We have prepared a list for you to find the best mattress in Australia. Getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge but there are three essentials. One, having the best pillow. Two, snuggle under the best quilt. And three, sleeping on the perfect mattress that is comfortable and supportive. Our list will help you select the right mattress for you.
To make the right choice we have provided a mattress guide that considers your sleep position, climate for heat considerations and partner preferences. This will help you determine what the right mattress material is for you with options ranging from memory foam, pocket springs, hybrid designs and latex. Finding the best mattress will improve your sleep quality and ultimately your quality of life.
THE TOP 9 MATTRESSES IN AUSTRALIA
- Mattress in a box (Best range): Koala
- Mattress in a box (Ergonomic): Ecosa
- Mattress in a box (Budget): Onebed
- Mattress in a box (Spare bed): Emma
- Mattress in a box (Hybrid): Sleeping Duck
- Online store (Premium): Latex Mattress Australia
- Online store (Value): Chiropedic
- Physical Mattress Retailer: Snooze
- Best mattress under $1,000 (Budget): Forty Winks
Best mattress in a box (Best Range): Koala
- Memory foam and Hybrid mattress options (adjustable firmness)
- No partner disturbance
- Popular choice
- 120 night trial
Koala has launched 3 mattress-in-a-box options, each designed for a different price-point and support need. Koala has a design to suit most people. Based on a Queen size, the pricing varies from entry-level at $1,150 through to a 'deluxe' version at $2,790.
Koala have traditionally been a 'go-to' for ease of purchase. They have a slightly firmer style mattress, with their new styles allowing some customisation. The new range of mattresses are made in China. They have lovely modern covers and colour-schemes, and are designed for modern homes.
Broadly, the Koala range includes:
|The New Koala Mattress||Memory Foam||$1,150|
|The New Koala Calm As Mattress||Memory Foam with edge to edge support||$1,690|
|The New Koala Soul Mate Mattress||Hybrid - Memory Foam & Foam Springs (5 Zone)||$2,790|
Koala have free delivery, including 4 hour delivery in major cities.
While returning a mattress is not ideal, they do offer a 120 night trial. They have a great 10 year warranty. The Queen sized mid-range (called Calm-As) weighs 43.5kg and the height is 29 cms. These new versions of mattress are heavier than the prior version.
No partner disturbance design means it’s a good option for couples with vastly different sleep patterns. Koala are one of the most popular ‘mattress in a box’ on the market with thousands of positive reviews from customers.
Price (RRP): $1,150 to $2,790 (Queen size).
Best for: The New Koala Mattress remains one of the most popular choices on the market and a good value buy for people with a budget of around $1,000
Not right for: People who want to lay on the mattress prior to purchase
Best mattress in a box (Ergonomic): Ecosa
- Adjustable firmness to suit different sleepers
- Airflow design to reduce heat retention
- Warranty of 15 years
The Ecosa mattress has an ergonomic design by having an adaptable construction that allows you to adjust the firmness.
It is made from a combination of foam including Gel Memory foam, with a waterproof cover that helps protect the mattress.
This mattress is well made and considered on the firmer side but does allow for you to adjust the firmness of the entire mattress (not specific sides of the mattress though). The design helps prevent sagging that may occur with some mattresses after a few years. Also, it is suitable for couples with a no partner disturbance design.
It has a great 15 year warranty, and has pincore holes to allow airflow to reduce heat retention.
Ecosa is an Australian brand and the mattress is Made in China. The Queen sized mattress weighs 35kg, and the height is 25 cms.
The Ecosa and Koala mattresses are two of the most popular mattress in a box brands. They are both quality mattresses offering same day delivery (metro) and back their products with long warranties. So how do you decide between them? The launch of the new Koala mattress range has provided customers with greater choice. However, the Ecosa is a worthy consideration. Research for the right mattress for you depending on your sleep style and search for reviews to determine the longevity of the mattress because you want a support mattress to last 10 years.
