The 8 Bed-in-a-box Brands We Stand Behind & Why
August 18, 2019
Everyone has their own version of self-care (masking, reading, bingeing the latest season of Stranger Things in one weekend), but if you ask us, self-care starts with feeling well-rested. You spend a third of your day sleeping (or you should at least...get those 8 hours!), and the quality of your sleep, and therefore your life, depends SO much on your mattress.
The struggle is real when it comes to mattress shopping. Going to a store means dealing with pushy store representatives, haggling on prices, and still overpaying for your mattress. No thanks! Fortunately for us, mattress shopping has changed significantly over the last few years and we now have online brands that are making it easy to shop for mattresses, without the traditional retail markup. Great, except now there are so many bed-in-a-box mattress brands that our heads are spinning, so let’s take 5 steps back.
We’ve rounded up the 8 best bed-in-a-box brands? How? We started by stripping out the copycat brands, the opportunistic ones claiming to sell “Casper at half the price” (questionable and phony), and any that look like they belong on an infomercial (we’re not even sure what to do with that but it's not our thing). Then we took it one step further and got rid of the ones with insufficient reviews and fake Instagram followings that make you question what the hell is going on. That brings us down to 8 trusted brands that mean it when they say their mattresses are superior. Also, we know they stand behind their product and their fanbases back them up too.
Envision sleeping on clouds and bouncing amongst those fluffy pockets of air as you dream all night long. Every night. That’s the kind of good night’s sleep we’re talking about here. So get ready for the best sleep of your life - with real brands and fair prices.
P.S: If you haven't watched a mattress unboxing video yet, do yourself a favor and watch one now. There's something so satisfying about watching a mattress unravel.
Casper is one of the OGs when it comes to the new age of mattress shopping. Their dream started with designing an outrageously comfortable mattress and shipping it to your doorstep in a box. Fast forward a few years and Casper has grown to include physical Sleep Shops around the country. Hands up because they’ve expanded their product line to include bedding, pillows, and an innovative sleep lamp designed to help you fall asleep. They even make dog beds too, because your furry friends deserve the best.
The team behind Brentwood Home has been making mattresses with local artisans and fabricators in LA for over 30 years but decided to pivot their business in 2012 to a direct-to-consumer model. They've cut out the middleman, which means you can still benefit from their years of experience in mattress-making without overwhelming trips to the store. They've stuck to their California ethos of putting the environment first and using organic, non-toxic, and natural materials.
Helix stands out from the rest by letting you customize your mattress, bringing you individualized comfort and support made just for you. Helix has got you no matter whether you’re a back sleeper, side sleeper or someone who tosses and turns all night. Take their sleep quiz to figure out exactly which mattress is right for you. We’re also crushing on their newly launched Birch mattresses line, a sister brand of organic mattress made of New Zealand wool and natural, non-toxic materials.
Tired of waking up sweaty AF? Us too. Leesa makes two versions of their mattress, an all-foam one and a hybrid foam + spring one, but you can bet that whichever one you pick will prevent those dreaded night sweats. Each mattress is topped with a responsive, cooling foam layer and a breathable plush cover. If that isn't enough to convince you, Leesa is also very committed to serving the community, which you can read all about in their 2018 Impact Report.
You may already be familiar with Parachute's luxe yet affordable bedding that has taken the influencer world by storm, but they recently added a flagship mattress to their lineup as well (and if it's anything like their bedding, you know it’s GOOD). The mattress - which is very aptly called 'The Mattress' - skips latex and foam in favor of coils. This isn't anything like that spring mattress you bought off Craigslist while in college though (we've all been there). By mixing soft and firm coils, Parachute created different zones of firmness to make sure you're supported where you need to but still have that sinking-into-a-cloud feel. There's minimal motion transfer, so you can sleep through your partner getting in and out of bed in the middle of the night.
Tuft & Needle
Tuft & Needle was founded in 2012 when cofounder JT Marino realised that mattress shopping straight up sucked. After teaming up with Daehee Park, the duo set up a test site to see if people would even be interested in buying a mattress online (spoiler: people were very into it). In 2018, Tuft & Needle merged with Serta Simmons Bedding (you know, those guys who used to make all the mattresses before) to put over 220 combined years of knowledge and work towards disrupting the industry on a large scale.
Allswell believes luxury sleep shouldn't come at luxury prices (Amen to that). Allswell mattresses are known for being a little firmer than some of the other bed-in-a-box brands out there. Their commitment is to their customers, and their end game is building loyalty and trust — even if that means risking profit to offer exceptional value and pricing. Their hybrid mattresses combine traditional mattress coil springs with layers of memory foam, so you get the best of both worlds for an exceptional sleep experience.
Wright currently only sells one mattress, but they've made sure it's the best mattress they could design. They conducted extensive sleep trials with an army of testers (how does one get a job as a mattress tester? Asking for a friend), and used the data to run 27 rounds of product development before reaching the final design. Now, that's a commitment to better sleep. The resulting product is the Goldilocks of mattresses — not too firm, not too soft, just right.