4.5 stars

These sheets honestly seem too good to be true, but I assure you that's not the case! These are some of the softest sheets I've ever slept on and I don't know if I'll ever get over the fact they were so cheap. They come in a huge range of different colors, but I chose to go with white, as endorsed by my colleague Rachel.

Get it on Amazon for $19.70.

3. A pillow that's filled with shredded memory foam, making it easy to adjust to your exact desired thickness.

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Number of reviews: 13,977

Rating: 4.3 stars

I love, love, love a firm pillow, so when I heard my coworker Terri talking about the memory-foam pillow her doctor recommended, I took note. While this pillow is relatively expensive, I justified it by thinking about terrible I sleep when I use a pillow that's too thin. (Yes, I'm the person who will fold a pillow in half, then prop it up with my arm just to get comfortable.)

This pillow is fully adjustable with a zipper that makes it easy to remove any excess memory foam, but I chose to keep all of mine inside. It also stays cool all night long, and though it did have a bit of a ~chemical~ smell when I first unpacked it, I left it on a sunny windowsill for two days in a row, which magically evaporated the scent. It feels good going to sleep every night knowing that I made a great investment for my neck.

Get it from Amazon or Jet for $54.99.

4. A memory-foam mattress that didn't blow my bedroom budget.

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Number of reviews: 4,189

Rating: 4.2 stars

The hardest thing about showing up in a new city with nothing but a bag of clothes is that while you want to be as thoughtful with your purchasing as possible, you're also working with a deadline — I needed something to sleep on. I did a lot of reading about the hot mattress brands of the moment (and yes, I read and loved that epic mattress review investigation), and considered buying a Casper for a hot second — until I found this Lucid mattress that comes with a 25-year guarantee. With amazing reviews, an unbelievably amazing price tag, and a solid warranty, I couldn't find a reason not to get this mattress, so I added to my cart. I've had it for three weeks now and with compete honesty can say it's the best mattress I've ever owned.

Get it on Amazon for $192.78 or from Jet for $198 or Walmart for $198.

There's still a lot I want to do with my bedroom, but for now, I have everything I really need for it to feel damn cozy.

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*Also, if you're wondering, I brought my decorative pillow covers and throw with me from home. I got the pillowcases on sale from West Elm a couple of years ago, and the throw is from Australian online boutique that's sadly since closed.

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