If you’re after a comfortable, supportive night’s sleep, a memory foam mattress could be right for you – here’s a roundup of our top picks and what to look out for.

Why you should trust us

Buying a mattress online can be complicated. With so many choices, it’s tough to scan reviews and know which is right for you. So we created this buying guide to make your life a little easier. Below, we feature our choices for the best mattresses in Australia through popular categories: sleeping position, firmness, material, and value.

If you’re looking for a mattress in a box that meets your sleeping habits, this guide will help. It lets you get a feel for each design (without actually laying on it). Our team works hard to combine customer reviews, expert opinions, and company information into mattress descriptions. We find the strengths and weaknesses of every brand, cutting through gimmicks to bring you clear information. While we do partner with mattress brands, we work hard to mitigate bias and bring you informed data.

How we picked and rated

What is the best bed in a box? To answer this question, we looked at every angle. We first considered the entire Australian mattress market, and then focused in on mattresses you can buy online. From there, we had 14 brands to review, and we gathered data on each mattress. Then, we used many sources to pull information on customer feedback, popularity, trial length, pricing, and warranty information. Each category was rated on a weighted scale of 1-5 and resulted in an overall meta rating for each mattress brand.

Using the ratings to inform our research, we looked deeper into each mattress. Then, we created individual mattress in a box reviews based on customer testimonials, sleeper ratings, and construction information. Lastly, we used our best judgement to match the qualities and characteristics of each mattress to its proper category.

Here are Australia’s best mattresses in a box

Updated — January 18th, 2021

For every design, we also considered where it was made and whether it suits Aussie sleepers. Some had similar ratings, so we relied on customer reviews and good judgement to select a winner for each category. Below, you’ll see our results and details about Australia’s top mattress brands.

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

Ergoflex mattress review


Ergoflex Mattress

Pressure-relieving comfort and contouring support from industry pros.

Meta rating 4.4
Starting from $859 $688

On top of offering body-shaping contour, the Ergoflex mattress provides orthopaedic-friendly pressure relief. It’s made with hospital-grade materials that cradle and support sleepers. The open-cell memory foam also disperses heat for cooler summer sleep. Plus, the natural Tencel fibre cover improves airflow. Its dense foam layers are supportive, yet soft enough to help alleviate joint, hip, and back pain. With over a decade of sleep experience, the Ergoflex reflects innovation and value.

See our Ergoflex mattress review for further details.

Ecosa mattress


Ecosa Mattress

Adjustable firmness and luxury materials put this mattress on top.

Meta rating 4.7
Starting from $799 $599

Featuring natural latex and a customisable design, the Ecosa mattress lets you adjust the firmness level for the perfect feel. You can choose from a medium, medium-firm, or firm setting simply by switching the layers. This is a common feature in hybrid mattresses, but it’s rare in an all-foam design. Ecosa also uses memory and high-density foam for pressure relief and support.

Another factor that sets the Ecosa apart is the innovative mattress cover. It has a micro-filament inner cover that prevents 99% of dust mites and allergens from entering the foam layer. Also, this fabric is 100% waterproof and breathable. Surrounding this fabric is a removable, soft double-knitted polyester cover. Plus, there is a fire-resistant woven silica sock between the outer and inner covers. This contributes to the Ecosa’s overall quality and thoughtful latex design.

See our Ecosa mattress review for further details.

sommuto mattress review


Sommuto Mattress

Supportive yet soft. An upgrade from outdated spring mattresses.

Meta rating 4.5
Starting from $699

The Sommuto combines gel-infused memory foam, comfort foam, and a high-density support foam for a balanced feel. The memory foam is great for pressure relief and the gel helps distribute heat. Underneath this layer is the Summuto’s secret – a contouring comfort foam. This layer provides support while flexing to your body’s curves. A perfect feel for side sleepers. Another plus is the breathable knit cover. Made from Tempright fabric, it’s ideal for seasonal climates and sleepers who overheat. Added bonus: it’s Australian-made and excludes any foreign materials.

See our Sommuto mattress review for further details.

hugo mattress

Hugo Mattress

Latex and memory foam give this mattress a soft, supportive rebound.

