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By Logan Foley

More and more people are deciding to skip the mattress showroom and instead shop online for a mattress that ships straight to their front door. Offering excellent selection, convenience, and value, a mattress in a box is a compelling option when looking for a new mattress. 

The sleep product experts in our Seattle Test Lab have tested more than 1,900 mattresses over the course of nearly a decade. In order to come up with our top picks for best mattresses in a box, we performed tests on each mattress across six performance categories and combined our findings with feedback from sleepers like you.

This guide covers our top picks in depth, but we’ll also discuss the ins and outs of the mattress-buying process and how to pick the best model for your sleep position and body type. If you’d like to learn about mattresses that perform well across different categories, our list of the best mattresses is a great resource. Our expert guides also tackle topics that address certain sleeper needs, such as the best mattresses for back pain.

What’s the Best Mattress in a Box of 2024?

Our testing team found that the Helix Midnight Mattress offered impressive all-around performance with noticeable comfort, pressure relief, and support—all delivered directly to your doorstep.

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“The Helix Midnight was one of the most popular hybrid models among our testing team, with especially high marks from side and back sleepers. It’s soft enough to give you some cushioning without sacrificing support for key areas like the lower back, and it’s very easy to move across without sinking.” – Jackson Lindeke, Director of Product Experience

  • Pros

    1. Pressure-relieving memory foam and sturdy coils create a comfortable, balanced feel

    2. Steady airflow through the coil support core helps the interior stay cool

    3. Perimeter coils are reinforced to boost edge support

  • Cons

    1. Sleepers over 230 pounds may not get enough support

    2. The foam layers may give off a strong “foamy” smell when you first unbox the bed

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$749 – $1,399

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

Helix Sleep’s mattress lineup includes more than a dozen hybrid models specifically designed for certain types of sleepers. The Helix Midnight is a versatile model that feels comfortable for a wide array of sleepers, but our testing shows that it’s particularly well suited for side sleepers. Its versatility can be attributed to a balanced medium firm (6) feel that combines the contouring of memory foam with robust coil support.

How It Performed

Our testers awarded the Midnight above-average ratings for pressure relief compared to other hybrids. The foam layers provided even cushioning for areas of the body prone to pressure buildup, such as the shoulders and hips. The transitional foam also served as a buffer for the support core, so testers up to 230 pounds didn’t sink too deeply into the mattress.

Edge support was another strength of the Midnight during our tests. Reinforced coils around the bed’s perimeter allowed testers to use the entire surface of the mattress, so you shouldn’t feel confined to the middle during sleep or sex. Steady airflow through the coils also helps the mattress sleep cool.

What It’s Made of

The mattress begins with a comfort layer of memory foam that conforms closely to your body, followed by a transitional polyfoam layer that provides additional contouring but also pushes back a bit more than the memory foam. Individually pocketed coils reinforced with high-density polyfoam make up the support core. The reinforced perimeter coils create pushback when you sleep near the edges of the mattress or get in and out of bed. A stretch-polyester cover encases the entire mattress.

The Midnight has a below-average price-point for a hybrid model and Helix Sleep offers free ground delivery to all 50 states. You’ll receive a 100-night sleep trial that includes free return shipping. If you decide to keep the mattress, you’ll also receive a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

“The Nectar’s all-foam design provides excellent cushioning but the mattress never felt overly soft or sagged too much for our testers. Our field tester has slept on the Nectar for three years and is impressed with how firm the bed feels compared to other foam models.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Expert

  • Pros

    1. Three layers of pressure-relieving memory foam

    2. Generous 365-night sleep trial

    3. Medium firm feel that can work for a wide range of sleeper types

  • Cons

    1. All-foam design can retain more heat than hybrid mattresses

    2. Some sleepers may feel “stuck” in the mattress, especially if they weigh over 230 pounds

Mattress Type

Foam

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$359 – $1,098

Trial Period

365 nights

The Nectar is one of our best mattress in a box picks for sleepers on a budget seeking a high-performance memory foam model. The side sleepers on our team received ample cushioning for the shoulders and hips, ensuring good spinal alignment and less pressure, while the back and stomach sleepers felt even body conforming without sinking too much. One of our at-home testers has slept on the mattress for three years and fully concurs, saying “the Nectar feels comfortable in any position.”

How It Performed

Our testing showed that the Nectar isolates motion very well, which means testers barely felt each other’s movements when sharing the bed. This should cut down on sleep disruptions for couples. We also found the edge support is better than average for an all-foam model, thanks to a fairly thick support core that stabilizes the bed and reinforces the perimeter against excessive sinkage. Like other all-foam mattresses we’ve tested, the Nectar absorbs a fair amount of body heat and may sleep a bit warm for some.

What It’s Made of

This model features a thick comfort layer of memory foam over two layers of denser polyfoam. A cover made of polyester, nylon, and polyethylene encases the entire mattress. Our testers rate this bed as medium firm (6), resulting in a comfortable balance of conforming and support for sleepers across different body type and position groups. The Nectar is much cheaper than other memory foam mattresses we’ve seen on the market, making it a high-value pick.

