5 Best Emperor Mattresses, Beds, Bedsteads and Divans UK 2021

Last Updated on 7 Apr. 2020

If you’re looking for the ultimate in size and luxury, an emperor mattress is the perfect choice!

Emperor mattresses are the largest available standard size of mattress, exceeding even super king mattresses in size, measuring 200cm x 200cm (6’ 6” x 6’ 6”). Most people would prefer more space when it comes to their sleeping arrangements and with an emperor bed, you won’t need to worry about feeling too cramped again.

I’ve looked at some of the best emperor beds currently available and have covered all their key features. After reading through the reviews below you should be ready to make an informed decision about which type of mattress is right for you.

If you want to go straight to the product page for any of the mattresses below, then simply click the link in the table or click the ‘check price’ button next to each one.

Top 5 Best Emperor Mattresses

1. Top Choice – Vispring Plymouth Supreme 1200 Pocket Spring Zip Link Mattress (200 x 202 cm)

 Vispring Plymouth Supreme 1200 Pocket Spring Zip Link Mattres - 200 x 202 c )
  • M-PURE cover
  • Steel pocket springs
  • 30-year guarantee

Firmness: Medium

Price & Reviews

The Vispring Plymouth Supreme 1200 is a zip and link emperor mattress, that is both incredibly luxurious and comfortable while also being practical.

The individual pocket springs provide excellent support for your body as well as eliminating roll together, making this a great choice of mattress for couples. The filling is a mixture of cotton and New Zealand fleece wool. These fillings help to make the mattress well insulated and breathable, ensuring good airflow throughout. They also help to maintain the shape of the mattress with prolonged use. To keep it in the best condition, it’s recommended that you flip it once every 3 months.

This is a zip and link mattress, meaning you can use it as one large emperor-size mattress or separate it and use it as two single mattresses. This makes it an excellent choice for commercial use, such as in hotels. It comes with an M-PURE cover, which is made from a high quality ticking that’s comfortable, during and completely flame retardant. The side-stitching and felt tuffs on the cover help to add a premium feel.

The mattress is made in the UK and comes with a 30-year guarantee included. It has a depth of 21cm and measures 200cm x 202cm.

Overall, this is an excellent mattress and providing you have the space to accommodate it, you get a mattress that’s practical, comfortable and built to last.

2. Luxury Choice – John Lewis The Ultimate Collection Silk Pocket Spring Mattress (210 x 210 cm)

 John Lewis & Partners The Ultimate Collection Silk Pocket Spring Mattress (210 x 210 cm)
  • 28000 pocket springs
  • Alpaca wool
  • 7-year guarantee

Firmness: Medium

Price & Reviews

The Ultimate Collection Silk Pocket Spring Mattress by John Lewis is an exceptionally comfortable and supportive mattress that has some unique attributes that set it apart from most other emperor mattresses.

Firstly, it has an incredible 28000 pocket springs. There are 11 different rows of pocket springs, with the largest NatureCoil pocket springs being sandwiched between several layers of high-density calico springs. Above and beneath the springs are luxurious layers of filling made from alpaca fleece, Egyptian cotton, Yorkshire hemp and cashmere hair and silk blend.

The huge number of individual pocket springs combined with the luxurious fillings of this mattress help to provide a superb level of support for every part of your body. This would make an excellent choice for couples since there is no roll together and more than enough support for two people.

This mattress is made in the UK, has a depth of 28cm and is medium firmness. It comes with a 7-year guarantee included. It’s recommended that you turn it once every season to keep it in the best condition.

3. Runner Up – Pocket 2000 Mattress Coral Diamond Signature (215 x 215 cm)

 Pocket 2000 Mattress Coral Diamond Signature 2000 Pocket Count (215 x 215 cm)
  • Individual pocket springs
  • Hand made in the UK
  • 12-month warranty

Firmness: Medium

Price & Reviews

The Coral Diamond Signature 2000 Mattress is incredibly large, even for an emperor mattress, measuring 215cm x 215cm. If size is one of your biggest considerations, then this would make a great choice.

In addition to the very generous space this mattress provides, it also has fantastic support. The individual pocket springs allow you to move around without disturbing your partner and give full support to your body, providing an extremely comfortable sleeping experience. The filling in this mattress is a mixture of polyester, wool and cotton, helping to further add its comfort.

