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Is Aldi's mattress in a box worth buying?

Their bargain beds are up for grabs in their 'Special Buy' sale, but should you get one?

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Last updated: 05 April 2022

Need to know

  • Aldi is selling its cheap mattress range on Saturday 9 April – king, queen, double, king single and single mattresses are available from $159
  • Buying a 'bed in a box' is an alternative to buying a traditional mattress from a bricks-and-mortar retailer
  • We look at the pros and cons of Aldi mattresses compared to popular online retailers 

Need a new mattress? Aldi is selling its 'Mattress in a box' range as well as bed frames and furniture on Saturday 9 April as part of its Special Buy sale.

At just $159 for a single mattress, $189 for a king single, $219 for a double, $259 for a queen and $299 for a king, the low prices are certainly enticing, so expect a few shoppers to get out of bed early to line up for this sale.

CHOICE hasn't reviewed these particular mattresses, as Aldi products sell out as quickly as they pop up, but we have been testing and rating mattresses for years.

To help you decide whether you should pick up one of these Aldi buys, we speak to CHOICE mattress expert Peter Zaluzny about the pros and cons of bed-in-a-box mattresses and how to weigh up Aldi's offer compared to other brands on the market.

Bed-in-a-box mattresses: What you should know

The internet was relatively slow to disrupt the mattress industry due to the logistical challenges in shipping bulky mattresses. But bed-in-a-box mattresses are deoxygenated – enclosed in vacuum-sealed packaging – making it possible to be transported in a box, earning them their nickname.

Here are some things we've noticed over the years we've been testing this type of mattress. 

Price

This type of mattress first entered the market in response to the often eye-watering mark-ups made on mattresses sold in bricks-and-mortar stores. 

But although they used to be cheaper than conventional mattresses, usually costing no more than a thousand dollars for a queen-size mattress, we have noticed that bed-in-a-box prices have been creeping up over the last couple of years. 

Performance

"The bed in a box industry has exploded since we first started looking at those mattresses. While there are still plenty of good products out there, we're starting to come across a few average performers as well," says Peter.

Meanwhile, we're seeing more retailer mattresses around the $1000 mark perform well in our test.

Bed-in-a-box brands that have had strong market recognition, and whose products we've tested, include Sleeping Duck, Koala, Ecosa and Avatar.

"These mattresses generally represent good value, although they may not be for everyone," says Peter. 

"One person's idea of the perfect comfy mattress may differ from another's, but we've found that a mattress that costs $1000 can be just as comfortable and perform just as well over its lifetime as one priced at $6000."

Convenience

So with the price and performance now comparable between the two mattress types, the key advantage of buying a bed-in-a-box is being able to buy them online (without having to deal with a pushy salesperson in store) and trying them at home. 

The free trial period usually lasts up to 100 nights. If you don't like the mattress, you can usually return it easily at no extra cost depending on where you live (of course, this requires a certain amount of effort on your part). 

"They tend to use more foam and foam-like materials than spring mattresses, so beds in a box may not be for you if you prefer the feel of a traditional spring mattress. But that's what the free trial period is for," says Peter.

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The Aldi mattress in a box (shown here) is significantly cheaper than other brands offering this type of mattress.

Increasing competition

While the bed-in-a-box market used to be dominated by just a handful of brands, there is now much more competition in this category.  

"The bed in a box industry has exploded since we first started looking at those mattresses. While there are still plenty of good products out there, we're starting to come across a few average performers as well," says Peter.

"We're also seeing a couple of traditional mattress retailers with bricks-and-mortar stores jumping onto the bed-in-a-box trend. For example, Ikea offering their own version of this product that you can buy in their store, as opposed to online which is where most bed-in-a-boxes are sold."

The online retailer advantage

The online-only bed-in-a-box retailers still have the advantage over instore retailers with their home trial offers. And some also offer adjustable firmness which you can do at home by adding or removing foam layers that are included in the box. We haven't come across any retail models that have this level of customisation yet.

Become a CHOICE member to access our full reviews and test results of bed-in-a-box brands and see who comes out on top. 

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The Aldi mattress comes in single, double, queen and king sizes.

What's to like about the Aldi mattress in a box? 

So how does Aldi's bed-in-a-box compare with those we've tested?

