Get ready for the best sleep of your life.

By Sydney Hershman and Rebecca Carhart
Updated September 18, 2019
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The modern mattress is a “bed-in-a-box,” and tons of companies are now offering a wide range of options—all with compact packaging, direct delivery, and quality construction at a reasonable price. Buying a new mattress is a significant purchase, and for many, these in-a-box choices are new territory. With so many options available, it can feel overwhelming to sort through them all.

So to help you find the best mattress in a box for your needs, we turned to real reviews from shoppers and editors alike to find out which will give you the best sleep of your life. While there are differences between each company’s offerings, there are a few overarching characteristics between brands. For starters, they’re overwhelmingly made out of foam (which is how they can easily fit into a box).

Because most of us are used to the feel of a traditional innerspring bed, the adjustment period when switching from coil to foam can take some time. That’s why many brands require a 30-day minimum trial before accepting returns—so if you’re not immediately sold, give yourself some time to break it in.

And if you’re particularly sensitive to smells, be aware that there may be an initial odor upon opening the vacuum-packed mattress. Let it air out and it should dissipate within two days. Lastly, mattresses are heavy. Recruit a friend or family member to lift the box into the room and set it in place.

Whether you’re looking for a firm mattress or a comfortable plush option, you’re sure to find something on this list that will meet your needs. Scroll down to see which bed-in-a-box mattresses are loved by both editors and shoppers alike.

These are the best mattresses in a box:

brentwoodhome.com

Stats:

  • Available in 18 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • Made of natural materials with cooling technology
  • 25-year limited warranty

“As a new mom, my body is still getting used to the strain caused by constantly holding the baby on my hip. I look forward to getting in bed each night now, not only because I’m exhausted, but also because the gel foam relieves so much pressure off my body.”

Keep in mind: It’s 13-inches tall, so typical fitted sheets are a little snug. You may need one made for tall mattresses.

To buy: $506 for a Queen (was $561); amazon.com.

casper.com

Stats:

  • Available in 6 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • 3 layers of cooling foam
  • 100-night trial
  • 10-year warranty

“My old mattress didn’t offer a ton of support and I would wake up with a sore back. It took a few days to adjust to the new mattress because it’s firmer, so I was skeptical. But since then, I’ve been sleeping really well and each day is more comfortable than the last.”

Keep in mind: If your sheets are as old as your mattress and could also use an upgrade, Casper designs their own corresponding set.

To buy: $2,295 for a Queen; casper.com.

ghostbed.com

Stats:

  • Available in 6 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • 3 layers of cooling foam
  • 100-night trial
  • 20-year warranty

“We’d been sleeping on the same innerspring mattress for 15 years, so the new option was a big change for us in that it’s much firmer and not as bouncy (much to our children’s dismay). Though it took a couple days to get used to, we are now both sleeping soundly.”

Keep in mind: Our tester didn’t unpack her mattress right away, and when she did, it took a while to settle and unfold completely. Give it about 3 hours before hitting the sheets.

To buy: $662 for a Queen (was $795); amazon.com.

keetsa.com

Stats:

  • Available in 5 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • Coils topped with 4 layers of eco-friendly foam
  • 120-night trial
  • 12-year warranty

“I used to always be up throughout the night thanks to my husband’s restless sleep patterns and our squeaky hand-me-down mattress. We wheeled (Yes, wheeled!) this boxed bed into our room and I haven’t been woken by him since.”

Keep in mind: If you’re hesitant to ditch the innerspring mattress completely, this bed-in-a-box version offers a combo of coils and comfort foam.

To buy: $999 for a Queen; keetsa.com.

leesa.com

Stats:

  • Available in 6 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • 3 layers of foam
  • 100-night trial
  • 10-year warranty

“I usually like a medium-firm mattress, so I was concerned by the one-cushion-fits-all feature. But it ended up feeling like a high-end hotel bed. It’s soft, but doesn’t have too much give. It feels like it cradles my body more than the old coil mattress did, so I don’t get disturbed by movement as much.”

Keep in mind: The brand donates one mattress for every ten sold, so you can feel good about your purchase.

To buy: $890 for a Queen (was $940); amazon.com.

lull.com

Stats:

  • Available in 6 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • 3 layers of cooling foam with removable cover
  • 100-night trial
  • 10-year warranty

“I used to toss and turn a ton before actually falling asleep, but the minute my body hits this mattress, I immediately fall asleep. I was also impressed to find out that my husband had gotten into bed about an hour after I did a few nights in to our test and I slept right through it—obviously I was comfortable!”

Keep in mind: Lull (and a few other brands) offer free shipping—a huge asset when making such a big purchase.