Nectar backs the mattress with a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are much longer than average. Nectar offers free delivery to customers anywhere in the contiguous U.S.

“Our field tester has slept on the DreamCloud for about a year and observes plenty of support from the coils with just enough plushness to cushion her body and help with back pain issues. The mattress also excelled at temperature control when we tested it in the lab.” – Danny Noyed, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Medium firm firmness level suits sleepers who want comfort with plenty of support

    2. Multiple layers help the bed sleep impressively cool

    3. Individually wrapped coils and foam layers combine to provide great back support

  • Cons

    1. May be a bit too firm for side sleepers under 130 pounds

    2. May not be supportive enough stomach sleepers over 230 pounds

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$499 – $999

Trial Period

365 nights (30-night requirement)

The DreamCloud Mattress is a luxury hybrid mattress that stood out to our testers for its impressive balance of support, pressure relief, and temperature neutrality. We found this mattress had a medium firm feel (6 out of 10), with a plush quilted surface and tall profile.

How It Performed

When our testers lied on the mattress, it conformed moderately to the body but didn’t produce that “sinking” feeling that we’ve observed in softer mattresses with foam layers. Performance-wise, the DreamCloud is a great all-around mattress, earning especially strong ratings for pressure relief and ease of movement. We recommend this mattress for most sleeper types except for side sleepers under 130 pounds.

Temperature control was another strong point during our tests. Air flows freely through the coil layer, while the cashmere blend cover keeps the surface cool. One of our at-home testers has slept on the DreamCloud for two years, and confirms thermoregulation is one of its defining strengths. “I used to sleep hot,” they say, “but the DreamCloud definitely helps.”

What It’s Made of

The DreamCloud’s cover is made of a cashmere poly-blend fabric quilted with a polyfoam layer. Our test team found the surface very breathable and plush, and the gel-infused memory foam under the quilted cover offered excellent pressure relief. Beneath is a transition layer of polyfoam and a support core containing individually wrapped coils.

For a luxury mattress, the DreamCloud is fairly affordable, coming in at an average price-point for a standard hybrid bed. DreamCloud stands behind the mattress with excellent guarantees, which include a 1-year sleep trial and a lifetime limited warranty.

“The WinkBed is one of the sturdiest hybrid models we’ve tested. Several of our field testers have slept on a WinkBed for at least a year, and they all agree the bed has superior support compared to some other hybrids — but still manages to feel plush on the surface.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Plush Euro-top offers inviting comfort and extra pressure relief

    2. Breathable support core and cooling technology help prevent sleeping hot

    3. Available in four firmness levels

  • Cons

    1. Coils produce some motion transfer that may bother a bed partner

    2. You may need deep-pocket sheets

Mattress Type

Innerspring

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,149 – $2,049

Trial Period

120 nights (30 night requirement)

We’ve tested hundreds of beds, and the WinkBed stands out as a hybrid mattress that most sleepers should find comfortable. Four firmness levels — medium soft (4), medium firm (6), firm (7), and extra firm (8) — ensure back, side, and stomach sleepers from multiple weight groups are likely to find a WinkBed that fits their needs.

How It Performed

The WinkBed caters to different sleeper types based on the firmness level you pick. During our tests, we found that back sleepers under 130 pounds and most side sleepers preferred the medium soft bed. The medium firm option offered an even balance of cushioning and support, so this was the most universally comfortable model. Back and stomach sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds enjoyed the even sleep surface from the firm option, and the extra firm WinkBed Plus earned the highest marks from testers who weighed over 230 pounds.

All models performed well in our motion isolation tests, but couples seeking greater motion isolation may prefer the softer model. The cushioned surface greatly reduced motion transfer when two or more testers shared the bed. The WinkBed also performed well in our temperature regulation tests. Air circulates easily within the mattress’ coil core, and the Tencel cover offers additional cooling.

We found edge support to be another strength of the WinkBed. The coils are reinforced along the perimeter to provide pushback and reduce sinkage.

What It’s Made of

The Euro-top is quilted with gel-infused polyfoam, which cushioned sharp pressure points during our lab tests. The cooling gel infusions are designed to absorb and dissipate excess body heat. Next is a layer of SupportCell polyfoam that kept our testers’ body weights evenly distributed across the mattress surface. The medium soft model has an extra transitional layer made from polyfoam for added plushness, and the Plus model features latex in lieu of foam for enhanced support. The zoned, pocketed coil support core helped maintain spinal alignment for our testers, and the Tencel fabric cover kept the surface cool and breathable.

The WinkBed ships for free to states within the contiguous U.S. and includes a 120-night sleep trial. If you aren’t satisfied with your initial firmness selection, you may exchange the mattress for a softer or firmer model at no extra cost, and the replacement comes with its own 60-night trial. All models are backed by lifetime warranties.

