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The best guide for Australians mattress hunting

Bed buying in Australia is becoming more accessible and comfortable with the rise in the trend of mattress in a box companies. It's easy to see the benefits, no driving around different showrooms, not salesman.

Plus, with events like CORVID-19 changing the world quicker into an eCommerce environment, buying online has never been more critical.

The problem is everyone is different, and that goes for beds too. Some people love the firmness and support of springs, while others prefer the sinking and pressure relief feeling of memory foam. This makes the process of bed hunting even harder.

So we put together this guide to help you find the best bed for you, without the need to jump on them.

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Types of Bed.


Most bed in a box companies offer multi-layered foam designs, either with a combination of memory foam or latex, and polyfoam. Foam mattresses change to your body and distribute pressure evenly, which relieves aches and pains.

Foam mattresses tend to have minimal partner disturbance, so if you move around in the night you aren't going to wake your partner up… Or they wake you up!


A hybrid mattress is a mixture of foam and springs. Most hybrids are either pocket springs or micro springs in combination with polyfoam and memory foam.

Hybrid beds tend to have more bounce than an all-foam mattress because of the use of springs, are mainly firmer. This suits people who are naturally heavier or prefer a firmer bed.

The difference in memory foam and latex:

Memory foam: most modern mattresses are made of memory foam, which responds to temperature and weight, and has hypo-allergenic properties. This means it will form to the shape of your body, absorb your weight and relieve pressure on your pressure points. However, not everyone likes the sinking feeling, and the most common drawback is that it can get warm. Still, it's perfect for sleepers who suffer from a bad back or inquiries, as it maintains posture and proper spinal alignment when sleeping on your side.

Latex: Latex is a breathable material so don't get the drawback like memory foams of the bed, making you overheat in the middle of the night. It's also extremely durable and should last for many years. Latex is naturally hypo-allergenic, so it's suitable for those with allergies or asthma and latex tends to be firmer than memory foam, making it better suited to those who prefer a firmer bed.

The rules for budgeting

  1. Price is not the best benchmark for quality (High or Low)
  2. Around $900 gives you an excellent for a variety of different options and to get a high-quality bed to match your sleeping preference.
  3. The bigger the bed, the bigger the budget. Also, you won't see massive increases in price when purchasing a bigger bed, and it does increase.
  4. Don't skimp out, if you are looking at spending less than $500 for a queen-sized bed, it could be costing you in quality, as we said in rule 1, price isn't the best benchmark for quality, but it can give you an indication.

The bed could have traces of high toxicity chemicals used to make the foams and glues holding the bed together, and there could be lower-quality materials used in the construction leading to lower durability and support.

A new mattress should last at least 8-10 years, so if we do some math of your new bed costs $1000, and you have it over the 10 year period that is $0.27 a day.

Something to keep in mind, your sleep and health are worth more than 27 cents a day.

Mattress sizes

Make sure you know what size bed can fit your room, or is right for you. You will be surprised that a lot of Australians misjudge the mattress dimensions only to get a new bed, and find it's too big or too small. To avoid these blunders below are the Australian sizes for mattresses:

Single: 92x188 cm

King single: 107x204 cm

Double: 138x188 cm

King single: 107x204 cm

Queen: 153x204

King: 183x204 cm

Super king: 204x204 cm

Mattress firmness

Choosing the right firmness for you is essential, some people prefer to sleep on a rock-solid surface, while others prefer a marshmallow. Most people prefer somewhere in between. The level of firmness can also depend on your sleeping position, height and weight.

Soft: People who sleep on their side and move around a lot in the night prefer a softer mattress. This is because of the way you sleep relieves pressure naturally for your spine, so you need a bed that forms to your body's natural position.

Medium-firm: Better for people who sleep on their back, this is because of the extra support required for the lower back. Side sleepers also fit into the category of medium firmness, but you can get more pushback on the shoulders.

Firm: Best for people who sleep on their front, or are over 15 stone with back problems. This is because if you are heavier, it will keep your back in a relatively comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink into it as you sleep, which can cause lower back pain.

To conclude

Hopefully, you find this guide helpful when purchasing a new mattress. If you are still not sure if a specific bed is right for you, or if you are worried, you will choose the wrong bed. Most mattress companies in Aus will give you a risk-free night trail usually around three months.

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