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Best Online Mattress

The online mattress market has exploded over the last decade, opening up the industry and giving customers the chance to save money by easily purchasing directly from manufacturers. However, this wide-open market can make it challenging to find the best online mattress, with countless models to choose from at any given price point.

Yet whether you’re searching for a cheap mattress or a luxury model, some beds stand above the rest. High-quality construction and excellent performance across a range of judging categories are the minimum standards for these mattresses, which often appeal to a wide range of sleepers.

To help you choose the right mattress, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 favorite online beds.

Below, we’ll walk you through our list of the best mattresses available online, including their benefits, downsides, and who they’re most suitable for. We’ll also take a look at the purchasing process, along with common questions from first-time online mattress shoppers.

Our Top Picks

Casper - Best Pressure Relieving
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium (5)
  • Price: $1,095

 

Leesa - Most Supportive All Foam
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium (5)
  • Price: $999

 

Tuft and Needle Mint - Best Universal Comfort
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium-firm (6)
  • Price: $1,599

 

Saatva – Best Affordable Luxury
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Soft (2-3), Medium-firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,199

 

Brooklyn Bedding Signature – Best Hybrid
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium-soft (4), Medium-firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $999

 

Avocado – Best Organic
  • Mattress Type: Latex Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Without pillow top: Firm (7-8), With pillow top: Medium-firm (6)
  • Price: $1,399

 

Purple Mattress – Most Innovative Cooling
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,099

 

Helix Midnight – Best for Side Sleepers
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $999

 

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

 

Layla – Best Flippable Comfort
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Side 1: Medium-soft (4), Side 2: Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $999

Casper - Best Pressure Relieving

Price: $995

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 2/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 2/5

 

Highlights:

  • Excellent pressure relief
  • Bolstered support from zoned transition layer
  • Blend of contour and bounce

Ideal For:

  • Back and side sleepers under 230 pounds
  • Anyone with a sleep partner
  • People who sleep warm on memory foam

Casper was founded in 2014 and is one of the most well-known online mattress companies. Their flagship bed is the Casper mattress, also known as the Casper Original, an all-foam model with a true medium feel (5 out of 10). It features a mixed-foam design, with comfort layers of both polyfoam and memory foam above a support core of high-density polyfoam.

Due to its top layer of polyfoam contouring less than the memory foam below it, the Casper has better airflow than some competitors and therefore sleeps cooler. It also appeals to couples, with excellent motion isolation and broad suitability.

One of Casper’s best features is its thick, pressure-relieving comfort system. By sandwiching plush memory foam between slightly less contouring layers of polyfoam, the Casper minimizes pressure points while providing a supportive sleeping cradle. As with many all-foam mattresses, this creates the feeling of sleeping ‘in’, rather than ‘on’, the bed.

While too soft to properly support sleepers over 230, the Casper is a good balance of support and pillowy comfort for most other back and — in particular — side sleepers. This is thanks to the comfort layers, which can contour around curves for support while still preventing sore points at the shoulders and hips.

Read Our Full Casper Mattress Review


Leesa – Most Supportive All-Foam

Price: $999

Height: 10"

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: 3/5

Leesa Original Mattress

Highlights:

  • 100-night sleep trial
  • Combined foam comfort system provides bounce and contouring
  • Superb pressure relief

Ideal For:

  • Back and side sleepers under 230 pounds
  • Fans of deeply-contouring foam
  • People who want superb pressure relief

Virginia-based sleep product company Leesa was founded in 2014, and offers three mattresses for sale online. The Leesa mattress is their flagship model and is an all-foam mattress with a medium (5 out of 10) feel.

Beneath its soft and stretchy polyester-lycra cover, the Leesa’s comfort system features two inches each of polyfoam and memory foam. In its support core, high-density polyfoam adds stability and durability.

People who enjoy the feeling of sinking deep into their mattress are likely to enjoy the Lessa. Its thick comfort layering offers deep, pressure-relieving contouring around the body, which minimizes pressure points and may provide soothing relief to people with back or joint pain.

Such deep contouring also allows for less airflow, making the Leesa a less attractive choice for very hot sleepers. Still, the average person is likely to find it a comfortable temperature.

