Best Mattresses-in-a-Box From Consumer Reports' Tests
We rated models from Avocado, Casper, Essentia, SleepFresh, and more. Find out which mattresses are worth buying online.
Even during a pandemic, a mattress-in-a box can be a hard sell. How do you know if a mattress is for you, if you don’t experience it in person?
Truth is, a mattress-in-a-box can be convenient, comfortable and dreamy—if you choose the right one. And with generous trial runs and warranties, your purchase is less likely to be a nightmare. Then, you can rest easy. So how do these mattresses from the dozens of direct-to-consumer companies stack up?
We put mattress-in-a-box beds through the same rigorous testing we use for all mattresses. Using lab equipment and human test subjects, we evaluate how well a mattress supports the body for both back and side sleepers, how easily sleepers can shift their weight without disturbing a partner, and how well the mattress keeps its shape over time. For that last test, on durability, we pass a 310-pound roller over each mattress 30,000 times to simulate the typical lifespan of eight to 10 years.
Rather than taking a manufacturer’s word for it, we measure firmness with a highly calibrated instrument and score it on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the firmest).
“Aside from the mattress showing up on your doorstep rolled up in a box, shoppers won’t notice any differences in performance between our top-rated mattress-in-a-box models and those models purchased in standard brick-and-mortar stores,” says Chris Regan, who oversees CR’s mattress tests.