A mattress cover may not seem like a big deal. Not to be confused with a mattress protector – the mattress cover is part of the bed itself. It covers the foam or other materials. Why? Think about the quality of the cover as an indicator of the quality of the mattress. Manufacturers can spend a lot on the cover or on a cheaper bed, spend very little. There’s a lot in between.
Your job is to find the mattress that fits your preferences and offers the most quality for the price. Otherwise you’ll be back into the mattress buying game too soon or worse, wake up in pain.
As a mattress geek I’ve talked to a manufacturer of different mattress brand’s mattress covers and have reviewed many. There’s a wide spectrum of types.
Nectar mattress cover has memory foam quilted into it for a soft, comfortable feel
Nectar mattress has memory foam quilted into it and it’s really soft and well made. Liquids can get into the cover and smells which can be tough to get out, so again, get a good quality mattress protector – we recommend that you only spot treat the cover. See how distinct each square is.
To answer the question though, YES, you can (and should) judge a lot about a mattress by its cover.
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Questions to ask about a Mattress Cover
Can you zip off the mattress cover? If it zips off that also means you can possibly wash the cover if needed. Even some that say they’re not machine washable can be washed on a gentle cycle and air dried.
Look at the quality of the zipper. Does it seem substantial or flimsy? Do you care either way?
Unzip or otherwise feel the fabric – check the thickness and quality of both the front and back cover. Some thinner covers are still made of durable fabric.
Are there any special features of the cover? Some like Ecosa have a waterproof cover. Or an Amore or Avocado have an organic cover.
Is there a smell? Some brands have more extreme offgassing than others and the cover will hold a strong smell from the foam. That means you may need to air it out.
What details are there – for example, the stitching or piping.
How hard are you on a mattress cover? If you have a pet or are a bit rough in bed you should think about a higher end mattress or making sure you get a really good mattress protector that covers the top and all sides.
The colors. If your mattress cover is completely white on the top and sides, it may be harder to keep perfectly clean. Gray or darker colored sides can disguise stains (not show everything).
Does it have special features like tufting – Dreamcloud and Avocado have tufting or raised sections. Some people like that European styling but others may not like feeling the distinct squares of fabric.
Does it have handles? Handles can help you maneuver and rotate a mattress easier.
Closeup of Dreamcloud mattress cover and tufting – note the handle
Ecosa Mattress Cover
We looked at the Ecosa mattress cover to show you its unique features, including a waterproof inner layer and a removeable cover that can be washed in a washing machine. The back features nonskid dots.
This is a great mattress for someone who sleeps with a pet because the waterproof layer will protect your mattress from hair, pee and other substances getting inside of the foam and breaking it down. It helps prevent smells too.
Value brands like Linenspa, Zinus or cheaper Amazon brands often have covers that will usually pill easier, be thinner and use lower quality materials (but you get an excellent price and if you care for it well could end up being a great value). Some backs tear very easily and if you plan on moving it around, you’ll want to buy a mattress protector like this one that covers all sides and the bottom of the bed. It’s called an encasement or 6-sided mattress protector.
Compared to other mattresses in their price range, normally a mattress that costs $1k and up will have much better covers than lower priced mattresses.
We really love the Puffy mattress cover for its originality. The clouds really match the brand and the premium gray fabric on the foot of the mattress give it a more luxury feel.
Puffy mattress cover
For the most part, mid-tier brands like Casper, Leesa, Lull, Helix, Layla (the original models) won’t be made as of high quality of material as their higher end models.
Lull mattress cover
Layla’s cover features a design that shows you which side to sleep on depending on if you want the softer or more firm end.
Bed in a Box mattress is in the middle, it’s more unique and has more color than a lot of mattress covers.
Serenity bed in a box mattress cover close up – it also has handles
High End Mattress Covers
However, if we had to vote on the best mattress cover in this class, it would be a Purple original mattress. Never try to move a Purple mattress without a cover on it – it’s very difficult! The new Purple mattress covers have a lot more detailing and style, plus are even more durable.
The original Purple mattress cover is all white but cleans well and is well made
Would you pay as much for a book that has no cover, a torn cover or a cheaper paper cover? We do judge a lot of things by their appearance and feel. Like books, you can get a feel for the quality of a mattress by its cover.
A lot of people don’t understand what a cal king bed is. They mistakenly think that a cal king mattress is higher off the ground when in reality a cal king is longer and more narrow than a regular king size mattress. As a result many mattress companies end up with far more returned cal king size mattresses. Customers are ordering and then returning them and costing a lot of extra money in returns and for lost customer satisfaction.
