Best mattress in a box Australia

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Anyone with a great mattress will tell you it’s worth its weight in gold. But you don’t have to break the bank, buying a bed online. You can find the best mattress in Australia from the comfort of your own home, that means no more driving around showrooms and trying to fit that dense bed in your car. Plus the brands don’t have to pay the cost of showrooms and salespeople, passing the saving onto you.

Welcome to the era of online mattress shopping, saving you time, money, and helping you find a better quality bed. However, there are drawbacks, like all the mattress marketing jargon. We cut through this for you by looking at independent reviews, and Australian customer advocacy groups like CHOICE, Product Review, and only adding mattresses with over 4 stars and 100+ reviews.

Everybody is different and will prefer different choices; that’s why we try and be as transparent as possible in our reviews. After all you spend around a third of your life on a mattress, so it’s a big deal choosing the right one.

The main question we get is “what if I don’t like the mattress?” That’s why bed in a box brands give generous trial periods around 100 days and offer excellent return policies, as well as making purchasing hassle-free and offering free shipping. Let’s find you the perfect bed that will get you a better nights sleep.

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Noa-Sleep mattress logo

Overall: 9.8 /10
Customer Satisfaction: 9.7/10
Price: $699-$1099

emma mattress logo

Overall: 9.7 /10
Customer Satisfaction: 9.7/10
Price: $599-$1035

Macoda mattress logo

Overall: 9.6 /10
Customer Satisfaction: 9.5/10
Price: $700-$1100

Ergoflex mattress logo

Overall: 9.4 /10
Customer Satisfaction: 9.4/10
Price: $899-$1749

What is a mattress in a box?

A “mattress in a box” is when machines compress a mattress into a box. This makes the mattress easy to move and manoeuvre when purchased. This concept is relatively new only been introduced to Australia around 6 years ago, since then most companies are now using this technology. You will find a lot of memory foam mattresses available  with a few exceptions that also include micro-springs and even pocket springs.

The 13 best mattresses in Australia

The Noa mattress is a clear winner across all of the reviews – not just because of the excellent price, but it is nice to save some money. Over 1,000 Australians gave this mattress 5 stars on,, and But why did we rate it #1 best mattress in Australia?

The hybrid design has excellent support with the combination of pocket springs and foam. It’s perfect for Aussies wanting a bed that’s incredibly comfortable but doesn’t want to sink to the bottom of it. If you find the hybrid design to be soft or to firm, you can change your bed within the first 100 nights, free of charge.

When sleeping on the bed, you feel the soft embrace of memory foam with a gentle pushback of the springs giving a medium-firmness which a lot of sleepers prefer and as mentioned before Noa offers a 100-night sleep trial plus a 15-year warranty.

We also love the construction of the bed. The open-cell natural latex is breathable and hypoallergenic, which combines with the gel-infused memory foam for excellent pressure relief. Then, of course, you have the responsive pocket springs for enhanced airflow and lasting durability. This three-layer construction is made with our climate in mind and is excellent of those warm summer nights.

Last but not least, the price. Well, from everything we have found, it’s an incredible mattress you are getting for the price; it’s even more affordable than most foam mattresses. You might be thinking they might have cut corners with the quality of the bed, but this isn’t the case. The materials are OEKO TEX® and REACH certified. Plus, the components are independently tested by SGS, adhering to the highest standards of manufacturing.

Overall, we love the bed and think you will too. You get all of the perks that come with a top of the range mattress in a box, free shipping, risk-free trial, excellent warranty length, etc.

Pick if…

… You want a comfortable yet affordable bed in a box.

Great bed. The Macoda mattress seems like a hidden gem in the mattress in box industry. Macoda started back in 2018 by two young Australians, and it’s grown massively in popularity, just not as popular as the Koala mattress (yet). However, we think this underdog in the bedding industry is worth your consideration when looking for a new bed.

Macoda has won Australia’s “Best Comfort” Mattress in a Box two years in a row because of their comfortable hybrid design combining advanced foams and pocket springs, giving you support and bounce. The layers are also interchangeable to fit your sleeping style, offering a medium (5/10) to a medium-firm feel (6.5/10).

The construction is to the highest high standards with all the polyurethane foams being Certi-PUR-US certified, and the materials being to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Meaning it’s interdependently tested for the presence of over 300 harmful substances. So you can rest assured, it’s safe for you and children to sleep on, without having to worry about toxic chemicals coming off the mattress.

