The mattress in a box craze has finally landed down under and with over 35 different companies offering various options, consumers like yourself are spoilt for choice.
The one problem most consumers actually face is deciding which is the best boxed mattress for them, so we’ve compared ten of the best with our ultimate buyers guide.
Most boxed mattresses come in various sizes ranging from single, double, queen and king with prices usually coming in at well under $1,290 AUD. Some cost as little as $300 while others max out at around $1395. Those with deep pockets will find plenty of mattresses that go up to over $50k but we’re unsure if they actually perform better.
Most of companies featured in our buyers guide for 2018 also offer free delivery within metro areas and are usually dispatched the same day if you order before 11am, with deliveries usually taking up to 4 hours.
Mattresses in a box are packaged and delivered in easy to open cardboard boxes that are suitable for 1-2 people to carry. Some even come with wheels so you can wheel them into your front door or apartment elevator, eliminating the need to arrange a day off for you and the family to take delivery of your mattress.
Mattresses are vacuum packed with special machinery and once opened you simply cut the plastic packaging and your mattress will magically inflate. Most mattresses weigh around 20-30kg but some of the pocket spring ones can go up to 70 or 80kg.
Prices are usually fixed, ensuring you don’t have to deal with pushy sales people. The official websites regularly offer discount coupon codes up to $500 off allowing you to get the best price. Most companies now also offer Afterpay or Zip pay too. Don’t go searching for coupons online, they provide fake coupons while stuffing their tracking pixel in your browser to steal a commission from the mattress company.
Affordability and convenience are the two main reasons why consumers opt for a boxed mattresses. Others like me prefer the superior comfort and sleeping experience over a conventional spring mattress.
Prior to purchasing a standard spring mattress I was constantly tossing and turning, which is no longer a problem with a boxed mattress. You may experience a few weeks of back discomfort when switching to a boxed mattress, this is normal. However most companies offer a 120 night free trial to test your mattress.
The table below compares the current market for boxed mattresses and mattress in a box options.
Best Boxed Mattress Australia
|Company||Price (Queen)||Trial Period||Warranty||Delivery||Learn More|
|$1,099||100 Nights||15 Years||Same Day||Learn More|
|$1,050||120 Nights||10 Years||Same Day||Learn More|
|$1,119||30 Nights||10 Years||1-2 Days||Learn More|
|$795||100 Nights||10 Years||Same Daye||Learn More|
|$850||120 Nights||10 Years||Same Day||Learn More|
|$1,050||100 Nights||10 Years||Same Day||Learn More|
|$1,050||125 Nights||15 Years||Same Day||Learn More|
|$1,199||100 Nights||10 Years||Overnight||Learn More|
|$950||125 Nights||15 Years||Same Day||Learn More|
|$1,349||100 Nights||10 Years||3-5 Days||Learn More|
1. Ecosa Mattress (Editors Choice 2018)
Our pick is definitely the queen size which offers the right amount of space for two people and is definitely the most common option for those on a budget.
The ecosa offers a 100 night trial and a lengthy 15 year warranty ensuring your mattress is always protected. It’s not the longest trial but still good value.
They offer same day delivery on orders before 10am within the metro areas of Sydney and Melbourne with a next day delivery service to other areas.
This mattress is one of the very few boxed mattresses that offer 5 layers of comfort with the ability to unzip the top of the mattress and adjust the layers to your own liking. Mattress too hard or soft? You can swap the layers around.
Not many other boxed mattresses can lay claim to truly customizing the mattress to your liking but the ecosa can and does very well. On top of the sleek looks, it’s a very appealing mattress wherever you decide to place it.
If you talk to someone about a boxed mattress then the name Koala ultimately pops up. They’ve spent millions on advertising on radio and tv through to social media ads, building their brand and naming it after one of Aussie’s most sought after animals was probably a great marketing ploy.
If you do purchase Koala then you can rest easy knowing your mattress is backed by a 10 year warranty and a 120 night free trial. With free delivery usually the same day or overnight for non metro addresses you can get unboxing right away.
