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Mattress reviews

Last updated: 16 January 2020

We test and review mattresses from popular retailers and online "bed in a box" brands, including Koala, Sealy, Snooze, Sleepmaker, Sleeping Duck, Avatar and more, to help you find the best mattress. Humans spend about one-third of their lives sleeping, so naturally you'll want a mattress that provides optimal support and comfort at the end of a long day.

Our testing of the mattresses allow us to share the following things you can't see in store. When choosing a mattress, the following scores for each test are very important, as significant change in these areas can turn a comfortable night's sleep into an unbearable one in a matter of years including:

  • Comfort and support from spring, foam or hybrid mattresses immediately, and after eight years of simulated use (the average lifespan of a mattress). Models with a higher score show less change in body support over their lifetime.
  • The wear, tear and physical change of the mattress after eight years of simulated use.
  • Stabilisation- stability during movement. A higher score means less bouncing and greater stability in the middle of the mattress if you're sharing your bed with another person.
  • Compare online-only bed in a box mattress brands compare to mattresses sold by traditional retailer brands.
  • The total number of springs and layers
  • Assessment of temperature regulation and sweat absorption.

Bed in a box mattresses are often reviewed and touted as a superior product, as mattresses are cheaper, ordering online is convenient, and almost all brands offer a sleep trial period. If you don't like a bed in a box mattress, you can return it for a full refund.

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Our tests showed that almost all of their comfort, stabilisation and sagging scores were similar to spring mattresses we purchased from traditional retailers. Based on the data, it’s unlikely that bed in a box will result in a better nights sleep.

Though there is evidence of sagging across the board, bed-in-a-box mattresses tend to do a better job at retaining their height and firmness during their lifetime. Only some spring mattresses did a good job at retaining body support and comfort over eight years.

  • Spring mattresses tended to have a higher sweat repellent score in our test.
  • Foam mattresses act as a giant sponge, due to their dense build.
  • Almost all bed-in-a-box mattresses are made from foam, hence the lower sweat repellent score.

Some models from these big brands have been discontinued, but our test results are still available. To see discontinued results from brands such as Sealy, A.H. Beard and more, scroll to the bottom of the page, select the "Related products" drop-down menu, and tick "Discontinued." Alternatively, you can look at all current and past products by clicking "Compare all."

  • Our buying guide breaks down retailer jargon, and outlines the pros and cons of buying a bed in a box online versus a mattress from a bricks and mortar store.
  • What we found while testing mattresses goes deeper into some important details; and how we test explains the details of our rigorous testing methods.
  • We also investigated shady practices used by mattress retailers and manufacturers, designed to confuse consumers and diminish bargaining powers.
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List of brands we tested in this review.

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    Recommended retail or typical retail price for "retail" mattresses as of November 2019. Recommended price for bed in a box models as of November 2019.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 349 and 6000

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    Price paid after bargaining

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    Price paid by CHOICE in November 2019. This mainly applies to mattresses sold by traditional retailers, as bed in a box brands typically sell at a lower set price.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 349 and 3399

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    Bed in a box models are purchased online. Retail models are purchased from traditional bricks and mortar stores. Though bed in a box options are generally made from foam, some use springs akin to retailer models.

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      Hybrid: spring and foam.

        Actual firmness - our test results

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        The level of firmness based on our tests.

          Sagging score

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          We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate usage of approximately eight years. Then, we measure height and firmness straight out of the box, and again after this test to note any differences. The lower the score, the greater the difference.

          enter value/s in increments of i between 31 and 96

          Comfort score after eight years of use - female

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          We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years' use. 

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          Comfort score after eight years of use - male

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          We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years' use. 

          enter value/s in increments of i between 70 and 99

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