To buy: $800 for a Queen (was $950); amazon.com.

amazon.com

Stats:

  • Available in 6 sizes with 2 firmness options on each mattress
  • Made with gel memory foam and coils
  • 30-night trial
  • 10-year warranty

“I love this bed! I've ordered a few mattresses on-line and this is the best yet,” an Amazon reviewer wrote. “The fact that you can actually flip the mattress like they all used to is reason enough to buy it as you get twice the wear. One side is more firm as well. I've been having back pain for awhile and really didn't think about it being my mattress. The first morning I woke from sleeping in this one, I was SO pleased.”

Keep in mind: Be sure to test out both firmness levels of the mattress within the 30-day trial to make sure this is the right option for you.

To buy: $499 for a Queen; amazon.com.

tuftandneedle.com

Stats:

  • Available in 6 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • Cooling technology
  • 100-night trial
  • 10-year warranty

“This mattress was the perfect combination of cozy and firm—it had a soft, snuggly pillow top, but didn’t make me feel like I was sinking in too much.”

Keep in mind: The smaller the mattress, the easier it is to maneuver and open. This tester opted for a twin and found it easy to set up and no obstacles preventing a good night’s sleep.

To buy: $595 for a Queen (Originally $658); amazon.com.

yogabed.com

Stats:

  • Available in 6 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • Washable cover and 2 free pillows
  • 4 layers of foam with cooling technology
  • 101-night trial
  • 10-year warranty

“As the resident cleaning editor, I love the fact that this mattress comes with a removable, machine-washable cover. But the idea of memory foam made me a little hesitant because I hate being hot during the night and I was afraid it would trap in body heat. Instead, this mattress felt surprisingly cool.”

Keep in mind: Aware that a full-size bed stuffed into a 4-foot box would be a bit cumbersome, our tester recruited help with the heavy lifting. Luckily, the box was outfitted with two handles on the top to help.

To buy: $999 for a Queen; amazon.com.

Real Simple Mattress

Stats:

  • Available in 6 sizes with 1 firmness option
  • Cools with FloraFlex open cell foam
  • 100% certified organic cotton mattress cover
  • 100 night free trial
  • 10-year warranty

“I love that this mattress has an organic cotton cover and zero off-gassing fumes. I’m a side sleeper and it was soft enough to contour me but strong enough to support my husband who sleeps on his back. Also, he is significantly taller and larger than I am—and now we don’t roll into each at all!”

Keep in mind: This mattress is 10 inches deep, so if you're currently sleeping on deep-pocket sheets, you’ll have a great excuse to buy a new set.

To buy: $1,095 for a Queen; bedbathandbeyond.com.

Tulo

Stats:

  • Available in 6 different sizes from Twin to King with three firmness levels
  • 120-night trial
  • 10-year warranty

“Our last mattress was a high-end traditional coil mattress that showed indentations from our bodies after like, a year. So my husband and I were ready for a change. The delivery team set up our Tulo mattress in minutes (then hauled away our old mattress). There was no off-gassing—the Tulo didn't smell at all! That first night we slept on our comfortable, perfectly flat (no indentations!) mattress, and woke up feeling refreshed and happy. We're total converts.”

Keep in mind: If you prefer to try before you buy, brick-and-mortar Mattress Firm stores have Tulo mattresses on display, so you can find the one that's just right for you.

To buy: $629 for a Queen; amazon.com

amazon.com

Stats:

  • Available in 6 different sizes with 2 firmness levels
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Hybrid mattress with both innerspring coils and memory foam

“I got this mattress because I wanted a cheap solution that would last me a couple years before I move away. Glad I went with this choice as firmness is just right, skewing to the soft side which is exactly how I like it. The hybrid idea of having memory foam and spring really gets the best of both worlds. Furthermore, the packaging is astounding! It's relatively light, extremely compact, and "unfolds" itself with zero external effort. The full unpacking and setting it on my frame took about 10 minutes in total,” raved one shopper.

Keep in mind: If you are in need of a bed frame as well, there is an ordering option so you can get one shipped in the same order.

To buy: $250 for a Queen; amazon.com.

amazon.com

Stats:

  • Available in 8 different sizes with 3 firmness levels
  • 10-year warranty
  • CertiPUR-certified

One customer wrote, “I didn’t know I would like it so much that I hate memory foam mattress now. We bought 3 for my parents, my brother and I. We all have a good night sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. It provides a very good support and regulate temperature very nicely unlike those memory foam mattress where you sink right in. Great quality for good price! Such a steal!!!”

Keep in mind: Some reviewers said that moisture can get trapped inside the memory foam gel, so if you sweat a lot, be sure to invest in a moisture-wicking mattress topper.

To buy: $240 for a Queen; amazon.com.