Best Mattresses

Waking up to the truth that you need a new mattress can feel like the start of an odyssey. The sheer number of mattresses on the market and the raft of marketing terms used to describe mattress ‘technology’ can make you feel like you need a PhD before purchasing. While you definitely don't, doing a bit of research beforehand can stop you from buying a mattress that feels like soft quicksand or an unyielding plank of wood. This guide is here to help, walking you through the A-Z of buying a mattress, to help you catch quality Zs. Continue reading...

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Sleeping Duck Mattress
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021

Sleeping Duck Mattress

 · includes 12 listings
4.8 from 5,227 reviews

Featured review: Our Sleeping Duck mattress has been perfect - super quick delivery, easy set up and it's been very comfortable. It's kept it's firmness and shape and we've definitely been sleeping better. Well worth it.

Price (RRP) $999.00 to $1,999.00

Equally comfortable and supportive
Can customise your mattress feel
Good customer service
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (3,666)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (192) · No (3,513)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureChina
  • Thickness31 cm

Best Mattress

The New Koala Mattress

The New Koala Mattress

 · includes 5 listings
4.9 from 656 reviews
Type HD Polyurethane Foam
FirmnessMedium Firm

The New Koala Mattress is a winner with reviewers so far. It offers either a medium or medium-firm support level, along with a soft, comfortable and breathable Tencel™ Lyocell comfort layer.

Price (RRP) $780.00 to $1,250.00

  • Value for Money
    4.8 (590)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (21) · No (581)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureChina
  • Thickness25 cm
2nd Best Mattress
Sleeping Duck Mattress
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021

Sleeping Duck Mattress

 · includes 12 listings
4.8 from 5,227 reviews
Type Pocket Spring and HD Polyurethane Foam
FirmnessMedium, Firm and Customisable

This popular mattress-in-a-box is designed to be luxuriously soft as well as supportive. It also comes with the unique ability to make half of the mattress a medium feel, while the other half is a firm feel, so that everyone can sleep happy.

Price (RRP) $999.00 to $1,999.00

Equally comfortable and supportive
Can customise your mattress feel
Good customer service
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (3,666)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (192) · No (3,513)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureChina
  • Thickness31 cm
3rd Best Mattress
Latex Mattress Australia Pure Comfort

Latex Mattress Australia Pure Comfort

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4.9 from 401 reviews
Type Latex
FirmnessMedium, Firm and Extra Firm/Hard

If you’re looking for support in a mattress that helps relieve pain but doesn’t compromise on comfort, the Pure Comfort range has allowed many reviewers to feel rejuvenated after each night's sleep.

Price (RRP) $6,995.00 to $13,995.00

Highly supportive mattress
Helped to relieve pain
Comfortable to sleep on
Expensive
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (99)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (2) · No (102)
  • SizeSingle, Long Single, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • FeaturesAdjustable Bed Compatible, Handles and Removable Cover
  • Country of ManufactureAustralia
  • Thickness28 cm
Latex Mattress Australia Pure Support
  • Award Winner 2022

Latex Mattress Australia Pure Support

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4.9 from 432 reviews
Type Latex
FirmnessMedium and Firm

The Pure Support mattress is Latex Mattress Australia’s best selling mattress for over 65 years and counting. Its two layers are available in both medium and firm comfort levels - ideal for those who prefer a more supportive and high-density mattress feel.

Price (RRP) $4,995.00 to $9,995.00

Superior level of support
All-natural materials
Friendly on sore backs
Can be pricey
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (130)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (7) · No (129)
  • SizeSingle, Long Single, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • FeaturesAdjustable Bed Compatible and Removable Cover
  • Country of ManufactureAustralia
  • Thickness23 cm
Eco Kids Mattress

Eco Kids Mattress

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4.9 from 445 reviews
Type Coil Spring and HD Polyurethane Foam
FirmnessMedium

Provide support to a growing child by giving them comfortable sleeps in the Eco Kids Mattress. It’s made from natural fabrics, has durable springs for active kids, and anti-allergy properties that are gentle on any sensitivities.

