When it comes to deciding the best mattress to buy, there are many considerations to take into account. Construction, comfort and, of course, price all play important parts in your choice, but do you know enough about the different types of mattress to make the right decision?
We’ve brought together all the information you need in this handy mattress buying guide, which not only explains what you get for your money, but also shows why choosing the right mattress is so important – you might rethink how much you’re willing to spend after reading this mattress guide!
You might have seen the title of this article and thought you could never justify a £10,000 option, but once you start to understand what goes into the best mattresses and the benefits they offer, you might be surprised…
- Mattress construction options
- All £100 mattresses
- All £1,000 mattresses
- All £10,000 mattresses
- £75,000 mattresses
There’s never been a bigger choice of mattresses, from pocket sprung to gel mattresses, and no matter what your budget or the type of mattress you’re after, there’s one out there that’s perfect for you. Our mattress type guide will cover the most common, including everything from the most cost-effective to the best mattress for bad back pain.
Foam is a cheaper option and usually refers to reflex foam, which springs back to its original shape after use. It also maintains a good level of airflow between the mattress and sleeper.
Open coil (also known as ‘sprung’) is another low-cost choice, with unpocketed springs creating an interlocked matrix within a fabric cover. It’s notoriously good for providing firm support, and is a traditional choice.
Latex is a mid-price choice that offers exceptional comfort and is hypoallergenic. More responsive than foam, it commands a higher price.
Memory foam shapes itself to the contours of a sleeper’s body, making it comfortable and responsive, distributing body weight evenly across the entire surface.
Medical grade foam also responds to the sleeper’s weight and shape but, unlike memory foam, it does not require body heat for the mattress surface to soften. This means it provides immediate comfort and support to help you maintain a neutral position for proper spinal alignment.
Hybrid mattresses combine two support systems to create a comfortable and healthy sleep surface. Memory foam is often used as a ‘topper’, above springs, to offer a firm yet snuggly mattress. Pillow top mattresses are very similar in construction, with a comfort top layer added to a normal mattress below.
Pocket sprung is widely regarded as one of the best mattress options in terms of support and quality construction. Individual coils are housed inside a fabric pocket, making them respond individually to body pressure, as oppose to as a whole, like open-coil varieties. This is a costlier construction method and is usually reflected in the price.
Layered pocket springs are two or more stacked rows of springs for extra support and bounce and are usually very expensive.
Now you know what goes into the making of a mattress, let’s take a look at some of the best options currently on the market. We’ve also broken up our mattress buying guide into three clearly defined price brackets, so you can find the best one for your budget.
For this price, we will be looking at what £100-£750 gets you in terms of the best cheap mattress. Don’t get caught up with the word ‘cheap’ – manufacturers have a duty of care to produce comfortable, supportive and well-made mattresses for every budget, and you can definitely find some good-value options, such as the following:
Featuring a 24cm thick open-coil, twin-sided design, this mattress is cost-effective and offers excellent longevity, as well as comfort and support. A five-year warranty adds extra peace of mind and you can choose from three sizes: single, double and king.
This twin sided mattress features a framed 12.5-gauge spring unit and multiple filings. Finished with a high loft micro quilted damask top and side stitched effect border, it is an affordable option which provides a firm feel for complete support.
The Alder Wool Deluxe mattress adapts to your body thanks to its PostureTech core supporting spring system with smart fibres. Its zoned construction includes a mixture of layers, such as foam, wool and polyester, to deliver a delightful night’s sleep.
The answer to peaceful slumber, the Uno Platinum Revive is a memory foam mattress with ergonomic profiling for alleviation from aches and pains. It’s low maintenance, with no turn required, and boasts adaptive technology with an anti-microbial treatment for a clean mattress that keeps you feeling cool, dry and supported.
A three-layer foam mattress that has been designed to support, cool and comfort the sleeper all at once, the Leesa concentrates on providing pressure relief, regardless of preferred sleeping position, making it a candidate for the best mattress for side sleepers.