Price (RRP): $1,150 (Queen size)
Best for: Couples with a budget of around $1,000 wanting a mattress with adjustable firmness (not customisable for each side but overall only)
Not right for: People wanting an Australian made mattress
Best mattress in a box (Budget): Onebed
- Affordable quality mattress
- A firmness level that provides a good balance of support and comfort
- 125 night trial
- 15 year warranty
The OneBed Essentials is a good option for those on a budget.
The mattress has two layers. The top is their comfort layer made from gel infused memory foam that contours to your body. The bottom layer is a support foam that is designed to provide lasting support.
Generally people like the medium firmness level although some do find it on the firmer side. So if you are after a soft mattress then this wont be for you. While this mattress is on the cheaper side it does have a very long warranty period of 15 years.
The mattress is 8 inches (20.3 cms) high. Onebed do have a range of mattresses with a thicker design (and more expensive) including their most popular seller, called the Onebed Original.
Overall, the OneBed Essential mattress is affordable with a design that will suit most people.
Price (RRP): $999 (Queen size). They have frequent sales so don't be surprised if you can buy this for less than their retail price.
Best for: People wanting an affordable mattress in a box and have a budget of less than $1,000
Not right for: People wanting a plush, soft mattress.
Best mattress in a box (Spare Bed): Emma
- Recognised as a good quality mattress by Choice
- Ideal for sleepers preferring a firmer style
- Ideal for a spare bed
The Emma Comfort mattress is priced at $1,299 for Queen but look out for sales that result in the price being below $1,000. This mattress is popular in Europe and it is well reviewed by Australian customers.
Similar to the other mattress in a box options it is relatively light at 29kg, and 25 cms tall.
It has a 10-year warranty and come with free shipping. Unlike Koala and Ecosa, the delivery takes 1 to 3 working days for metro areas.
It is constructed from point-elastic foam, with a breathable cover. The Emma mattress is manufactured in Germany.
Price (RRP): $1,299 (Queen size)
Best for: We think this is a good option for a spare bed and good value when they go on sale
Not right for: People wanting to be able to customise the mattress firmness
Best mattress in a box (Hybrid): Sleeping Duck
- Premium price for a more breathable mattress
- Hybrid mattress with customisable options
Sleeping Duck mattress can be purchased online here.
The Sleeping Duck mattress 'SD Mach II' is priced at $1,649 for a queen, on the more expensive side for a in-a-box-mattress, however it is a hybrid mattress made up of many features.
Construction is 4 layers:
1) BreatheTech Cover: A washable bamboo cover
2) AntiGravity surface foam: Layer of cushioning foam
3) Precision Firmness Pads: Layer of high density foam that is customisable from firm to medium
4) Motherboard: a supportive pocket spring system on the bottom
It is claimed to be more breathable than a latex mattress.
It comes in Firm, Medium style or 'Half-Half', has a 10 year warranty. It weighs 53kg – so is heavy. Shipping is free.
Many customers like the customisable options, which allow for different sleepers to tailor to their needs. This is useful when you have a side-sleeper and a back-sleeper sharing a bed for instance. Customers also mention that with the quality comes a longer life than other in-a-box mattresses.
The Foams are made in Australia and the mattress is assembled in China.
Sleeping Duck and Koala are two mattresses that people often choose between. So which one to select? They both offer long term warranties and have thousands of positive reviews. Sleeping Duck is a good option for couples that have different sleeping preferences as it is a hybrid mattress that has the option of being customised for firmness for both sides of the mattress. While the Sleeping Duck mattress is made from springs and foam, Koala is made of foam. If you are looking for an all-round mattress on a limited budget and don't need customisable firmness then Koala is a good selection.
Price (RRP): $1,649 (Queen size)
Best for: Couples that are wanting to customisable firmness including 'Half-Half' customisation so each person gets the level of firmness they desire
Not right for: People with a budget of $1,000
Best online store (Premium): Latex Mattress Australia
- Latex mattress
- Custom made in Australia
- Premium price and quality
Latex Mattress Australia sell custom made mattresses with the Pure Support Latex Mattress RRP of $6,395 (Queen).
