HOW WE DECIDED
Finding The Best Mail Order Mattress
Just to reiterate, all of these beds are mattresses that will ship via UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, or some other standard carrier. Most of the brands don’t have a physical catalog per se, but they have a website on which you place your order. Maybe not the exact definition of a mail order mattress, but it’s essentially mail order for the twenty-first century. With that now out of the way, let’s take a look at the best rated mail order mattresses.
- Memory Foam Pick – Nectar Mattress
- Best Soft Foam Bed – Puffy Mattress
- Firm Mail Order Mattress – Awara
- Best For The Money – Brooklyn Signature
- Supportive For Heavy Sleepers – WinkBed
Now, that’s just a quick look at the best rated picks for you. Of course, as we mentioned, if you peruse our website you can find reviews for just about every other mattress sold online. For the beds we’ve selected, however, you can find mini reviews, and more information, below.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Memory Foam Popular Pick!||Free Gifts w/ Mattress Purchase||Nectar could be the most popular memory foam mattress online. It’s affordable, comfortable, and usually comes with free pillows.|
|Mixed Foam||$300 Off + Gift Discount In Cart||Puffy is one of the best known online mattresses. It has three layers of foam and a comfortable, accommodating “feel.”|
|Latex Foam||$350 Off Discount In Cart||One of the most affordable natural mattresses online is Awara. It has 9″ pocketed coils and 4″ of latex foam. It also comes with a full-year trial period and free returns.|
|Soft Foam||25% Off Code: INDEPENDENCE25||Brooklyn Bedding Signature is one of the best mattresses for the money online. It has pocketed coils, it’s made in the USA, comes in three firmness options, and sells for far less than you’d expect.|
|Pillow Top||$300 Off Code: SLEEP300||WinkBed is a thick, durable hybrid mattress that includes a comfortable euro pillow top. In our opinion, it’s one of the best mattresses you can purchase online.|
Typical Policies With A Mail Order Bed
We like to add this section in most of our best lists because we want you to know what you’re getting yourself into. With online mattresses—or mail order mattresses as we’re calling them here—you will almost always get free shipping. The bed will almost always show up to your house in a bag/box that can fit about one ten year old kiddo or a set of professional golf clubs. Somehow, the brands are able to fit an entire mattress in there, however. And that is regardless of whether you order a queen size mattress or a twin bed.
Once your bed is delivered via the mail, you will most often get 100 nights to try it out, if not a little longer. If you take the Nectar mattress, as an example, they offer a full-year trial period with zero commitments necessary on your part. If you don’t want the bed during the first year you can return it for a full refund. The same process applies to just about every other mail order mattress, only they will have a trial period typically in the 100-120 night range.
As for warranties, most of the non-budget-tier brands offer a 10-year warranty, or longer. You should get in the habit of reading the warranties because they will dictate who/what/where/when is covered and the suitable foundations for your mattress. As an example, most of the mail order mattresses are compatible with standard foundations and adjustable bed frames, alike.
How Weight Affects Feel
A mattress is a very personal purchase and you’re going to spend hours of quality time with your mattress every day, so it should be suited particularly to you and your specific sleeping needs. There are two main things that we consider when thinking about comfort for individuals: body type and sleeper type.
We look at mattress firmness on a spectrum. When we place a mattress somewhere along that spectrum we try to generalize based on how someone with an average build would experience the mattress. This rating is meant to be a guide, not a hard-and-fast ruling, because everybody’s body is different. One mattress might feel pretty soft to someone with a bit more meat on their bones while the same mattress feels like concrete to people who are petite. The amount of pressure that your body puts onto the mattress relates pretty closely to the perceived feel of the mattress, so keep your body type in mind when shopping for a mail order mattress.
What you should know about Nectar — This is a budget-level memory foam bed that has a true, dense, viscose feel to it. In other words, if you like memory foam or are on a tight budget, Nectar is a nice option for you. It also comes (almost always) with two free pillows, which is another reason that budget shoppers seem to really like Nectar.