Silentnight Eco Comfort
Mattresses with an eco-friendly twist, the Eco Comfort range is free of all chemical treatments and every item is fully recyclable. Made from fibres created from 100% recycled plastic bottles, these mattresses prove that comfort doesn’t have to come with an environmental price tag.
Available in three comfort levels, the Studio mattress comes as medium, medium-soft or medium-firm, to appeal to every sleeper. There are also four sizes to choose from, all of which have a gel layer inside to prevent overheating and a comfortable, soft woven cover.
The Moonstone Memory Easy Care offers all the comfort of memory foam with a low maintenance design. This non-turn option features open-coil spring technology with a layer of memory foam and is finished with a patterned top to ensure it looks as good as it feels.
Bringing comfort and convenience together, the Dreamworld Oasis 1000 is a fantastically affordable boxed mattress. As the name suggests, it boasts 1000 pocket springs and a foam encapsulated system to help you drift off. You can also ensure you enjoy your mattress for years to come, with a 10-year guarantee.
Kaymed K3 Gel
Constructed from a 3D cell structure using natural oils, the K3 Gel is a top layer designed to offer instant pressure-point relief by moulding itself to the sleeper’s body. Enhanced air circulation regulates body temperature and adds extra comfort to the springs underneath.
OTTY Essential Hybrid
A combination of 14cm pocket springs and gel-infused memory foam, the Essential Hybrid is a boxed mattress that focuses on offering high-quality support at a lower price point. It has the highest ratio of springs-to-foam in the industry at 70:30.
A combination of pocketed springs, temperature regulating memory foam, high-density reflex foam mid and base layers and side panels with improved airflow, all wrapped up in a hypoallergenic cover, the OTTY Hybrid is excellent value for money. OTTY will take your old mattress away for you, too.
Proven to offer better spinal alignment, breathability and pressure relief than standard latex and memory foam, the Geltex collection of mattresses have a super elastic and open structure for optimum body temperature.
Comprising of an array of construction styles, the Signature collection is all geared towards good old-fashioned comfort. From pocket springs with a memory-foam top layer to gel-cooled mattresses and natural fibre options, there is plenty of choice.
Designed to give a perfect night’s sleep, the Platinum Memory Pocket 1000 has an anti-microbial treatment to ward off bacteria, fungus and dust mites, keeping the mattress in the freshest-possible condition. It features 1,000 pocket springs and a layer of memory foam to help prevent stiffness and soreness, and an added bonus: it doesn’t require turning.
Given an ‘Excellent’ rating by Which? in the Best Mattress 2019 Awards, the Casper is a solid block of foams, including a layer of memory foam, brought together to ensure comfort and total spinal alignment. It comes with a 10-year warranty and an open-cell top layer for added breathability and bounce. It is definitely one of the best memory foam mattress options.
Boasting the signature Casper ‘just right’ feel, the Essential mattress is a two-layer design that blends premium foam and contoured shaping for the ideal combination of support and comfort. The cover can withstand years of use.
OTTY Flex Memory Foam
This mattress has been competitively priced in line with a company-wide ethos of offering more people a good night’s sleep. It uses a proprietary foam called AirTech, an evolution of memory foam, to control body temperature, support and comfort.
Memory foam at an affordable price, regardless of whether the Comfortable, 3-Zone or 7-Zone option is chosen. Arriving rolled and wrapped, each mattress is ready to buy and takes a few hours to spring into shape, ready for sleeping.
Sink into a blissful night’s sleep with this great value pocket sprung option. The 150cm Nelson comprises of 1000 pockets, bonded polyester fillings and a mix insulator of wool and polyester to create a mattress that is soft on your joints and not hard on your wallet.
If you’re looking for firm back support, the Orion traditional pocket sprung mattress makes a great pick. With a choice of five base fabrics, it features 2013 pocket springs and a luxury knit fabric. Plus, it’s easy to care for with no turning required.