A few final thoughts, the bed, has easy to carry side handles which are a nice touch on the already great design. You get free delivery, 100-night trial, free returns, 10-year warranty, and an incredibly comfortable mattress. Plus an extra $100 of the Macoda mattress with our discount code “SLEEPBETTER”. We also highly recommend the Macoda pillow if you’re looking for an upgrade.

Pick if…

… You want a comfortable hybrid mattress.

The Emma mattress has won over 30 awards across Europe, and you can find them in 20 different countries with over 400,000 people sleeping on them, impressive! And now the wait is over, and you can purchase them in Australia, but is the Emma mattress any good?

Yes! The quality German engineering that has gone into the bed has proven it’s self across Europe (Europe’s most awarded mattress in 2019) and now it’s available here. We were lucky enough to try one out for a few months, and the 3 layers of foam distribute your weight evenly because of the 7 support zones design, making it a dream to fall asleep.

We must say it does feel firmer than your standard all-foam mattress at around a 6/10 medium-firm feel. Also, the service we received was excellent, but to double-check it wasn’t biased we looked through the reviews on and Choice to make sure other people had the same experience. And, there is an overall positive comments on customer service, comfort, and price.

If you’ve got babies or toddlers, the Emma mattress is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 – Class 1 certified on all of its layers – meaning it’s eco friendly and free from harmful substances. However, the bed does come from Germany so we’re not to overly sure on the environmental impact getting it here.

Moreover, the Emma mattress has same-day delivery in metro areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. And, we think you will hear a lot more about the customer service and excellent quality Emma provides to Australia.

Pick if…

You want a comfortable alternative to the Koala and to save some money

The Ergoflex 5G Memory Foam Mattress is the original mattress in a box company. They have stood the test of time, and unlike most mattress in a box brands they have been in business longer than the 10-year warranty of their beds.

Initially, the Ergoflex was designed to compete with the popular TEMPUR mattress, but at a more affordable rate. They did this by coming up with the bed in a box design, cutting out the expensive showrooms, and extra shipping costs passing on the saving to you.

However, you will find this mattress slightly more expensive than other brands, costing $1,499, making it one of the priciest on our list. Yet, not everything is judged on price; this bed has over 3000 5-star reviews on Choice and Product Review. Plus the design is made to have orthopaedic pressure-relief making it the number one pick for the best bed for back backs category.

Ergoflex is recommended by an Australian back doctor saying “I recommend this mattress to patients as part of a multi-modal treatment for back and neck pain.” The reason we recommend it for Australians with back backs, and so do many other people, is because of the billions of spherical shaped open cell Ergoflex™ high-density foams, making it designed to be an orthopaedic pressure-reducing mattress.

Overall, Ergoflex has mastered the art of pressure relief; it has a couple of drawbacks being only a 30-day trial and is slightly more expensive than it’s competition. Still, you might be able to find it on a sale saving a few bucks so make sure you check out the claim deal button.

Pick if…

… You need more pressure relief, or you always wanted a TEMPUR, for a fraction of the cost.

Koala mattress reviews Sleepys Express

It’s hard to look for a mattress in Australia and not find the Koala mattress. Koala has a dual foam layer construction which includes Koala’s ‘Kloudcell’ foam (made to be breathable) and support foam. The foam is designed and patterned by Koala to be open-cell, ensuring airflow through the mattress, which is excellent for Aussie summers.

However, a lot of people say the mattress is still to warm to sleep on; this could be because both layer are memory foam, and it’s known for retaining heat. We don’t think this will be too much of an issue, but it might affect people living in Queensland, Perth or the Northern Territory.

The Koala mattress shot to fame with the viral wine glass test, which means there is zero partner disturbance in the bed meaning if you get up in the night your not going to wake up your partner, or them wake you up. The shipping time is quicker than Amazon with only 4 hour delivery in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Everywhere else, delivery is still fast and free.

As a nice touch, the bed is Australian made (made in Sydney) and is eco-friendly. Plus they partner with the WWF and donate a percentage of every mattress to koala preservation.

624 mattress reviews Sleepys express

If your not to sure how firm you like your mattress then maybe the 624 mattress is right for you. The design of the bed gives you interchangeable layers so you can match the firmness to how you like to sleep.

