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Not so long ago, the idea of buying a mattress without first testing it in a store seemed unconventional. But as online shopping habits have evolved, so too has the way we buy mattresses. Fortunately, the mattress industry has quickly adapted and many brands now offer an expansive range of designs, all available at the click of a button and delivered straight to your doorstep.

Shopping for a mattress online is different from a traditional in-store experience. Without the pressure of a salesperson and the limitations of a showroom, online shopping allows you to compare a wider range of options and make a decision based on research and reviews.

We’ve created this guide to help you navigate the world of online mattresses and to share our team’s top picks. Want more information about high-quality mattresses and where to find them? Our list of 2024’s best mattresses is a helpful resource as you shop for a new bed. For additional online mattress options, check out our guide to the best mattresses in a box.

You’ll find our top online mattress picks and their full reviews below, followed by our comprehensive guide to shopping for a mattress online.

What’s The Best Online Mattress?

The Helix Midnight checks all of our boxes for the top online mattress — free shipping and returns, a generous sleep trial, and impressive all-around performance. Its hybrid design, balancing foam layers, and pocketed coils offer excellent support, especially for side sleepers.

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“Our testers reported plenty of cushioning from the Helix Midnight’s plush foam surface, but the coils still gave the mattress just the right amount of bounce. It’s a great choice for sleepers who enjoy the feel of foam — but in moderation.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Free shipping, returns, and a 100-day sleep trial

    2. Balanced medium firm (6) feel supports and cushions pressure points

    3. Ample airflow through the coils helps the mattress stay cool

  • Cons

    1. Too soft for some sleepers over 230 pounds

    2. Couples may notice one another’s movements due to responsive coil core

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$749 – $1,399

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

The Helix Midnight is a hybrid mattress with multiple layers of foam and a layer of pocketed coils. Our hands-on tests showed that this design offers excellent pressure relief and support for side sleepers. Our testers also found that this construction balanced bounce, contouring, edge support, and temperature neutrality.

How It Performed

Compared to other models we’ve tested, we give the Helix Midnight a 6 on our 10-point firmness scale – which we call a medium firm feel. This falls in the range most sleepers prefer. Sleepers on our team who weighed up to 230 pounds found the combination of cushioning and support very comfortable. While many of our testers enjoyed the bed, side sleepers in particular enjoyed the balanced feel. They also found the mattress’ thicker comfort layers were excellent at relieving pressure buildup.

Foam layers can often trap too much heat, but we found that the airflow through the coil core reduced this heat retention and kept testers fairly cool. Hot sleepers who often find memory foam too hot may appreciate the Midnight.

What It’s Made of

A proprietary Soft Touch Design cover is made from stretchy polyester, designed for enhanced breathability. The comfort layer uses memory foam to conform to a sleeper’s body, which is ideal for relieving pressure points. Our testers found the dense polyfoam transition layer to be very supportive and effective at keeping bodies from sinking in. The support core is made up of responsive pocketed coils. The pocketed design enables coils to respond individually to your weight, reducing the spread of motion and cradling your body more deeply. Reinforced coils around the perimeter support the edge of the bed to make it easier to use the full mattress surface.

The Helix Midnight comes with a 10-year limited warranty and a 100-night sleep trial. Shipping is free for customers in all 50 states.

“The Nectar offers just the right amount of hug for a foam mattress — enough to relieve pressure in areas where you experience pressure buildup, but not so much that you feel like you’re sinking. Our field tester has slept on the mattress for 3 years and calls it a great value, especially for how comfortable it feels.” – Lauren Fountain, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. 365-night sleep trial and limited lifetime warranty

    2. Thick comfort layers prevent movements from bothering co-sleepers

    3. Moderate firmness and a balanced, supportive feel

  • Cons

    1. Back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds need a firmer mattress

    2. Foam layers can trap body heat

Mattress Type

Foam

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$359 – $1,098

Trial Period

365 nights

The Nectar Mattress is an all-foam model constructed of three layers. Based on our extensive lab tests, we believe the Nectar’s balanced performance and approachable price-point should appeal to a variety of sleepers.

How It Performed

Our test team rates the Nectar a 6 on our 10-point firmness scale, which translates into a medium firm feel. We’ve found this firmness rating is popular with most sleepers, so the Nectar should be able to accommodate sleepers from most weight groups in any sleep position. Because the firmness is relatively mid-range, however, the Nectar felt most comfortable for our testers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds.

Thanks to the foam comfort layers, we found the Nectar absorbed most motion. When more than one tester lay on the bed, they experienced almost no disturbances from each other’s movements. The mattress also conforms to pain points in the hips and shoulders, so our testers experienced significant pressure relief in these areas.