“Our test team found the Nolah Evolution 15 combines the even contouring of deep foam layers with the strong support of a zoned coil system. With a few firmness models to pick from, you should be able to find an option that works for you.” – Jackson Lindeke, Director of Product Experience

  • Pros

    1. Breathable proprietary foams resist overheating

    2. Three firmness options to suit different sleep positions and body types

    3. Zoned coils enhance midsection support and limit sinking around the edges

  • Cons

    1. $99 fee on all returns

    2. Thick profile may require special deep-pocketed sheets

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,004 – $2,143

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

A mattress that promotes even alignment can be highly beneficial for people who experience soreness in their lower back during the night. Our test lab found that the Nolah Evolution 15 serves these sleepers well thanks to a plush pillow-top surface and a robust support core containing zoned pocketed coils. The mattress is available in medium (5), medium firm (6), and firm (8) models, so most people will find a comfortable option regardless of how much they weigh or which sleep position they prefer.

How It Performed

Performance ratings for the Evolution 15 largely depend on the firmness level. The medium feel earned the most favorable ratings from side sleepers on our test team weighing up to 230 pounds and back sleepers under 130 pounds. We noticed that this model also excels at motion isolation and pressure relief. The medium firm and firm versions fared better with testers who sleep on their back or stomach and weigh 130 pounds or more. We found that these models also offered very strong edge support, good responsiveness for sex, and easy movement across the surface.

All Evolution 15 models earned stellar ratings from our testers for temperature control, though the two firmer options took a slight edge over the medium feel. The combination of a cooling cover, breathable open-cell foams, and a coil system that promotes steady airflow makes the Evolution 15 one of the most comfortable mattresses we’ve tested for hot sleepers.

What It’s Made of

The Evolution 15 features 2 inches of adaptive foam quilted into the Euro-top, followed by a proprietary AirBreath border gusset designed to maximize airflow and reduce heat buildup. Next is a second comfort layer of AirFoamICE, an open-cell foam infused with graphite for added cooling. Two layers of denser foam provided transitional support that kept our testers on an even plane.

In the support core, thicker coils are used in the midsection to provide extra reinforcement and pushback in the area where most people carry a disproportionate amount of weight. Sturdier coils along the perimeter reduced sinkage when our testers got on and off the mattress. The foundational layer is composed of plant-based fiber. A cover made of breathable ArcticTex fabric encases the mattress, and each side is equipped with handles to aid you with lifting and moving.

The Evolution comes in seven sizes, including a split king. Nolah provides free ground delivery for all orders in the contiguous U.S. The company also offers a 120-night sleep trial, but customers can forgo the trial period and reduce their up-front cost by up to $150. The Evolution 15 is also backed by a lifetime warranty against structural defects.

“Leesa’s Sapira Hybrid is a solid choice for couples and co-sleepers. The foam layers absorb movement well, extra reinforcement along the perimeter lets you use the entire surface, and the top foam layer is cut with cooling channels to reduce heat buildup.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Thick comfort system cushions and contours evenly to reduce pressure

    2. Aerated top layer promotes breathability and cooling on the surface

    3. Reinforced coils prevent excessive perimeter sinkage

  • Cons

    1. Too firm for most side sleepers under 130 pounds

    2. High potential for strong initial off-gassing

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,349 – $2,299

Trial Period

100 nights (30 night requirement)

Shopping for a new mattress with a partner can be challenging because their needs and preferences should influence your decision as much as your own. The Leesa Sapira Hybrid checks a lot of boxes for co-sleepers, including strong edge support, consistent cooling, and above-average motion isolation. Most of our testing team also enjoyed the balanced medium firm (6) feel, which combines adaptive foam comfort layers with a robust support core.

How It Performed

The Sapira Hybrid earned its highest marks from side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds and back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds. That said, most of our testing team awarded favorable ratings to the mattress. The deep comfort system provides ample cushioning to promote even alignment and minimize pressure buildup for side sleepers, while the sturdy coil base keeps most back and stomach sleepers on an even plane.

Temperature control was a testing highlight for the Sapira Hybrid. Thanks to a ventilated top layer and plenty of airflow throughout the coil system, the mattress should maintain a cool, comfortable temperature. Other performance categories where the mattress fared well include edge support and motion isolation.

What It’s Made of

The Sapira Hybrid’s comfort system consists of three individual layers, beginning with 1.5 inches of adaptive polyfoam. This layer is aerated to promote air circulation and help the surface stay cool. Memory foam and transitional polyfoam provide additional cushioning. Pocketed coils and dense base foam make up the support system. Thicker coils line the perimeter to stabilize the edges when you get in and out of bed. A breathable knit cover encases the mattress.