The Leesa’s single firmness option narrows its appeal, but for the majority of sleepers under 230 pounds — particularly back and stomach sleepers — it offers balanced support and considerable comfort. Some all-foam mattresses lack appropriate support for the pelvis, but only our heaviest testers found that their spine sank out of alignment when on their front or back.

Read Our Full Leesa Mattress Review


Tuft and Needle Mint - Best Universal Comfort

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:

  • 5 total inches of pressure-relieving Adaptive Foam
  • Reinforced perimeter for edge support
  • Graphite and ceramic gel in the foam fight heat retention

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers under 230 pounds
  • Combination sleepers
  • Customers looking for value

American sleep brand Tuft & Needle has been selling mattresses online since 2012, and the Tuft & Needle Mint is one of three beds they offer. Though the brand itself was one of the first big names in the bed-in-a-box market, the Mint — an all-polyfoam model with a medium-firm (6 out of 10) feel — is its newest line, and its design reflects the knowledge T&N gained through its previous offerings.

Despite having a below-average cost for its design, the Mint offers solid construction which holds up well over the mattress’s lifetime, high performance, and thoughtful features.

Gel and graphite-infused polyfoam comfort layers, 5 inches in total, create an extremely pressure-relieving sleep cradle that sleeps cooler than many other all-foam competitors.  In the bed’s core, seven inches of high-density polyfoam provide support while stabilizing the mattress itself.

Overall, the Mint offers the pressure relief and motion isolation expected from an all-foam mattress, while also delivering better temperature neutrality, durability, and suitability for sex than many of its competitors.

Although popular with almost all sleepers, the Mint is best suited for those below 230 pounds, due mostly to its firmness level and lack of appropriate support. Aside from this restriction, the Mint has broad appeal across various sleep positions, with enough support for back and stomach sleepers and enough pressure relief for side sleepers.

Read Our Full Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress Review


Saatva – Best Affordable Luxury

Price: $1,199

Height: 11.5” or 14.5"

Firmness: Three Options: Soft (2-3); Medium Firm (6); Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 2/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 5/5

Saatva Mattress

Highlights:

  • Coil-on-coil design delivers bounce and pressure relief
  • Sleek euro-style pillow top adds plushness and comfort
  • Available in two height options

Ideal For:

  • All sleepers, regardless of weight or position preference
  • Customers looking for luxury on a budget
  • People who sleep hot

Since its launch in 2010, American sleep brand Saatva has developed a broad range of six mattress lines. However, its flagship model —the luxury innerspring hybrid Saatva mattress — is one of its most popular.

With three firmness options, two thickness options, broad appeal, high performance at a price much lower than most other luxury hybrids, it’s easy to see why.

To begin with, the Saatva’s 100% organic cotton cover features a plush, Euro-style pillow top filled with polyfoam and Dacron polyester fiber. This gives it a luxuriously soft feel regardless of the bed’s overall firmness, an appealing factor for customers who need solid support but are still looking for comfort.

To enhance its pressure-relieving cradle, the Saatva uses polyfoam, memory foam, and pocketed coils in its comfort layering for an innovative and responsive coil-on-coil design.

This design offers sleepers some of the best features of pocketed coils, like better spinal alignment, while still using a less-expensive Bonnell coil innerspring construction for the bed’s support core. Good airflow through the coils also significantly improves the bed’s temperature regulation.

The Saatva’s three firmness options make it a comfortable, supportive choice for the majority of sleepers, regardless of their weight, body shape, or position preference. Lighter sleepers may find the 11.5-inch model supportive enough, while heavier sleepers are likely to appreciate the 14.5-inch model’s thicker support core.

Read Our Full Saatva Mattress Review


Brooklyn Bedding Signature – Best Hybrid

Price: $999

Height: 11.5"

Firmness: Three Options: Medium Soft (3-4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Gel-infused foam helps resist heat buildup
  • TitanFlex foam cushions pressure points
  • Coils and Energex foam provide bounce and prevent excess sink

Ideal For:

  • All sleepers, regardless of weight or position preference
  • Anyone with a sleep partner
  • Customers looking for value

Brooklyn Bedding has been in the online mattress business since its launch in 2009 as the offshoot of parent company R&S. Among their six mattress lines, the Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress has some of the broadest appeal, with solid hybrid construction and three firmness options.

