Illustration of a woman lying in bed.

Best Mattress In A Box

Mattresses that are delivered straight to your door.
Customizable
Best Value
Best Hybrid
For Couples
Best Cooling
Best Alignment

What Is a Bed in a Box? 

A “mattress in a box,” also called “bed in a box,” is exactly what it sounds like– a mattress that has been vacuum-sealed, rolled up and put into a box that ships directly to your home. These mattresses range from memory foam to a more traditional-feeling hybrid mattresses, and perform just as good (if not better) as mattresses sold at large retailers. You typically won’t find an innerspring mattress in a box, but you can find some innersprings with added comfort layers, making them a hybrid. Bed in a box mattresses allow customers to save money by cutting out the middle man.

While shopping for mattresses online is becoming more and more popular, there is still the question that looms in the minds of many consumers: “Does rolling up my mattress cause damage?” The short answer is no. The process allows the integrity of the bed to be maintained during its travel. Most brands do recommend not leaving your bed in a box in the box too long after receiving because the longer it remains rolled up, it obviously becomes more compressed. When your mattress arrives, simply pull the rolled up mattress out of the box, and watch it expand.

Benefits of a Bed in a Box

When deciding whether to buy online or in-store, it can be helpful to consider the benefits of purchasing a bed-in-a-box.

  • Easily comparison shop—Purchasing a mattress online is just as convenient as it sounds. It can be done anywhere and at any time. While there are more than 200 mattress-in-a-box manufacturers out there today, we recommend browsing the top players in the game (there are roughly 25). Most of these companies offer a handful of models that can be easily compared based on your sleep position, budget, material preferences, and more.
  • Quick shipping—A mattress sold in a box or bag will typically arrive within one week after your order has been placed. Some mattresses, like Casper, can arrive in as little as two days.
  • Extensive sleep trial periods—To lessen the blow of the fact that shoppers can’t try the mattress prior to purchase, the majority of bed-in-a-box companies offer generous sleep trials with free returns. Nectar, for example, lets you try out the mattress for a whole year risk-free!
  • Cost savings—You’ll find everything from affordable, basic mattresses to luxury, multi-thousand dollar beds that come in a box. The variety is nice, but the cost savings are even nicer. The majority of these companies pass the cost savings they receive from eliminating a middle man onto their customers.
  • No pushy salespeople – Instead of being swarmed by salespeople as you step into a traditional mattress showroom, you can calmly scroll through your computer and buy on your own terms.

Conclusion

Shopping for the best bed-in-a-box can feel overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. We hope this guide was helpful for narrowing down your choices from a couple hundred to ten or so. Use the buyer’s guide as you get started on your shopping journey for a mattress-in-a-box, and we hope you find the bed that’s perfect for you!

If you still need guidance in your mattress buying journey, check out our ultimate mattress buying guide.

As Featured On

We take a lot of naps.  It’s tough work, but someone has to do it!  In all seriousness, we put these mattresses through the wringer.  We evaluate on a myriad of different factors including pressure relief, spine alignment, motion transfer, and cooling/airflow.

Not only is the mattress itself important, but so is the purchasing process.  We take into account the ease of ordering, how shipping is handled, the ease of setup, and overall customer service.

We set try to make the mattress buying experience simple, stress-free, and maybe even a little fun.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best type of mattress?

Mattresses are not one size fits all.  There are a lot of factors to think about.  What position do you sleep in?  Do you sleep alone or with a partner? Are you generally hot or cold when you sleep? Do you like to sink or prefer a firmer surface? The reality is, it’s going to come down to personal preference.  Luckily for you, there are tons of options to choose from.

How often should you replace your mattress?

That is a highly subjective question.  It really depends on the type and brand of mattress that you have.  Like most goods, mattresses range in quality.  A high quality mattress should last upwards of 10 years before it starts breaking down and losing it’s structural integrity.  Unfortunately, there are many mattresess that only last a few years.  Generally speaking, it may be a good time to start thinking about a new bed every 5 or so years.

Do I need a boxspring?

Well, you need to put the mattress on something. But you have options.  Anything that is sturdy and offers support may work, even if that is the floor!  A platform bed is another popular option, especially if you like a lower height of the mattress surface.  If you don’t mind spending some extra cash and want some flexibility, check out an adjustable base.  These will allow you raise one or both sides of the mattress to help find a comfortable position, or to making watching TV easier (although watching TV before bed is not recommended!).