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The Best Mattresses to Buy Online (Without Buyer’s Remorse One Year Later)

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You’ve seen the ads for all of those boxed mattress (AKA bed in a box) brands, and they seem so convenient: Pick out your size and firmness, have it delivered to your door, let it unfurl and air out for a day or two, and boom! New bed. But how do you shop for a mattress online—and actually commit to shelling out hundreds of dollars—when you haven’t laid down on it first? And what are you actually getting when you order one? We gotcha covered. Below, find everything you need to know, plus 14 of the best online mattresses to shop now. 

THE 11 BEST MATTRESSES IN A BOX OF 2022


HOW TO SHOP FOR A MATTRESS ONLINE

Most online mattress brands are sold directly to consumers, which cuts out the middleman and allows you to shop for high-quality materials without as high of a price tag, since there isn’t a separate store tacking on a profit. “A bed in a box is condensed and rolled into the convenient packaging of a box that can be delivered straight to your door,” explains Ariel Kaye, founder and CEO of bedding company Parachute. “‘Bed in a box’ used to mean that a mattress was exclusively made of foam, but now, there are several options available, from innerspring to latex to hybrid.” If you know how firm you’d like your mattress, it’s easier to determine which material is best for you.

Here’s a guide to the most commonly used materials:

  • Memory foam: Memory foam allows your body to sink into the mattress, which creates a cradled feeling, and can be great for back and neck support, according to Kaye. One con, however, is that these mattresses tend to retain heat, so they’re not the best option for a warm sleeper. Additionally, you have to really like that cradled feeling, as opposed to a mattress that bounces back when you lie on it. One more note for the environmentally conscious: Memory foam is often treated with flame retardants and doesn't decompose.
  • Innerspring mattresses: These mattresses are more like a traditional mattress, as the springs react to your movements. They often feel firmer than foam, and the  interconnected coils are extra-durable and reduce the ripple effect that occurs when you move from one side of the bed to the other.
  • Latex mattress: This type of mattress is both responsive and has pressure-relieving capabilities (so you sink into it, but it bounces right back when you shift position or get up). They are also hypoallergenic and typically combine latex with either springs or reflex foam to ensure the surface is super durable and supportive.
  • Hybrid mattress: A hybrid mattress combines a little bit of everything—typically coils and other soft materials like foam, wool or cotton. Sleepers can experience both the pressure relief of the foam layers and the sturdy feel of a classic spring mattress.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BUY A MATTRESS?

Naturally, you want to keep an eye on major holiday sales—from Memorial Day and Labor Day to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But holidays aside, Scott Paladini, CEO and founder of Bear Mattress says late winter and early spring is the best time of year to invest. “By March or April, new mattress models will typically be in stores,” Paladini tells NerdWallet.com. “As new mattresses arrive, shoppers can save money by opting for an older model or a floor sample straight from the showroom floor.” To that end, it’s also worth mentioning that most companies offer pretty generous return policies so that you can try out the mattresses over several weeks (or even months) to determine whether they’re right for you. 

THE BEST MATTRESSES TO BUY ONLINE, AT A GLANCE

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Saatva
  • Materials: Cooling gel-infused memory foam and pocketed innerspring coils
  • Thickness: 11.5 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King
  • Return Policy: Saatva offers a 365-night trial, and for the first 2 years, the retailer will replace your mattress with a new one at no extra charge. Otherwise, if you're not completely happy with your purchase, the company charges a $99 processing fee for return pickups.

Designed to elevate its famous classic mattress, Saatva created this memory foam hybrid to be just as supportive, sink-proof and body-adjusting as it is cooling. The new introduction features five CertiPUR-US certified foam layers to provide a balance of body contouring and ease of movement, while the triple-phase cooling system actively draws away and disperses body heat for sweat-free sleep. “It’s the best of both worlds,” writes one reviewer on Saatva. “Compared to Saatva's Classic Mattress, this seems a *touch* softer. Definitely feel my hips and shoulders sink more into the mattress. That being said, this isn't a pillow top. I think it's a great middle-ground mattress.” And the cherry on top? All Saatva mattresses, including the Memory Foam Hybrid, come with complimentary white glove delivery and in-home setup (and they’ll dispose of your old mattress, free of charge). Pricing ranges from $845 for a twin to $1,245 for a queen to $1,995 for a king. 

