Best Mattresses from Canada – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide (2021)

Best Mattresses from Canada Buyer’s Guide

Below, we share everything sleepers need to consider when buying a new mattress in Canada.

Mattress Buyer’s Guide for Canadian Shoppers

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.

How to Buy a Mattress in Canada

Buying a mattress is a step-by-step process no matter where you live. In Canada, customers should complete the following four steps when shopping for a new mattress and comparing different models.

Step 1 – Determine Your Mattress 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. Saatva includes White Glove delivery to most Canadian residences for free with both the Saatva and Zenhaven mattresses, our Best Value and Best Luxury picks.
  • 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 Your 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:

  • Foam
  • Latex
  • Innerspring
  • Hybrid
  • Airbed

Below we provide an overview of each of these mattress types, including their pros and cons.

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Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses are made entirely of foam, including at least one support layer of high-density polyfoam, topped with one or more layers of polyfoam, memory foam, or latex foam.

These mattresses are known for their characteristic pressure-relieving “hug.” All foam mattresses often feel like you’re sleeping “in” the mattress, as opposed to “on,” but as with any mattress build, foam beds come in a large variety of firmness options, so the sinking in vs. floating on top.

  • Superior conforming and pressure relief
  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Quiet sleep surface
  • Wide availability online and in stores
  • Affordable price range ($900 to $1,200 for a Queen)
  • Can have a tendency to trap heat
  • Initial off-gassing odor may be present
  • Poor edge support
  • May not be sufficiently responsive for sex

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Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses feature a support layer of either high-density latex or polyfoam, topped by at least one layer of latex. Latex mattresses can be made from Dunlop or Talalay foams. Dunlop latex has a denser feel, and is often used in the support layers. Talalay latex has a lighter, fluffier feel more suitable for comfort layers.

Latex mattresses are advertised as natural or synthetic, depending on the amount of organic latex they contain. Natural latex mattresses contain 95% organic latex or more. These are typically higher-quality, and boast the longest lifespans of all latex mattresses, due to being made from all organic materials. However, they also tend to be more expensive. Blended latex mattresses contain at least 30% organic latex, while synthetic latex mattresses are made entirely from synthetic latex foams. The less organic latex a mattress contains, the less expensive it will be.

  • Higher durability and longer lifespans
  • Great temperature regulation
  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Quiet sleep surface
  • Naturally hypoallergenic (if organic latex)
  • Poor edge support
  • More expensive price range ($1,800 to $2,150 for a Queen)
  • Moderate availability

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Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses use steel innerspring coils in the support core, with an additional base layer of high-density foam.

For their comfort layers, these mattresses have at least one layer of foam. They may also include a layer of minicoils, as our Best Value pick, the Saatva mattress, does.

  • Superior temperature regulation
  • Excellent bounce and responsiveness for sex
  • Strong edge support
  • Wide availability online and in stores
  • Affordable price range ($900 to $1,150 for a Queen)
  • Shorter-than-average lifespan, can be prone to sagging
  • Poor motion isolation and potential for noise
  • Below-average conforming ability

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Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses essentially combine the standout qualities of foam and innerspring mattresses.

Their support core is comprised of individually pocketed steel coils, sandwiched on all sides by a base layer and strong perimeter of high-density polyfoam.

The comfort layers include at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex. Hybrid mattresses offer more conforming than an innerspring bed, while sleeping cooler than an all-foam mattress.

  • Above-average motion isolation and low noise potential
  • Great bounce and responsiveness for sex
  • Above-average conforming and pressure relief
  • Good temperature regulation
  • Strong edge support
  • Average lifespan and durability
  • Moderate availability
  • Expensive price range ($1,800 to $2,200 for a Queen)

Airbed Mattresses

Airbeds use air as their support system, with at least two adjustable air chambers topped by one or two thin comfort layers of foam. The appeal of airbeds is their adjustable firmness. Sleepers can adjust the firmness of the bed to their exact preference, by using manual hand crank or a remote control.

  • Higher durability and longer lifespans, especially with regular parts replacement
  • Good conforming and pressure relief
  • Adjustable firmness settings
  • Good edge support
  • Average motion isolation and high noise potential
  • Less enjoyable surface for sex
  • Average temperature regulation
  • Low availability
  • Expensive price range ($2,100 to $2,400 for a Queen)

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