A Koala mattress, one of the best in Australia, sits on a bed frame in a bright, clean bedroom with posters, vases and cushions
Comfier Sleep by Alex Irving 5 minutes

Want to find the best mattress? Australia, we hear you

Want to find the best mattress? Australia, say less

Your mattress is there through all of life’s adventures: breakups, late-night baby feeds, Sunday naps, some very adult activities (like eating cake in bed at 9pm — what else?). So, when it comes to choosing the right mattress, and the right Australian mattress at that, it doesn’t get more serious than this.

What is the best mattress, Australia? And what makes it unforgettable? As it turns out, the answer is dead simple — it’s the one that suits you best. Because when you’re looking for a new bed, your sleeping style, the people you sleep with and how comfy you want it to be all need to come into play.

But what’s that, you say? You can’t bear to read through another Australian mattress review trying to find a clue? We hear you. That’s why we’ve crafted this guide on finding your perfect match(ress) and finally catching those ZZZs you deserve.

What is the best mattress for you?

Before diving into the unbridled thrill of mattress shopping, let’s take a moment to look inside ourselves. That’s right. It’s time to get deep.

We want you to think about the how, why, where and when of your sleep. Ultimately, these are the things that will guide you towards choosing the right mattress.

💤 Sleeping position. Your sleep position says a lot about you and can also help you choose a mattress. Now imagine having one that suits all sleeping positions and supports your body’s most important zones throughout the night. At Koala, you won’t have to imagine because we’ve created just that.

💤 Bed sharing. Space is a must, whether you sleep alone or share a bed with a partner, dog or the whole damn family. Nobody wants to sleep on the edge of the mattress for eternity. So, be realistic about how many people are in your bed and how much room you need to get a good kip.

💤 Feeling fine. If Goldilocks taught us anything, it’s that porridge can be a nightmare and that ‘just right’ is a very personal matter. When it comes to the bounce factor, some of us like it hard, some of us like it soft, and others like it in between. At Koala, we cater to all kinds of comfort preferences. “I don’t think it’s necessarily choosing between hard or soft,” says Koala’s Bedding Manager, Stephanie Roberts-Baxter. “It’s about finding a mattress that suits your ‘feel’ preference.” So go on, get in your feels.

Mattress features that matter

Now that you’ve learned a bit about yourself, weighing up a mattress’ features won’t be so hard. These are a few things you can decide on that’ll make answering ‘what is the best mattress?’ a little easier.


Sheets aren’t the only thing in bed where materials count. It counts for your mattress too. Koala mattresses have features such as COOLMAX® fibres for breathability, because keeping your cool is important in bed. They also contain TENCEL™ Lyocell for smoothness and sustainability, with the ~fancier~ ones boasting a Flippable Kloudcell™ Comfort Layer to perfect firmness. Sign us UP!

Springs versus no springs

Yeah, box springs and pocket spring mattresses used to be the thing. Centuries ago. But the times, well, they are a-changin’. Today, mattresses without springs are also popular and have loads of benefits. “Foam mattresses offer zero disturbance,” explains Stephanie. “When your partner is tossing and turning, you don’t have that motion flow through to your side of the bed.” And best of all? No creaking when you’re ‘jumping on the bed’.


Money matters. And getting a quality mattress for a decent sleep shouldn’t mean digging into your holiday fund. Need to choose a mattress that suits your budget? Sure. But the trick? Buying one with the quality and comfort of a more expensive model.


Everyone knows the basic king, queen, double and single mattress sizes. But taking what you know about your bedtime sitcho, Koala recommends aiming for something a little bigger to ensure you get enough space.


Ona Koala mattress you can sleep better at night knowing your mattress is made to the highest social and environmental standards. Did you know Koala was GECA’s first-ever fully certified mattress? It’s true. We give a damn about the planet, and we know you do too.

A close-up image of a Koala mattress on a timber Balmain Bed Base
Koala mattresses are guaranteed to last you at least 10 years, no matter how much time you spend ‘jumping on the bed’

How long should a mattress last?

A mattress is a serious investment. And you want to make sure you’re getting bang for your buck when you buy one. But which is the best mattress in this category? And how long does a mattress last?

As it turns out, not all mattresses are created equal and some might last just five to seven years. It just so happens that Koala’s mattress warranty is a long 10 years. Which means you’ll get at least a decade out of one of our mattresses. Well, whaddayaknow.

At Koala, we use the latest tech and take part in some serious testing to ensure our mattresses are well-made. “We want to know that the mattress will last for the 10 years we promise to our customers,” says Stephanie.

“We simulate the sleeping experience for a 10-year period. The rollator test mimics the weight and length of a torso, rolling from side to side on a mattress. And we do 100,000 cycles of that. Using this, we learn how it softens, where it’s still firm, whether there are indents or sagging and if there’s any damage.”

This ain’t no average mattress in a box, Australia. Koala takes pride in everything we do and the way we do it. So rest assured that you can be guaranteed that your mattress will go the distance.

How do you get rid of an old mattress?

When the time comes to part with your old pal, there are ways to go about it. For all our koalas out there that are big on the planet — like us — these are your best options for getting rid of a mattress:

👍🏼 Donate it. Sure, nobody wants a crusty, old, stained mattress. But if yours is still in good nick, some charities and organisations will be grateful to have it. Have a quick squiz online to see which ones are taking donations and find out if they’ll pick yours up.

👍🏼 Recycle it. Google ‘mattress recycling’ near you and see what comes up. You might be surprised. Sometimes, local councils and other organisations like Soft Landing arrange pick-up services straight from your home. Score.

👍🏼 Pass it on. Know a mate in need of a mattress? Wanna earn a little coin on Marketplace? You may be able to pass your old mattress on (as long as it’s stain-free and in good condition).

Can you really buy the best Australian mattress online?

As it turns out, you can buy just about anything on the internet these days — including a brand-new bed. So, why not buy a mattress online from a brand that makes it dead easy? And if you’re still unsure what you’re after, try our mattress quiz for a push in the right direction.

Our customers are tickled pink with their beds. And as far as an Australian mattress review goes, the critics are too. Choice awarded us a recommendation for one of the best in 2022. And we also snagged Product of the Year in 2022 and Best Mattress in a Box from Bedbuyer in 2023 for our Calm As Mattress. In fact we have more awards and certifications than we know what to do with.

When you buy a Koala mattress you get fast, free and flexible delivery across Australia. That means you can start snoozing sooner without the awkward small talk with the sales guy at the furniture store.

And at Koala, we’re all for sleeping around. Our 120-night, risk-free trial lets you experience your new mattress in the comfort of your own home. If it’s not everything you dreamed of, we’ll arrange to pick it up (from metro areas) and give you a full refund. Now, if only we could find a service like that for last night’s Tinder hook-up.

Do better in bed with Koala

Finding the best mattress in Australia is all about finding one that suits you. And it doesn’t hurt to buy from a brand that puts your comfiness first. So, check out the Koala mattress line-up today to see how good we are in bed.

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