Competitive pricing and free shipping to all 50 states make the Sapira Hybrid a solid pick for budget-conscious shoppers, and each order includes two Leesa pillows at no extra charge. Your sleep trial runs for 100 nights. If you decide to keep the mattress after the return period ends, your purchase is further backed by a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

“The Helix Midnight Elite epitomizes luxury and design quality, but more importantly, the mattress also performs well in areas like motion isolation, pressure relief, and temperature control. If you’ve got a flexible budget, this model should prove to be a solid long-term investment.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Expert

  • Pros

    1. Deep comfort system features memory foam, polyfoam, and microcoil layers

    2. Robust pocketed coils are zoned and reinforced along the perimeter

    3. GlacioTex cover absorbs and releases body heat on contact

  • Cons

    1. Thick profile necessitates a fitted sheet with deep pockets

    2. Above-average pricing for a hybrid model

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,999 – $3,599

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

Part of Helix’s most luxurious mattress line, the Midnight Elite contains a comfort system with six individual layers and a support core with sturdy, zoned pocketed coils. These features create a nice balance of cushioning and reinforcement. Many of our testers noted a gentle, cloud-like effect as their bodies settled into the mattress, but the underlying materials provided decent pushback to limit sinkage and keep them on an even plane.

How It Performed

All Helix hybrids are designed with specific sleeper types in mind. The Midnight Elite is geared toward side sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds, and all of our testers who meet this criteria awarded high marks to the mattress. The mattress also received favorable ratings from back sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds and stomach sleepers under 230 pounds. Anyone who appreciates deep cushioning and cradling from their sleep surface should find the mattress comfortable.

The foam and microcoil comfort layers absorb movement well, resulting in above-average motion isolation compared to other hybrids we’ve tested. We also found the Midnight Elite alleviates pain, pressure, and hot spots along the spine. At the same time, the surface is responsive enough to help you move across the surface without feeling stuck.

What It’s Made of

The Midnight Elite’s comfort system intersperses memory foam and microcoils to make the surface feel plush, adaptive, and somewhat bouncy. Two polyfoam transitional layers form a buffer between you and the support core to keep your body on an even plane. All of these components are encased in a luxe Euro-top.

The pocketed coils are divided into three firmness zones for extra support beneath your midsection and a gentler feel elsewhere. Extra reinforcement along the perimeter provides stability and reduces compression when you sit or sleep along the edges. A cover made of cooling GlacioTex fabric helps ensure a comfortable sleep temperature. At 16 inches tall, the Midnight Elite is quite thick and requires a deep-pocket fitted sheet.

The sticker price is fairly high, even by luxury hybrid standards, but delivery is free to customers in all 50 states and each order is backed by a 100-night trial period. If you aren’t satisfied with the mattress, you’ll receive a full refund and Helix covers the return shipping costs. Those who keep their Midnight Elite receive a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty.

“The budget-friendly Brooklyn Bedding Signature combines adaptive foam comfort layers and supportive pocketed coils. You can choose from three firmness levels and more than a dozen sizes, making this one of the most versatile mattresses on the market today.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Foam layers cushion the body without too much “hug”

    2. Available in three firmness levels

    3. Below-average pricing for a hybrid

  • Cons

    1. Foam layers may emit strong off-gassing odor after unboxing

    2. Firmness exchanges not available during trial period

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$499 – $1,199

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

If you’re a combination sleeper who uses two or three positions over the course of a given night, finding a mattress that meets your needs can be quite challenging. The Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid is a good starting point thanks to its high-quality construction, multiple firmness options, and a wallet-friendly sticker price.

How It Performed

The medium soft (4) Signature Hybrid earned stellar ratings from side sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds, and back sleepers under 130 pounds. This model contours closely to cradle your body, promote even alignment, and reduce pressure along the spine. Those seeking a firmer, more supportive mattress should consider the firm (7) design. Our side sleepers over 230 pounds and back and stomach sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds were particularly impressed with this model. The medium firm (6) design offers the most balance, and should be comfortable to anyone between 130 and 230 pounds across all three sleep positions.

The two firmer mattresses received high marks for edge support and ease of movement, whereas the medium soft model performed better in testing categories like motion isolation and pressure relief. All three excelled at temperature control. A breathable cover, gel-infused top layer, and steady airflow throughout the coil system all help the mattress stay cool. If you’re an exceptionally hot sleeper, you can upgrade your Signature Hybrid to include an additional foam layer encased in heat-dissipating phase change fabric.

What It’s Made of

Specific designs for the Signature Hybrid vary by firmness, but all three contain comfort systems with two polyfoam layers. The topmost layer is infused with cooling gel intended to reduce heat buildup on the surface, while the second layer is fairly dense and acts as a buffer between your body and the support core. Pocketed coils and base foam stabilize the mattress well and create a noticeable bounce when you get into bed.

You can choose from 14 different sizes for the mattress. In addition to standard mattress dimensions, these include a split California king for couples with adjustable beds and several RV sizes. Brooklyn Bedding offers free ground shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. The company’s sleep trial runs for 120 nights, and those who keep the mattress also receive a 10-year warranty against workmanship defects.

