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Last updated: 10 July 2019

We test mattresses from popular retailers and online "bed in a box" brands, including Koala, Sealy, Snooze, Sleepmaker, Avatar and more, to help you find the best bed.

  • 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 our rigorous testing methods.
  • We also investigated shady practices used by mattress retailers and manufacturers, designed to confuse consumers and diminish bargaining powers.

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. 

We've checked the things you can't see instore including:

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  • Comfort and support from spring, foam or hybrid mattresses – immediately, and after eight years of simulated use (the average lifespan of a mattress).
  • Wear, tear and physical change after eight years of simulated use.
  • How online-only bed in a box brands compare to mattresses sold by traditional retailers.

We count the total number of springs and layers, and we assess the materials used in construction. This includes assessing temperature regulation and sweat absorption.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Recommended retail or typical retail price for "retail" mattresses as of November 2017. Recommended price for bed in a box models as of November 2018.

    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 2018. 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

    Type

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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.

      Build

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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 38 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. 

          enter value/s in increments of i between 69 and 97

          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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          • Body support score male
          • Body support score female
          • Overall change in body support score
          • Change in body support score male
          • Change in body support score female
          • Stabilisation score
          • Change in height and firmness score
          • Permeability score
          • Fatigue score
          • Smell score out of the box
          • Smell score fortnight
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