How firm should your mattress be?
One of the main decisions to make is how soft or firm you would like the mattress to be - we offer 4 levels of mattress firmness. Your preferred sleep position and any ailments can indicate the level of firmness you should choose. We'll go through the different levels and some pointers on choosing the right style.
We recommend: Medium-soft mattresses
Softer mattresses let your body sink into them, contouring around your hip, shoulder and arm while you sleep.
We recommend: Medium mattresses
You'll find most firmness levels comfortable as your weight is evenly distributed on your back - but medium is a safe bet.
We recommend: Medium-firm & firm mattresses
A firmer mattress will prevent your hips and sinking lower than your shoulders, keeping your spine better aligned.
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?
Trying to find a mattress that suits two sleeping styles can be a challenge. A safe bet would be a medium firmness with a memory foam, latex or gel topper that contours to each body. Avoid open coil styles.
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.
Different types of mattress
In its most basic terms, there are 3 main types of mattress construction;
Sprung mattresses - Made with springs. Includes Coiled and Pocket Sprung mattresses.
Non-sprung mattresses - Made with a filling. Includes Memory Foam mattresses.
Combination mattresses - Made with a mix of springs and fillings. The top layer can include Memory foam, Latex or Geltex.
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;
Made with springs. We'll take you through Open coil, Continuous coil and Pocket Sprung mattresses.
Pocket sprung mattresses
Open coil mattresses
Continuous coil mattresses
Non sprung mattresses
Made with a filling. Let's talk Memory Foam mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses
Made with a sprung base with a top layer of memory foam, latex or gel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few extra hints and tips for finding the right mattress.
Depending on the brand, we offer 90 day, 100 day and 101 day trials on selected mattresses. This lets you test drive the mattress to see if it suits your sleep style. See individual product's description for details.
Do you suffer from allergies?
Sniffles can worsen at night as dust mites trigger an allergic reaction. Specially designed hypoallergenic mattresses or non-sprung mattresses are considered best for allergy sufferers.
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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.
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.
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.