What Are Bed-in-a-Box Mattresses?

By Loren Bullock

For years mattress shopping meant driving to a mattress warehouse or furniture store, lying on various models, and then somehow shoving your new purchase in your vehicle to take home. Once you got home, you and a team of people had to maneuver the mattress through doorways and up the stairs before you finally set it on your foundation. This all changed with the emergence of the digital age.

Now, you have the option to order a mattress-in-a-box online. Instead of having the entire mattress laid out, it is compressed into a box and shipped to your front door—just that simple.

A Quick History Lesson

The mind behind this genius concept is Bill Bradley. In 2007, he founded bedinabox.com where the first foam mattresses were compressed and put into a box. This didn’t really take off, however, until brands like Casper and Tuft & Needle jumped into the mix.

Nowadays, physical mattress retailers, such as Mattress Firm and Ashley Furniture, also carry boxed mattresses in their online stores to keep up with the competition. Everywhere you turn it seems like a new bed-in-a-box is popping up.

Benefits of Ordering A Bed-in-a-Box

But you might be wondering what’s so great about bed-in-a-box mattresses. Well, it’s more than just keeping up with technology.

Countless Choices

Ordering a mattress online affords you the ability to check out hundreds of different options. Memory foam beds aren’t the only type that compress, you can find innerpring, latex, organic, and even hybrids! Some mattress info hubs even allow you to compare mattresses to see which one is right for you (cough couch Mattress Advisor).

You can also order pillows, a foundation, a box spring, a bed frame, and bedding along with your mattress in just a few clicks. Some brands are online only and other have pop-up stores or partner with retailers.

Convenience

Going to a mattress store and buying a mattress the traditional way can be cumbersome, in both senses of the word. Chances are you can’t move a full mattress without some help. Not only do you have to bother your friends to accompany you to the store, but you are limited to the mattress models that store sells as well. If they don’t have what you’re looking for you have to migrate to a new store.

Ordering a bed-in-a-box allows you to just click your mouse a few times and wait. Very rarely do you need anyone else’s help to make this purchase or set up.

Ease of Set Up

Having your mattress placed on your front porch boxed up gives you the ease of simply carrying it into your house. You don’t have to angle it a certain way to get it through the door, or need more than one person’s help (and this is only if the box is really heavy).

Though most boxed beds are intentionally lightweight, many bed-in-a-box companies give you the option of a white glove delivery. This means that not only will they deliver your mattress, but they will set it up for you and get rid of your old mattress. That is next to no work on your part.

Returns

The biggest concern shoppers may have when ordering a mattress online is that they might not like it once they get it. Bed-in-a-box companies have foreseen this and went on the offensive. These brands often have very generous trial periods.

Trial periods allow you to see if you like the mattress before you commit to having it forever. On average, bed-in-a-box trial periods are 100 days—that is over three months of rest before you have to make a final decision.

If you decide you don’t like the mattress, you can ship it back for a full refund. Most brands also cover the cost of shipping.


Our Top 10 Favorite Bed-in-a-Box Brands

See? Bed-in-a-box mattresses are easy and convenient. If you want to know where to start, check out this list of our favorite boxed mattress brands.

Leesa Hybrid mattress

Leesa

Perfect for side sleepers, the Leesa mattresses are the highest scoring in our mattress tests. They have a memory foam and a hybrid mattress option for amazing pressure point relief. Leesa offers a 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty.

Casper

Casper is one of the OG bed-in-a-box brands and now has 5 models, offering foam combos and hybrid mattresses. Capser offers great spinal alignment and responsiveness. They also have a 100 day trial period, free shipping, and a 10-year warranty.

Purple

The Purple mattresses are famed for their premium pressure relief for side and back sleepers. Their hybrid mattresses allow your spine to maintain its natural curve as you rest. Purple also has free shipping, a 100-day trial period, and a 10-year warranty.

Tuft & Needle

Tuft & Needle is one of the most budget-friendly bed-in-a-box brands. Their foam blends are great for all sleepers, no matter what position you rest in. You guessed it, Tuft & Needle also has free shipping, a 100-day trial period, and a 10-year warranty.

Nectar mattress in bedroom

Nectar

The Nectar mattress offers great edge support and customers love it: less than 3% of customers have returned this mattress. Not only that, but they offer one of the most generous trial periods ever—365 days, not to mention you get a lifetime warranty too.

The Layla mattress

Layla

The Layla mattress is unique in that each side is a different firmness level; flip to the one you prefer. Copper is infused inside to help joint pain relief and inflammation. Layla also has a rather long trial period: 120 days and a lifetime warranty.

Brooklyn Signature mattress

Brooklyn Bedding

Brooklyn Bedding has 6 different mattress models, so there is something for everyone. This brand also offers custom firmness levels ranging from soft to firm. They have a 120-night trial and a 10-year warranty.

Helix

Helix mattresses are great if you have a sleeping partner because of their lack of motion transfer; you won’t wake up no matter how much they are tossing and turning. Helix has the standard 100-day trial and 10-year warranty.

Saatva

Saatva is an eco-friendly mattress brand. For most of their mattress models you can customize the height, firmness, and size of the mattress, so you can find both comfort and support. They offer a 120-day trial and a 15-year warranty.

Puffy mattress in bedroom

Puffy

The Puffy mattresses are great for side sleepers, but compatible with all sleep positions. With great responsiveness, your pressure points are instantly relieved. They offer a 101-day trial period and the standard 10-year warranty.


Summary

Bed-in-a-box mattresses are mattresses that are delivered to your front door in a box. Sometimes the brand will do an in-home setup and get rid of your old mattress as well. They are convenient, less bothersome, and take minimal work on your part.

If you want to compare bed-in-a-box mattresses, check out our mattress comparison chart. If you want to read our reviews and see how they scored in our mattress testing, check out our review page.


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