Meta rating 4.4
Starting from $799

Hugo combines four foam layers instead of the standard three – using a unique memory foam material to help set it apart. We found many customers said they tried a traditional memory foam design, but woke up with sore limbs from too much support. Hugo is different because its comfort layer lets sleepers sink and relax, while the underlying memory and base foam provides deep compression support. Also Hugo’s latex layer is placed on top of the mattress creating better air circulation, bounce and immediate comfort. In addition, Hugo sources many of its materials in Australia and offers free shipping across the country.

See our Hugo mattress review for further details.

No mattress works for everybody

We haven’t picked one overall memory foam mattress winner – because we can’t! There’s not one mattress that will suit every sleeper. Different sizes, shapes and sleeping preferences means mattresses are as individual as you are. Add in a market of literally thousands of mattress options and it can be hard to choose the right one for you.

Instead, we’ve focused on helping you understand what a memory foam mattress is to help you decide if it could be right for you. By arming you with impartial information and showcasing the top mattresses you can buy online, we’re narrowing your choices and making your next mattress choice simple and stress-free.

What is a memory foam mattress?

Memory foam mattresses have not-so-humble beginnings – memory foam is from the minds of NASA. It was developed to absorb shock and offer improved protection and comfort in NASA’s airplane seats. It remained NASA’s property until the 1980s and wasn’t used in mattresses until the early 1990s.

A typical memory foam mattress consists of an outer (normally removeable and washable) and inner cover and layers of memory foam. The foam used will have different purposes to meet different needs. These layers can include plush foam, ventilated cool foam, soft pressure relief foam and high-density foam.

As you’d expect, memory foam mattresses contour to your body, providing relief from pressure points and easing back pain. Memory foam is anti-dust mite and anti-microbial for a healthier sleep environment, especially useful if you suffer from allergies. It reduces motion transfer, helping to minimise partner disturbance, and it’s also very durable.

Memory foam mattresses can provide extra warmth, which isn’t ideal for hot Aussie nights but there are options to help combat heat retention. AirCool memory foam and gel memory foam both aim to retain less heat. AirCool through an open-celled structure that allows better airflow, and gel memory foam through a gel infusion.

How to choose a memory foam mattress

When choosing a mattress, it’s good to be armed with plenty of helpful information. Here are 7 questions to ask before buying a memory foam mattress.

1. What type of foam is it?

There isn’t just one type of memory foam – you can choose from multiple types: traditional, AirCool and gel. Traditional foam supports the body, minimising pressure points and increasing circulation for a sound night’s sleep. If you get hot when you sleep, AirCool foam can help reduce heat retention, keeping you cool. Gel foam is denser, offering more support and reducing discomfort.

2. What density is it?

You can choose high, medium or low-density memory foam mattresses, depending on your needs. If you’re after a durable mattress, high-density is recommended. If you sleep with a partner who tosses and turns, disrupting your sleep, medium-density is best for minimising partner disturbance. If you want to adjust quickly to your new mattress, low-density foam is easier to break in.

3. How hypoallergenic is it?

All memory foam mattresses are antimicrobial, but certain types are better than others at reducing dust mites and other allergens. Gel memory foam is highly resistant to dust mites, traditional high-density foam can help reduce allergens, and latex foam is considered truly hypoallergenic.

4. What’s your favourite sleeping position?

Because of the way foam conforms to your body, plus its overall thickness, some memory foam mattresses are better for side sleepers than others. If you’re a side sleeper, choose a foam mattress with a thickness between 20-35cm. The foam is thicker, providing extra support to your knees, hips and shoulders when you sleep on your side.

5. How hot do you sleep?

If you find it hard to sleep – and stay asleep – when it’s a hot night, consider a AirCool or gel foam mattress. They’re both more effective than traditional foam at reducing heat retention and keeping you cool overnight.

6. How thick is it?

Memory foam mattresses range in size from 15-35cm. Although the thickness of the mattress doesn’t impact on the overall comfort of the mattress, thicker mattresses are softer than thin ones. The base foam is the main support structure and comfort-provider. Additional layers – and thickness – adds extra softness. So, if you like a soft mattress, go for a thick mattress. If you prefer a firm mattress, a thin mattress could be better for you.

7. Is it petroleum- or plant-based?

Memory foam is usually made with oil-based additives, either petroleum- or plant-based. Plant-based materials are environmentally friendly and more sustainable than petroleum. They can also sleep cooler and reduce heat retention better than their petroleum counterparts.

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