In this post, we cover the best options for folks looking for a full size bed in a box. We discuss feel, firmness, and which types of sleepers each mattress is best for. Whether you’re looking for a memory foam mattress in particular or just the best value for the money, we’ve got you covered.
The full size mattress is the middle ground of bed sizes. It’s for when you’re too old (or too big) for a twin size, but you either can’t afford a queen or it just doesn’t make sense from a size standpoint. Either way, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best full size mattresses.
Given most people who sleep on a full size mattress are either toddlers, youngsters, or people on a budget, we tried to tailor this list specifically for those types of people and situations. We also tried to pick a variety of beds at different price points. We realize not everyone has the same budget and different people like different types of materials. As such, you’ll find cheap beds on this list, beds that have a memory foam feel, and beds that have more of a neutral or latex foam feel. The goal is for every person to be able to find a mattress that best suits their particular preferences and sleeping habits.
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Best For The Money
|Brooklyn Bowery is a soft foam mattress that's accommodating for all sleeping positions. We consider it to be a viable option for almost everyone because it's made in the USA and has a universally comfortable feel. Oh, and it's a great value for the money.|
Memory Foam Mattress
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|Puffy is a popular all-foam bed that has a slight memory foam feel. Overall, this mattress accommodates all sleeper types and is really comfortable, but the star of the show is its machine-washable cover.|
Best For Toddlers
|Check Price||Tuft & Needle is a highly affordable mattress-in-a-box that has a soft, neutral-foam feel. It's one of those beds that most people acknowledge as being comfortable, and it won't break the bank either.|
Bunk Bed Mattress
|Tulo is a budget-tier mattress that’s specifically designed for...everyone. Interestingly enough, Tulo is available in three firmness levels, making it a great option for people with a bunk bed.|
|See on Amazon||Nest Flip is a hybrid mattress that uses a combination of coils and foam, but the real selling point is that it's double sided. This mattress is a great option for anyone on a super tight budget.|
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The day has finally come, you no longer sleep in the twin size bed at your parents’ house, and gone are the days of your college dorm room twin XL mattress that stands opposite from your roommate’s. You are finally going to live on your own (but probably with housemates), and you are finally upgrading to a full size mattress. You now have the ability to turn over in bed without falling out, or even comfortably share. Full size mattresses are more small space-friendly than queens, being both shorter and narrower, and they’re usually more affordable. Space and price are usually two areas of concern for college students or young adults.
The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress is a soft neutral-foam feeling bed that will be comfortable for a variety of sleep styles, making it the perfect fit for toddlers and, frankly, just about anyone. It is made with three layers of foam, all of which are CertiPur-US Certified. This means it is toxin-free and meets the highest health standards in the mattress industry.
There’s nothing overly special about the Bowery mattress, but we see that as a good thing. It checks a lot of boxes and will be the right mattress for a lot of people. It has an accommodating, softer feel and is offered at a really affordable price point.
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Puffy is fairly new to the bed-in-a-box space, but the company has quickly made a name for itself. Their flagship mattress, the Original Puffy, was even featured on The Ellen Show in early 2018. Overall, we see Puffy as great option for young adults and professionals.
The mattress has a general, soft-foam feel with a little memory foam mixed in, and accommodates all sleeper types. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of the night on your side, back, or stomach. Bottom line, if you like memory foam, but don’t want too much of it, we think you’ll really enjoy the Puffy mattress.
In terms of firmness, we think the bed comes in around a medium on the soft-to-firm scale. In other words, it’s not too soft or too firm. The Puffy mattress just offers a nice harmony between comfort and support.
Yes, it’s a little more expensive than the other beds on this list (full size costs almost $1,000 before any discounts), but don’t pay much too much attention to MSRP. Puffy is very aggressive when it comes to discounts and coupon codes. You can almost always expect to receive a $250-$300 discount at checkout.
All in all, we see Puffy has a great fit for anybody that likes the feel of a mixed foam mattress and has a little more money to spend than the average college student or teenager. If you end up getting the bed—and you know what to expect—you should be a pretty happy camper. We also really appreciate that it now has a washable cover.
Tuft & Needle is considered by many to be one of the top two or three budget mattress brands on the planet. The T&N mattress is good for all types of sleepers. It’s fairly soft and comforting for side sleepers, yet it also provides a decent amount of support for back and stomach sleepers.
The reason we think it will be great for toddlers in particular is that it’s just so unassuming and neutral. In other words, it will work for just about everyone—with the added advantage of being extremely cost-effective.
The Tuft & Needle mattress has more of a neutral-foam feel thanks to its proprietary top foam layer. Overall, the top foam layer is soft and comfortable like memory foam, but it just doesn’t really contour to your body’s curves the way memory foam does. For a lot of people out there, this type of feel is actually preferable.
Plus, the top layer on the T&N mattress is more responsive than the top layer on the Puffy mattress. This means active and combo sleepers will likely find it very easy to switch between positions on the Tuft & Needle mattress. Additionally, sleepers won’t ever feel like they’re “stuck in the mud” on the T&N bed.
The Tuft & Needle mattress is priced well below the average bed-in-a-box, making it a great option for folks looking for a safe, affordable full size mattress.
Tulo is an affordable foam mattress that comes in a Soft, Medium, and Firm, making it the perfect fit when you need two mattresses for two different people (i.e. a bunk bed situation). It uses a blend of various foams, but has more of a neutral feel, which we’ve found to be highly accommodating.