What It’s Made of

Our testers found the quilted memory foam cover was soft to the touch, while the breathable Tencel fabric allowed more cooling airflow. The foam layer beneath conformed closely to our testers’ bodies to relieve pressure points, while the infusion of cooling gel in the foam helped dissipate heat often associated with close-conforming memory foam. We found the polyfoam transition layer was very supportive, which helped prevent sinking against the firmer support core. A high-density polyfoam base layer reinforced the rest of the mattress.

Nectar’s sleep trial is 365 nights long, and the mattress has a lifetime limited warranty.

“The DreamCloud Mattress pairs pressure-relieving foam and supportive coils, a combination that earned stellar reviews from side sleepers on our team. Our side-sleeping field tester has slept on the bed for about a year and reports fewer back aches and minimal tossing and turning.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Shipping, returns, and 1-year sleep trial included in purchase price

    2. Gel-infused memory foam alleviates pressure buildup

    3. Pocketed coil core isolates motion and enhances airflow

  • Cons

    1. $250 fee for shipments to Alaska and Hawaii

    2. Stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may sink too much

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$499 – $999

Trial Period

365 nights (30-night requirement)

The DreamCloud Mattress’ hybrid design features pressure-relieving memory foam and pocketed coils that promote healthy spinal alignment. During testing, we found this design to be very comfortable for most side sleepers, providing a plush feel without excessive sinkage and heat retention.

How It Performed

The side sleepers on our team, as well as those with sensitive pressure points, benefited the most from the DreamCloud’s balanced contouring and support. We found the plush surface cushioned our shoulders and hips, while the coils kept our lower backs supported.

Thanks to the individually wrapped coils, we think couples will appreciate the mattress’ ability to limit motion transfer. We noticed that the foam layers also absorbed a good amount of noise, so we didn’t hear each other’s movements when sharing the bed. We also recommend this mattress for people who enjoy foam surfaces but tend to overheat on them. The foam comfort layer has a nice plush feel, but the coil support core circulates more air than an all-foam construction.

What It’s Made of

The DreamCloud is encased in a cashmere blend fabric that our testers found breathable and soft to the touch. A layer of polyfoam quilted into the cover gave the surface a pillow-top feel when we lay on it. A comfort layer of memory foam conformed evenly to relieve pressure buildup, and the foam is infused with gel to absorb and dissipate excess body heat. The polyfoam transition layer offered a deeper, pressure-relieving contour. It also kept our bodies from excessively sinking into the bed, buffering us from the support core.

Individually wrapped pocketed coils make up the support core. These coils move independently, so any weight applied to one coil does not affect those surrounding it. The coils provide targeted support to the heavier areas of your body, and the coils allow air to circulate throughout the mattress for enhanced cooling. A high-density polyfoam base completes the design.

Along with the competitive price-point, DreamCloud ships free to the contiguous U.S. Mattress purchases are backed by a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.

“Our testers found the Nolah Evolution 15 to be a highly versatile option thanks to the variety in firmness levels. The zoned coils gave the bed an especially supportive feel, and couples should appreciate the foam’s ability to isolate motion on the surface.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Testing Manager

  • Pros

    1. Free shipping and limited lifetime warranty

    2. Three firmness options for side sleepers of any weight

    3. Zoned pocketed coils provide targeted support

  • Cons

    1. $99 fee applied for all returns

    2. Doesn’t ship to Alaska or Hawaii

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)

The Nolah Evolution 15 is a high-profile foam hybrid with three firmness levels: medium (5), medium firm (6), and firm (8). Based on our battery of performance tests, we found that each model’s zoned coils help create a surface that’s easy to move across, while the foam layers absorb movement transfer.

How It Performed

Each firmness level caters to different sleep needs. Among all our testers, side sleepers up to 230 pounds and back sleepers under 130 pounds enjoyed the deeper contouring from the medium feel. Our testers found the medium firm model’s balanced feel made it the most versatile. This model was best suited for side sleepers over 230 pounds, back sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds, and stomach sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds. Back sleepers who weighed at least 130 pounds and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds appreciated the firmest option’s even surface.

The Evolution’s performance varied across our testing criteria depending on the firmness chosen. Couples who value motion isolation may opt for the medium feel, whereas those who prioritize sex may appreciate the firmer models. During testing, the medium firm and firm options also earned higher marks in edge support and temperature regulation. Testers with persistent pressure points found more relief from the softest model.

