There’s no doubt that Aussies love to hit the road in caravans. And one of the most important aspects of this experience is finding the right caravan mattress.
Getting a good night’s sleep on a road trip is a big part of the journey. Being stuck with an old, uncomfortable mattress while you are away from home will certainly reduce the enjoyment of your trip.
Australia’s mattress experts
Bedbuyer™ is Australia’s largest sleep and bedding resource. Our expert team of health professionals have tested over 1,600 mattresses and have compiled top product lists such as this one below!
Here is our list of Australia’s best caravan mattresses in 2023.
Best caravan mattresses
- Koala SE Mattress
- Octasmart Plus
- Zeek Hybrid Mattress
- Emma Comfort Mattress
- Onebed Essential
- Octasmart Deluxe
- Comfort Platinum Graphene
To help you decide on the best product for you, we have summarised the important features of each of these mattresses below. We have also included links to our ‘full reviews’ as well as instructions on how to claim Bedbuyer’s exclusive discounts!
Please note that the mattresses on this list can only be ordered in Australian standard sizes. As such, they will only be suitable for caravans that can accommodate a standard Australian size mattress.
If you require a custom made mattress to fit specific dimensions, please skip down to the end of this article. Here we discuss the best places to order custom size caravan mattresses. Please leave a comment (at the bottom of this article) if you have any questions about your mattress selection.
1. Koala SE Mattress
The Koala SE Mattress is an excellent caravan mattress that combines comfort and value. It forms that entry level mattress in Koala’s popular mattress range that also includes the iconic Koala Mattress.
The Koala SE Mattress is well suited for use in a caravan. It is light in weight (30.7kgs, queen size), only 24cm high, and is nicely balanced with comfort and support.
This mattress has a Breathable Tencel™ Lyocell Cover that has been specially designed for moisture absorption and ventilation. This cover sits over a layer of antimicrobial bamboo charcoal foam and a layer of responsive and breathable foam called Kloudcell™.
For support, the Koala SE Mattress comes with a 3 zone, high density support layer. This section provides good stability and support and should accommodate people of most sizes.
This mattress certified as non-toxic by CertiPUR-US® and comes in 5 sizes (king, queen, double, king single, and single). The 120 night trial period also gives the buyer plenty of peace of mind.
2. Octasmart Plus
The Octasmart Plus Mattress forms part of the Octasmart product range that also includes the popular Octasmart Plus Topper. This mattress weighs just 20kgs (queen size) and sits only 18cm high, making it ideal for use in a caravan.
As with all Octasmart products, the Octasmart Plus is designed specifically for supreme ventilation. Its ‘Smart Performance Cover’ is highly breathable, and this sits over a layer of memory foam and a layer of ‘Ecocell’ foam. This comfort layer offers nice pressure relief and has a comfortable, medium feel.
The main support section of the Octasmart Plus Mattress is made up of an ‘Octaspring’ layer. This technology uses a network of ‘foam springs’ that enhance ventilation whilst providing good back support.
The Octasmart Plus Mattress is available in 4 sizes (king, queen, double, and single) so it should accommodate most sleeping arrangements. It has an 80 night trial period, and an incredible 18 year warranty.
3. Zeek Hybrid Mattress
The Zeek Hybrid Mattress combines foam and springs in one cohesive package, which is what is termed a true ‘hybrid’ mattress. It forms the flagship mattress in the Zeek product range that also includes the popular Zeek Original Mattress.
This mattress has a low height of 25cm, and is relatively light in weight (42kgs, queen size). It is also specially designed for cooling, making it an excellent pick as a caravan mattress.
The Zeek Hybrid uses a breathable, Tencel fabric cover that feels soft and durable. This cover sits over a layer of cooling ‘air foam’ and a layer of gel infused memory foam. This comfort layer sits over a sturdy pocket spring system that offers very good back support.
The Zeek Hybrid Mattress is very well balanced with comfort and support, and its specifications make it an ideal caravan mattress. It comes with a 100 night trial period and a 10 year warranty.
4. Emma Comfort Mattress
This mattress has a relatively low height of 25cm and weighs only 29kgs (queen size). It’s worth noting that a typical innerspring mattress weighs around 50kgs, so the Emma Comfort Mattress is remarkably light, considering its level of comfort and support.
In terms of construction, the Emma Comfort Mattress has a removable (and washable) cover, making it easy to keep your sleeping surface clean. This cover sits over a layer of Airgocell® Foam, and a sturdy support layer (Emma’s HRX Foam).
The design of this mattress is simple, yet effective. It has a comfortable, medium-firm feel, and should accommodate people of all sizes.
