Shopping for mattresses used to be such an inconvenience. You would go through countless retailers and mattress stores and compare prices and brands, plus organising a time for delivery and waiting around all day for it to arrive. If you tried laying on several mattresses in one day, chances are you completely forgot what you like and which felt best.
Online mattress companies (like us at Ecosa) have completely changed the mattress shopping game. You can easily browse on your phone or computer and get a new mattress delivered within a day, depending on where you live.
In this guide, we let you know the things to look for when searching for the perfect mattress, and how to pick one that's just for you.
Try before you buy
The biggest reservation about purchasing mattresses online is not being able to physically be inside the shop and lie down on the mattress. But when you think about it, do you really get a feel for the mattress when you lie down for 10 minutes in a showroom?
That's where reviews come in handy. If you’re considering an online mattress, look into customer reviews and see how others think about the mattress. You can filter reviews based on your needs, such as firmness and sleeping position. The more reviews, the better, as this means the brand is well known and regarded highly. (Psst, the Ecosa Mattress has 11,000+ 5-star reviews!)
Asking your friends and family for recommendations is also a great way to get advice, as these are people that you can trust to give their honest review.
If you're feeling any concern about whether you'd love your new mattress from buying online, look into mattress companies that offer a trial period.
Some companies give out trial periods for their mattresses and allow you to sleep on the mattress for 100 nights. If you don’t love, you can get your money back and if shopping with Ecosa, we’ll donate your mattress to people in need across Australia.
How do I figure out what I need?
There's a lot of things to consider when purchasing a new mattress. Write a checklist of what you're looking for, and keep reading if you’re not sure what to add to the list.
Unless you’re upsizing, you shouldn’t need to check the mattresses' measurements as they're standard among most brands, but it might be smart to do just in case. You might find that your cheap Swedish bed base doesn’t perfectly fit with an Aussie queen-size mattress. (Maybe it’s also time to upgrade all your bedroom furniture?)
Having a range of options is great for those shopping for mattresses for the whole family. Ecosa’s size range includes single, king single and long single for the little ones, and even super king if you love lots of space.
Next let's talk about mattress firmness and how to choose whether to go for a firm mattress, a soft one or somewhere in between.
Firmness is one of the most important aspects of a mattress. This will determine how comfy you are in your sleep and how much support your spine will get.
Choosing the wrong firmness for your sleeping posture can make you wake up with body aches or a sore back, so this is where you have to choose wisely.
The first thing you have to consider is your preference. Maybe your super soft mattress is causing you pain, or you just want to get the same firmness level as your previous mattress.
Another thing to consider is your sleeping position. Back sleepers and side sleepers tend to enjoy medium firm to firm mattresses, while those who sleep on their belly would enjoy a medium firmness.
If you’re still unsure which firmness is best, fear not. The Ecosa Mattress has adjustable layers, allowing you to easily switch between medium, medium firm and firm. Pair that with the 100 night trial and online mattress shopping is a breeze!
Mattress materials have come a long way in terms of development. They are now more durable, aren't squeaky, and less susceptible to sagging and wear and tear.
Choosing which materials are best can sometimes be confusing, since it’s all marketed as “the best”.
The most popular options for materials are memory foam, latex, pocket spring mattresses or a combination of some or all.
Memory foam mattresses allow you to sleep more comfortably, as it relieves pressure points on the mattress and provides even support throughout its surface. This is good news for you if you often wake up feeling sore and experience backaches.
The even surface of memory foam mattresses also allows for proper spinal alignment, adding to your body's comfort as you enjoy your sleep.
Adding to that, memory foam mattresses are fantastic for those who share a bed with their partner. The foam allows for zero partner disturbance, even when you toss and turn a lot during your sleep you won’t feel your partner.
On the other hand, latex shares many similarities with memory foam and is an option if you opt for something bouncier but with a bit less support. Pocket springs are popular, but you still need a layer of memory foam for comfort, so why wouldn’t you just skip them altogether?
What else should I consider?
While size, firmness, and mattress materials are arguably the most important things to consider when purchasing a mattress online, there are also other things that you can consider to ensure that you have the best shopping experience, all the way to the checkout.
Keep it clean
Mattresses would need cleaning every now and then, picking a mattress that's easy to clean would definitely be a big plus.
Ecosa mattresses all come with a removable Tencel cover that is easy to wash, plus a waterproof inner cover that's tightly woven to keep your mattress dust-mite free.
Transport and delivery
Mattresses delivered in a box are much easier to transport than those that can't be rolled.
Having them in these boxes allows for a smaller carbon footprint, plus many brands offer free delivery, saving you the shipping costs.
Likewise, the mattress-in-a-box system is much more convenient to move around the house, even if you have tight passages or stairways. Plus they’re easy to store if you’re still waiting to move or get rid of your old mattress.
Did we mention the super fast delivery? If you live in metro areas such as Melbourne and other major capital cities, you can get your mattress delivered for free in four hours! For the rest of Australia, Ecosa still delivers super fast, and you’ll receive your mattress in a few days.
Price, warranties and payment options
When you've decided on all the features you want for the mattress that's right for you - the price would then be your next big consideration.
When buying mattresses online, you could always stay tuned in for sales and discounts. You can also subscribe to mailing lists so you'd be the first to know when there’s a sale and the price drops.
Some mattress companies also offer extended warranty periods (like Ecosa’s 15 year warranty) which would allow you to make the most of your hard-earned money and have peace of mind if there are any issues in the future.
If you need a new mattress ASAP but can’t afford it right away, look for companies with several payment options, including Buy Now, Pay Later schemes such as Afterpay.
Time to shop?
Mattress shopping shouldn't be a tedious task, and just like anything essential you can now quickly do your shopping online.