Feel — We have other beds on this list that have a fluffy or airy memory foam feel, but Nectar we would characterize as having a dense memory foam feel. It has plenty of pressure relief, but starts out firmer than the other beds. And, like most memory foam mattresses, Nectar will feel firmer in colder rooms and softer in warmer ones. So, just keep in mind that your firmness rating will depend not only on your weight/height, but also the temperature of your room. If you want a firmer bed, keep the room colder—do the opposite if you want it to be softer.
Firmness rating — We place Nectar at about a medium (to medium-firm). To heavier individuals, it will feel closer to a medium. To petite individuals, it will feel more like a medium-firm bed.
Two free pillows — Nectar typically offers a cash discount and throws in two pillows with your order of a mattress. The pillows wouldn’t be our favorite in the world, but they get the job done if you’re watching your wallet.
Why we included Puffy — For fans of soft foam, Puffy is a really nice option. The bed, however, doesn’t utilize your standard memory foam. Instead, it has a fluffy/airy quality to it. But that’s not the only reason that we included Puffy on this list. We also are encourage by the fact that the bed comes with a lifetime warranty.
Firmness — Remember that firmness level is subjective, but for the most part Puffy is about a medium (i.e. not too soft or too firm). We see it as a nice mattress for side sleepers in particular, but we think individuals that weigh around 170 lb (or under) should be fine sleeping in any position.
Feel — At the risk of belaboring the point, Puffy has a lighter neutral-foam feel—with a hint of memory foam thrown in. It’s quite comfortable and accomodating.
Ellen — Puffy is apparently the only mattress that’s been endorsed by Ellen. She even featured the mattress on her TV show.
Why Awara is the best firm mattress — Awara is going to be one of your most budget-friendly option on this list. It’s also really comfortable if you prefer a firmer mattress.
In terms of design, it’s a hybrid mattress that incorporates coils, which is something heavier people will most likely always want to look for, and dunlop latex foam. Coils are generally more durable than support foams and also provide bi-directional support, meaning the coils not only compress, but also provide some push-back.
Our firmness rating — Even though the bed does have latex foam, it’s actually somewhat firm (about a medium-firm). In fact, it’s one of the firmest mail order beds selling for around $1,200 (after-discount). Picture an innerspring bed with a soft, responsive top layer—that’s the Awara mattress. You sink in a little, but the main thing you experience is support.
Why it’s just a great value — As you go down the list of what’s important with a new mattress, Brooklyn Signature just checks most (if not all) of them. For instance, it’s a supportive bed that has 6″ coils. Also, it has a universally comfortable and accomodating design. Even more, the price point is such that even budget shoppers can afford it. We could go on, but the point is that it’s a really great value for the money.
Made by Brooklyn Bedding — Why would we make a big deal out of the brand or manufacturing location? Well, we normally don’t. But in this instance, it’s actually quite unique. Brooklyn Bedding is both the manufacturer and brand—this doesn’t happen often with mail order mattresses. They will make your mattress in Arizona and ship it to you from their manufacturing facility.
Three firmness levels — Most beds come in just one firmness level (which is typically a medium). Brooklyn Signature, however, comes in a “Soft,” “Medium,” and “Firm” allowing you to pick your poison, so to speak. The “Soft” and “Medium” skew softer and are fantastic for side sleepers. If you want a firm mattress, the “Firm” model is more like a medium-firm. Again, it’s just nice that Brooklyn Bedding gives you options.
One of the best beds for heavy people — To be frank, it’s hard to find a flaw with the WinkBed mattress. Not only is the bed highly supportive, but also it’s comfortable and accommodating for a range of sleeping preferences and body types. They even make a model called WinkBed Plus that’s designed for especially heavy people weighing up to 500 lbs.
Design — WinkBed doesn’t just have one layer of coils, it has two. These will help with support and long-term durability. As for the top layer, it’s a fluffy pillow top that most people will find comfortable. If you can picture a giant pillow that’s super supportive, that’s WinkBed.
Firmness — WinkBed offers a “Softer” model that’s made just for side sleepers and those seeking maximum pressure relief. The most popular model is the “Luxury Firm” which is about a 5/10 in terms of firmness, making it suitable for all sleeping positions. If you’re a stomach or back sleeper, you will prefer the “Firmer” model, which is around a medium-firm.
