Why Top Online Mattresses May Not Come Rolled In A Box
The mattress industry is undergoing a bit of a revolution. These days, consumers want more quality in the surface they’ll spend a third of their lives sleeping on. They want longevity and sustainability, and they want something that’s going to leave them feeling rested instead of reaching for the SNOOZE button. That’s meant a lot of new companies and brands developing mattresses that can be easily had — some for cheap — by ordering online. But has that created a potential problem in and of itself?
If you’ve ordered from places like Casper, you probably know the situation. You order a new mattress, and what arrives at your door is compressed or rolled up into a much smaller container than you imagined. The mattress is easy to get up to your room and then when you open it, it magically unfolds before your eyes. It begs the questions though, how can a mattress that is supposed to last for the next ten years of your life, be so malleable that it fit into a box that is about 1/8th of its overall size? Maybe it’s a feat of genius engineering, but maybe it’s just not.
It’s not always the case, but keep this in mind: A mattress that can be compressed and contorted before it ships will almost certainly compress and contort as you use it. What I’m hoping to see more of from online mattress sellers is more accessible hybrid beds that take the benefits of foam and put them on top of a more stable spring base. These may be harder to ship, but they’re going to offer a lot more support for most sleepers while still providing the contouring comfort people like about foam. Over the long term I suspect they will prove to be more durable as well.
Compressible mattresses do save on shipping costs, which makes them more affordable. And for some people that’s all that matters. But take it from me: I’ve tried a whole lot of mattresses, and while there are certainly some good bed-in-a-box options out there, a lot of them are unfortunately not for everyone.
There are a lot of good things about these spring/foam hybrid mattress products: As I said in my Saatva (one newer hybrid option) review, they can be supportive and comfortable, but also quiet, which is something traditional spring mattresses usually lack. (Some companies now individually wrap the springs to reduce friction and noise.) They’re not rock-bottom cheap, but a few brands are made in the U.S., and by selling directly to consumer, these companies charge about a quarter of the price of in-store hybrid beds like the Simmons Beautyrest Black.
While size isn’t everything — and again, I’ve slept on some great foam mattresses — hybrids feel more like actual beds than many of the compressed models I’ve tried recently. They come as-is, without any unfolding, decompressing, or unvacuuming. They also manage to impress on both robustness and softness — not an easy feat to achieve. I’m looking forward to trying them out long term to assess their durability, and I hope more online mattress companies consider adding hybrid foam/spring models into their consumer options. That means more options that can only benefit consumers.