Editor Tested: The Big Guide to Bed-in-Box Mattresses

Let’s appreciate for a moment that we now live in a world where, with the click of a button, you can have a mattress delivered right to your doorstep in a few business days. The only problem (if you can even call it that) is figuring out which is the best bed in a box mattress to buy for your go-to sleep position, preferred level of firmness, and other factors, like if you sleep alone or with a partner (or pet) and easily their movement may wake you up in the middle of the night.

Plus, so many brands now offer their own take on the service, it’s tricky to narrow down which one is right for you. But even that is about to get a whole lot easier because here at Well+Good, we tested mattresses from a variety of online, direct-to-consumer brands to figure out which ones offer the best bed in a box mattress options out there. Keep reading for our reviews.



Cocoon by Sealy Chill Hybrid Mattress (Queen) — $1,699.00

Construction: memory foam and coils

Trial period: 100 nights

Delivery: ships via UPS

I’ve been so impressed with this mattress. First, it took almost zero time to set up—I just yanked it out of the box and packaging, and it was ready for me to climb right in bed within an hour, which is so much faster than other bed in box mattresses I have slept on in the past. In terms of comfort, it feels like the perfect combination of supportive and plush thanks to the coils and foam. Note: It’s very bouncy, which I love, but I know anyone looking for a super-firm mattress wouldn’t appreciate. My favorite part is that it absorbs ALL movement, so if my boyfriend or golden retriever roll around in the middle of the night, I don’t feel a thing. My back feels great after sleeping on this mattress. Would definitely recommend. —Betty Gold, senior food editor



Parachute Eco Comfort Mattress (Queen) — $1,899.00

Construction: coils

Trial period: 100 nights

Delivery: free ground shipping

As someone who’s been on the hunt for the Goldilocks of mattress firmness, Parachute’s single mattress offering piqued the interest of my sore lower back. Unlike many (if any) other bed-in-a-box offerings on the market right now, Parachute’s uses just coils—but that doesn’t mean it feels like sleeping on a springy, pokey, firm-as-a-board type of mattress. Rather, it uses a combination of soft and firm pocket coils placed strategically (soft coils at the head and the foot of the mattress, and firm, supportive coils in the center), and another layer of microcoils that respond to tiny movements of the body (meaning it is reactive to you rather than the other way around). Then there are the three layers of pure New Zealand wool separating the coil layers that promise comfort and support. —Alexis Berger, senior lifestyle editor 



Purple Hybrid Premiere (Queen) — $2,699.00

Type: hybrid

Trial period: 100 nights

Delivery: free to all 48 contiguous states, extra charge for delivery to Hawaii and Alaska

I was introduced to Purple via their Harmony pillow, which is made with their signature gel grid. Straight up, it’s the most comfortable pillow I have ever laid my head on, so I had high expectations when it came time to try one of their bestselling mattresses. It arrived in a long purple box that weighed 146 pounds, according to FedEx. It’s doable to get into your room with one person, but it’s much easier with two people. The mattress is incredibly comfortable—it uses the same grid I raved about in their pillows—and it gently cradles my body no matter which weird sleep position I contort myself into. My boyfriend keeps weird hours, but this mattress really isolates movement, and my dog seems to love it as well. —Allie Flinn, contributor



Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress (Queen) — $1,195.00

Type: foam and ceramic cooling gel beads

Trial period: 100 nights

Delivery: free in the contiguous 48 states, additional charges apply to Hawaii and Alaska

As a devotee of Tuft & Needle’s original mattress who has now been sleeping on the Mint for a month, I can attest it lives up to its lofty claims:  an adaptive foam construction, being “crafted with two sleepers in mind,” an extra layer of foam to minimize the feeling of your co-sleeper’s movement, and 30 percent more heat-wicking graphic to reduce body temperatures for better sleep. Generally, I prefer a firmer mattress, and the Mint is pillowy, yet supportive—you can feel your body sink in an inch or so when you crawl under the covers, but it avoids that “Help, I’m being quicksanded by memory foam!” feeling, which I find claustrophobic. It’s also improved upon the original’s edge support (I used to slide off the side if I say on my bed to put my socks on). Because I share my mattress with my husband and my dog, I also dig that the Mint is wrapped in an antimicrobial fabric meant to help extend the mattress’s lifespan and reduce odors caused by bacteria. —Abbey Stone, executive editor 