Constructed to offer firm, uncompromising support, every pocket sprung mattress in the Orthocare 6 mattress has been designed with the sleeper in mind. Each one has six active turns for reactive support. This is complemented by naturally soft and breathable layers, including wool and fibre.
A blend of expert craftmanship, premium materials and advanced technology adds up to the Uno Platinum Pocket 1000. High density foam and 1000 individual pocket springs ensure the even distribution of weight and pressure, while the anti-microbial treatment protects against bacteria, fungus and dust mites for stress-free slumber.
As you can see, even if you have a relatively small budget, you can still find a mattress that offers a great combination of comfort, support and durability. But let’s move on to the next price bracket, which shows what a little more money can get you…
A £750-£2,000 budget will see your mattress options open up significantly. Costlier production methods, increased support and better materials are usually the reason. The examples below are some of the best mattresses on the market in this price range.
A range of roll-up mattresses, the iKool collection lets you choose between solid foam or pocket springs, all encased in gel-infused memory foam. Every option is hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and resistant to dust mites. All benefit from the gel memory foam that is 12 times more breathable than standard memory foam.
Available in a range of sizes and specifications, the Therma-Phase+ is special because it combines pocket springs with a unique gel foam layer that disperses body heat quickly and evenly thanks to copper-infused particles.
Offering superior pressure relief, the V85 comes in a variety of formats including hybrid pocket springs with an open-cell foam layer and solid foam blocks. You can therefore choose the best option for your personal requirements. More pliable than memory foam, the V85 material doesn’t rely on body heat to act responsively.
All the expected benefits of a Tempur mattress are amplified by the decadent layer of Tempur Extra Soft material that cushions you to the point of total immersion. Medium support is still given, but with an added touch of luxury.
A classic offering from Tempur that focuses on providing medium support with material that moulds to a sleeper’s body, this mattress ups the comfort factor to minimise disruptive sleep patterns. By eliminating pressure points, you will be less likely to toss and turn.
With multiple layers of Tempur material and a specific comfort section on top, this mattress commands a higher price in line with the extra comfort it offers. Support is provided by the Dynamic Support layer and the cover can be removed for easy washing.
Tempur Supreme Collection
Available in two incarnations, as well as the above Sensation, this is Tempur’s firmest range. Featuring layered support and comfort foams that add an extra sense of ‘bounce’, these mattresses require no turning.
The most supportive option available from Casper, this mattress pairs pocket springs with three layers of deep comfort foam and enhanced edge support, resulting in a firm yet bouncy and very comfortable surface. Support zones have also been created, using evenly dispersed firmer and softer springs where needed.
A hybrid mattress containing pocket springs for medium support and a thick layer of Dunlipillo latex, specifically included to provide intensive muscle relief, the Exceed is a luxurious 27cm deep and uses a Smart-edge support system to ensure consistent support across the whole mattress.
When latex and gel come together, the result is an ultra-comfortable GelBreathe mattress. The responsive surface adapts to any movements, maintaining comfort levels and ensuring undisturbed sleep. Concealed pocket springs add support where you need it and guarantee longevity.
A high-density mattress containing copper and crystal particles, sleepers can rest easy that their body heat is working for them, by being stored and recirculated when needed. A no-turn option that is hypoallergenic and anti-dust-mite, the pocket springs in this mattress ramp up the support levels.
A total of 2000 individually responsive pocket springs work together to evenly distribute body weight and deliver spinal support with a sumptuous medium/soft feel. The Vivid mattress also comes with an engineered protection surround system (EPS) to maximise the sleeping surface area. This is completed with a quilted cover with microcapsule technology to surround you with the subtle scent of fresh linen.
Leesa Luxury Hybrid
A pocket sprung mattress encased in ultra-comfortable premium foam, the Luxury Hybrid boasts it all. Breathability and pressure relief come from the foam, while the edge-to-edge support is uncompromising, thanks to the springs. It’s upholstered in a sleek contemporary style, too, for seamless bedroom integration.