Box bed websites should clearly state the dimensions of a cal king bed at the time of order to make sure people don’t accidentally order the wrong one.
Cal King Mattress Size in Inches
A cal or California king size mattress in inches (the dimensions) are: 72 inches x 84 inches. They’re 72 inches wide and 84 inches in length. That’s 4 inches longer than a regular king. If you’re a tall person that extra length is very important! It’s more rectangular in shape.
A regular king is 76 inches wide by 80 inches in length. Both add up to 156 inches (same amount of material) which is why they’re usually priced the same. It’s almost a square. Two twins make up a king and two twin XLs make up a cal king. An Eastern king is the same as a regular king.
Who Should Order a Cal King Bed?
Usually only people over 6 foot 3 inches need a Cal king. Someone who is 6′ 3″ is actually 75 inches tall. A king mattress is 80 inches tall and a Cal king is 84 inches (7 feet!) tall. It you’re tall person sleeping on a regular king, your head may bump against the headboard, your feet may bump against the footboard. When you sleep on your back you’re stretched out more and may touch both the head and foot of the bed! You’ll feel very cramped. So you should get a cal king size bed.
The other perfect customer for a king size bed is someone who’s bedroom is not wide enough to fit a regular king or the space is too tight. Cal kings were named after the state of California. This size of mattress was created because in California they built houses with smaller rooms to save space. So people in California are often familiar with what a cal king is. But outside of California a lot of people don’t know.
In person you can easily tell the difference between a king and a cal king. Online you can’t. You might accidentally order a cal king and then return it when it doesn’t fit your bed frame. We think by putting the dimensions right on the order and making it clear during the ordering process there will be less mistakes made.
Tip for Bed in a Box Mattress Companies
Include the dimensions of the mattress in the checkout process.
See how the cal king is obviously 10 inches thick and the only thing that changes is the length and width? This company gives the prices but we recommend adding the dimensions too.
This mattress company doesn’t have the dimensions and likely has a higher return rate on California king size beds.
Split California King Adjustable Bed with Mattress
Cal kings do come in split cal kings too. They are two twins that are 84″ long but no one sells them separately. You have to buy them as a set and people usually get them with an adjustable base. As far as we know there’s no such thing as a california queen size mattress.
Here are some split cal kings adjustable beds.
All boxed brands we’ve seen offer a cal king but not a split cal king. For those, check the Amazon links above.
Looking for a new mattress? Bed in a box mattress companies come with sleep trials. Check out table below to compare sleep trials, warranties and learn more about online mattresses you want to try. We include pet beds, crib mattresses and the top online brands that offer a mattress trial so you can sleep on your bed in your own home for a set number of nights. Should you not like the bed, you can get a complete refund.
Free Mattress Trial
To make it easy to compare, we put together this table of mattresses that have a free trial period. These are the top mattress brands that are sold online. Most are latex and/or foam but there are a few memory foam mattresses also.
Mattress Brand Name
Payment Plan Options
Purple mattress – Unique top layer of stretchy polymer cradles your pressure points for the best night’s sleep. Also carries a pet bed. TOP PICK.
Get as low as ZERO% for 6 months, flexible monthly payments, no hidden fees.
10 year warranty
Nectar Mattress – a premium feel mattress with memory foam with the longest free trial ever – 1 year!
365 day free trial
6 months no interest or credit check required.
Forever Warranty. For the life of the mattress for the original owner
Luxi Sleep – eco-friendly foam mattresses that have air channels for cooling. Adjustable – can change the feel from firm to medium or soft, at any time. Split so you can change the comfort of each side of the bed (great for couples who can’t agree).
100 Night Trial
0% Financing Available with Amazon Pay or PayPal
10 Year Warranty
Loom and Leaf by Saavta. Handcrafted in the USA with premium, eco-friendly 5 lb memory foam.
120 Night Trial
0.00% APR for 6 months if paid in full*
10 Year Warranty
Layla – memory foam mattress infused with the healing properties of copper.
Wink Beds – Hybrid mattress has the support of coils with the comfort of foam. You can trade in one firmness for another but you pay 50% of the cost. White glove delivery where they set up your bed is an additional $99. Old mattress removal service available for $159. Handmade in Wisconsin. Pillow top to extra firm.
Newton Baby Mattress – waterproof, washable and breathable. This is a unique and safe baby mattress for the crib. The mattress pad sold separately is breathable too (maybe buy 2 so you can wash one and still have a backup).
Plushbeds – Online luxury mattress manufacturer and retailer, specializing in handcrafted organic and natural latex mattresses. America’s largest online distributor of natural and organic latex mattresses.
