How to choose the best mattress: NZ buying guide

Find the perfect mattress for a restful night's sleep.

It's incredible how the difference between a good mattress and a bad one can mean either waking up refreshed or a restless night of tossing and turning. A quality mattress supports your body where you need it most, and lets you get a deep, restorative sleep. On the other hand, a poor match can leave you with aches and a groggy morning.

So, it's worth taking the time to find that just-right fit. After all, your days are shaped by your nights, so let's make sure every morning starts on the right note.

Types of mattresses

We all have our sleep preferences — it’s why there are so many types of mattresses. Let’s find your perfect type:

1. Standard foam mattresses

The classic choice, standard foam mattresses are known for their versatility and affordability. They provide even support by distributing your weight across the surface. However, they can retain heat and may be less durable than other types.

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2. Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam cradles your body, moulding to your shape for tailored support and reducing pressure points. It's a hit for those seeking a personalised sleep experience. But be mindful; it can retain heat and may not be the choice for hot sleepers.

Find the perfect memory foam mattress.

3. Gel mattresses

Want the conforming support of memory foam without the warmth? Gel mattresses infuse foam with cooling gel, so they’re a great option for those who enjoy the feel of foam but sleep hot at night.

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4. Latex mattresses

Latex mattresses boast natural elasticity and responsiveness. They're durable and resist dust mites and allergens. For the eco-conscious and those who prefer bouncier support, latex can be a smart, albeit sometimes pricier, option.

Browse latex mattress listings.

5. Orthopaedic mattresses

Orthopaedic mattresses are engineered for those needing extra support, often recommended for back pain sufferers. They provide a firmer sleep surface to aid in spinal alignment, which can be a game-changer for comfort and health.

Find your perfect orthopaedic mattress.

6. Innerspring mattresses

The traditional innerspring mattress has coils that offer a firmer and bouncier feel. They provide good airflow, making them cooler to sleep on, and come in a variety of firmness levels to suit different preferences.

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7. Top pocket sprung mattresses

Top pocket sprung mattresses elevate the innerspring concept with individually wrapped coils, reducing motion transfer. They contour better to the body compared to traditional innerspring mattresses, making them ideal for couples with different sleeping habits.

Buy a top pocket sprung mattress.

Top mattress brands in NZ

When it comes to catching those precious Zs, not all mattresses are created equal. Each brand brings its qualities to the sleeping table. From budget-friendly options to luxurious sleep havens. Let’s break down what sets some popular brands apart, giving you the lowdown on who might just be your dream mattress match.


Ecosa is all about giving you options. Their adjustable firmness is a standout feature, making it a hit for people who aren’t quite sure what they prefer or those whose needs might change over time. They lean towards the mid-range in price, offering a blend of quality and value that's hard to beat.

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If you’re hunting for a balance between affordability and quality, Emma's your girl. Known for their award-winning designs, Emma mattresses offer a comfortable sleep without the hefty price tag. They're a great pick for budget-conscious sleepers who don’t want to compromise on a good night’s rest.

Browse our range of Emma mattresses.


Winkl steps into the spotlight with its focus on luxury and comfort. If you're willing to invest a bit more for that cloud-nine feel, Winkl mattresses are designed to envelop you in softness while still providing ample support. Plus, they have a big heart, with a portion of sales going to local charities.

Shop Winkl mattresses.


A tried-and-true Kiwi brand, Sleepyhead has been in the sleep business for decades. They offer a wide range of mattresses to suit various budgets and preferences. Known for their durability, Sleepyhead is a solid choice if you're looking for a mattress to stand the test of time.

Find your perfect Sleepyhead mattress.


Tempur is the king of memory foam, offering unparalleled support and pressure relief. If you have a bit more to spend and are looking for the ultimate in personalised comfort, a Tempur mattress could be your sleep sanctuary. It’s an investment in your sleep health, with a reputation for longevity and innovation.

Invest in a Tempur mattress.

King Koil

King Koil focuses on chiropractor-approved designs, offering a selection that promises more than just comfort — they’re about supporting your body’s alignment all night long. Ideal for those who have back issues or are simply keen on maintaining good posture even in sleep.

Find your ultimate King Koil mattress.


Sealy mattresses are all about providing a broad spectrum of options. From plush to firm, they cater to every preference, and their Posturepedic technology is engineered for those who need extra support. With a reputation for durability and comfort, Sealy is a go-to for sleepers looking for a reliable name in the mattress game.

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Rounding out our list, SleepMaker combines comfort with craftsmanship. Known for their innovative technologies like moisture-wicking fabrics and cooling gels, they're a great option if you're prone to getting hot at night. Offering a range of prices, SleepMaker mattresses are about finding that sweet spot between cosy and cool.

See our range of SleepMaker mattresses.

Can you buy a used mattresses?

Your sleep quality directly influences your mood, health, and energy levels, making the mattress beneath you more than just a bedroom accessory — it's a foundation for well-being. But, let's be real, the price tag on a top-notch new mattress can sometimes be a tall order. If stretching to a premium mattress is out of reach, consider a gently used one. It's a savvy move that can still significantly uplift your sleep quality without the financial stretch. Think of it this way: a high-quality used mattress can offer more comfort and support than a lower-quality new one. It's about making smart choices that prioritise your sleep and health.

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Dream in comfort

Whether you lean towards the embrace of memory foam or the classic bounce of springs, it’s a personal quest to find your sleep sanctuary. Good luck in your journey for the perfect mattress – may it be the silent supporter of your restful nights.

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