It usually elicits “Oh, wow, this is actually really comfortable,” from most of the people that we have lay on it. Since it is only about 10” thick and is made entirely of foam, it’s best for medium and petite individuals, but if you find yourself in that bracket, you’ll probably really enjoy this mattress. And the icing on the cake is that it’s uber affordable.
We just think that it checks just about all the boxes for a bunk bed owner. It’s comfortable, affordable, gives you options, and, perhaps most important, comes in a full size.
Last up, we have an option for people who are either on a super tight budget, prefer shopping on Amazon, or weigh more than 250 lb. If you fit into one or more of those buckets, we think you’ll really like the Nest Bedding Flip mattress.
Next, the bed uses pocketed coils for its primary support structure, which makes it a great option for heavy individuals. Generally speaking, beds that contain coils are more supportive than all-foam beds since coils provide resistance against pressure. This resistance is more ideal for big folks given they place more weight on a mattress than petite and average sized individuals.
Lastly, the poly foam in the bed give it a soft, yet responsive feel. It also has a “Medium” and “Firm” side, allowing it to handle all types of sleepers. All in all, the Nest Flip mattress is an excellent option for people of all shapes and sizes that are looking for an affordable, accommodating bed.
A full size mattress is somewhat like a mini queen size bed. It’s as long as a twin size, but about 14” wider, so you have the possibility of sleeping two to this bed (though that works best if neither of you are above average height). We think a full size mattress would be great for teenagers or college students that are tight on space, but are ready to ditch their childhood twin bed. Here’s a chart if you want to compare dimensions:
Full size bunk beds, otherwise known as “full on full” bunk beds, have a full size mattress on both top and bottom bunks. They’re ideal for teenagers or kids who share a room, but prefer a little more sleeping space than what a twin mattress offers. They also come in handy for adults — if two individuals have to share a one bedroom apartment, for example. If you’re a budget shopper, you can find a standard one for around $199, and they go all the way up to $3K or more. That’s if you want a premium full on full bunk bed fully equipped with additional features like underbed drawers for storage, or a twin trundle for even more sleeping space. They’re available in a range of different styles and constructions, so you can usually find one to match any type of bedroom style or decor.
As we stated, full mattresses are the cheapest option for young adults who are ready to size up from their twin size bed. On the budget end of the spectrum, you can find a quality full size around $200, like from Lucid. A middle ground mattress would be what Casper offers, which is a full size for about $900. On the most premium luxury end of the spectrum, like Zenhaven, you can expect to pay around $1,500.
Again, if you are a young adult making this purchase, consider how long you’ll actually be using this bed before you want to upgrade again. Maybe this is a mattress size you could see yourself using for 5+ years, in which case you should consider it an investment. It might be worth it to just go for a queen size right now. Either way, these factors will be important when deciding how much to spend on your new bed.
We know mattresses here at the Slumber Yard. We literally have a storage room filled with dozens of them. They range in prices, materials, styles, and a ton of other stuff you probably didn’t even think to take into account, like edge support for couples or cooling technology for hot sleepers. And if you’re looking to invest in a mattress for 10 or more years, or if it’s going to cost around $1,000 or more, these are the things you need to take into consideration. But lucky for you, we’ve done all the research already.
And we also have a very diverse team on the Slumber Yard staff, ranging from 5-foot-nothing to 6’5″, so we can give real and honest opinions for a wide range of people. If we don’t think you’ll like something, we’ll let you know about it, because our readers and viewers getting their best night’s sleep is what’s most important to us. It’s what we’re here for.
Weight and body type play an important part in how you will perceive the firmness and feel of any given mattress. Unfortunately, there is no one mattress that is perfect for everyone. Typically, the larger someone’s body type and the more they weigh, the more they’ll sink down into a mattress, causing the bed to feel softer to them. On the other hand, the smaller the body type and the less someone weighs, the less weight put into the mattress, so the firmer the bed will feel for them. Firmness is an important factor for sleeper types, which we’ll talk about next.
This is the reason why we have a Slumber Yard team with varying weights and sizes; so we can make accurate conclusions about which bed is best for what body type.
How you sleep will also be a major factor when deciding on a mattress. A majority of people fall into one of four categories of sleeper types: back, stomach, side, and combination sleepers. We tend to group back sleepers and stomach sleepers together, as they both need firmer surfaces to keep their spines in neutral position. A firm surface will support the head, shoulders, and hips. If these heavy parts of the body sink into the mattress, it can cause the spine to arch or curve, which can lead to aches and pains in the morning.
Side sleepers will need a softer surface that will be provide pressure relief for their hips and shoulders. If the bed is too firm, it can leave you with that pins-and-needles feeling from a smashed arm.
As for combo sleepers, we recommend you choose a firmness level based on what position you predominantly sleep in or according to your body type. If you have any spinal issues, these rules may not apply, so consult a doctor before getting a new bed.
Did you know that the average person spends about a third of their lifetime sleeping? If you’re getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, then the math works out. Sleep plays an important role in our immune system, memory, cognitive learning, metabolism, and many other vital components of everyday life. So consider an investment in a mattress as an investment in your health, because if you’re going to spend a third of your life sleeping, you should do so in comfort and quality.