What It’s Made of

A quilted cover made from proprietary ArcticTex fiber encases the mattress, which is meant to keep the surface cool to the touch. During testing, we found the Euro-top quilted with polyfoam had a nice plush feel that closely contours to the body to relieve pressure. A polyfoam comfort layer infused with graphite is designed to reduce heat buildup, and we found this layer helped evenly distribute weight across the mattress surface to promote spinal alignment.

The polyfoam transitional layer adds cushioning between the comfort system and the coils. This layer also prevented our testers from sinking too deeply into the mattress. Zoned pocketed coils make up the support core, and they offer ample pushback to the hips and shoulders to avoid uncomfortable sagging. Extra coils along the perimeter reinforced the edges noticeably.

Six standard sizes are available, as well as a split king size for adjustable beds. Nolah ships free to customers in the contiguous U.S. Purchases come with a 120-night sleep trial, where you can return the mattress anytime after the 30-night break-in period. Evolution 15 purchases come with a generous lifetime warranty against structural defects.

“The WinkBed felt very supportive without sacrificing plushness on the surface, making it a great choice for sleepers with back pain. Our field tester has slept on the WinkBed for several years and says the balance of bouncy coils and foam cushioning is perfect for her combination sleeping.” – Jackson Lindeke, Executive Director

  • Pros

    1. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty

    2. Multiple firmness options allow for customizable support

    3. Euro-top is plush and durable

  • Cons

    1. 120-day sleep trial shorter than other brands

    2. Thick, 13.5-inch profile requires a fitted sheet with deep pockets

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)

Thanks to a foam hybrid design, our test lab found that the WinkBed balances pressure relief and spinal alignment for a highly comfortable sleep surface. The WinkBed is the company’s flagship hybrid mattress and is available in four firmness levels: medium soft (4), medium firm (6), firm (7), and firm (8).

How It Performed

Our testing found the WinkBed comfortable across sleeping positions and weight groups thanks to the different firmness options. On our team, side sleepers and testers weighing under 130 pounds appreciated the deeper contouring and pressure point relief from the softer model. We found the medium firm option was the most versatile, while the firm option appealed to back and side sleepers in our lab. For sleepers over 230 pounds, we recommend the WinkBed Plus, which is specifically made for people in this weight category.

In addition to being generally supportive, the mattress has strong edge support that stood out compared to other beds we’ve tested. This is largely due to higher-gauge coils positioned around the bed’s perimeter. The ventilation through the pocketed coils also helps the bed stay cool, which our hot sleepers appreciated. The coils are individually wrapped to stop excessive motion transfer. When combined with the thick foam layers, we found this feature helped absorb motion to prevent disturbances from transferring from one side of the bed to the other when more than one tester shared the surface. Couples seeking more motion isolation may prefer the softest model.

What It’s Made of

At 13.5 inches tall, the WinkBed has a fairly high profile compared to other beds we’ve tested. This is a result of its substantial foam comfort layers and coil support core. The mattress features a gel-infused polyfoam Euro-top that we found wicks excess moisture while relieving pressure point discomfort. The Euro-top also contains a polyfoam transitional layer that kept us comfortably situated “on” the mattress, rather than “in” it. The medium soft model features a second polyfoam layer that evenly distributed the weight of our testers across the surface and enhanced cushioning.

Under the comfort system is a pocketed coil support core, which lifts the midsection and shoulders to maintain healthy spinal alignment. These layers are all encased in a Tencel lyocell material, which is known for its breathability and durability. Our testers, even the sleepers who run hot, felt fairly cool while lying on the surface.

Standard deliveries are free for WinkBed customers in the contiguous U.S. The mattress qualifies for a 120-night sleep trial as well as a lifetime warranty.

“A balance of cushioning, support, and responsiveness make the Leesa Sapira Hybrid a well-rounded mattress for couples and co-sleepers. Other defining qualities we noticed during our tests include consistent cooling, strong edge support, and above-average motion isolation.” — Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Free shipping throughout the U.S. and Canada

    2. Reinforced coils minimize sinkage along the perimeter

    3. Great motion isolation for co-sleepers

  • Cons

    1. Relatively short 100-day sleep trial

    2. May be too soft for back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,349 – $2,299

Trial Period

100 nights (30 night requirement)

If you’re searching for a new mattress and normally sleep with a partner, the Leesa Sapira Hybrid’s balanced design should check all of the important boxes. Three foam layers over strong pocketed coils create a medium firm (6) feel most of our testing team found comfortable, and solid performance earned the mattress high marks across the board.

How It Performed

Side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds and back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds were particularly impressed with the Sapira Hybrid. The foam layers contour closely and evenly without hugging, so side sleepers get the cushioning they need for proper spinal alignment, while back and stomach sleepers in this weight range shouldn’t sink too deeply into the mattress.

