It used to be that to get a new mattress, you had to go to your local mattress store and fend off upselling from the salesman. Then, you had to figure out how to get the mattress back from the store to your home. But by buying a mattress online, you can skip the salesman and the hassle and save money along the way.
In order to help you find the best mail order mattress, we looked at 34 different beds you can buy online. The Nectar Foam Mattress took our Editor’s Choice, thanks to its extremely comfortable gel memory foam construction and 365-night sleep trial. However, competition in the deliver mattress space is fierce, and you can find reviews of nine runners-up below.
Top 10 Mail Order Mattresses Review 2020
We had a lot to think about when picking the best mail order bed. We first looked at whether each mattress is constructed from foam or with innersprings, or a hybrid of the two. We also looked at the overall thickness and structure of different layers to assess comfort for different types of sleeper. Price, warranty, and the length of the sleep trial were all important considerations as well. You can find reviews for all 10 of our favorite mail order mattresses below, as well as a buying guide that covers everything you need to know about buying a bed online.
The Nectar Foam mattress stole the show and won our Editor’s Choice award thanks to an impeccable construction and industry-leading 365-night sleep trial. You can actually sleep on this bed for an entire year before committing to it, as opposed to just three months for all of the other beds we reviewed.
This bed is made to please everyone, with medium-firm support that’s rated 5.5 out of 10. Depending on who you ask, it’s too firm or too soft – but for the most part, customers of all sleeping styles were very happy with this bed. The key is the two-part memory foam construction, which allows the density of the foam to increase as you sink deeper into the bed so you get more support without increasing pressure. The memory foam is underlain by a thick cut of high-density polyfoam, which gives this bed plenty of support even if you place it directly on the floor.
Nectar clearly put effort into keeping your body temperature from rising throughout the night. The secondary memory foam layer is gel-infused, which allows heat to escape away from your body and circulate through the bed. On top of that, Nectar covered the bed with a cooling, premium Tencel lyocell and cotton cover. Do note, though, that the cover isn’t removable for easy washing.
This mattress from Layla Sleep was a top contender for our Editor’s Choice pick. To start, it’s relatively unique in that you have options as to how firm you want your mattress to be. One side of the mattress is very soft and caters to side sleepers, while the other side of the mattress is medium-firm to cater to back and stomach sleepers. If you’re not happy with the firmness of this bed, just flip it over.
The construction of the bed is a little unique because of this design. Both the top and the bottom have layers of copper-infused memory foam, while the middle of the bed has the higher-density foam layers that normally form the base of a foam mattress. If you sleep on the softer side of the bed, you’ll also have a layer of convoluted foam beneath you to add support and cushioning.
The copper-infused memory foam is a nice touch on this bed because it goes a long way towards providing cooling. Unlike gel memory foam, copper-infused foam won’t break down or form indentations after a few years of sleeping on the bed. The thermogel-infused cover also helps with breathability, and the convoluted foam layer has deep indentations that help to maximize airflow through the mattress.
What’s more, Layla Sleep backs this mattress with a lifetime warranty. That’s matched only by Nectar’s lifetime warranty among the beds we looked at. The only thing we wished for was a longer sleep trial so you could try out both sides of the bed for a few months each.
Dual-sided bed for varying firmness
Excellent breathability thanks to copper-infused memory foam
A longer sleep trial would be great to try out both sides of bed
The Helix Midnight mattress is the only hybrid mattress to make our list of the top 10 mail order mattresses. It’s impressively affordable for a hybrid mattress, while offering comfort for a relatively wide range of sleepers.
The mattress is rated as medium firm (5.5 out of 10), which users on the whole thought was an accurate description. It’s right in the perfect range for a lot of back sleepers, and many stomach sleepers appreciate the support provided by the innersprings as well.
The secret to this bed is that it places a layer of memory foam over the pocketed coil base, along with a layer of transitional medium-density foam. The foam allows your body to softly sink onto the base, while the coils provide far more support than the high-density polyfoam used in most foam mattresses. Helix individually wraps the coils, which helps prolong the life of the bed as well as ensures that there are no pressure points.
The hybrid design gives this bed a few major advantages over all-foam competitors. The edge support simply can’t be matched by any foam mattress, which is a big plus when you want to sit on the bed just to tie your shoes in the morning. On top of that, users had almost no complaints whatsoever about temperature regulation during the night while sleeping on the Helix Midnight bed.