Price (RRP) $699.00 to $899.00

Provides utmost comfort and support
Has strong edges
Suitable for kids with asthma or allergies
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (377)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (3) · No (251)
  • SizeSingle, Long Single, King Single and Double
  • Country of ManufactureAustralia

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Koala Calm As

Koala Calm As

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4.9 from 265 reviews
Type HD Polyurethane Foam
FirmnessMedium Firm, Firm and Customisable

Price (RRP) $950.00 to $1,950.00

  • Value for Money
    4.8 (228)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (13) · No (231)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureChina
  • Thickness29 cm
Ausbeds Sienna
  • Award Winner 2021

Ausbeds Sienna

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4.9 from 316 reviews
Type Pocket Spring
FirmnessVery Soft, Soft, Medium, Medium Firm, Firm, Extra Firm/Hard and Customisable

Seeking a light mattress for summer? The award-winning Ausbeds Sienna is covered in Tencel, an environmentally friendly fabric that’s even more breathable than cotton.

Price (RRP) $950.00 to $2,000.00

Comfortable to sleep on
Superior customer service
Environmentally friendly fabric
The mattress was somewhat heavy
  • Value for Money
    4.9 (108)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (4) · No (98)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureAustralia
  • Thickness33 cm
Ergoflex Memory Foam Mattress

Ergoflex Memory Foam Mattress

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4.7 from 1,655 reviews
Type Memory Foam
FirmnessMedium Firm

The Ergoflex Memory Foam Mattress is crafted from high-density open-cell memory foam. This contours and shapes to your body - relieving pressure without trapping heat.

Price (RRP) $1,199.00 to $1,999.00

Helps relieve pressure points
Both comfortable and supportive
Doesn't retain heat
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (503)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (32) · No (463)
  • SizeSingle, Long Single, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureChina
  • Thickness23 cm
Ausbeds Cooper

Ausbeds Cooper

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4.9 from 218 reviews
Type Pocket Spring and Gel Memory Foam
FirmnessVery Soft, Soft, Medium, Medium Firm, Firm, Extra Firm/Hard and Customisable

Reviewers have noted an improvement in sleep quality after switching to the Ausbeds Cooper mattress - it comes in various firmness levels to support all kinds of sleepers.

Price (RRP) $500.00 to $1,250.00

Highly comfortable
Offers high level of back support
Exceptional customer service
  • Value for Money
    4.9 (38)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (0) · No (27)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double and Queen
  • Country of ManufactureAustralia
  • Thickness28 cm
Sleep Republic Mattress

Sleep Republic Mattress

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4.7 from 1,067 reviews
Type Pocket Spring
FirmnessMedium Firm

Firm but plush, the Sleep Republic Mattress uses a combination of cashmere and latex to help give optimal comfort, breathability, and support while you sleep.

Price (RRP) $699.00 to $1,649.00

Can help relieve hip and back pain
Durable construction
Reduces partner disturbances
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (558)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (30) · No (501)
  • SizeSingle, Long Single, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureChina
  • Thickness31 cm
Emma Comfort Mattress

Emma Comfort Mattress

 · includes 5 listings
4.7 from 2,696 reviews
Type Memory Foam
FirmnessSoft

With Airgocell foam that both adapts to your body and wicks away moisture, the Emma Comfort Mattress provides support and comfort for every sleeping position.

Price (RRP) $899.00 to $1,399.00

Supportive yet comfortable
Easy to assemble
Can help relieve back tension
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (2,443)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (173) · No (2,262)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureGermany
  • Thickness25 cm
Onebed Mattress X

Onebed Mattress X

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4.8 from 285 reviews
Type Pocket Spring and Memory Foam

The Onebed Mattress X is a box mattress that’s constructed with breathable and comfortable fabrics and provides orthopedic support to help relieve aches and pains.

