The online mattress industry has seen rapid growth in the past few years. With the rise of online shopping in general, it was only a matter of time before consumers desired to purchase their mattresses on the web, too.

Companies recognized this new demand and started offering excellent mattresses with a few simple clicks of the mouse. These mattresses are delivered straight to your door, with very little fuss.

The problem? Most of these companies are based in the U.S. and—primarily—only offer shipping within the U.S. That means Canadian customers have been somewhat left out of the online mattress explosion.

With that said, the good news is that if you live in Canada, there are still plenty of options for you. There are a variety of new mattress brands located in Canada, not to mention a few U.S. brands do indeed ship to Canada.

So calm that frustration, go and put the kettle on, and we’ll take you through the best mattresses in Canada. Our guide will include how to choose the right mattress for you, in addition to some special considerations that are worth keeping in mind.

Our Top Picks: Summary

Best Overall (Made in Canada): Douglas
Douglas

A medium-firm on the firmness scale, Douglas offers an excellent balance between comfort and support.

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Why we Picked It

We’re pleased to say the Douglas mattress is our best overall bed for Canadians. It’s made in Canada by GoodMorning.com, an online company that was started to fill the gap in terms of Canadian-made mattresses.

It’s a memory foam bed that will hug the body, but not too close as to feel like you’re sinking into it. This construction encourages proper alignment of the spine. The mattress is a medium-firm on the firmness scale and offers an excellent balance between comfort and support.

With “ecoLight” gel foam and a “CoolSense” cover containing sustainable “Tencel” fibers, the Douglas is manufactured with the environment firmly in mind.

On top of that, it offers excellent motion isolation, and next to no noise when in use. These features make it a fantastic choice for couples where one or both of you is a light sleeper.

It comes with a 120-night trial and a 15-year warranty, making the choice that little bit easier.

Keep in Mind

Keep in mind the relatively weak edge support that’s common in memory foam beds.

In a Nutshell

  • Made specifically for Canadians
  • Eco-friendly
  • Excellent motion isolation
Best Value (Made in Canada): Brunswick
Brunswick

A cool sleep with a significant amount of comfort and support.

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Why we Picked It

The Brunswick mattress is a 12-inch hybrid bed with a medium-firm feel. We’ve chosen it as the top choice in our Best Value category for several reasons. It’s price, for starters, is quite a bit lower than other hybrids.

The mattress offers a cool sleep with a significant amount of comfort and support. It provides this through its multiple layers of gel memory foam, polyfoam, and poly fibers.

For its central support, it has multi-tempered springs and a reinforced perimeter foam. In other words: you should feel properly supported no matter where you are on the bed.

In terms of temperature neutrality, the Brunswick particularly excels. The pocketed coils inside the mattress promote excellent airflow, while the gel-infused Euro-Top (an extra layer sewn on top) helps to keep you cool at night.

The Brunswick is manufactured directly in Canada by GoodMorning.com and offers free shipping to anywhere in the country. It comes with a 120-night trial and a 15-year warranty.

Keep in Mind

As much as we love the value on offer with the Brunswick, it does only come in one firmness option. More choice here would have made it even better.

In a Nutshell

  • Free shipping to anywhere in Canada
  • Great value for money
  • Offers a very cool sleep
Best Luxury (Made in Canada): Novosbed
Novosbed

The Novosbed mattress features high-quality and durable materials.

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Why we Picked It

Our most luxurious choice for Canadians is the Novosbed. It’s a memory foam mattress available in soft, medium, and medium-firm settings, so you can find the right one for you.

In addition to that, the Novosbed features high-quality and durable materials, meaning you shouldn’t need to replace the mattress any point soon after purchasing it.

There’s an excellent balance of comfort and support too. That’s thanks to the cooling gel memory foam that conforms closely to the body but provides enough support as well.

The bed is particularly strong when it comes to being noiseless. We’re pleased to say the mattress is all but silent when you get in or out of it.

The Novosbed not only ships to anywhere in the U.S. but also to Canada as well. On top of that, it comes with a 15-year warranty and a 120-night sleep trial.