Even better, Helix matches the 100-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty that you’ll find on competing foam mattresses.
Hybrid mattress with individually pocketed coils
Medium firm caters to wide variety of sleepers
No problems with temperature control or edge support
Very affordable for hybrid bed
Coils can cause some pressure for heavier sleepers and side sleepers
If you love the bounce and edge support of a latex mattress, you’ll love this latex-foam hybrid from GhostBed. The bed is topped with 1.5 inches of aerated latex, which is far more cooling than any type of infused foam will ever be. Plus, it’s supportive and comfortable at the same time. The GhostBed mattress has a two-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam beneath that – it achieves much of the same purpose as the latex layer, but it’s a lot cheaper than having 3.5 inches of premium aerated latex.
These two layers are relatively high-density, so this bed is on the firm side. Stomach sleepers raved about it, and many back sleepers also liked the way it felt. However, since it doesn’t conform to your body quite as much as a plusher memory foam bed, it’s not great if you have a history of back pain.
The aerated latex and gel-infused memory foam also work together to ensure that you’ll never wake up sweating in this bed. Users found that if anything, it sleeps too cool – a welcome difference from the leagues of overly hot memory foam mattresses. A polyester cover adds breathability, although a material like Tencel lyocell would have really helped this mattress stand out.
GhostBed backs up their mattress with a 20-year warranty, although it remains to be seen if the bed can last that long. Latex is very durable, so it’s possible that this will turn out to be one of the best-value online mattresses you can get.
The Tuft & Needle mattress is beloved by back sleepers in large part because it forgoes memory foam altogether. Instead, this mattress is constructed from just two layers of polyfoam. Tuft & Needle kept things simple with this bed, and it paid off in comfort.
A three-inch layer of 2.8 PCF polyfoam is what you’ll be primarily be sleeping on with this mattress. That’s not your standard foam – rather, it’s a proprietary foam developed by Tuft & Needle that adapts to your body to provide support and bounce. Importantly, it doesn’t conform to your body like memory foam.
The result is that this bed won’t leave you with a feeling of sinking into the bed. For many back sleepers as well as stomach sleepers, the mattress provides enough firmness to feel comfortable, but not so much that you feel like you’re sleeping on a piece of wood.
There are a few other advantages to this construction. First, the foam is relatively bouncy, so you don’t lose springiness or edge support like you do with most memory foam mattresses. Second, temperature regulation is almost a non-issue. Sleepers found that the bed sleeps cool, in part because you’re not surrounded by heat-trapping foam on three sides. The micro polyamide and polyester cover also adds to the breathability and all-around comfort of this mattress.
Proprietary Tuft & Needle foam
No memory foam
Firm enough for most back and stomach sleepers
Excellent edge support and temperature regulation
Lack of memory foam can be bad if you suffer from back pain
The TEMPUR-Adapt mattress is a premium foam mattress and one of the pioneers of memory foam. Its thick 11-inch construction makes it a good choice for plus sized sleepers, although beware that you’ll pay mattress store prices for this bed – it costs more than twice as much as any of the other mail order beds we looked at.
The TEMPUR-Adapt mattress has two layers of memory foam, although they’re surprisingly thin given how supportive this bed feels when you lie down on it. Users felt that the medium firmness rating was accurate, and everyone from side to back to stomach sleepers felt at home on the Tempur-Pedic bed.
The main issue that sleepers have with this mattress is temperature regulation during the night. The memory foam sleeps very warm, and there’s no copper or gel infusion to help whisk away heat. Tempur-Pedic added a dual-layer cool-to-touch cover, but users found that it simply doesn’t cut it on warm summer nights. Given the high price of this mattress, even a small amount of discomfort from being too warm can be enough of a con to search for cheaper options.
Still, the Tempur-Pedic does have durability going for it. This mattress has been on the market a while, and it’s not uncommon to hear of people who have slept on the same TEMPUR-Adapt mattress for 10 years or more. In that light, it’s a lot easier to justify the high cost of this bed.
Extremely comfortable for a wide range of sleepers
This extremely inexpensive memory foam mattress from Zinus is perfect if you’re on a budget or need a new bed for your guest room. The mattress is medium firm, allowing it to cater to a wide range of people. However, stomach sleepers and side sleepers tended to have some complaints about the comfort of this bed, so it’s not quite a true jack-of-all-trades.
