Thinking of replacing your original swag mattress with something newer and more comfortable? Or perhaps you’re looking for a second mattress to put on top of your original one?
Well, you’re in the right place. I’ve assembled a list of the best swag mattresses in Australia (both single and double varieties), to help you figure out which one is right for you!
Let’s say goodnight to waking up tired and sore while camping!
Zempire Monstamat Single Camp Mat
Darche 900 Wide Swag Mattress
OZtrail Camp Mat
Darche 900 Wide All Terrain Mattress
OZtrail Swag Mat 75MM Foam Mattress
$200 from Snowys
$75 from Snowys
$50 from Outback Equipment
$199 from Snowys
$55 from TentWorld
4.8 ★ (see 123 reviews on Snowys)
4.85 ★ (see 9 reviews on Snowys)
4.2 ★ (see 21 reviews on Snowys)
4.15 ★ (see 6 reviews on Snowys)
198 (L) x 69 (W) cm
215 (L) x 90 (W) cm
190 (L) x 60 (W) cm
195 (L) x 90 (W) cm
190 (L) x 60 (W) cm
Best Swag Mattress Australia
Zempire Monstamat Single Camp Mat (Single & Double)
Best Premium Option
The Zempire Monstamat is the bees knees when it comes to swag mattresses. These mats are well known for being super comfortable thanks to the self-inflating nature and 100mm thickness.
Just undo the valves and leave it for a few minutes - it will rapidly inflate to full size and you can add a few puffs into the valve from your mouth if you want to make it even more firm. The large valve size means that this unit inflates and deflates very quickly.
Not only are they very comfortable but with a R value of 9.5, they will also keep you very, very warm even when you are sleeping on cold ground.
The only downside with the Monstamat is that it is only 69cm wide. You can rectify this by getting one of their king single or twin size mattresses instead, however.
I’ve never heard a bad word said about these mattresses - they seem to be universally loved. Many have even said that these are better than their bed at home!
It comes with a 2 year warranty.
Darche 900 Wide Swag Mattress (Single & Double)
This open cell foam swag mattress is a great balance of price and quality.
Note that it comes in both 50mm and 70mm varieties. If you plan on using it as a standalone, then I highly recommend that you get the 70mm variety as it only costs a little bit extra. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did when crawling into your swag after a long day!
If you are using this in addition to your existing swag mattress, then the 50mm version will do just fine.
Many have commented on just how well they slept with this unit. The fact that it is 215cm long also means that tall guys won’t find their feet hanging off the end at night.
At 81cm long when packed it’s a tad bulky but not too bad in the scheme of things.
It comes in 900, 1100 and 1400 sizes.
OZtrail Camp Mat (Single Only)
Best Budget Option
The OZtrail Camp Mat is a great option for those on a budget. It is only 50mm thick, so it isn’t particularly comfortable on its own, but in conjunction with your existing swag mattress, it will definitely boost the comfort levels.
Being only 60cm wide and 190cm long, it is probably best suited to kids, teens or adults under 180cm tall.
It is very light and packs down tight which makes it very easy to transport.
It comes in regular and jumbo sizes. The only difference with the jumbo size is that it is 20cm wider, giving you a total of 80cm width. As you would expect, it is also a bit heavier.
Darche 900 Wide All Terrain Mattress (Single & Double)
The Darche All Terrain Mattress is a great alternative to the Zempire Monstamat. It is also incredibly comfortable, with some users describing the comfort levels as being ‘off the charts’. This makes sense when you consider that it is 100mm thick!
Being so comfortable, this is best used as a replacement swag mattress rather than in addition to your existing one.
Self-inflating means that you can open the valves and come back in a few minutes to a fully inflated mattress.
The waterproof base and water resistant top are a nice touch and prevent it from getting mouldy if it does contact water.
While it does come with a carry bag, some have commented that it is difficult to get it back in the bag after you have used it.
The main downside with this mattress is that it is very bulky and will take up a fair bit of space in your boot.
It comes in 900, 1100 and 1400 sizes.
OZtrail Swag Mat 75MM Foam Mattress (Single Only)
Another option by OZtrail is their 75mm foam mattress range. It is quite similar to the camp mat, but is much thicker at 75mm. This makes it comfortable enough to use on its own, but you can certainly use it with another mattress if you like.
