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Mattress buying guide

We know that getting good quality sleep is really important to keep you feeling healthy and happy - read on to find the best type for your snoozing style.

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Find the level of firmness that's right for you

We offer 4 levels of mattress firmness. Your preferred sleep position can indicate the level of firmness you should choose. Let's go through the different levels.

SIDE SLEEPERS

We recommend: Medium-soft mattresses

Softer mattresses let your body sink into them, contouring around your hip, shoulder and arm while you sleep.

Shop medium-soft mattresses

BACK SLEEPERS

We recommend: Medium mattresses

You'll find most firmness levels comfortable as your weight is evenly distributed - but medium is a safe bet.

Shop medium mattresses

STOMACH SLEEPERS

We recommend: Medium-firm & firm mattresses

A firmer mattress will prevent your hips from sinking lower than your shoulders, keeping your spine better aligned.

Shop medium-firm/firm mattresses

Weight is a factor

As a general rule of thumb, the heavier you are the firmer your mattress should be to give the support you need while you sleep.

Sharing with a partner?

Finding a mattress that suits two sleeping styles can be a challenge. A safe bet would be a medium firmness pocket sprung mattress - avoid open coil styles

Shop pocket sprung mattresses

Suffer with back pain?

Firmer mattresses usually offer the most comfort. Orthopaedic mattresses are designed with this in mind and offer zoned support to pressure points when you lie on your back to minimise aches and pains.

Shop orthopaedic mattresses

Mattress types

They differ in support level, durability and cost but all can offer a comfortable sleep. To help you choose, here are the main benefits and considerations for each;

Traditional sprung mattresses Shop traditional sprung mattresses

The classic sprung mattress. Springs are joined together by a coiled wire which spreads your weight across the surface.

    They're great for:

  • Great value
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to move and turn

    On the flip side:

  • You may feel your partner moving if you share
  • You may roll towards the middle
  • Can be less supportive than other styles

Pocket sprung mattresses Shop pocket sprung mattresses

A pocket sprung design has springs woven into individual pockets.

    They're great for:

  • Provides more support than coiled mattresses
  • Supports partners of different sizes and weights
  • You won't role into the middle

    On the flip side:

  • They're heavier and harder to turn
  • Tend to be more expensive than traditional mattresses

What is spring count? e.g. 1,000 or 2,000, refers to the number of springs and in general more springs = better support.

Memory foam mattresses Shop memory foam mattresses

Made from a block of foam with a memory foam layer. It responds to your weight and molds to your body-shape.

    They're great for:

  • More support for your body
  • Relieves pressure on your joints
  • Contours to your body shape

    On the flip side:

  • Can be warmer
  • Not everyone likes the sinking sensation

Combination mattresses Shop combination mattresses

Made from a spring base unit with the added benefit of a memory foam, latex or gel layer. These specially designed mattresses provide the comfort and support features of either a traditional or pocket spring mattresses with an additional layer for better comfort.

Memory foam topped mattresses

Memory foam topped mattresses have a layer of temperature-sensitive foam that moulds to the shape of your body while you sleep. It's popular for its great support and ability to relive pressure on joints.

Shop memory foam topped mattresses

Latex topped mattresses

Similar in feel to memory foam, latex mattresses also mould around your body. In fact they are considered more responsive than memory foam and a more breathable alternative.

Shop latex topped mattresses

Geltex topped mattresses

A newer innovation to the mattress market, the top layer is filled with a gel which has a similar feel to memory foam mattresses. The benefit of gel is its cooling properties - so it's a great option if you get hot in bed.

Shop geltex topped mattresses

Mattress care

Turning your mattress

We recommend you rotate your mattress 180 degrees (on the same side) every 3 - 6 months to increase its life. If you have a double sided mattress you can also flip it over every year.

Double sided mattresses

A double sided mattress has comfort layers on both sides. This means you can get use out of both sides of the mattress to increase its longevity.

Shop double-sided mattresses

Using a mattress protector

We recommend you use a mattress protector from day one to keep you're mattress in top condition and extend its life.

Shop mattress protectors

Mattress sizes

All our bed and mattress sizes match up - a double mattress will always fit a double bed. But if you're buying for an older bed, there's a chance they might not. Double-check the measurements with our chart.

Other considerations

A few extra hints and tips for finding the right mattress.

Sleep trials

Depending on the brand, we offer 90 day, 100 day and 101 day trials on selected mattresses.

Do you suffer from allergies?

Specially designed hypoallergenic mattresses are considered best for allergy sufferers.

Hypoallergenic mattresses

Highest rated & reviewed

Don't just take our word for it - see what other sleepy head customers make of our big brand mattresses.

Top rated mattresses

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Getting it home

Services and advice on getting your new mattress home.

Recycle your old mattress

For just £19.99, we can take away your old mattress when we deliver your new one. We'll send you a recycling bag to place over it before we take it away and dispose of it responsibly.

Find out more

Rolled mattresses

Some mattresses are compressed, rolled and packaged, so you can easily take them home from a store. They return to their original size and shape once opened.

Rolled mattresses

In a hurry?

Most of our mattresses are available with standard delivery within 5 days. If you need it quick check out our mattresses available with same day Fast Track delivery.

Fast Track mattresses

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