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Best Mattress In A Box

Written by

  • Jeffrey Rizzo
  • Certified Sleep Coach

Last Updated: January 4, 2021

Our team members have personally hand-tested over 150 mattresses, which gives us the ability to easily help you find your perfect bed.

Bed In A Box Reviews Overview

In recent years, the market for bed in a box mattresses has become increasingly crowded, with hundreds of online bedding brands. While it’s great you have so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what you want or where to start.

We’ve put together a short list of options to narrow down the pool for you, hand-picked by our team of mattress experts who have tested over 150 mattresses (and counting). We’ve done all the dirty work so you don’t have to — all that’s left to do is read up on our mattress reviews and decide which one you think sounds the most accommodating for you.

Below are the topics we’ll be covering in our best bed in a box list. Click on a link to jump to any section of the piece:

Below, we explain why we think these bed-in-a-box mattresses are among the best, and who we think they suit most. The beds that made their way onto our list are either top-rated, offer an amazing value, or are made from one-of-a-kind materials.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning we tried to keep the queen size mattress around the $1,000 mark after discounts. Obviously, this criteria eliminates a lot of great box mattresses, so if you’re not constrained to a particular dollar figure you may want to check out our Best Luxury Mattress list.

Honest Best Bed In A Box Video Review

Check out what Owen has to say about our picks for the best mattress in a box!

Top 7 Best Mattresses In A Box 2021

Layla Best Plush Mattress

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Side sleepers will be comfy on Layla.

Layla is one of the most unique and interesting beds that you can buy in a box. It has a “Soft” and “Firm” side, which allow it to handle all sleeping positions.

Layla has a super-soft cover that even designates the “Soft” and “Firm” sides. There’s no need to remove the cover to switch firmness profiles—all you do is flip the bed.

If you’re open to memory foam and want a bed that’s fluffier, Layla is worth checking out, especially considering it comes with a lifetime warranty and has a good price compared to similar competitors. A queen size Layla Mattress will run you about $1,049 before discounts, but they often have promotions running to bring that price down even more.

Why We Chose Layla Mattress — The reason Layla made the list is that we see it as a tremendous option for side sleeping (well over half of the population sleeps on their side). It offers more than enough pressure relief on the “Soft” side and even the “Firm” side should be accommodating. It is the best flippable mattress in a box but also happens to be our plush bed pick.

Brooklyn Bedding Signature Best Boxed Innerspring Mattress

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The Brooklyn Signature is available in three comfort levels

The Brooklyn Signature mattress is an innerspring bed in a box mattress with a quilted top layer. It’s an accommodating bed that will work for any sleeper type (back, stomach, side, combo) and all body types (petite, medium, heavy). We also like that the company doesn’t outsource manufacturing—it makes the mattresses in a facility in Phoenix, AZ.

Even so, the bed happens to be wallet conscious, and we think you’re getting a nice mattress for your money. A queen size Brooklyn Bedding Signature Mattress usually costs under $1,000. You can also choose between three firmness levels (soft, medium, and firm) to best match your sleep style and comfort preferences.

Why We Chose The Brooklyn Bedding Signature MattressHybrid mattresses tend to be more expensive than the average online bed because they are more durable and made with supportive materials. Brooklyn Bedding Signature, however, offers long lasting comfort and support for all body types at a really great price.

Nectar Best Memory Foam Mattress In A Box

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It could be the Internet’s favorite memory foam bed in a box

Nectar is a foam mattress in a box that does a good job of accommodating all types of sleepers. It’s about medium to medium-firm in terms of overall firmness and has a dense feel. If you don’t like memory foam, you will not like Nectar.

Conversely, if you like it, you’re in luck because Nectar has a lot of it–it’s one of our favorite memory foam mattresses in a box (actually a bag). As such, it’s somewhat slow in terms of responsiveness and therefore has a bit of resistance as you go to rotate between sleeping positions at night.

One nice perk with Nectar—beyond it being affordable—is that the company typically runs a promotion where it bundles in two free pillows with the order of a mattress. It’s not the best bed in the world, but for the price, it’s certainly a good option for those that like dense foam.

Why We Chose The Nectar Mattress — Nectar has a firmness profile that suits most sleeper types and a conforming memory foam feel, for a price that’s way more affordable than a TempurPedic Mattress. It’s one of the most popular wallet-friendly memory foam beds in a box.