Previously called the #BestMattressEver, the Signature is suitable for almost all sleepers, regardless of their body shape or how they prefer to sleep.

Beneath a cotton cover made plush with quilted polyfoam, the Signature’s comfort system includes two 2-inch layers of gel-infused polyfoam. The first offers pressure relief and contouring — deeper in the softer version, and more lightly contouring in the firmer models — while the second layer prevents sleepers from sinking into the support core.

The Signature features a standard support core construction for a hybrid, pairing pocketed coils with a 1-inch layer of high-density polyfoam for stability. Air flows easily through the coils, improving temperature regulation, and their ability to compress without disturbing neighboring coils allows for better motion isolation, edge support, and spinal alignment.

Overall, the Signature offers some of the best performance on the market, with few weak areas. While not every sleeper will find the Signature supportive and comfortable, its customizable firmness level makes it more than suitable for most people.

Read Our Full Brooklyn Bedding Signature Mattress Review


Avocado – Best Organic

Price: $1,399

Height: 11"

Firmness: Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 5/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 5/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 5/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

Highlights:

  • 365-night sleep trial
  • High-end materials in all layers
  • Focus on sustainability in materials and company practices
  • Zoned coils provide bounce and body support

Ideal For:

  • All sleepers, regardless of weight or position preference
  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • People who sleep hot

Founded in 2015 with the goal of making eco-friendly mattresses affordable to the average shopper, Avocado offers a single flagship mattress — the Avocado — with two variations: the Avocado Green, which uses 100% organic wool, and the Avocado Vegan, which is free from all animal products.

100% organic cotton makes for a breathable cover, while the initial comfort layer of 100% wool (in the Green) or 100% organic cotton filling (in the Vegan) creates a pillowy surface with good airflow.

However, it’s the Avocado’s second comfort layer of natural Dunlop latex that creates the mattress’s resilient yet pressure-relieving feel. In addition to being sustainably derived from rubber trees, latex is naturally durable and highly temperature neutral. It has a comfortable bounce and offers a floating feeling, rather than one of sinking into the bed.

For its support core, the Avocado features another 1-inch layer of Dunlop latex and eight inches of pocketed coils.

Both the Green and the Vegan have a firm (7-8 out of 10) feel, but can be purchased with a 2-inch latex pillow top that creates a softer, medium-firm (6 out of 10) sleep surface. Thanks to this option, the Avocado is able to have a broad appeal regardless of body type or sleep position tendencies.

Read Our Full Avocado Mattress Review


Purple Mattress – Most Innovative Cooling

Price: $1,099

Height: 9.25"

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: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Purple Original Mattress

Highlights:

  • 365-night sleep trial
  • High-end materials in all layers
  • Focus on sustainability in materials and company practices
  • Zoned coils provide bounce and body support

Ideal For:

  • All sleepers, regardless of weight or position preference
  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • People who sleep hot

Sleep brand Purple first arrived in 2015 following a successful Kickstarter campaign. Since then, the company — based out of Utah — has released three mattresses, but its flagship Purple Mattress sets the standard. A thoughtfully constructed all-foam mattress with a medium-firm feel, the Purple features an innovative polymer-based comfort system called the ‘Purple Grid’.

Located directly beneath the Purple’s soft and stretchy cover, the 2-inch grid layer is made from a hyperelastic polymer material used only in Purple mattresses. The material compresses and buckles beneath weight, creating a pressure-relieving, highly supportive sleeping cradle with minimal contouring but impressive motion isolation.

Instead of a traditional memory foam feel, this provides something closer to latex’s signature floating sensation. Airflow through this layer and a lack of heat retention also provides much of the bed’s temperature neutrality, which is some of the best in its class.

High-density polyfoam forms a buffer zone between the comfort layer and the support core, which is made from a further 4 inches of firmer high-density polyfoam.

The Purple is most suitable for sleepers under 230 pounds, as its medium-firm (6 out of 10) feel is unlikely to offer heavier sleepers the right amount of support. It provides support and exceptional performance for side and back sleepers beneath this weight, though stomach sleepers may find it either too soft or too firm.

