Purchasing a bed-in-a-box: is it a good idea?

At Mattress Warehouse, it is obvious that we have a passion for mattresses of all shapes and sizes. Naturally, we have talked a lot about traditional mattresses in our previous blog posts. We have talked about the different firmness options, different sizes, different materials they contain, shopping for mattresses, and much more. We also often highlight different brands of mattresses that we carry so that you can have some insight into them before you consider purchasing. Usually with these types of mattresses, you purchase them directly from a store and either have them delivered or pick them up from the store yourself. But there is another type of mattress that you may not have as much experience with: a bed-in-a-box.

If you are not familiar with the mattress industry, it is important to understand that the bed-in-a-box model can be somewhat controversial. Many people do not believe in these products, but we carry some of the finest bed-in-a-box options out there. We will discuss the specific products we carry later on, but for now, it is important that you understand more about the product so you know if purchasing a bed-in-a-box is a good option for you.

What is a bed-in-a-box?

To put it simply, a bed-in-a-box is exactly what its name implies. It is a mattress that comes in a box as opposed to one that comes fully expanded and ready to be slept on. These mattresses are mostly made of memory foam that can be easily compressed and fit into a box for transportation. Since they come in a box, you will likely not be able to try them out before purchasing one since most stores only carry them online. However, you can visit our various Mattress Warehouse locations and try out an assortment of the bed-in-a-box mattresses we carry.

Purchasing a bed-in-a-box

Being that you have read this far into this blog post, you must have at least a little bit of interest in purchasing a bed-in-a-box mattress. Here are some of the pros and cons that are often reported by people that purchase these compressed mattresses either online or in-store.

Pro: Huge variety of brands

When you are looking for a traditional mattress, you may see many of the same brands everywhere you look. These brands are likely very high quality with great product offerings, but we understand that you may get tired of seeing them all the time. While you are looking for a bed-in-a-box mattress, you will likely see new brands you have never heard of. Some brands are more trustworthy than others, so be sure to read reviews and make your own judgment before you consider purchasing one.

Some of the brands that we offer bed-in-a-box options include Sunset, Nectar, Bed Gear, Serta, and M3. Be sure to visit us today to try many of these mattresses out while you are making a decision!

Pro: Generally affordable price

As anyone who is shopping for a mattress in any capacity knows, many options are not cheap. We always say that you should not sacrifice quality for a cheaper price, especially when it comes to something you will spend a third of your life on. With a bed-in-a-box mattress, you are able to get quality for a very fair price. Most bed-in-a-box offerings can range from a few hundred dollars to $1,500+ depending on the brand. We recommend considering all of the options that Mattress Warehouse carries before purchasing a bed-in-a-box mattress.

Con: Tend to sleep slightly hotter

One potential downside of a memory foam bed-in-a-box mattress is that it will possibly sleep hotter than mattresses of other materials. This is due to the fact that most are fully memory foam, which traps heat and gives less breathing room than some other materials. On the bright side, this downside is well-known to many manufacturers and they are actively working to improve the temperature regulation capabilities of their mattresses.

Con: May not last as long as a traditional mattress

As a rule of thumb, always be sure to test out your memory foam bed-in-a-box mattress before you buy it. If you are planning to sleep with a partner every night, we recommend that both of you lay down on the mattress for a few minutes and see if it is comfortable. Excess weight may reduce the mattress’s lifespan by a bit, but our bed-in-a-box offerings are still a worthy purchase for someone looking for quality at a lower price point!

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