Casper Best Foam Bed In A Box

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Owen taking a snooze on the Casper Mattress

How could we leave out THE bed in a box mattress, Casper? They weren’t the first to come up with the online mattress shopping idea, but they played a role in making it more common. And for good reason.

Casper has a neutral-foam feel and accommodating medium firmness level (or 5 out of 10) that many online mattresses have seem to imitate because it accommodates all sleeper positions: side, back, stomach, and combo.

We also love its zoned support framework within the center of the mattress, which has alternating firmness levels to accommodate different parts of your body. It also has a pretty average price point, and usually costs right under $1,000 for a queen after discounts.

Why We Chose Casper Mattress — It’s a really great bed, and we think most people who try it won’t end up returning it. Are you a side sleeper? It’ll work for you. Do you mostly sleep on your back? It’ll work for you. Combo? It’ll work for you. We think you get the point. The only people who might not love it are heavy individuals over 230 lbs, as with the other all-foam mattresses.

Leesa Best Foam Bed In A Box

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The flagship Leesa mattress has a soft foam feel

The Leesa mattress is a comfy, all-foam bed that’s incredibly popular with online shoppers. While we don’t suggest it for heavier folks, we think petite and average sized people will like the mattress a lot.

The bed has a soft foam feel, is about a medium in terms of firmness and does a great job at limiting motion transfer. As such, we think it will be great for solo sleepers and couples alike.

Why We Chose The Leesa Mattress

If you’re looking for an accommodating, ultra comfortable bed from one of the biggest online mattress brands, Leesa is hard to beat. It’s an excellent bed in a box for the money.

Purple Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

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The Original Purple mattress is oh so comfy

The Purple Mattress has a completely unique feel, mostly because it’s unlike anything else available online. Instead of using foam as its top layer, Purple uses its proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer material, which is somewhat like silicone or a gel material. It’s soft, yet supportive and is fantastic for airflow. It also happens to be surprisingly efficient at limiting motion transfer and is responsive, which means no stuck-in-the-mud feeling.

It also offers a great amount of airflow because the material is covered in air pockets, making it one of the more breathable mattresses we’ve tested here at the Slumber Yard.

We do think it will be suitable for all types of sleepers (back, stomach, side, and combo), but regardless of sleeper type, heavier folks (around 220 lb+) should consider Purple’s new lineup of beds that use coils. You can check them out in our Purple mattress comparison.

Why We Chose The Purple Mattress — The Purple Mattress incorporates a supportive, yet pressure relieving material that no other mattress brand in history has ever done. While the feel of their Hyper-Elastic Polymer is unique, it’s incredibly comfortable for all sleeper types and is great for people who tend to warm up at night.

Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid Best Luxury Mattress In A Box

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Nest Alexander comes in three firmness options

The Nest Bedding Alexander mattress is a luxurious bed with plenty of support and a plush, comfy pillow-top. It’s a thick mattress suitable for individuals of all body types given that it starts with pocketed coils. Plus, they do offer three firmness levels, so you have a little more flexibility with softness/firmness. It’s a pricier mattress (by online standards), but it’s also in that luxury tier.

Nest Alexander will work great for all sleeper styles (back, stomach, side, and combo), especially considering the company offers the different firmness options.

Why We Chose The Nest Alexander Mattress — What it all comes down to is whether you want a coil pillow top mattress that’s a cut above most beds online. You might pay a little more for it, but this is a heck of a mattress and suitable for any body or sleeper type.

Avocado Best Firm Mattress In A Box

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Avocado is firmer, but is highly supportive and comfortable

Avocado is a natural and organic bed in a box mattress with pocketed coils as its support system and certified organic Dunlop latex for an extra bouncy and supportive feel.

It comes in only one firmness level—about a “firm” overall—which is why we consider it one of the best firm bed in a box mattresses right now.

That said, you have the option to add a pillow top to the Avocado mattress. It does increase the price of the mattress, but also makes the bed a little softer—about a “medium-firm.”

As such, it will work for back, stomach, and combo sleepers, but we wouldn’t consider it the best option for petite side sleepers. We think it’s a very comfortable mattress in a box. You can check the price of the mattress and topper on Avocado’s website.

