The best mattress for beating back pain 2018

If you suffer from spine soreness then take a look at our list of the best mattresses for back pain

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Back pain can be annoying, distracting, and at worst completely debilitating, so if there’s anything we can do to stop it in its tracks, we will. One way to keep niggles at bay is by ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep, which for us starts with finding the best mattress for back pain. Finding the best mattress for you can be hard as it is, only made all the more complicated if you suffer from back problems, but don't worry – we have done the research for you.

The first thing to keep in mind when shopping for a mattress that will ease back pain is that firm isn’t the same as supportive, so don’t write off mattresses that are medium-firm or even softer. The most important thing is to find a mattress that will keep your spine nice and straight, and when it comes to the material that will make that happen, you might think that body-moulding foam would automatically be best, but responsive and supportive pocket springs make some very convincing arguments in our list, as do hybrid models using both springs and foam. 

The best mattress for back pain

1. Hypnos Milford Pocket Sprung Mattress

Soothe your lower back with the help of sustainable fibres and clever springs

Specifications
Best for: Lower back pain
Size: Single, Double, King
Depth: 26cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Even weight distribution + Naturally breathable wool layers 
Reasons to avoid
-Thick

Our first pick might be a surprise in that it eschews ultra-modern memory foam for individual pocket springs, but with 1200 coils across its surface primed to offer zoned support, this Hypnos mattress is masterful at keeping your spine aligned and your night’s sleep pain-free. As such it's our best mattress for back pain using pocket-springs.

The distribution of the springs means that your weight is spread evenly across the surface and, if you sleep with someone, eliminates roll-together. Its inner layers of naturally temperature regulating wool and eOlus sustainable fibres are a great alternative to often-sticky memory foam for those who tend to overheat, too. 

There's a high quality soft-touch Belgian damask cover which not only feels good but can also be cleaned easily for a bug-free bed. The mattress itself comes as medium support as standard so be sure to try before you buy in case that's not enough for you.

Despite the high quality mattress build quality, made in the UK, this is a relatively affordable option.

Hyde & Sleep Memory Foam Plus Mattress

2. Hyde & Sleep Memory Foam Plus Mattress

This mattress features three types of foam for softness, support and cooling

Specifications
Best for: All-round comfort
Size: Single, Double, King, Super King
Depth: 25cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Soft to medium
Reasons to buy
+ Three types of foam to cover all bases + Immediate soothing relief 
Reasons to avoid
-Not for non-foam fans

From no foam to triple the foam, this Hyde & Sleep mattress employs three different types of the stuff to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. As such this is the best mattress for back pain where foam is preferable.

Beginning with a thick layer of memory foam, the surface contours to your body shape and is infused with a cooling balm to help absorb body heat; then there’s transition foam for cushioning and bounce, followed up by support foam intended to take the heat off pressure points, whose aggravation can be a common culprit in back pain. 

The result should not only be a better supported spine but also hips, knees and elbow joints support. All that should result in the best possible balanced care for your back to help take away spine pain.

Sealy 1400 Nostromo

3. Sealy 1400 Nostromo

Stable springs work together to give you a peaceful night’s sleep

Specifications
Best for: Responsive support
Size: Single, Double, King, Super King
Depth: 30cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Good for back sleepers + Low motion transfer 
Reasons to avoid
-Edging design not for everyone

The Sealy Nostromo Posturpedic Pocket 1400 Latex Mattress combines the best of all worlds to deliver comfort and support. As such this is the best mattress for back pain where a hybrid mattress is needed.

The 1400 pocket-springs are multi-zones to protect your spine where it's needed. A luxury pillow top also adds comfort to give a soft finish to that support. The deep layer is made of Innergetic latex which is not only natural and ideal for allergy sufferers but also offers pressure relief.

While the latex layer helps with regulating temperature there is also a silky-soft Tencel cover that is anti-microbial and temperature controlling for a perfect night's sleep.

Ever the practical option, it comes equipped with side handles for easy rotation, although the inclusion of a latex layer means it’s not advisable to turn it. Less work? Fine by us! 

Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

4. Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

This soft and springy mattress that’s all things to all sleepers

Specifications
Best for: All types
Size: Single, Double, King, Super King
Depth: 24cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Soft to medium
Reasons to buy
+ Engineered to suit all body types and positions + Breathable surface to avoid overheating 
Reasons to avoid
-Rolled for delivery

Back pain not your only concern? We feel you, and so does the Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress. It’s intended to suit all sleeping positions, all body types, and all manner of complaints too. That's why this gets our best mattress for back pain on all body types rating.

Casper has certainly thrown every bit of mattress tech at this sleeping platform to achieve that aim. It combines a layer of pliable memory foam to relieve strain on pressure points, and a springy, breathable surface to provide optimum support and a weightless feel.

The open-cell top makes for a breathable layer which should keep you comfortable no matter the time of year or temperature. The fact it doubles as a supple memory layer to adapt to your body is just a bonus.