Price (RRP) $1,299.00 to $1,799.00

Comfy but supportive
Minimal partner disruption
Simple to set up
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (257)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (18) · No (241)
Onebed Mattress Essential

Onebed Mattress Essential

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4.7 from 926 reviews
Type Gel Memory Foam and HD Polyurethane Foam
FirmnessMedium

With cooling, gel-infused memory foam and a supportive dense layer, the Onebed Mattress Essential is a bargain in a box.

Price (RRP) $599.00 to $899.00

Pleasant to sleep on
Keeps sleepers cool
Holds shape and firmness well
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (840)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (53) · No (764)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Thickness20 cm
Onebed Mattress Original

Onebed Mattress Original

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4.6 from 2,413 reviews
Type Memory Foam and Latex
FirmnessMedium

The Onebed Mattress Original provides a high level of firm support and keeps you cool and comfortable while you snooze.

Price (RRP) $799.00 to $1,199.00

Firm and supportive
Not prone to sagging
Can't feel partner's movements
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (1,284)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (117) · No (1,150)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureChina
  • Thickness26 cm
Zenna Mattress

Zenna Mattress

 · includes 5 listings
4.9 from 153 reviews
Type Latex

Have a gentle sleep on the Zenna Mattress - it has anti-bacterial and anti-dust mite properties and a breathable design that helps regulate your body temperature.

Price (RRP) $995.00 to $1,795.00

Supports back and sides
Keeps original shape
Doesn't flare up allergies
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (100)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (3) · No (89)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Thickness20 cm

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Japanache Futon

Japanache Futon

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5.0 from 126 reviews

Easy to care for and fold away, the authentic Japanese futons from Japanache have received praise from users for being extra supportive on their backs and helping relieve stiffness and body aches.

Supportive for back
Easy to care for
Warm and comfortable
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (92)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (3) · No (88)
  • SizeSingle, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureJapan
  • Thickness10 cm
Latex Mattress Australia Pure Indulgence
4.9 from 123 reviews
Type Latex
FirmnessFirm and Extra Firm/Hard

Luxurious comfort, 100% pure and natural latex, and the ability to customise the firmness of different layers make the Latex Mattress Australia Pure Indulgence a great choice for those who don’t mind spending more for a quality product.

Price (RRP) $12,495.00 to $27,495.00

Offers optimal comfort
Maintains shape and firmness
Helps with partner disturbance
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (32)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (1) · No (36)
  • SizeLong Single, King Single, Double, Queen, King and Super King
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Marce Blanc Mattress

Marce Blanc Mattress

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4.7 from 191 reviews
FirmnessMedium and Medium Firm

The Marce Blanc Mattress is a pocket spring mattress that allows for extra air flow and moves with your body, preventing tossers and turners from disturbing each other during the night.

Price (RRP) $219.00 to $409.00

Soft and comfortable
Regulates body temperature
Stays supportive over time
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (20)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (4) · No (13)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Thickness30 cm
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Chiropedic And Sleep Range

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4.8 from 152 reviews

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Has great pressure relief
High quality materials and build
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (137)
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Ausbeds Aurora

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5.0 from 85 reviews
Type Latex
FirmnessVery Soft, Soft, Medium, Medium Firm, Firm, Extra Firm/Hard and Customisable

Price (RRP) $1,000.00 to $2,600.00

  • Value for Money
    4.8 (74)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (2) · No (69)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureAustralia
  • Thickness33 cm
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Sleeping Duck Mattress
  • Award Winner 2022
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Sleeping Duck Mattress

 · includes 12 listings
4.8 from 5,227 reviews

Featured review: Our Sleeping Duck mattress has been perfect - super quick delivery, easy set up and it's been very comfortable. It's kept it's firmness and shape and we've definitely been sleeping better. Well worth it.

Price (RRP) $999.00 to $1,999.00

Equally comfortable and supportive
Can customise your mattress feel
Good customer service
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (3,666)
  • Caused Discomfort Yes (192) · No (3,513)
  • SizeSingle, King Single, Double, Queen and King
  • Country of ManufactureChina
  • Thickness31 cm
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What type of mattress should I buy?

