Buying a bed in a box or also known as a mattress in a box has become wildly popular in recent times. Traditionally we would go into a brick and mortar store to purchase a mattress. We had about 3-5 minutes to try it out (with a salesperson watching) and that would determine how satisfied we would be for the next 5 years.
The bed in a box concept completely revolutionised not only the delivery of mattresses but also how we trial mattresses. Deliveries are generally to your door with some companies offering a premium service to take it up to your room of choice and unpack it for you (some free some at an additional cost).
Besides the actual mattress, the trial and warranty are what grab your attention. The bed in a box industry offer trials from 30-nights to 100-nights to even ridiculous 356-nights (yikes). We recommend you read the fine print of the trial as some allow you to receive a full refund within this time and others offering a mattress exchange. Consider reading the warranty conditions too.
Here are the best bed in a box mattresses in the UK (Important Considerations in Conclusion).
1. Emma Original Bed In A Box Mattress
Emma set out to create the most well-rounded and balanced mattress. Whether you sleep on your back front or side, it is designed for all sleeping types. Although many UK mattresses or beds in a box claim to create the "perfect" mattress for all, not many have been able to back it up. Emma just recently has crossed the 1 millionth mattress milestone.
The Emma Original mattress is possibly the UK's most awarded mattress. With awards from Which?, Good Housekeeping, The Independent, T3, Inews, Ideal Homes, Real Homes and our very own Best Mattress UK Recommendation.
The mattress is a 3-layered foam design. The top comfort layer is made a temperature regulating "Airgocell" foam, this layer is made to ensure optimal breathability as well as initial comfort. The middle layer is made from pressure-relieving memory foam for constant body contouring. Finally, the base support layer includes castellations which help keep your spine aligned.
The Emma mattress arrives vacuum sealed rolled and boxed. From the time it arrives, you will have 100-nights to test the mattress, if you are not satisfied within this period they will collect it and offer you a full refund.
2. Nectar Bed In A Box Mattress
The Nectar mattress is by far the bed in a box trial and warranty king. Nectar offers a 365-night trial (a whole year!) for you to test the mattress at home. The idea behind this trial is so you can experience the mattress throughout the year during all four seasons. If within this time frame you are not 100% satisfied you can schedule a collection and receive a full refund (Nectar state less than 3% return their mattresses).
On top of this trial you also get a forever warranty giving you life long peace of mind. Of course read up on the fine print and terms and conditions.
This mattress in a box has a pretty high memory foam to overall foam percentage which you can read up on our Best Memory Foam Mattresses. Two of the three foam layers are made from memory foam with the final base layer a support foam. Memory foam mattresses are especially well suited for couples as they minimise motion transfer and also offer great pressure relief.
The Nectar mattress is also very well rated on Trustpilot with a vast majority of the reviews being "excellent". We always recommend reading customer reviews, especially of beds in boxes as they are usually sold only online.
3. Simba Hybrid Bed In A Box Mattress
Simba used data from different body profiles from over ten million sleepers to create their bed in a box hybrid mattress. A hybrid mattress means they use the supportive benefits of pocket springs and the comfort of foams, in a way it's created for you to get the best of both worlds so you don't have to compromise.
Simba has a reputation for utilising the most innovative and tech-advanced materials in their products, from their mattress topper to their adjustable pillow to even their weighted blanket. They always push the boundaries and bring a new feature that separates them from their competitors and gets techies excited.
The mattress is a mix of Simbatex (open-cell foam with graphite infusion), miQro springs which are made from 100% British steel, edge support layer and a final zoned base foam layer. This mattress construction has garnered attention from the likes of Ideal Home, Men's Health, T3, GHI, Real homes just to name a few and also a huge pool of customer reviews from Trustpilot and the Simba site.
Overall Simba is a very popular choice in the mattress and bed in a box category. Their mattresses come with a 100-night trial and a 10-year guarantee. There is not really much that can go wrong with mattresses that offer a free trial.
4. Eve Premium Hybrid Bed In A Box Mattress
We have included a luxury mattress for this bed in a box list to accommodate those who are willing to splurge some extra quid. The Eve Premium Hybrid mattress is one of the most highly rated by Which? and consistently ranks in the top positions in mattress ranking guides.
The Eve Premium Hybrid is an advancement from the standard Eve Hybrid mattress. You will find 7 internal layers with the most stand out features being the 1500 mm full-sized springs as well as the memory foam layer with active cooling and top Floatfoam® as Eve call it. What excites most potential customers is their introduction of tiny silver strands into the cover which make it antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Like most mattresses in a box, the Eve Premium Hybrid also is regarded as a medium-firm comfort level which targets the majority of sleepers and sleeping positions. There is also an Eve Premium mattress which excludes the spring layer for those enjoying a foam-based comfort.
Standard with all Eve mattress is a 100-night trial, if you don't like it in this period, they will take care of the collection and sort out your refund. The mattresses also come with a 10-year warranty.
5. Brook & Wilde Lux Bed In A Box Mattress
One of the most common trends amongst bed in a box brands in the UK is that they offer their mattresses in only one firmness. It's generally a 6.5 out of 10 with 10 being the firmest option. The idea is to offer the most widely used comfort option and reach the majority of UK sleepers. that being said those that enjoy a soft or slightly firmer mattress are left in the dark. That's where Brook + Wilde comes in.
Brook + Wilde have come out with two mattresses, the Lux which we included in this list and also a more premium version called the Elite. The Brook + Wilde mattresses are available in three firmness choices, soft, medium and firm.
The Lux is made up of 5 internal layers that follow what they call "wave technology" which ultimately is designed to help with correct spinal alignment by ensuring the right support is added where it is needed most. Interestingly, they included two layers of springs, 2,000 mini pocket springs and 1,000 larger springs.
As with most of the mattresses in a box, you will find in the UK, the Brook + Wilde Lux also comes with a 100-night comfort trial. You can either get a refund or exchange it for a different comfort choice (please read the conditions as this may change). Additionally, as their mattress is made to last, the mattress is guaranteed for 10 years.
6. Vesgantti Bed In A Box Mattress
If you are looking for a budget mattress or a guest bed in a box then the Vesgantti is a great consideration. The Inofia mattress which seems to be its rival would also be a good option so you can head over there if you have some extra time.
A brand new mattress in a box doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg and Vesgantti have made that clear. Cheaper mattress often have a bad reputation for using lesser quality materials and are not made to last as long. This particular 10.3 Inch Vesgantti mattress has some of the most positive customer reviews especially commenting on the great value for money. We had also seen a hand full of customers saying that it feels a bit softer than advertised so keep that in mind.
The mattress follows a hybrid design layout with individually wrapped pocket springs to isolate movement, memory foam, polyfoam and natural fillings. It is also claimed to be an orthopaedic mattress as it helps to keep your spine aligned.
Comes with a 100-night trial (remember to give it at least 3 weeks to fully get used to the new mattress) and a 10-year limited warranty.
Bed In A Box Brands & Companies UK
- Brook + Wilde
- Tweak Slumber
Best Bed In A Box Conclusion
In our closing remarks, we will have to say to always read the delivery conditions, some offer delivery only to your door etc. Read the returns policy thoroughly, most refund you within the trial period but there are some cases of only exchanges possible or you will need to trial the mattress for at least 3 weeks etc. so make sure to read up on the trial. Just as important visit their warranty/ guarantee terms to full understand what exactly is covered.
Besides that, we are big fans of the bed in a box industry, this is the future of purchasing beds, mattresses and bedroom accessories and with a foolproof, risk-free trial there isn't much that can go wrong.