Read Our Full Purple Mattress Review


Helix Midnight – Best for Side Sleepers

Price: $999

Height: 12”

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Helix Midnight Mattress

Highlights:

  • Memory Plus foam provides pressure relief with less sink
  • Pocketed coils for stability and bounce
  • Good airflow through coils and foam to reduce heat buildup

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers under 120 pounds
  • People who sleep hot
  • Those in need of pressure relief

American mattress and bedding brand Helix Sleep was founded in 2015 and introduced its current lineup of 6 beds in 2018. Of these, the Helix Midnight is one of the best-reviewed.

The Midnight’s integrated cover is made from polyester, but has an ultra-breathable design that Helix calls ‘SoftTouch’. This is followed by a 2-inch layer of memory with extra-low density, which provides deep and soothing pressure relief while also allowing for better airflow than denser foams. Polyfoam forms a 1-inch barrier between the comfort layer and the support core.

Like many other hybrids, the Midnight’s support components are pocketed coils and high-density polyfoam. However, a reinforced perimeter makes for better edge support than many competitors, and the core as a whole provides a responsive bounce to balance the comfort layer’s contouring.

The Midnight is a good example of a hybrid bed which, though it may not have additional features, offers reliable performance across a wide range of grading categories. Good motion isolation and edge support make it appealing to couples, for example, while substantial pressure relief and temperature neutrality make for a soothing sleep.

Despite its medium-firm feel, the Midnight is most suitable for sleepers under 120 pounds, particularly side-sleepers.

Read Our Full Helix Midnight Mattress Review


Nectar – Best Value

Price: $799

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Excellent price point for gel-infused memory foam mattress
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty

Ideal For:

  • Almost all sleepers, regardless of weight or position preference
  • Shoppers on a budget
  • Anyone who shares a bed

For its price, the Nectar mattress is one of the best-performing memory foam beds on the market.

Launched in 2017 and the flagship bed of Californian brand Nectar Sleep, the Nectar’s medium firmness makes it suitable to a broad range of sleepers, and its budget-friendly price is appealing to anyone looking to make the most of their money.

Instead of synthetic fabrics, which can restrict airflow, the Nectar’s cover is made from a cotton and Tencel lyocell blend. Four inches of memory foam — gel-infused for better temperature neutrality —make up its comfort system, supported by a high-density memory foam and high-density polyfoam core.

Exceptional pressure relief and balanced support make the Nectar broadly suitable for an extensive range of sleepers, regardless of body type or sleep position preferences. Stomach-sleepers under 120 pounds are the one outlier, as its firmness may lead to upper back and shoulder stiffness.

Although all-foam beds are one of the least expensive types of mattress, the Nectar’s price-point is still significantly lower than other mattresses of similarly high quality. To increase the appeal, an extra-long 365-night sleep trial ensures customers will be able to return their new mattress if they change their mind within the first year.

Read Our Full Nectar Mattress Review


Layla – Best Flippable

Price: $999

Height: 10"

Firmness: Reversible: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5 (Soft Side); 4/5 (Firm Side)

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Soft Side); 3/5 (Firm Side)

Edge Support: 2/5 (Soft Side); 3/5 (Firm Side)

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Soft Side); 4/5 (Firm Side)

Sex: 2/5 (Soft Side); 3/5 (Firm Side)

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Layla Mattress

Highlights:

  • Reversible firmness design
  • Memory foam on each side relieves pressure
  • Copper infusion improves temperature regulation and fights bacteria buildup

Ideal For:

  • All sleepers, regardless of weight or position preference
  • Customers looking for adjustable firmness for themselves or a guest bed
  • Customers looking for a lifetime warranty

Connecticut sleep product company Layla Sleep was founded in 2016 and currently offers two mattresses: their flagship Layla mattress, and the Layla Hybrid. While originally well-reviewed, since its 2018 redesign the Layla has attracted increased attention for being one of the best flippable beds available online.

Each of the Layla’s sides is a different firmness level, with the first being a medium soft 4 out of 10, while the second is a firm 7 to 8 out of 10. Simply flipping the mattress offers sleepers a significantly different feel, making the Layla broadly appealing and particularly useful for sleepers whose needs vary over time. It also makes a practical guest bed, as guests can flip it depending on their needs.