The bed is constructed from three layers of foam, each of which steps up in density as you sink deeper into the bed. The two-inch layer of memory foam on top is just thick enough to envelope your body and provide plenty of cushioning. Interestingly, it’s infused with green tea extract, which acts as an antimicrobial and – so Zinus claims – gives you a better night’s sleep. It’s doubtful the infusion does much for the quality of your sleep, but it doesn’t hurt to have in any case.
An advantage to this bed is that it’s fully 12 inches thick. So, you won’t have any problems if you want to forego a bed or box spring and put the mattress right on the floor. That adds to the budget nature of this bed.
Somehow, Zinus doesn’t skimp on the sleep trial or warranty for the price of this bed. The company matches the 100-night trial and 10-year warranty policy of competing mattresses that cost three to four times as much.
Very inexpensive memory foam mattress
Ideal for back sleepers, okay for just about everyone
12 inches thick so you can put it right on the floor
The Casper mattress is one of the best mail order mattresses for stomach sleepers thanks to its relatively firm support. The mattress is rated 6.5 out of 10, but customers note that it feels rock hard – especially if you’re a relatively lightweight sleeper.
You wouldn’t know that just from looking at this bed, though. It’s 12 inches thick and sports a soft polyester cover, which makes it very inviting. The top of the mattress is covered in a 1.5-inch layer of memory foam, with 1.5 inches of a unique foam that mimics the bouncy properties of latex beneath that. It’s not true latex though, so you don’t have to worry if you have latex allergies.
The reason this mattress feels so hard is that below those 3 inches of foam, the density of the foam increases dramatically. That’s great for stomach sleepers that want to float on top of the mattress, and the relatively thin layer of memory foam is just enough to keep you cushioned.
Another nice design aspect to this mattress is Casper’s zoned support system. The center of the bed, around your hips, is actually more firm that the top and bottom of your mattress, around where your shoulders and hips will be. That ensures that this mattress can appeal to back sleepers as well, although it might still feel a little too firm.
Note that while Casper used open-cell foam to increase heat dissipation, there’s no gel or other cooling material in this bed. Sleepers frequently noted that it sleeps hot during summer nights, which can be a deal breaker. If possible, take advantage of the sleep trial during the summer to see if this bed is cool enough for you.
12-inch thick mattress
Very firm with zoned support system
Thin layer of memory foam
Bounces thanks to latex-like foam
Much too firm for many back sleepers and lightweight sleepers
Side sleepers are likely to find their perfect night’s sleep on the Leesa foam mattress, which is one of the softest mail order beds that we reviewed. The mattress is topped with a two-inch thick layer of standard, relatively low-density foam to ensure that there are no pressure points on this bed. Below that, a two-inch layer of memory foam allows the bed to further contour to your body for comfort and support. One user compared this mattress to sleeping on a marshmallow, to give you an idea of how soft it is.
Of course, that does limit the audience for this mattress. Many back sleepers thought it was far too soft for comfort.
In addition, Leesa didn’t pay much attention to dissipating heat in constructing this bed. As for the Casper bed, the foam is made with microcells that play a small role in allowing air to circulate through the mattress. The polyester and Lycra blend cover also allows the bed and your body to breathe somewhat.
However, users felt that this was hardly enough cooling, and many reported waking up in a sweat. The effect isn’t as bad as for some memory foam mattresses, but beware that this bed can sleep hot.
Leesa offers a 100-night sleep trial so you can try out the bed. If possible, try it out during the summer so you can decide if the bed is cooling enough for your needs.
Like Tuft & Needle, Purple dumps memory foam in favor of a simpler polyfoam construction. This mattress is slightly less firm though, with a focus heavyset back sleepers and side sleepers. Purple describes the bed as medium-firm and rates it a 6.5 out of 10, but most sleepers would tell you it’s a lot softer than that.
The key to this mattress is Purple’s ‘Smart Column Grid’ foam layer, which sits just beneath the top of the bed. It’s designed to keep your spine perfectly aligned, regardless of whether you sleep on your back or your side. That means the bed automatically adapts to your body weight, so you sink in the same depth along the entire length of your body.
