2. Soul Mate mattress (best alternative)

Here's an alternative pick. It's the flagship model of the Koala mattress. This doesn't feel like a regular hybrid mattress because the Soul Mate has a foam spring system instead of metal. This means that less motion is transferred in the mattress but you still get the bounce of springs. 

Plus, it has 5 zones so you get the pressure where you need it to relieve pressure. But the springs aren't just the main factor of this mattress. There is also the:

Bamboo Charcoal: It's perforated memory foam takes the sting out of heat, relieves pressure, promotes airflow, and is antimicrobial, for a better nights sleep. 

Flippable Kloudcell™: This is the top comfort layer, and it's flippable so you can adjust the firmness to how you want it. You only need to unzip and flip the comfort layer.

The only drawback is you can't get it in a single or king single, only double, queen, and king.

It seems like this new Koala mattress is the Rolls Royce of mattresses. For more information check out the link below.


3. Dusk&Dawn Signature

The Dusk&Dawn Signature bed is a unique bed that has 7 layers plus edge support. It's Australian made, and you can choose if you want a soft, medium, or firm version. It's not a mattress in a box like the other picks. However, it does ship straight to your home, which passes the savings onto you.  

You'll find some premium layers like the top Australian natura-wool and silk blend, the graphite memory foam (similar to the Diamond), and the micro could to go with the pocket springs. 

The drawbacks are it's on the expensive side and returns aren't free. There is a $100 handling fee, and it costs more if you're not in a metro area. With that being said, overall, it's a great mattress.

There are also Premiere and Essential versions available, so it's great for everyone.

Read: Signature Review

4. Noa mattress (best value)

Noa offers above-average support because of the hybrid design. It's ideal for sleepers that can't choose between foam or spring design and don't want the sinking feeling from foam.

Noa is gaining a lot of popularity in Australia and is a clear winner for the best value mattress with the current deal of $300 off.

Although a newcomer on the marker Noa has outstanding reviews and recently won Best 'Back Support' Mattress in a Box for 2019. The price of Noa mattress is also very competitive and has excellent customer support.

Read: Noa Review

5. Macoda Mattress (editors choice)

Honestly, we love the Macoda mattress. The brands not as popular (yet) as the other bed in a box companies but the features and excellent reviews make it a great bed to consider when looking for a new mattress.

Macoda has won Australia's "Best Comfort" Mattress in a Box two years in a row and here's why, their hybrid design has advanced foams and pocket springs to give it support and bounce. The layers are interchangeable to fit your sleeping style, offering a medium (5/10) to a medium-firm feel (6.5/10).

Two Australians made the Macoda in 2018, and they made it too high standards with all our polyurethane foams being Certi-PUR-US certified, and the other materials used being to Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The bed also has Australians climate in mind with advanced cooling gel inserts.

Read: Macoda Review

6. Eva mattress (longest trial period)

Eva is a hybrid mattress combining springs, latex, gel, and high-density foams. The Eva mattress is thicker than most brands, and the extra cushion and pressure relief is fantastic. This mattress is a great over mattress...

...In fact it won 'Best Overall' Mattress in Box for 2019. Eva is ideal for people who want the contour of foam, but enjoy the bounce of coil designs.

Summing it up, Eva is a great 'all-rounder' and offers superb value for money.

Eva has a no-strings-attached return and refund policy with 365 night trial period.

Read: Eva Review

7. Origin mattress (best newcomer)

Originally designed in Germany, Origin mattresses are constructed in Malaysia but use Japanese materials too. Their design and materials make them a good choice for sleepers in Australia and surrounding countries. We tested the mattress out and it is a good one! 

Since its inception in 2018, ORIGIN has sold over 70,000 mattresses to satisfied customers from around the world.

Additionally, it comes with a free 120 night trial, a free delivery, and an impressive 15-year warranty.

Read: Origin Review

8‍. Ecosa Pure (eco-friendly)

The Pure mattress is an eco-friendly hybrid mattress. It's made from 80 plastic bottles, which doesn't affect comfort or feel. Then you'll find the multiple layers of natural latex harvested from rubber trees to create the appropriate amount of support, and even recycled felt.