“The Plank Firm Luxe is easily one of the firmest mattresses we’ve tested. The extra firm side was most popular for our back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds, but the slightly softer side still provided plenty of support and reinforcement.” – Colin Simpson, Research Manager

  • Pros

    1. Reversible design with very firm sleep surfaces on each side

    2. Coil support core offers outstanding edge support and excellent breathability

    3. Available in a wide range of non-standard sizes

  • Cons

    1. Both sides of the mattress may be too firm for side sleepers

    2. Bed partners may feel motion transfer across the mattress surface

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Firm (7), Extra Firm (9)

Price Range

$693 – $1,299

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

Most mattresses made today fall between 4 and 6 on the 10-point scale, making it somewhat difficult to find a suitable bed if you want a firmer feel. The Plank Firm Luxe from Brooklyn Bedding is a flippable mattress with a distinct feel on each side. Our testers found that the firm (7) side contours to a minimal extent while providing sturdy overall support, while the extra firm (9) side barely conforms at all.

How It Performed

As a mattress designed to feel exceptionally firm, we found that the Plank Firm Luxe excelled in some areas where softer models usually fall short. Both sides felt very sturdy along the perimeter and did not sag excessively when our testers lied near the edges or got in and out of bed. Temperature control was another major strength during our testing. The coil layers promoted steady circulation to cool off the interior of the mattress, and the firm surfaces ensured that our testers did not sink too deeply and lose their surface airflow. Those who sleep excessively hot should consider purchasing the optional phase change cooling panel.

Our testing found back and stomach sleepers feel most comfortable on the Plank Firm Luxe. This is especially true of those who weigh more than 230 pounds, but testers who favor these positions and fall within the range of 130 and 230 pounds also gave the mattress generally favorable reviews.

What It’s Made of

The firm side of the Plank Firm Luxe features adaptive foam quilted into the cover, followed by a comfort layer of TitanFlex polyfoam and a transitional layer of high-density polyfoam. Our testers noticed that this side combines the contouring of memory foam with the responsiveness of latex. The extra firm side has less foam quilted into the cover and does not include a TitanFlex layer, which our testers found distinctly firmer than the opposite surface. A shared support core of pocketed coils stabilizes both sides of the mattress.

You can choose to add a GlacioTex cover featuring panel of phase change material, which is sewn to the fabric on both sides. This cooling component is engineered to capture and release heat, which helps maintain a comfortable surface temperature. The panel increases the mattress’ price by $100 to $200, depending on which size you select.

Shipping is free of charge for all customers in the contiguous U.S. The Plank Firm Luxe is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

“I’ve slept on the Layla Hybrid for three years and I find the foam layers are perfect for relieving pressure in my shoulders and hips. The flippable design gives you the choice between close contouring or strong, even support, so co-sleepers with different sleep preferences have two options to pick from.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Flippable foam hybrid features a distinct firmness level on each side

    2. Breathable foams and consistent airflow help the mattress sleep cool

    3. Above-average motion isolation and pressure relief for a hybrid

  • Cons

    1. Stomach sleepers over 230 pounds might need a more supportive bed

    2. Foam may produce some off-gassing at first

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Reversible: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7)

Price Range

$1,299 – $1,899

Trial Period

120 nights

If you’re a combination sleeper, you may find your firmness preferences vary with each position change. The reversible Layla Hybrid features two sleep surfaces, one medium soft (4) and the other firm (7). Our testing shows the latter offers adequate support for most back and stomach sleepers, while the softer side contours deeply to promote even alignment for side sleepers.

How It Performed

After testing both sides of the Layla Hybrid, we found our side sleepers generally preferred the medium soft surface. This was especially true for those weighing up to 230 pounds. Thick foam layers ensure close conforming to improve alignment and reduce pressure points in the shoulders and hips, a common side effect from using the side position. Our tests also showed the firm side was more comfortable and supportive for back and stomach sleepers of at least 130 pounds, and side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds.

Temperature control was a highlight of our tests. Using heat guns and thermal body sensors, we detected minimal heat retention on the softer side and next to none on the firmer side. Motion isolation was another strength of the Layla Hybrid. Our testers noticed very little motion transfer when lying next to each other on either side of the mattress.

What It’s Made of

The Layla Hybrid’s medium soft side contains 2.5 inches of copper-infused memory foam, followed by 2 inches of transitional polyfoam. The latter is zoned to provide extra reinforcement for your midsection and gentler cradling elsewhere. The firm side also features these components, but the layers are thinner to minimize cushioning and make this surface feel more supportive. A shared pocketed coil support core is located between the foam layers. The coils are doubled up along the perimeter to reduce sinkage when you lie or sit along the edges.

The copper infusions are meant to reduce heat buildup on the surface, and a breathable polyester-viscose cover encases the entire mattress. You can unzip and machine wash the polyester, rayon, viscose, and poly-lycra blend cover whenever it needs to be cleaned. Comparatively, most mattresses made today feature non-removable covers that can only be spot cleaned.