Purple also paid attention to some of the other details that matter in a mattress. The company firmed up the edges of the mattress so that you get added support on the sides. Plus, the foam is designed to be breathable to allow air to circulate through the mattress throughout the night. The Hyper-Elastic polymer cover is antimicrobial, breathable, and provides the slightest touch of bounce to the bed’s surface.
The downside to this mattress is that it has serious longevity issues. While Purple issues a 10-year warranty with the mattress, numerous users found that the foam gets very soft and develops indents in just one to two years. At that point, you’ll actually have to pay Purple part of the value of a new mattress to replace your current model.
Provides spinal alignment for back and side sleepers
Added edge support
Breathable for temperature control
No memory foam
Forms indents after a few years
Lack of memory foam can be problematic if you have back pain
Now that you’ve learned more about our ten favorite mail order mattresses, how do you decide which one is best for you? Getting the right mattress can make or break the quality of your sleep, so this is a big decision. In our buying guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about buying a mattress online and what to look for in your perfect bed.
Why buy a mattress online?
People everywhere used to dread the process of buying a new mattress. First, you had to budget out time to visit several different mattress stores – some stores didn’t carry every brand, and some had better deals than others. When you got there, before you could even try out a mattress, you had to deal with a salesperson and fend off their attempts to sell you a more expensive mattress than what you wanted. If you were lucky enough to find a bed that you were happy with, you still had to figure out how to get it back to your home, which typically meant strapping it to the roof of your car and hoping for the best.
When you buy a mattress online, you can skip all of that. To start, you have a huge selection of mattresses at your fingertips. We reviewed a mattress for every type of sleeper, and there are hundreds more good options available online these days.
On top of that, you don’t have to deal with a salesperson. You can get honest information from reviews like ours or straight from the mouths of customers. That means that you can walk away with a bed that’s right for you and in your price range.
Speaking of price range, buying a bed online is often far cheaper than buying one at the mattress store. Online retailers don’t have to pay for a physical building or salespeople, and they can pass that savings on to you.
One thing they don’t skimp on, though – customer support. Online mattress sellers stand behind their sleep trials and almost all will pick up the phone when you call to help solve any problems that you have with a new mattress.
Finally, buying a mattress online is convenient. After you pick the bed you want, it shows up at your door a few days later. While manufacturers typically recommend letting a foam bed in a box inflate for one to two days, you can almost always sleep on it the same night you get it.
Features to consider while choosing a mattress
If you want to get the best night’s sleep from your new mattress, it’s important to think about the features you need and what you’re getting. Here, we’ll highlight the things you need to consider when picking out your perfect mattress online.
Mattresses typically come in three different types: foam, innerspring, or a hybrid of the two. A significant number of the mattresses available online are foam, in part because it’s easier to compress a foam mattress into a box than it is a bed with metal springs. In fact, all but one of our top 10 mail order mattresses are made of foam.
Not all foam mattresses are made equally, though. You still need to decide whether you want traditional foam, which cushions and supports your body as a uniform material, or memory foam. Memory foam conforms to your body to relieve pressure points, so you somewhat sink into the bed as it compresses. Many of the mattresses we reviewed, including the Nectar, Layla Sleep, and Tempur-Pedic beds, have a layer of memory foam on top of a higher-density layer of traditional foam to provide support.
Some people love memory foam, while others don’t like the feeling of being sucked into the bed. If you haven’t tried memory foam in the past, make sure you order a bed with a lengthy sleep trial so you can decide if it’s right for your or not.
The one hybrid mattress we reviewed, the Helix Midnight mattress, has a layer of foam on top of pocketed coils. These beds combine the cushioning of foam with the support of a traditional innerspring mattress. The only downside to watch out for is that hybrid mattresses can be more expensive than their foam counterparts.
Firmness is one of the hardest aspects of a mattress to quantify, but it’s so important for comfort. One person may thing a mattress is extremely soft, while another may call the same bed medium-firm. So, it’s important to take a look at customer reviews when choosing a mattress based on firmness. Again, having a lengthy sleep trial is helpful if you discover a mattress is more or less firm than you like after it arrives.
In general, what firmness is right for you will depend on what type of sleeper you are. Side sleepers often prefer softer mattresses because they reduce pressure from building up on your sides and shoulders. Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, often benefit from very firm mattresses because they allow you to float on top of the bed and keep your back relatively straight. Back sleepers often prefer a medium-firm bed, but back sleepers also cover a wider range of firmness preferences than other types of sleepers.
