The Best Beds

One of the coolest consumer trends we've seen in a long time is bed frame and mattress producers selling directly to customers online. A lot of new brands have entered the market, and that's a good thing. Not only has quality gone up, but price has come down, and the choices that customers have now put your parents' mattress stores to shame. However, shopping online for a bed still has that one, undeniable issue: how do you know the bed is great if you can't test it out? We've done the next best thing, scouring the web to show you the best beds available today. Check out our favorites and get cozy.

Zinus Shalini Upholstered Platform Bed

Great in Bed

Featuring a diamond-upholstered headboard, a box-less frame, and a variety of chic colors, this may be the last bed you buy.
Best Overall

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With the perfect balance between price, features, and style, Zinus’ Shalini bed stands out for us. Designed for durability from the top down, the interior steel framework on the twin size supports a maximum weight capacity of 350 lbs, while the larger sizes can support up to 700 lbs. The Shalini also features strong wood slats that support your memory foam, latex, or spring mattress and eliminates the need for a box spring. Best of all, you can assemble it in less than an hour. Everything you need is efficiently packed into one box, including tools and instructions.

Pros:

  • Available in three designer colors
  • Can be ordered in any size from Twin to King
  • Comfortable padding around the entire frame

Cons:

  • Side panels are two pieces joined together
  • Assembly is a two-person job

Zinus Joseph Metal Platforma Bed

Best Rest for Less

Even if you don't have a stack of cash under the mattress, you can still get a gorgeous designer bed.
Best on a Budget

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If you’re looking for a no-frills bed frame for a smaller living space, the Joseph design from Zinus is your best bet. It’s a simple, sturdy, steel-molded frame that uses thick wooden slats to keep your mattress in place, eliminating the need for a box-spring. We prefer the 14″ style, as it raises your mattress enough to take advantage of storage space under the bed. However, the Joseph is available in frame sizes as low as 6″. If you have a wooden floor, the Joseph includes foam-padded tape on the steel frame for noise-dampening, as well as non-slip tape on the wooden slats to prevent your mattress from sliding.

Pros:

  • Available in all sizes but California King
  • Sleek, minimalist aesthetic
  • Lightweight at 31 lbs

Cons:

  • No headboard or footboard attachment
  • Maximum weight of 250 lbs

Zinus Mia Modern Studio 

Head (Board) of the Class

Featuring a minimalist design with the convenience of a headboard, this twin bed is both chic and functional.
Best Twin Frame

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The Mia design from Zinus borrows from the classic, minimalist design of their other beds but adds a headboard crafted in the same style as the frame. Both the frame and the headboard are constructed from strong, tubular steel, while your mattress is held in place by ten thick, wooden slats for added comfort and support. Foam-padded tape lines the steel frame for noise-free use and, like all Zinus beds, non-slip tape on the wooden slats prevents your mattress from moving around. The entire frame and headboard ships in a single box, and assembly takes only minutes.

Pros:

  • 14″ of space between frame and floor
  • Available in sizes from Twin to King
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Not sturdy for couples
  • Headboard is more aesthetic than it is practical

Crown Mark Erin Upholstered Panel Bed

Chairman of the Board

If it's just not a bed unless it has a headboard, footboard, and rails, this design is the complete package for you.
Best with Headboard

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If you like to sit in bed, lean against the headboard, and read a good book before falling asleep, Crown Mark’s Erin bed is designed just for you. Crafted with a  plywood frame and black, faux leather upholstery, the headboard is not only soft and padded, it stands a full 50″ above the floor. The Erin is also a great bed for those who prefer using both a box spring and a mattress, and it even comes in a California King size. We especially like that the Erin is available in a variety of neutral colors to fit any home decor.

Pros:

  • Wood frame slats supported with metal floor braces
  • Available with Expert Assembly
  • Assembly tools included

Cons:

  • King size could use additional support slats
  • Definitely takes two people to assemble

Allewie Queen Platform Bed Frame with Storage

More in Store

When you need to optimize space in your bedroom, this bed provides an efficient and stylish storage option.
Best with Storage

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It’s hard to find storage space when you live in an apartment or condo, especially if your bed is a California King that takes up most of the room. That’s why we love Allewie’s Platform Bed Frame and its four large storage drawers. The wire-netted drawers roll out easily from the side of the frame on small wheels, providing storage for clothes, bedding, and more. Made from the same button-tufted, diamond-stitched fabric as the frame, the drawers blend beautifully into the bed’s overall design. Another unique feature of the Allewie is that the headboard can be adjusted up or down 3″ to suit your personal preference.

Pros:

  • No box spring necessary
  • Holds up to 800 lbs
  • No power tools require for assembly

Cons:

  • Ships in two boxes
  • Only one color available

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if a bed works for me unless I try it out first?

It’s a fair point, and that’s why almost all online bed retailers offer easy returns and exchanges on their beds. Look for a guarantee that gives you a certain time period to test out the bed, and if you’re not satisfied, you can return it with shipping paid. This will allow you to try a new one at no additional cost, and to us, it’s more convenient than returning a bed to a store.

What’s the difference between a King Size bed and a California King?

From smallest to largest, bed sizes go like this: Twin, Twin XL, Full (sometimes called Standard), Queen, King, California King. A Cal King is narrower and longer than a regular King.

How many hours of sleep do I need every night?

The National Sleep Foundation’s guidelines advise that adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Babies, kids, and teens need even more rest to support their growth and development. It’s recommended that people over 65 get 7 to 8 hours per night.