Flippable mattresses usually feature comfort layering on both sides with a shared support core, and the Layla is no different.

Both sides begin with a layer of memory foam (copper-infused for better temperature neutrality), but this layer is 3 inches thick on the medium-soft side and 1 inch thick on the firm side. This is the firm side’s full comfort system, but on the medium-soft side it is followed by a 2-inch transitional layer of breathable convoluted polyfoam.

For its core, the Layla has a 4.5-inch layer of high-density polyfoam. This serves to stabilize the entire bed, increasing both durability and support levels.

Read Our Full Layla Mattress Review


How to Buy a Mattress Online

Buying a mattress can seem stressful and overwhelming, regardless of where you buy it. However, shopping for a mattress online doesn’t have to be difficult — in fact, it might be less stressful, and less expensive, than buying one from a traditional brick-and-mortar shop.

Regardless of where you choose to buy your mattress, the most important step is finding the right bed for you at a price you can afford. Mattress suitability is closely connected to body shape, weight, and usual sleep position or positions, but personal preference also plays a role.

For example, people who weigh over 230 pounds tend to prefer firmer mattresses. Mattresses compress more under more weight, so that heavier sleepers will experience a firm mattress as subjectively softer than someone who weighs less. Furthermore, the firmer mattress is able to support them better, leading to a more comfortable sleep.

Given these variables in choosing a mattress, it’s useful to do some research before diving in. By reading advice from sleep and mattress experts — particularly those who aren’t trying to sell you a specific mattress — you’ll have a better idea of what mattress suits you best, cutting down on stress and making your search easier.

The actual process of buying a mattress online is easy, and usually little different than making any other purchase online. Information about policies (including sleep trials, returns, shipping, and warranties), as well as information about mattresses themselves, is usually readily available on the manufacturer’s or distributor’s website.

Potential customers may also want to read reviews of the mattresses they’re considering, both on the site itself and from secondary sites. These will offer information about how a bed performs over time, as well as details about its features and who it’s most suitable for.

Where to Buy Mattresses Online

One of the benefits of buying a mattress online is the ability to ‘cut out the middle-man’ by buying directly from the mattress manufacturer. These sites may be either focused on a single mattress, or the manufacturer’s entire range.

However, there are also a wide range of secondary companies that sell mattresses. These range from well-known generalist companies like Amazon, Wayfair, and Walmart, to smaller companies who sell only mattresses and sleep products.

Although there are benefits and downsides to each option, many mattresses are only available through one channel. For many mattress manufacturers, their branded website is the only place to purchase their beds. On the other hand, some online mattresses can only be bought through Amazon or similar retailers.

In the majority of cases, it’s better to decide on a mattress first, rather than deciding on a place to purchase before choosing a mattress. This provides you with a wider variety to choose from and increases your chances of finding the right bed for your needs.

Some mattresses are available from a number of online distributors. In this case, the prices may vary between sites, as might the fine print. Warranties, sleep trials, and returns are sometimes set by the manufacturer but are also sometimes set by the secondary distributor.

One factor to consider when choosing where to shop is what mattresses are available in your region. While some online mattresses are available worldwide, others only deliver within a single country. Shipping costs may also differ between countries, as well as regions in a country.

Are Online Mattresses Cheaper Than In-Store Mattresses?

Finding the best mattress for your budget can be a struggle, but purchasing online makes it more likely for you to find a great deal.

While there are value-priced mattresses available in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as luxury mattresses for sale online, online mattresses do tend to be less expensive than their in-store counterparts.

When buying a product in-store, part of the amount you spend usually goes to cover the expenses of running a brick-and-mortar store: rent, equipment, staff wages, and other costs. Online stores, in comparison, have different requirements which result in overhead expenses that are usually much lower than those of a store.

Secondly, while there are single-brand showrooms available, many mattress stores are secondary retailers who sell a range of brands. These retailers purchase their mattresses wholesale, but what they spend will still be more than it costs the manufacturer to make, often leading to higher prices.

What Is the Best Online Mattress Company?