Unfortunately, there's no stock standard answer to this question. The type of mattress you should buy depends on the a number of competing factors that need to be delicately weighed up. For example, your preferred sleeping position may be on your side, which might make a medium mattress suitable. But what if your partner sleeps on their stomach, which tends to suit a firm mattress?

There's also the question of mattress materials. If you're a hot sleeper or you have allergies, you'll probably want to source a mattress that doesn't trap heat or dust inside.

Not to forget the matter of personal shopping preferences - you might like the new-age convenience of having a mattress-in-a-box delivered straight to your door, or perhaps you'd rather tread the traditional mattress-buying path and buy in store or in a showroom.

Do you sleep on your side, stomach or back?

If you sleep on your side, a medium-soft mattress is probably the right pick for you. The plush material will make room for your hips and joints, and won’t give the feeling of crushing them. See our pick for the best mattress for side sleepers

This sleeping position requires more support for the spine, to prevent neck and back pain. That’s why choosing a firm mattress, or one firmer on the comfort spectrum, may help support stomach sleepers. See our pick for the best mattress for front sleepers

Choose a medium or medium-firm mattress, to help support your spine without feeling like you're lying on a plank of wood. See our pick for the best mattress for back sleepers

The best offering for sleepers that switch between the above positions is a medium-firm mattress. This provides the correct balance of support and comfort, and you won’t find yourself uncomfortably sinking into the mattress as you shift positions throughout the night. See our picks for the best spring mattress or the best latex mattress.

What are the different mattress ‘feels,’ or comfort levels?

There are a number of different comfort levels that a mattress can offer. Mainly, these are soft (or plush), medium and firm. Many brands also offer variables such as very soft, medium-soft, medium-firm and extra firm.

Soft mattresses · See All

Also known as plush mattresses, these give you the feeling of ‘sinking in.' They are usually made up of soft foam comfort layers, such as memory foam, in both the upper layers and mattress core. Soft mattresses have the most amount of ‘give’ of all the mattress firmness levels, as they cradle your body by adapting and contouring to its shape. This can help provide pressure relief for joints (hips, knees and shoulders in particular), which won’t painfully dig into a hard mattress surface.

While a soft mattress sounds comfortingly cloud-like, it also provides the least amount of support, including spinal support. This can cause your back and hips to sag, causing morning aches. Since soft mattresses are made from foam or other highly yielding materials, they are less resilient than other mattress types and so will wear out faster, meaning you need to replace them more regularly than other mattresses.

Medium mattresses · See All

These provide a good balance between comfort, support and firmness. They usually come in two different types – medium-soft and medium-firm.

Medium-soft mattresses are comprised of the same plush upper layers as a soft mattress, which your skin makes contact with. However, the mattress core or foundation is designed with stronger materials such as synthetic latex. Medium-soft mattresses are suitable for sleepers who like the gentle cradling of a soft mattress, but also long fir that little bit of extra support.

Medium-firm mattresses are the most popular ‘feel' for a mattress and are the standard for ‘universal comfort.’ They’re popular with sleepers who shift position frequently throughout the night. They will accommodate your movement, by contouring to your body but ensuring you won’t sink in. They will push back to give you support, but still let you move freely enough. Medium-firm mattresses are also a good choice if you share your bed, as they can cater to a number of sleeping positions.

Firm Mattresses · See All

These are designed with a rigid core and support layers, which prevents any sinking into the mattress at all. These mattresses are usually constructed from resilient materials like latex, and are more supportive for sleepers with back pain. Firm mattresses also provide catered support to front and back sleepers, as they help to align the spine. They're usually uncomfortable for side sleepers.

What type of mattress material is best?

Memory foam · See All

Memory foam impression made by hand

Memory foam was originally designed by NASA in 1966 to cushion test pilots in flights as they prepared for lift-off. But you don't have to be an astronaut to enjoy its cushioning benefits. This dense foam has a medium level of softness that conforms and moulds to the shape of your body to similarly cradle you as you sleep.

