All mattress reviews carried out by Bedbuyer are 100% independent and unbiased. Our reviews are done collaboratively by our expert panel of chiropractors and Bedbuyer receives no money or financial reward for undertaking any of our mattress reviews. Bedbuyer takes great pride in producing reviews of the highest quality to help Australian consumers decide on the right mattress for their individual needs.
Bedbuyer carries out independent product reviews by conducting store visits at a range of bedding outlets. Bedbuyer also conducts reviews on sample ‘mattress in a box’ products. With over 1000 mattress reviews conducted, Bedbuyer aims to assess each mattress individually, but also in context of the market.
Our team of chiropractors carefully examine bedding products to give consumers a written summary as well as an overall star rating. Bedbuyer also rates each mattress in five separate categories that we have identified are most meaningful to Australian consumers. These categories are:
- Spinal Support
- Build Quality
- Partner Disturbance
- Value For Money
Bedbuyer’s expert review team assesses the comfort level on each mattress subjectively. We make a determination as to how pleasurable it is to lie on the mattress in a full range of positions – back, side, and front, plus different versions of each of these! Some mattresses absorb body weight beautifully, minimising pressure on the spine, shoulders, and hips. Other mattresses do not account for these differences in weight distribution in the human body and so do not create an good sense of comfort. Based on a recent survey conducted by Bedbuyer, comfort was the most important thing that people considered when purchasing a new mattress.
Our checklist for this category includes:
- Comfort in a side lying position noting pressure on shoulders, pelvis, and hips
- Comfort in a front lying position noting pressure on shoulders, pelvis, and hips
- Comfort in a back lying position noting pressure on shoulders, pelvis, and hips
- Comfort during position changes (e.g. back lying to side lying)
- Overall feel and weight absorption of the top layer
Bedbuyer places a high level of importance on spinal support as this greatly influences the condition of the spine. We determine how well the mattress maintains the spine in a healthy position. This is done through subjective feel and careful observation, photographs, and measurements to detect how well each mattress allows the spine and body to rest in a healthy position. As with comfort, spinal support is assessed in a range of positions:
- Spinal support in a side lying position
- Spinal support in a front lying position
- Spinal support in a back lying position
- Spinal support during position changes (e.g. back lying to side lying)
- Overall consideration of spinal support that the mattress offers
This relates to the quality of the materials made to use the mattress. Some mattresses feel cheap and flimsy, whilst others feel strong, sturdy, and will likely last many years. Using years of experience and careful examination, we will give an indication here as to the overall quality of the product. We assess each mattress on the following criteria:
- Quality and durability of external materials used (e.g. comfort layers, outer cover, foams, fabrics)
- Quality and durability of internal materials used (e.g. spring system, foams)
- Edge support – quality of the outer edge of the mattress and how it supports the body in a lying and seated position
- General sturdiness of the mattress – does it feel solid or does it feel flimsy?
- Any special or advanced technology that is integrated into the mattress (e.g. unique spring system, position controls, special foams).
- Are the materials used anti-bacterial or hypoallergenic?
This is an important aspect for many bed shoppers. We test each mattress to see what the level of disruption is during partner movements. Some mattresses have a remarkably non-existent level of partner disturbance, hence there would be no disruption to sleep during partner movements. Other mattresses create an immediate level of disruption during partner movements which can seriously affect sleep quality. Bedbuyer tests partner disturbance using:
- A subjective measure of how much disturbance there is with partner movements
- Using water bottles or glasses to observe vibrational movements
- Using a vibrational measuring application on a smartphone
Value for Money
Based on our hundreds of mattress reviews, we will give a rating as to what you’re getting for your money. This is relevant for people on a budget, but also any shopper who is interested in how the product stacks up for the asking price. There is a huge range of prices in mattresses from a few hundred dollars, all the way to up over $10,000, so this rating category will guide consumers in terms of value for money. Specifically, we consider:
- Based on the quality of the mattress, does this represent good value for money?
- Based on the market, does this mattress represent good value for money?
- Based on practical elements (comfort, support, and partner disturbance) does this mattress represent good value for money?
Elements that are not included in our review process
There are some aspects of a mattress that Bedbuyer does not currently assess for or integrate into our review process. Our readers commonly enquire about these aspects, however they are all difficult to test for and so do not currently hold any bearing in our testing. These are:
- Heat – does the mattress get hot during sleep
- Where the mattress is made or manufactured (e.g. China, Australia)
- How ‘environmentally friendly’ the manufacturing process is
- Ethical standards of the labour and manufacturing process (e.g. workers’ rights and conditions)
- Fumes and chemicals emitted
We hope that this has provided a thorough description of our assessment process but if you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Please note: The overall star ratings are not simply an average of the individual category ratings. Overall star ratings are determined subjectively with spinal support often being weighted heavily. Our review panel is made up of three average sized males and two average sized females. We recommend that you consider this when reading our reviews and that elderly people sometimes require a softer sleeping surface than younger people. For any enquiries about our review process, please contact us.
Bedbuyer.com.au is Australia’s leading independent mattress review site. Our site contains over 1000 reviews which have been conducted by our expert team of chiropractors who are all experienced in clinical patient care and mattress assessment.
All of our mattress reviews listed on Bedbuyer are 100% independent and unbiased. To eliminate any element of bias, we do not receive any money or financial reward for undertaking any of our mattress reviews. Similarly, none of the mattresses in any of our blog articles have paid or sponsored Bedbuyer to be listed there. Bedbuyer is fully committed to producing reviews and articles of the highest quality to help you decide on the right mattress for you. To see how we conduct our mattress reviews, click here.
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