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While there are many ways people try to get more sleep, whether it’s with weighted blankets or super-comfy sheets, one of the most important elements to a good night’s sleep is, of course, your mattress.

The number of online mattress companies keeps growing, and now more companies than ever are offering up luxurious, quality mattresses to consumers at the click of a button. You can find everything from memory foam to hybrid to foam mattresses, many of which even offer extended trial periods. And these bed-in-a-box mattresses get delivered directly to your door, so you don’t even have to leave the house.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down to peruse our favorite mattress-in-a-box brands and find the best fit for your best night’s sleep.

Allswell

Allswell

Designed to fit box springs, flat platforms, adjustable and slated frames, Walmart’s Allswell hybrid mattresses, a combination of memory foam and individually wrapped coils, deliver high quality at affordable prices.

The entry-level 10-inch Allswell features the brand’s signature quilted top panel, cooling gel-infused memory foam and individually wrapped coils that help prevent motion transfer. For those who like a firmer mattress, the 12-inch Brick is a great option with a firmer top foam layer for added support. And the 14-inch Allswell Supreme, the brand’s premium design, features a Euro top, reinforced edge support and a temperature-controlling foam layer.

The brand offers free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year limited warranty — and it also sells bed frames, toppers, linens and decor.

Amerisleep

Amerisleep

Founded in 2010, Amerisleep offers six mattress options, all American made. The 12-inch, medium-firm AS2, which is best for back sleepers, is made with cooling, pressure-relieving memory foam and a durable foam base.

The bestselling 12-inch AS3 has a medium feel that works for most sleep styles, helps wick away heat and is made with fiberglass-free materials. The 14-inch AS5, the brand’s most advanced model with its ultra-soft memory foam, is a good choice for side or combo sleepers. The 10-inch foam AS1, Amerisleep’s firmest mattress, features lots of support, while the 12-inch foam AS4 has a medium-soft feel. Finally, the hybrid, eco-friendly 13-inch Organica has an organic cotton cover, New Zealand Joma Wool cushioning, an all-natural latex contouring layer and a pocketed coil system.

Amerisleep also offers free shipping, a risk-free 100-night sleep trial, free returns and a 20-year warranty.

Avocado

Avocado Mattress

Avocado’s mattresses, pillows and bedding are made in the US and use only certified organic, natural and nontoxic materials. The brand also offers a one-year sleep trial, 25-year warranty and free shipping on its nontoxic mattresses.

There are five mattress styles for adults, and they are all handmade using organic certified latex, wool and cotton. The Avocado Green Mattress is a hybrid version with up to 1,459 pocketed support coils in seven zones and is needle-tufted by hand. The springless, all-foam Avocado Latex Mattress, the brand’s highest-end model, features a low profile, four handles, three zones and bounce-dampening layers.

And the Avocado Vegan Mattress, also a hybrid, replaces wool with cotton and is hand-tufted, vegan certified and PETA approved. For little sleepers, Avocado also sells two crib mattresses: The premium Luxury Organic, with 170 cotton-wrapped coils, is made to accommodate both infants and toddlers, while the more affordable Organic Crib Mattress is also dual-sided to adapt to your growing child.

Bear

Bear

A favorite among athletes, Bear mattresses are designed with the environment in mind and Celliant technology that the company says promotes more restful sleep. Not sure what Celliant technology is? According to Bear, it’s a blend of natural minerals that can help increase comfort and promote a restful sleep, and in a 2010 study, it even seemingly improved sleep efficiency.

It’s no wonder athletes turn to this bed-in-a-box company for a good night’s sleep. Like Casper, Bear offers both a memory foam mattress and several hybrid mattresses, a 120-night risk-free trial, free shipping and free delivery.

You can choose which Bear mattress is best for you here, comparing the classic Bear Original, Pro Hybrid and more. Whether you’re looking to sleep in luxury or get the best for sleep recovery, Bear’s got the bed for you.

Burrow

Burrow

Before this year, Burrow’s claim to fame was its line of practically indestructible couches made with both stain- and scratch-resistant fabrics. In 2022, it decided to move from the living room to the bedroom, launching a whole array of bedroom furniture, mattresses included.

Much like its apartment-friendly furniture, the two mattresses — the Lyric Core (which we tried ourselves) and Lyric Hybrid — arrive in perfectly manageable-sized boxes that can be scooted around and even up and down stairs. And once they’re unraveled, you get to experience the zero-gravity sensation that the company was after. While the Lyric Core is made almost entirely out of foam, the Lyric Hybrid has springs inside for a bit more support. Both of these mattresses come with cooling technology as well, with a layer of cool-to-the-touch foam at the very top. We especially loved the two bands on either side of the mattress that made moving it an absolute breeze. We’re going to need more companies to catch on to that one please.

Casper

Casper

Whether or not you’re in the market for a new mattress, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Casper. One of the first mattress-in-a-box companies to gain popularity, Casper offers award-winning foam mattresses and hybrid mattresses.

Starting at just $395 for a twin, Casper mattresses are available in six sizes. The One all-foam mattress is designed with a top layer of breathable foam, a layer of memory foam and a supportive core that prevents sagging. The brand also offers a 100-night risk-free trial, a 10-year limited warranty and free shipping and delivery.

In addition to the One Foam Mattress, Casper offers the Dream Hybrid and the Snow Hybrid, the latter of which is one of Casper’s most high-end mattresses. Both hybrid mattresses also come in more expensive Max versions, which are thicker and offer more support. The bed-in-a-box company’s most affordable, bare-bones option, the Element, is only available on Amazon.

