If you’re thinking it’s time to throw out that old mattress, we suggest you start looking into mail-order mattresses. Also known as bed in a box mattresses, mail-order mattresses are mattresses sold online and shipped straight to your home.
Online, you can find mattresses to meet anybody’s preferences. There are hybrid beds, memory foam beds—even water beds! But it doesn’t stop there.
Mail order mattresses are generally more affordable than mattresses sold in stores despite being of the same quality, if not better. Shopping for a bed online is also much more convenient, especially for busy folk who don’t have the time to drive out to a store.
We break down some of the best mail order mattresses you can get right now, along with sharing why you might prefer online mattress shopping over shopping in a store
Popular Types of Mail Order Mattresses
Although you can find practically any type of bed online, some of the most popular mail-order mattresses include memory foam, latex, hybrid, and innerspring beds.
Memory foam mattresses are popular for their incomparable pressure and pain relief. They’re an excellent mattress option for chronic pain sufferers or anybody looking for instant comfort at night.
Although the beds are called “memory foam,” the foam layers aren’t made up entirely of memory foam. Instead, a memory foam layer makes up the top of the bed, while the base foams are typically made from poly-foam since it’s durable and sturdy.
The most common complaint regarding memory foam beds is they can trap body heat. This is because memory foam responds and softens to body heat to alleviate pressure.
Most modern memory foam manufacturers have resolved this by adding cooling features to the bed. Types of memory foam, such as copper or gel memory foam increase the material’s breathability without affecting its pain-relieving properties.
Latex mattresses are produced from the sap of rubber trees. They’re naturally breathable, hypoallergenic, and durable, and as a sustainable option, it’s both safe for you and your home.
Although latex beds help alleviate pressure, they aren’t always as pressure-relieving as memory foam beds are, but latex beds are still worth trying out.
Despite latex beds costing more than most mattresses, they’re also highly durable, lasting between 12 to 15 years on average. So, if you invest in a latex mattress, it may end up saving you money in the long run since you won’t have to buy new mattresses as frequently.
Hybrid mattresses are complex, luxurious types of beds. They contain a pocketed coil support core and a comfort layer made from either memory foam, poly-foam, or natural latex.
A hybrid bed is a good choice if you’re looking for good airflow, bounce, and support, but also need superior pressure relief.
One issue with hybrid mattresses is that they’re usually on the expensive side, yet have a short lifespan—lasting about 5 to 7 years on average. So although hybrid mattresses have a lot to offer, investing in an expensive bed may not be worth it if it won’t last as long as other mattresses.
Innerspring beds are one of the oldest types of mattresses that are still used today. They feature a coil support layer and a comfort layer commonly made from cotton, polyester, or wool.
Innerspring mattresses are known for being supportive, breathable, and cheap, so they’re quite popular. However, they’re notorious for having a low satisfaction rating from users.
The continuous coils in innerspring beds are noisy, prone to breaking, and don’t support your body as well as pocketed coils. The comfort layers in innerspring beds provide little in terms of pressure relief and are notorious for going flat or shifting out of place.
Why Buy a Mail Order Mattress?
There’s a multitude of benefits to buying a mail-order mattress. They’re readily available, affordable, and high-quality. Also, you can avoid talking with a pushy salesperson or trying to relax on a bed in public.
With work, commuting, and having families, not all of us have the time or energy to drive out to a mattress store and spend hours comparing different beds.
One of the great things about mail order mattresses is that you can search through them from the comfort of your home at any time of the day. With the convenience of mattress shopping, you don’t have to worry about allotting time to drive out to a mattress store and spend hours there. This way, even the busiest of people can get a mattress easily.
No Buying Pressure
Sometimes, having someone watch and follow you around while looking at mattresses can feel uncomfortable and put pressure on you to buy something you aren’t 100 percent confident about. This is the exact scenario that happens to many of us in mattress stores.
The employees at mattress stores are almost paid on commission, meaning they make money when the customer they’re helping makes a purchase. For this reason, salespeople are notoriously pushy and eager for you to purchase a bed, regardless of whether or not it’s truly right for you.
Shopping online saves you from these uncomfortable situations as you can shop in silence.
Online brands still have customer service representatives you can chat with if you have questions, but they won’t pressure you into buying things. Even if customer service reps try pressuring you, you can easily click out of chats or ignore them, versus awkwardly leaving a mattress store because you’re not interested.
Affordable, Yet High-Quality Mattresses
Online, you can find the biggest selection of mattresses in the world, ranging from affordable and simple beds to complex and luxurious mattresses. Some companies offer a blend of both budget and luxury mattresses so you have lots of beds to choose from.
Brick and mortar stores have high mark-ups on their mattresses due to the high overhead costs of running a physical store. Brick and mortar store owners have to pay rent, energy bills, and their employees, all of which account for the high mattress prices.
Since online mattress retailers don’t have to face as many fees, they can get away with lower prices on their beds—and even run lots of deals and discounts all the time!
Long Trial and Warranty Periods
Online mattress companies practically invented the concept of sleep trials, which are extended periods where, after you purchase a mattress, you have the opportunity to return it for a full refund if you decide it’s not right for you.
Trial periods can last between 15 to 365 days, but the industry standard for online brands is 100 days. We recommend going for a mail order mattress with a trial period between at least 30 or 60 days so you have ample time to properly adjust to your new bed and decide if you want to keep it.
Not only that, but online brands typically have excellent warranties covering sags and defects. A 10-year warranty is standard, but some brands offer 15, 20, and even lifetime warranties for their beds.
Best Mail Order Mattresses
Best Memory Foam Mattress: Amerisleep AS3
The AS3 is easily one of our most popular mattresses here at Amerisleep. With its medium firmness level, this memory foam bed is an excellent choice for practically any sleep position, but especially back sleepers, side sleepers, and combination sleepers. The AS3 is also popular amongst couples thanks to its motion isolation and breathability.
At 12 inches tall, the AS3 contains three layers of foam. The mattress’s cover is a soft, lightweight material designed to stay cool and draw moisture away from your body.
The top layer of the mattress is Bio-Pur®, a plant-based memory foam. During the production process of Bio-Pur®, we partially replaced the petroleum-based oils—chemicals in traditional memory foam—with castor oil. This results in a more breathable, durable, and sustainable variation of memory foam.
The AS3’s second layer is called the Affinity layer with HIVE® technology. The HIVE® technology is a support system with five zones built to support your spine and relieve pressure points where needed. Around your head, back, and legs, the foam is extra supportive, but around the hips and shoulders, the foam is cushiony.
The base of the AS3 is Bio-Core® foam. This durable layer reinforces the upper layers and helps your mattress last as long as possible.
The foams in the AS3 are CertiPUR-US® certified, so you can sleep peacefully knowing your bed is free from heavy metals, flame retardants, and other harsh chemicals.
With the AS3, we provide free shipping and returns, a 100-night sleep trial, and a 20-year warranty covering sags and defects.
Best Hybrid Mattress: Amerisleep AS5 Hybrid
Our most luxurious mattress is the Amerisleep AS5 Hybrid. It’s renowned for its cloud-like softness and its superb support levels. The AS5 Hybrid is the thickest and softest bed we offer, and it’s great for petite sleepers and side sleepers. Thanks to how we designed the AS5 Hybrid, it’s also our best mattress for plus-sized people.
The bed is 14 inches and contains 3 inches of Bio-Pur®, 2 inches of Active Flex foam, 8 inches of pocketed coils, and a thin layer of base foam.
The star of the AS5 Hybrid is the Active Flex layer. Most soft mattresses can be unsupportive and cause you to feel trapped in bed, especially if you’re a larger person. The Active Flex layer improves the bed’s support without sacrificing cushioning and also ensures you sleep on the bed, not in it.
The pocketed coils in the AS5 Hybrid contour closely under your body’s curves to promote healthy spinal alignment. The coils on either side of the bed are reinforced to provide proper edge support and prevent you from falling out of the bed.
Finally, the base foam supports the upper layers and helps maintain the bed’s shape.
As with other Amerisleep mattresses, the AS5 Hybrid comes with a 100-night sleep trial, a 20-year warranty, and free shipping and returns.
The Amerisleep AS5 Hybrid—and all Amerisleep beds—are available from sizes twin to California king.
Are mail order mattresses worth it?
We love online mattresses because they are affordable, readily available, and ship right to your door—oftentimes for free!
Although buying a mattress in-store gives you the benefit of feeling a mattress before making a purchase, the sleep trials for online beds make up for this factor.
Buying a mattress online generally saves you money compared to mattresses in-store because they can afford to offer the beds at lower prices.
Can you sleep on your mail order mattress right away?
While technically, yes you can sleep on your mail order mattress straight away, we recommend waiting between 24 to 48 hours so your bed can expand.
If you sleep on your bed while it’s still expanding, the mattress can feel stiff and uncomfortable, which can lead to issues such as back pain. Not only that, but your pressure on the bed will only delay the expansion time, leaving you sleeping on a stiff bed for longer than necessary.
With all of this in mind, sleeping on a mail order mattress immediately won’t damage the bed, but it’s better to exercise some patience for your comfort’s sake.
Can you refold a mail order mattress?
Unless you have factory-grade machinery and vacuums in your home, the chances of you getting your mail order mattress back in its box are unlikely.
Folding up your mattress puts its structural integrity at risk, which can void your mattress warranty and make your mattress ineligible for returns.
Brands have different criteria for how to return their mattresses, none of which include putting the bed back in their box. When returning a mail order mattress, brands will typically coordinate returns, such as picking up the bed for you or giving you a drop-off location for the bed.
Do you need a box spring with a mail order mattress?
This depends on the bed you purchase. Innerspring mattresses are the only beds in the box—and mattresses in general—that pair with a box spring.
Memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses do not pair with box springs. If you place anything but an innerspring mattress on a box spring, you risk harming the integrity of your mattress and voiding its mattress warranty. However, most mattress warranties specify exactly what foundations pair with their beds. To add height to a memory foam, latex, and hybrid beds, we suggest using a box spring alternative.
Do long do mail order mattresses last?
Mail order mattresses have roughly the same lifespan of most mattresses sold in retail stores. The average lifespan of a mail order mattress is between 7 to 10 years, but its exact lifespan will depend on the type of mattress it is.
- Memory foam mattresses last 7 to 10 years
- Latex mattresses last 12 to 15 years
- Hybrid mattresses last 5 to 7 years
- Innerspring mattresses last 5 to 7 years
What is the best month to buy a mail order mattress?
One of the best months to buy a mail order mattress is in May. When spring is ending and summer is about to start, brands typically want to clear out their current inventory to make space for new products for the upcoming season. This doesn’t mean the old inventory is bad, they’re just from the last season.
Other great times to buy mattresses are around the end of the year, long weekends, and on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Brands often offer large discounts or bundles, such as free or reduced pillows, blankets, bed frames, and more.
Regardless of all of this, lots of online brands are constantly running deals and discounts so you can score big on your next bed.
There are endless mail order mattress options when you shop online. Don’t let the fear of not laying on a mattress before buying it turn you away from buying what could’ve been the best bed for you. Sleep trials are there to remove the stress of shopping online and give you time to decide if you’re truly happy with your purchase.
This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.