If you want to try before you buy then Koala is one of the only companies with a physical presence in most major Myer stores. Don’t buy through Myer though as you never get the best price!
The Koala does have mixed reviews online, there are those that love it and those that hate it so do your own research however the main reasons are that people feel it’s not firm enough. Unlike the ecosa you can’t readjust the layers yourself and you can’t choose a different firmness like the Sleeping Duck (most expensive mattress below).
The Ergoflex isn’t included on most best boxed mattress guides as it is slightly more expensive than the rest and only comes with a 30 day trial period and 10 year warranty.
In comparison to other boxed mattresses, this isn’t something to rave about and with a slower delivery time (1-2 days) it’s probably not the best if you need a mattress quickly.
If you do want a great nights sleep then that’s the beauty of the Ergoflex as it’s multi layer technology will ensure you get the best nights sleep you’ve probably ever had.
The technology is their 5G memory foam mattress which offers a true HD, temperature sensitive, pressure-relieving mattress that will mould itself to the contours of your body for instant comfort and better support.
If you’re looking for the best value for money (at standard RRP prices) then you’d be foolish not to checkout 624 Australia. They come in at only $795 for a queen sized memory foam mattress. They regularly run discounts such as $150 off and offer free sheets or pillows for the deal seekers out there.
If you’re a student or a sole occupant of your bed then this is a great boxed mattress, unfortunately the partner disturbance during our testing was quite high so probably not the best for couples unless you’re both deep sleepers.
Fast free delivery and a long warranty and free trial period ensure this is the best priced boxed mattress.
5. Eva Mattress
It’s a very smart and comfortable boxed mattress that many other blogs have given a super high rating too. We’re unsure if that’s because of the affiliate program or whether it was actually their best mattress however we enjoyed the Eva mattress.
It’s not the cheapest but far from the most expensive and regularly offer high discounts. Offering six layers and the ability to rearrange layers to get a more firm or softer comfort experience it’s definitely a show stopper for 2018.
Fast same day delivery is available to most major cities including Melbourne and Sydney with overnight delivery to others.
6. Cosy Bed
This was the first bed we actually purchased when we started to create our best mattress guide for 2018 and it was one of the cheapest at the time, recently overtaken by the 624 mattress. We ordered at 11pm on Sunday night and it arrived by 1pm the following day with real time tracking provided.
The Cosy Bed lives up to it’s name offering a great level of comfort and spinal support. Unfortunately we found the Cosy was a little sore on our lower back after waking up each morning. It’s as if you sink down into the bed too much throughout the night.
We reached out to their support desk who didn’t really have much to suggest other than we might be more suited to a spring mattress however from our testing we didn’t experience the same level of discomfort from other mattresses mentioned here.
Fast delivery and a long trial and warranty are the bonuses offered by Cosy Bed.
OneBed is another relatively new boxed mattress company and it looks very similar to the Cosy Bed in terms of branding and the actual mattress itself. They claim their mattresses are handcrafted to deliver the most peaceful nights sleep.
The Onebed offers universal comfort, cool and breathable, bounceback, pressure relief, partner disturbance avoidance, surface buoyancy and a whole raft of other features that you won’t find in some of the cheaper boxed mattresses out there.
They offer fast free delivery, a 125 night trial and a 15 year warranty.
The Simba mattress looks good and we’re in love with their logo color scheme but how does their boxed mattress bed actually stack up? Very well in fact however it’s quite pricey in comparison to the other mattresses in this list.
It does however offer five layers of comfort, tailored to suit all and brings together experience and new technology to give you the best night’s sleep. The product you’ll be interested in is the Simba Hybrid mattress which is claimed to have a unique combination of 2,500 conical pocket springs and responsive memory foam.
The Simba mattress is an international brand with over 35,000 positive reviews online, unlike some of the other companies on this list they have been selling mattresses for years and offer a number of optional addons including the Hybrid Pillow with Outlast, duvet and motion base.
