So you’re thinking about a pocket sprung mattress? Good choice!
They offer superior comfort and support over their open spring counterparts. But it’s a bit of a minefield trying to find one to choose, so I put together this guide to help you find the best pocket sprung Mattress
What Is A Pocket Sprung Mattress
Let’s start at the beginning and find out exactly what a pocket sprung mattress is. Basically, it is a mattress where every spring is in its own individual pocket of fabric. This means each spring can move independently of its neighbour allowing for a much more responsive feel that sinks in where you need it to giving you maximum support.
This is of course in comparison to an open spring mattress, that’s what old mattresses are made out of. Open spring is when all the springs are attached together on a big grid, this means they all sort of move as one, so you might jump into bed on one side and bounce your partner off the other side!
Advantages of a Pocket Sprung Mattress
Good For All Sleeper Types
As I said above pocket sprung mattresses offer great response to your body so they’re great for back, side and front sleepers alike.
Greater back Support
If you normally wake up with a sore back then a pocket sprung mattress will definitely be able to help you out. It allows your hips and shoulders to sink deeper keeping your spine straight and your back happy.
Far Comfier than open spring mattresses
They are by far comfier than any open spring or branded spring system there is. You just can’t beat the responsive feel with any other type of spring.
Bouncier than Memory Foam
Some people don’t like memory foam and that’s ok, pocket springs won’t hold you in place like memory foam does and won’t trap heat either. So if you like to move around in your sleep you absolutely can.
What You Need to Know When Buying A Pocket Sprung Mattress
There are a few different points you want to look at when you’re buying a pocket sprung mattress:
The most common difference between pocket sprung mattresses is the spring count. The spring count is how many springs are present in a king size mattress, so a smaller mattress will have less and a bigger will have more. The actual number between sizes of bed doesn’t really matter since it’ll still be the same spring density.
What’s important is the number of springs in a king size to compare to other mattresses. Generally, the lower end of the scale is 1000 springs, anything under that is no good. 1000-2000 is really good while over 2000 is straying into the realms of premium mattresses.
More springs are better because it means they have to be smaller to fit in the same space. And the smaller the springs the less you can feel any given one and so the comfier the bed is because your weight gets evenly distributed over all of them.
Would You Be Better With A Hybrid
A hybrid mattress is a combination of pocket springs and memory foam or sometimes pocket springs and latex. If you suffer from any sort of aches and pains in your joints or your back then this is probably going to be the better choice for you.
Hybrid Mattresses are much bouncier than memory foam mattresses making them feel a lot different to pure foam. You have much more freedom to move but the extra layer of foam helps give you a lot of extra support. They are also super comfortable and that extra foam layer combined with a high spring count can make you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. The problem is hybrid mattresses tend to be more expensive but the extra cost is worth it.
The Best Pocket Sprung Mattresses Reviewed
And here we are at the main event! After a lot of research, I’ve managed to find the best pocket sprung mattress available in the UK. I’ve provided a short review of each and linked through to where you can buy them so you can check out the price and read some other reviews. Just remember that you spend a third of your life lying on a mattress and it can last you for 10 years so it’s an investment in you and your health.
Hyde & Sleep Hybrid Plus Pocket Sprung Mattress
- Not a very deep Pocket Spring Layer
Hyde and sleep have been doing things right with their pocket sprung mattress. They actually have two different models, the hybrid, and the hybrid plus. The hybrid plus is about £100 more expensive but is definitely worth the price to go from a 1200 spring count to 2000. And you can get interested free finance over 12 months to help spread out the cost. Superbly comfortable and a whopping 10-year guarantee so you know it’s gotta be good!
Hyde and Sleep mattresses are available only online so you get a 100-night trial to test out before fully committing to the purchase. If you don’t like it you simply arrange for it to be picked up again, easy peasy.
The only issue is that it’s a very small layer of pocket springs but that comes as part of it having more springs. This makes it have a slightly softer feel but it’s definitely still a medium-firm rating. The memory foam also helps take the movement out of the bed so that you don’t feel your partner moving around. That and people who sleep on memory foam tend to move around less anyway, makes it a great choice for couples.
Overall Hyde & Sleep are doing it right offering a very comfortable mattress that comes with a super trial period and guarantee. Check out our full review here.
