Are you struggling with getting a good night’s sleep in these uncertain times? You're not alone. But while there are some factors around sleeping you can't control, there are plenty of steps you can take – one of the most important is that you need to have the best possible mattress for you.
A good mattress is crucial not only for getting a night of uninterrupted sleep, but achieving good back health. So if you're waking up feeling unrested and sore in the morning, it could be time to ditch your old mattress and get shopping for one that provides the right support for your body.
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Keep scrolling for our top mattress picks
Which type of mattress is best for sleeping?
Even if your mattress was perfect when you bought it, don’t forget that over a span of eight to ten years it will decline in its support, so you should definitely consider replacing it after this time. This bedroom essential is a big investment, but your health is at stake so don't cut corners – plus if you think about it logically, a £600 mattress works out at £1.64 per night over the span of ten years – you can't argue with that price! There are so many different options – including memory foam, spring systems, hybrids, quilted gel and pressure relief foam, to name a few.
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A good mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position - in which your spine has a good curvature and your body is in proper alignment. If a mattress is too firm it can push on the main pressure points - namely the buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head - and put your body out of alignment. The same, but in reverse can be said of a mattress that is too soft, and lets them flop back. Both scenarios can lead to waking up with aches and pains. So which to choose? We've rounded up the best options for you to choose from, so read on – a good's night sleep is just a click away!
What If I don’t like the mattress after I've tried it?
Shopping online is hard, but don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the mattress when it arrives, despite the great reviews. A lot of the top UK mattress manufacturers now offer free trials so you can see if the particular mattress is the right one for you. So for example, an 100-night trial means that if you decide you don't like the mattress once the 100 days up you can send it back and get a refund.
What is memory foam?
Memory foam, or viscoelastic foam is one of the most common materials used in mattresses. It recovers its shape - softening when you lie on it but will return to its original shape when you get up. It's been used for the last 50 years and get this for an interesting piece of trivia - it was originally invented by NASA for use during space launches to ensure the comfort of their astronauts.
What is a hybrid mattress?
A Hybrid mattress is a multi-layer mattress that combines more traditional inter spring layers with layers of memory foam, latex or gel. If you choose a hybrid mattress you'll experience multiple benefits - both the pressure relief of the foam layers and the sturdy feel of a classic spring mattress.
Top-rated mattresses you can buy online now
Elite mattress double, £1199, Brook + Wilde
Speaking from personal experience, I can say that the Elite mattress from Brook + Wilde is a fantastic choice for those looking for a premium hybrid mattress tailored to suit your individual needs and with top rate customer service and support. You can choose between soft, medium and firm (I went with medium, with provides the perfect balance of support and sink) – and they even offer to make a bespoke mattress with different preferences on each half if you and your partner can't agree. Delivery is free and 0% interest financing is available on the double from £89.91 per month.
The mattress consists of eight layers, including the removable washable top cover, 2,500 pocket springs and layers of top quality memory foam. It's hypoallergenic, which makes it a great choice for allergy suffers, and the cover itself is made from a breathable four-way stretch fabric, which feels both soft yet strong and means it stays nice and cool during sleep. It also has four handles which are great if you want to move the mattress.
Do you have a partner who tosses and turns a lot during sleep? If so no problem, it has a non-slip base and motion transfer is minimal, so you won’t notice a thing. Overall, this is a great mattress which is built to last and it comes with a 10-year guarantee and a 100 night trial period – trust us, though you won’t be wanting to send it back! The whole ordering and delivery process was a great experience and the mattress is comfortable and extremely well made and delivers on its promise of being tailor-made to promote deep restful sleep. Right now they are offering 40% off when you spend £749 or more with code: ELITE40.
Zen 1500 pocket sprung memory foam double mattress, was £399 now £299, Memory Foam Warehouse
This great sprung memory foam mattress is made extra comfy by the layer of high density, pressure-relieving memory foam it features. This temperature-sensitive memory foam layer sits upon a pocket sprung base. The quilted cover means your optimum body temperature is regulated throughout the night. You get free delivery in one to three working days and 0% financing is available from £20 per month.
Sleep Hubs tweak mattress double, was £895 now £795, Sleep Hubs
If you suffer from back pain, the Tweak is a fantastic option – it’s a unique hybrid of supportive pocket springs and pressure-relieving foam (it’s like memory foam but more responsive) with five comfort changing zones that give you soft comfort for pressure points and firmer support to maintain a good posture. You fill out a form online to fully customise the mattress, but If your needs change, you can change the set up at any time. Currently, you can get £100 off and a £100 gift voucher to spend on bedding and accessories at Secret Linen Store using the code SECRETLINEN.
Hybrid mattress double, was was £829 now at £538.95, Simba
Hybrid mattresses combine multiple benefits – Simba’s best-selling model features five different layers including the ever-popular memory foam and another with their unique patented spring-comfort system, topping it off with a breathable sleep surface for what they describe as "gravity-defying comfort". It's currently on offer for 30% less for new customers, so grab a bargain.
