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

PureWow 11/22/2022 Sydney Meister

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:

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

1. Saatva Memory Foam Hybrid 

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Saatva

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. 

BUY IT (STARTS AT $845)

2. Linenspa Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid-Mattress

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Wayfair

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. 

BUY IT (STARTS AT $168)

3. Tempur-pedic Proadapt Medium Hybrid Mattress

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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. 

BUY IT (FROM $2,849; $2,649)

4. Cocoon by Sealy Chill Mattress

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cocoon by sealy

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. 

BUY IT (FROM $1,139; $769)

5. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

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Nectar

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.

BUY IT (FROM $599; $359)

6. Purple Hybrid Mattress

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Purple

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. 

BUY IT (FROM $1,899; $1,699)

7. Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress

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Helix

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. 

BUY IT (FROM $1,199; $1,049)

8. Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress

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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. 

BUY IT (FROM $1,795; $1,525)

9. Dreamcloud Luxury Firm Hybrid Mattress

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Dreamcloud

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. 

BUY IT (FROM $1,273; $599)

10. Allswell The Brick Mattress

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Allswell

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. 

BUY IT (FROM $469)

11. Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

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Zinus

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. 

FROM $235 AT AMAZON

12. Bear Pro Mattress

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Bear

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.

BUY IT (FROM $1,364; $682)

13. Avocado Green

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Avocado

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. 

BUY IT (FROM $1,399)

14. Birch Natural Mattress

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Birch

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. 

BUY IT (FROM $1,399; $999)

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