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We’ve tested out well over 20 bed in a box mattresses over the past couple months so we thought it was about time to share our picks for the Top 5 Best Bed In A Box out there. Now we did’t use any scientific method or fancy Excel spreadsheets – instead, the four of us here at RIZKNOWS that tested the mattresses got together, talked about all of them, voted and came to a consensus. The nice thing is that all four us are quite different.
We all have different body types (i.e. height, weight) and we all have different sleep preferences (i.e. back, stomach, side) so we believe our list is pretty representative for most people out there. It’s also worth mentioning that none of the mattress companies on this list paid us to make this video or write this post. We strive to be 100% honest and transparent with our viewers. In this post, we are going to focus on what we like about each mattress and why we included within the top 5. If you want more details on any particular mattress, make sure to check out our full mattress reviews and mattress comparisons.
With that said, our 5th favorite mattress is from Nectar Sleep. Of all the beds on this list, Nectar feels the most like true memory foam. However, it’s a unique memory foam feel because the mattress provides quite a bit of support. You never get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling like you do with other memory foam mattresses. Still, the mattress has a soft and comfortable feel to it but not too soft. We give Nectar a 5.25 / 10 on our firmness scale, which is slightly firmer than the likes of Casper and Leesa. The Nectar mattress is ideal for all kinds of sleepers – back, stomach and side – as well as combo sleepers that rotate between all three positions throughout the night. We didn’t feel the bed slept particularly cool but we also didn’t get that traditional hot feeling like you get with some memory foam beds so pretty much temperature neutral in our eyes.
Memory Foam Feel But No Stuck-In-The Mud Feeling
Nectar also kills it in terms of customer service and all the extras. They offer a 365 night risk free trial and a lifetime warranty for each mattress, both of which are pretty unheard of in the industry. But perhaps the best part about Nectar though is price. Their mattresses are priced very affordably ranging from $500 for a twin to $900 for a king. Plus, we got you covered with a pretty awesome discount. CLICK HERE for $125 any mattress + 2 free pillows.
Overall, if you like the traditional memory foam feel but also want a good amount of support, Nectar is a fantastic option, especially given the price tag.
Coming in at number 4 on the list is the Cocoon Chill by Sealy. And what’s kind of unique about Cocoon is that you can choose between a few different options. First, you can choose between the normal Cocoon Classic or what we tested, the Cocoon Chill, which is designed to keep you cool as you sleep. From there you can choose between a soft version and a firm version (we tested the soft).
Overall, we give the bed a 5.5 out of 10 on our firmness scale. It’s better for back and stomach sleepers in our opinion but as with most beds expect it to soften over time so that side and combo sleepers will like it as well. And even though it’s on the firmer side, it’s still very comfortable – definitely no complaints there. Sealy did a bang up job with this mattress. But the best part about the Cocoon Chill is that we felt it was probably the coolest mattress we tested.
Sealy put a special material in the cover, which makes the bed feel very cool even when it’s hot in your room. It’s so cool that we thought something was wrong at first because the cover almost felt wet. It’s definitely tier 1 in our opinion when it comes to this.
Probably The Coolest Sleeping Mattress We’ve Tested
Sealy offers a 100 night risk free trial and a 10 year warranty with this bed, which is common for the industry. In terms of pricing, the Cocoon Chill is pretty much in line with the rest of the bed in a boxes out there. Prices range from $549 for a twin to $1,149 for a king. The Cocoon Classic though is about $150 cheaper. And to help make the mattress a little less expensive, we have a coupon code for you. Use Code RIZKNOWS for $100 off any mattress.
Overall, if sleeping cool is a chief concern, the Cocoon Chill might just be your best option. Plus, it’s just a solid mattress all the way around.
Number 3 on our list is Bear Mattress. This is one of the firmer mattresses that we’ve tested. We give it about a 6/10 on our firmness scale but it will soften over time. This is actually the bed that Jeff sleeps on (he loves it!) and he said it has softened up quite a bit over the past 12 months. Still, it’s a back and stomach sleeper bed mostly and it would be perfect for anyone that’s a little heavier and needs extra support.