The Layla Hybrid is competitively priced and shipping is free for all customers in the contiguous U.S. Your order includes a 120-night sleep trial, during which you can return the mattress for free if it doesn’t meet your needs. If you decide to keep the hybrid, Layla backs your purchase with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

“Our testers found the Bear Elite Hybrid strikes a great balance between cushioning and support, thanks to the thick plush Euro-top and sturdy coil base. The design was quite comfortable for many of our testers and should suit sleepers who change positions at night.” – Lauren Fountain, Senior Editor

  • Pros

    1. Pocketed coils offer bounce and sturdy support

    2. Cover fabric features cooling fibers meant to reduce heat buildup

    3. Hybrid design works for sleepers in multiple positions

  • Cons

    1. Coils produce some motion transfer

    2. Cushy and comfortable, but not for people who want to feel “hugged” by their mattress

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,231 – $2,548

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night break-in period)

Sleepers who frequently switch between different sleeping positions often benefit from a mattress with a balance of cushioning and support. The Bear Elite Hybrid is a foam hybrid with three firmness options, so most members of our testing team found a model that felt comfortable regardless of their sleeping position. The bed also stands apart with a set of cooling features that our hot-sleeping testers enjoyed.

How It Performed

The foam layers earned the bed high marks in our pressure relief tests, making this an ideal bed if you experience painful pressure buildup at night. At the same time, the bed also offers plenty of support, thanks to the coil system. The medium firm (6) option was the most universally appealing model among our testers, earning high marks from back sleepers up to 230 pounds and side sleepers over 130 pounds. The medium (5) option was favored by side and back sleepers up to 130 pounds, while the firm (8) model performed well with back and stomach sleepers over 130 pounds.

Cooling was one of the Bear Elite Hybrid’s major strengths during our tests. The cover is composed of phase change material and Celliant fabric, intended to wick moisture and maintain temperature neutrality. The coils also allow air to circulate through the bed. Our heat guns detected minimal heat buildup on the surface. If you and your partner prioritize a responsive surface for sex, you may also enjoy the bounce from the coil system.

What It’s Made of

With several firmness options available, the mattress appeals to sleepers with various body types and sleep preferences. Underneath the Euro-top cover is adaptive memory foam, which cushions the body and gently relieves pressure. This layer features a copper infusion designed to help regulate temperature. Next is a layer of polyfoam that further promotes contouring but also has a responsiveness to prevent excessive sinkage. Beneath is a pocketed coil support core, which reinforces the mattress and delivers sturdy but responsive support. The coils rest on a base layer of polyfoam for stability.

Seven sizes are available for the Elite Hybrid, including a split king for couples who share adjustable beds. If you and your partner have differing firmness preferences, you can order a split king with a different feel on each side. Bear offers a 120-night sleep trial with the Elite Hybrid, as well as a lifetime warranty. Shipping is free within the contiguous U.S.

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Watch our video below to learn more about our lab’s top picks for mattresses in a box.

Below you’ll find in-depth looks at each of our top picks, but keep scrolling to check out our guide to buying mattresses in a box. The guide offers all sorts of helpful information about the mattress delivery process, pros and cons about different mattress types, and answers to common questions about mattresses-in-a-box.

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Over the past eight years, our Seattle-based Test Lab has performed hands-on tests on more than 4,000 sleep products — and nearly 2,000 of them are mattresses. 

As product experts, we stay up to date on the latest news in sleep science and product trends. We use this knowledge to fuel our data-backed recommendations. Many of our testers have worked directly with mattress manufacturers and visited actual mattress factories. On occasion, a sleep health expert might stop by to tweak a firmness rating.

When we test a mattress, we collect data across six major performance categories and combine these results with real-world feedback. We use tools and tech to monitor features like heat retention, motion isolation, and pressure mapping. In order to ensure our findings are inclusive of all sleepers, our team consists of people with varying body types and sleep positions.

Mattresses aren’t one-size-fits-all. The perfect bed for you is going to depend on general points like your body weight and sleeping position, as well as unique points like if you have back pain, if you sleep hot at night, or if you just like the feel of latex over memory foam. Our goal at the Test Lab is to help take the guesswork out of your mattress-buying process.

So How Did We Pick the Best Mattresses in a Box?

To narrow down our list in this category, we focused our testing on beds that are compressed and shipped in a box. We then selected models that performed well in multiple performance categories such as pressure relief, edge support, and temperature control. We used everything from pressure-mapping pads to thermal monitors to capture data that matters. Lastly, to make sure our results represent the majority of sleepers today, our team consists of testers with different body types and position preferences.

Why Should You Buy a Mattress in a Box?

Getting a mattress in a box can make buying a new mattress much simpler. 

After a mattress is made, it can be compressed, rolled up, sealed in plastic, and placed in a box for easy shipping. After bringing the mattress in a box into your bedroom and removing the packaging, the mattress regains its normal size. 

A mattress in a box is best if you prioritize value and convenience (and you want to avoid lugging a bulky mattress into your home). It can also be a great option if you would rather shop online than go to a mattress store. 

