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Mattress Buying Guide

Finding the right mattress can be a difficult task, we've made the process easier in our mattress buying guide.

14th February, 2020
by Carl Walsh

There aren’t many more important things in life than a good night’s sleep and your ticket is a quality mattress. A good mattress changes everything. It revolutionises your sleep and can change your life for the better. 

When it comes to choosing your mattress, it can be difficult to find something that suits your specific needs. In this guide, we’ll take you through each type of mattress we sell as well as pointing out specific mattresses for specific people.

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What types of mattresses are available? 

We have a wide range of mattresses for you to choose from. Depending on your specific needs, there’s bound to be a mattress out there for you. Here are the types we have available:

Pocket Sprung Mattresses

Pocket sprung mattresses are one of the most popular mattresses we have. Thanks to the springs within the mattress, when you lie on it you feel like you’re actually lying on a mattress rather than sinking into it. They’re also incredibly supportive whilst you sleep and their independent springs prevent you and your partner rolling into each other in the middle of the bed. You also get a wider choice of firmness, again, thanks to the number of independent springs. 

You can choose from the following:

Memory Foam Mattresses

There’s been a lot of debate in the war between memory foam mattresses vs pocket sprung mattresses. Memory foam mattresses are equally as popular and built with memory foam rather than spring technology. The foam moulds and contours to the shape of your body. If you have joint or spine issues, you’re likely to find memory foam mattresses supportive.

You can choose from the following:

Natural Mattresses

If you’re a lover of both sleep and the environment, then take a look at natural mattresses, otherwise known as organic mattresses. They’re 100% chemical-free and combine the luxury you come to expect from a mattress with sustainability.  Natural mattresses are also hypoallergenic, so they help those who struggle with skin irritations and allergies sleep. 

You can choose from the following:

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Orthopaedic Mattresses

Orthopaedic mattresses cater to those who like a firmer feel to their mattress. They evenly distribute your weight across the mattress and provide support to your back where needed. If you suffer from back pains, these mattresses have been specially designed to provide you with maximum levels of support. 

You can choose from the following:

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses combine the very best of pocket sprung and memory foam into one mattress. They use individual pocket springs for independent movement and the memory foam prevents sagging over time. The superior hybrid mattress is the cutting edge of bed technology which comes with revolutionary Revo foam layer for 30 times greater heat dissipation than standard memory foam.

You can choose from the following:

Zip & Link Mattresses

Ideal for guests and bed owners alike, zip & link beds can literally be unzipped to form two single beds or zipped back together to create a double bed. The mattress is made up of individual pocket springs and you can flip and turn the mattress with ease to ensure its long lasting. 

You can choose from the following:

Children’s Mattresses

Ensure your children’s bodies and growth is fully supported by a quality children’s mattress. They’re super breathable to keep them cool during even the warmer of summer nights. They also come fitted with a supportive base layer topped with a body-hugging comfort layer to ensure they have a supported and luxurious sleep experience. 

You can choose from the following:

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Mattress sizes

They come in a full range of sizes, ranging from single mattresses measuring at 90cm in width and 190cm in length, to the far large super king size mattress measuring 183cm in width and 200cm in length. Can’t find the size you’re looking for? We have a full range of custom size mattresses made by your specifications. If you want to find out more about our sizes, take a look at our size guide. Here’s a list of our different sizes

UK Small single: 75cm x 190cm

UK Single: 90cm x 190cm

EU Single: 90cm x 200cm

UK Wide Single: 107cm x 190cm

UK Small double: 120cm x 190cm

UK Double: 135cm x 190cm

EU Double: 140cm x 200cm

UK King size: 150cm x 200cm

EU King Size Bed: 160cm x 200cm

UK Super-king size: 180cm x 200cm

Mattress price guide

Mattresses range in price depending on a few different factors. You’ll notice mattresses start at a certain price and the price can increase. This generally depends on the following:

  • The size of the mattress - the bigger the mattress the more expensive. So, for example, you’d naturally need to expect that a king size mattress will be more costly than a single mattress
  • The type of mattress - certain mattress types will be more expensive than others. For example, a memory foam mattress costs slightly more than a pocket sprung mattress but they both have different benefits for different people. 
  • The quality of the mattress - our mattresses comes in 3 different ranges - Essential, Premium and Superior. Essential is the cheaper of the range, going up to Superior which is more expensive but is of better quality. With a memory foam mattress, the Superior range has additional features. The mattress is made up of a high-density foam topped with a comfort layer and it adjusts to the heat from your body to keep your cool at night.