Tempur-pedic Tempur-Cloud (Queen) — $1,999.00

Type: memory foam

Trial period: 90 days

Delivery: free ground shipping

I feel like people are constantly talking about how great Tempurpedic mattresses are, and I finally got to experience this for myself. The mattress was delivered in minimal packaging, and it was a super easy set-up, although it is a little heavy. As far as comfort, this mattress is so cozy, truly. I think my sleep has improved tremendously thanks to it, plus, I don’t wake up with back pain anymore. I also love that it feels like the perfect combination of firm, soft, and supportive and that your body sinks into it and gets the support it needs. —Tamara Pridgett, beauty and fitness editor 



Helix Midnight Luxe (Queen) — $1,949.00

Type: coils plus memory foam

Trial period: 100 nights

Delivery: free shipping

As a side sleeper who wakes up with shoulder pain, I was intrigued by the brand’s promise that this mattress is specifically designed for people like me, and it boasts six layers of sleep support, including coils, layers of foam, and a “cooling” pillow top. To the touch, the mattress is extremely soft—but I found the mix of coils and layers supported my back and hips, and when I adjusted my pillow (the way I normally do) I felt way less strain on my shoulders. I experienced less pain when I woke up in the morning, too. Overall, I recommend the Helix Midnight Luxe for back and side sleepers who like softer mattresses with decent support. —Patia Braithwaite, health director



Casper Wave Hybrid Snow Mattress (Queen) — $3,195.00

Type: foam, springs, and gel

Trial period: 100 nights

Delivery: free shipping and returns

As a 5’2 single woman, bed-in-box deliveries are always hard—these mattresses can be heavy! (So definitely look into the in-home delivery and setup options if you can.) Once I got the bed actually out of the box and onto my frame, however, it’s been a dream. The mattress stays cool enough for comfortable sleep, and doesn’t feel too soft or squishy without being hard as a rock. And it’s just overall one of the most comfortable mattresses I’ve slept on. Period. —Sam Leal, deputy editor



Avocado Green Mattress (Queen) — $1,599.00

Type: coil and organic foam

Trial period: one year

Delivery: ships via UPS

If you’re more of a firm mattress person, you’ll definitely love sleeping on this one. Personally, I like my bed to feel like a heavenly cloud, so I opted to get the built-in topper. After sleeping on it for a few days, it was still a little too firm for my liking, so in an effort to make it more plush, I placed another memory foam topper on it, and now I love it! —Amanda Gaines, audience development associate



Nectar Memory Foam Mattress (Queen) — $1,298.00

Type: memory foam

Trial period: one year

Delivery: free shipping

Overall, I really love this mattress—it’s soft but firm enough that you don’t wake up with a sore back. I don’t have a boxspring (who does anymore?!) so I appreciate that this mattress feels cushy and not too low. I also run HOT while sleeping, but its copper tech is really cool to the touch, and I can definitely feel the cool down throughout the night. —Jenna Gibson, design director



Allswell Luxe Hybrid (Queen) — $675.00

Type: memory foam and coils

Trial period: 100 nights

Delivery: free shipping

I chose the Luxe version of the mattress, which is advertised as medium-firm, and I found this to be an accurate description. I felt like I was supported, but not like I was sleeping on a table. As such, I think this mattress could be a nice compromise for couples who have opposing preferences when it comes to firmness. I’m a notoriously bad sleeper, and I’m not going to lie and say this mattress miraculously cured me of insomnia; however, I did feel that I slept well. Overall, I think this is a very solid mattress choice, made even more appealing by the relatively affordable price tag (when compared to many other bed-in-a-box mattress companies).  —Erin Bunch, contributor


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