624 is Australian owned and run and is based in Sydney. They offer a 125 day extended trial period and a 10-year warranty with fast, free delivery. This mattress is excellent for people wanting a featured-packed bed with adjustable firmness and low pricing.

Please note the 624 mattress currently paused trading due to the current climate.

The Hugo mattress has excellent support and comfort without feeling ‘too-firm’ with a design that is excellent for all body types and sleeping positions. Hugo offers 4 layers of foam instead of the traditional 3 layers most mattress offer.

Hugo is made in Australia and offers same-day delivery to some locations. If you want slightly higher quality than a regular 3 layer mattress, then Hugo is for you.

Sleeping Duck Mattress Review Sleepys Express 2

One of the most expensive mattresses on the market because of the high-quality materials used. Sleeping Duck has six layers and two different comfort levels available medium and firm. You can also adjust the foam layers for the personalised perfect night’s sleep.

Sleeping Duck was recently awarded the top mattress in independent testing by CHOICE. If money isn’t an option, then Sleeping Duck is one of the best mattresses on the market. We think the price is worth the great nights sleep you’ll have on this bed.

Happy Sleep

HappySleep has superb spinal support with the combined layers of aerated natural latex, memory foam, and high-density support foam. This mix gives the mattress a medium-firm feel 7/10 and offers minimal partner disturbance.

They also offer next day delivery to people in the Melbourne metro area and fast shipping across Australia. The bed is excellent value with the present deal of $300 off. Also, there’s a 10-year warranty and a 100-night harmless test period.

onebed mattress review sleepys express

Onebed is an all-foam mattress known for its softness and support, making it excellent for side sleepers. OneBed’s interchangeable top layer can be changed for a medium, medium-firm, or firm nights sleep. You can switch between memory foam and latex, both having their benefits.

Using latex will increase the airflow on the surface, improving breathability. Plus this will make the bed towards the firmer side and give you some more bounce.

Changing to the two different levels of memory foam’s will give you a softer feel than the latex layer and give you more pressure relief. The drawback is that memory foam retains heat, and can be soft for some people.

OneBed also comes with a 15-year warranty, which is better than most beds you buy online. However, every mattress on this list has at least a 10-year warranty.

The queen mattress costs $1050, so it’s more costly than most brands but still competitive, and you get a 125 night trial period.

Isn’t every mattress great for kids? Well yes but Ecosa stands out because of 3 reasons: It’s customisable firmness, breathability, and the waterproof cover. Children tend to be more restless at night and find it harder to cool down, so the G7 gel-infused foam and open-cell foam helps with the airflow and contracts this problem.

We love the unique feature of a waterproof cover on the Ecosa mattress, making it great for spills or accidents, which Kids are more prone than adults. The cover also helps kids with allergies because the inner cover has tightly woven microfilaments to protect against dust mites and bacteria.

And lastly, you can change up the firmness of the bed from – medium, medium-firm, and firm. Which is especially useful for growing kids who might prefer a different firmness after a year or for anybody who is a fussy sleeper.

Pick if…

… You need a bed for growing kids.

Eva mattress reviews Sleepys Express

Eva is a hybrid mattress designed to keep you fresh and comfy by combining springs, latex, gel, and high-density foams. Eva won ‘Best Overall’ Mattress in Box for 2019 and even has excellent reviews from people in Queensland, Perth and Cairns saying it keeps them cool in summer nights.

The breathable materials used like gel-infused memory foam and the open-cell natural latex underneath give great support and are designed with warm Australian nights in mind. These layers combined with the springs is the reason we think it’s the best bed for hot sleepers.

Summing it up, Eva is excellent for maximising support without compromising on letting the mattress breathe, making it great for people who are naturally hot when sleeping but prefer to sleep cold and comfortable. Eva has a no-strings-attached return and refund policy with a 120 night trial period.

Sommuto mattress review Sleepys express

Sommuto is Australian made with high-quality materials providing support will embracing your bodies curves. The gel-infused memory foam, comfort foam, and high-density foam give a balanced, supportive feel. The combination also allows airflow to come through the mattress, helping you to stop from overheating.

They have great shipping even in regional areas, 3-days for Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney. 5-days for Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and regional areas.

Last but not least, you get a 100-night trial, free returns and delivery, 10-year warranty, and a high quality Australian made mattress.