Thickness is another thing to consider when choosing a mattress. In general, a thicker mattress is better – it means you get more support between your body and the hard base, whether that’s a box spring or a floor. But, thicker mattresses also tend to be slightly more expensive because they require more material. They’re also heavier, which can be a problem if you need to get the bed to an upstairs bedroom.
With the exception of the Purple mattress, which is 9.5” thick, all of the mattresses that we reviewed are between 10” and 12” thick – plenty for comfort for most sleepers.
Layers and structure
Many mail order mattresses aren’t made of a single layer, but rather multiple layers of different materials stacked on top of one another. This allows every bed to have a custom recipe for keeping you comfortable. For example, a memory foam layer can relieve pressure while a firmer layer underneath provides support and cushioning.
It’s not that more layers are necessarily better. Instead, look carefully at what the layers are, what they’re made of, and how they’ll contribute to you getting the best possible night’s sleep.
Sleep trial and warranty
When you buy a mattress online, you don’t have a chance to try it before committing to it. Sleep trials solve that problem by allowing you to return your mattress if it doesn’t work for you. While you’ll probably have a good idea of whether a bed works for you or not within a month or two, a longer sleep trial is generally better. All of the mattresses we looked at offer a sleep trial of at least three months, and the Nectar mattress comes with a whopping one-year sleep trial.
A long warranty is also important, since you can get your mattress replaced if there’s a defect with the foam that causes it to lose structure after a few years.
Note that most warranties won’t replace the full value of your bed – check the warranty details for how much your bed will be worth after a certain number of years.
Prices for mail order mattresses vary widely, but for the most part it’s very easy to find a high-quality bed for under $1,000. Most of the mail order mattresses we reviewed cost between $800 and $900, and our Budget Pick from Zinus costs just over $250. Of course, it is possible to pay more for traditional mattress brand names – a queen-sized version of the Tempur-Pedic mattress costs more than $2,000.
How to take care of your mattress
If you want your mattress to last for a decade of sleep or more, it’s important to take good care of it. Thankfully, this is relatively easy and doesn’t require a lot of work.
The most important thing you can do for your mattress is to rotate it from head to toe every two weeks for the first four months of use. After that, rotate it every three months. If you use a box spring, don’t forget to rotate that either (every six months is okay for the box spring).
Your mattress will also last longer if you don’t put pressure in the same spot all the time. If possible, try to sleep on the whole mattress rather than on the same side every night. When you sit on the edge of the bed to put clothes on or tie your shoes, change up which part of the edge you sit on.
Finally, your mattress will last longer if you keep it clean. Some beds come with a removable cover that can be machine washed. Others shouldn’t have the cover removed because it’s filled with fiberglass particles. In that case, you can rub the bed down with a sponge and use baking soda to get rid of smells and stains.
It’s important to give a new mattress time. Your body won’t adjust in a night or two, so you can’t judge whether a mattress will work for you just based on how it feels in the week after you get it. After two to three weeks, your body should have adjusted to the new bed and you can evaluate whether or not you’re getting a good night’s sleep on it.
If you decide you don’t like your mattress and want to return it under your sleep trial, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer. Many bed makers contract with local companies to pick up the mattress from your home, although some require you to take it to a local shop for pickup.
Yes, hybrid mattresses can be compressed just like foam ones. They typically won’t be packed as small because the springs can only compress so much. But, the same rule of thumb that you need to give your mattress about two days to fully inflate also applies to hybrid mattresses.
Our three overall favorite mattresses that you can order online are the Nectar Foam Mattress, the Layla Sleep Mattress, and the Helix Midnight Mattress. The Helix bed is the only hybrid mattress to make our list, but it’s a very high-quality bed at an affordable price. The innerspring construction makes it very durable while helping it retain edge support and bounce and eliminate heat buildup. The Layla Sleep memory foam mattress was a close contender for our top pick. It features copper-infused memory foam for thermal regulation. Better yet, you can flip it over to get a more firm or more plush sleeping surface. Still, we feel the Nectar Foam Mattress is the overall best mail order mattress. It’s incredibly comfortable for a wide range of sleepers, and it comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty. Plus, Nectar added a premium Tencel lyocell and cotton cover to this already excellent mattress.