Hybrid Pro mattress double, was £1,159 now £753.35, Simba
If you’ve got a little more to invest, then you should go for the Simba Hybrid pro – the brand’s most advanced mattress ever. It offers ultimate comfort and airflow thanks to the 5,000 titanium Aerocoil springs and has unbeatable temperature regulation due to a luxe natural wool layer. This one is also currently on offer for new customers.
Silentnight studio memory mattress double, was £579 now £383.42, Mattress Online
This great mattress offers great all-round medium-firm support. It’s a hybrid, combining a 2cm memory foam layer which cocoons and molds to your shape, and a 1000 Mirapocket springs layer, with each spring individually responding to your movements and shape. The knitted cover is soft to the touch and looks great too. It’s a tried-and-tested hit, scoring a Which? Best Buy award last year. It’s currently 30% off in the spring sale.
Memory deluxe memory foam double mattress, was £749.99 now £299.99, Dormeo
This is definitely one for those who prefer their mattresses on the medium/soft side of the scale – it has double the standard amount of memory foam, offering the most comfortable and supportive night’s sleep imaginable. And if you’re looking to tick the anti-allergic box this one has you covered – its special anti-bacterial, anti-dust mite and anti-fungal protection creates a healthy and hygienic sleep environment. It's currently £450 off, which is a fantastic saving!
Memory foam double mattress, was £884 now £569, Nectar
This award-winning option from Nectar constantly tops mattress review lists – it’s a 25cm thick medium firm memory foam mattress which hugs your body and keeps you cool, which is perfect for the summer months. Memory foam, of course, remembers its shape, returning to its original form night after night. Nectar Sleep are offering savings of up to £385 plus five free gifts.
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Natural Plus mattress double, £499, Marks & Spencer
Made from natural fabrics including cotton and lambswool, Marks & Spencer's Natural Plus mattress is a great all-rounder. The 1500 pocket sprung design is luxurious and comfortable and it has an anti-bacterial finish - it's Marks & Spencer's top-rated mattress!
Kono 3D Hybrid double mattress, £110.99, Amazon
If you're on a very tight budget but still want comfort and quality, check out Amazon's top-rated budget Hybrid mattress. The Kono hyp-allergenic double features memory foam and spring layers and has hundreds of five-star reviews. Says one satisfied customer: "I'm so surprised and extremely grateful that this company are supplying mattresses of this quality for this price! The packaging was perfect, the mattress looks very expensive - and the important part - extremely comfortable!!! So much so I’m going to purchase a second one."
Luxury hybrid double mattress, was £949 now £649, DreamCloud
If you’re looking for a premium mattress, check out DreamCloud’s luxury hybrid, which promises the perfect balance of contouring comfort and pushback support. Equally Recommendable if you sleep on your side, back or stomach. Right now you can get up to £385 off any mattress, five free gifts plus free home delivery at DreamCloud, plus a 365 night home trial and forever warranty. Financing is available too from £79.08 per month
Classic collection comfort support 800 pocket spring mattress double, £399, John Lewis
If you’re looking for a budget mattress that ticks all the right boxes then John Lewis’ best-selling, five-star rated double mattress is a great option. It’s a traditional spring mattress which is built with comfort in mind - its blend of white fibres, polyester duo pads and cotton fillings cushion the 1000 springs which provide just the right balance of support while helping to maintain a natural airflow throughout the night. And the two rows of hand side-stitching and cotton felt tufts lend a premium finish. This mattress comes with a seven-year guarantee and for an extra £29.95, they offer a mattress and divan recycling service.
5G mattress double, was £739 now £444, Ergoflex
This mattress has thousands of five-star reviews. Since Ergoflex went into business in 2006 they’ve been evolving their mattress model, and the 5G is their latest offering. It's made of high-density visco-elastic memory foam which they manufacture themselves rather than sourcing from wholesale suppliers, and each mattress comes with a washable cover and ten-year guarantee. You can currently save 40% with the code: SAVE40
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Emma Medium tension memory foam double mattress, £389.40, John Lewis
If you’re really focused on back health, the Emma Original mattress is a great option. It's designed with a combo of adaptive foam layers that provide a pressure-relieving sleep foundation to suit all body types – it’s one of John Lewis' bestselling mattresses right now.
Hybrid double mattress, was £769, Eve
If you can't decide between spring and foam then Eve’s mattress option provides both – there are 650 full-sized pocket springs packed into this little number along with their unique foam for top-to-toe support and comfort. They also offer a remove and recycle service to make getting rid of your old mattress easy peasy.
Pocket memory plus 1000 double mattress, £194.99, Wayfair Sleep
Wayfair Sleep's hypoallergenic hybrid offering also combines spring and memory foam. This one's on the soft side and you can get next-day delivery. It features 1000 individually nested pocket springs - these ensure that movement on one side of the mattress doesn't affect the other, making it ideal for those sharing a bed with restless sleepers.
Hybrid mattress double, was £699.99 now £454.99, Otty
This firm mattress is a good choice for those who sleep on their backs, and offers great spine support. It's a hybrid, so has a combination of springs and foam to offer good support from the 16cm pocket springs and comfort from the foam. The top layer combines temperature regulating memory foam, keeping you at the optimum temperature from winter to summer and everything in between.
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