  • Easier to transport: Because it’s compressed, a mattress in a box is much easier to ship. While the box can be heavy, it can comfortably fit through doorways and be carried up staircases to a bedroom without a ton of trouble.
  • Less expensive: It’s usually less expensive to buy a mattress in a box than a standard mattress. The wide selection of options online creates competitive pricing, and the lack of installation costs means you save when buying a mattress in a box.
  • Convenient shopping: When you shop online for a mattress in a box, you can avoid the inconvenience of going to a mattress store. Buying online puts a huge selection of mattresses at your fingertips and gives you access to tons of product information that can guide your purchase. You’ll have to do a bit more research, but you can shop at your own convenience.
  • Sleep trials and free shipping: Boxed beds usually ship for free to your front door. Since you’re not trying them in store, these mattresses typically come with a sleep trial to test out the bed with the option to get a full refund. Not all mattress in a box options come with a trial or free shipping, though, so make sure you always check the shipping and return policies.

What Should You Look for in a Boxed Bed?

I recommend thinking about five key points when you’re choosing a mattress in a box. These include the mattress type and quality, your sleeping position and body weight, your firmness and support needs, off-gassing from the mattress, and the right mattress size for your bedroom. 

When thinking about these topics, I’ve found that it can be helpful to jot down a few notes to help you know what to look for when you’re comparing the different mattress options.

Mattress Type and Quality

The materials used in a mattress determine the mattress type. Most mattresses in a box are either all-foam or hybrid options. 

In a foam mattress, all of the layers are foam, and it’s normal for multiple types of foams to be used. All-foam beds are generally lighter, cushier, and are more likely to hug your body.

In a hybrid mattress, the core is made with innerspring coils. On top of those coils you’ll find one or more layers of foam, latex, or other materials. Hybrids usually weigh more, they’re easier to move on, and the edges of the bed are much more supportive. 

For both foam and hybrid mattresses, look for quality materials and thoughtful design. A well-built mattress will hold up better over time, improving your sleep and allowing you to get more value out of your mattress. At the end of the day, your options are up to your budget, but something I always tell people is to think of a mattress as an investment. You might save money up front by going for a cheaper bed, but they’ll typically wear out a few years sooner than a bed that’s built better.

Sleeping Position and Body Weight

Ever wonder why there are so many mattress options? A big reason is that there’s no one mattress that works for everyone. Everyone has different needs and preferences, and a lot of people aren’t even sure what theirs are. How you sleep and your body weight are two of the biggest factors that affect your mattress needs. 

Sleeping on your side presses your shoulders and hips into the bed, so side sleepers usually need something a bit softer, with more contouring or “hug.” Back and stomach sleepers tend to need a firmer mattress to support their lower backs and keep their spines aligned. 

If you weigh under 130 pounds, you are less likely to press into the cushioning of a mattress, so you’ll usually need a softer bed to get comfort and pressure relief. If you weigh over 230 pounds, you’ll probably sink deeper into the top layers, making it better to have a firmer mattress with a strong support system.

Firmness and Support

You’ve probably heard of firmness, which is how hard or soft a mattress feels. If you have a strong firmness preference, such as for an extra plush or firm sleep surface, make sure to account for that when shopping. 

Support is how well a mattress cushions the body to promote spinal alignment. It’s a combination of cushion from the top layers and pushback from the bed’s core. Proper support can help keep you from waking up sore in the morning. Like with firmness, support needs vary from person to person. 

Mattress firmness, contouring, sturdiness, and bounce can all influence support. Your sleep position and body weight can also affect your support needs and where you need the most cushioning. 

We use a 10-point system to rate mattresses and give them firmnesses, with 1 being incredibly soft and 10 being close to sleeping on a hard, flat surface. Most beds out there are somewhere in the 4 (medium soft) to 7 (firm) range.

In my experience, a medium (5) or medium firm (6) mattress with moderate contouring works best for most sleepers. A lot of mattress in a box options out there match this description, but there are also plenty of choices if your needs are different. 

I’ve put together a quick reference of firmness preferences based on body weight and sleeping position. These are based off of our team’s testing and research, so use these as a starting point to help guide you if you’re not sure what firmness you need:

WeightSide SleepersBack SleepersStomach Sleepers
Less than 130 lbs.Soft (3) to Medium (5)Soft (3) to Medium (5)Medium Soft (4) to Medium Firm (6)
130 to 230 lbs.Medium Soft (4) to Medium (5)Medium (5) to Firm (7)Medium (5) to Firm (7)
More than 230 lbs.Medium Firm (6) to Firm (7)Firm (7, 8) to Extra Firm (9)Firm (7, 8) to Extra Firm (9)

Off-Gassing

When a mattress comes off the assembly line, its brand new materials can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that collect in the sealed packaging of a mattress in a box. 

Off-gassing of VOCs can cause an odor when your mattress is unboxed, and it tends to be worse with foam mattresses. The smell can be annoying, but it goes away pretty quickly. Make sure your bedroom has good ventilation, open windows and doors if you can, maybe even try a fan to help speed up the process. We find the smell typically disappears within a few days.

