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Best Bed in a Box Mattress

Bed in a box mattresses became hugely popular around 2014 when mattress companies such as Casper and Tuft & Needle rose to prominence. By rolling up, compressing, and packaging a bed into a box, companies were able to make selling mattresses online a lot more viable. These days, bed in a box mattresses are getting closer and closer to becoming the industry standard, and are commonly sold both online and at brick and mortar stores.

In this comprehensive guide, we've utilized in-house testing, customer experiences and insider knowledge to determine our top picks from the best bed in a box mattress brands. Additionally, we've written an in-depth buyers guide that should answer any questions you have about how to buy a good bed in a box mattress.

Our Top Picks

Tulo – Best Budget
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $699

 

Tuft & Needle Mint – Best Value
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $995

 

Purple Hybrid – Best Luxury
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,599

 

Casper – Best All Foam
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium (5)
  • Price: $1,095

 

Layla – Best Flippable
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Reversible: Medium Soft (4) or Firm (7.5)
  • Price: $999

 

Nectar – Best Memory Foam
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $799

Tulo – Best Budget

 

Price: $699

Height: 10"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7.5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 2/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 2/5

 

Tulo Mattress

Highlights:

  • Gel infused memory foam prevents heat retention
  • Pressure relief for the hips and shoulders
  • Affordable price point

Ideal For:

  • People who tend to sleep hot
  • Those who want to try their mattress in a showroom before buying
  • Shoppers looking for a quality mattress at an affordable price point

The Tulo mattress is an affordable mattress in a box option with quality construction. The foam layers provide pressure point relief while preventing heat retention.

The breathable knit cover of the Tulo mattress is made with Tencel, which wicks away heat and moisture. A comfort layer of gel-infused memory foam with titanium draws heat away from the body and improves air circulation throughout the mattress. Beneath this layer is open-cell polyfoam with peaks and valleys that prevent heat retention and add airflow. A transition layer of responsive foam relieves pressure points and adds durability to the mattress. The foundation layer of polyfoam supports the comfort system, and is available in a soft, medium, or firm feel.

The three firmness levels available for the Tulo mattress ensure there is an option for most body types and sleeping positions. The medium soft feel of the Soft option is best for side sleepers, while the Medium choice is preferred by stomach and combination sleepers. Those who sleep on their back or require more support from their mattress may find the Firm option to be more comfortable.

The Tulo mattress is also a great choice for couples who value motion isolation, as the foam construction prevents movement from transferring across the mattress.

For those who want to try out the mattress before purchasing it, Tulo has partnered with Mattress Firm locations nationwide. If you purchase the Tulo mattress, it comes with a 120-night sleep trial. The 10-year warranty is non-prorated and covers any potential defects in materials or workmanship.

Read Our Full Tulo Mattress Review


Tuft & Needle Mint – Best Value

 

Price: $995

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

T&N Mint Mattress

Highlights:

  • Pressure relief from adaptive foam
  • Reinforced perimeter offers impressive edge support for a foam mattress
  • Graphite and ceramic gel foam prevent heat retention

Ideal For:

  • Couples who prioritize motion isolation
  • Sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds
  • Those who need extra pressure point relief

Tuft and Needle was among the first companies to popularize the mattress in a box. The company has since expanded and recently partnered with Serta Simmons. While many mattress in a box options use memory foam in the comfort system, Tuft and Needle uses Adaptive foam. This proprietary blend of polyfoam prevents heat retention while cushioning pressure points.

The Mint mattress has a breathable knit cover, with two layers of Adaptive foam in the comfort system. The first layer is 3 inches of foam infused with graphite to draw heat away from the body. The second layer includes ceramic cooling gel beads, which cushion the body and relieve pressure points. The base is 7 inches of durable polyfoam. Additionally, the Mint mattress has 4 inches of extra foam around the base layer. This gives the mattress more edge support than the average foam mattress, and prevents sagging or sinking in along the perimeter.

Since the Mint mattress has an all-foam construction, it offers standout motion isolation. Couples who share the bed should not be disturbed by their partner’s movements throughout the night. The medium firm feel also suits most sleeping positions and body types, especially those who weigh less than 230 pounds. For heavier stomach sleepers, the Mint mattress may not provide adequate support.

Tuft and Needle offers a 100-night sleep trial, and backs the Mint mattress with a 10-year warranty.