During our temperature control tests, we noticed little to no heat buildup. This can be attributed to the top layer, which is cut with airflow channels, and steady circulation throughout the coil system. Motion isolation proved to be another key strength. While many hybrids are bouncy and tend to produce motion transfer in response, the Sapira Hybrid’s foam layers absorb movement well.

What It’s Made of

The Sapira Hybrid’s comfort system consists of three individual layers. Aerated adaptive polyfoam gives the surface an invitingly plush feel, while the underlying polyfoam and memory foam layers add to the cradling effect while pushing back against your weight. Pocketed coils and dense base foam make up the support core. Extra reinforcement along the perimeter reduces sinkage when you lie close to the edges of the mattress or get in and out of bed.

The Sapira Hybrid is competitively priced. Standard shipping is free of charge to customers in all 50 states, and you’ll receive two Leesa pillows at no extra cost. Your order comes with a 100-night sleep trial, during which you may return the mattress for a full refund if you aren’t satisfied. A 10-year warranty further backs your purchase should you decide to keep it.

“The Saatva Classic has a unique coil-on-coil design that impressed our entire testing team. The luxurious foam layers comfortably cushioned our bodies while the coil layers minimized sinkage. The firmness and height options made this model even more versatile.” – Jackson Lindeke, Executive Director

  • Pros

    1. Free White Glove delivery, including setup and removal of old mattress

    2. Three firmness levels and two height options

    3. Plush comfort, reinforced by a robust coil-on-coil support system

  • Cons

    1. All returns incur a $99 fee

    2. Movement may disrupt sleep partners due to coil-on-coil design

Mattress Type

Innerspring

Firmness Options

Soft (3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$995 – $2,710

Trial Period

365 Nights ($99 Return Fee)

The Saatva Mattress features a luxury hybrid design that combines multiple layers of foam with a dual-coil innerspring system to give the mattress support, bounce, and breathability. Our testers recommend this mattress to shoppers who are willing to spend more on a mattress made with high quality materials.

How It Performed

The Saatva is available in soft (3), medium firm (6), and firm (8), and it comes in 11.5-inch and 14.5-inch versions. With so many options available, most testers on our team found a combination that suited them. The soft version appealed to testers under 130 pounds, while the medium firm option worked well for testers between 130 and 230 pounds. Testers over 230 pounds preferred the extra support of the firm version.

The foam comfort layers in all three firmness options greatly relieved pressure, and airflow from the coil support core regulated body temperature. The medium firm and firm options ranked exceptionally well for edge support and sex, so we believe couples can confidently use the full area of the bed without slipping off.

What It’s Made of

A Euro-top cushions the surface of the mattress. This layer consists of an organic cotton cover and a layer of polyfoam. Underneath is a thin layer of memory foam to provide extra support and cushioning near the hips. The comfort system also includes a layer of pocketed coils. We found that these coils contoured to our bodies and enhanced airflow, while the pocketed design reduced the spread of motion between coils.

The support base consists of durable Bonnell coils made from recycled steel. A foam encasement wraps around the perimeter of the mattress to prevent sagging. Our testers were able to use the full mattress surface thanks to the strong edge support.

Saatva offers free White Glove delivery, a lifetime warranty, and a 365-night sleep trial.

“Thanks to temperature-regulating components from top to bottom, Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora Luxe sleeps much cooler than most of the other foam hybrids we’ve tested. You get the close cushioning without the excess heat buildup, and this can go a long way to helping you sleep comfortably.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Testing Manager

  • Pros

    1. Available in three firmness levels, with or without a cooling pillow-top layer

    2. Thick foam layers contour to your body for deep cradling and pressure relief

    3. Phase change cover offsets heat retention to keep you cool

  • Cons

    1. Firmness exchanges not available during sleep trial

    2. High potential for strong initial off-gassing odor

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

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

Price Range

$749 – $1,699

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

For hot sleepers, finding the right mattress can be a challenge. The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe is a great starting point. The mattress is constructed with a cover engineered to dissipate heat, gel-infused foam layers, and a coil system that promotes steady air circulation throughout the interior. For an extra thermoregulating boost, you can upgrade to include an additional foam layer encased in cooling fabric.

How It Performed

The Aurora Luxe is available in three firmness levels to accommodate different types of sleepers. Our tests show the medium soft (4) design is a great option for side sleepers up to 230 pounds, back sleepers under 130 pounds, and anyone who enjoys feeling hugged by their sleep surface. The firm (7) model offers maximum support, and earned high marks from side sleepers over 230 pounds and back and stomach sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds. The medium firm (6) design was most popular and received favorable ratings across the board, proving especially popular with testers between 130 and 230 pounds.