Some mattresses are too soft and squidgy, while others are too firm and bouncy, but the Simba Hybrid offers the best of both worlds, giving sleepers excellent airflow, no motion transfer and the right level of support. Super-light mIQro springs make all the difference, too, creating cloud-like comfort.
The ideal blend of Precision micro-coil pocket springs and advanced Tempur comfort material, the Hybrid creates a medium support sleeping zone that doesn’t skimp on the sumptuous comfort, either.
Harrison Spinks Synergy
Synergy is an eco-friendly range of mattresses that doesn’t skimp on the luxury touches or comfort. Foam- and FR chemical-free, every mattress is crafted to offer the highest levels of support and cosiness, thanks to the use of Cortec fine wire springs, while being totally recyclable at the end of its life.
A superior mattress notable for its unique design, this one offers medium tension thanks to the 2000 internal springs. It also includes an anti-allergenic layer and natural materials, including cotton and lambswool, for added softness and organic temperature control.
Available with either comfort or firm tension, the 7,000 pocketed springs in this mattress make light work of adjusting to the contours of a sleeper’s body. Filled with cashmere, wool and silk and wrapped in elegant Belgian damask, the outside is as attractive as the inside is technically accomplished.
Relyon’s Natasha offering combines a single layer of pocketed springs with luxurious materials for superb softness and resilience. Crafted with lambswool, cashmere, silk and superior quality cotton felt, tailored finishes complete the Natasha for a mattress that looks like art and feels like heaven.
A double layer of independently pocketed springs allows for individual movement, shaping to the sleeper’s body and providing support exactly where they need it. You can also say goodbye to those cold winter nights, thanks to a layer of naturally insulating lambswool, which also facilitates the evaporation of body moisture.
Sensa Intelligent pocketed springs are matched with home-grown filling and upholstery materials in the Somnus, to ensure that the craftsmanship is surpassed only by comfort. Perfect posture is maintained thanks to the layered construction and the springs themselves are housed in 100% plant-based pockets.
Hypnos Natural Comfort
Running through the centre of every Natural Comfort mattress is a layer of intelligent pocket springs that adapt and react to your specific body shape and weight. Designed to offer customised support, each mattress comes filled with ethically sourced and high-quality wool from New Zealand.
A sustainable and ethical offering from Hypnos, the Origins range focuses on providing the comfort and support that you’d expect from a quality retailer, with the added benefit of traceable natural materials. All wool used is 100% British and sourced from Red Tractor assured farms.
Comprising of the Signature and Elegance mattress models, the Regal collection brings new levels of opulence into play. Cashmere, mohair and silk are just some of the quality materials used to create a sleeping surface that benefits from ReActive spring technology for optimum support.
A collection of elegant mattresses traditionally handcrafted with pocket springs for excellent support and increasingly luxurious materials (depending on the price), the Regency range has something for everybody, including the Hampton Sublime that uses natural materials to regulate body temperature.
If you’ve ever stayed in a Premier Inn hotel and had such a good night’s sleep that you wanted to take the bed home with you, now you can! All of its beds come with Hypnos mattresses containing 1,000+ pocket springs, a cosy topper and a hypoallergenic cover.
Kaymed Mighty Bed
A firmer mattress that makes the most of deep layers of upholstery and reinforced pocket springs, the Mighty Bed mattress has been designed with heavy sleepers and a variety of shapes and sizes in mind. Comfort and support are equally important here.
Snuggly and responsive, the Devonshire comes finished in certified British wool, including Devonshire fleeces, hence the name. Resilient in the face of continual use and inviting to the touch, this mattress is undeniably luxurious and will last for years, making it one of the best pocket-sprung mattress choices.