Common Materials In A Mail Order Mattress
Though there has been so much change in mattress technology in the past few decades, there are still a few main materials that are tried and true and are likely to be found in your mattress.
Foams — Several different types of foam exist in the mattress world, some are even proprietary foams used specifically by the company who created them. But in general, there are three main categories that these foams will usually fit into: memory, latex and neutral. Memory foam has a soft and supple feel, it contours to your body and is generally a pretty soft foam option. Latex foam is a much more porous and responsive type of foam. It is generally a great choice for those who sleep hot as it provides a good amount of airflow. Neutral-foam is cushiony without too much sinkage and supportive without being overly firm, it is a really popular material in mail order mattresses because it is quite comfortable and is generally pretty affordable.
Springs — Springs or coils are still a popular part of mattress construction because they provide great support and durability. The spring systems will vary vastly from bed to bed, but mattresses that have a spring system will almost always be a hybrid. This means the springs are coupled with layers of other materials, usually the foams we previously mentioned, to augment the clunkiness of the metal springs.
Other Materials — There are a bunch of other materials that might go into your mattress to make it as comfortable as possible. Some of these materials have been around forever—like cotton, wool, and down—while others reflect the new technology that has taken the mattress industry by storm—like gels, temperature regulating materials and hyper-elastic polymer.
The Evolution Of The Mattress Industry
Do you live to sleep or merely sleep to live? Either way, I’m pretty confident in saying that sleeping is an activity that you spend a fair bit of time doing—unless you’re some kind of genetically enhanced super-human who has evolved past the need for sleep…in which case, what are you doing reading this website? Get out there and save the world or something!
Okay, all jokes aside—sleep is and always has been a vital part of human survival; the way in which we sleep, however, has evolved a lot over time. So, time for a little history lesson to explain how the world has gotten to the point where, with a few quick clicks, a plush new mattress will show up right at your front door.
In the early days of western civilization, the ancient people groups of the Mediterranean figured out that sleeping on a raised surface would keep them further away from the creepy-crawlies on the ground that might threaten their peaceful rest. Beyond that, however, these early beds provided little in the way of comfort, often including a stone or piece of wood as a place to lay your head. As communities grew and developed into the middle ages, the first mattresses took form—they were often stuffed with straw and shared by entire families in order to keep warm. Ornately decorated bedsteads and massive down-stuffed mattresses became a staple of wealth in the Renaissance period, and the bedroom was often a popular location for gathering and entertaining. For centuries, European aristocrats treasured their lavish beds as status symbols. The dawn of the Industrial Revolution around the early 1900’s brought electricity and a turn towards more metropolitan living, drastically altering people’s sleep habits. Beds became less ornate and more utilitarian while people began spending less time in bed, as electric lighting allowed them to stay up later into the night. Mattresses also became more standardized as the invention of coil springs and the advent of factory work allowed them to be mass produced.
These early spring mattresses helped the mattress industry grow and flourish. For the majority of the 20th century, spring mattresses were all the rage, with various types of comfort tops helping companies set their mattresses apart from the competition. In the mid-1900’s companies began to capitalize on the “American Dream” as life became increasingly suburban, including bigger houses with more bedrooms, and therefore, a need for more beds. A huge boom in the industry occurred with the first brick-and-mortar mattress stores in the 1980’s. This allowed consumers to test out their mattress before purchase. The first mattress stores were popping up in concurrence with some new technology that revolutionized the sleep experience. Water beds found a foothold in the market (but we are glad to see that these house-floods waiting to happen have not stood the test of time) and NASA’s invention of viscoelastic polyurethane foam, or memory foam, became commonly used in commercial mattresses and led to many of the foam mattresses that we know and love today.
The mattress industry has been much the same for the past thirty years, until companies like Casper, Nectar, Leesa and Purple saw the untapped potential of the popularity of online shopping. They launched websites with mail order mattress options for every sleeper, and a ton of other companies have followed suit — leading to more revolutions in mattress technology and a flood of mattress options. So, if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the seemingly sudden deluge of mattresses popping up, you are not alone—online mattress retailers are a fairly new thing, and the choices are almost endless. That’s what we are here for. At The Slumber Yard, we test out the mattresses for you. Gone are the days of schlepping out to the mattress store, throwing yourself on mattress after mattress, and strapping the winner to the top of your Subaru, praying all the way that you make it home with your new purchase in one piece. Still, there is a different kind of stress associated with buying a mattress online: what if your mattress finally arrives and you don’t love it? Is it really wise to spend all this money on something, sight unseen? What if there is a better mattress out there for you?
