The time has come… you’ve decided you’re ready for the bed of your dreams…
Where do I start, you ask?
How about your perfect mattress?
This is a guide that will give you all the information you need for buying your dream mattress. I’ll give you some short reviews of some of the best and links to where you can buy them online.
I’ve also got all my favourite picks in the list below, just click on the name to go to the relevant website, see more details and order yours. My top choice is the Nectar sleep because it’s 365-day trial and 7 zone comfort ensure a restful nights sleep. Plus click my link in the table below to get £100 off the Nectar Mattress!
Best Mattress UK
- Nectar Sleep – Memory Foam – Medium-Firm- Dozy Owl’s Top Choice
- Emma Mattress – Memory Foam – Medium-Firm
- Simba Mattress – Hybrid Memory Foam & Pocket Spring – Medium-Firm
- Silentnight 7-zone Support – Memory Foam – Medium-Firm
- Eve Mattress – Memory Foam – Medium-Firm
- Reylon 1500 Hybrid – Hybrid Memory Foam & Pocket Spring – Firm
- Silentnight 1000 – Pocket Spring – Medium
What type of mattress can I buy?
There are three main types of mattress, each with their own benefits and drawbacks:
1. Memory Foam
Memory foam is squishy, supportive and luxurious – it’s my personal favourite!
It’s designed to mould to your body while you sleep, which means your spine gets maximum support. This makes memory foam the best option if you suffer from back pain.
To get the best out of a memory foam mattress, check whether or not it has been designed with layers or any cooling features. Sometimes memory foam gets quite warm, so if you’re a hot sleeper you might not enjoy it.
If this is what you’re interested in, I’ve written a whole guide specifically about memory foam mattresses here.
This is your ‘classic’ mattress – made up of lots of springs.
Older spring mattresses can be quite uncomfortable, which is related to their open coil structure. This means they can be quite rigid, since the springs all move as one.
If you’re looking to get a spring mattress, go for a pocket sprung mattress. Every individual spring is sewn into its own pocket, which means they all move independently, giving you a super comfortable sleep.
Again, I have a guide specifically about pocket sprung mattresses if that’s what you’re after. You can find that here.
This is pretty much exactly as it sounds: this one’s a mix of memory foam and springs.
What makes this good is you get the benefits of both mattress fillings: the support of the memory foam and the bounce of the springs.
Choosing A Firmness
If you don’t know what firmness you like, go with medium-firm, pretty much everyone will be comfortable on a medium mattress but read on if you want some more info.
Side sleepers need a little softer to allow them to sleep on their sides so go with a medium to a medium-firm. You need a little more sink to let your shoulder sink in so you stay comfortable.
If you’re a side sleeper and quite petite however then you can go with a soft mattress.
Back Sleepers & Front Sleepers
Back sleepers and front sleepers don’t need as much sink so they can go with a medium-firm or even a firm mattress.
Back Pain Sufferers
Might want to consider a mattress specifically suited for back pain like these ones, otherwise just get the correct firmness for the position you sleep in so you back gets the correct support. Generally, you want a bit firmer.
What Size Of Mattress Do You Need
A good rule of thumb get the biggest size of bed that will comfortably fit in your bedroom. So if you have a huge bedroom then you want a king but if you have quite a small then a double or even a large single. But putting a king in a small room will just make it feel cramped and hard to move around in.
Or if you have a bed and don’t know what size of mattress you need here are the dimensions, just give yours a measure and match them up!
|Small Single||75 cm × 190 cm|
|Single||90 cm × 190 cm|
|European Single||90 cm × 200 cm|
|Small Double||120 cm × 190 cm|
|Double||135 cm × 190 cm|
|European Double||140 cm × 200 cm|
|King||150 cm × 200 cm|
|European King||160 cm × 200 cm|
|Superking||180 cm × 200 cm|
|Emperor||200 cm × 202 cm|
|Large Emperor||215 cm × 217 cm|
The Eight Best Mattresses Reviews
So here are your mattress reviews! These are the eight best mattresses and with each one you’ll find a short review and link to where you can buy it online.
Nectar Sleep Memory Foam Mattress
- 365-Night Trial
- Medium-Firm Feel
- Cooling Layers
- 7 Zone Support
The best thing about the Nectar mattress is you can test this for a whole year before fully commiting to it, A WHOLE YEAR! But it won’t take that long for you to realise this is the mattresses of your dreams (get it?).
7-Zone support offers nice medium support under your shoulders and knees where you need it then softer around your knees and middle, and firm at your head to give you all the support you need up and down to stop you getting any aches or pains through the night. But more to that, it actually stops you being so restless by allowing you to lie more comfortably so that you don’t toss and turn and actually get a deeper sleep.
And when you’re getting a deeper sleep you don’t wake up so tired and can start really enjoying your mornings waking up afer a restful night of sleep.
The cooling layers work to maintain your body temperature so you don’t wake up shivering or sweating only refreshed and relaxed.
My top choice for the best memory foam mattress because it provides excellent vaulue will allow you to start sleeping better
Emma Original Mattress
- 100-night Trial
- 10-Year Guarantee
- Great Back Support
- Breathable Cooling Layers
The Emma mattress is what I currently sleep on at night, so can confirm it offers a great nights sleep!