It also combines micro coils and the 7 zoned pocket springs, so you get more of a precise level of support in the areas you need it most. It's also Oeko Tex 100 certified, comes with a 100 night trial, and a 15 year warranty. 

Thus, the multilayer mattress is a premium eco-friendly and sustainable choice. But, as you image this comes at a cost. It's one of the most expensive hybrid mattresses, but if this is the option you're looking for, Ecosa is a popular brand in Aus, so your in good hands.

9. Sleeping Duck mattress (customisable firmness)

Originally launched in 2014 in Melbourne, and gaining infamy from the founders when featured on Shark Tank. The Sleeping Duck became a popular and one of the most expensive mattresses in Australia. Since the original launch they have improved on their design and now the mattress is called the SD Mach II. 

What makes the SD Mach II special is the component adapt foam that lets you customise each section to find the appropriate firmness and support for you. They have cut down on the previous layers now there are just 3 - polyurethane foam, component adapt (polyurethane foam), and pocket springs. 

The foams are GECA certified and the foams are made in Australia, the mattress assembled in China. I'm not sure how environmentally friendly that is with all the airmiles, but that's the current process. You also get 10 year warrant and 100 nights trial. 

If money isn't an option, then SD Mach II could be the pick for you. A great night's sleep on this bed could be worth the price.

Read: SD Mach II Review

Why get a pocket spring mattress

Buying a new mattress can be a pain because not all mattresses are not all the same, as you are probably aware. There are many different types of spring mattresses such as micro springs, pocket spring system, and hybrid mattresses. In comparison to an all-foam mattress, spring mattresses tend to offer more support, bounce, and a firmer feel.

Due to the increased airflow and breathability of pocket spring mattresses, they tend to be cooler than all foam mattresses. Most mattresses, though, are hybrid beds, meaning the top layer is made of memory foam or latex, and the middle layers include springs.

The reason for this is the pressure-relieving properties of the memory foam layer, which can relieve back pain. These are the factors that make many people choose these mattresses!

‍Are pocket spring mattresses any good?

Pocket spring mattresses are a good choice for people who enjoy supportive mattresses with a firmer feel. You get the huggin embrace of the top layer (which is usually memory foam), but then you get the supportive springs to cushion your weight. This means there is less sinkage, so you don’t get that falling feeling.

Spring mattresses get a lot of positive feedback, they're usually more breathable and provide better support than other types.

Can you still buy a spring mattress?

Spring mattresses are generally considered "traditional." However, most modern mattresses are pocket spring mattresses that incorporate premium materials like memory foam or latex, making them hybrid mattresses. Choosing them today is beneficial in many ways, including a wide range of sizes at a range of prices and excellent temperature control. Plus, since pocket springs react differently to body weight, each one can support the spine in a much deeper way than a standard sprung bed.

What to look for

There’s a lot that goes into hybrid mattresses, from materials like gel infused memory foam, etc. And then there’s how many coils, does it have edge support, etc.

Let’s look at some things to consider when buying a mattress and break them down:

Zoned construction

Manufacturers can alter coils with different tensions and diameters to create a more responsive and supportive surface. Zoned coil layers are supposed to provide better pressure relief, as well as support proper spinal alignment.

You’ll often find more high-end mattresses that have 5 or 7 zoned support.

Coil count

There's no question that the more coils you have inside the mattress, the more precise the contouring you can achieve. Depending on the gauge, a queen-size hybrid should have between 800 and 1,000 coils. With more coils, each coil is able to take pressure independently, so there is less motion transfer.

Firmness

Firmness is subjective. Most mattresses are medium-firm, which is perfect for most sleepers, that’s why it's the go-to. However, side sleepers and petite sleepers benefit from a softer bed with more cushioning. Heavy sleepers and front sleepers may need a firmer bed to prevent lower back pain and support their lower abdomen.

  • Stomach sleepers - Firm mattress.
  • Side sleepers - Medium mattress.
  • Back sleepers - Medium, soft mattress.

This depenpends on a lot of factors, but the goal, ir proper support and spine alignment.

Comfort layers

Comfort layers help eliminate excess bounce and the rigidity of spring coils. They also ensure proper weight distribution and pressure relief. Look for layers made with gel-infused foam, natural latex, polyfoam, memory foam, or other materials with an open cell structure.

