For those looking to buy a quality memory foam mattress at a bargain, Bed in a Box is worth considering. Sold primarily over the Internet, this line has many of the benefits of the Tempur-Pedic brand for less money, according to users, who say it conforms well to the body and isolates motion. Still, some say that denser mattresses, like some Tempur-Pedic models, are better at relieving pain. This line also doesn't have many firmness choices.
Lower density, but still comfortable. Bed in a Box mattresses aren't as dense as certain higher-priced Tempur-Pedic models, which have advantages and disadvantages. According to SleepLikeTheDead.com, owners say Bed in a Box models are less likely to trap body heat and easier to move on, which may make them more suitable for sexual activity. On the other hand, they aren't considered quite as good at relieving back pain and eliminating pressure points. Nearly 660 owners post about Bed in a Box on Viewpoints.com, giving the line extremely high ratings for comfort and support. One reviewer calls sleeping on a Bed in a Box model "heaven on earth."
A less expensive alternative. At SleepLikeTheDead.com, more than 30 percent of owners consider Bed in a Box mattresses a good value. Queen-size sets range from $950 to $2,350, versus $1,500 to $7,500 for Tempur-Pedic. The company backs its mattresses with a 20-year warranty, which is prorated after the first 10 years. The warranty covers sagging, but the indentation must be greater than 1 inch within the first five years and greater than 1.25 inches after that. It also offers a 100 percent money-back guarantee, including the cost of return shipping, although owners must give the mattress at least 60 days before returning it.
Not the most durable. According to SleepLikeTheDead.com, Bed in a Box mattresses have an average life span of six years. This is typical for memory foam mattresses as a whole, but not nearly as good as the 10-year average life span that owners report for Tempur-Pedic mattresses. At first blush, this appears to conflict with owner reviews at Viewpoints.com that give this brand an overall rating of 9.3 out of 10 for durability. Yet on closer examination, it turns out that many of these ratings come from owners who have had their mattresses for a short time and are judging them based on their impressions of overall quality.
The Bed in a Box brand gets an overall satisfaction rating of 86 percent, based on SleepLikeTheDead.com's analysis of more than 320 owner comments. The line draws praise for comfort and is considered a good value. Some also say it isolates motion well, but about 15 percent report odor problems.
Review: Bed in a Box Mattress Review, Ratings and Comparisons, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, June 9, 2014
More than 660 owners review Bed in a Box models on Viewpoints.com, giving the brand an overall rating of 9.5 out of 10 for comfort and support, 9.3 out of 10 for durability, and 9.1 out of 10 for firmness. The line's pricier models tend to earn the highest scores.
Review: BedInABox.com Mattress Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of May 2014