Simba Sleep Pocket Sprung Mattress
- 2500 Spring Count
- Hybrid Mattress
- Extensively Tested at The Sleep To Live Foundation
- 10 Year Guarantee
- 100 Night Sleep Trial
- Interest Free Credit
- The Smell
Simba have quite a cool story, they were originally supplied mattress makers the world over with the thread needed to hold the mattress together before deciding to delve into the world of mattress making themselves.
From there they spent a great deal of time researching and developing the best spring system, memory foam and “sympatex” a sort of latex which all combine to give a damn comfy mattress. They teamed up with the Sleep to Live institution who have looked at the sleeping profiles of over 10 million people to find out exactly what the perfect mattress needs.
This is also the only mattress offered by Simba because they believe it is “perfect” suitable for every type of sleeper and available in a huge range of sizes. No games or up selling just one awesome mattress. And it is awesome! Hugely comfortable and supportive allowing for a great night’s sleep.
The only problem some people have is the smell. When it first arrives it might have a bit of a chemically smell which is from the memory foam. All memory foam mattresses have this, but as long as you leave it uncovered with the windows open the smell will go away in no time.
They are also an online mattress retailer so offer you a 100-night trial and again the massive 10-year guarantee so you can enjoy your mattress for over a decade.
Overall you won’t be disappointed with the superb comfort offered by the Simba mattress, the 2500 spring count is massive and the combination of foams used with it offer up a blissful night’s sleep.
Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Sprung Mattress
- Good Price
- A Which Best Buy 2015
- 1200 Pocket Springs
- Handles to aid flipping
- Breathable Cover
- Only a 1 Year Guarantee
Firmness: Medium to Firm
Silentnight have been in the mattress industry for a long time, more than 70 years in fact. And in that time they’ve definitely learned a thing or two. There 1200 pocket springs are more than enough to give you a comfortable night’s sleep while still keeping the price down.
It comes with a soft knit cover that is designed to be breathable helping to keep you cool at night and to keep the inside of the mattress fresh. The inside has also been treated with Purotex which helps keep the inside free from dust mites and germs and makes the whole thing hypoallergenic.
It was also the winner of a which best buy as an affordable pocket sprung mattress and who am I to argue with Which! The only downside is that it only has a 1-year guarantee and 5-year warranty. Ideally, you want your mattress to last at least a decade so a 1-year guarantee isn’t up to much. Not to say it won’t last you 10 years of course.
Overall it’s a great budget mattress that offers a medium-firm feel with comfort in mind.
Easy Sleep Diamond 5000 Pocket Sprung Mattress
- 5000 Pocket Springs
- Free Dormeo Pillow
- Air vents stitched into side
- Wool and Silk Filling
- 30 cm Depth Means fitted Sheets might not fit
- 1 Year Guarantee
5000 pocket springs is just mental, absolutely high end and a luxury feel. That many springs does mean the mattress is softer but it still comes in as a medium feel. The filling is then all natural and includes wool and silk keeping the inside breathable and fresh. Combined with the air vents sewn into the side and you have a nice breathable mattress that’ll stop you overheating.
The only problem you might come across is that the mattress is 30 cm deep. Most mattresses are around 25 cm so you might find the fitted sheets you have don’t fit. There’s every chance they will but it’s something to be aware of.
This mattress is double sided so it’s intended to be flipped seasonally, you might struggle a bit since it’s a pretty big mattress but flipping it is definitely worth it. It stops the mattress from sagging into your body shape by spreading the pressure over the whole mattress and will help you get a few extra years of life out of it.
Again this only has a 1-year guarantee, given its price I would have hoped for more than that but it is hand tufted to help extend the life so as long as you take care of it I’m sure you will get many years of enjoyment out of this pocket sprung mattress. And you get a free dormeo pillow worth £39.99 which is pretty cool.
Overall it offers luxury comfort with the massive spring count and you get a free pillow so you won’t be disappointed.
How often should I flip my mattress?
A good rule of thumb is to flip your mattress as the seasons change. Otherwise, every 3-6 months will do just fine. The more often the better really but I know flipping a mattress isn’t easy, if you don’t have to flip it but do need to rotate it then I’d stick to the same rule of thumb.
What can I do with my old pokcet sprung mattress?
You can often arrange with the people delivering your mattress to pick up your old mattress for disposal. If you have a furniture disposal unit you can drop it off there but for the easy life places like Mattress Next Day offer a mattress collection service which you can see here.
How can I extend the life of my pockey sprung mattress?
The easiest way to help your mattress last longer is to get a mattress protector which I‘ve written a guide on here. Other than that regularly flipping it/turning it will help prolong it’s lifespan.
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