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Over the past couple months, we’ve tested over 20 bed in a box mattresses, ranging from $250 all the way up to $1,500. So with that said, we think we have a pretty good idea of which mattresses are the best bang for your buck. And we didn’t come up with any special algorithm or formula to determine this list. We’re just average people here at RIZKNOWS that like to sleep. And the good news is that all of us contributed to this list and we are all quite different. We’re different heights, different weights and we all have different sleep preferences. As such, we feel this list is pretty representative for the larger population. And let me also just say that none of the companies on this list paid us to make this video or write this post – that would be lame. We are 100% independent and proud of it. Also, if you want more detail on any of these mattresses, make sure to check out our full mattress reviews and mattress comparisons.
The only criteria we did have for the list is that in order to be considered budget, a queen size mattress would have to fall below $700. Now a lot of these bed in a box companies are constantly running discounts and sales so we did take that into account when determining whether they should be eligible. Enough with the build-up – let’s get to the list!
Number 5 on our list is the 12″ Green Tea mattress from Zinus. Now if we were basing this solely on price, Zinus would be number 1 by a mile. A queen size is only $280 and we’ve seen it even cheaper on Amazon before. The reason why it’s not higher on this list is that it’s very basic, as you would probably guess. It’s a proper memory foam bed and you definitely get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling. It also sleeps a little hotter than most other bed in a box mattresses out there. Overall, we give it a 4 out of 10 on our firmness scale so it’s the softest bed on this list by a pretty good margin. Overall, it’s comfortable, I’m just not so sure the support would be there long term for back and stomach sleepers. It’s definitely more ideal for side sleepers.
The Ideal Guest Room Bed
Bottom line, unless you’re on a very tight budget, I’m not sure this should be your every night bed. However, we view the Zinus 12′ Green Tea as the perfect guest room bed. If you need to outfit an extra bedroom in your house, this is a great option. It’s ultra-cheap and more than good enough to get the job done for a few nights when your in-laws are in town visiting.
Overall, Eve reminds us a lot of Casper, which is a bed we like a lot. It has a very similar cover and it feels awfully similar as well. It’s got the memory feel feel to it but we do think it’s slightly firmer than Casper coming in at just over 5 on our firmness scale. So with a score like that, we obviously think this mattress has a pretty nice balance between being soft and supportive. It will be good for side, back and stomach sleepers as well as combo sleepers that rotate between all three positions throughout the night. In terms of keeping you cool as you sleep, we don’t think it’s anything special. You won’t sleep hot, we’d just say it’s temperature neutral. However, Eve does perform quite well when it comes to limiting motion transfer – it’s pretty much non-existent.
Eve Reminds Us A Lot Of Casper
Overall, we think Eve is a great value coming in under $550 for a queen. If you like Casper or you’re thinking about getting Casper but don’t want to pay Casper prices, Eve is a solid alternative.
Coming in at number 3 is the Love & Sleep mattress from Nest Bedding. The price for a queen is $599, which is very affordable, plus you can use code RIZLOVE for an additional $10 Off the Love & Sleep. And just for reference, we tested the medium feel option. Nest also offers a firmer option as well.
Now the Love & Sleep reminds us a lot of the Tuft & Needle mattress, which actually took our number two spot on this list. Regardless, we like the Love & Sleep a lot. It’s comfortable, sinkage is minimal and you don’t get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling whatsoever. It doesn’t have that traditional memory foam feel, which some people may actually prefer. We give it a 5.75 out of 10 on our firmness scale so it’s the most supportive bed we have on this list. It’s definitely better for back and stomach sleepers but we can see this bed softening over time.
At the end of the day, this mattress will still be fine for side sleepers, it’s just not the best. The primary reason we put it ahead of Zinus and Eve is that we felt it sleeps slightly cooler than those two since it does have that phase change material in the cover. As far as motion transfer, it is very, very minimal – I don’t think you’ll have any issue if you or partner happen to move around a lot in your sleep.
Jeff Gives The Love & Sleep A Big Thumbs Up
Bottom line with this mattress – if you’re a strict back and/or stomach sleeper and you’re on a budget, the Love & Sleep might be right for you. Also, if you’re a bit heavier, Love & Sleep is a great option since it’s a thicker, firmer mattress compared to some of the others on this list. We really like the bed. As an FYI, Nest offers a limited lifetime warranty with all their mattresses, which is pretty unique for the industry.
Number two on the list is Tuft & Needle. As I eluded to earlier, the T&N mattress and Love & Sleep mattress are very similar in our eyes. The Tuft & Needle mattress doesn’t have that traditional memory foam feel either. It’s still very comfortable though. We’d give it a 5.5 out of 10 on our firmness scale so we think it’s slightly softer and thus more accommodating for side sleepers than the Love & Sleep. As such, combo sleepers should be just fine with the T&N mattress. And then the other reason why we have Tuft ahead of Nest is that it’s slightly more affordable at $575 for a queen. Plus, you can occasionally find the mattress even cheaper on Amazon.
Big Fan Of The Tuft & Needle Mattress
Tuft & Needle is one of the best values out there. There’s a reason why the mattress has a 4.5 star rating with over 10,000 reviews on Amazon. It’s just a solid performer in pretty much all aspects.
Taking the number 1 spot on the list is Nectar. The company offers a 365 day risk free trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which beat industry standards. Now normally a queen size is $795 but Nectar is one of those companies that constantly have specials and discount codes. You can use code RIZKNOWS125 for $125 off any mattress + two free pillows. So that means with the discount code, a queen size would be $670 and thus is eligible for this list.
Overall, we are just big fans of this mattress. In fact, it’s the only mattress on this list that also cracked our overall Top 5 Best Bed In A Box list. Nectar definitely has that memory foam feel to it but it’s a unique memory foam feel. Yes, it’s soft, it’s plush, it’s very comfortable but it also provides a surprising amount of support as well. There’s barely any sinkage with this bed, which is pretty unique for a memory foam mattress. We give it a 5.25 out of 10 on our firmness scale making the Nectar mattress great for back, side, stomach and combo sleepers. It just has a really nice balance to it. We’d say its temperature neutral and motion transfer is extremely limited.
Nectar Also Made Our Top 5 Overall List
Bottom line, in our eyes, Nectar is tier 1 mattress with a very reasonable price tag. If you like memory foam but don’t want your mattress to be too soft where you feel like you’re actually sinking in, Nectar is the way to go.