At 25cm deep, it provides a good level of thickness and can easily support two people sleeping on it. It’s rated as medium firmness, which gives you a good mix of comfort and support.

The mattress is made in the UK and comes in a range of sizes, including custom sizes. It’s also completely safe to use thanks to being fire-resistant. It comes with a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty.

4. Pocket Spring Choice – Vispring Fursdon Bedstead Supreme 1500 Pocket Spring (200 x 202 cm)

 Vispring Fursdon Bedstead Supreme 15 Pocket Spring Zip Link Mattres - 200 x 202 c )
  • Vanadium steel pocket springs
  • Luxurious mixed filling
  • M-PURE cover
  • 30-year guarantee

Firmness: Medium

Price & Reviews

Next up is the Vispring Fursdon Bedstead Supreme 1500 Pocket Spring Zip Link Mattress. This mattress has some fantastic features and combines comfort, support and practicality effortlessly.

The individual pocket springs are arranged in a honeycomb formation, enabling excellent support and a cushioned feel. The springs are cushioned between several layers of luxurious fillings that are a mix of New Zealand wool, cotton, bamboo and horsehair. The fillings are not only incredibly comfortable but breathable too, helping to ensure the air inside the mattress is well circulated.

This mattress also has an M-PURE cover, which is made from natural materials and designed to be comfortable as well as safe and sustainable. It has a medium firmness rating, so you get a supportive mattress that’s still soft and comfortable.

The mattress is handmade in Plymouth and it comes with a 30-year guarantee included. The retailer also gives you the option to try before you buy.

5. Other Great Choice – Vispring Axminster Supreme 2500 Pocket Spring Mattress, Medium Tension, Emperor (200 x 202 cm)

Vispring Axminster Supreme 2500 Pocket Spring Mattress Medium Tension Emperor (200 x 202 cm)
  • Luxurious filling of silk, cashmere and wool
  • 3384 individual pocket springs
  • Handmade in Plymouth
  • Try before you buy
  • 30-year guarantee

Firmness: Medium

Price & Reviews

Another entry from Vispring – the Axminster Supreme 2500 is a medium tension emperor mattress that provides excellent support as well as superior comfort.

It has 3384 individual pocket springs that help to provide excellent support for two people and eliminates roll together, so you and your partner don’t have to worry about disturbing each other.

The filling is a mixture of soft and luxurious materials that includes New Zealand cashmere, silk and wool. These materials are incredibly comfortable as well as being breathable and hygienic. The pocket springs are sandwiched between these multiple layers of filling, ensuring that you have plenty of support and your sleeping experience is a comfortable one.

This mattress is handmade in Plymouth and also comes in king size. It’s recommended that you turn once per season to ensure it stays in the best condition possible. You get a full care guide included when you buy it too. The retailer gives you the option to try before you buy and you get a 30-year guarantee included.

An ideal pocket sprung mattress.

Features To Look For In An Emperor Bed Mattress

Guarantee – A guarantee is extremely important with any type of mattress, but especially so with an emperor. Emperor mattresses are typically expensive and difficult to deliver/remove, so you want to be sure if there were any problems, you’d be covered. Most retailers will offer their own guarantee in addition to the manufacturer guarantee. This can range from 1 year all the way up to 30 years in some cases.

Does It need Turning – Whether or not a mattress needs to be turned will depend on if it’s single-sided or double-sided. Double-sided mattress should be turned roughly once every 3 months. If you have a single-sided mattress, you don’t need to turn it but it is recommended that you flip it head to toe to keep it in good condition.

Is Finance Available – Emperor beds can be quite costly, so it’s always useful to know if you can get finance. Finance will enable you to spread the cost over a longer period of time, making things more affordable. If you do get an emperor bed and spread the cost, then try to find a retailer who offers interest-free finance. Many retailers give you this option, even if it’s for a limited time.

Spring Count – The spring count of a mattress is always an important consideration and it can vary greatly from one model to the next. The number of springs a mattress has will determine how well it’s able to support you. A lot of mattresses now have individual pocket springs. This means the springs are each contained in their own pocket of material and can move independently of each other, providing better support.