5. Onebed Essential
This mattress sits just 20cm high and weighs only 25 kgs (queen size). This makes it particularly suitable for caravans when you consider that a typical height for a mattress is around 30cm.
The Onebed Essential Mattress has a ‘dense’, medium-firm feel that should suit all sleeping positions. Its top comfort layer contains 3 inches of cooling gel infused memory foam. This sits over a high density base layer offers decent spinal support.
This mattress comes with a 125 night trial period, so you can return it for a refund if you are not satisfied. It also comes in 5 sizes (king, queen, double, king single, and single size) so it should accommodate most sleep arrangements.
6. Octasmart Deluxe
The Octasmart Deluxe Mattress is another excellent option for caravans. It weighs just 22.2kgs (queen size) and sits 19cm high. This makes it very suitable for a caravan, as does its level of comfort and support.
The Octasmart Deluxe Mattress uses a ‘Smart Performance Cover’ which is designed for breathability and airflow. This cover sits over a 4cm layer of memory foam and a layer of ‘Ecocell’ foam. This comfort layer feels dense and spongy, and has a medium-firm’ feel.
The main support structure of this mattress is made up of an ‘Octaspring’ layer. As in the Octasmart Plus Mattress, this involves a network of ‘foam springs’ that provide good support, whilst providing excellent ventilation.
The Octasmart Deluxe Mattress comes with a solid 80 night trial period and an 18 year warranty, giving you plenty of peace of mind. It is a well priced mattress, ideal for a caravan.
7. Comfort Platinum Graphene
The Comfort Platinum Graphene Mattress sits just 17cm high, making it suitable for small spaces like caravans. It is also designed for cooling, adding to its appeal as a caravan mattress.
This mattress has a dual layered, foam construction. On top, lies a a layer of graphene-infused foam. Graphene can help to disperse heat and is therefore useful when it comes to sleep temperature regulation.
The supportive base layer is made of memory foam, and this provides decent back support, as well as adding pressure relieving comfort.
The Comfort Platinum Graphene Mattress comes with a 5 year warranty and is another great option if you are seeking a good quality, caravan mattress.
Like with many purchases, there are a number of things to consider when buying a caravan mattress. Here is some useful information to help you, as you progress through your selection process.
Custom sizes and shapes
Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a ‘standard caravan mattress’. Different caravans accommodate a range of different bed sizes with many set up to accommodate a queen or double size mattress.
Some caravans require a custom made mattress to fit with the internal design. Some caravan mattresses need to be made to specific dimensions, and some are made with cut or rounded edges (at the base) to allow more space to move around the mattress.
If this applies to your caravan, the mattresses listed above won’t be suitable.
Clark Rubber and Makin Mattresses are two popular companies that can make caravan mattresses to a specific size. If you do require a custom made mattress size, get in touch with either company to discuss your size and requirements.
What makes a good caravan mattress?
Light in weight
A caravan mattress should ideally be light in weight. For example, the Octasmart Plus Mattress is 20kgs (queen size) which is remarkably light, considering that a typical innerspring mattress (e.g. Sleep Republic Mattress) is around 50kgs.
A mattress that is light in weight will be easier to carry, which is important when placing the mattress in the caravan, or moving it around inside the caravan.
A light mattress also reduces the amount of weight of the caravan. This helps to reduce the ‘load’ on the car, as well as improving fuel efficiency.
As well as being low in weight, the best caravan mattresses are also low in height. The average height of a traditional innerspring mattress is around 30cm, so the Onebed Essential Mattress (20cm high) is a good example of a mattress with a low sitting height.
A low mattress height is ultimately space saving, and this will help to maximise the space of your caravan.
It goes without saying, that a comfortable mattress is critical to your caravan experience. The last thing anyone wants is a hard, uncomfortable mattress which will reduce your sleep quality.
The Zeek Hybrid Mattress is lighter than your average innerspring mattresses, and has a relatively low height (25cm). It comes with plenty of comfort, making it a nice ‘all rounder’ when being used as a caravan mattress.
It’s important for any mattress to be breathable and well ventilated, but this is especially true when considering a caravan mattress. This is because airflow in the small, convinced space of a caravan is limited.
A well ventilated mattress will help to regulate sleep temperature, and will help to minimise the growth of bacteria and dust mites that thrive in warm, humid environments. The Octasmart Deluxe Mattress is designed specifically for enhanced airflow, making it a very good option in the caravan mattress market.
We hope that our list of Australia’s best caravan mattress will assist you in your search. If you need any advice relating to your mattress purchase, please leave a comment below. Our team is standing by!
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