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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 and RRP for bed in a box mattresses.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 329 and 6000
Price paid during sale/after bargaining
Mattresses sold at traditional retail stores are often on sale or steep discounts can be obtained by haggling. This data is designed to illustrate the steep markups that are applied to mattresses by retailers and the amount you can save by waiting for a sale and asking for a deal. Bed in a box mattresses are often on sale, but they are typically sold at a lower price point so savings aren't as significant.
enter value/s in increments of i between 329 and 3399
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.
Core construction which can indicate the feel of the mattress. Mattress are made from specific types of springs, foam or a combination of both which is called “hybrid.”
Actual firmness - our test results
The level of firmness based on our tests.
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. Models with a higher score showed limited signs of sagging over time. Lower scoring models show increased sagging over time. Models with a higher score will feel almost exactly the same as they did out of the box after eight years of use.
enter value/s in increments of i between 31 and 96
Comfort score after eight years of use - female
We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years' use based on female body types only.
enter value/s in increments of i between 67 and 99
Comfort score after eight years of use - male
We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years' use based on male body types only.
enter value/s in increments of i between 70 and 99
Comfort score, unused mattress - female
We conduct body support tests for both dorsal (on back) and lateral (on side) positions based on female body types only.
enter value/s in increments of i between 41 and 83
Comfort score, unused mattress - male
We conduct body support tests for both dorsal (on back) and lateral (on side) positions based on male body types only.
enter value/s in increments of i between 30 and 65
Sweat repellent score
We assess permeability and water intake. Lower scoring models absorb more fluids which can cause damage and odour buildup over time.
enter value/s in increments of i between 32 and 100
Memory foam layer
Many spring mattresses include a memory foam layer. This is often unadvertised.
A mattress with more handles is easier to rotate, flip and move.
enter value/s in increments of i between 0 and 8
Trial period (days)
If applicable. Bed in a box brands offer home trial periods that range from 30 to more than 100 nights. If you're unhappy with your purchase, you can exchange the mattress for a different model (if available) or a full refund.
enter value/s in increments of i between 30 and 365
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Comfort score unused mattress male
- Comfort score unused mattress female
- Comfort score after eight years of use overall
- Comfort score after eight years of use male
- Comfort score after eight years of use female
- Stabilisation score
- Sagging score
- Sweat repellent score
- Usage wear or damage score
- Smell score out of the box
- Smell score fortnight
- Tested firmness
- Good points
- Bad points
- Pickup fee - rural areas
- Pickup fee - metro areas
- Trial period
- Exchange fee
- Price RRP
- Price paid
- Advertised firmness
- Grip positions
- Core type
- Springs per metre squared
- Number of layers
- Memory foam layer