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Wayfair
  • Materials: polyurethane foam and innerspring memory foam
  • Thickness: 8 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Short Queen, Queen, King, California King
  • Return Policy: This mattress is sold and fulfilled by Wayfair, so you can return it any time during its 100-night trial for a full refund. Just note that if you exchange it for a more expensive mattress, you’ll need to pay the difference in price

Coming in at just under $260 for a queen, Linenspa’s hybrid model features an innerspring-memory foam construction, which makes it springy without feeling stiff or squishy. It’s only 8 inches thick—so you can easily add a topper without fighting to put on a fitted sheet—and the mattress comes compressed in a box to make it easy and efficient to unroll onto the frame. “I would say [the mattress] sits perfectly between a firm and medium firm description. There was no odor upon opening [it] and it only took a few hours for it to reach its full shape. The springs give it just enough ‘bounce’ while the foam top offers the cooling support,” writes one reviewer on Amazon. However, in a PureWow100 review, editor Candace Davison also warns: “If you toss and turn, Linenspa’s mattress may not be cushy and supportive enough for you (and to that end, you may want to spring for a mattress topper).” Pricing ranges from $168 for a twin to $256 for a queen to $296 for a king. 

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tempur-pedic
  • Materials: Viscoelastic polyurethane foam
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin Long, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
  • Return Policy: Tempur-Pedic offers a 90-day trial period, and if you don't love your new mattress, they’ll refund your money after 30 days (shipping charges not included). However, the retailer also offers a 10-year warranty that protects your mattress from future damage.

If you need something to justify this mattress’s lofty price tag, we’d say the over 5,300 positive reviews speak for themselves. What makes this model so unique is its patented temper technology (which was developed by NASA, no less) that makes it feel like you’re sleeping in a molded, personalized cocoon that follows the shape of your body. indeed, people swear by the memory foam hybrid, which combines layers of high-density memory foam and inner coil technology to provide custom support and proper spinal alignment. What’s more, it uses cooling yarns in the exterior portion of the cover and the foam is constructed with an open-celled design, which allows heat to disperse without getting trapped. “Most reviews are from people who are either sharing their experience of pain relief and a better night sleep, or raving about TEMPUR-Pedic’s customer service. I can attest to both, because both personally and professionally I have seen that they make the best mattresses for back pain,” writes Dr. Frank Siraguso of Revive Chiropractic. Pricing ranges from $2,849 for a twin to $3,349 for a queen to $4,049 for a king. 

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cocoon by sealy
  • Materials: Cooling memory foam with coil technology
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split California King
  • Return Policy: Sealy offers a 100-night trial, and if you’re not happy, they’ll refund your money, pick it up for free, and donate the mattress to a local charity—no questions asked. Plus, it comes with a 10-year warranty.

Naturally, Sealy is a tried-and-true brand that’s known for its unprecedented support, softness and durability. But we have to say; its new hybrid mattress is by far our favorite. The Cocoon by Sealy Chill Hybrid Mattress is just as cooling as it is comfortable, thanks to the the premium stretch-knit cover which is infused with phase-change material that helps regulate your temperature as you fall asleep. Under the cooling cover, however, there are also three other layers of memory foam, coiling and support, making for a Goldilocks feel that’s firm yet adaptable. One reviewer writes on Sealy.com: “The [mattress] actually keeps a cooler temperature and reduces sweating during sleep. It also helps my back de-stress and fall into sleep immediately when laying down. I never want to get out of it in the morning!” Pricing ranges from $769 for a twin to $1,239 for a queen to $1,539 for a king. 

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Nectar

Best Memory Foam

5. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

  • Materials: gel memory foam, polyfoam and polyethylene
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
  • Return Policy: All of Nectar's mattresses come with a 365 day trial period, and offer free in-home returns that are processed within 24 hours.

Looking for a mattress that’ll feel on par with staying at a luxe, five-star hotel? Nectar’s memory foam model scored a 93 out of 100 in a PureWow100 review for its multi-layered memory foam, which can help melt away back pain and keep side sleepers comfortable. “First of all, the mattress’ five layers are designed to relieve common pressure points for a difference that I can actually feel when I lay down after a long day. Plus, its gel memory foam ensures that body heat gets distributed evenly throughout which is a total game-changer for hot sleepers like me. Those factors, combined with its medium firmness ensure that I sleep straight through the night and wake up feeling like I just got 10 plus hours of sleep,” writes editor Kara Cuzzone. Pricing ranges from $599 for a twin to $999 for a queen to $1,299 for a king.

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Purple

Best Pressure Relieving

6. Purple Hybrid Mattress

  • Materials: hyper-elastic GelFlex grid with individually wrapped coils
  • Thickness: 11-inches
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
  • Return Policy: Purple offers 100 calendar days from the date of delivery to return the mattress free of charge. However, the company requires that you test the mattress for a minimum of 21 nights before requesting a return.

Sticking with the theme of relieving aches and pains, Purple’s hybrid mattress uses its own signature gel grid, which contains hybrid coils for a very squishy feel. Take it from one reviewer on Purple.com, who writes: “As seniors, it gets harder and harder to get yourself out of bed—[especially] when you are sleeping in a slumped-down mattress and trying to claw your way out of the foam surrounding you. The Purple Grid is not like that at all…it moves with you, creating comfortable places for those pressure points…It feels comfortable and cozy where needed, yet [it’s] easy to get up out of [it]. You can sit on the side of the bed as well and not slide off. [To] our pleasant surprise, aches and pains started going away within a couple of days! No more hurting at night.” Pricing ranges from $1,899 for a twin XL to $2,399 for a queen to $2,899 for a king. 

