I’m sure you’ve been seeing more and more mattress by mail companies popping up, and I have as well. Purple, Casper, Helix and Cocoon to name a few.
They all promise an extended in-home trial period “at no risk or cost” to you, and are around $900 US for a queen sized bed.
We here at Wefty + Mash will not be trying out any of these mattress companies for a simple reason: They are too expensive. These memory foam mattresses are about twice the price of a high end Box-Spring mattress, but lack substantial improvements in longevity. The manufacturer’s’ organization ISPA recommends replacing an innerspring mattress once every 5-7 years, but a well built one can last a decade or slightly longer.
I sleep on a mattress built by a smaller manufacturer: The Original Mattress Company. They work on a factory-to-consumer pricing model which allows them to open their own stores and take home a fair profit while providing a good value to consumers. You won’t find their mattresses in a Mattress Firm, Costco or any other vendors: They are only available through storefronts or phone orders, with most stores in the Southeast US. The lack of a middle man means certain questionable pricing strategies used by other vendors are avoided.
And the price? Starting $289 for a basic queen sized mattress, innerspring mattresses go as high as about $600, with multiple options in between.
So if you aren’t already in love with the idea of a memory foam mattress, consider skipping the mail-order and stop into a local mattress store instead. Just keep in mind that if you’re not in a factory-direct to consumer store (like Mattress Firm), you’re probably paying about 4x the manufacturing cost. You can get that down to around 2x with a company like The Original Mattress Company.
This article was not endorsed or sponsored in any way. If you have another mattress company using a direct-to-consumer business model you feel should be mentioned, let me know in the comments below.