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What mattress is best for...

We’re regularly asked questions about what mattresses are best for what purpose. So to help you answer some of those frequently asked questions, we’ve put together some answers to help you.

Best mattress for back pain

The best mattress you can find for back pain is a memory foam mattress. The mattress naturally contours and moulds to the shape of your body to give your body maximum levels of support. They’re also incredibly long-lasting. Where springs can wear down over time, memory foam, after a period of time, naturally bounces back to its original shape. 

An orthopaedic mattress is also renowned for its supportive abilities. They promote a healthy posture whilst you sleep, evenly distribute your weight and help to align your spine. 

Best mattress for side sleepers

Side sleeping is one of the most popular sleeping positions around and puts a lot of pressure on your hips and shoulders. You need a medium or medium/soft mattress that your body gently sinks into. Again, this is where memory foam mattress comes in as they give you maximum levels of support to prevent causing any damage to your joints. 

Best mattress for back sleepers

Back sleepers are generally more fidgety than others. In which case, you need to take a look at pocket sprung mattresses. When you lie down, you’ll feel like you're lying on your mattress rather than sinking deeper into it. The encased springs make the mattress feel more supportive than others because they don’t transfer much motion.

Best mattress for cool sleeping

In the summer, finding a mattress that’s cool can be a difficult proposition. Fortunately, there are mattresses out there with supreme cooling abilities. Hybrid mattresses combine the best of memory foam and pocket sprung cooling technologies and have excellent circulation so you stay cool as you sleep. 

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Best mattress for heavy people

You need to look for a mattress with great weight distribution that provides the best support for your body. Again, this is where hybrid mattresses or memory foam mattresses are perfect. They have cooling technology and contour to the shape of your body to ensure your body is fully supported, including your back, neck and hips. You want a firmer bed as this can often feel softer and you’ll feel like your body is fully supported by your mattress. 

Best mattress for children

Naturally, a children’s mattress is your way forward. They support your child’s growing body, giving them a comfortable and luxurious night’s sleep. They’re breathable to keep them cool at night and you can choose the firmness depending on their specific needs. 

Find out where you can find a mattress for an antique bed.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of some of our most frequently asked questions in the hope to help answer some of those pressing mattress related questions.

How firm should my mattress be?

This really comes down to your personal preference and what your body needs in order to get a good night’s sleep. Mattresses range in firmness from the softer end of the scale to the firmer mattresses. Mattresses that are super soft or super firm generally should be avoided as they tend not to offer your body enough support. Your body will know what your preference is. If you suffer from back pain, refer back in this guide to find out which mattress is best for you.  

What size mattress should I get?

Choosing the right mattress size comes down to a number of factors. You need to consider how many people will be sleeping in the bed, if there’s two of you, you’ll need at least a small double. You also need to think about how much space you have, you need to be realistic about your space. If space is at a premium, don’t get a king size because you’ll end up clinging to the wall to try and get around it.

throw pillow on bed frame 

How long does it take to break in a new mattress?

Breaking in a new mattress can take around 30 days. Your mattress needs to get used to the natural contours of your body before it moulds to your shape. So, when you get a new mattress don’t expect it to feel fully comfortable straight away. It will take a few weeks for you to feel the full benefits. 

How often should I clean my mattress?

Your mattress is a breeding ground for dirt and other nasty things that you don’t want in your home. A good mattress should last around 7-10 years, so you can imagine all the things that could gather in that time. So cleaning is important. It’s a good idea to clean your mattress every few weeks with a vacuum, this helps to avoid bed bugs amongst other things.

You can read our guide on cleaning gross stains off your mattress here to find out more information. 

What’s the difference between UK and EU mattress sizes?

The simple answer is, EU size mattresses are longer and wider. So, for example, an EU double mattress measures 140cm in width and 200cm in length compared to a UK double that measures 135cm in width and 190cm in length.  

Hopefully, this guide has helped you find out everything you need to know before buying your new mattress. If you need any further help, feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll see how we can help you. Whatever the size, we can find a solution.

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