Cocoon by Sealy

Cocoon by Sealy

From the folks at Sealy, the company that’s been making mattresses for 140 years, a Cocoon mattress arrives at your door in a 15-by-15-by-44-inch box and comes with a 100-night trial, free shipping and a 10-year warranty.

The brand offers two mattress options, starting at $399 for a twin. The Chill Memory Foam is Cocoon’s most popular option with its support layers, comfortable foam cushioning, high-quality memory foam and cooling stretch-knit cover that lets heat in and out. The 12-inch Chill Hybrid, meanwhile, features a comfy combo of coils and contouring memory foam, as well as temperature-control technology that both dissipates and absorbs heat.

Helix

Helix

When it comes to hybrid mattresses, Helix offers a wide variety. First, you take a quiz to assess your sleep needs based on your preferred sleep position (side, back or stomach), as well as your preferred firmness level, then you choose from 20 mattresses, all made with supportive foam and body springs, for your best night’s sleep. Like other bed-in-a-box mattress brands, Helix offers a 100-night sleep trial, a 10-year warranty and free shipping within the US.

Looking for an eco-friendly mattress? Let us introduce you to Helix’s partner brand, Birch. Made from all-natural and organic materials — such as Birch wool from New Zealand, latex tapped from trees, organic cotton and steel coils — Birch mattresses are ultra comfy and nontoxic. Slightly higher in price (a twin starts at $1,124), Birch offers a free 100-night sleep trial, free shipping and a 25-year warranty.

Nectar

Nectar

When you want support and softness, and the ease of ordering your next mattress online and having it delivered to your door, Nectar is an excellent choice.

The 12-inch Nectar, the company’s most popular option, comes with five support layers, including a breathable cooling cover; gel memory foam to help relieve pressure under your shoulders, legs and hips; a transition layer that puts a halt to any sagging feeling; a base layer for support; and a bottom cover. The 13-inch Nectar Premier includes a cooling cover that helps draw away heat, gel-coated memory foam with added cooling technology, a dynamic transition layer and a supportive base. Or if you need bedding accessories too, you could opt for a bundle that includes a cooling pillow, sheet set and mattress protector. Nectar also sells bed frames and furniture if you’re in the market for a full bedroom overhaul.

Offering a 365-night trial, free shipping, free returns and a lifetime warranty, the mattresses can be used on any bed frame, including box springs, traditional frames, adjustable bases and platforms. Not sure which size is right for you? Check out this handy guide from the company that looks at room size, dimensions and more.

Purple

Purple

Purple has tested its technology within the medical and consumer fields for over 20 years to come up with its patented Purple Grid mattresses, specially engineered for total pressure relief and the ultimate comfort and support. Purple says its mattresses adapt to any and all sleep positions to help you stay sound asleep without having to worry about tossing and turning on the wrong mattress type.

Thanks to their breathable grid design, they also help to regulate your body temperature. With three mattress lines and nine models total, the company offers a bed for every budget. In the Purple Essential Collection, choose between the original Purple Mattress, the PurpleFlex and the Purple Plus Mattress and receive free shipping and delivery, a free 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Saatva

Saatva

If you’re looking for a mattress specifically for back-relieving comfort, Saatva could be the one for you. Its most popular hybrid innerspring mattress is made with layers of memory foam and coil-on-coil springs for durability and added lumbar support, and it offers a naturally hypoallergenic mattress made with latex to give a weightless feel, as well as pocketed coils for support. Each mattress is handcrafted in the US and made from premium materials, such as organic cotton, foams with CertiPUR-US certification and eco-friendly components.

Saatva’s Classic mattress is available in three levels of firmness — plush soft, luxury firm and firm — and you can choose your preferred mattress height, size and comfort level. They range in price from $1,101 to $2,372 and come with a 15-year warranty. Saatva offers a 365-night sleep trial so you can truly be sure if it is the right fit for you. It even offers free white-glove delivery and setup in your home.

Tuft & Needle

Tuft & Needle

Started in 2012, Tuft & Needle has since merged with mattress giant Serta, selling mattresses, furniture, bedding and accessories. Using cooling foam gel (and pocketed springs for its hybrid version), the mattresses all use graphite and cooling gel beads to help wick away heat and come with a 100-day trial period, free shipping, free returns and a limited warranty.

Available in three styles and starting at $645 for a twin, the basic 10-inch, medium-firm Essential T&N Original mattress features two all-foam layers; the 12-inch, medium Bestselling T&N Mint mattress is made with three all-foam layers and is recommended for back and side sleepers; and the 12-inch, medium-soft T&N Mint Hybrid, with five foam and spring layers, is a wise pick for those who sleep on their sides, backs and stomachs or prefer a classic, springy mattress.

Zoma

Zoma

Designed with athletes in mind and the idea that better sleep improves performance, Zoma mattresses use gel memory foam to not only keep you cool but help relieve pressure. Made in the US and featuring a 100-night guarantee, free shipping and a 10-year warranty, the company’s mattresses come in all-foam and hybrid styles.

The 10-inch all-foam Zoma Start, starting at $449 for a twin, creates less motion transfer, creates better alignment for the spine and offers body-contouring support. It has an airy cover, Reactiv bouncy foam layer and durable support foam. The 12-inch Zoma Hybrid has a bouncier feel, more breathability and edge support. It comes with two layers of foam on top, a pocketed coil support layer and a foam base. Both are wrapped in a moisture- and heat-wicking ventilated and stretchy knit fabric to keep you cool as you sleep.

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