Finding the best mattress without traipsing from store to store can be hard, but chances are, if you’re struggling to sleep right now, you’re going to need to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Yep: there are countless reasons why ditching your old mattress in favour of the right mattress could elevate the quality of your sleep tenfold (from relieving your joints of pressure to ensuring you wake up less, move about less and feel less disturbed by your partner). And since getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our physical and mental health, investing in one of the best mattresses 2023 has to offer is something you shouldn’t sleep on.
That said, shopping for a new mattress can be a bit daunting. A mattress is a big purchase, and there’s lots to consider – from firmness levels to your sleeping style, preferred price tag and much, much more… Unfortunately, one size does not fit all. So, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to buying a new mattress. Here’s everything you need to know…
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What is the best mattress to buy UK at a glance:
- Best bed-in-a-box: Emma Original Mattress, WAS £317 NOW £221.90, Emma
- Best hybrid mattress: The Simba Hybrid Pro Mattress, WAS £1,159 NOW £695.40, Simba
- Best for all-round comfort: Brook + Wilde The Ultima Mattress, £2,099, Brook + Wilde
- Best mattress for side sleepers: Brook + Wilde The Elite Mattress, £999, Brook + Wilde
- Best memory foam mattress: Nectar Memory Foam Mattress, WAS £1,299, NOW £519.60
- Best sustainable mattress: The Simba Green Organic GO Hybrid® Mattress, £2,399, Simba
How often should you replace your mattress?
According to the Sleep Council, you should change your mattress once every seven years, when you start to notice that you sleep better in other beds or when you wake up with aches and pains. Particularly if it didn’t cost you very much. Luxury mattresses like those crafted by Simba or Brook and Wilde might last you longer – up to a decade. And you can help them last for longer with a mattress protector.
What are the best mattress companies in the UK and can you order a mattress online?
Yes! Sleep-tech companies like Nectar Sleep, Emma, Simba Sleep and Brook and Wilde have made the process simple with their “mattress in a box” offerings, and according to the National Bed Federation, bed-in-a-box mattresses now make up around 25% (!) of the industry market share. Most bed in a box mattresses come with an 100 night trial, a ten-year warranty and can be delivered direct to your door. Elsewhere, brands like Silentnight, Sealy and Dormeo are offering buyers a whole host of equally high-quality non-rolled options, from pocket memory mattresses to ortho mattresses, so don’t overlook these not-in-a-box brands, either.
What type of mattress is best?
It’s all down to personal preference. We caught up with Angela Moran – the Product Strategy Director at Silentnight – to find out everything you need to know about different mattress styles. Unsurprisingly, she knows her stuff… and she had a few tips for how to choose the best mattress for you.
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