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Last updated: 12 March 2018

'Bed-in-a-box' foam and latex mattresses are catching people's attention for being a cheaper option than inner-spring mattresses. One comfort level for all, the security of a trial period and easy online purchasing add to their attractiveness. 

We reviewed the six most popular products, as well as a traditional innerspring Sealy Posturepedic Aspire, to determine if a bed-in-a-box mattress is worth your time and money.

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A 140kg cylindrical roller traverses back and forth 30,000 times over each mattress, recreating the wear they're expected to endure over a lifetime of use. A further 5000 impressions are made using a 100kg prop along the edges to simulate conditioning caused when sitting down on them, as you might when putting on shoes, for example. Our expert testers give every product a thorough workout to help find the mattresses that:

  • lose firmness the least over time
  • have the best warranties
  • offer a trial period.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which mattresses have washable covers and which brands offer free delivery. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which mattresses come out on top.

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