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Helix
  • Materials: memory foam, polyfoam and individually wrapped coils 
  • Thickness: 13.5 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Return Policy: Helix offers a 100-night trial period; if, after the first 30 days you are unhappy with your mattress, you can return it for a full refund (as long as it's still within the 100-day period). In other words, between days 31-100. It also comes with a 15-year limited warranty (which covers all manufacturing defects).

This pillow-top option (i.e., there’s an extra layer of padding sewn on top) is Helix’s best-seller for a reason: It features all the hybrid qualities side sleepers love (pressure-relieving memory foam, body-cradling wrapped coils and increased airflow), but the top and middle layers are developed to provide support and spine alignment, even in the fetal position. One reviewer raves on Helix.com: “You get good resistance and support, without just falling into it and contorting. I have not woken up with back pain since the day we got it, and this was consistently a problem for me on the old, spring-only mattress.” Pricing ranges from $1,199 for a twin to $2,099 for a queen to $2,499 for a king. 

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Casper
  • Materials: Polyurethane foam with encased springs
  • Thickness: 12-inches
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Return Policy: Shipping and returns are free. Plus you get a 100-night trial, and if you opt to send it back, many returned mattresses are donated to charity.

Here, an ultra-soft option that’ll give you a cloud-like, sink-into-it feel (as opposed to more supportive and medium-firm options on this list). Casper’s Nova mattress scored 89 points out of 100 in a PureWow100 review for its pocketed micro coils—combined with layers of foam and gel-filled pods—which were designed for side sleepers like editor Dena Silver. “Those of us who prefer to sleep on our left or right sides need a little more cushioning to avoid waking up with all those aches and pains—but that doesn’t mean we want to give up the support that a firmer model might offer. Casper was able to figure out a happy medium between the two, resulting in this new hybrid design that features two layers of breathable foam and one layer of springs. There are also seven zones of targeted support for a happy back, including a pressure-relieving zone under the shoulders and a touch more support in the areas where your waist, lower back and hips usually fall,” writes Silver. However, she also writes: “That said, if you don’t necessarily enjoy a super soft, almost sink-into-it feel, this bed isn’t for you…[I felt like] I’d replaced my original mattress with an actual marshmallow. My new Casper mattress was so soft, that I had to exert a ton of effort to readjust or flip over since it felt like I was sinking so deep into the cushy foam.” Pricing ranges from $1,795 for a twin XL to $2,295 for a queen to $2,895 for a king. 

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Dreamcloud
  • Materials: gel memory foam, individually encased coils and cashmere
  • Thickness: 14 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Return Policy: DreamCloud offers a generous 365-night trial period and your purchase is eligible for a free return within 365 days of purchase. Plus, returned mattresses are donated and repurposed through local organizations within your community.

With a 4.8-star rating and more than 7,900 reviews on DreamCloud.com, this hybrid mattress has everyone raving about its unprecedented levels of supportive, pressure-relieving comfort. On the one hand, the mattress has individually encased support coils and a sturdy foam base to provide that solid-and-firm feel hard-mattress-devotees are looking for. On the other, it features a cashmere blend cover and top layers of CertiPUR-US foam for pressure relief that’s designed to conform to your body. “Perfect for couples,” one reviewer says. “The combo of foam on top of individual inner springs gives us just what we were looking for in comfort and firmness. Great back support for me while being soft enough for her. It’s cool in the summer, warm in the winter and transfers very little motion from one sleeper to the other.”  Pricing ranges from $1,273 for a twin to $1,798 for a queen to $2,098 for a king. 

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Allswell

Best for Back and Hip Pain

10. Allswell The Brick Mattress

  • Materials: copper gel-infused memory foam, high-density foam and individually wrapped coils
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Return Policy: Allswell offers a 100-night trial (limited one per household per year) in case The Brick is too firm.

Yet another PureWow100-vetted mattress we love? This pressure-relieving number from Allswell. “The Brick isn’t rock solid; customers rated it a 5.5 to 7.5 on its 10-point firmness scale, putting it about a point higher than its other models,” writes editor Candace Davison. “While doctors used to recommend very firm mattresses in the past, a 268-person survey found that people with lower back pain had the poorest sleep on very hard beds, according to Harvard Health Publishing…[The brick’s] medium-firm to firm level can be just right for providing support without being stiff,” Davison explains. “Under its firm top layer, there’s one inch of copper gel-infused memory foam, designed to transfer heat, so you don’t wake up sweaty. Under that is two inches of high-density foam for support, and just under that is a set of individually wrapped coils, giving the mattress its springiness. But the coils’ best feature, hands down, is that they minimize motion transfer, so if your partner gets up in the middle of the night, there isn’t a ripple that jolts you awake.” She also adds: “One month [after sleeping on The Brick], I wake up each morning ache-free, ready to roll out of bed.” Pricing ranges from $469 for a twin to $699 for a queen to $749 for a king. 