Although we haven't tested Aldi's version, we asked several CHOICE staff who have purchased Aldi bed in a box mattresses in the past what they thought of their Aldi bed-in-a-box mattresses – you can see their feedback below.

But here are our thoughts based on our expertise in these types of mattresses: 

Price 

With the double mattress coming in just under $200, it's one of the cheapest mattresses on the market (the closest in price we tested was the Ikea Hövåg which is $349 for a double mattress). And it's significantly cheaper than the cheapest bed-in-a-box we have tested (the Brosa Firm Favourite, which is $799.

So, if you're on a tight budget, it's a tick. And no haggling with a salesperson required. 

60-day guarantee 

If you happen to get it home and you're not happy with it, Aldi has a 60-day returns or refunds policy on Special Buy items. You must have your receipt though and the original packaging is preferred, which is a bit of a problem with this one (see, What's not to like, below). Keep in mind, it takes a few nights to adjust to a new mattress. 

Comfort 

The Aldi mattresses combine a memory foam pillow top comfort layer with pocket springs, which some people prefer over a spring mattress as it moulds to the body for added comfort. 

But comfort is obviously subjective and some people don't like that 'sinking in' sensation. The benefit of these types of bed-in-a-box mattresses that combine both spring and foam is that it can be said you're getting the best of both worlds. 

What's not to like? 

Potentially limited availability

Snapping up one of these mattresses involves heading into store and hoping that your local Aldi has stock in the size you are after, and it's often a case of first in, best dressed. Like many other retailers right now, Aldi is also experiencing shipping delays which means that some products may not be available in every store on the advertised date. 

You can't try before you buy 

This is a big one as you can't trial it in-store. You'll have to save the 'lie down and see how it feels' test for when you've already bought the mattress and taken it home. 

It's bulky and heavy, and Aldi doesn't deliver 

The queen mattress weighs 41kg so you'll need a friend to help you transport it, and an appropriate-sized car. The box does come with wheels and a carry handle though. 

Returning it will be a pain 

The product is a compressed mattress that expands when unpacked so it can't be repacked into the box, and you'd have to lug it back to the store yourself. Other online retailers such as Koala, Ecosa or Avatar will come and collect your unwanted mattress for no extra charge within the trial period. 

Limited one year warranty 

When you consider many mattresses (admittedly at a much higher price point) usually have around 10 years' warranty, one year seems short, and could be an indication of the manufacturer's faith in their own product. Similar bed-in-a-box offerings from Koala have a 10-year warranty and Ikea has a 25-year warranty on their mattresses.

What CHOICE staff say

Although this product hasn't been formally reviewed by CHOICE (see How we test mattresses), we spoke to two of our staff who bought the Aldi mattress when it was on sale in previous years, and here's what they say.

On getting the mattress home:

  • "Getting the queen mattress home wasn't too difficult. It was quite heavy, but nothing my partner and I couldn't handle. It fit nicely into the back of our small sedan once we put the seats down. Opening the mattress was kinda fun. We'd never bought a bed-in-a-box before, so it was quite remarkable that the manufacturer was able to pack a plush mattress into a much smaller box. Watch out for the rapid expansion and leave enough space, as the mattress becomes large and heavy surprisingly fast." - Doug
  • "I'd asked my elderly parents to pick it up for me as they have a van, but I didn't consider how heavy it is. They got some help instore thankfully, but definitely don't try to buy this and get it home on your own." - Rachel

On comfort:

  • "We have it on our guest bed, so I've only slept on it a few times myself and I liked it. All my guests have thought it was comfortable, even one who stayed for three months (I made sure to check!)." - Rachel
  • "I sleep on it every night and I never really think about it being uncomfortable. There are no lumps and it fits to the contour of my body. It feels plush and soft without being wishy-washy. I always get a good night's sleep. I normally prefer harder mattresses but I like this one. Considering how much we paid for it, this is fantastic. My only small gripe is that the edges are quite soft, which can make moving around on the bed slightly more cumbersome over a mattress with hard edges." - Doug

Would you recommend it?

  • "Definitely. For price, convenience and quality." - Doug
  • "Yes I would. Who knows what it'll be like in a few years time, but for the price, it's been perfect for our needs." - Rachel
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