It does have a little bit of a memory foam feel but not too much. It’s also a pretty cool sleeping mattress. It doesn’t sleep as cool as the Cocoon Chill in our opinion but it’s still good in this respect. We’d put in our tier 2 category in terms of temperature regulation. The other thing worth mentioning is that Bear markets this mattress for athletes because they have a special Celliant cover, which is supposed to help with recovery times, restfulness and increased oxygen levels. We’re not scientists, all we know is that we really like this bed. You can learn more in our full Bear Mattress Review.
Ideal For Back & Stomach Sleepers
The other nice thing is that Bear is priced very affordably. All of their mattresses are below the $1,000 mark. Plus, you can use code RIZ125 for $125 off any mattress. Bear, like most other bed in a box companies, offers a 100 night risk free trial and backs their product with a 10 year warranty.
Overall, there’s a lot to like about this bed. It’s a got a slight memory foam feel, it sleeps cool and it’s got an attractive price point. If you’re an athlete, a heavier person or spend a lot of time on your back or stomach, you should give Bear some serious consideration.
Taking the number 2 spot is Layla mattress. Layla is quite unique in that the mattress is flippable. That’s right you can actually sleep on both sides of the bed. It’s a got a soft side and a firm side. It’s the only bed in a box we’ve come across so far that offers this. It’s pretty cool. The firm side is great for anyone that is heavier or spends the majority of their time on their back or stomach as it’s quite firm. We’d give the firm side a 6.5 out of 10 on our firmness scale. On the flip side, we’d give the soft side a 5/10 on that same scale. This side is great for all kinds of sleepers (back, stomach and side) as well as combo sleepers. It’s very comfortable and has a nice balance between providing pressure relief and support. Responsiveness is instant and motion transfer is completely muted. The Layla mattress also sleeps pretty cool – we’d put it in the tier 2 category along with Bear.
Layla Mattress Construction
Layla also kills it with all the extras. Like Nectar, Layla offers a lifetime warranty. Those are the only two bed in a box companies we’ve come across that offer that long of a warranty. Also, they too offer a 100 night risk free trial. In terms of pricing, Layla is more than Bear but less than the Cocoon Chill. Prices range from $499 for a twin to $999 for a king. Plus, right now you can get $100 off the Layla mattress.
Overall, the Layla mattress is very unique. We are big fans and love the versatility it offers. It came very close to taking the number one spot on this list.
Without further ado, our pick for the best bed in a box mattress is Purple. They have a very interesting concept – instead of using all foam, Purple uses a proprietary hyper-elastic polymer for the top layer. It’s pretty cool – the material was actually invented by the founders of the company, who also happen to be rocket scientists. Basically, it’s a pressure releasing material that’s in a grid formation. It kind of feels like gel but its not. And at first, it’s a little weird because you can actually feel the little polymer squares compressing and folding as you lay down and move around. But once you sleep on the mattress for a night or two you really start to like the feeling.
It’s super comfortable and it feels soft yet firm at the same time, which sounds kind of crazy I know. But where you need pressure relief, like for your shoulders and hips, it’s super soft and cradles those pressure points. Yet the mattress still feels quite supportive – you never feel as if you’re sinking into the mattress. The mattress is also extremely responsive – it regains its original form almost immediately after releasing pressure. It’s also very good at limiting motion transfer – no issues there. Lastly, because hyper-elastic polymer in general is a cooler material than memory foam and the top layer is in a grid formation, which is more conducive for airflow, this bed sleeps cool. We’d put in the tier 1 category along with Cocoon Chill in this regard.
Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer Top Layer
Purple offers a 10-year warranty on the mattress and a 100 night risk free trial. Pricing is a little on the premium side. Prices range from $699 for a TwinXL to $1,299 for king size. They don’t often have coupon codes available but sometimes they offer bundles (mattress + pillow, mattress + platform base, etc.) where you can save around $50-$100 – Check current Purple bundles.
Overall, all of us here at RIZKNOWS agreed – if we had to choose one mattress to sleep on, it would be Purple. It’s super comfortable, it’s soft and we love the feel of that hyper-elastic polymer. If you can get passed the price tag, we’re pretty confident you’d love it too.