Read Our Full Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress Review


Purple Hybrid – Best Luxury

 

Price: $1,599

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 5/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

best bed in a box

Highlights:

  • Adaptive Purple Grid comfort layer relieves pressure points and cradles the body
  • Air channels prevent heat retention
  • Motion isolation prevents sleep disturbances

Ideal For:

  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • Couples who value motion isolation and ease of movement
  • Side sleepers and people who need additional pressure point relief

While the first bed in a box mattresses were made with all-foam due to foam’s ability to compress and regain its shape, Purple offers a hybrid option that includes responsive support coils. Purple initially gained notoriety for the Purple GridTM: a flexible gel layer with open air channels. This responsive layer reduces pressure on the body. It also cushions the shoulders and hips to keep the spine aligned.

The Purple Hybrid mattress has a breathable knit cover. Comfort comes from 2 inches of the Purple Grid, which cradles the body and prevents heat retention. A layer of transition foam sits between the Purple GridTM and the support layers. The support base is 7.5 inches of responsive support coils. The pocketed coils relieve pressure points and offer full-body support. A base layer of foam reinforces the coils.

The Purple Hybrid mattress isolates motion exceptionally well, but still has enough bounce to facilitate movement. If you share the bed, this makes it easy to change positions without disturbing your partner.

The Purple Hybrid mattress is medium firm, though it feels softer underneath pressure points. The Purple Grid cradles both the hips and shoulders, so sleepers of most body types and sleeping positions should feel supported.

Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial with a 21-night minimum before a return can be initiated. This gives your body time to adjust to the new mattress. The cover of the mattress is backed by a 2-year warranty, while the interior is covered by a 10-year warranty.

Read Our Full Purple Hybrid Mattress Review


Casper – Best All Foam

 

Price: $995

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 2/5

Casper Wave mattress

Highlights:

  • Pressure point relief
  • Zoned transition layer keeps spine aligned
  • Isolates motion exceptionally well

Ideal For:

  • Side and back sleepers under 230 pounds
  • Couples who want superior motion isolation
  • Anyone who needs extra support under the hips

As one of the first companies to offer a mattress in a box, Casper has an established reputation in the mattress industry. The company has continuously improved and expanded its product line, and the Casper mattress remains one of the best bed in a box mattresses.

The comfort system of the Casper mattress offers robust pressure point relief and cushioning. A 1.5-inch layer of open-cell polyfoam adds airflow and prevents sleeping hot by dissipating heat. Underneath this layer is 1.5-inches of memory foam, which relieves pressure points and contours to the shape of the body. A transition layer of zoned polyfoam keeps the spine aligned. This layer includes firmer foam at the hips, which prevents them from sinking in too deeply, and softer foam at the shoulders and legs. A 7.5-inch base layer of polyfoam adds durability and support to the mattress. The Casper mattress is also offered in a hybrid construction, which has responsive coils and enhanced edge support.

The foam construction of the Casper mattress gives it impressive motion isolation, which prevents sleep disturbances. The medium firmness is best for side, back, and combination sleepers under 230 pounds. Heavier stomach sleepers may find the mattress is too soft to provide proper support.

You can try the Casper mattress with a 100 night sleep trial to determine if it is the right mattress for you. The Casper mattress is also covered by a 10-year limited warranty.

Read Our Full Casper Mattress Review


Layla – Best Flippable

 

Price: $999

Height: 10"

Firmness: Two Sides: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7.5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Two firmness options in one mattress
  • Copper has temperature-regulating and antimicrobial properties
  • Relieves pressure points like the shoulders and hips

Ideal For:

  • Anyone who wants to try out a medium soft or firm mattress in one
  • Couples who want minimal motion transfer
  • Sleepers of most body types and sleeping positions

With most mattresses, you have to choose your preferred firmness level when you purchase it. The Layla mattress is flippable, offering two firmness options in one mattress. This makes it an ideal choice for anyone who is deciding between a soft and firm mattress, and wants to try both out in the comfort of their home.

The Layla mattress has a cooling cover with ThermoGel, which prevents heat retention. The soft side of the mattress includes 3 inches of copper gel memory foam in the comfort system. This layer is soft and plush, with variable support for deep compression areas like the hips and shoulders. Copper is antimicrobial and temperature-regulating. Beneath this layer is 2 inches of polyfoam with zoned surface modification technology for support and channeling for improved airflow. The support core of the Layla mattress is 4 inches of polyfoam that minimizes motion transfer and improves the durability of the mattress. The firm side has 1 inch of copper gel memory foam that feels firm and supportive, while still offering deep compression support and temperature regulation.