Just as there is no single perfect mattress that will suit every sleeper, there is no one online mattress company that can be considered the best.

Some online mattress brands — such as Casper, Brooklyn Bedding, Saatva, Tuft & Needle, and others — are more well-known than their competitors, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right choice for you. Popularity may be the result of exceptional quality and customer service, but it can also be due to an extensive marketing campaign which isn't indicative to actual buyer experiences with the product or the manufacturer's customer service team. .

As with mattresses themselves, choosing an online mattress company to purchase from is a matter of meeting your needs. Each company will have its own policies on shipping, sleep trials, returns, exchanges, warranties, and other important considerations.

To learn more about the company you’re purchasing from, it’s best to look for independent reviews like our's or for verified customer reviews. We also recommend reviewing the official score and any consumer comments on the company's Better Business Bureau page.

Where Can I Try Online Mattresses?

People who have previously only bought mattresses in-store may feel hesitant at the prospect of purchasing a mattress without trying it out. Considering the expense of a new mattress and the importance of a good fit for your sleep health, this uncertainty is natural.

Luckily, online mattress manufacturers have two popular solutions to this dilemma: sleep trials, and making their beds available to test at showrooms.

Sleep trials are common among direct-to-consumer mattress manufacturers, as well as some available through secondary retailers. These trials allow you to sleep on your mattress in your own home before making a final decision, though the number of nights in a trial varies widely. In all cases, sleeping on a bed for a month or longer will give you a much better idea of whether it suits you than testing it out briefly in a showroom.

Though policies vary, the majority of online mattress retailers offer a full refund for mattresses returned during a trial and do not charge a pick-up fee. Some may even work to recycle your mattress locally.

For customers who still prefer a showroom test, some manufacturers operate showrooms or have sample models available in the showrooms of secondary companies. Manufacturers who offer this opportunity usually list the addresses of showrooms on their official site.

Can I Return an Online Mattress?

Online mattress manufacturers vary widely in their return policies. This is particularly true of secondary retailers, who may use a manufacturer’s return policies or their own, but customers buying directly from the manufacturer should also make sure to understand their policies before purchasing.

As mentioned above, many online mattress companies offer sleep trials. In some cases, returns are possible (for a full refund) throughout the trial period. Other companies require an initial breaking-in period, often two to four weeks, before a mattress can be returned under the trial policy.

Break-in periods are common because most people don’t have a real sense for whether a mattress works for them until they have slept on it for several weeks or longer. During that time, the bed itself is still recovering from the shipping process, and the people sleeping in it are adjusting to the feel of their new mattress.

If you decide against a mattress after purchase, but before receiving it, you may or may not have the chance to cancel your order. However, the majority of online mattresses — including those without sleep trials — can still be returned so long as they are still sealed in their original packaging. If this is their policy, they may or may not charge a pick-up, return, or restocking fee.

Given the broad range of return policies and sleep trials, it’s crucial to read the small print before purchasing a mattress. However, most online mattress companies offer reasonable policies and the ability to return your purchase.

Are Online Mattresses Worth It?

Whether a mattress is ‘worth it’ is a matter of personal opinion, based on individual budgets, experiences, and needs. However, the online mattress market has proliferated in recent years for many excellent reasons, and as the result of word-of-mouth from many satisfied customers.

The most significant drawbacks of online mattresses are the difficulty of testing them (or seeing them) in person before purchase, as well as the time and effort spent learning about buying online. However, the former is often less important due to the prevalence of risk-free sleep trials, and the latter is far less overwhelming than people may fear.

The upsides of online mattresses are numerous, but include:

  • A lower overhead and thus a lower average price
  • The ability to take your time to consider without a salesperson waiting on you
  • The ease of purchase (particularly for people in rural areas)
  • The usefulness of a sleep trial in finding the perfect mattress
  • The prevalence of discount codes for most online mattress brands.

Another, often-overlooked benefit is the sheer variety of mattresses available online. Showrooms usually focus on the most popular bed varieties, while customers who shop online are limited only by what is available in their region.

Regardless of what bed you need for a good night’s sleep, you’re likely to find it online for less than you’d pay in-store. For a growing number of customers, this alone makes online mattresses well worth it.