Yoga Bedis a 4-layer gel memory foam bed made in the US. Queen is $699 and comes with two (2) free Memory Foam Pillows.
Financing through Affirm
10 Year Warranty
Keetsa Mattress – fiber is made from recycled plastic bottles. Comes in 100% recyclable boxes printed with water soluble ink, plastic bags are bio-degradable. Hybrids, foam and dog bed available. Can purchase comfort layers to make your mattress softer if needed.
This list is updated frequently but prices and terms may change. Sleep trial may be different than listed if purchased through Amazon. Warranty details differ by company, check website.
Protect Your Mattress with a Mattress Protector
No matter what mattress you buy it is an investment. Consider how much time you spend sleeping and how important sleep is to your overall health and well being. The best thing you can do to extend the life of your mattress is PROTECT your mattress. Protect it from spills, bacteria, dust mites, etc. before you sleep on it for the first time to prolong the life of your mattress.
If you sleep an average of 8 hours per night, multiply that by 365 days and that equals 2920 hours of sleep a year. In 5 years you will be on that bed for over 14,000 hours!
A hypoallergenic and 100% waterproof mattress protector. 30% off discount for all sizes if they would like to purchase our mattress protector with Claim Code: RECCICOVER
Can more easily research and compare materials and construction
No pressure or interaction with salespeople
Easy to compare prices, no haggling
Can see customer reviews
Lots of options
Don’t have to drive all around
Value: typically online mattresses range between $600 and $1000
Data from Sleep Like the Dead shows that overall satisfaction levels for bed in a box mattresses and mattresses purchased at a mattress store at about the same – overall, more than 80% of people say they’re satisfied with their purchase after sleeping on their new bed.
And trying out a bed in a mattress store doesn’t mean you’ll automatically find the perfect bed for you right away. Nearly 20% of customers report that the bed they purchased and took home from a mattress store feels different than the one they tried at the store
Just in time for Casper’s 5th birthday, Casper just announced two new beds which are both hybrid (foam and springs): the Wave Hybrid and The Casper Hybrid. If you like a thicker more high end mattress, this is for you.
The Casper Hybrid Collection is a new line of mattresses that features premium foam with resilient springs for luxurious comfort and support. After almost five years of R&D, user testing, and the latest sleep science and technology, the company says, they pair “pressure-relieving, contouring foams with durable-yet-gentle springs…” They are the first Casper mattresses to feature springs.
The Hybrid Collection is available in two models — the Casper Hybrid and the Wave Hybrid. Of the two, The Wave is the ultimate because it has a wool cover and perforated foam for increased airflow. Best of all, they’re still priced lower than other showroom type mattresses.
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Features 4 layers of premium foam and springs:
1.5” Breathable open-cell foam
1.5” Pressure-relieving memory foam
1.5” Zoned SupportTM* layer
7.0” Foundation of durable, pocket coil springs and supportive base foam
Light colored cover
*Zoned SupportTM contours to the hips and shoulders for spinal alignment and pressure relief.
End-to-end springs in the base layer provide edge support.
12” total height (foam and cover)
Casper Mattress Cost
Prices: Twin $850 | Twin XL $915 | Full $1295 | Queen $1495 | King $1895 | California King $1895
We like that Casper added perforated breathable foam for better airflow. If you’re heavier or sleep too warm most of the time, we recommend The Wave.
5 layers premium foam, gel, and springs:
1.0” Hypersensitive, velvety-soft comfort foam
1.5” Breathable latex foam
1.5” Pressure-relieving memory foam
1.5” High resiliency foam with gel
pods for targeted support
7.0” Foundation of durable, pocket coil springs and supportive base foam
Humidity-fighting, moisture-wicking wool cover sleeps cool.
End-to-end springs with a firm foam perimeter provide enhanced edge support.
13” total height (foam, springs, and wool cover)
Zipper at the top, gray sides
The Wave Hybrid comes with in-home delivery and setup included (Subject to geographic limitations).
Casper Mattress Cost
Twin $1545 | Twin XL $1645 | Full $2245 | Queen $2695 | King $3495 | California King $3495
This week, (April 22, 2019), Buffy launched a new product in addition to their top-selling Cloud comforter. It’s called The Breeze. The Breeze lightweight comforter was created for you if you want a comforter but you sleep hot. Or to change out your bedding to make it more lightweight for summer. It features lighter breathable fabric and eucalyptus fill.