Temperature control proved to be one of the Aurora Luxe’s biggest strengths during our tests. Although the foam layers retain some body heat, the phase change cover and gel infusions in the foam help the surface stay cool. Pressure relief was another testing highlight. Adaptive foams over zoned coils are a solid combo for anyone who feels aches and pains in their shoulders, lower back, or hips.

What It’s Made of

Although the three Aurora Luxe designs differ slightly, all share the same core design that begins with three foam layers encased in a Euro-top. Copper-infused polyfoam, responsive TitanFlex foam, and gel-infused memory foam create a cloud-like cradle for your body without absorbing too much heat. The optional “Cloud Pillow Top” adds a fourth foam layer into the mix without sacrificing temperature control or making the mattress feel overly soft, though this does increase the price substantially.

Pocketed coils and dense base foam make up the Aurora Luxe’s support core. The coils are divided into three zones with more pushback beneath your midsection and a gentler feel for your head and legs, so even the heaviest areas of your body shouldn’t sink deeply into the mattress. A cover woven with phase change fibers encases the mattress.

The Aurora Luxe is reasonably priced compared to the average hybrid, and shipping is free within the contiguous U.S. You can choose from 10 different sizes, including a split California king and three RV-friendly options. Brooklyn Bedding’s sleep trial runs for 120 nights. If you decide to keep the mattress after the return period ends, it’s also backed by a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

“The Plank Firm Luxe is one of the firmest models we’ve ever tested. Most hybrid beds opt for plush foams on the surface, so this model stood out to our team for its high-density foam on both surfaces.” – Jackson Lindeke, Executive Director

  • Pros

    1. Free ground shipping to the lower 48 U.S. states

    2. Flippable design with two firmness levels

    3. Dense polyfoam comfort layers retain little heat

  • Cons

    1. $99 return fee applied during 120-day sleep trial

    2. Too firm for most side sleepers

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Firm (7), Extra Firm (9)

Price Range

$693 – $1,299

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

The Plank Firm Luxe is an excellent choice for sleepers who prefer a particularly firm bed. The mattress features a flippable design, each side with a distinct feel. Our test team gives one side a firm (7) rating and the other side an extra firm (9) rating, but we found both sides provide great support to keep the spine aligned and avoid back pain.

How It Performed

The Plank Firm Luxe performed best among the back and side sleepers on our team, especially those weighing over 230 pounds. Thanks to the pocketed coil support core, couples should find the mattress has the bounce many prefer for sex. Sleep partners may also appreciate the mattress’ sturdy perimeter, as we found the strong perimeter allowed us to lie closer to the edge. Hot sleepers may want to opt for the cooling panel for exceptional temperature regulation, but the hot sleepers on our team reported that the standard cover on its own retains very little heat.

What It’s Made of

The standard cover is made from a breathable cotton-microfiber blend, and you can choose to add a sewn-in cooling panel made with phase change material for an additional fee. This material is designed to absorb and dissipate excess body heat. The quilted cover’s thickness varies depending on the side of the mattress, measuring 1.5 inches on the firm side and .75 inches on the extra firm side.

Both sides feature a 2-inch comfort layer of high-density polyfoam and 6 inches of pocketed coils. Our test team found this design excelled at evenly distributing weight and offering targeted support. The firm side adds an extra layer of TitanFlex foam to the comfort system to gently cradle the body. Pocketed coils make up the shared support core for stability.

Twelve size options are available, including short queen and RV sizes. Along with the competitive price-point, Brooklyn Bedding ships free to the contiguous U.S. Plank Luxe Hybrid purchases are backed by a 120-night trial and a 10-year warranty.

“The Bear Elite Hybrid’s breathable Celliant-blend cover and coil support core help facilitate airflow that kept our hot-sleeping testers cool. Our heat guns detected minimal heat retention on the surface.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Testing Manager

  • Pros

    1. Optional White Glove Delivery available for easy setup

    2. Excellent temperature control thanks to steady air circulation and cooling cover

    3. Available in three firmness options ranging from medium to firm

  • Cons

    1. 120-day sleep trial could be longer

    2. Above-average pricing

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)

All three versions of the Bear Elite Hybrid excelled during our temperature control tests. The mattress’ cooling Celliant-blend cover, gel-infused comfort layer, and coil system all play a role in maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout the night.

How It Performed

Our tests show the Elite Hybrid’s performance varies by firmness. Side and back sleepers on our team weighing less than 130 pounds received adequate cushioning and contouring from the medium (5) model, which is the softest design. Testers who prefer slightly more support and gentler conforming preferred the medium firm (6) feel. This model is the most balanced of the three and earned favorable ratings from most of our side and back sleepers across all weight groups. If you need extra reinforcement, we recommend the firm (8) model. Our testers over 230 pounds felt most comfortable on this mattress.

