How to Shop for a Mattress-in-a-Box—Plus Our 5 Favorite Buys to Shop Now

These mattresses will arrive at your door compressed and perfectly packaged.

We independently evaluate all recommended products and services. If you click on links we provide, we may receive compensation. Learn more.

bed in a box
Photo: Courtesy of Avocado

Ordering a new mattress has never been easier, thanks to mattress-in-a-box options. This is when online retailers sell mattresses by compressing, boxing, and shipping them directly to your door. Currently, there are several companies that use this model, which is an extremely convenient alternative to shopping in stores.

"Bed-in-a-box became popular when manufactures figured out that foam can be compressed and roll-packed for easy shipping and online sales," says Trisha Chamberlain, the owner of Mattress Mania in Las Vegas, Nev.

How to Shop for a Mattress-in-a-Box

When choosing your foam type, keep in mind that the higher density per square foot, the more firm and durable each iteration is. Before you buy one of these products, Chamberlin suggests researching to see which type of foam will work best for your body type and preferred sleeping position—especially since you're skipping that in-store test.

There are a few things to be on the lookout for during your search. "To find the best possible iteration, look for third-party validations and certifications like GOTS, GOLS, and Greenguard Gold when you shop," says Jessica Hann, the vice president of brand marketing at Avocado Green Mattress. She says to find a company that will do a virtual try-on to help you find the right firmness and model for you.

Our Top Picks

Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress

casper mattress
Courtesy of Casper

You won't have to sacrifice comfort for support when you buy this cooling mattress from Casper. With seven zones, two layers, and a hybrid design that includes both foam and springs, you'll stay cool overnight while feeling supported and well rested in the morning. Better yet, Casper gives you 100 nights to test out the mattress in your home.

Brooklyn Bedding Brooklyn Sedona Elite Mattress

brooklyn bedding mattress
Courtesy of Brooklyn Bedding

This model has it all: a 1-inch top layer of foam, a transitional 1.5 inches of hyper-dense memory foam, and a final 1.5 inches before the 8-inch base of coils. The hybrid mattress will keep you calm, cool, and collected all through the night. Test it yourself during a 120-day trial.

The DreamCloud Premier Hybrid Mattress

bed-in-a-box dreamcloud
Courtesy of DreamCloud

Thanks to this option's six whopping layers of support, you'll never know you're actually sleeping atop a coil mattress—each tier offers the cool comfort you crave. From the cashmere blend topper all the way to the bottom layer (which prevents the mattress from moving around), DreamCloud engineers thought of everything when designing this model. Plus, the mattress includes a 365-night home trial.

Avocado Green Mattress

man sitting on avocado mattress
Courtesy of Avocado

This mattress by Avocado is made with organic-certified latex, wool, and cotton. It has five zones, which are made up of over 1,000 pocketed coils; they hug your body in the best possible way. Opt for the attached pillow-top version for maximum comfort. And if you don't love your mattress, know that you can return it up to a year after your purchase.

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

nectar bed in a box
Courtesy of Nectar

It doesn't matter which way you like to sleep—front, back, or side—when you have this option from Nectar: The 11-inch-high mattress won the 2020 Tuck award for each sleep position. If you suffer from back pain, or need more support than usual, this mattress is for you. Take it for a test run with their year-long trial.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles