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If you're shopping for a mattress, you've come to the right place!
Over the past few years, my husband and I have reviewed over 50 of the leading mattresses sold online and shipped directly to your home.
These are sometimes called a ‘bed-in-a-box' or an ‘online mattress'.
We score & rate everything we review on the 13 features you should care about most when buying any mattress online.
My #1 goal with this website is to help you make a rational, fact-based decision – in 10 minutes or less.
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The Benefits Of Buying a Mattress Online
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The #1 benefit is that you'll save a LOT of money. Like, 30-50% less than a comparable store-bought brand.
Tuft And Needle put together the following comparison chart that explains why online mattresses cost so much less.
As you can see, selling mattresses online direct from the factory eliminates a lot of markup and middlemen, which cuts a lot of cost out of a mattress:
This is why mattresses sold online typically sell for 30-50% less than comparable store-bought mattresses.
Other benefits of buying a mattress online include:
- 100-night, risk-free in-home trials
- Lifetime warranties are becoming more common
- a vast selection of beds designed to meet special needs, like Bear Mattress (for athletes), Big Fig (for plus-sized folks) and Helix Sleep (custom-fit).
The online mattress movement is having a huge impact on the traditional mattress industry, driving prices down and quality up.
The Downside (Kinda)
The only downside to buying a mattress online is that you can't sit on it before placing your order.
To eliminate this concern, almost every online mattress company offers a 100-night no risk free trial. If you decide you don't want the mattress, most companies will pick the mattress up from your home – and you pay nothing.
Think about it: 100 nights is more than enough time to decide if a mattress works for you.
Buying A Mattress Online Isn't As Simple As It Used To Be
Three years ago, buying an online mattress was an easy choice because there were only a few brands to choose from.
Today, more than 100 maufacturers sell mattresses direct to home online.
This makes shopping for a mattress online a time-consuming process.
The goal of this website is to help you find the right mattress for your sleeping style and budget in 10 minutes or less.
And, of course, I want to save you beaucoup bucks.
What's On This Site
You'll find three useful kinds of information on this site – as follows:
1. Mattress Comparisons
On this site, you'll find Mattress Comparison Tables for different sleeping styles, special needs & types of mattress.
2. In-Depth Mattress Reviews
Each mattress review on this site is a 10-minute deep-dive into one best-selling mattress.
In each review, I cover the following points in some depth:
- sleep experience
- sinkage and motion transfer
- technology, materials and construction
- social impact
- organic & VOC certifications
- shipping options
- delivery, unboxing and setup
- platform suggestions
- return policy
- and more
If you have a question about a mattress or how it compares to another, please leave me a comment at the bottom of its review.
3. Mattress Coupons
Finally, we provide exclusive mattress coupons on this site for many of the mattresses we've reviewed.
Use them. They'll save you an extra $50-$1,000 on your purchase.
What Is an Online Mattress?
An “online mattress” is a memory foam mattress, latex mattress or innerspring mattress that is:
- sold mostly or exclusively online
- shipped direct from the manufacturer to your home, and
- not usually available in stores.
A lot of people buy mattresses direct from the manufacturer today. Over $8 billion were sold online in 2018.
As a result, there are many more direct-to-consumer mattress companies today than only a few years ago: more than 100 mattress companies sell online today, with more on the way.
Now that you have a short list of mattresses, let's talk about some of the things to you should consider before you place that order.
First Tip: Don't Worry About Buying Online!
Trust me: you have nothing to fear when buying a mattress online.
In fact, I've learned that shopping online is the smartest way to buy a mattress.
Because you will save money and be happier with your final purchase, in the end.
After all, you can't learn much about a mattress by sitting on it for 10 minutes in a busy store – with some high-pressure sales guy waiting for a check.
But, when you sleep on a mattress in your own bedroom for 100 nights, you learn everything you need to know. Enough to write a mattress review!
The Company Behind The Mattress
This is one of those important but silent choices you may end up kicking yourself over, a few years down the line.
The reality of the online mattress market today is that most of the companies that sell them are startups, with a very short history. Often, their products have been in the market for less than 3 years.
That's just not enough time to know whether a mattress will stand the test of time – or the company that makes it.
I'm NOT saying startups can't make a high-quality, durable mattress! Just that until more time passes, you really can't know.
So if you're down to a choice between two companies, I'd go with the more established one. Just to be safe.
Return Policies: The Finer Details
In general, all of the companies selling online mattresses DO stand behind their return policies. There are very few complaints online about people getting a bait-and-switch from any of the companies profiled on this site.
That said, the companies' return policies differ in a ways that might be important to you. The most important differences include:
- minimum trial period: several manufacturers require you to test their mattress for a minimum of 30 days before attempting to return it.
- mattress return pickup: if you decide to return your mattress, some companies offer white glove service where one of their employees will remove the mattress from your home without you lifting a finger; others ask that you do some of the work.
- return of accessories: be careful when ordering mattress platforms, bedding and accessories with your mattress, because these items may not be return-able with your mattress under the same generous 100-night policy.
In general, all online mattress companies offer at least a 10-year workmanship/defect warranty.
That said, mattress warranties can differ dramatically in terms of the financial protection they provide over the life of your mattress.
For example, make sure you understand where your manufacturer stands on these warranty features:
- transferable warranty: is the warranty transferrable to a new owner, or not?
- pro-rated replacement cost: does the value of the warranty decline over time? what % of the replacement cost does the manufacturer require you to pay after 3, 5 or 7 years?
- sinkage: some mattress manufacturers warranty that their mattress will not permanently deform or sink more than 1″ or 2″, or you get a replacement or your money back. Others are silent on this issue. You know which one to choose.
Be aware that a mattress delivered to your home can incur three (3) potential shipping charges:
- the original shipment to your home. This charge is usually very clear. Most companies don't charge for shipping to your home, and the ones that do tell you what that charge is before you place your order.
- returns: Make sure you understand whether or not the company will charge you for shipping a returned mattress back to the factory
- replacements: If you decide to replace your mattress due to a defect or the wrong comfort level, then the replacement mattress has to be shipped to your home, too. This also costs money. Read the terms to understand who pays.
Shipping costs are typically $40-100 each way, depending on the size and construction of your mattress.
It makes sense to understand the above before placing that order.
Get Another Opinion
Hopefully, you'll find enough information on this website to make your mattress selection.
But in case you don't, check out these other excellent mattress review websites for more opinions:
- Sleep Like The Dead
- The Mattress Nerd
- Sleep Sherpa
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