Some luxury mattress-in-a-box-products come at high-end prices, but most companies have standard models at an affordable price point. The low prices are possible because bed-in-a-box companies cut out the middleman and don’t have overhead costs like most brick-and-mortar establishments. Compressing the mattresses into a standard shipping box can also make delivery less expensive for the retailer.
When you shop for mattresses in person, you can go to two different types of stores: a brand store that only sells its products. or a retailer that sells mattresses from various brands. Whichever way you shop, your options are limited by what the store carries and has in stock.
On the other hand, mattress-in-a-box companies make shopping much simpler. Many brands only offer a few models, but you can easily search across different company websites and compare prices and features. Shopping online, you won’t be boxed in by the partnerships between different stores and specific brands.
Off-gassing occurs when your new mattress releases the pent-up volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) trapped in its airtight container. These molecules come mostly from adhesive and foam materials. The exact chemical makeup depends on the mattress but can include formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, and chlorofluorocarbons, which are also found in many other household items, including paint and cleaners.
While exposure to these chemicals can be dangerous, the degree to which you are exposed during off-gassing is minimal and should not impact your health. Many companies list the specifics about their products’ chemical makeup and off-gassing on their website, along with the environmental and manufacturing standards they comply with, such as GREENGUARD Gold or CertiPUR-US.
2. Specific Base Requirements
Memory foam mattresses require more consistent reinforcement, like a platform, to prevent sinking and indentations. This kind of damage is not usually covered under warranty. That means if you are replacing your traditional mattress with memory foam for the first time, you might need to get a new base.
3. No Try Before You Buy
While trying out mattresses in a showroom isn’t everyone’s idea of a good, or even productive, time, some prefer to try before they buy. If that’s you, it doesn’t necessarily mean a mattress in a box isn’t an option. Consider choosing a brand that has a showroom nearby. Or, trust the process and purchase a mattress from a company that offers no-hassle returns if you decide you don’t like it during the test period.