Made to order, this mattress puts you in control of the fabric cover choice, as well as overall tension. Crafted from luxury materials – and no fewer than 1,254 springs – this mattress is a generous 26cm deep, making it one you can sink into.
Indulge in unrivalled comfort with the extremely popular Vispring Herald Superb. Thousands of honeycombed six-coil springs are individually sewn into calico pockets and formed by hand into a honeycomb-nested unit. This is then upholstered with an exquisite blended filling of British fleece wool, cotton, and long-stranded horsehair. Hand side-stitching and quality Belgian ticking shows the expert attention to detail that Vispring is renowned for.
With seven separate support zones, the covetable Diamond mattress is able to respond individually to sleepers that are side-by-side. The open cell latex used throughout the comfort core ensures full breathability, and as the sleeper moves, the mattress is naturally ventilated.
A solid-block latex mattress, the Millennium has been designed to make life as easy and relaxing as possible. It needs no turning and offers softer support for shoulders, hips and heel, while your spine is given firmer support for optimum alignment.
An extra-deep 100% latex mattress, the Millennium Plus has been designed with all-out comfort in mind. Medium support is still on offer, but it’s the elasticity of the surface that impresses the most, as your pressure points will be relieved as soon as you lay down.
Offering medium support thanks to the 100% pure Dunlopillo latex core, the Royal Sovereign is a lightweight yet responsive mattress that needs no turning. The deep comfort core works with the mouldable surface layer to create a contoured surface for perfect sleep.
Marketed as an unabashed indulgent mattress, the Pillowtop is created around the central core of Revolution pocket springs that are encased in all-natural materials, but that’s not all. Micro springs are also found in the decadent in-built topper, making for an extra cushioned and cosy feel.
Take the industry-leading support of pocketed springs and add a sumptuously soft and cushioning integrated topper and you have the Hypnos Pillow Top range. Using patented 37.5 active technology to maintain optimum sleeper body temperature, every mattress in the range, including the Hypnos Pillow Top Adante, blends the level of support you need with the undeniable comfort that you want.
These mid-range mattresses offer a lot for the price tag and you can see that the technology used gets steadily more impressive as the cost increases.
We’ve reached the upper end of the mattress price range, from £2,000 up to £15,000. You might have now accepted that spending a little more may result in a great night’s sleep and improved health. If that’s the case, the following two examples in our guide to buying a mattress will give you an idea of what you can expect for your money.
John Ryan Artisan Sublime
Boasting more than 2,500 specially coated pocket springs, multiple layers of breathable plant-fibre materials and a 15-year guarantee, the Artisan Sublime is a perfect example of the mattress available in this price range. It comes in a huge array of sizes and tensions, and a soft layer of natural bamboo fibre gives the effect of a luxury topper without the need for extra layers.
Made to order, the Shetland Superb is filled to the brim with Shetland and British wool sourced from 12 sheep – an entire flock! – to create the ultimate in comfort. The mattress features moisture and heat wicking properties to ensure a pleasurable night’s sleep. What’s more, thanks to a double layer of calico-pocketed springs, the support is absolutely perfect.
We’re not done yet – read on if you’re wondering what more a mattress could possibly offer!
Really? A mattress that costs £75,000? Well, you get the whole bed for that price, but the mattress forms a big part of it. This is the most expensive mattress on the market currently, so what do you get for your investment?
Vispring Diamond Majesty
Possibly the best king-size mattress available, the Diamond Majesty is lovingly crafted around a central triple layer of nested calico pocket springs – that works out to a gargantuan 3,861 in the king-size version. The result is a super-deep mattress filled with the finest British wool, horsetail, Royal Alpaca and many other elite materials, all finished by hand. Multiple rows of side stitching, air vents and silky upholstery complete the most exclusive mattress of them all – and quite rightly a key element of the world’s most expensive bed.
Whichever pick from our mattress buying guide tempts you, rest assured that the right one is out there for you, guaranteeing the best thing of all – the perfect night’s sleep.