Why We Picked The Avocado Green Mattress — Avocado is the perfect mattress for anyone who wants a top-rated natural and organic mattress in a box. It’s made with certified organic materials, and not unreasonably priced compared to similar eco-friendly mattresses in the industry. Without the pillow top, it has a firm profile that’s great for back and stomach sleepers, and with the topper, it’s also suitable for combo sleepers and heavy side sleepers.

Helix Best Custom Bed

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Helix offers a really unique way to buy a bed

Helix Sleep is a unique mattress brand in that it runs you through a Sleep Quiz on their website to identify the best bed for you. Helix is a particularly great option for couples because you have control over the feel and firmness of the mattress.

Though, regardless of the bed you get, it will have a hybrid design that accommodates any body type and a neutral-foam feel that most people find to be very comfortable.

Despite the fact that the bed is custom, we think it’s very reasonably priced, especially for a hybrid bed which tends to run more expensive than all-foam bed in a box mattresses like Casper. A queen size is typically between $900 and $1,000, depending on discounts.

Why We Chose The Helix Mattress — It’s a great place to start your mattress hunt if you’re not sure what you’re looking for because it offers a sleep quiz that will match you up with a suitable mattress for your body and sleep preferences. But regardless of what you’re paired with, it’ll be a supportive hybrid bed with a soft or neutral-foam feel.

Best Bed in a Box Price Comparison

MattressTwinTwin XLFullQueenKing/Cal King
Nectar$898$968$1,098$1,198$1,398
Brooklyn Bedding Signature$599$699$849$999$1,249
Leesa$699$749$899$999$1,199
Layla$649$749$949$1,049$1,149
Helix$600$700$850$999$1,249
Avocado$899$999$1,199$1,399$1,799
Purple$599$799$999$1,149$1,449
Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid$949$1,049$1,299$1,499$1,699

Review team

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • Jeff Rizzo
    Jeff Rizzo

    Combo Sleeper

The Best Bed In A Box Online Mattress Brands

We’ve reviewed and tested products from just about every online mattress brand you’ve ever heard of. This gives us a great perspective as to who makes the best mattress. Here’s a quick look at our list of some of the best bed in a box online mattress brands:
  • Avocado
  • Brooklyn Bedding
  • Helix Sleep
  • Layla Sleep
  • Leesa
  • Nectar Sleep
  • Nest Bedding
  • Purple Mattress
To be clear, that’s not an exhaustive list of the best online mattress brands, but it’s a great place to start.

Common Types Of Mattresses

The feel of a mattress is subjective. Again, there’s no right or wrong (I probably sound like a broken record by this point). Each foam has a different type of feel and will attract different kinds of sleepers. In this section, we’ll discuss what you should expect each type of material to feel like, but will refrain from stating our own opinions because, as you may have guessed, the feel preferences of members on our team vary quite a bit.

Memory Foam

This type of foam can have a very dense feel. When you lay down on a memory foam bed, you sort of slowly sink into it. Some people really like that feeling. They say it feels like the mattress is hugging them a little bit. The memory foam contours to your body and offers a ton of pressure relief for your pressure points (i.e. hips, shoulders). Other people say it gives them more of a stuck-in-the-mud feeling. They prefer to feel like they are laying on top of the mattress rather than in it.

Latex Foam

Latex is lighter and airier than memory foam, but also more durable in general. As such, it has more of a neutral, soft foam feel. You won’t slowly sink into the foam like you do with memory foam. It’s much more responsive and bouncy than memory foam. That means latex foam beds won’t contour to your body as much as memory foam. That said, it typically also stays much cooler than memory foam or poly foam. Latex can also be a natural/organic material in many cases (there is synthetic latex, though it’s less commonly used), whereas poly foam is a petro-chemical product.

Polyurethane Foam

Most companies won’t use polyurethane foam for their top layer so you’ll never really experience the true feel of it. Poly foam is more used for support and transition layers. It tends to be more dense and offer better support than memory foam and latex foam.

Proprietary Foam

A lot of bed in a box companies create their own foams. For example, Brooklyn Bedding uses a foam called “TitanFlex Comfort Foam.” Tuft & Needle uses a foam called “T&N Adaptive Foam.” Each foam is different, so it’s hard to pinpoint an exact feel, but they generally have a neutral, soft foam feel.