Thick foam layers help ensure good motion isolation for couples, while the reinforced perimeter allows you and your partner to use the entire surface for sleep or sex. If you share the bed with a partner, you should notice fewer sleep disturbances while having a comfortable surface to move across.

What It’s Made of

The Elite Hybrid’s comfort system consists of gel-infused memory foam over transitional polyfoam. The latter layer features five firmness zones with denser foam pushing back against the torso and hips, resulting in enhanced support for the entire body without excessive stiffness beneath the head and legs.

The support core contains pocketed coils and high-density base foam. Thicker coils line the perimeter to stabilize the edges and prevent sinkage when you get in and out of bed. A cover woven with cooling Celliant fibers encases the mattress. Measuring 14 inches thick, the Elite Hybrid is considered a high-profile model and may require deep-pocket sheets.

The Elite Hybrid is competitively priced, but shipping is free within the contiguous U.S., and all orders include two free pillows at no extra cost. Bear offers a 120-night sleep trial. Those who choose to keep the mattress receive a lifetime warranty covering structural and material defects, and they can purchase an additional plan that protects against stains and other types of physical damage for up to 10 years.

“A lot of mattresses are advertised as ‘firm’ or ‘supportive’ and still sink a fair amount, but the Titan Plus is the real deal. Dense, responsive foam layers over robust coils make this affordable hybrid a great choice for people who need extra reinforcement from their sleep surface.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Free shipping within the contiguous U.S.

    2. Priced lower than comparable hybrids

    3. Firm design is ideal for sleepers over 230 pounds

  • Cons

    1. $125 shipping fee for Alaska and Hawaii

    2. Too firm for side sleepers under 230 pounds

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Firm (8)

Price Range

$489 – $1,119

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

The Titan Plus from Brooklyn Bedding delivers a firm (8) feel for people who weigh more than 230 pounds and anyone else who prefers an ultra-supportive sleep surface. Two foam layers cushion the body without contouring closely, while thick coils respond to movement and push back against your weight to minimize sinkage beneath your torso and hips. Since the Titan Plus is geared toward heavier sleepers, it’s a great example of a mattress that works as intended.

How It Performed

The Titan Plus earned stellar ratings from our testers over 230 pounds across all three sleep positions. Some back and stomach sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds also found the mattress comfortable, but most in the range of 230 pounds or less needed more cushioning. Softer mattresses such as the Titan Plus Luxe may be more suitable for these sleepers.

We were impressed with the Titan Plus’ cooling abilities. The foam layers don’t retain much heat and air circulates freely throughout the coils to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. If you’re an exceptionally hot sleeper, the GlacioTex cover upgrade may be a worthwhile investment. Other strong performance areas for the mattress include ease of movement and edge support.

What It’s Made of

The Titan Plus’ comfort system consists of gel-infused memory foam quilted into the cover and a TitanFlex polyfoam transitional layer. The latter combines the cushioning of foam with the strong responsiveness of latex, so there’s a noticeable bounce when you get in and out of bed. Pocketed coils over a thick base layer of high-density foam make up the support core.

Standard Titan Plus models are encased in knit polyester covers. For an additional charge, you can swap in a cover made of GlacioTex phase change fabric. This material captures and releases heat on contact to maintain a cool surface at all times — though unless you’re a very hot sleeper, you probably won’t need this upgrade since the mattress already provides above-average temperature control.

Below-average pricing and free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. make the Titan Plus a good option for budget-conscious shoppers. Your order includes a sleep trial that runs for 120 nights with free returns after you’ve tested the mattress. If you choose to keep your Titan Luxe, it’s backed by a 10-year warranty against structural defects.

“We found the OkiSoft to be the quintessential all-foam bed, from the plush feel to the outstanding contouring. The thick memory foam comfort layer delivered incredible pressure relief.” – Lauren Fountain, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Generous 365-night sleep trial

    2. Budget-friendly all-foam design

    3. Thick memory foam comfort layer offers deep contouring and pressure relief

  • Cons

    1. Doesn’t offer much support near the edges of the mattress

    2. Lacks support needed by back and stomach sleepers over 130 pounds

Mattress Type

Foam

Firmness Options

Medium (5)

Price Range

$340 – $750

Trial Period

365 nights

OkiOki is a mattress brand that offers a selection of memory foam and hybrid models that cater to different body types and sleep positions. As its name implies, the all-foam OkiSoft is the company’s plushest model. Our test team gives it a 5 on our 10-point firmness scale.

