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|One of the best beds available today in terms of airflow, pressure relief, and responsiveness. If you’re open to a new type of mattress, you may want to check out Purple.|
|Neutral Foam (Softer)||$75 Off|
|This could be the most popular bed-in-a-box mattress. Casper has a soft neutral-foam feel that’s universally comfortable.|
|Neutral Foam (Firmer)||15% Off + Gift|
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|This is an all-foam bed with a firmer, neutral-foam feel. Leesa is a great bed for all types of sleepers.|
|Innerspring||Check Current Offers||This is one of the most affordable luxury beds available online. Saatva comes in three firmness levels and is a very supportive mattress.|
|Pocketed Coils||20% Off|
|This a super comfortable, supportive bed that comes in three different firmness levels. It also has more of a soft neutral-foam feel, which is really accommodating.|
|Memory Foam||$125 Off + Gift|
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|If you love memory foam, chances are you’ll be all about Nectar. Plus, you typically get two free pillows with the purchase of a mattress.|
|Latex (mixed)||Up to $200 Off|
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|Latex beds are expensive, but if you want some of the advantages of a latex bed without the high price point, check out GhostBed.|
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There are a lot of mattresses out there, especially in the bed-in-a-box game. And while we clearly do like more than we’ve actually put on this list, we had to make the cut somewhere. For the record, all of these beds are under $1,000 after discount for a queen size. You can see the rest of our mattress reviews here.
Now, just in case you aren’t too familiar with the advantages and disadvantages with an online mattress, here’s a quick overview since all of these beds can be purchased online (some can also be purchased in-store).
All of these beds come with completely free shipping. They will typically all also come with a trial period where you can test the bed for yourself. If you don’t absolutely love your bed, you can usually get all of your money back as long as you’re within the trial period. Basically, all of these brands really want you to have the opportunity to try their mattress in-person and are willing to put up with the cost of returns because they’re so confident that you’ll be happy with your bed.
Additionally, you should expect your mattress to come with a 10-year warranty at minimum. Obviously, if it’s the cheapest mattress you can find, then the warranty won’t be 10 years, but that should be the minimum of what you’re looking for.
Purple is one of the more unique beds available today. The big star of the show is a proprietary material that makes up the bed’s top layer—Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It was invented and patented by the founders of the company before they even dreamt up a mattress. What makes Hyper-Elastic Polymer interesting is that it’s oddly supportive and pressure relieving at the same time, not to mention that it’s great for airflow, responsiveness, and motion isolation.
Having said that, since the bed is so unique, it tends to divide people a bit (even within our company). Some people love the material and others just find it too different.
Additionally, since the Original Purple mattress is only 10” thick and has a foam support core, it’s not really the most ideal option for heavier individuals in terms of long term support. Normally, I’d then add that you should look into the New Purple mattresses since those have coils, but they are also quite a bit more expensive—certainly above $1,000 for a queen size bed.
Bottom line with Purple is that we think it’s extremely comfortable with lots of advantages, but you have to be open to something completely new.
The original Casper mattress is almost universally loved. It’s accommodating and has more of a soft neutral-foam feel, which makes the bed dangerously comfortable.
To be honest, it’s hard to poke holes in this bed—there’s just a lot to like. It’s ideal for all types of sleepers (stomach, back, side, and combo) and is really good in terms of motion isolation, edge support, and responsiveness. And even though it does use memory foam, there’s none of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling, which a lot of people seem to appreciate about the bed.
Since it’s only 10” thick and has a foam support core, though, we don’t recommend it to particularly heavy individuals. There are better options (even on this list) if you’re 250 lb or more. If, however, you’re around the 200 lb mark or less, it’s pretty likely you’ll enjoy sleeping on Casper. You don’t achieve all that Casper has achieved as a company by selling a sub-par mattress.
Leesa is another extremely well-known and highly-regarded online mattress brand. The mattress is similar to Casper in that it’s comprised entirely of foam and has a memory foam middle layer, but in our opinion, it’s just a hair firmer than Casper.
We think it’s ideal for all types of sleepers. The bed provides a good amount of support, yet it’s also soft and comfortable.
Overall, we view Leesa as a very safe pick. It’s a well constructed all-foam bed that is very comfortable. If you like more of a neutral-foam feel and you want a bed that is slightly firmer than Casper, Leesa is your ticket.
Saatva is quickly becoming a top online mattress brand and is one of our favorites. The original Saatva mattress is truly hard to beat for the money, especially considering how durable and luxurious it is.
Saatva actually comes in three different firmness levels, which allows you to pick which is best for your particular situation. They have a Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm model, which means they have a mattress for almost everyone. And Saatva uses not just one layer of coils, but two, making it durable and supportive and adding a little bounce.
