Sleep is the fundamental pillar of health – quality sleep leads to better physical and mental well-being. We are committed to helping you sleep better and leading the life you previously only dreamed possible.
Before the mattress in a box revolution, most shoppers went to brick-and-mortar retail stores (either mom-and-pop locations or well-known, national franchises) to buy their next bed.
During the selection process, customers relied on things such as comfort preference, brand name, and whatever information the salesperson could provide.
When shopping in-store, customers are often encouraged to spend 10 to 15 minutes resting on each bed. Mattresses come in several models—each with a different firmness. For example, Mattress Model A would be available as a firm, medium-firm (sometimes called luxury firm), or plush mattress, and so on. To make a decision, shoppers typically test out each firmness, ask a few questions, and select their favorite.
However, a short “test” of a mattress is not enough time to get a feel for the comfort and support it can provide. Generally, it takes two to four weeks to become accustomed to a new mattress before you can decide whether or not it fits your specific needs. This process is one reason why shopping in a traditional mattress store often leads to unhappy customers and lost hours of sleep.
Enter: the mattress in a box concept.
High-quality products backed by generous sleep trials and warranties flooded the market, but the catch was you had to buy them online. To make the process easier, these new dot com companies offered free shipping and extended return policies. Customers also benefited as brands became more transparent about the materials and design of their mattresses.
This created a need: people still wanted to know how the mattresses felt, to help reduce the chance of having to return their new bed and start the process all over again. Even with the comfort of knowing you could return your new mattress and get your money back, there’s still the hassle of organizing the return pickup (and removing your mattress from your bedroom) and bringing a new one into your home. Some companies started opening brick and mortar locations to allow shoppers the option to experience their products firsthand, and writers (like us!) began reviewing mattresses and sharing our findings.
Today, there are over 300 new mattress-in-a-box brands, most of which started in the past five years alone. To the casual shopper, it can be hard to differentiate between them. One may have “gel-infused foam,” while another has “breathable, open-cell foam.” You might find a company offering a “coil spring support base,” while the next touts a “durable, high-density foam base.” How will you know which materials are best for you?
At Best Mattress Brand, we answer each of these questions and more. Our goal is to help you find the perfect mattress so you can sleep your best right away (without having to cycle through a bunch of products you’ll return later).
But there is more to sleep than just the mattress you rest on. So, we also focus on beds (adjustable and flat foundations), blankets (weighted, cooling, and more), sheets, mattress protectors, and pillows.
Additionally, we provide sleep health guides and dedicated posts to questions, such as: If I want to sleep better, do I need to quit drinking coffee? What are the best foods to eat before bed? Is it possible to treat Restless Legs Syndrome with home remedies?
Since starting Best Mattress Brand, we’ve taken deep dives into complicated subjects, such as the relationship between sleep and obesity and the impact of sleep deprivation on your mental health.
Plus, we’ve run national surveys to explore the connection between long commutes and rest, how your first meal of the day affects your sleep, and the consequences of TV before bed.
Best Mattress Brand is run by a team of writers and editors who care deeply about sleep. We recognize it is a fundamental pillar of living a healthy and happy life.
Lauren Monroy, Best Mattress Brand’s chief editor, has dedicated years to understanding what it takes to get the best night’s sleep. In her efforts to get the most refreshing and rejuvenating sleep, Lauren’s tested the latest-and-greatest gadgets, practiced many “fall asleep fast” techniques, and tried dozens of mattresses. She lends her experiences and knowledge to our blog to help readers in their search for a better night’s rest.
Amy Murphy has spent the last 7 years (and more money than she cares to admit) experimenting with different apps, exercises, products, and routines to optimize her sleep. From sleep tracking gadgets to polyphasic sleep schedules, she’s tried some of the most unusual recommendations for better shut-eye. As Best Mattress Brand’s lead tester, she’s reviewed dozens of different mattresses and bedding accessories to help surface her top recommendations.
If you’re looking for a mattress recommendation, Bennett Carrington can help. Bennett is Best Mattress Brand’s in-house mattress expert. He’s curated dozens of “best mattress” articles with buying tips for sleepers with a wide range of needs. Whether you’re plagued with back pain or suffer from night sweats, Bennett’s guides can steer you toward the most comfortable mattress for your unique needs. In addition to writing for Best Mattress Brand, Bennett is also a grad student pursuing a degree in English Literature.
Sara Butler is a professional writer and researcher with over five years of experience.
Butler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Indiana University Bloomington and her work has been featured on a variety of websites including HomeLight, The Joint Chiropractic, and more.
Ray Soberano freelances for Best Mattress Brand, motivated by his interest to better understand the science of sleep. Curious about different sleep disorders, Ray’s done the research and written countless sleep health articles for our blog. Struggling from the occasional bout of insomnia himself, Ray is committed to helping readers find the answers to their sleep problems.
Content quality comes first at Best Mattress Brand. Using a dedicated team of writers, editors, and sleep experts, we strive to keep our quality impeccable and our information value-driven.
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⎯ Best Mattress Brand Team
The Best Mattress Brand writing team is devoted to creating articles that are not only entertaining and easy to understand but also as impartial, accurate, and well-sourced as possible. Whenever possible, we strive to have our articles fact-checked by our independent review board. We also do not tolerate plagiarism or ill intent from our contributors.
Here are the medical and factual guidelines that a Best Mattress Brand article must adhere to:
Our authors have undergone sleep coach training from the Spencer Institute, becoming certified after immersing themselves in different aspects of sleep science. Understanding how we sleep means we understand better how a mattress, pillow, or other product can help us sleep better.