How It Performed

The balanced feel of this mattress was ideal for testers who weigh up to 230 pounds, particularly side sleepers. The foam delivered precise contouring and even weight distribution in order to alleviate discomfort and pressure points along the spine. Throughout our performance testing, the OkiSoft also excelled at isolating motion and reducing transfer, so couples can rest undisturbed when their partner moves in bed or gets on and off the mattress. The Ice Yarn fabric cover is designed to draw heat away from your body, allowing the mattress to sleep cooler than many competing memory foam models we’ve tested.

What It’s Made of

This all-foam mattress is encased in a cover featuring phase change material, engineered to disperse excess heat. We found the 3-inch memory foam comfort layer closely conformed to the body, and testers who preferred the deep “body hug” of memory foam appreciated the plush feel. This layer significantly relieves pressure in the hips and shoulders. The support core consists of 7 inches of high-density polyfoam that is divided into two parts. The top section is made from softer polyfoam to evenly distribute weight. Underneath this layer is firmer polyfoam. This section prevents excessive sinkage to promote spinal alignment.

Considering the average memory foam mattress costs at least $900 in a queen size, the OkiSoft is very reasonably priced. OkiOki also provides free shipping for all contiguous U.S. orders. The mattress comes with a year-long sleep trial, giving you ample time to decide whether to keep, return, or exchange it. A 10-year warranty is also included with each order.

Watch Video: We Tested the Best Online Mattresses of 2024 – Here Are Our Favorites

Watch our video below to learn more about our lab’s top picks for best online mattress.

Should You Buy a Mattress Online?

If you value convenience, more options, and lower prices, then the online mattress route is tailor-made for you. Online shopping removes the need to visit multiple stores, talk to salespeople, and choose from a selection limited by your area. Plus, competitive online marketplaces often lead to lower pricing.

However, this convenience means not being able to physically test the mattress before buying it. To counter this, many online brands offer extensive sleep trials that allow you to try out the mattress at home for a specified length of time, which is often a more realistic test of comfort than a few minutes in a store.

 ProsCons
Lower prices, typically free shipping, and easy returns

Convenient access to more brands

Testing at home allows for a realistic assessment of comfort
Can’t test the mattress before purchasing

More options can make decision-making overwhelming

Relies heavily on online reviews and descriptions

What to Consider When Buying a Mattress Online

After years of testing online mattresses, we’ve found several key factors to take into account while shopping for a mattress online.

“When shopping for a mattress online, I always make sure to check out whether or not a brand offers a sleep trial. If they do, I look into how long it is and what the process is like in case I decide the bed isn’t right for me. I also like to wait until mattress holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day are coming up to get the best deal.”
– Logan Foley, Editorial Director

Mattress Type

In the early days of online mattress sales, most models were simple foam designs that could easily be compressed and shipped in a box. But as mattress technology has evolved, it’s now common to see foam, innerspring, hybrid, latex, and airbeds available online.

Choosing the best online mattress starts with choosing the type that suits your needs. Foam mattresses offer contouring comfort, latex is known for its resilience, and innersprings provide a classic bounce. Hybrids combine the benefits of foam or latex with coils, while airbeds are known for their adjustable firmness.

Firmness Level

A mattress’ firmness affects its feel and how well it supports your body. Because you can’t try a mattress before purchasing it online, it’s helpful to put a little extra thought into which firmness is right for you.

We suggest focusing on models that suit your sleeping position and body weight, according to our 10-point firmness scale. For example, side sleepers and those under 130 pounds usually feel more comfortable on softer mattresses, while back or stomach sleepers and people over 230 pounds tend to appreciate firmer support.

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)

Support

Support in a mattress refers to how well it maintains spinal alignment while providing pressure relief and contouring. While the uppermost layers of a mattress, which we call the comfort layers, determine its firmness, support comes from the layers in a mattress’ core.

Quality and Durability

The quality of materials in a mattress directly influences its performance and durability. Higher quality materials typically offer better support and longevity, making these mattresses a better overall investment when purchasing online.

Budget and Mattress Size

Online mattresses vary in price, typically ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Factors influencing cost include mattress size, type, material quality, and any added or premium features.

Off-Gassing

Off-gassing refers to the release of odors when a new mattress is removed from its packaging. Mattresses purchased online are often compressed and wrapped in plastic before shipping, which traps in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced during manufacturing. Off-gassing of VOCs is most common in foam mattresses and those that use synthetic materials, and usually goes away after a few days.

How to Buy a Mattress Online: The Full Scoop

To ensure a smooth experience and avoid common pitfalls, we’ve put together an overview of the essentials for buying a mattress online.

