Canstar Blue’s review of cots and bassinets has seen Boori, IKEA and Big W compared and rated on their ease of use, comfort & support, additional features, design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Your little cherub will need quality sleep to grow into a healthy youngster, and at the same time give you needed respite between nappy changes, feeds, clean-ups and everything else you’ll need to juggle. As a parent, it’s also important to ensure your baby can catch some z’s soundly and safely, whether you’re at home or out and about. That’s where having the right cot or bassinet can make all the difference. It’s an essential and hefty purchase for new parents and one deserving of much consideration. In fact, one in three Aussies (32%) we surveyed actually researched what kind of baby cot or bassinet they should buy, and a similar number (31%) also searched for online reviews before making their final purchase. So, what’s the best option for your little one?
To find out, Canstar Blue canvassed the opinion of more than 400 new parents on the baby cot, crib or bassinet they purchased in the last three years. Respondents rated their respective brands on important factors including ease of use, comfort, features, design, value for money and so on. Those which received the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in our results.
Aussie-owned brand Boori was the sound winner in 2020, rating best for overall customer satisfaction and in several other categories.
Here are the best brands in Australia for cots and bassinets, as rated by parents in Canstar Blue’s inaugural review:
Boori topped our cots and bassinets ratings, achieving five-star reviews for ease of use, durability & quality, design, comfort & support and overall satisfaction. IKEA was the only brand to score full marks for value for money, in addition to receiving five stars for ease of use and comfort. Meanwhile, Big W scored four stars in the majority of categories. No brand managed to achieve five stars for additional features.
Read on to explore what each of the brands featured in our review has to offer.
Boori was born out of an independent nursery store in Sydney back in 1993. The brand which combines classic heritage with contemporary trends to create nursery and kids furniture for every day, now has stores across six countries worldwide. For kids bedding and furniture, Boori stocks everything from cots, and bassinets to nursery sets, toddler and single beds, as well as study and play furniture and storage solutions. For cots, prices start from $299 for the Heron Compact Cot and reach up to $1,599 for the Sleigh Expandable Cot Bed 2 Piece Nursery Room Set (pictured). The cot bed features a solid wood frame made from Australian Araucaria, top and drawer sides, dovetail jointed drawers and can be converted into a toddler and single bed (conversion kit sold separately). For bassinets, prices from $269, up to $530.
IKEA is the undisputed champion of flatpack furniture and Swedish meatballs, but the retailer also serves a decent selection of baby furniture to keep bubs and parents happy at home too. It offers a few Scandinavian-style cots featuring simple designs and neutral colours. Designs include SUNDVIK, STUVA, GONATT (pictured) and GULLIVER to name a few – all priced between $299 and $409 – making it both a stylish and affordable option. IKEA also stocks baby chairs, desks, children’s wardrobes and outdoor furniture. It does not sell bassinets or cradle beds.
Big W may arguably offer big discounts and big brands and we can confirm it also has a big-ish selection of cots and bassinets for parents on a budget. The cheapest cot in the range is the InfaSecure Lawson Cot for $119, which features a solid timber frame and adjustable base to suit growing infants and toddlers. For bassinets, the cheapest model is the Childcare Lullabye Bassinet (pictured) for $99. It comes with a lightweight steel frame, four lockable castors for easy manoeuvrability, a canopy, skirt and foam bassinet mattress.
Both cots and bassinets are a safe sleep choice for a newborn bub, and the main difference between the two comes down to size and portability.
|Cots||· Can be used for longer (i.e. convert into a toddler bed)
· Sturdy design (less risk of tipping)
· Wider variety of styles, colours and sizes
|· Larger and take up more space
· Heavier and harder to move
· More expensive to buy
|Bassinets||· Portable and foldable
· Easy to fit in small living spaces
· More affordable
|· Can only be used for the first few months
· Less durable
· Pose a tipping hazard
First, you’ll need to decide the type of infant bed you want, depending on your room size, preference, special features (i.e. drop side, co-sleeper etc.) and whether you need a convertible option or not. Our survey found these were the most common options for Aussies:
If you’re short on time and busy getting ready to welcome your new arrival, you may not want to fiddle around and spend days putting your cot together. Our survey found that almost half (49%) of respondents bought a baby bed that required assembly. If you’re a practical parent, you’ll want something that’s quick to put together and convert into a bigger bed for when bub is ready.
Cots sold in Australia should comply with the Consumer Protection Notice No. 6 of 2005 which sets out the mandatory requirements for design, testing and construction of household cots. Some of these requirements include:
This is particularly important to check if you’re buying a second-hand or antique piece.
Our survey found that Aussies spend about $285 on a new cot. This is a good reference price, but remember that costs will vary greatly depending on the bed type you’re after, retailer, model, brand etc. You can find models for under $200 from department stores like Big W and Kmart, and up to $5,000 or more, so we’d say aiming for a mid-range option is probably the sweet spot. Just compare prices and brands online first, before making your final decision and keep our review in mind.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed 1,200 Australian parents of children aged 6 years and under across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased a cot/crib/ bassinet or co-sleeper in the last three years – in this case, 427 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.