Keep in Mind

You won’t find much to rival the luxe Novosbed, but it’s worth keeping in mind the weak edge support. Again, this is common in memory foam beds.

In a Nutshell

  • Ships to U.S. and Canada
  • Next to no noise
  • Great durability
Best Overall (Sold in Canada): Saatva
Saatva

The Saatva is a luxury, eco-friendly bed free from harmful layers and toxic chemicals.

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Why we Picked It

The fast-growing Saatva has made themselves known in the online luxury mattress space. The best bit of news? They ship their mattress to some regions of Canada, including Alberta and Ontario.

The Saatva is an eco-friendly bed free from harmful layers and toxic chemicals. The mattress itself features a coil-on-coil design that prevents sagging over time. That means it has two layers of coils: body-conforming pocket coils are held up by super strong support coils.

In addition to that, the bed features “Lumbar Zone Technology,” an active wire complemented by luxury memory foam, which should help to promote proper spinal alignment during the night. The edge support in the mattress is particularly strong, and it provides a cool sleep that’s as good as you would expect from an innerspring bed.

The mattress is available in three different firmness options: medium-soft, medium-firm, and firm.

Saatva offers free returns for its Canadian customers, and the bed comes with a 120-day trial.

Keep in Mind

It’s the bed to beat, but keep in mind there is a provincial tax for Canadians. Payment is collected in USD, too.

In a Nutshell

  • Excellent edge support
  • Multiple firmness options
  • Free returns and delivery
Best Value (Sold in Canada): Tuft & Needle
Tuft & Needle

A mattress with excellent motion isolation and notable pressure relief.

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Why we Picked It

The Tuft & Needle mattress is a medium-firm foam bed that’s ideal for back and side sleepers. While the company doesn’t specifically ship to Canada, the bed is available from Amazon Canada.

What we have here is a mattress with excellent motion isolation, next to no noise during use and notable pressure relief. Essentially, it’s a bed that offers superb value, given its quality construction and affordable price. Couples will love its robust motion isolation and its silent design, while almost everyone will benefit from its great conforming properties.

The Tuft & Needle also features “T&N Adaptive” foam, which effectively moves body heat away from you and disperses it at the side of the mattress.

All that value is offered with a 100-night trial, a 10-year warranty and free returns. That’s why it made our top picks!

Keep in Mind

In terms of value, you’d be hard-pressed to find something better than the Tuft & Needle. However, keep in mind that it may not be the best choice for sex due to its relatively unresponsive design.

In a Nutshell

  • Next to no noise
  • 100-night trial
  • Close body-conforming
Best Luxury (Sold in Canada): Zenhaven
Zenhaven

A bed that feels comfortable, luxurious, and pillow-like.

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Why we Picked It

Another luxurious option is the Zenhaven mattress. The latex bed features two firmness options (in a single mattress) and an open cell structure that promotes a cool sleep.

It’s a flippable bed, with a firm setting on one side and a medium-firm on the other.

The mattress is constructed from Talalay latex instead of Dunlop. What does that mean for you? Well, Talalay latex is a more elastic and springier material with a more buoyant feel to it.

In other words, this bed feels comfortable, luxurious, and pillow-like. It also features zoned support, with a firmer feel in the areas you need it most, keeping your spine aligned.

On top of that, the Zenhaven is almost entirely silent when in use, and the mattress features excellent motion isolation properties.

The mattress ships to Ontario and Alberta, so, while it’s not the whole country, it still gives some Canadians the option to purchase it.

There are free returns available for Canadians, including a 120-day trial, making it a mattress worthy of your time.

Keep in Mind

Like other latex models out there, the Zenhaven offers little edge support, meaning it sinks at the side of the mattress.

In a Nutshell

  • Two firmness settings in a flippable design
  • Free returns and a 120-day trial
  • Luxury Talalay latex

How We Chose the Best Mattresses in Canada

We take extra care to ensure the beds we choose meet a high standard in a variety of crucial areas. From the conforming properties of the mattress to the temperature neutrality, the very best beds will meet and often surpass our standards. We look at the following, and you can learn more about our process here.

