Online Mattress Retailers
A new breed of mattressmakers is trying to take the hassle out of buying a bed. In lieu of a showroom full of models, these online brands make only one option, designed to appeal to as many sleepers as possible, and ship directly to your home, bypassing the middleman.
In general, the mattresses are coil-free versions with some memory foam and additional layers for support. The build allows them to be vacuum-packed and shipped in relatively small boxes. (They magically expand when you open the box.) But how do they sleep? We tested the three major brands and found them similar — medium firmness with a soft, pillowy top. Casper (casper.com; $850 for queen size) was the first out of the box, and in addition to conforming to a side-sleeper's frame, it had a nice bounce quality. For warmer sleepers, we found the Tuft & Needle (tuftandneedle.com; $600 for queen size) slightly cooler than the rest. And for those who seek a little extra support, Leesa (leesa.com; $890 for queen size) had a feel our tester dubbed "firm tofu."
Ordering any of these mattresses couldn't be simpler, and we even lugged a boxed king up a flight of stairs. Add to that a no-questions-asked return policy, and they are tough to resist.