19 Best Mattresses 2021: Memory Foam, Hybrid & Pocket Sprung

Did you know that investing in one of the best mattresses on the market could be the answer to your lack-of-sleep woes? Yep: there are many reasons why ditching your old mattress in favour of the right mattress could elevate the quality of your sleep tenfold (from relieving your joints of pressure to ensuring you wake up less, move about less and feel less disturbed by your partner). And since getting good sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our physical and mental health (it has the ability to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer; make our skin glow, improve our moods and ward off coughs and the flu), investing in one of the best mattresses is something you shouldn’t sleep on. Especially since a multitude of top-rated mattresses are discounted for Black Friday. Win, win.

That said, shopping for a new mattress can be a bit daunting. Especially in the midst of Black Friday homeware deals. A mattress is a big purchase, after all. You’ve got to consider firmness levels, your sleeping style, preferred price tag and much, much more… Unfortunately, one size does not fit all. So, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to buying a new mattress to help you on your way. Here’s everything you need to know.

How often should you replace your mattress?

According to the Sleep Council, you should change your mattress once every seven years, when you start to notice that you sleep better in other beds or when you wake up with aches and pains. Particularly if it didn’t cost you very much. Luxury mattresses like those crafted by Simba or Brook and Wilde might last you longer – up to a decade. And you can help them last for longer with a mattress protector.

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Can you order a mattress online?

You can! Sleep-tech companies like Nectar Sleep, Emma, Simba Sleep and Brook and Wilde have made the process simple with their “mattress in a box” offerings.

Bed-in-a-box mattresses now make up around 25% (!) of the industry market share, according to the National Bed Federation, so you can forget heading to a showroom complete with chatty salesperson, a million different options and all manner of Coronavirus-induced health concerns. These new-gen mattresses can be delivered direct to your door, and you can make the most of a 100 night trial (give or take – dependent on the retailer you choose), returning it if it doesn’t fit the bill. Most also come with a ten-year warranty. 

It’s time to shop for your mattress in the same way you would your pillows, mattress topper, bed sheets, duvet and duvet cover. 

What type of mattress is best?

To make your journey to a great kip via a new mattress that little bit easier, we caught up with Angela Moran – the Product Strategy Director at Silentnight – to find out everything you need to know about different mattress styles. Unsurprisingly, she knows her stuff… and she had a few tips for how to choose the best mattress for you. 

First up: which type of mattress is best for you? It’s all down to personal preference, but from memory foam mattresses to hybrid mattresses and pocket spring mattresses, you’ll be pleased to know there’s lots of choice.

Quality pocket sprung mattresses provide good support, helping to distribute your weight evenly and keep your spine aligned as you sleep. The steel coils inside compress when you sit on them, giving you a bit more bounce – though you might need to replace them more regularly. 

Spring counts in pocket sprung mattresses vary from around 600/800 to 2,500 – but can go even higher when there are multiple layers. Pocket sprung mattresses are available in a range of firmness levels – more on that later. 

Memory foam mattress serve up a bit more cushioning, ideal for those who like to sink in and feel cocooned. They provide additional pressure relief to your pressure points, ideal if you’re a side sleeper or suffer with lower back pain, painful hips, shoulders or need. Memory foam mattresses conform to body contours, slowly responding to the user’s shape. They tend to last longer than pocket sprung mattresses.

Hybrid mattresses are constructed with both foam and coils. They give you the comfort of foam or latex mattresses, but the spring of something with springs. Hybrid mattresses also tend to give good edge support (read: you can sleep right at the edge without feeling like you’re going to fall off). 

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How firm should my mattress be? 

The level of support you choose depends on your body weight and personal preference. “Generally speaking, the lighter the person the softer the mattress you will need,” Angela said. 

“Sleeping position makes a difference, too.” Side sleepers will be well supported by a softer mattress or medium mattress, while back sleepers or front sleepers may want to consider a medium-firm mattress or firm mattress.

How do I choose the right mattress? Any other tips?

As well as considering your mattress type, there are a few other pointers to consider. “You should go for the biggest mattress you can fit in your bedroom as you will sleep better and feel more energised for your day,” Angela said. “This is particularly true if you share your bed with a partner. Two people sleeping in a double bed actually have less room than a child in a single, so upgrade to king-size if you can.”

“Make sure you measure up properly and ensure the length is 10cm longer than the tallest person using the mattress – nobody wants cold feet on a chilly winter’s night!”

Lastly, when buying a mattress online, you should always check the small print before you click “pay”. Most companies will (or should) offer some sort of guarantee and a trial period, giving you the option of being refunded if the mattress isn’t for you.

How much should I spend on a mattress?

How long is a piece of string? When it comes to mattresses, you really do get what you pay for. For a decent mattress, you should expect to pay somewhere around the £300 mark if it’s to be comfortable and durable. Emma’s Original Mattress is one of the best mattresses of the year, costing £299, while Nectar’s Memory Foam mattress is £324. 

For mattresses between £500 and £1,000, you’ll get something that lasts longer, which regulates temperature, reduces bounce when your partner moves during the night and helps with back and ache spinal alignment through multiple layers or a larger number of pocket springs.

How do I choose a mattress for back pain?

There is no single mattress that will suit everyone with back pain, but generally speaking, considering the firmness of your mattress is important when choosing which mattress you buy. A firmer mattress will provide more back support. Also, the coils or pocket springs are what provide the support in mattresses; so you should look for something with more coils and springs for more support.

What is the best quality mattress brand?

Brook and Wilde gets the GLAMOUR vote when it comes to luxury mattress brands. Though they’re now an incredible online furniture store in their own right, they kickstarted things with a selection of high-tech, luxury mattresses that genuinely transform your sleep routine. We recently tried their new Ultima Mattress, coined the “best mattress you can buy in the UK right now” – and the reports weren’t wrong. Made to order, it’s the most technologically advanced mattress Brook + Wilde has ever created – made from 6,000 nano and pocket springs in twin layers for the highest quality support, and cushioned with luxurious layers of premium memory foam. It has been tested to reduce temperature by two degrees (it really does keep you cool), and it uses expertly engineered Wave Technology to provide the best possible comfort and specialised, zonal support, easing your joints and alleviating pressure in all the right places. It’s so. Damn. Comfy.

What is the best mattress to buy UK?

Black Friday mattress deals

  • The Ultima Mattress, WAS £1,899 NOW £1,044.45, Brook + Wilde
  • Hybrid® Luxe Double Mattress, WAS £1,699 NOW £934.95, Simba
  • Memory Foam Mattress, WAS £819 NOW £450.45, Nectar Sleep
  • The Original Mattress, WAS £499 NOW £274.45, Emma
  • The Elite Mattress, WAS £899 NOW £494.45, Brook + Wilde

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