Emma, Eve or Casper? The top five boxed mattresses for 2019
By Ben Slater
Online bed-in-a-box mattress brands such as Emma, Eve and Leesa make bold claims about their mattresses. But which is actually the best to buy from in 2019?
Spending a few hundred pounds on a mattress that you haven’t tried out for yourself sounds risky. But our lab tests have revealed that some of the best mattresses money can buy are only available in vacuum-packed boxes that you order online.
Known as 'bed-in-a-box' mattresses, we’ve rounded up the top five for 2019 to help you make a decision you’ll be happy with for many years to come.
You can sleep safe in the knowledge that the bed-in-a-box mattresses we’ve recommended below will give your spine the support it needs, without sagging or softening with time.
While you can't try before you buy with these mattresses, each one is available with a sleep trial of several weeks, during which time you can send the mattress back for an exchange or, in many cases, a full refund. We've also independently tested each of the mattresses below to ensure that we only recommend those that are durable, resist sagging, support your back and are easy to turn.
Read on for our top five bed-in-a-box mattress recommendations, or jump straight to our full round-up of the best mattresses.
Top five boxed mattresses to buy in 2019
This mattress is supportive and can’t be beaten for durability, so even after years of use it should feel as good as new. It’s great for restless sleepers as, unlike some foam mattresses, this one doesn’t suck you in or restrict your movement at all. You can try it out for up to 100 nights before returning it for a full refund, but before you order, bear in mind that larger people who sleep on their back can get better support elsewhere.
This mattress is the cheapest mattress on this list and yet can lay claim to having the most complex construction. The combination of pocket springs and three different layers of foam provides very good all-round body support whether you sleep on your back or side. It’s really easy to turn on, well-suited to light sleepers and will also stand the test of time.
Not only is this the best bed-in-a-box mattress we’ve seen, it’s also the most supportive mattress we’ve tested overall. Whatever your body size or favoured sleeping position, this mattress will give your spine the support it needs for years to come, without sagging or softening. If you don’t find it comfortable, you have a 60-night trial period in which you can exchange it for another mattress from the same brand.
Looking for a foam mattress? You can’t go far wrong with this one. It did well in all our tests, meaning it’s supportive, breathable, suitable for light sleepers and long-lasting. The only things to note are that it becomes slightly softer after you've been sleeping on it a while, and it feels warmer to lie on that most, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how warm you like to feel during the night.
This mattress is one the firmest boxed beds we’ve seen, earning a five
on our firmness scale of one to ten. It provides good support for everyone,
but is especially supportive if you sleep on your back. It doesn’t restrict
your movement, making it easier to roll over and change sleeping position in
the night, though doing so shouldn’t disturb your partner because it absorbs
impact really well, too. You can try it out for up to 100 nights while still
being eligible for a full refund.
Bed-in-a-box mattress brands
Want to know more about the brands selling mattresses online? Read on for our round-up of the key information you'll need to know.
With its signature memory foam and foam filling, Casper is one of the biggest players in the bed-in-a-box market. As with most, you get a 100-night trial, within which you can decide whether to keep the mattress. If not, it will collect the mattress and give you a full refund.
- Costs: Single: £350, Double: £550, King: £600, Super King: £700
- Delivery: Free shipping and free returns in the UK. Planned delivery slots available for £15
- Trial: 100 nights. If you decide to return the mattress, Casper will collect it free of charge and offer a full refund
- Existing mattress removal: Available with planned delivery for an additional £10 - although only in certain areas of the UK
- Guarantee: 10-year limited warranty covering manufacturing flaws
- Other products available: Pillows, sheets, mattress protector, dog bed
See our full Casper mattress review to find out how it performed in our rigorous test programme.
Emma now offers two bed-in-a-box mattresses. The Emma Original is comprised of memory foam, foam and pocket springs, while the slightly more high-end Emma 2nd Generation has increased memory foam depth and no springs.
You can buy Emma mattresses standalone or in bundles with a combination of its pillow, mattress protector and base.
- Costs: Emma Original: Single: £379, Double: £599, King: £649, Super King: £749; Emma 2nd generation: Single: £429, Double £649, King: £699, Super King: £799 (0% financing options available)
- Delivery: Free shipping and free returns in the UK
- Trial: 100 nights. If you decide to return the mattress, Emma will collect it free of charge and offer a full refund
- Existing mattress removal: Available for an additional £35. Pick-up at a separate time after delivery
- Guarantee: 10-year limited warranty on the mattress core
- Other products available: pillow, mattress protector, bed base
See our full Emma Original mattress review to see whether it really can offer full support.
With its bright yellow trim, the Eve mattress is certainly bound to catch your eye. It's made of a 3cm memory foam layer, 3cm cooling foam layer and 18cm supportive foam base.