The Layla mattress relieves pressure points, and having two sides means there is a suitable firmness for most weights and sleeping positions. The soft side is typically preferred by side sleepers and those who weigh less than 130 pounds, while the firm side is better for heavier people and stomach sleepers.

The company offers a 120-night sleep trial, with the request that you try the mattress for two weeks before initiating a return. The Layla mattress is covered by a lifetime warranty.

Read Our Full Layla Mattress Review


Nectar – Best Memory Foam

 

Price: $799

Height: 11"

Firmness: Three Options - Soft (2-3); Medium (5); Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5

Motion Isolation: 5/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Affordable price point
  • Isolates motion and minimizes sleep disturbances
  • 365-night sleep trial

Ideal For:

  • Customers shopping on a budget who want a high-quality memory foam mattress
  • People who are prone to tossing and turning
  • People who weight more than 130 pounds and sleep on their side or back

For value seekers, Nectar offers a high-quality mattress in a box at an affordable price point. The company also provides one of the most generous sleep trials, giving you a full year to try the mattress and decide if it is the right one for you.

The Nectar mattress has a Tencel cover quilted with gel-infused memory foam. An additional 1-inch layer of gel memory foam relieves pressure points and contours to the shape of the body. Though the gel-infused memory foam distributes heat better than traditional memory foam, some customers have found the Nectar mattress still retains some heat. Beneath the comfort layers is a 3-inch layer of adaptive hi-core memory foam, which provides full-body support and prevents the feeling of sinking in. A 6-inch polyfoam base reinforces the mattress and provides support, resulting in better than average edge support.

The foam construction of the Nectar mattress isolates motion and prevents movement from rippling across the bed. This makes the Nectar a standout choice for couples who prioritize motion isolation, or anytone who is prone to tossing and turning at night. The medium firm feel is ideal for side and back sleepers who weigh more than 130 pounds.

In addition to the 365-night sleep trial, Nectar offers a forever warranty that covers defects in workmanship and materials.

Read Our Full Nectar Mattress Review


What Is a Bed in a Box Mattress?

A mattress in a box is one that is compressed, vacuum sealed in plastic, and rolled or folded into a standard size shipping box. This type of mattress allows quick and easy delivery directly to your home. For certain mattresses, white glove delivery and old mattress removal is also available.

While bed in a box mattresses are primarily available online, some companies have brick and mortar locations where you can test out the mattress before purchasing. However, companies that operate exclusively online typically have lower overhead costs, and pass those savings onto customers.

Since a mattress in a box must be able to be compressed and regain its shape when unboxed, most of these mattresses are made of foam or latex. However, mattress companies have recently started to offer hybrid bed in a box mattresses as well. Your personal preferences, body type, and sleeping position can all affect which type of mattress is right for you.

What Is a Hybrid Bed in a Box Mattress?

A hybrid mattress in a box has elements of both an innerspring mattress and a foam or latex mattress. It is constructed with an innerspring coil support layer and foam or latex comfort layers. These mattresses often have a transition layer of microcoils or polyfoam. The combined layers result in a supportive mattress that regulates temperature and relieves pressure points.

Will a Bed in a Box Mattress Last as Long as a Store Bought Bed?

When made with high-quality materials, the average mattress lasts 6 to 8 years, if not longer. This is true for both store bought and bed in a box mattresses. The lifespan is determined by the materials, construction, and usage of the mattress.

Compressing the mattress in a box should not damage it or shorten its life, as the mattress is specifically designed to compress for shipment and expand when unboxed. Mattress in a box warranties often cover any defects in workmanship or materials that would cause the mattress to be damaged. This includes any damages that may come while your mattress is in transit to your front door.

Who Sells Bed in a Box Mattresses?

Mattresses in a box gained popularity in the past ten years. While there were only one or two companies that originally offered this option, there are now many options available for shoppers. Some of the most popular online mattress companies include:

  • Allswell: Allswell offers several hybrid mattress in a box styles and focuses on affordability and quality.
  • Brooklyn Bedding: Brooklyn Bedding has a longstanding reputation and manufactures their own mattresses.
  • Casper: One of the first companies to offer a mattress in a box, Casper quickly gained popularity and helped pave the way for online mattress shopping.
  • Layla: Layla offers flippable mattresses, letting you choose between two firmness options in one mattress.
  • Nectar: Nectar offers competitive pricing for high-quality foam mattresses in a box.
  • Purple: Purple is known for the Purple GridTM, a gel layer that cushions pressure points and increases airflow throughout the mattress.
  • Tuft + Needle: Tuft and Needle expanded by partnering with Serta Simmons bedding, and aims to simplify online mattress shopping.