Memory foam pads you into the bed, to the point where it will leave a temporary imprint of your body in the foam. It's made to spring back though, so the material shouldn't technicallly sink or collapse over time. Memory foam is often referred to as as temperature-sensitive visco-elastic foam by retailers. This means it's made to respond to body heat and weight, and adapt accordingly to provide comfort.

Pros

Advanced ability to adapt to your body shape helps take weight and pressure off the joints, which help relieves pain for some people.
Allergy friendly, as the dense material is a good safeguard against dust, mites and mould.

Cons

Memory foam can feel restrictive if you're a combination sleeper, or tend to toss and turn in the night. Its strong conforming ability means it encases you in one spot like a kind of open cocoon.
Not the best pick for hot sleepers, as the tightly packed cell structure of memory foam makes it retain heat and absorb sweat.
Some ‘offgassing’ can occur, which means the mattress can release a slightly unpleasant chemical smell after the manufacturing process. However, the effect is temporary, and lasts a few weeks at most.

Tips for buying a memory foam mattress

  • Hot sleepers that like the benefits of a memory foam mattress but don't want to be sleeping in sweat can opt for a mattress with a gel-infused top layer, or one with open-cell technology. These innovations help to disperse heat away from the body, for a cooler and more comfortable sleep.
  • Memory foam mattresses are designed to be soft and comfortable - however they can take around 2-4 weeks to soften. If you opt for high-density foam, you may have to wait the full 4 weeks. You can help soften it up by increasing the temperature in your room, or even by walking on the bed, as they can give the mattress extra 'practise' when it comes to adapting to heat and weight.
  • While memory foam mattresses can be cheap, it's better to opt for a quality mattress. Cheaper models can use low-density or poorly made foam that sags and dips over time, and eventually stop springing back at all. A memory foam mattress that hurts your back, whether now or in 5 years, isn't worth it.

Latex · See All

Latex mattresses come in two forms: natural latex, which comes from the sap of the rubber tree, or synthetic latex – which imitates the solid feel of latex by using a mix of natural latex and petrochemicals like styrene and butadeine. 100% natural latex mattresses are rare, as the manufacturing process usually involves the addition of some chemicals. As a result, most latex mattresses are a blend of natural and synthetic. See our pick for the best latex mattress.

Pros

Supportive and resilient, the hardy material of a latex mattress will provide a high degree of support. This makes it a good choice for stomach and back sleepers.
Latex isn’t temperature sensitive, and its pinhole structure (pictured, right) allows air to circulate. This means a latex mattress is positive news for a hot sleeper - it won't absorb heat and can keep you cool, no matter the season.

Cons

Not especially comfortable - While excellent in the support department, the firm and rubbery surface of a latex mattress makes it not particularly comfortable to sleep on.
All-natural latex mattresses are rare, as the majority on the market are blended with synthetic latex, which is made from petrochemicals. These can sometimes cause allergies.
You may be subject to an interesting smell for the first few weeks after buying your mattress. This is known as offgassing, which happens when the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) inisde synthetic mattresses are slowly released.

Tips for buying a latex mattress

Latex mattress material example

  • Retailers will often dub latex mattresses as being either Dunlop or Talalay latex. These terms are used to described the different manufacturing processes. While there isn't a huge difference between them, Dunlop is generally more dense. This can make it more resilient, and when combined with a firm comfort level, it can provide a more rigid surface than Talalay models (but it won't automatically be firmer - it still depends on the mattress feel).
  • Since Talalay is made by pushing carbon dioxide gas through the mattress moulds along with latex, it has a more open, airy structure than its Dunlop counterpart. This makes Talalay latex mattresses even more breathable for hot sleepers.
  • If you're big on eco-friendliness, then a 100% natural latex mattress - while trickier to source - is still out there. For example, the Fern Mattress is made from 100% certified natural latex.

Pocket spring mattresses · See All

Pocket spring base vertical

These mattresses are built with vertical rows of pockets in their core containing thousands of springs. The sectioning off of springs into separate pockets means support is graduated across the mattress.

