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Online Mattress Buying Guide: Shopping Beds in a Box Online

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Shopping online for a mattress can be confusing. There are so many options available that it’s hard to narrow down which is the right choice for you. 

We’ve put together an online mattress comparison guide to help make the buying process easier. We’re reviewing what we feel are the “best of the best” mattresses that are available. If they’re listed here, we already think they’re worth learning more about.

Our guide shares information on:

  • the current sale
  • the price range of the mattresses
  • if cash back is available
  • special features that set them apart
  • which sleeper each mattress is best for
  • if free shipping is available 
  • the return policy and warranty
  • and if they have won any awards

This post is updated frequently with new offers and information as they become available. Happy sleeping! 

Current Sale: 20% off mattress, 20% off adjustable bases, 40% off bedding

Price Range: $499 – $1,499

Nolah offers two mattress variants: Nolah Original 10 and Nolah Signature 12

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Special Features: Nolah Mattresses are compatible with all bed frames (box spring, platform, slatted, adjustable, or foundation). They recommend slats or slatted box spring not be more than 4 inches apart.

Nolah Mattresses are made with AirFoam™, not memory foam or latex which makes them cooler and more durable.

The Signature 12 offers “flippable firmness” where one side is softer than the other:



 Best For: Nolah is an excellent choice for side sleepers and back sleepers.

Free shipping? Yes

Return Policy: Try risk-free for 120 nights, free shipping and returns

Awards: Sleep Advisor Awards – Best Side Sleeper Mattress 2020, Highest Rated Soft Mattress 2020, Best Mattress for Hips and Shoulder Pain 2020, Highest Rated Bed in a Box 2020, Best 12 Mattresses 2020; Men’s Journal Awards – Best Cooling Mattress 2020, Best Mattress You Can Buy Online; Sleepopolis Awards – Best Mattress For Side Sleeping Couples, Best Mattress For the Money 2020, Best Cooling Mattress; Apartment Therapy Awards – The Best Mattresses in a Box 2020, Apartment Therapy’s “Best List 2020,” Best Cooling Mattress; Forbes Awards – Top 5 Side Sleeper Mattresses, Best Firm Mattress; Mattress Advisor Awards – Best Mattress For Side Sleepers 2020, Best Foam Mattress 2020, Best Mattress for the Budget, Best Mattress for People Who Sleep Hot

Best For: Side Sleepers and Back on a Budget

Nolah is a multi award-winning budget mattress that is affordable.

Current Sale: \$300 off and free pillow

Price Range: $795 – $2,995

The Puffy Mattress comes in three variants:

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Special Features: You can see the special features of Puffy Mattresses in the photo below:

Best For: Puffy Mattresses are designed for all sleepers.

 Free Shipping: Yes

 Return Policy: 101 Night Trial, Free Returns, Lifetime Warranty

Best For: Medium-Firmness Lovers

Puffy is a great choice if you like something right in the middle between firm and soft. It's also great for hot sleepers.

Current Sale: $200 Off Mattress and Free Bamboo Sheets (total savings of $350)

Price Range: $799 – $1,499

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Special Features: The DreamCloud Mattress features a gel memory foam layer to keep you cool, a plush Euro top layer for soft support to contour the body, and a micro coil support system that provides bounce and reduces motion transfer.

Best For: Anyone who sleeps on their side, stomach, or back. Those with partners who are “light sleepers” — the coil system reduces motion transfer if you get up in the middle of the night.

It’s a great choice if you get hot at night as the gel layer works to keep you cool. And it’s a good choice for those who prefer a medium-range firmness (see photo below).

Free Shipping: Yes

They also offer an optional white glove service for an additional fee that will set up your new mattress and remove your old mattress. This also applies to the bed platforms and frames they sell for an additional fee.

 Return Policy: 365 Night Trial

 Awards: Won Men’s Health Best Mattress Award 2019

Best For: Light Sleepers

DreamCloud is a great mattress if you or your partner is a light sleeper. It's also great for hot sleepers.

Current Sale: $399 worth of free accessories with every mattress purchase

Price Range: $898 – $1,799

Nectar offers two mattress variants: The Nectar Mattress and The Nectar Lush Mattress

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Special Features: Nectar Mattresses worth with any bed frame. They are designed for maximum airflow to keep you cool and to eliminate motion transfer. They are also designed to relieve pressure from areas in your shoulders, hips, and legs for more appropriate spinal alignment.



Best For: Nectar is a great choice for side sleepers as the layers support the body. It’s a good choice for those who like a middle of the road firmness.

Free shipping? Yes. White Glove service is also available for an additional cost.

Return Policy: Risk-Free 365-Night Trial and a Forever Warranty (they guarantee it for as long as you own it)

Awards: Tuck Award Best Value Memory Foam Mattress 2019, Mattress Advisor Best Mattress 2019, USA Today Best Mattress of the Year 2019, Slumber Yard Best Foam Mattress 2019, Best Overall Best Overall Mattress 2019

Best For: Side Sleepers

Nectar mattresses have layers designed to take pressure off of your joints and promotes spinal alignment as you sleep.

Current Sale: $300 off

Price Range: $1,199 – $1,699

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Special Features: Awara makes a natural hybrid mattress (using foam and a coil support core) that blend organic cotton and New Zealand wool, natural Dunlop latex foam from real rubber trees, and a premium coil support core.

Their mattress is 13 inches thick — making it the thickest one on this list.

New Zealand wool absorbs moisture and keeps dust-mites away while cotton aids the moisture-wicking and adds softness to the mattress.

Awara also plants 10 fruit trees for every mattress purchased.

Best For: Awara mattresses are supportive for all sleepers.

Free shipping? Yes. White Glove Delivery is also available for an additional fee.

Return Policy: 365-night trial, Forever Warranty

Awards: Tuck – Best Latex Mattress, Best Eco-Friendly Mattress; Mattress Advisor – Top-Rated Organic Mattress; Slumber Yard – Best Natural and Organic Mattress

Best For: The Environmentally Conscious Sleeper

This mattress is made from natural materials and gives back to the environment.

About the Author

Nicole Booz

Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty, GenThirty, and The Capsule Collab. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the author of The Kidult Handbook (Simon & Schuster May 2018). She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, eating brunch, or planning her next great adventure.