Size

After unboxing, a mattress in a box will grow in size, so you need to make sure in advance that you choose a mattress size that works for you, your bed partner if you share a bed, and the space in your bedroom. 

If you’re not sure about the right size, measure the space in your bedroom. I’ve found that drawing my bedroom layout on paper helps me see how to strike a balance between open space and space for my mattress and other furniture. 

How to Shop for a Mattress in a Box

Since a new bed can be a serious investment, I’ll give you a few more of my pro tips to help you prepare for the process and find the best value when shopping for a mattress in a box. 

Do Your Research

Doing your research makes the whole bed-shopping process less stressful. While the number of options can be overwhelming, I recommend trying to narrow down your options as quickly as you can. Focus on your needs and your budget first, and keep notes about brands or models that fit you best. There are lots of beds out there with fun bells and whistles and impressive-sounding features, but before all that, you need to make sure it’ll be comfortable for you.

Taking notes helps you compare the construction, features, shipping policies, and sleep trial for different mattress options. Your research can also help you compare prices and find discounts to get the best deal. 

Keep an Eye Out for Sales, Discounts, and Bundles

You can usually find a great deal on a mattress in a box thanks to seasonal sales, promo codes, and product bundles. 

Deals are typically best around most major holidays and Black Friday. You can check directly on a mattress company’s website at any time for mattress sales and offers. You may also get a little something extra if you go for a bundle with a mattress, bed frame, pillows, bedding, or other accessories. 

Pick Your Delivery and Setup Options

Depending on the company, you may have multiple delivery and setup options. Standard shipping of a mattress in a box to your front door is usually included in the price of the bed, and honestly, I’ve found that this works just fine for most people. Mattresses in a box can be a bit heavy, but they’re not too bad to move with two to three people or a furniture dolly.

If you want or need the added convenience of new mattress setup or removal of an old mattress, you can often pay extra for those services. Full White Glove delivery generally involves a team coming to your home to install your new mattress, dispose of all the packaging, and haul away your old bed.

Use Trials and Warranties to Your Advantage

I always tell people buying a mattress in a box to remember that they are protected by a sleep trial and a warranty. 

With most mattress in a box options, a sleep trial lets you return the bed for a full refund if you’re unhappy with it for any reason. The bed doesn’t have to be defective – if you don’t like the way it feels and you’re still in the trial period, you can send it back. I definitely recommend putting a note on your calendar near the end of the sleep trial as a reminder to make your final decision about the mattress. New beds take a little time to break in, so if you can, make sure to try out your new bed for at least a month before returning it so you’re giving the bed a fair try.

Another tip is to read the return policy in advance. This will tell you how long the sleep trial lasts and whether there are any fees for returns. 

Over the longer-term, a warranty can protect your purchase. Although it won’t cover normal wear-and-tear, it will cover you if your mattress breaks down prematurely. 

How to Unbox a Mattress

You should always follow the unboxing guidelines from the manufacturer, but these are the typical steps in the process: 

  1. Bring the box with the mattress into your bedroom
  2. Set the box flat on the ground
  3. Gently remove packing tape and open the box
  4. Slide the mattress out of the box
  5. Carefully cut open the plastic packaging, taking care not to puncture the mattress
  6. Place the mattress in its proper position in your bedroom
  7. Open a window or turn on a fan to allow for ventilation to reduce off-gassing
  8. Wait a few hours before sleeping on the mattress
  9. Remember that it may take a day or two for the mattress to reach its normal size

Dive Deeper – In-Depth Mattress Guides

In your research process, you may want to zero in on mattresses that offer standout performance in certain categories. These guides can help you find the top picks that match your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to unbox a mattress?

It usually takes less than 15 minutes to fully unbox a mattress. While the process is quick, I advise against rushing through the steps. Taking your time helps make sure that you get the mattress positioned properly and you don’t cause any accidental damage to your mattress or to other items in your bedroom.

How can you trust an online mattress company is reputable?

The best way to know whether to trust an online mattress company is to check with reliable sources. A recommendation from a person or site that you know well can be a strong vote of confidence. 

You can also check a company’s grade with the Better Business Bureau and look at customer reviews on external sites like Trustpilot and Yelp. While these sites won’t perfectly reflect how trustworthy a company is, they may alert you to potential concerns.

How long does a mattress in a box last?

A mattress in a box will usually last between five and nine years, or about as long as a standard mattress bought from a retail showroom. All-foam and hybrid mattresses have an average lifespan of six to seven years, while heavier all-latex mattresses tend to last from seven to nine years.

What kind of mattresses come in a box?

Foam, hybrid, and all-latex mattresses are available as a mattress in a box. Foam and hybrid beds are the most common and popular choices for mattresses in a box.

Why do boxed mattresses have an odor?

A mattress in a box can give off a “foamy” smell when it’s first unpackaged because of the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) generated during the manufacturing process. Although it’s common with boxed mattresses, the odor typically fades away within a few hours or days.

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What position do you sleep in?

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