Updated — March 4th, 2019

The Best Cheap Mattress in Australia

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Best Cheap Mattress

Our buying guide

There are certain things you shouldn’t scrimp on. Like a decent cup of coffee, underwear, and the branded biscuits rather than the supermarket knock-off. Something high on that list should be a mattress.

A good quality mattress helps you, or your guests, drift off into sweet dreams. A comfortable night’s sleep doesn’t have to come with an uncomfortably high price tag. That’s why we’ve created this guide to Australia’s best budget mattress. It’s got a focus on affordability, without compromising on quality.

Betterbed specialises in helping Australians get their best sleep. We cover everything from mattresses through to pillows and sheets. Even better, all our picks are available online. Our guide will arm you with all the information you need for a wallet-friendly night’s sleep that’s delivered straight to your door.

How we picked and rated

To choose Australia’s most affordable mattresses, our main consideration was price. We looked for mattresses that were under $1,000 for a queen (including any discounts) but didn’t compromise on quality. This was achieved by gathering reviews by actual customers on independent consumer websites and ensuring they were top rated.

Here are our picks for the best value mattresses in Australia.

1. The Noa Mattress

The Noa is our top pick for Australia’s best cheap mattress: it packs a lot in. It’s a great all-round mattress for most sleepers, making it a good choice for a guest mattress. It also comes with a better return policy than competing online mattresses, a standard 100-night trial, and a 15-year warranty. This is 3-5 years longer than most standard warranties, giving you peace of mind that you’re not compromising on quality.

The Noa is a hybrid mattress which combines bouncy latex foam with contouring memory foam, and pocket spring coils. Thanks to its hybrid nature, most sleepers enjoy the Noa. Back and side sleepers appreciate the pocket springs that add strength, firmness, and support to soft foam. Sleepers who love a plush, sinking mattress might find it too firm.  

Although the Noa is priced slightly above average when compared to other hybrid mattresses, it’s below average if you consider both hybrids and all-foam designs. The higher price is likely due to the natural latex and Tencel cover. These additions give the Noa an edge: it’s a more eco-friendly, hypoallergenic option.

All of this taken together makes Noa our top pick for Australia’s best cheap mattress.

To read more about the Noa, check out our full review.

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2. The Eva Mattress

Closely behind the Noa is the Eva. Still an impressive mattress, it’s our runner up because of its warranty and unwieldy size and weight. Although it offers a great 12-year warranty, it’s still not as impressive as Noa’s 15-year one. But the Eva does offer a more-than-the-standard sleep trial: 120 days.

The Eva features five layers of foam and springs, making it soft yet supportive and a medium-firm feel. Back and side sleepers should enjoy the Eva. This springs-and-foam combo makes the Eva unlike any other foam mattress. Thicker than competitors, this mattress offers extra cushioning and pressure relief. Which in turn, makes it heavier than its competitors: around a hefty 55kg.

Overall, the Eva mattress is a less expensive option than all-foam designs. High quality memory foam and spring models can reach $3,000. Which means, for a hybrid, it’s one of the best value mattresses around.

If that’s not enough, Eva also donates one mattress to charities and homeless shelters across Australia for every 10 sold. Not only will your wallet be happy, you’ll be doing some good in your ‘hood to boot.

To read more about the Eva, check out our full review.

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3. The 624 Mattress

The 624 is a mattress in a box with a difference – it’s reversible. This allows you to adjust the firmness to suit you. A lack of independently verified reviews, a standard 10-year warranty and a slightly above average price means the 624 just misses out on being a top pick.

One side features a latex top layer, for a medium firm 6 out of 10 feel. The other features a memory foam top layer, for a medium soft 4 out of 10 feel. The use of latex provides a supportive feel with a little bounce, good for back sleepers in need of spinal support. Or for stomach sleepers who don’t want to sink into their mattress.

The high-density memory foam side conforms to your body for a softer feel, ideal for side sleepers. No gels mean air can flow easily for a cooler night’s sleep.

Compared to traditional sprung mattresses, the 624 mattress is good value for money. However, because of its unique construction that includes both natural latex and memory foam, it is slightly more expensive than similar mattresses. But bear in mind you’re getting two mattresses in one.

To read more about the 624, check out our full review.

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4. The Zinus Mattress

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The Zinus mattress

The Zinus is a hybrid mattress, consisting of layers of high-density and comfort foam on top of pocketed springs. Depending on the plushness, you can choose a 12” or 13” thick mattress, which gives you an extra inch of comfort foam. Even with the 13” upgrade, the queen is the most affordable of all the mattresses we’ve included in this guide.

The layers of comfort foam are pressure-relieving, helping the memory foam to conform to your body and giving you that soft sinking-in feeling. All Zinus’ foam is certiPUR-US certified. This means it’s made without phthalates, flame retardants and harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde. For additional strength and support, each spring is individually wrapped to give a firmer feel and reduce motion transfer.  

The Zinus is all about comfort. Its quilted and soft microfibre cover includes microfibre fill for extra coziness.

The Zinus comes with a standard 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty. As it’s relatively new to Australia, there are limited customer reviews available currently. However, in every review we’ve found, customers rave about the quality of the mattress compared to its price. The Zinus seems to represent excellent value for money. If you’re happy to consider a new entrant to the Australian online mattress industry, the Zinus is worth a go.

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What to consider when buying a cheap mattress

Even if you’re not paying top dollar for your mattress, you can still ensure you buy a top quality one. Here’s what to look for:

1. An all-inclusive price

If you’re buying online, be sure that the price you’re seeing includes delivery. It could look like a tempting price, but a ridiculous delivery fee could quickly push it into unaffordable territory. Most online mattress retailers include free delivery – it pays to double check though.

2. Quality

If you opt for a rock-bottom price, you may find you need to replace the mattress within a year. This is where a great balance between price and quality comes in. Every mattress we’ve picked is backed up by real customers testimonials. This gives you peace of mind that the quality isn’t compromised by the price.

3. Warranty

Most online mattresses come with a standard 10-year warranty. Some mattresses exceed this, like the Noa’s 15-year one. Make sure you read through and understand the warranty. Most warranties will cover defects in workmanship and materials. But they won’t cover anything they judge to be ‘normal wear and tear’.

Sometimes a warranty will include specific details about when the warranty may be void. For example, if you put your mattress directly on the floor rather than using a suitably supportive base. All warranties should be displayed online when you buy.

4. Trial period

One of the best things about a mattress in a box is that it comes with a trial period. Around 100 nights is standard. This gives you a chance to unbox, allow the mattress to form its correct size and shape, and for your body to adjust to it.

A longer trial period may be helpful if you’re buying a mattress you won’t use every day, like a guest mattress. Read the trial period information carefully. Normally the mattresses need to be in excellent condition at the end of the trial. That means no stains or smells.

5. Returns policy

Most online mattresses can only be returned within the trial period, unless they’re faulty. Look out for any charges associated with returning the mattress: you may need to pay delivery fees. Pay attention to what you need to do to return the mattress. You may need the original packaging, proof of payment, and any accessories. This information should be available online when you’re buying. Check out customer reviews too. These should give you an idea of the retailer’s customer service and how easy (or hard) it is to return.

By Sarah Idle
Last Updated — March 4th, 2019