Eve mattresses are actually on display in various branches of Debenhams, Fenwick department stores and Next Home, so it's worth checking to see if there's a display model near you.
- Costs: Single: £349, Double: £599, King £699, Super King: £799 (0% APR finance packages are available)
- Delivery: Free standard 3-day delivery, next-day express delivery available for £10
- Trial: 100 nights. If you decide to return the mattress, Eve will collect it free of charge and offer a full refund
- Existing mattress removal: Available for an additional £35 fee, after the delivery of your Eve mattress
- Guarantee: 10-year limited warranty covering manufacturing faults
- Other products available: cot mattress, pillow, mattress topper, mattress protector, bed frame, bedding (two bundles available)
See how it performed in our tests by reading our full Eve mattress review.
Leesa donates one mattress to a homeless shelter for every 10 it sells, plants one tree for every sale, and donates employee time to community volunteer work, so it pitches itself as an ethical option.
- Costs: Single: £399, Double: £599, King: £699, Super King: £769 (0% APR finance packages are available)
- Delivery: Free delivery (4-7 business days)
- Trial: 100 nights. If you decide to return the mattress, Leesa will offer a full refund
- Existing mattress removal: No option
- Guarantee: 10-year limited warranty covering all defects
- Other products available: Sheet set
See our full Leesa mattress review to discover whether it will really offer you a better night's sleep.
Otty claims that its patented memory foam/foam/pocket spring combination eliminates over-heating with a cool gel and airflow technology.
- Costs: Single: £350, Double: £450, UK King £550, Super King: £650 (0% financing available, ranging from 3 months to 12 months depending on the value of the purchase and the retailer)
- Delivery: Free shipping, £30 for premium shipping including allocated day and Saturday delivery, and free returns
- Trial: 100 nights. If you decide to return the mattress, Otty will offer a full refund
- Existing mattress removal: Optional, depending on your area
- Guarantee: 10-year limited warranty
- Other products available: Pillow and pet bed
See how it does in our tests, including how breathable the mattress is, by reading our full Otty mattress review.
Silentnight has a bigger range of deliverable mattresses, including pocket-sprung, latex and memory foam options. If you like trying out a mattress before buying, Silentnight is one of the few online mattress brands to be on display in a large number of retailers - including Bensons for Beds, Dreams, Furniture Village and John Lewis.
- Costs: Doubles range from £125-£729 depending on the model. Its hero boxed model, the Silentnight Studio, costs: single: £349, double: £599, King: £699, Super King: £799 (flexible 0% financing available)
- Delivery: Free 14-day shipping for all mattresses, apart from Studio and Mattress-Now ranges, which are eligible for next-day delivery
- Trial: 60 nights. If you decide to return the mattress, Silentnight will give the option of exchanging your mattress for another, but won't offer a full refund
- Existing mattress removal: Optional, depending on your area
- Guarantee: 5-year limited warranty
- Other products available: Beds, bedding, pillows and duvets
One of the stalwarts of the bed-in-a-box mattress market, Simba prides itself on its combination of memory foam, foam and pocket springs. Its mattresses are available to test in a number of retailers, including John Lewis and Furniture Village, but also come with a 100-night trial.
- Costs: Simba Hybrid: Single: £399, Double: £599, King: £699, Super King: £799; Simba Luxe: Single: £1,299, Double: £1,699, King: £1,899, £2,199 (flexible 0% APR finance packages available)
- Delivery: Free next working day delivery via Silver X Logistics, or free express delivery via UPS
- Trial: 100 nights. If you decide to return the mattress, Simba will offer a full refund
- Existing mattress removal: Optional with premium delivery
- Guarantee: 10-year limited warranty covering manufacturer faults
- Other products available: Bunk-bed mattress, pillows, duvets, mattress protector, adjustable bed base, fitted sheet, sleep spray, slippers (three bundles available)
Read our full Simba Hybrid mattress review to see how it performs in our lab.
Which? bed in a box mattress reviews
If you’re looking for a great night’s sleep, look no further than our independent and objective mattress reviews. You can have complete confidence in our reviews and test scores because every mattress review we publish is based on the most rigorous lab tests.
It’s essential that your mattress gives your spine the support it needs. That’s why we test each one to see how well it will support people of various sizes, sleeping on both back and side.
After simulating up to 10 years of use by rolling a heavy barrel over the mattress thousands of times, we then repeat the body-support tests to see whether the mattress becomes less supportive over time. We also assess the mattress for any change in height or firmness, so we can tell you whether a mattress will sag or soften after a few years of use.
That’s not all. Our testing also reveals how breathable a mattress is, how easy it is to turn over on and how stable it is. Light sleepers should try and buy a mattress with five stars for stability. These are the best at absorbing bounces, so you’ll be less likely to be disturbed when your partner rolls over or gets up in the night.
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