We have dozens of mattresses stored in a room that we have carefully examined and thoroughly tested (company naptime, anyone?) so that we can bring you helpful and honest reviews to find the mattress that’ll suit you most. We get all of our products in one of two ways: either they are sent to us by the retailer, or we buy them on our own. No matter how we receive them, though, we never give one company preferential treatment over another simply because we’ve received their product free. Our reviews are all of our own thoughts and opinions and, though we don’t consider ourselves experts, we are definitely knowledgeable enough about this stuff to use it as an annoying party trick. Our friends have gotten sick of us telling them that they’re sleeping on the wrong mattress, so we bring all of our knowledge to you to make the mattress buying process just a little bit less intimidating.
More About Company Policies
An awesome perk that’s included with a lot of mail order mattresses is a generous return policy. Most online mattress retailers offer free returns and full refunds if you don’t end up loving your mattress within a given trial window. This period is usually around 100 days, but we’ve seen trial periods that are longer, up to an entire year. If you want to return your mattress, customer service representatives are usually available to help set up a pick-up time and will walk you through the process, eventually resulting in a refund of your purchase and the ability to begin the search for the perfect mattress anew.
If you do end up loving your mattress, make sure you’re mindful of the company’s warranty. On average, people tend to keep a mattress for around 8 years. Because life happens, things break, or manufacturing flaws exist, most companies will offer warranties for at least the first few years of your mattress ownership which will help replace or repair the mattress if anything goes wrong with it. The industry standard warranty length that we’ve observed is ten years, which is pretty generous because the average person will replace their mattress about every 8 to 10 years anyway. Some companies offer shorter warranties, while others offer lifetime warranties.
Different Sleeping Positions
Another thing to consider is your preferred sleeping position. You are probably either a stomach, back, or side sleeper, or you alternate between the three throughout the night. A good rule of thumb to remember about sleeper type is that those who sleep on their back and stomach generally need a firmer mattress that will not cause their trunk to sag and throw their spine out of alignment. Side sleepers, on the other hand, generally need a bit more softness to prevent too much pressure being placed on their shoulder and hip.
A few other features that we try to take note of are the quality of a certain mattress in regards to edge support and motion isolation. This is particularly worth noting if you share your bed with a significant other because having to people on a mattress slightly changes the way it’s used.
Edge support refers to the amount of support that the bed offers toward the edges. We don’t want to see any sagging or drooping along the edges as those who share a bed typically gravitate more toward the edges of the mattress than smack in the middle.
A lot of mail order and online mattresses are doing a much better job of limiting motion transfer across the bed than those classic spring mattresses that dominated the last century were able to do. We always want to make sure that this feature has been considered, however, because nothing is worse than being woken up in the middle of the night by a jostling mattress as your partner gets up to use the bathroom.
|What is a mail order mattress?||We consider a mail order mattress to be one that will ship via USPS, FedEx, UPS, or some other major carrier.|
|What’s the difference: bed-in-a-box vs mail order mattress?||They are essentially the same thing. If the mattress ships via FedEx, UPS, etc., it is a mail order mattress—and 99% of the time they will ship in a box, so they are also a bed-in-a-box mattress.|
|Can I return a mail order mattress?||Most online mattress retailers offer free returns and full refunds if you don’t end up loving your mattress within a given trial window. This period is usually around 100 days, but we’ve seen trial periods that are longer, up to an entire year.|
|What type of mattress is best?||That’s up to you. There’s a chance that you’ll prefer a memory foam mattress, but then again you might like a more traditional innerspring mattress. It comes down to personal preferences.|
|Are mail order mattresses good?||We happen to really like them. After all, essentially the only difference between a mail order mattress and one that you’d buy at a store is that the mail order mattress ships directly to your home from the brand.|