Where to start your mattress search

With so many online mattress companies, it can be hard to know where to start. We recommend you begin by assessing your own needs and preferences to help you narrow your focus. Reading mattress reviews can also help you understand what factors play a role in a mattress’s performance, giving you the tools you need to better assess your options.

Buying

Buying a mattress online is a simple process. The product site usually has a menu with different mattress sizes. Select the size you are interested in. Depending on the mattress, you may also have additional options to choose from, including firmness, height, and optional add-on products. Choose what you like and add your selection to the cart. During the checkout process, you’ll be asked to give contact and payment information. Payment usually requires a credit card.

To get the best deal on your mattress, watch for special offers from the mattress companies. We’ve found that many companies have frequent promotions, which may include discounts or free products. While shoppers can find deals like this all year, mattress sales are particularly common on holiday weekends, like Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

Know Where You’re Buying From

There are several steps you can take to avoid hassles and make sure you’re buying from a credible website:

  • Verify the website’s security by looking for “https” in the URL and a padlock symbol, indicating a secure connection.
  • Check the business’ ratings on the Better Business Bureau website for red flags.
  • A credible website should have clear, easily accessible contact details like a physical address, phone number, or email.
  • Transparent and customer-friendly policies are often indicative of a trustworthy site.

Take Advantage of Trials, Returns, and Warranties

When purchasing a mattress online, a generous sleep trial and warranty is a sign of a credible retailer that stands behind their product.

  • Sleep trials: Testing the mattress in your own home helps you ensure that it feels supportive and fits your space. Most mattress manufacturers offer at least 90 days for trials, but make sure you check the fine print before buying.
  • Returns: Policies vary by retailer, but many allow for free and easy returns during the sleep trial. Most of the time, you simply contact the company to arrange a pickup.
  • Warranties: Warranties let you return or exchange a mattress if you notice defects from manufacturing, like rips, faulty stitching, or uneven support.

Choose Your Shipping and Delivery Methods

Most online mattress brands offer free shipping, but policies vary. Some may charge extra fees or not ship to specific locations, so be sure to fully explore FAQs and shipping policies on the brand’s website. Online retailers frequently ship their mattresses compressed in a box. Delivery methods range from standard drop-off at your home to White Glove delivery, which typically includes setup and old mattress removal.

How long does it take to ship?

Shipping times vary between manufacturers. Since many companies only construct a mattress after an order is placed, you can generally expect construction to take at least a few business days and shipping to take around a week.

Unboxing: Step-by-Step

Once your mattress has been delivered, setting up your new bed is pretty straightforward. We’ve unboxed plenty of mattresses over the years, so we’ve laid out how the process usually works below.

1. Prepare Your Space

Before unpacking the mattress, we recommend moving it to the room in which you intend to use it. Since the mattress is compressed in the package, it is much less bulky, making it easier to navigate through hallways and around corners. Additionally, the packaging often has handles for easier carrying. 

Moving and unboxing a compressed mattress usually doesn’t require a lot of strength, but we’ve found that it’s best to have at least two people to move a bed, just in case. Larger sizes like the king mattress or the California king can be heavy to move and often require two people.

2. Open the Box

Once the mattress is in your room of choice, most manufacturer instructions call for using a knife or scissors to carefully open the box, keeping the sharp object away from the mattress to avoid damaging it. Next, slide the compressed mattress out of the box and carefully unwrap the plastic encasing the mattress. Some companies will include a special tool to do this.

3. Wait Before Use

After a mattress is unpacked, it may need some time to expand and air out. We’ve found that some mattresses are usable right away, while others take hours or longer to decompress. Don’t be concerned if your mattress doesn’t immediately look or feel like you expected. It may not be done expanding, which could influence the look and feel. Following the manufacturer’s instructions can help ensure you don’t damage your mattress by sleeping on it prematurely.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to buy a mattress online?

Buying online is usually more convenient, gives you more options to choose from, and often comes with a lower price. The trade-off is not being able to physically test the mattress beforehand, though many online brands make up for this with extensive sleep trials and straightforward return policies.

How much does an online mattress cost?

The cost of an online mattress varies widely, ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. The price depends on factors like the mattress’ size, construction, the quality of materials, and added features.

Can you return an online mattress for free?

Many online mattress companies allow free returns during a sleep trial. Some companies cover all return costs, while others charge fees for pickup or restocking. Policies differ by brand, so it’s important to check the specific terms before making your purchase.

What is the best mattress to buy online?

The best mattress to buy online depends on your needs, including your sleeping position and body weight, as well as your budget and desired level of firmness. We suggest taking stock of your needs and looking for a mattress that offers the right balance of support, comfort, and durability.

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