It’s got a nice medium-firm feel to it with layers of memory foam, cooling aerogel foam and supportive cool foam.
A highly supportive mattress that bounces back quickly and doesn’t trap you in place.
It has free delivery and if you don’t like it you have a free return as well within the 100-nights you get to test it for.
The cover is soft and breathable so you’re kept comfortable all night long, I’m personally a very hot sleeper so need the cooling features, and they’ve been great! I tried it through the hot weather of summer and didn’t overheat once.
I also tried it on the floor and a slatted bedframe and it worked perfectly on both.
An excellent investment in your sleep.
- 2500 Spring Count
- Hybrid Mattress
- Extensively Tested at The Sleep To Live Foundation
- 10 Year Guarantee
- 100 Night Sleep Trial
Simba started out supplying thread to mattress companies the world over, before delving into making their own superb mattresses.
Their research has led to great developments in spring systems, memory foam and ‘sympatex’ – a kind of latex. Simba combine all of these to create an incredibly comfy mattress.
They’ve even gone so far as to partner with the Sleep to Live Institution. They’ve looked at the sleeping profiles of over ten million people, to find out exactly what people need from their mattress.
This is Simba’s only mattress, since they’re confident this is the only mattress anyone would ever need and it’s available in a range of sizes.
When this mattress arrives it might have an odd smell because of the memory foam. That’s totally normal, it’ll dissipate after a day or so, just air it out before sleeping on it.
You’ll get a 100-night trial with this one and it also comes with a ten-year guarantee – exactly what you want.
The 2500 spring count is really impressive which’ll give you a blissful night’s sleep.
John Lewis Ortho Pocket Spring 1000
- Made by Hypno
- Firm Feel
- 7 Year Guarantee
This one is actually made by Hypno for John Lewis. They’re a heavyweight in the mattress game and have been in the sleeping business for over 100 years.
This mattress has a firm feel which is brilliant for supporting your back. Although some mattresses have more than the 1000 springs that this one has, this stops the mattress from feeling too soft. However, it still has a hand-tufted top which keeps the filling in place and feeling smooth on top.
The John Lewis mattress also has airstream technology, which stops air getting trapped and overheating while you sleep. This is also great because it keeps the wool and polyester filling fresh for longer.
All this good stuff comes with a seven-year guarantee, so you know that you’re investing in a great mattress.
Silentnight 7-Zone Memory Foam
- 3 Layers
- 5 Year Guarantee
- Good Budget Mattress
- Varied Firmness
This mattress is split into seven zones, making it firmer in the middle and softer at the ends – all the support you need, exactly where you need it.
For people around 100kg, the 20cm thickness may be an issue since you might feel your bed through the mattress. However, most people should be fine with it.
However, this is a great budget mattress and the memory foam makes it very comfortable. It won’t last as long as some of the others on this list but it’ll be good if you suffer from aches and pains.
Eve Memory Foam
- 3 layers including a cooling layer
- 100-night trial
- 10-year guarantee
- Medium-Firm Feel
A very popular choice! It has over 2000 five-star reviews, so you know it’s been thoroughly tested.
It has three layers. The first: state of the art, responsive memory foam. It bounces back much fast than traditional memory foam, so you don’t get ‘stuck’.
The second: a 3cm cooling core that is 30% more breathable than other memory foam.
The third: a firm base, to give you the support that you need.
Eve are an online mattress retailer who ship their mattress to you in a neat little box. There’s free shipping and the return policy also includes shipping so if you’re not happy you don’t pay a penny.
You can order it on 0% finance and get a 100-night trial to fully try it out and get to know it. As well as all that, you also have a ten-year guarantee!
Relyon 1500 Spring Hybrid
Filling: Pocket Spring and Memory Foam
- 8 -Year Guarantee
- 1500 Spring Count
- 27 Cm Deep
- Which Recommended
- Firm Feel
For this mattress, you can use the discount code SAVE10 for 10% of at Mattress Next Day.
The Relyon Hybrid has been Which? Recommended and is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a firm mattress.
The memory foam layer is only 5cm thick, so it’s more like a mattress topper rather than a memory foam mattress.
Because of this memory foam layer, you shouldn’t flip this mattress. Just turn it about once a year and that will stop it sagging.
Lastly, this mattress comes with an eight-year guarantee. That’s a long time to have a guaranteed good night’s sleep!
Silentnight 1000 Pocket Spring
- 1000 Pocket Sprung Count
- No Need to Flip
- Medium Firm
- Quilted Cover
For the 1000 spring count that this mattress has, it’s fantastic value. To get a pocket spring mattress at all for this cheap is something special!
This has a medium-firm feel, so it’s really comfortable. The pocket springs also
keep movement to a minimum,
so if you have a restless partner this could be ideal!
However, there isn’t any ventilation in this mattress, which might make you feel hot compared to other spring mattresses.
On the whole, though, a really great mattress.
I still don’t know what mattress to get. What should I do?
If you still have questions, then ask away in the comment box below. I’ll get back to you and help you find your perfect mattress!