Innerspring Mattresses

We generally consider a bed to be an innerspring mattress if it contains a layer of coils (whether it’s traditional steel coils, individually pocketed coils, or micro-coils) and multiple layers of foam. As you might guess, the feel of coil beds can vary quite a bit. As a result of the coils, the beds will be quite responsive and have a little bounce like we talked about above. However, the feel of a coil mattress is largely dependent on its top layers. Obviously, coil beds like DreamCloud that incorporate memory foam on top will have a soft, dense foam feel. On the other hand, an innerspring bed like the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery, which uses a proprietary foam top layer, will have a lighter, neutral-foam feel.

To wrap things up, the feel of a mattress is dependent upon your personal preferences. That’s why it doesn’t play a huge role in determining these lists. We realize everyone is different and will like all different kinds of beds.

Learn About Sleeping Positions

People primarily sleep in three different positions—side, back and stomach. According to a lot of doctors and chiropractors, sleeping on your stomach is not preferable.

Stomach Sleepers

If you like sleeping on your stomach, look for a firmer mattress. Similar to back sleepers, you want a bed in a box mattress that is able to support your mid-section properly. However, it probably is preferable to consider mattresses that are a tad bit softer than the mattresses you’d consider for back sleeping. No one wants a super firm mattress pushing up against their private areas.

The pillow you use is also important when it comes to stomach sleepers. You’ll want a pillow that is as flat as possible. If your pillow is too tall, your neck will be cranked upwards the entire night, which means your spine is not in proper alignment.

Back Sleepers

People who spend the majority of time sleeping on their back will generally want a firmer mattress. When you’re on your back, it’s crucial that you get a good amount of support. You never want too much sinkage under your hips or trunk. You want to make sure your body is always in-line for the most part.

For more information about back sleepers, check out our Best Mattresses For Back Sleepers list.

Side Sleepers

People who spend a lot of time on their side will generally want a mattress that is on the softer side of the spectrum. Because all your weight will be directed toward two areas (your hip and shoulder of the side you’re laying on), it’s crucial those two areas receive pressure relief. On firm beds, side sleepers won’t be that comfortable and could potentially start to feel some aches and pains in their hips and shoulders. Again, you don’t want the mattress to be so soft to where you’re sinking in so far your spine is no longer properly aligned.

Combo Sleepers

People who rotate between positions throughout the night will want to find a happy medium. You want to find a mattress that provides a good amount of support when you’re on your back or stomach and enough pressure relief for when you switch to your side. That means you’ll probably be looking at a mattress in the medium-soft to medium-firm range on the firmness scale, depending on your percentage split between the different sleeping positions.

Like firmness, sleeper type plays a big role in determining which mattresses belong on this list. We generally try to stay away from mattresses that are only good for one type of sleeper. You’ll find that we include mattresses on this list that offer a nice balance between pressure relief and support.

Things To Consider When Choosing A Bed-In-A-Box 

Temperature Regulation

Typically heavier individuals tend to heat up during the night more so than lighter individuals. A lot of that is due to the fact that heavier body types sink further into a mattress creating more of a hugging friction with the bed. But then there’s people who just naturally sleep hot or cool (e.g. the person who always wears a sweatshirt and sweatpants to bed or the person who refuses to wear anything but underwear). See our explanation of temperature regulation and how we test it.

Motion Transfer

Chances are you’ve probably heard of motion transfer before. This is largely for people who share a bed. This is when one person turns over or gets up and the other person feels the bed reacting to this change. A lot of times the other person will wake up due to the motion, making for a more restless night of sleep. Therefore, if you share a bed, you’ll want a mattress that is able to deaden movement well.

Responsiveness

When we talk about responsiveness, we’re talking about how quickly the mattress pops back to its original form after releasing pressure. Some foams are as responsive. For example, with memory foam, we previously talked about how it slowly contours to your body. Well, the same is true when you get up off a memory foam bed. You can see the body impression you left behind and it takes 2-3 seconds for the foam to inflate back to its true form. With beds that are responsive, you’ll find it much easier to switch between sleeping positions. With beds that aren’t as responsive, you’ll get a little bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling and find it requires a little extra effort to switch from your back to your stomach or vice versa, possibly making you more restless throughout the night. Responsiveness can also serve as an indicator as to how durable the mattress will be over the long haul. Sometimes with non-responsive beds, permanent body impressions can form in the mattress.