  • Material Quality
  • Durability
  • Conforming
  • Edge Support
  • Temperature Neutrality
  • Off-gassing
  • Motion Isolation

How to Choose a Mattress

No matter where you live, there are always points to consider when buying a mattress. For example: what type of bed should you pick? Should you go for innerspring or latex? What’s your budget? Do you have specific sleep preferences? There’s more to think about than you might have first imagined.

Fret not; below we’ve listed everything you need to consider, from the durability of the mattress to the included warranty.

Type

There are four main types of mattresses: memory foam, latex, innerspring, and hybrid. Here’s a quick break down of each:

Memory Foam

NASA developed this material in 1966, and soon after, it was incorporated into mattresses. Memory foam mattresses actually consist of different types of foam—including memory foam and more traditional polyfoam (for support)—and they are known for their excellent body contouring and pressure relief properties.

They have a somewhat infamous reputation for sleeping hot, although some memory foam mattresses incorporate materials like gel or copper to provide a cooler sleep. Memory foam mattresses often feature low motion transfer as an added benefit.

  • Feel: Excellent conforming properties, and pressure relief. Suitable for sleepers who want more hug and less of a traditional bed.
  • Price: Cost around $900 on average. Top memory foam beds can be expensive.
  • Durability: Memory foam beds have better longevity than polyfoam ones do. The average polyfoam/memory foam mattresses have a lifespan of six and a half to seven years.

Latex

Latex mattresses offer a natural approach to sleep. Though some mattresses do incorporate synthetic latex, the material is usually derived from the sap of rubber trees. Latex mattresses are known for their excellent cooling properties and comfort—they provide exceptional responsiveness and bounce, too.

Latex mattresses don’t hug as much as memory foam beds but still contour to provide a very comfortable sleep. Latex is also a highly durable material, and latex mattresses are often some of the most luxurious beds out there.

  • Feel: Great conforming properties, and they don’t sink as much as memory foam beds. They feel bouncy and cool to sleep on.
  • Price: Cost around $2,000 on average. They are some of the most expensive mattresses available.
  • Durability: Very durable. The average latex mattress has a lifespan of seven and a half to eight years.

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses are the most common (and oldest) type of bed. They consist of coils that compress when you sleep on them. The size, shape, type of coil, and the number of them tend to vary with each mattress. Today’s innerspring mattresses also have a thin top layer of foam for added comfort.

These beds are often affordable and have good bounce, but they tend to wear out faster than others.

  • Feel: Weaker conforming properties, but they provide a flat, even surface. Expect a traditional feel to the bed.
  • Price: Cost around $950 on average. They are some of the cheapest mattresses available.
  • Durability: They are known to sag quickly and last around six to six and a half years on average.

Hybrid

Hybrid beds aim to offer the best of both worlds to sleepers, and most usually do. They are constructed with coils at the bottom and feature multiple layers of latex or memory foam at the top.

There is a great deal of variety when it comes to hybrids. They’re an excellent choice for most types of sleepers as they can offer great support and comfort.

  • Feel: Can feel bouncy, responsive, and offer excellent conforming properties. These properties, of course, depend on the material used.
  • Price: Cost around $1650 on average. Usually not the cheapest beds out there.
  • Durability: Hybrids are still vulnerable to sagging like innerspring beds. They last around six and a half to seven years.

Firmness

Firmness in a mattress is often conflated with support, but the two are actually different. Support refers to how well the mattress keeps your spine aligned. Firmness, on the other hand, refers to the comfort of the bed. Essentially, we’re talking about how hard or soft the mattress feels.

The firmness scale is a way of rating a mattress from 1-10 based on how soft or firm it is. Some beds are softer than others, some are firmer, and others fall somewhere in the middle. For clarity, 1 on the scale is exceptionally soft, and 10 is extremely firm.

Firmness is highly subjective and depends on preference, body type, and sleep style. Lighter sleepers (less than 130 pounds) tend to prefer mattresses that are softer. Conversely, heavier sleepers (over 230 pounds) prefer those that are firmer. Sleepers that find themselves in the middle (between 130 and 230 pounds) prefer mattresses that are medium-firm on the scale.

