SAN ANTONIO – We spend roughly one-third of our lives in bed, so you want to have a good mattress to catch those Zs. With beds-in-a-box becoming more popular, sales have nearly quadrupled in the last couple of years.
Mattress shopping can be frustrating. Different brands often sell in different stores. But the bed-in-a-box, usually a compressed foam mattress rolled or folded into a package, can be delivered to your doorstep. You can order online, there's no sales pressure and you can have your bed in about a week.
If you want to try before you buy, some manufacturers have teamed up with retailers so consumers can go into brick-and-mortar stores and stretch out to try.
The mattresses can weigh between 60 and 140 pounds.
In the video above, see how Consumer Reports finds the best bed-in-a-box, checking wear, firmness and support for different body types.