If you want a luxurious bed at an affordable price, Saatva is hard to pass up. A queen and king size will run you just over $1,000, but the other size options fall below the $1,000 mark. The biggest downside, really, is that Saatva charges a $99 return fee, whereas most other companies offer completely free returns.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress is interesting for a number of reasons, including that it’s offered in a Soft, Medium, and Firm feel.
On top of that, it’s highly supportive because of its foundation of pocketed coils and is actually made in a facility in Phoenix, AZ that is owned by Brooklyn Bedding (i.e. they actually make their own mattresses, which is rare in the online bedding space). We see the Signature mattress as being ideal for all sleeper types and body types.
If you’d like a softer mattress that’s more ideal for side sleepers, we say check out the Soft or Medium option. If you sleep primarily on your back and stomach, you may want to look into the firmer option. If you tend to move around and don’t sleep strictly in one position, the Medium option is highly accommodating. And similar to beds like Casper and Leesa, the Signature mattress has more of a softer neutral-foam feel, which people tend to really like.
Nectar is one of the most popular foam mattresses online, partly because it’s really affordable and party because it’s comfortable, assuming that you really like memory foam.
It has more of a dense feel and you do sink in if you stay in one position. Since it’s memory foam, though, there is a bit of that “stuck” feeling, which makes switching positions a little more difficult and could cause certain individuals to be more restless at night—that’s if you tend to switch positions frequently.
One really nice thing about Nectar (beyond the affordable price tag) is that you almost always get two free pillows with your purchase of a mattress.
There are a lot of people out there that don’t like poly foam, don’t like memory foam, don’t like springs, and know unequivocally that they want a latex bed. The only downside with that plan is that latex beds tend to be somewhat pricey—almost always above $1,000 for a queen.
As such, we went with GhostBed as our latex pick even though it only uses a fairly thin (1.5”) layer of latex, albeit as the top layer. Even so, you do experience some of the benefits of latex. For example, switching positions is fairly easy and you end up sleeping more on top of the mattress.
It’s about a medium in terms of overall firmness and we think it’s very comfortable with zero of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling. Bottom line is that if you want latex, but can’t pay up, GhostBed is a nice solution and a very nice bed.
Chance are that you’ve heard of various materials used in mattresses, but you aren’t completely familiar with their relative advantages and disadvantages. We’re lucky in the sense that there are plenty of mattresses and mattress types to choose from nowadays, but making a decision can be hard given the marketing rhetoric from all of these brands. It’s hard to know exactly what a bed is like without actually trying it in person. With that in mind, here’s a brief overview of a few popular materials that you find in mattresses. Hopefully, this will clear things up and make your decision easier.
This is the most common foam that you’ll see with online mattresses. It comes in various thicknesses, densities, and firmness levels, and is incredibly affordable to manufacture. You will generally see it as the foundation for all-foam beds and even the middle and top layers depending on the mattress. While it’s affordable, it also can be really comfortable and there are a lot of people that like its more neutral feel.
This is just polyurethane foam, but with a viscous material injected to make it remember shapes, hence the name “memory” foam. It is fairly cheap to manufacture, but is usually great in terms pressures relief and support. It also can be somewhat of a dividing material—some people love it and some people really don’t. In terms of downsides, it can warm up as it contours to your body and retains heat. It can also make switching positions a little more difficult. And it tends to feel firmer when in colder environments and softer in warmer environments—not surprisingly, some people do not like this. We’ve also posted a review of the best memory foam mattresses.
Innersprings are more of a traditional support system and—like anything—they have pros and cons. One the positive end, the innersprings can be very supportive and grant the bed a little of that bounce that you may be used to and prefer. Also, they allow for plenty of airflow and typically last longer than their poly foam counterparts, especially for heavy folks. As for the negatives, innersprings generally transfer motion more, which can disrupt your partner if you’re active during your sleep. And given how much space there is between the coils, there is technically more room for dust mites, which may perturb people with allergies.
While innersprings can have issues with motion transfer, pocketed coils tend be much better here. Unlike an innerspring unit, pocketed coils are just individually-wrapped coils that are stacked next to each other. Therefore, the motion or pressure on one coil doesn’t necessarily impact the other. Like innersprings, pocketed coils are generally regarded as being more durable and supportive than foam materials, particularly for heavier individuals who can wear down thin, all-foam mattresses in short order. Just so you know, we’ve also published a list of the best hybrid and spring mattresses.
This is a natural material actually made from the sap of a rubber tree. Latex (whether Talalay or Dunlop) is bouncy, airy, and really supportive. In fact, if you lay on an entirely latex mattress it may actually feel like the bed has springs, that’s how bouncy the material is. As such, it tends to be very resilient and you’ll end up sleeping more on the mattress rather than in it. It’s naturally cooler than a lot of poly foam products, as well. There are a lot of people that are drawn to latex because it’s natural (mostly), durable, responsive, and comfortable, but latex beds tend to be quite expensive, heavy, and hard to move, which is partly why you see so many poly foam beds out there.