You’ve probably already heard of the bed-in-a-box trend. But have you actually considered buying one? Here are our favorite boxed mattress brands to try.

By Hannah Bruneman
March 07, 2019
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Half the hassle of buying a new mattress is getting it home and hauling it up the stairs (or to the elevator, if you’re lucky).

If a saggy old mattress is preventing you from getting those recommended seven hours of sleep each night, maybe it's time to upgrade. Some companies are eliminating the stress of a mattress-shopping experience by offering mattress-in-a-box delivery services. Most of these mattresses consist of flexible layers of foam, gel, or a hybrid of the two instead of springs, which keep the bed from being folded or compressed. The mattress is shipped to your doorstep in a compact box or roll. Once you get it inside, make sure to place it in its intended room or bedframe before opening it up, then watch as the mattress magically unrolls and expands.

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On top of convenience, boxed mattresses also tend to be a more affordable option. Less space in the delivery truck means a smaller shipping cost—some companies even forego the shipping costs altogether!

Most mattress-in-a-box products work with an assortment of bed platforms and frames, too. If you have a bed frame that would normally need a box spring, be sure to get a box spring for your new mattress. Without enough support, it will sink like a traditional mattress. If you have a platform bed frame, you can likely skip the box spring.

If you're having cold feet about committing to such a big purchase, let the guarantee of a trial period ease your mind. Most mattress-in-a-box companies offer 100-day trial periods (many times, even longer!) to try out your new bed. If you don't love it, you can usually get a full refund within that period. Sometimes the company will even pick up the mattress from your house! But, to get it right the first time, check out our list of the best bed-in-a-box mattresses based on user reviews, consumer reports, and affordability. These have each received outstanding reviews by their customers and come in a range of price points and comfort levels to suit your needs.

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Casper

Casper is one of the more well-known boxed mattress brands, partly because it's been on the scene since 2014. They have a price point for every type of shopper, whether it’s a frugal first-time homeowner or a sleep enthusiast ready to splurge. The Casper Mattress is their most popular design and has a mid-range price. Its four layers of foam offer support, breathability, and comfort, and it's under a limited warranty for a decade. Check out Casper’s new night light while you’re at it!

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Allswell

If you prefer a mattress with a luxurious, foam-top feel, check out Walmart's version of bed-in-a-box, Allswell. The medium-firm mattress stands at 10-inches tall when unrolled, and it's extra-plush thanks to a combination of foam and coiled layers. Another perk? It's one of the lowest-priced boxed mattresses we've seen.

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Helix

Helix is similar to other boxed mattress companies, but with one important distinction: it plays matchmaker. To pair you with the best bed possible, Helix offers a sleep quiz that asks about your age, sleep position preferences, and any aches and pains you experience. You'll be directed to a mattress with soft, medium, or firm support and the rest, they say, is history.

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Lull

Hot sleepers, this one's for you. Lull’s boxed mattresses are made with a hybrid of gel and foam. The top 1-1/2-inch layer is infused with a gel polymer that keeps the mattress cool while you sleep (it helps to disperse your body's heat throughout the mattress, instead of sitting at the top with you). Trust us, you’ll sleep better because of it.

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Avocado Green

No, we're not talking about the retro appliance color. Consumer Reports named the Avocado Green Mattress the number one best innerspring mattress (translation: it scores top marks in the comfort department). Customers can also feel good about the environmental impact of their purchase. Avocado uses natural latex rubber in its foam production, organic wool and cotton, and recycled-steel support coils. It is on the pricier side of boxed mattresses, but for the eco-conscious customer, it’s worth the extra cash.

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Nectar

Nectar mattresses are considered one of the more affordable bed-in-a-box brands, but the low cost doesn’t mean lower quality. They're made of five layers of foam, including a top cooling layer so you don’t overheat as you sleep. Nectar's products also include dust mite protection to keep your mattress extra-clean. These mattresses can fit on any base, including adjustable bed frames (score!).

