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The Best Mattress in a Box Options for Australia

April 11, 2023   By Clarisa Mcdonald

Are you searching for a new mattress for your bedroom but don’t want to be hassled by visiting stores and showrooms of different mattress brands? Or maybe you might not have the time to sort out the logistics of having a whole mattress delivered to your home. Then the mattress in-a-box concept is perfect for you!

There are plenty of options in Australia, in this article, we’ll dive into the best mattress-in-a-box options for you, whether you’re in the market for a gel memory foam mattress, a latex mattress, a hybrid mattress, or whatever material and size, it’s now more convenient than ever, all you have to do is browse online and you can have your mattress on your doorstep right away!

What is Mattress in a Box?

If you haven’t seen a mattress in a box or you’re still baffled by the concept, the mattress in a box is literally a whole mattress compressed and rolled up to fit inside a cardboard box that’s small enough to fit doorways, staircases, elevators, or even inside a car.

Once the box is delivered to your doorstep, you can bring it to your bedroom, open the box and unroll the mattress and let it expand to its full size – no more figuring out how to pivot on the stairs or finding the best angle to fit a king-sized mattress in your doorways.

Despite the compact packaging, don’t be fooled, these mattresses provide the same excellent support and comfort as uncompressed mattresses, if not better.

Pros and Cons of Mattress in a Box

Mattresses in a box have become increasingly popular among Australians in recent years, many brands have already come up to utilise the convenient and efficient system of shipping compressed mattresses in boxes, and consumers are showing support for the concept. But, as with anything, it still comes with a set of pros and cons, let’s explore in this section the advantages and disadvantages that you may experience when purchasing a mattress in a box.


Let’s start with what makes mattresses in a box great and advantageous for consumers like you and me.

Convenient Delivery Options

The most significant advantage of going for a mattress in a box is the convenience of the delivery process. As the mattresses are compressed and rolled, they’re significantly easier to transport even with smaller vehicles. Some retailers like Ecosa can even offer free same-day delivery for Australians in the metro area. This makes shopping for mattresses hassle-free as you wouldn’t have to think much about logistics for your chosen delivery date.

Cost Savings

For many consumers, value for money is one of the most important things, even when purchasing a new mattress, and we can’t fault anyone for it, getting a bang for your buck is truly a great feeling. That’s one of the reasons why mattresses in boxes have gained popularity among buyers, they’re typically more budget-friendly, they don’t need expensive shipping costs, and you know that the price tag goes into producing a high-quality mattress rather than maintaining a hefty overhead of having showrooms and retail stores.

Additionally, many retailers offer regular discounts and promotions during holidays and seasonal sales, and since you’re purchasing online, pricing is more upfront which saves you from hidden costs which can be seen in some brick-and-mortar stores.


Base Requirements

While mattresses in a box are relatively easy to set up, they do require a suitable bed base. Most manufacturers recommend using a firm, flat surface, such as a platform bed or box spring. If you don’t have a bed base yet, you may need to purchase one for your bedroom. Mattresses on the floor (“Japanese style”) may do it for a while, but this can cause damage to your mattress over time.


One of the potential downsides of buying a mattress in a box is the initial off-gassing smell that can be experienced with some brands. The odour is caused by the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the materials used to manufacture the mattress. The smell can go away after a few days, but an off-gassing mattress is a sign that it’s not the most eco-friendly mattress out there.

Check out how we are working on our goal to be Australia’s leading sustainable sleep solutions brand.

Types of Mattresses

Mattress in boxes comes in all forms and materials, it might be confusing when you factor in all the different materials, but here are some of the more common ones and their key features:

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are a popular choice among Australians and sleepers around the world as they offer a great balance between comfort and spinal support. These mattresses are made from high-density foam that contours your body shape, relieving pressure points and reducing motion transfer during sleep. Some memory foam mattresses feature a gel-infused memory foam layer that provides additional cooling benefits, making them an excellent option for those who tend to sleep hot.

Latex Mattresses

Another popular option for those seeking comfort and support. Latex mattresses are made from latex foam, which is naturally hypoallergenic and very resistant to dust mites. There are two types of latex mattresses available: natural latex mattresses, which are made from 100% natural latex, and synthetic latex mattresses, which are made from a blend of synthetic and natural latex. You can’t go wrong with either of the two, but natural latex scores higher in our books.

Polyurethane Foam Mattresses

Polyurethane foam mattresses are a more affordable option for mattress buyers. Polyurethane mattresses don’t offer any special features, but they are lightweight and easy to move, making them an excellent option for those who are on a very tight budget.

