Bed in a Box Popularity Soars

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A bed in a box is a foam mattress compressed and rolled into a package. It’s delivered straight to your doorstep. It may seem strange, but more people are choosing ot buy a new mattress online. 

“People just don’t like to shop for mattresses in a store,” says Lexie Sachs, Senior Textiles Product Analyst with the Good Housekeeping Institute. “It’s really awkward to be going into a store with a salesperson watching over you.”

A growing number of startups are cutting out the middleman. There are almost 200 online mattress companies that offer simplified options, free shipping and returns, and a generous trial period.

“These beds in a box really aren’t a gimmick,” says Sarah Morrow of Consumer Reports. “We’ve seen many of these beds in a box come through our lab here that score very good or excellent across the board for a variety of sleep styles and sizes.”

Some brands are also partnering with retailers so you can try before you buy. They still allow you to order and ship for the same price as online. 

“You should really sleep on it for at least a month to get an idea if it’s a good fit for you,” Sachs said.

Many brands also offer white glove service and removal of your old mattress. 

Be sure to check your manufacturer recommendations for the proper bed frames to go with these foam mattresses. The slats can’t be too far apart or it will sink in places.

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