Helpful Information to consider

In our quest to find the best mattress, we have gathered the list above. If your still unsure, you’ll be happy to know that all the beds reviewed allowed you to return them if you weren’t pleased, plus they offer free delivery, too. Below are some extra points to keep a note about.

Mattress Budget Tips

1. Price isn’t always an indicator of quality. (High or Low)
2. $900 is ideal for a high-quality mattress and a wide variety of options to fit your sleeping style.
3. Choosing a bigger bed will mean a bigger budget. The price doesn’t leap up with each size. Nevertheless, the extra material from a single to a king is double so different sizes will be different prices.
4. Don’t go very cheap, spending less than $500 for a queen-sized bed doesn’t mean the bed is terrible and the price isn’t always the perfect indicator of quality, however it does give a signal.

The mattress could have higher toxicity of chemicals, lower-quality materials, and lower durability.

Remember mattresses should last 8-10 years so if your new bed costs $1000 over 10 years that’s $0.27 a day. Don’t cut corners on your mattress! Your sleep and health are worth more than 27 cents a day.

Steps for Properly Unboxing a Memory Foam Mattress

When purchasing a mattress in a box it gets delivered to your house in a box. Luckily setting it up is as easy as ordering it online. We made a handy infographic below to show you the process.

  1. Open the box in your bedroom
  2. Unroll the mattress on the base/floor/frame
  3. Cut open the plastic wrap, don’t nip your bed!
  4. Grab the popcorn – the mattress inflates 
  5. Let the mattress take shape and air out
  6. Leave for 2-4 hours before sleeping. (The closer to 24 hours the better)
  7. Add the cover sheet
  8. Place a mattress topper for added comfort
  9. Add your pillows and donna
  10. Enjoy your new mattress


Note: Your new mattress will be ready to sleep on after a few hours of opening, but we recommend waiting 12-24 hours to allow it to decompress fully.

unboxing a mattress - sleepys express

Can you sleep on a mattress in a box right away?

You can sleep on it right away, but it’s not advisable. The mattress needs 24 hours to decompress to its normal shape and leaving the mattress a day will also reduce the new mattress smell. This is normal and will disperse from the bed in 24-48 hours.

Memory Foam vs Pocket Spring Boxed Mattress

One of the main choices when purchasing a new mattress come to memory foam vs spring mattress. Which is entirely a personal preference, and you will find different beds to have unique features, so there isn’t a blanket statement to fit the general pattern.

However, a memory foam mattress tends to be lighter, softer to sleep on, better for front sleepers and has zero partner distance. Plus they hug your body more, giving a greater pressure relief than a pocket spring mattress. The downside is they are hotter, have less bounce, and can be too embracing for people.

A pocket spring mattress is firmer, better for back sleepers, have more bounce, weighs more, and has more airflow. They tend to be thicker as well, so if you struggle to get out of bed. Then a spring mattress could be a better choice.

Are the mattress companies trustworthy?

All, the mattresses in our list have great reviews from Australians, some with well over a thousand 5-star reviews. We make sure to vet all the companies we review before writing an article about them and check other peoples opinions. All of the beds don’t have a rating lower than 4 stars even tho some are more popular than others; we think all the beds deserve to be on this list.

Will a new mattress stop my Back Pain?

Pressure relief from memory foam and orthopaedic mattresses is excellent for people with bad backs or joint injuries. 

However, see a chiropractor first, then try going for a mattress that’s made to reduce pressure on the spine to help fix or reduce the problem.

Memory foam and latex mattresses naturally contour to your body and absorb pressure. So if you have a sports injury from playing AFL that’s keeping you awake at night, you want to look for one of the two options mentioned. You could also get a customisable mattress and adjust it to your needs.

Will a new bed stop my allergies?

If you have allergies and it’s a common problem, essentially in the season. Changing your mattress can help fix the issue because you will find certain mattresses with hypoallergenic properties. 

The reason your bed might be aggravating your allergies is because it can store bacteria and dust mites. 

Luckily most new mattress in a box brands have hypoallergenic foams to stop/reduce the issue. However, mattresses that have a latex top layer tend to be more naturally resistant to dust mites and nasties.

How to choose a mattress in a box infographic
  1. CHOICE – ‘How to buy the best mattress’
  2. Product Review ‘Best Mattresses’
  3. Canstar Blue ‘Mattress Reviews & Ratings’


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