- ‘Medium Firm’
- 120-night sleep trial
- 15-year warranty
- Close conforming and pressure relief
- Great motion isolation
Our editor’s pick is the Douglas Mattress from Novosbed, a memory foam bed that conforms closely to the sleeper’s body in order to help align the spine and reduce pressure points in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and other sensitive areas. The bed is constructed with comfort layers of gel memory foam and ‘Elastex’ foam, which provides support comparable to natural latex. A high-density polyfoam base layer reinforces the mattress and ensures a flat, even sleep surface.
The Douglas by Novosbed also isolates motion transfer to a significant extent and produces no noise when bearing weight; both of these qualities may be beneficial to couples, particularly if one or both of the sleepers awakens easily due to noise. The mattress sleeps fairly cool, as well, due in part to a cover crafted with fabric derived from eucalyptus leaves. The Douglas Mattress is ‘Medium Firm,’ or a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale, making it suitable for most sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds) and the heavy weight group (more than 230 pounds).
The mattress has a below-average price-point and shipping is free-of-charge for most Canadians. The Douglas by Novosbed is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.
- Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
- Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
- Value seekers
In recent years, ‘bed in a box’ mattress brands have taken the sleep industry by storm. These companies primarily sell their products online and typically price their beds lower than models sold by companies with brick-and-mortar stores. The majority of ‘bed in a box’ brands also offer free shipping for customers in the U.S., but in most cases this gratuity is not extended to shoppers across the border in Canada.
However, Canadian mattress buyers can choose from a handful of reputable mattress brands that manufacture their models in Canada and offer free or low-cost shipping within the country. They may also select a mattress from one of the U.S. brands that offers free shipping to Canada. This guide will explore the best, low-cost mattress options for shoppers in Canada.
Buying a mattress is a step-by-step process no matter where you live. In Canada, customers should complete the following steps when shopping for a new mattress and comparing different products:
Step 1: Determine your budget: The vast majority of mattresses sold today cost at least $400 — and many cost $1,000 or more in Queen and King sizes. For most shoppers, these figures represent a significant financial investment. This is why calculating your mattress budget is an important first step.
Be sure to take the following into account when calculating a mattress budget:
- The cost of the mattress model in the size you need. Most adults require a Full-size mattress or larger, and couples should consider Queen, King, or California King sizes. Keep in mind that U.S. mattress brands list their model prices in U.S. dollars; you can convert the currency to Canadian dollars using Google.
- Taxes. The sales tax for goods purchased in Canada varies by province, but most mattress brands charge a flat 5% sales tax for online orders. U.S. mattress brands may charge sales tax, as well. The applied taxes typically show up during order checkout.
- Shipping costs. Some mattress brands utilize ground couriers for deliveries and offer free shipping for all orders in Canada. Others employ their own couriers who assemble the mattress in the customer’s residence; this service, known as ‘White Glove delivery,’ may be free-of-charge or incur a fee, depending on the company.
- Return fees. Many online mattress brands offer free returns; they will either pick up the mattress from the customer’s home or mail a prepaid shipping label to the customer. In some cases, customers must cover shipping and handling fees for mattress returns.
- Additional bedding. If you are purchasing a mattress that is smaller or larger than your current bed, then be sure to include new sheets and/or blankets in your budget.
It’s important to note that many mattress manufacturers offer monthly financing, which enables customers to pay for their mattress in monthly installments over a longer period. This may be the best option for purchasers who do not have enough cash on hand to pay for their mattress in a lump sum. In most cases, monthly financing is offered interest-free — but be sure to read the fine print just in case.
Step 2: Choose the mattress type: Due to the wide range of mattresses sold today, it may be easiest to research models based on mattress type, rather than by brand. Although each model is inherently different, mattresses generally fall into one of the following categories:
The table below lists basic information, as well as general pros and cons, for each of these three mattress types.
|Comfort Layer||At least one layer of polyfoam and/or memory foam||At least one layer of Talalay and/or Dunlop latex|
May include foam layers
|At least one layer of foam|
May include minicoil layer(s)
|At least two inches of memory foam and/or latex, plus additional foam layers||One or two thin foam layers|
Some models do not have a conventional comfort system
|Support Core||One layer of high-density polyfoam|
Some have additional foam layers
|One layer of high-density polyfoam or one layer of high-density latex||Steel coils, plus additional high-density foam base layer||Pocketed steel coils, plus additional high-density foam base layer||At least two adjustable air chambers|
|Average Lifespan||6 to 7 years||7 to 8 years||5 to 6 years||6 to 7 years||6 to 8 years|
|Motion Isolation Rating||Excellent||Excellent||Poor||Good||Fair|
|Sex Rating||Fair||Good||Very Good||Very Good||Fair|
|Conforming Ability Rating||Excellent||Very Good||Poor||Good||Good|
|Temperature Neutrality Rating||Poor||Good||Very Good||Very Good||Fair|
|Odor Potential Rating||Poor||Good||Very Good||Good||Fair|
|Edge Support Rating||Poor||Poor||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
|Average Price Range (Queen)||$900 to $1,200||$1,800 to $2,1,50||$900 to $1,150||$1,800 to $2,200||$2,100 to $2,400|
Step 3: Compare different models: Once you’ve determined the best mattress type, you’ll be able to browse and compare models from different brands. Factors to consider when comparing mattress models include the following:
- Firmness. Some models are available in multiple firmness settings; others may only be offered with one firmness, which can be more limiting for customers. If a specific firmness is not listed, you may be able to estimate the firmness using measurements like density (often listed for foams) or indentation load deflection, or ILD (often listed for latex).
- Dual firmness. Mattresses with dual firmness feature different firmness settings on both sides of the bed. This may be the best option for couples with different comfort preferences.
- Thickness. People who are heavier tend to prefer mattresses that measure 10 or fewer inches thick; lighter people often prefer thicker beds. Some models are available in multiple profile options, but thicker models tend to be more expensive than thinner ones.
- Sizing. Make sure the mattresses you compare are all available in your preferred size.
- Sleep trial. Most mattress brands allow customers to test out their mattress for a certain length of time (typically 90 nights or more). If they are dissatisfied, they may return the mattress at any point during the trial period — though some companies charge return fees.
- Warranty length. Mattress warranties generally last 10 years or longer. Warranty length is key, but the most important consideration is nonprorated coverage length. Nonprorated coverage means the mattress owner does not need to pay additional costs to have defective mattresses repaired or replaced; prorated coverage means they must pay a percentage of the original product price for repairs or replacements. Some warranties are entirely nonprorated, but others are primarily prorated.
Step 4: Reach out to customer service for additional information: If you are still unsure about certain mattress details, be sure to contact the mattress company’s customer service department. Virtually all companies provide a phone number and/or email address or email form for customer inquiries. Additionally, many feature live chat features on their websites.