This mattress is made from pure latex. The benefits of latex are that it is supportive with a bit of bounce but is not too firm. This mattress will hold its shape without sagging over time.
The design is custom made to suit your preference of firmness and size. However, there is no trial period.
While this will be over budget for many, this mattress will have better durability compared to cheaper brands. The mattress comes with a 21 year guarantee. They also have a number of showrooms.
The mattress is made in Australia.
Price (RRP): $6,395 (Queen size)
Best for: People wanting a luxury mattress
Not right for: People with a budget
Best online store (Value): Chiropedic
- Spring mattress
- Longer delivery times but good quality
- Australian made
You can visit the website here.
Chiropedic is an old school mattress store, online. They have a wide range with queen mattresses starting at $319 and up to $4,497. They offer free delivery Melb. Metro. All mattresses are made in Melbourne. They’re a great option if you need a quality mattress but can wait a few weeks for delivery. They have up to 20-year warranties on their traditional spring mattresses.
Price (RRP): $319 to $4,497 (Queen size)
Best for: People wanting to buy an affordable Australian made mattress
Not right for: People wanting a customisable mattress
Best Physical Mattress Retailer: Snooze
- In store experience
- Spring and coil mattresses
- Australian Made
Snooze physical stores are good for those who like to test and try before they buy. For instance, if you have back pain then you may like to feel a variety of mattresses and trial them before buying a new mattress.
Snooze’s Queen Slumberland is priced from $479, with a 10 year warranty. Their mattresses tend to be traditional spring and coil mattresses. They come In medium and firm styles, and are Australian made. They do not have free delivery, and tend to have longer lead times.
Price (RRP): $479 (Queen size)
Best for: People wanting to try the mattress in a store before buying
Not right for: People wanting to shop online and have fast and free
Best Mattress under $1,000 (Budget): Forty Winks
- In store experience and fast delivery options
- Affordable spring and coil mattresses
- Australian Made
Click here for website.
Forty Winks offers an in store experience and also relatively quick online delivery. Their Queen EveryDay Comfort is priced at $799 is good value, and comes with a 5 year warranty. It comes in medium and firm styles and is Australian Made. Forty Winks mattresses all tend to be traditional coil and spring mattresses. They offer ‘next day’ delivery.
Price (RRP): $799 (Queen size)
Best for: A spare mattress
Not right for: People wanting a premium mattress
A final mattress worth mentioning is the Eva mattress. It is a hybrid mattress made of foam and pocket springs. It has a 12 year warranty and 120 night trial. Priced (RRP) at $900 it is a mattress worth considering if you are on a budget. The mattress is made in China.
We have put together a summary of the best mattresses in Australia below, including the price and where the mattress is made:
|Best Mattress||Price (Queen)||Made in|
|Koala||$1,150 to $2,790||China|
|Pure Support Latex Mattress||$6,395||Australia|
|Chiropedic||$319 to $4,497||Australia|
|Snooze’s Queen Slumberland||$479||Australia|
|Forty Winks EveryDay Comfort||$799||Australia|
* Foams made in Australia and mattress assembled in China.
Firstly, should you buy a new mattress from a physical retailer or online from a mattress in a box retailer?
It really depends on your tastes, budget and needs. If you are a side sleeper (like many of us) who likes a comfortable but supportive mattress and has a budget of around $1,000 – you’re probably going to be fine with the mattress in a box.
Studies have shown that one of the main causes of poor sleep is due to back pain. Given this, if you have back pain or a light sleeper we recommend that you do extra due diligence on what mattress will be right for you and suggest to go into a mattress store to discuss and explore a range of options.
There are a number of factors you should consider before you buy a mattress. Some of the key considerations are:
- Breath-ability of mattress especially for hot sleepers - check out the material details below.
- Sleep position including Front/side/back sleepers
- Firmness - generally a medium-firm mattress is best for providing the right support. However, you need to consider your sleep size and body weight. This is explained further in the mattress research below.