Sleep Preferences

Sleep preferences can help to determine what type of mattress would be ideal for you. One point to consider is sleep position. Are you a back sleeper, a side sleeper, or a stomach sleeper? Here’s a quick guide below:

  • Back sleeper: Needs lower back support. They prefer a 4-7 on the scale.
  • Side sleeper: More pressure points in the shoulders and hips. They prefer a 3-7 on the scale.
  • Stomach sleeper: The pelvis usually sinks in this position. They prefer a 4-7 on the scale —higher firmness tends to be better.
  • Combination sleeper: Needs comfort for multiple sleep positions. Medium-firm mattresses, around 4-6 on the scale, provide this.

Other sleep preferences include the following:

  • Do you have a partner? If yes, then you’ll most likely want a mattress with excellent motion isolation, like memory foam or latex.
  • Do you sleep hot? If yes, then a memory foam bed might be too hot for you. Consider an innerspring or latex mattress instead.

So, what if you’re a stomach sleeper who sleeps hot and has a partner? Glad you asked. You’ll most likely need a mattress that is a medium or firmer on the scale, sleeps cool and isolates motion well.

Sleep Trial and Warranty

Sleep trials and warranties are an essential part of the mattress purchasing experience. You’ll want to be sure your new mattress comes with a sleep trial and a good warranty.

Sleep Trials

Most companies offer sleep trials, but they can dramatically differ in length. Thankfully, most will provide at least a 100 nights to try out your new mattress. That said, industry-leading trials go up to 365 nights, although this is rarer to find.

It’s worth mentioning that some companies charge return/shipping fees to get the mattress back to them.

Warranties

For mattresses, there are usually two main types of warranties:

  1. Written warranties: Written warranties promise to repair/replace a defective product. They provide coverage for a certain length of time. Usually, these are 5, 10, 15, or 20 years.
  2. Implied warranties: Implied warranties include the following parts:
  • A warranty of merchantability ensures the product will perform all essential functions.
  • A warranty of fitness guarantees that the product can be used for any and all specific purposes agreed upon by the buyer and seller.

Specific defects, such as bent coils, or material bunching, are usually covered under most mattress warranties, but always double-check.

Keep in mind that most warranties only cover mattress defects, and not normal wear and tear!

Special Considerations for Canadians

There are specific considerations that are unique to Canadians. This is especially true if you are purchasing a mattress from the U.S.

Don’t worry, though. Below we’ve listed everything else you need to consider before committing to your new dream bed.

Currency

U.S. mattresses will have their prices listed in USD. Naturally then, you’ll want to convert the amount to Canadian dollars for a proper idea of what you’ll be paying.

Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

Taxes

Canadians will have to pay one or more of the following taxes if they’re purchasing a mattress from the U.S.:

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax – 5%)
  • PST (Provincial Sales Tax – this varies)
  • HST (Harmonized Sales Tax – a combination of the GST and PST that some provinces have)

Canadians will, in almost all cases, have to pay a form of GST tax when importing a mattress by mail.

The PST tax is a retail sales tax payable when a taxable good or service is acquired for personal or business use. This tax may be used with a GST tax, and largely depends on the province. Importing to Saskatchewan requires both of these taxes, for example.

Lastly, the HST tax is used in place of a GST, or a combined GST and PST tax, in some provinces like Ontario.

Duties

In terms of duties, the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) calculates any owed based on the value of the goods. These goods are assessed at the border, and the amount paid largely depends on the country of origin and the product’s overall value.

For clarity, the full calculation for tax and duties is based on all of these points:

  • The product’s value
  • Any trade agreements in place
  • The country of manufacture
  • The description and end-use of the product
  • The product’s Harmonized System (HS) code
  • The country-specific regulations

Shipping Fees

Most Canadian companies will offer free shipping and will deliver your mattress directly to your door. However, some U.S. companies may charge shipping fees.

Keep in mind that these shipping fees come on top of any taxes and duties too. It’s worth calculating how much it would be to import your chosen mattress. If you’re purchasing from a Canadian company, this, of course, makes things a bit easier.

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