Thin Lightweight Comforter
What makes The Breeze different from other cooling comforters? There are other versions on the market filled with bamboo viscose, straw, milkweed, and other materials. However, Buffy is the first company to create a 100% plant-based comforter for the mass market and the first to be made entirely from eucalyptus. Eucalyptus fiber is biodegradable and uses less water and land to produce than cotton.
The Breeze comes in all sizes. See prices and exact sizing below.
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Buffy Breeze Comforter Cost
Here are the sizes, measurements and costs for each size comforter:
Twin/Twin XL70″x 90″ at $170
Full/Queen90″x 94″ at $210
King/Cal King104″x 94″ at $250
30 Day FREE Trial
Try Before you Buy
Amazingly, Buffy lets you pay nothing and try the Breeze before you pay for it. That’s something we never see!
Here’s how that works: they put a hold on your credit card for 30 days. If you return your Buffy, you don’t get charged. If you want to keep it, they charge you when your 30 days are up.
When you buy a Breeze, Buffy says they donate a tree to American Forests, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1875 and is the oldest national conservation organization in the U.S.
Luma Sleep makes a bed that we really like. Before we tell you why, here’s some background about Luma. They are a Florida-based mattress manufacturer. It was created with guidance from “The Sleep Doctor,” Michael J. Breus, PhD. They have a lot of options but you should know that it’s a latex based bed and comes in 3 firmness levels.
The Luma Mattress is a hybrid bed and comes in 3 models, all feature:
Mattress and Topper lines are made with 100% natural latex along with foam and pocketed coils
100 day free trial
15 year warranty
Made in the US
High quality mattress
A selection of adjustable bed bases
3 Reasons to Love the Luma Sleep Bed
1. 0% Financing
This is a premium bed and it’s reasonable but a little higher priced than some other bed in a box brands but with the quality it’s a great value. If you are looking for an affordable monthly payment you can get 0% financing if you pay within 6 months.
2. Comes in 3 Firmness Levels that Can be Exchanged For Up to a Year!
What you’re going to love is that this bed give you choices. You can choose ‘Plush’ (3.5), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5). You have up to a year to exchange the top layer to fit your preference too!
We’ve found that addresses the #1 reason people return a mattress – it’s too firm or too soft. Luma addresses this and gives you plenty of time to be sure you have the firmness you sleep best on. And with the exchange you can find the firmness level that fits your preference.
The basic Luma mattress comes is an exception – it just comes in 2 firmness levels. The mattress can be exchanged for the other firmness level for up to a year after purchase.
The Latex Hybrid Slumber System has a 3″ topper can be exchanged for a different firmness level for up to a year after a purchase.
The All-Latex Slumber System includes …a 3″ Talalay latex topper in your choice of 3 firmness levels. The system comes with 2 queen size Talalay latex pillows, a mattress protector and free white glove delivery. The topper can also be exchanged for a different firmness level for a year after a purchase.
3. Luma is a Heavyweight!
You may think of a heavy bed as a negative but it’s actually a plus! It might be harder to move this mattress but here’s why that’s a good thing: weight is a sign of quality. Cheaper beds use light weight foams that aren’t going to last as long.
It might be easier to move a lighter bed but you’ll have to replace it more often. This mattress should last twice as long as most of the top brands you’ve heard of.
Here are some weight and prices to show you what we mean:
Queen Luma mattress weighs 100 lbs. and is $995
Queen Natural Latex Hybrid weighs 135 lbs. and is $1,295
Queen Hybrid Slumber System weighs 155 lbs and is $1,695.00
Queen All Latex Slumber System weighs 185 lbs and is $1,995
If you just need a top layer:
3″ Talalay Latex Comfort Layer From $375
2″ Talalay Latex Mattress Topper from $300
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, like natural latex and want to buy from a solid company that is transparent, recommended and makes their beds in the US, Luma is a great choice. Combine that with the firmness level exchange, 0% financing and quality, Luma will make even the pickiest sleepers happy.
Eight Mattress is already the most high tech mattress we know. Today they announced a new mattress that will automatically adjust to your body temperature. It’s called the Eight Sleep Pod. It’s not a nap pod or something that encloses over you. This high tech mattress uses liquid embedded into the layers to regulate the temperature.
We haven’t seen anything like it!
The company says they used 43 million hours of sleep data, insights from over 30,000 sleepers and says they collaborated with 5 leading sleep researchers to come up with the Pod.
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Pod tracks your sleep and learns the right temperature for you. Features personalized temperature regulation on each side of the bed. Temperatures can range between 55° and 115°F so it’s ideal for any climate.