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Purple

To be clear: The mattress itself isn't purple, but its inner layers are. Customers love the Original Purple Bed for its Purple Smart Comfort Grid. This unique layer is a hollow grid that gives you support when you need it (like preventing the bed from shaking when one sleeper gets up or rolls over). The grid design also helps air circulate, which keeps the bed cool.

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Ghostbed

We are all about convenience. That’s why we love this boxed mattress, available at Costco. It’s made up of several foam layers and falls right in the middle of the firmness scale, meaning it'll relieve pressure points but still feel soft. You can also purchase an adjustable base that's loaded up with oodles of make-your-life-easier features like built-in USB ports, a massage setting, and under-the-bed LED lighting.

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Tuft & Needle

With 130,000+ positive reviews, the original Tuft & Needle mattress was a huge hit with consumers. So naturally, we have high hopes for its new-and-improved model, the Mint. This enhanced T&N mattress is two inches thicker, has a better foam core, more cooling gel beads, and extra support around its edges.

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Brooklyn Bedding

Our favorite thing about Brooklyn Bedding’s Bloom Hybrid mattress is the top Talalay latex layer. It’s made from natural rubber and relieves tension in your body as you sleep. Picky sleepers can also choose the level of firmness before they buy, ensuring the right kind of mattress tailored to you. It is more expensive than most, but the Bloom Hybrid is hypoallergenic and promises seven times more breathability than its bed-in-a-box counterparts.

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Parachute Home

Parachute offers a mattress-in-a-box that they’re confident will please all kinds of sleepers. Made with ergonomic zones, the foam-free Parachute mattress lets you rest easy with a straight spine, whether you're a side, back, or stomach sleeper. A layer of wool is followed by supporting coils of various strength, then the layers repeat with a cotton cover to hold it all together.

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Wayfair Sleep

Wayfair has an impressive collection of bed-in-a-box options, with several different brands represented. We, however, are fans of the Wayfair Sleep mattresses, their in-house brand. For an affordable choice, go with the Wayfair Sleep Gel Memory Foam mattress. It is 8-inches thick with gel memory foam that helps regulate your temperature to help you sleep cool.

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Leesa

With more 12,500 five-star reviews, how could we not fall in love with the Leesa mattress? Leesa is an all-foam layered mattress with cooling and contouring features. It’s so relaxing that it was named the exclusive mattress of West Elm. For being one of the top-rated boxed mattresses, it’s not a bad price, either.

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IKEA

Although IKEA is one of our go-to sources for affordable home decor, we'd admittedly not considered it as a mattress provider–until now. A comfy, queen-size foam mattress priced under $300 is a tough act to beat, particularly for a vacation home or guest bedroom. So when you're making your annual pilgrimage, be sure to save some space in the car. At least unboxing this mattress will be easier than assembling an IKEA bed frame.

Pro tip: You can always buy a mattress pad to up a bed's comfort factor. "The sales person said you can always make a firm mattress softer but you can't make a soft mattress more firm. So true," one shopper wrote.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
March 26, 2019
We have The Mint from Tuft & Needle. After going through 4 other fairly expensive mattresses (2 sleep numbers $1500-3000; a Layered foam bed , $1800; and a Beauty Rest, $2200) that all ended up sinking in the middle even with good box springs. I got the support box, the mattress, a mattress cover and decided to splurge on their sheets. Best Purchase Ever! It came to $1250 after a $150 discount. I get in this bed and I’m asleep within 15 minutes and I sleep great all night. I’ve had lower back surgery and a few other broken bones (I have horses and I don’t bounce very well anymore-LOL) so I have pressure points all over. I sleep hot and my husband is always cold, but we are both comfortable. We’ve had it about a year now and we aren’t sinking into the middle. Oh, their sheets are amazing too. They also have great customer service. They have recently merged with Beauty Rest, so I really hope their product doesn’t change.