This means that if there are two sleepers on the same bed, each of them is supported by different 'zones' of pocket springs. If one sleeper moves, it doesn't affect the springs in the other sleeper's zone. The overall benefit is less partner disturbance during the night. (This is the opposite of a traditional innerspring mattress, which uses one set of coils throughout the mattress - so it's a matter of 'when I move you move.' See our pick for the best spring mattress.

Pros

Effectively minimise partner disturbance, especially one of you is prone to tossing and turning through the night. The pockets are sectioned off into zones, which support two sleepers independently of each other. If one sleeper moves, the other won’t be affected, as the pockets underneath them won’t move.
Air circulates freely, as there’s plenty of space between the coils and pockets. This means pocket spring mattresses are cooler to sleep on than memory foam mattresses.

Cons

Longevity can be compromised, as the springs and any metal components making up the bed frame can rust.

Hybrid Mattresses

As their name suggests, these mattresses feature a combination of materials, such as a latex or pocket spring base with softer memory foam comfort layers. These mattresses will have a wide array of pros and cons, as consistent with the individual materials they’re made from. The top-rated mattress on ProductReview, The Sleeping Duck mattress, is a hybrid. It's designed with latex, memory foam in its bottom layers and bamboo fabric for its comfort layer.

Most mattresses are hybrids in one way or another. The mattress ‘technology’ specified by retailers often refers to the base/core, while any comfort layers or quilting refers to the buffer between your body and the mattress core. Look for materials that are breathable, comfortable and allergy friendly. Natural fibres usually fit the bill, like cotton or bamboo.

Since these mattresses try and take the best bits of each mattress layer and put them together, they're usually more expensive than other mattress types.

What about mattress sizes?

If you’re buying the whole kit and caboodle when it comes to bedding (bed frame and mattress, or perhaps an ensemble) you'll need to decide on a size.

The first thing to do is measure your room. While retailers may recommend investing in the largest bed your room can fit, it's better not to cramp your room with a huge bed. This way you can comfortably house other bedroom furniture like a desk or bedside table without the room feeling cramped and looking cluttered.

You may also want to opt for a slighter smaller mattress size if you’re adding other, more elaborate design features to your bed, as a tall headboard.

The mattress size should also accommodate the people sleeping in it! The length of your mattress should be at least 10-15cm longer than the tallest sleeper. You might want to go up a size if you’re sleeping next to a sprawler, or if you'll have kids or pets climbing into the bed with you on those lazy Sunday mornings.

The most common mattress sizes in Australia are single, double, queen and king, however many brands or mattress series offer variants, such as king single and super king.

Mattress size guide for Australia

How many years should I keep my mattress?

Since mattresses can cost you an arm and a leg, you want to at least make sure that it's comfortably supporting those arms and legs for many years to come.

Mattress warranties typically range from 10-20 years, but most mattresses will last about 8-10 years. This means shopping specifically for a mattress with a longer warranty isn't really neccessary.

Your mattress will last longer if you give it a little TLC every now and then. This includes rotating and flipping your mattress regularly to air it out and ensure it doesn’t get limp or saggy in ‘high-traffic areas’ where your body likes to lie.

A mattress protector (pictured, right) can also help keep your mattress clean and dry. This piece of removable bedding offers a shield between you and the mattress. This prevents your mattress soaking up sweat, dirt, skin cells, spills. The mattress protector will bear the brunt of this daily grit, and you can just take it off and wash it.

Another way to keep your mattress healthier and more hygienic is to choose a mattresses with a removable, washable cover, like the Pure Comfort Latex Mattress's natural latex and Tencel cover.

If your mattress hasn't yet reached its 8th birthday but you notice sagging or lumps - or you're waking up in pain - it's probably time to say goodbye. While starting the hunt for a new mattress is a prime contender for your 'To-Do Later' list, it isn't worth the potential health problems an old and defective mattress can cause.

What about a mattress in a box?

Mattresses-in-a-box have changed the mattress market over the last few years. You no longer need to go to a showroom and vie for a lie-down on prospective new mattresses. After you make your purchase online, the product is vacuum-sealed and delivered to your door.

