Within the past 10 years, the mattress industry has truly evolved into a much more customer friendly environment. No longer is it necessary to suffer through a long day of dealing with pushy salesmen and test driving numerous mattresses while fully dressed.
Another great thing about the popular bed-in-a-box movement is its risk-free sleep trials. Instead of having only a few minutes to lay and feel the mattress, every mattress on our list comes with at least a 100-night sleep trial.
Dozens of new factory direct mattress startups have challenged the traditional mattress retail scene and seem to be winning the fight. Free delivery and returns, long warranties, and lengthy sleep trials place all the power in the customer’s hands.
Aren’t there more options at a retail store?
In the beginning, there were only a handful of bed-in-a-box mattress dealers and almost all had little to no company history which made many people uncomfortable about buying online. Not only was there a scarcity of products there was also concern about their quality. These days, we see the dynamics have changed quite a bit.
Sitting in the comfort of your own home, it’s now possible to search through hundreds of available mattresses that can be delivered right to your front door. So, now it appears that there’s much more variety available online, plus every shape, size, and style is available for home delivery.
Editor’s Choice for Best Mail Order Mattresses
Our Top Choice: The Nolah Signature
The Nolah Signature impressed us with the quality and features, plus the great character of the company. Here are some key points that motivated us to choose Nolah.
Nolah surprised us with the quality of their mattress and character of their company. We chose the Nolah Signature for its versatility and durability. They’ve designed their Signature mattress to be flippable offering two firmness options in one mattress.
So, both the top and bottom of the mattress have a comfort layer. The comfort layers are made from Nolah’s own proprietary Airfoam, 2 ½” on the plush side and 1” on the firm side. The ability to flip the mattress to get a whole different feel makes the Nolah very versatile and adaptive to a broader range of users.
Taking a more in-depth look at Nolah’s specially engineered Airfoam, we find a material that sleeps cooler, offers 4x better pressure relief and is 300% more durable than memory foam. Working together with the Airfoam are the core layers of the Nolah Signature. A 1 ½” layer of supportive high resilience foam provides a healthy responsive bounce and a 7” layer of high-density foam for reinforced support under the comfort layers. Wrapping the Nolah Signature is a soft and comfy cover made from 100% natural unbleached organic cotton.
Another key feature that puts Nolah at the top of our list is their lifetime warranty. Shopping online can be stressful when you’re not sure about the product or company. A good warranty tells me that the company stands behind their product, so, the better the warranty the better the product. Nothing is better than a lifetime warranty, and that’s exactly what Nolah gives with each Signature mattress sold.
Lastly, if you are an animal and wildlife lover Nolah has a fantastic environmental initiative. Through their partnership with Defenders of Wildlife, Nolah will adopt an endangered species of your choice with every mattress purchase.
At Lessa, they decided to keep things simple with there 10” foam mattress. They settled on a design made up of three different foam layers that focus on relieving pressure, reducing motion transfer, and keeping the user from overheating at night.
To achieve all three goals, Leesa created their own LSA200 foam technology that guarantees the user is as comfortable as possible. LSA200 makes up Leesa’s top comfort layer and gives immediate pressure relief to the shoulder and hip area. On their website, Leesa claims LSA200 has such accurate support it’s like sleeping on air. With a 2” layer of slow response memory foam working in combination with the 2” layer of LSA200, it’s safe to say the Leesa is one of the top pressure relieving mattresses on the market.
Leesa’s special engineered LSA200 foam is the clear highlight of this mattress. Not only does it offer fantastic pressure relief and motion isolation, but it also does not retain heat. Memory foam mattresses are infamous for their heat retention and inability to regulate body temperature. LSA200 has a microcell structure that allows for better breathability and airflow in the mattress making for a cool night sleep without overheating.
Leesa has a great “ONE” campaign. One-Ten, the donation of one mattress for every ten sold. One-Earth, the planting of one tree for every mattress sold. One-Community, time and resources donated to local and national help organizations. So, you can feel good knowing your purchase is also helping others.
Every Leesa mattress is designed and manufactured in the USA with shipping available in both the USA and Canada. The mattress also carries CertiPUR-US certification and comes with free shipping, a 100-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty.
Before we even got into the details of the mattress, Nectar Sleeps 365-night sleep trial and forever warranty made them a prime candidate for our top mail order mattress. When dealing with online purchases there is more to consider than just product quality, a company that shows customer care and value makes shopping online much easier for the customer. 365 nights is more than three times longer than the average competitors sleep trial. On top of that, their forever warranty is much greater than the market average 10-year.