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Zinus

Best for Combination Sleepers

11. Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

  • Mattress Materials: green tea-infused memory foam with a poly jacquard cover
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Sizes: Narrow Twin, Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Short Queen, King, California King
  • Return Policy: This mattress is sold and fulfilled by Amazon, so you can return it within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. However, if the reason for the return is not a result of an Amazon error, you’ll have to cover the cost of return shipping.

Made with a layer of green tea-and-charcoal-infused memory foam, this mattress pick is for anyone with a unique sleeping style (from stomach sleepers who roll all over the place to side sleepers who dig their hip into the mattress). "I’ll be honest: I really didn’t notice a difference between it and regular memory foam. This mattress is really supportive, and you can toss and turn without jostling the person sleeping next to you," writes Davison in a review. Perhaps this has something to do with its thick layers of memory foam—which, according to the manufacturer, are designed to individually conform to your sleep style and provide adaptive support where you need it most. "After months of use, the foam has retained its shape—no lumps or bumps—and the quality is excellent for the price point,” Davison adds.  Pricing ranges from $235 for a twin to $348 for a queen to $379 for a king. 

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Bear

Best for Couples

12. Bear Pro Mattress

  • Materials: Copper-infused memory foam
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
  • Return Policy: Bear gives you a 120-night sleep trial, where they’ll refund your mattress—free of charge. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, which is rare for most manufacturers.

If you’re looking for a mattress that places the utmost impotence on cooling properties, the Bear Pro is the ticket. Its memory foam construction contains a copper-infused foam that effectively cools body temperature while contouring to your body, making it great if you run hot deeper into your sleep cycle. And the one reason side sleepers love it? The responsive transition foam layer offers targeted pressure relief with balanced support, to ensure your spinal curvatures stay straight throughout the night. “I am 175lbs and my partner is 150lbs. [This mattress] is firm enough to make it very comfortable for back sleeping and yet still soft enough to allow a cozy side sleeping experience [for my partner]. The edges are also quite supportive and the mattress does a great job preventing motion transfer—I sleep hot and I find this mattress [disperses] the heat, so it remains temperature neutral through the night,” writes one review on Bear’s website. Pricing ranges from $1,364 for a twin to $1,590 for a queen to $1,990 for a king.

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Avocado

Best Organic

13. Avocado Green

  • Materials: latex, wool, cotton and pocketed support coils
  • Thickness: 11 inches 
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Return Policy: Avocado offers a 1-year trial where you can return the mattress after a minimum of 30 days. However, it’s worth mentioning that it must be in its original, unaltered state and suitable for donation (i.e., with tags and without stains, tears, excessive odors or soiling). 

If you want a high-end, environmentally-conscious mattress (that doesn’t sacrifice quality), this brand is it. Avocado’s Green mattress is made from GOLS-certified, 100 percent organic latex, wool and cotton—which is great for anyone with allergies and skin sensitivities—and features up to 1,414 pocketed support coils in five zones that’s ideal for back and stomach sleepers. It’s available in two options (medium-firm and gentle-firm) where you can upgrade the standard’s 11-inch thickness with an attached European-style pillow-top for a total of 13-inches. What’s more, the materials are PETA-approved—and some of them are even imported from the company’s farms based in Los Angeles. Pricing ranges from $1,399 for a twin to $1,999 for a queen to $2,599 for a king. 

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Birch
  • Materials: organic cotton, birch wool, Talalay latex and steel innerspring coils
  • Thickness: 11 inches 
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King,
  • Return Policy: Birch offers a 100-night trial period; if after the first 30 days you are unhappy with your mattress, you can return it for a full refund (as long as it's still within the 100-day period, so basically, days 31 through 100). It also comes with a 25-year limited warranty.

If you’re looking for another eco-friendly alternative, but one with serious bounce, a latex mattress is the way to go. This number by Birch is handmade to order for an entirely organic sleep experience, which offers layers of GOTS-certified cotton, birch wool, Talalay latex and steel innerspring coils. “Not too hard-not too soft, [this mattress] is just the right amount of support. No more pain upon waking, and since it’s organic, there were no worries about ‘off gassing’ (which was one of the biggest selling features for me). I am super sensitive to smells, and there was absolutely NO odor from the mattress,” writes one reviewer on the Birch website. Pricing ranges from $1,399 for a twin to $1,849 for a queen to $2,149 for a king. 

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