You should also look at the other layers, how many are there? Does it differ from the comfort layer, so they work together, or is it just more of the same? You'll find a lot of brands combining memory foam and latex for added comfort.

As a rule, there will be a transition layer, which is a little firmer than the comfort layer, so you don't feel the springs while sleeping.

Cover

Although the material of the cover has nothing to do with the springs, it can still affect one's sleep. Synthetic covers aren't that breathable, they can cause overheating. So make sure you look for natural cover fabrics like cotton, Tencel, and bamboo.

Motion isolation

Motion transfer is still possible even though pocketed coils move independently. Due to the pocket design, it only plays a minor role, otherwise it would be a problem for light sleepers, particularly if their partner is restless at night.

How cool is it?

If you're a chronically hot sleeper, pocketed coil mattresses allow air to circulate properly between the layers, unlike solid foam mattresses. It prevents the mattress from retaining body heat and keeps you from getting too hot while sleeping.

Budget, Warranties, and Payment Options

Budget, trials, Warranties, and Payment Options

You should always consider your budget, luckily most brands offer monthly payment options like Afterpay, Zip, and other Australian providers.

Additionally, most brands come with a trial period and a 10-year warranty. It's worth checking the return period and if there is a free return policy (most do).

Why are hybrid mattresses more expensive?

Hybrid mattresses are generally more expensive than a memory foam mattress or a latex mattress, though this isn't always the case. It has to do with the springs' construction and manufacturing. On the plus side, they tend to last longer, so you might be able to get more use out of them before you have to buy a new one, but you have to spend more up front.

What makes Pocket Springs different from traditional springs?

Pocket coils exploded in popularity after they came out, and now they're in most hybrid mattresses on the market. But what makes it different from the traditional coil springs is how they are connected.

Let’s look at the differences:

Pocketed coils don’t transfer as much movement

Coils in the traditional coil block are connected by a perimeter wire that runs around the mattresses edge. The wire can add some durability to the edges, but it can also make the mattress more responsive by transferring motion impulses across the surface easily.

Alternatively, pocket springs are stitched to the bottom layer without connecting to one another, so they do not transfer movements like an old spring system.

This also means that pocket spring mattresses won’t squeak as much as traditional mattresses in the future.

Pocketed springs are more durable

Hence the name, the coils in the individually wrapped system are enclosed in cloth. This is for a number of reasons, one of which is that it helps prevent moisture from entering the mattress and protects the coils from rust, thereby increasing the mattress' overall durability.

Pocketed coils are more versatile

The individually wrapped coils allow manufacturers to combine different gauges and thicknesses of coils to create a more supportive construction to meet the needs of users.

Overall, as you can see pocket springs are an improvement from the old design. Hence why most mattresses now include them.

Can you flip a hybrid mattress?

No, don’t flip a hybrid mattress. From the top down there is a comfort layer, transition layer, and spring base. Flipping the mattress will void the comfort and durability.

Ideally, you should rotate your hybrid mattress every 6 months, or every 3 months if you share it. As a result, you will be more comfortable because it won't shape to your sleeping position.

Hybrid mattress or memory foam

Because of the spring component, hybrid design brands are generally more expensive and heavier. A hybrid mattress has a spring foundation base and a foam layer above it, which may be latex, memory foam, or high-density foam. As a result, they tend to have a firmer feel than memory foam mattresses.

Hybrid designs have two drawbacks: they tend to develop squeaks over time and transfer more movement in the mattress. Nonetheless, sleepers can find that all-foam mattresses are too soft, hug too much, and are hotter than spring mattresses.

What hybrid mattress in a box is best?

As far as I am concerned, there can't be an overall winner, there isn't a best mattress, that's recommended for everyone, because everyone has unique preferences, with a lot of factors to be considered, such as size, sleeping preference, partner disturbance, etc.

With that being said, our top pick is the Emma Hybrid mattress, which the vast majority of Australians love including us (who tested it out)! It has a graphite diamond-infused layer that regulates your temperature night, keeping you cool, and giving you a deeper sleep.

If you decided you don't like it there is an excellent free trial period where you can get a full refund within the 100 night trial period.

As a result of this guide, we hope you improve your sleep quality.

Happy shopping!