Getting into the mattress, Nectar offers an 11” mattress that’s made up of 3 different foam layers. However, the cover is quilted together with a 1” layer of gel memory foam making for an extra 4th layer of foam. Utilizing gel memory foam quilted into the bottom of the cover plus a layer of memory foam beneath, the Nectar contours extremely well. The buoyancy of the gel foam prevents that typical sink-in feeling common in traditional memory foam mattresses. This characteristic actually helps the mattress to breath better, keeping the user cooler through the night. Working together with the top comfort layers are two more support layers of adaptive and high-density core foundational foams.
Another great feature of the Nectar mattress is its protection against dust mites. Almost every mattress we have reviewed is CertiPUR-US certified, meaning it’s healthy and safe for you and the environment. The Nectar takes it to the next level and offers protection against allergy-causing dust mites.
Although the Nectar mattress is affordable, it doesn’t mean its cheap. Their quilted, gel-infused, and adaptive foams are all top quality and extremely durable. The Nectar is the most affordable mattress on our list, but we don’t doubt its quality when compared to other higher priced mattresses.
The AS3 (formerly the Liberty) is Amerisleep’s most popular and versatile mattress made to reach the broadest comfort range. Amerisleep designed the AS3 to evenly blend support and softness, making it great for every sleep position. What makes the AS3 stand out is its Celliant cover. Specially engineered Bio-Pur memory foam, and its Hive technology.
With the cover being the first part of the mattress we come into contact with, it’s no wonder Amerisleep came up with such a unique cover. The key to this uniqueness is Celliant, a mineral based material that combines 13 different minerals into a thermoreactive thread and converts body heat into infrared energy. A Celliant cover has been proven to boost blood circulation and pain relief, not to mention help keep the user cool through the night.
Unsatisfied with the foams available on the market, Amerisleep designed their own Bio-Pur foam to use in their comfort layers. In short, this Bio-Pur foam is open-celled, making it very breathable and cool. Also, as the name implies, it’s naturally produced and environmentally safe.
Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation & Energy, or HIVE is used in the AS3 as a transitional layer. It puts to use hundreds of six-sided foam hexagons that have been grouped into five comfort zones and expand or contract to provide extra cushion or support where needed. Hive technology is believed to reduce pressure points by almost 50%.
Quick adaptive support
Celliant fiber used for health benefits
Natural foam used
Unique HIVE technology
Good for combo sleepers, but might be uncomfortable for purely back/stomach sleepers.
Saatva was one of the first innerspring mattress retailers online with their special coil-on-coil design for extra support and body contouring. The Saatva mattress is built for luxury comfort and maximum stability.
There are a few key components in the Saatva mattress. Firstly, the Euro pillow top with organic cotton cover makes for extra cushioning and a clean look. Secondly, individually wrapped coils act as the upper support system providing great airflow and minimum motion transfer, plus focused support and pressure relief. Thirdly, dual perimeter edge support prevents sagging and beefs up the integrity of the mattress around the edges. Fourthly, lumbar support enhancement in the center third of the mattress promotes proper spinal alignment. Lastly, the steel coil base support work under the mattress for added support and also prevent sagging for the life of the mattress.
The Saatva definitely has the most variety on our list when it comes to size and firmness which is one reason it grabbed a spot in our top 5. Available in plush soft, luxury firm, and firm, everyone should be able to find their preferred firmness with the Saatva. In addition to firmness, Saatva also gives two options for thickness, an 11 ½” streamlined look for those who like to slip into bed or a 14 ½” ultra-plush look for those who prefer climbing into bed. With these luxury features and this price, it looks like they reached their goal.
Multiple firmness options
Multiple height options
Great edge support
Coil-on-coil design for extra support and body contouring
Some motion transfer felt
A bit heavy, which makes the recommended rotating more difficult
Nowadays it’s possible to get almost anything online and have it shipped straight to your front door. I doubt anyone misses the days of traveling from mattress store to mattress store looking for the bed of their dreams.
In today’s world with a simple click of the button, you can have a brand new mattress at your door within a few days. You can also test it out for a few months or even up to a year sometimes before deciding to keep it or not.
The great thing about the online mattress industry is that they seem to encourage a trial and error method. Not satisfied? Send it back and try another. We’re sure you’ll find the right one soon enough!