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses combine the best features of memory foam and innerspring mattresses, by combining the two types structurally. These mattresses typically feature a layer of memory foam or latex foam on top of pocket springs, providing an excellent balance of pressure relief and edge support.

Cooling Mattresses

If you tend to sleep hot, a cooling mattress may be the perfect choice for you. These mattresses feature cooling materials such as gel-infused memory foam, open-cell foam, or breathable covers, which can help regulate your body temperature throughout the night.

Styrene-Butadiene Rubber Mattresses

Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) mattresses are a less common type of mattress, with the material often seen with synthetic latex mattresses These mattresses offer a firm and supportive feel but are less present in the market due to strong off-gassing.

Pocket Spring Mattresses

Pocket spring mattresses feature individually pocketed coils that provide excellent support for sleepers and motion isolation to avoid partner disturbance at night. These mattresses typically have a top layer of memory foam or latex foam which serves as the comfort layer, making them an excellent choice for those who want the benefits of both innerspring and foam mattresses.

Best of Mattress in a Box Brands

With the ease and convenience of using mattresses in a box, we’re sure you’re interested in finding some of the best ones around Australia, here are some of the most popular brands:

Ecosa Mattress

One of our favourite mattresses, Ecosa mattresses come in memory foam, latex, or hybrids to suit different sleeping styles. Ecosa’s mattresses are known for their adjustable firmness levels allowing for a customisable sleep style, it also comes with eco-friendly and hypoallergenic Tencel covers for better sleep. Ecosa also offers bed sheets, bed frames, and other bedroom furniture to complete your needs. All their mattresses are offered with free delivery and a 100-night trial period.

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Emma Mattress

Made with high-quality memory foam, Emma Sleep has begun to be considered one of Australia’s favourite mattress companies. The Emma comfort mattress and the Diamond Hybrid are medium-firm which allows for great back support to alleviate back pains and aches in the morning.

Noa Mattress

Noa mattresses come in three options, their budget-friendly memory foam mattress, their hybrid mattress, and their top-of-the-line bamboo charcoal latex mattress. All of the mattress offerings promote great airflow and temperature regulation for its sleepers. Noa mattresses are offered a 120-night trial with free returns and a full refund.

Macoda Mattress

Looking for a super plush mattress? Macoda is known for those who prefer mattresses that are softer than your usual memory foam, it may not offer the most body support for some sleeping positions, but it’s perfect if you’re after the hotel-like softness without a need for a soft mattress topper. Macoda mattresses are offered with free delivery and a 100-night trial period.

Koala Mattress

Aussies know Koala very well, apart from their mattresses, they’re known as a great place to shop for household furniture. They have three mattresses on offer ranging from as low as $749 to as high as $2,490 for their more premium Soul Mate Mattress. Koala’s mattresses are offered with a 120-night trial.

Eva Mattress

On paper, Eva mattresses are about the same as any bed in a box – breathable and with enough body support due to it being a firm mattress. But, what sets Eva Mattress apart is its competitive pricing and its 365-day trial.

DreamCloud Mattress

DreamCloud mattresses focus more on hybrid mattresses combining memory foam with individually-wrapped coils, their mattresses also come with a cashmere blend cover which adds to the breathability and the premium feel. Just like Eva Mattress, DreamCloud offers a 365-night trial, but with a lifetime warranty on their mattresses.

Nectar Mattress

Similar to DreamCloud, Nectar boasts a lifetime warranty on their mattresses and a 365-night trial. The Nectar memory foam mattresses are offered in three pricing tiers with the most budget-friendly option having a 12-inch profile and their most premium option having a 14-inch profile and heat-wicking copper fibres.

Leesa Hybrid Mattress

Leesa Hybrid Mattresses are crafted with cooling features, sturdier springs, and denser foams to provide a good night’s sleep to its Aussie users. Leesa also offers free pillows on mattress purchases to complete your needs in the bedroom. They’re shipped for free and all mattresses come with a 10-year warranty.

Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress

Casper is one of the most recognizable mattress-in-a-box brands all over the world, and they make great mattresses. But, their top-tier Nova Hybrid Mattress is the one they’re most proud of as being the most comforting. It comes with a premium though with a queen mattress priced at $2,295. It may be costly but the zoned support can be a great choice for side sleepers to provide a great balance of comfort and support


Shopping for mattresses has never been this convenient. Aussies have more options than ever with brands giving out extended warranties and trial periods on top of their affordable high-quality products. Some of them are even shipped on the same day for the Australian Metro Areas (typically in Sydney and Melbourne). Whatever material you’re looking for in a mattress, there’s definitely one for you. Plus, the risks and hassles of shopping and logistics have completely been mitigated. And with that, there truly is no more excuse not to have a good night’s sleep.

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