Silentnight Mirapocket 1200

5. Silentnight Mirapocket 1200

This miracle-working pocket spring mattress is the last word in zoned support

Specifications
Best for: Zoned support
Size: Single, Double, King, Super King
Depth: 28.5cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium firm
Reasons to buy
+ Anti-allergy materials + Stable surface, hardly any motion transfer 
Reasons to avoid
-Double sided, needs flipping

Suffering from back pain is no fun in itself, but throw sneezing and itching into the bargain and you have a recipe for a thoroughly miserable night’s sleep. This Silentnight Mirapocket offering is our best mattress for back pain and allergy-sufferers.

The mattress offers a hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant construction, while a breathable border and the implementation of EcoComfort fibre ensures optimum airflow, keeping things cool and comfortable on warm and sticky nights. 

This is double sided so will require flipping but that also means longer lasting comfort and support. That also means each pocket spring can move and react to your body all year round so you have the perfect balanced support to aid in tackling back pain.

Hyde & Sleep Pocket Sprung Hybrid Plus

6. Hyde & Sleep Pocket Sprung Hybrid Plus

A hybrid mattress that keeps things in perfect balance

Specifications
Best for: Pressure points
Size: Single, Double, King, Super King
Depth: 25cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium firm
Reasons to buy
+ Supportive combination of foam and springs + Almost neutral firmness; good for most sleepers 
Reasons to avoid
-Price

Our second offering from relative newcomers Hyde & Sleep, this version packs in pocket springs as well as foam for best-of-both-worlds support and softness. As such its our best mattress for back support where softness is a must.

Using a pitch-perfect combo of next gen memory foam, cooling foam, high-density polyurethane foam and individual pocket springs, it strikes a balance between comfy contouring to take the pressure off those niggly pain points, and bouncy support, topped off with enough breathability to keep the common problem of overheating at bay. 

Since this is on the firmer side of neutral it's ideal for those with back pain that want the extra support. That's also a win for couples who don't want disturbances as the other rolls over.

Relyon Memory Superior Ortho Support 1500 Pocket Mattress

7. Relyon Memory Superior Ortho Support 1500 Pocket Mattress

With our thickest layer of foam, this is one mattress you can rely on

Specifications
Best for: Orthopaedic support
Size: Double, King, Super King
Depth: 27cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium firm
Reasons to buy
+ Thick memory foam cushions pressure points + 1500 pocket springs for all-over support 
Reasons to avoid
-Only medium to firm

Engineered specifically with back pain sufferers in mind, this one may not be quite as firm as many other ortho offerings. As such its the best mattress for back pain where softer comfort is wanted. 

The support offered is more than enough to take the weight off pressure points in the hips, neck and shoulders, and thus see off a common culprit of back pain on waking. Comfort comes from the combination of thick memory foam which, at 5cm, is just the right amount for spine support in all sleeping positions, and 1500 pocket springs for that weightless feel, as well as the discernible quality of the hand-tufting. 

The 50mm layer of memory foam helps to add a smart contouring which lets this mattress mould to your body so you keep getting support night after night.

John Lewis Ortho Absolute 1400 Pocket Spring Mattress

8. John Lewis Ortho Absolute 1400 Pocket Spring Mattress

Reassuringly firm, discernibly durable, and all-round marvellous

Specifications
Best for: Stomach sleepers
Size: Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King
Depth: 27.5cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Durable materials and construction + Ultra-supportive surface 
Reasons to avoid
-Price

The firmest in the John Lewis collection, the Ortho range of mattresses are perfect for the spine. As such this is the best mattress for back pain where only the firmest support will do.

This one (sleep)walks the walk with its movement-mapping individual 1400 pocket springs and ultra-resilient fillings. Again, the quality is discernible in its luxurious materials, hand-sewn details and strong reinforced stitching for increased longevity, which is always an added comfort when making such a big investment. 

The filings are sustainable meaning they will not only be resilient but also offer the perfect combination of comfort and hygiene for a clean feel all year.

Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

9. Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

Our best mattress for bad backs on a budget

Specifications
Best for: Value
Size: Single, Double, King, Super King
Depth: 18cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Soft medium
Reasons to buy
+ Excellent value + Anti-dust mite 
Reasons to avoid
-Few zones

It’s all very well and good bringing together cutting-edge materials and hand-crafted artisanal touches, but that can make the price of a mattress shoot up before you know it. This is the best mattress for back pain on a budget.

This Silentnight memory foam mattress, however, comes in at under £200 and has great reviews across the board, making it our best budget mattress for back pain. The eponymous three-zoned support system works to relieve painful pressure, while an added Purotex treatment makes the mattress suitable for allergy sufferers, repelling dust mites and reducing moisture. 

The soft touch quilted nit cover also adds extra comfort and breathability to this mattress. It's also rolled, wrapped and delivered to you the next day and comes with a 5 year manufacturer's warranty.

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