- Couples who have different sleeping styles
- Light sleepers with special needs
- The weather where you live
- Your budget
Coils and Spring Mattresses
Circulate air, and allow for a cooler nights sleep. They are often seen as ‘traditional’ or ‘old school’ mattresses, as they are heavy. They are also heavy duty, and last longer than a memory foam or latex. These are good for warmer climates, as air is able to circulate and keep the body cooler.
Maintains its integrity well and is bouncy. Tends not to have the odour that a memory foam does but has a higher price point. Holds heat more than a coil or spring. Can be unsuitable for warmer climates for warm body types.
Contours to your body shape, and over time can lose its elasticity. Is a lower price point, and therefore very popular. Tends to be lighter and easier to ship, and move to a new house with. This is good for limiting partner disturbances who have different sleeping habits, as the memory foam does not move the whole bed when one person moves. The cheaper designs can hold heat and not circulate air as well. Is a good choice for couples with different sleeping styles.
Tends to be a combination of coils, spring and memory foam. It provides a layer of memory foam, over the top of coils + springs. It is suggested that only 10cm of foam is necessary to provide the firmness of memory foam, and that anything more than that you lose the benefits of having coils + springs. This is becoming a popular choice as the mattress provides a range of benefits.
Pillow Top or Pillow Topper or Mattress Topper
Usually found on top of a coil or spring mattress, with an extra layer of cotton padding sewn into the top, to provide additional comfort and plushness. They are usually at a higher price point when they come with the mattress, and are considered luxurious to sleep on. Mattress toppers can be purchased individually, such as this one from OneBed.
- Back Sleepers – a medium-firm mattress generally works for back sleepers. Depending on your body weight you may need a softer (if you are lighter) or firmer (if you are heavier) mattress.
- Side Sleepers – Memory foam can be helpful as it contours to your body. A medium or medium-firm mattress is suggested for a person with average weight. You do need to take into account the need to reduce pressure on shoulders and hips - but you don't want it too soft as it wont provide you with the right support.
Front (or stomach) sleepers – a medium to firm mattress is suggested to keep your spine well aligned
According to a recent mattress study, a medium to firm mattress 'improves sleep quality and reduces the risk of developing low back pain'.
A mattress that is too firm will result in your shoulders not sinking into the mattress. If you are a side sleeper, this can lead to 'a lack of adequate support to neck and shoulders that causes pain and joint stiffness'. In contracts, a soft, plush mattress may feel good for a few nights but it results in the 'hips and shoulders sinking too much into the mattress, leading to column misalignment'. So a soft mattress is unlikely to provide the ongoing support that your body needs.
Temperature is a factor to getting a quality sleep. In fact 'thermal environment is one of the most important factors that can affect human sleep.' When looking for a mattress, ask about the breathability, the mattress materials can contribute to a build up of heat depending on how it is constructed. That is why there is a movement away from foam only to a hybrid mattress.
In summary, a medium-firm mattress has the best results for improving sleep quality. However, this level of firmness may not be the case for everyone as their are factors including sleep position and body weight that can impact what mattress firmness is right for you. In recent years, some mattresses have customisable firmness that can make the decision easier for you.
Mattress protectors are always a good idea. A thin, but breathable one is recommended.
If you have allergies, we’d recommend natural latex, as it has less nasty's, and collects less dust mites.
Mattress’s life is dependent on the quality. Generally a cheaper mattress will usually start to sag after a few years. But a good mattress should have a life of 10 years, and most will come with a warranty, depending on the price point.
KEY TIP: A quality bed frame is important to ensure correct mattress durability and performance.
Before you purchase your mattress make sure you consider your sleeping style and climate. This will help you determine the firmness and breathability you need. Take the time to research because you want to have a mattress lasting you for around 10 years.
When purchasing a new mattress, you should consider buying a new pillow or Quilt to help you sleep better. At #GoKindly we make a pillow or quilt for you and a bed for a woman in need. We donate 50% of our profits to women experiencing homelessness and aim to make the world kinder.
We hope this has helped you find the best mattress in Australia that gives your bed the best balance of comfort and support for a good nights sleep.