These are just a few mattress companies that you may come across when researching popular bed in a box options. There are many more mattress companies that offer bed in a box styles that cater to specific needs and unique preferences.

Where Can I Try a Bed in a Box Mattress?

Some online mattress companies have showrooms and physical stores where you can try out their bed in a box mattresses, but locations can be limited. Certain mattress companies have partnered with big name stores like Mattress Firm or Target, which makes their mattresses more widely available without adding on the expense of operating their own stores.

It should be noted that not all online companies operate brick and mortar locations, as this can increase overhead costs. As a result, you may not be able to try out your mattress before purchasing it. For peace of mind, most of these companies offer generous sleep trials, ranging from three months to a year. A sleep trial gives you the chance to sleep on the mattress in your own home, rather than testing it out for 10 to 15 minutes in a mattress store. Many online mattress companies also offer free shipping and returns. This makes bed in a box mattresses easy to set-up and try out without added hassle or risks.

Can You Refold a Bed in a Box Mattress?

Once unboxed, a mattress cannot be refolded. Mattress companies have specially-designed machinery and packaging that allows them to compress the mattress without damaging it. Once expanded, the mattress cannot be repackaged. Companies account for this, and do not require the mattress to be in its original packaging for returns.

How Do You Return a Bed in a Box Mattress?

In order to return a mattress in a box, first contact the company from which you purchased it. Shipping or transportation charges may apply for returns, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the company’s return policy. Many mattress companies offer free returns and will pick up the mattress from your home. Other companies coordinate with local charities to donate the mattress and arrange for pick-up. Returned mattresses are often donated or recycled, but they are not re-sold by the company.

Do Online Mattress Companies Have Similar Warranty and Trial Policies?

Online mattress companies usually offer a minimum sleep trial of 90 days, with some lasting a full year. These companies take into account that you may not have a chance to try the mattress out in a store before purchasing. Some sleep trials have a mandatory break-in period, or a minimum amount of time that you have to have the mattress before initiating a return. This gives your body a chance to adjust to the new mattress. Traditional retailers and manufacturers often offer a sleep trial as well, but it is typically shorter.

Most mattress companies offer a warranty of 10 to 25 years, with some offering a lifetime warranty. Warranties can be prorated, which means coverage changes as time goes on and you may be responsible for some of the repair, replacement, and/or shipping charges. Whether you purchase a mattress from an online company or a traditional retailer, it is important to read the details of the warranty. Some have limited coverage, or will require a specific type of boxspring or foundation in order for the warranty to be valid.

How Much Does a Bed in a Box Mattress Cost?

Since bed in a box mattresses differ in materials and construction, they also differ in price. On average, a bed in a box costs between $500 and $1,500. The materials are most likely to affect the price of a bed in a box. A $500 mattress in a box may be made with lower density memory foam, or have a less complex construction. Mattresses that cost upwards of $1,500 are typically made with luxury materials or have a more complex construction.

Memory foam mattresses tend to be less expensive than latex and hybrid mattresses. Where the mattress is made will also impact the price, as mattresses made in the United States tend to have higher production costs. Since there are so many great options available, determining your budget before shopping will help you narrow down your choices.

Is it Cheaper to Buy a Bed in a Box Mattress?

Bed in a box mattresses tend to be more affordable than store bought mattresses. This is often because online companies do not have brick and mortar locations, and are selling directly to the customer. This reduces overhead costs and the need for high retail mark-ups, and the savings is passed onto the customer. While store bought mattresses may have room for negotiation in the price, online mattress companies often have seasonal sales and promotions for further discounts. When purchasing a mattress online, there may be additional costs for shipping, including white glove delivery and old mattress removal, especially if you are outside of the contiguous United States.

Are Bed in a Box Mattresses Worth It?

Mattresses in a box are popular, affordable, and convenient. When shopping for a mattress online, it is easy to research possible options and compare mattress features. Before purchasing a mattress in a box, be sure to review the return policy, sleep trial length, and warranty information. A generous sleep trial and hassle-free return policy will give you a chance to try out the mattress and determine if it is right for you.

With so many options available, there is a mattress in a box for nearly every body type, sleeping position, and budget. Each mattress type has potential benefits and drawbacks, so understanding what your unique needs and preferences are will help you decide which mattress is the best one for you. There are bed in a box mattresses that are made with high-quality materials and construction. Purchasing a comfortable and supportive mattress is essential for restful sleep.