Materials

The materials used for the filling and cover of an emperor mattress are an extremely important consideration. Firstly, they go a long way to determining how comfortable and supportive the mattress is. A good mattress will usually have a mixture of natural fillings, that include things like

Another reason it’s important to know materials are used for a mattress is if you have asthma or allergies. A lot of mattresses are made to be hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant but not all are. It’s important to check this if you are prone to allergies or have any types of breathing problems.

It’s also more uncommon to find a memory foam mattress in an emperor size, I think at that size the logistics of memory foam becomes too difficult although Eve used to offer an emperor size.

Zip and link

Some emperor mattresses are zip and link, meaning they can be used as a one large bed or two single beds when unzipped. If you know you won’t need separate beds at any time though, it’s better to get a regular emperor mattress.

Divan base

You’ll need an appropriately sized divan base to accommodate an emperor mattress and if you don’t already have one, then it’s important to find out if the supplier of the mattress gives you the option to have one included. What’s important to remember about a divan base is you normally need to buy a headboard separately.

Although whatever bed base you decide on be it a wooden bed or a metal one make sure it’s the appropriate size.

Guarantee

It’s incredibly important to find out what guarantee comes included when you buy an emperor mattress too. Any good manufacturer/retailer will include a guarantee of at least 12 months but ideally, you’d want it longer than this, so you can be sure if there were any issues, you’d be covered.

F.A.Q

Is Emperor bigger than super king?

Yes, emperor mattresses are the largest type of standard size bed you can get and are larger than even super king mattresses. A super king mattress typically measures 180cm x 200cm, whereas an emperor mattress is 200cm x 200cm.

What is an emperor size bed?

An emperor is a special type of bed that provides an incredible amount of space and they’re often built using the finest materials and with a large number of springs to provide excellent support. Emperor beds are typically harder to find than other sizes, with many retailers only stocking as large as super king size.

Emperor beds are sometimes also zip and link. This means the mattress can be separated and used as two single beds instead.

Can you use normal pillows on an emperor bed?

Yes. You can use any type of pillows with an emperor bed, although many people like to get the largest, most luxurious pillows they can. Because an emperor bed is so large, it’s usually necessary to have around 4 pillows to provide enough coverage.

Can you buy an emperor divan bed base?

Yes, there are many different types of emperor divan base you can get. Most will have storage under the bed, whether it’s drawers that pull out from the side or a top that lifts up when you remove the mattress.

You can also get a splitting emperor divan base if you have a zip and link mattress. This allows you to easily separate the bed into two, which is incredibly useful, especially when the bed is used in commercial settings, such as a hotel or B&B.

Do you get emperor beds that aren’t zip and link?

You can certainly get emperor beds that aren’t zip and link. Although zip and link mattresses can be very practical in certain situations, they’re not for everybody. Ultimately the mattress is split in two and this isn’t necessary if you’re not going to use it as two single beds. Thankfully, there are many emperor mattresses you can get that aren’t zip and link.

Are emperor beds only for commercial use?

Although emperor beds can often be found in high-class hotels, it doesn’t mean they’re only for commercial use. Many people have chosen to get an emperor bed for their home due to the excellent space, comfort and support they offer.

How do I get an emperor bed delivered?

A lot of people who consider buying emperor beds worry about how they’ll get it delivered due to the incredibly large size. Most retailers will arrange for it to be delivered to a room of your choice. This will often come as standard but there may be an extra fee depending on who you buy from.

Are there any downsides of an emperor bed?

Although there are plenty of benefits of owning an emperor bed, there are a few downsides too. Firstly, they can be prohibitively expensive for a lot of people, especially when you consider the prices of more high-end models.

There’s also the space requirements. An average-sized bedroom may not be able to accommodate such a large bed, for example. They can also be quite difficult to get indoors to start with, particularly if they’re not zip and link and therefore cannot be separated to make them easier to manage.

What tension is best?

Mattresses are rated as being either soft, medium or firm. Which is best for you will depend on your needs and preference. If you have back problems or other joint pains, then it’s usually better to opt for a mattress that’s more firm than soft, since they provide the best support.

If you value comfort the most, then a softer mattress would be a good choice. Medium mattresses are a good mix of the two.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you’re now much better informed when it comes to emperor mattresses and their pros and cons. An emperor bed can be a great investment, whether you’re using it for commercial or domestic purposes.

Be sure to read through the reviews above if you haven’t already since emperor beds can vary a lot in their attributes and what’s right for somebody else might not be right for you.

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