Delivery is fairly quick and they offer a long warranty and free trial period.
9. Lazy Bed
Similar to the Koala mattress, Lazy Bed have recently gone on the offensive and launched thousands of ads on Instagram and Facebook to get their brand name out there. The Lazy Bed mattress looks great and is at a very entry level price ensuring it’s a contender for all Australian buyers.
If you’re looking at the 624 then you’d be a fool not to checkout the Lazy Bed as it offers comparable features at a similar price.
Delivery is free and fairly quick and they offer a long warranty and free trial period.
The most expensive boxed mattress to feature in our guide for 2018 however there’s a saying, leaving the best until last and it could be argued by some that the Sleeping Duck Pro is easily the best boxed mattress on the market right now.
Offering six layers of technology and available in two comfort levels, medium and firm you’ll need to decide at the point of sale how firm you’d like the mattress too be. You’ll get a 100 night trial and fast delivery ensuring you can test your mattress thoroughly before deciding if it’s right for you.
And given the price ($1399) you’d be right to test it before making it a permanent fixture in your bedroom.
If money isn’t an option then the Sleeping Duck Pro is hands down one of the best. Unfortunately for most Australian’s this may be a little expensive.
How To Choose Boxed Mattress?
The first thing you need to decide is whether you want a memory foam or pocket spring mattress. This is probably the most important factor when choosing a boxed mattress. If you are used to sleeping on a hard/firm mattress then you may find making the switch to a memory foam mattress a little uncomfortable to begin with. Usually this effect wears ofF.
Memory Foam vs Pocket Spring Boxed Mattress
If you are used to sleeping in a less firm position and prefer to mould your body into the mattress then a memory foam mattress will be very straight forward to get use to. It’s not uncommon for friends and family to come and stay and ‘have the best sleep ever’ when they use your memory foam mattress.
Others will complain about having a sore back and unfortunately this is something you or your family may experience when buying a memory foam mattress. If you’re currently experiencing back problems on a spring mattress then a memory foam mattress might help alleviate those problems whereas if you have back problems using the memory foam mattresses then you may need to go back to a pocket spring mattress.
How Heavy Are Boxed Mattresses?
Good question and if you live in an apartment you might be conscious when it comes time to relocate. Memory foam mattresses usually weigh 20-30kg and are actually pretty light. One person can easily lift a memory foam mattress with a further person likely required to remove from the bedroom or sleeping area.
Pocket spring mattresses can vary in weight depending on the features they include. The Eva mattress for example weighs in at nearly 70kg which is probably far too heavy for even two people to move around the house with ease. Once it’s been unboxed it’s even heavier as the weight is spread out throughout the entire mattress.
Can You Repack A Boxed Mattress?
When I first started looking at boxed mattresses my brain didn’t click that the mattress can’t be recompressed and fitted back into the box. Maybe I was just being gullible but I actually thought the whole idea was you could move it easily in the future. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Once you open and start to use the mattress, it can no longer be repacked or taken down. You simply have to use it like any other mattress and that means moving or getting rid of it – which of course can be a hassle.
Returning A Boxed Mattress?
I’ve never understood the returns process of boxed mattress companies as they happily give 100-125 day trials and then when someone requests a refund they simply get the Red Cross or the Salvation Army to come and collect the mattress. Yes, no one wants a used mattress but given most come with removable washable covers, you’d think they may be able to do something with them? Maybe not and it’s good for the local charities.
The problem I always faced was the lack of ownership from the Salvation Army in actually collecting the mattress. Given it’s free for them, they could never actually give a pick up time, (i.e. between 9am – 4pm), which is unhelpful to pretty much every working family. Despite telling them I lived on the 45th floor of an apartment block they’d suggest I leave it outside.. but if it was stolen, dirty or wet they wouldn’t collect it and my refund would be long gone. They actually make it really difficult to collect and until they do, most mattress companies won’t actually refund you, it’s cache 22.