Some of the best mattresses on ProductReview are the ones you get in a box, like the Sleeping Duck Mattress (2017 Award Winner) and the Ergoflex Memory Foam Mattress (2020 Award Winner).

Here are some plus and minus points for taking the plunge and shopping differently to buy a mattress in a box:

Pros

A mattress in a box is cheaper than a mattress bought in-store or in a showroom. There's no mark-up or paying the middleman. A queen-sized mattress in a box costs an average of $1,000, while a store-bought equivalent such as a Sleepmaker or Sealy mattress can cost thousands.
Quick and easy - a mattress in a box usually takes 1-2 days to arrive, and comes with other perks such as free shipping.
Less pressure to decide on the spot, which you might face in-store, with an impatient salesperson hovering nearby.
Flexible return options, thanks to a trial period of anywhere between 30 to 100 nights. This usually goes hand in hand with a money back guarantee, if you don’t like the feel of the mattress.
Returned mattresses are donated to a local charity frequently. Some companies have a nominated charity; others let you choose their own.

Cons

Can't try before you buy by lying down on the mattress first
You're on your own when it comes to setting up your new mattress as well as getting rid of your old one. In comparison, department stores or other retailers may offer to do this for you; but it’s probably factored into their hefty cost.

What is the best mattress?

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

The side sleepers who purchased a Zenna mattress all had very positive things to say about it. The Zenna is made from a single block of latex, with 7 different density zones for each part of your body.

Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

People who sleep face-up particularly liked the Sleeping Duck Medium firmness option offered by Sleeping Duck. While your personal preferences may lean one way or the other, the SD Medium seems to be a great one-size-fits-all option.

Best Mattress for Front Sleepers

If you sleep on your stomach, you will probably like a firm mattress that gives you plenty of support, especially if you also use a low-profile pillow. Sleeping Duck's award-winning Sleeping Duck Firm mattress comes with a couple of firmness options so you know you're getting their highly-rated base product with just a bit more support.

Best Mattress for Kids

The Eco Kids mattress makes a lot of claims, including that it is "Specifically designed to help children grow." While we didn't ask parents for a copy of their kids growth chart with their reviews, there are plenty of reviewers raving about this mattress, praising it's bamboo fabric and sturdy edges.

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

The Onebed Original mattress has two different top layers which you can alternate to your preference - a latex layer and a memory foam layer. By having the latex layer on top, many reviewers found this to be a great summer mattress that didn't retain too much heat. If nights do start to get too chilly, you always have to option to swap to the warmer memory foam top layer.

Best Mattress for those with Neck/Back issues

When we looked at ratings solely from reviewers who indicated they had pre-existing neck or back issue, the Emma Original mattress was one of the top performers. These reviewers felt like they were getting the full body support they needed, and felt like they weren't going to be easily displaced during the night.

Best Latex Mattress

If you're looking for a latex mattress, it's hard to go past a specialist. The Pure Comfort from Latex Mattress Australia has a few different firmness options, and they offer individualised advice to help you decide which of their products will be best for you.

Best Spring Mattress

If you're a traditionalist who is not on board with the wave of all-foam mattresses that have washed over the market in the last decade, Sleeping Duck have you covered. The latest version of their award-winning mattress, the Mach II, has just been released and comes Medium, Firm, or Half-and-Half support options. You can choose a different firmness via a free foam swap within the first 100 nights. The mattress comes compressed and vacuum sealed so you get all the convenience of modern delivery with tried-and-true comfort of springs.

Conclusion

Overall, buying a mattress requires the careful consideration of a number of factors, the most important of which include: your most common sleeping position, the comfort level you'd prefer (soft, medium or firm), which mattress materials are most compatible with your sleeping habits, and any existing ailments or allergies you have. Of course, the price weighs in as well, and a bed in a box is cheaper than one bought in store. However, nothing can really beat the true test of experience, so look for a mattress that offers a free trial period of at least 30 days, with the offer of a full refund if you get anything less than your forty winks. That way you can sleep on it, then continue the search if you haven't yet found your mattress match made in heaven.