Sinkage

This is another important factor for multiple reasons. First, it’s extremely important that your spine is properly aligned. If a boxed mattress sinks down too far under the heavier parts of your body, your spine is not in a good position. A bed with a lot of sinkage can also be an early indicator of durability. Sometimes with beds that have a lot of sinkage, permanent body impressions will form quickly, compromising the integrity of the mattress. This topic is especially important for heavier folks (275 lb+). Heavier people place more stress and pressure on a mattress that can exacerbate sinkage issues even further. We’ve even seen heavier individuals sink down so far they bottom out a mattress. In general, heavier individuals should stick with thick mattresses that provide a good amount of support and minimal sinkage.

We have a simple method to test sinkage. We place an extremely heavy medicine ball in the center of the boxed mattress and then measure from the bottom of the ball to the surface of the mattress. This gives us the necessary data to compare sinkage across all kinds of mattresses.

This is another important topic we seriously consider when putting together this list. Obviously, it’s nice if your bed is comfortable and offers pressure relief, but a bed that is too soft or has too much sinkage can be bad news. Generally, we prefer mattresses that are responsive.

Edge Support

This is an area that often goes overlooked when shopping for bed in a box mattresses but is important for couples. A lot of times with partners who share a bed, one person will hog the middle of the bed leaving the other person trapped on one of the edges. As such, it’s extremely important the edges of your mattress are able to support you. With a lot of mattresses (especially all-foam mattresses) you’ll get compression near the edges, making you feel like you’re about to roll off the bed. Obviously, this is not a good thing. A lot of mattress companies in recent years have taken steps to correct this issue. For example, Purple mattresses incorporated a dense foam perimeter around all their coil mattresses that they introduced in 2018. Take a look at how we test edge support on mattresses.

How To Care For A Box Mattress

Caring For Your Mattress Cover

The majority of mattress in a box options have a removable cover. However, we’ve only run across a few that are machine washable. If you have an accident or spill something on the mattress, most companies recommend you spot clean the cover with a mild detergent and some water. Even though the cleaning process is the same for the majority of box beds, having a removable cover is nice because it makes it easier to access certain spots.

Let Your Box Mattress Inflate

This is kind of a minor point, but it’s worth mentioning. The majority of these beds arrive compressed in a box, bag, or protective covering. Once you move it to your bedroom, you’ll cut the plastic and the mattress will start rapidly inflating. It will usually only take a minute or two for it to appear ready, but you should let it sit and breathe for a good 12-36 hours before you use them.

Box Mattress Shipping, Returns, and Warranties

Almost all bed in a box mattress companies offer free shipping whether the bed comes in a box, in a protective covering or via white glove delivery (i.e. an actual person helps you set up the bed). You’ll typically also receive a risk-free trial, free returns, and a generous warranty policy around 10 years or more.

Best Mattress in a Box Recap

MattressBest Bed In A Box TitleFirmness Level
LaylaBest Plush MattressSoft or firm
Brooklyn Bedding SignatureBest Innerspring MattressSoft: Soft to medium-soft
Medium: Medium to medium-soft
Firm: Medium-firm
NectarBest Memory Foam MattressMedium to medium-firm
LeesaBest Foam BedMedium
PurpleBest Mattress for Hot SleepersMedium
Nest AlexanderBest Luxury MattressMedium – Medium
Luxury Firm – Medium-firm to Firm 
AvocadoBest Firm MattressW/o Topper : Firm
With Topper: Medium-Firm
HelixBest Custom BedCustomizable

Review team

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

FAQs

What is a bed in a box?

A bed in a box is just a mattress that is compressed and fit inside a cardboard box for shipping. All you have to do is wait for delivery and unbox your new mattress. The process takes about 15 minutes.

How do returns work with a box mattress?

They are super easy! Most box mattress brands offer totally free shipping and returns. In fact, most of them allow you to try the bed at your home for 100 nights and still return it if you don’t end up liking it.

Can I get an innerspring mattress in a box?

Of course! There are numerous mattresses that ship in a box that have coils. They are often really great values as well!

How much does a bed in a box cost?

Most of the mattresses are about $1,000 to $1,500 for the queen size before any discounts.

Is a mattress in a box any good?

They sure can be! You can find them in just about every configuration, firmness level, and price point. They are basically the same thing as a mattress you’d buy in-store, but they ship in a box.