Again, it isn’t well suited to tall people and is quite narrow unless you upgrade to the 80cm wide jumbo version.
What To Consider When Getting A Swag Mattress
If you don’t do your due diligence while choosing a swag mattress, you may end up regretting when you crawl out of your swag tired and sore in the morning!
Before locking in a purchase, check off on the important points below.
In terms of comfort, this is probably the most important attribute. A thicker mattress is obviously more comfortable, but you don’t necessarily need the thickest option out there.
If you will be using your new mattress in conjunction with your existing one, 50mm-70mm will be enough. If you want to use it as a standalone mattress however, I recommend going for 70mm-100mm thickness.
As well as keeping you comfortable, a good swag mattress should keep your warm. This is most commonly represented with the mattress’ R value although in practice, these are not always measured.
Generally, thicker camping mattresses will provide greater insulation between you and the cold ground, so thickness tends to go hand in hand with warmth.
The Zempire Monstamat has an R value of 9.5, meaning that it is suitable for even the coldest conditions.
There’s two parts to this. You need to make sure that the mattress dimensions marry up with your swag, and you need to make sure that it is large enough to be comfortable.
Most swags in Australia come in 900mm, 1100mm and 1400mm wide sizes, so many mattresses match these dimensions in terms of width.
However, the OZtrail mattresses are typically only 60cm wide, unless you upgrade to their jumbo sizes which are 80cm wide. A standard single bed mattress in Australia is 92cm wide, so you can see that 60cm is pretty narrow.
In terms of length, the OZtrail mats are only 190cm long which is fine if you are using it on top of another mattress, but no good for tall people if you are using it on its own.
The Darche option is a generous 215cm long.
Ideally, your swag mattress shouldn’t take up too much space when packed. This is especially true if you are using a second mattress in addition to your original swag one.
You may wish to use a swag bag to make carrying your swag and new mattress easier.
While no one wants water leaking into their swag, we’ve all been there before. Drying out a wet tent/swag is bad enough, let alone having to dry out a soaked mattress.
Most of the mattresses in this article have waterproof bases to combat this.
A warranty gives you peace of mind knowing that your purchase is covered if it is defective in any way. It is also a good sign that the manufacturer has faith in the quality of their product, and that they stand behind this quality.
All of the options in this article come with a 1 year warranty except for the Monstamat, which is covered by the Zempire 2 year warranty.
Poor build quality means that the manufacturer has cut corners to save money during production. You will notice that the stitching starts coming undone early or that the mattress starts to sag ahead of time if you go with a poor quality one.
Thankfully, all of the options that I have recommend here are well built and made to last.
Swag Mattress FAQ
How do you make a swag mattress more comfortable?
Assuming you’ve already bought your swag and you can’t go back in time and buy another swag with a thicker, more comfortable mattress (if only!) you only have one option.
Buy a swag mattress that you can use as either a replacement or as a complement to the existing mattress built into your swag.
Can you put a self inflating mattress in a swag?
Yes! A self inflating mattress can make your swag much, much comfier than it would otherwise be. Just be sure to check the dimensions of both your swag and the potential mattress before making a purchase.
How do you clean a swag mattress?
If your swag mattress has accumulated some sand and grit after beach camping, use a vacuum cleaner remove the particles.
If it has visible dirt stains, spot clean with a wet cloth and then let it dry out. If the mattress has started to become a little smelly, you may need to wash it in cold water with a little soap.
If in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s advice on how to wash your swag mattress.
There are quite a few different options when it comes to choosing a mattress that will give you a comfortable night’s sleep.
Personally, I think that the Darche option is the best balance of price and quality. The 70mm variety is inexpensive yet will provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep regardless of whether you use it alone or with another swag mattress. This makes it the best value swag mattress in Australia!
In terms of the best quality unit out there, that would have to be the Zempire Monstamat. It is ultra comfortable, will keep you warm no matter what and is backed by their 2 year warranty.
If you are on a budget and need something to use with your existing mattress, check out the OZtrail Camp Mat. It will get the job done with no fuss and at a great price.
I hope you have enjoyed this list! Let me know which one you ended up going with in the comments below!
PS. Still don't have a swag? Check out list of the best swags Australia has to offer!
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