The Pod is the only bed that dynamically adjusts its temperature to be perfect for you all night long. It monitors your sleep patterns, learns your temperature preferences and cools and heats to keep you comfortable.
There are sensors in the 4 layers of foam and it’s a liquid based thermoelectric system.
During the night the bed keeps you at thermoneutral or to your settings. Best of all, if you sleep with someone, both the dynamic temperature and biometric tracking work independently for each side of the bed. That means one side can be cooled (for example, if she has menopausal symptoms such as night sweats) and the other side could be neutral (so he doesn’t freeze while she tries to stay comfortable).
In addition to helping you sleep by getting the temperature just right, the Pod can act as a thermo alarm to wake you up gradually and naturally, without the sound of an alarm. It gradually cools the bed in the morning and can adjust the temperature to help you fall asleep at night.
All smart mattresses Eight sells come with an app to track:
– Sleep Stages
– Heart Rate
Eight uses the data to give you tips to help improve your sleep.
Connects to your smart home through Amazon Echo, Google Home, Nest, and Philips Hue.
Medium firm foam mattress
Prices start at $1,995. Pre Order only. Reserve with $95 deposit. Shipping begins April 2019. Fast, easy financing is available, including at 0% interest (should you qualify).
DreamCloud luxury hybrid mattress – (read our DreamCloud review) one of our top picks if you like a bit firmer mattress – announced two new products: Luxury Percale Bed Sheets and contoured memory foam pillow. This is the first bedding the company has offered. Note: we may earn a small commission when you shop through our links.
Premium Percale Weave Sheets
Made from 100% long-staple organic cotton that’s extra soft and super strong. Made to fit a deep mattress like DreamCloud’s which is 15″ deep. The pocket fitted sheet features elastic corner bands and will fit any mattress 12” or deeper.
Perfect if you like crisp, lightweight and breathable sheets.
310 TC 100% long-staple organic cotton
Classic, durable, and long lasting one-over-one-under weave
Combed for a clean, smooth finish
Percale cotton softens with each wash
3 piece set with a flat bed sheet, fitted sheet and 2 standard pillowcases (king and Cal king come with king size pillowcases) in the following sizes:
We really love that DreamCloud chose a contoured pillow – to add support. Ideal for anyone with neck pain. Also, we’re fans of adjustable pillows and are happy that DreamCloud pillows come in king size.
Sleep on the cool side with DreamCloud’s new pillow. Helps your body maintain the ideal temperature and features internal ventilation, a cool gel coating, and a cool knit outer cover. Wicks heat and moisture while you sleep.
Choose exactly the right amount of height by adding or removing premium memory foam inserts in the pillow.
Filled with CertiPur-US certified flexible foam
Contours to the natural curves of your head, neck, and shoulders
Removable 1″ insert for customizable comfort
Product L x W x H: 28”x16”x7”
Weight: 6 lbs
Removable cover can be machine washed on gentle cycle with cold water. Line dry and do not bleach.
GhostBed has a new mattress in their line of memory foam beds. The GhostBed Flex hybrid mattress is a luxurious 13-inch deep mattress with 7 layers, including memory foam, foam and coils. Flex is GhostBed’s third mattress and joins the original GhostBed and GhostBed Luxe.
The GhostBed Flex features a pillow top, is softer than the other two options and is the only bed they sell that has coils. Both the Flex and Luxe are 13-inches deep.
It’s difficult to keep the two models straight, because you’d think the softer, higher end model would be called Luxe, but it’s the Flex.
The Flex is the most plush mattress GhostBed offers and comes in between a 4-5 on a 1-10 scale (with 1 being a marshmallow and 10 being cement).
At the time of writing, a queen Flex Hybrid is $1485, which is $210 above the Luxe.
GhostBed Flex has 7 layers, including 8 1/2” tall individual coils for support.
1. Cooling Topper – GhostBed Flex’s top layer with advanced cooling technology.
2. 1” of Cooling Fiber – A layer of cooling comfort is woven into topper to aid airflow.
3. 1” of Gel Memory Foam
4. 1″ of another type of Gel Memory Foam
5. 1″ of Transition Foam
6. Individually Wrapped & Reinforced 8 1/2” Support Coils
7. 1″ High-Density Support Foam
GhostBed, GhostBed Luxe, and GhostBed Flex are made without ozone depleters; formaldehyde; PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants; mercury, lead, and other heavy metals; and phthalates. GhostBed products are low VOC emissions for indoor air quality.
GhostBed features a 101-night sleep trial. If not completely satisfied, GhostBed will arrange for the return and give a full refund.
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