The best mattress under £1,000: which one should you buy?

Orthopaedic, memory foam or made from recyclable bottles, a good mattress doesn’t have to cost the earth. Here's our pick of the best mattresses under £1,000

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You get what you pay for in life… except, it would seem, when buying a new mattress. There are actually some pretty luxurious options out there, all for less than a grand, if you’re prepared to dig. Luckily, we’ve grabbed our finest spades and dug deep on your behalf to reveal our top eight mattresses for under £1,000.

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Where to start shopping for a mattress under £1,000

Top-notch brands such as Rest Assured, SealyCasper and Simba all have fantastic mattresses in their ranges that offer a superior level of comfort for less than you might imagine, whether you’re a side sleeper, stomach sleeper or require a firm mattress to help support a bad back. And if you’re after a seriously cheap mattress deal, look no further than Amazon Basics’ unbelievably priced Extra Comfort mattresses (see our review below), which start from just £118.99. And that’s not a typo. 

It’s hard to say, definitively, which is the best mattress under £1,000 because it will depend on your preferred sleeping position and support requirements. But, if someone put a gun to our heads, we’d plump for the crowd-pleasing Otty Hybrid mattress, which seriously punches above its weight on all fronts. 

If you’re still unconvinced, hop over to our guide to choosing a mattress, which provides some handy pointers on the type of mattress you require for your needs. 

Mattress under £1,000 by Otty

(Image: © Otty)

1. Otty Hybrid: Best for every man, woman and child across the land

We’ve got a lot of love for this modern memory foam mash-up

Specifications
Size: Single to Emperor
Depth: 25cm
Type: Hybrid Foam/Spring
Comfort grade: Medium to Firm
Reasons to buy
+Quality springs give decent support+The whole surface is equally comfy
Reasons to avoid
-None

Who will the Otty Hybrid mattress suit?

Cool customers seeking a non-sweaty night’s sleep + space-hogging couples. 

What is the Otty Hybrid mattress like to sleep on?

This is one of the cheapest ‘branded’ bed-in-a-box mattresses out but never is this fact reflected in the quality feel or sleep experience. More robust than many memory foams, the lengthy springs provide just the right levels of bounce and support – it’s not too soft, nor too hard. That would be perfect then. Except there is a small amount of motion transfer but certainly not as much as you’d get from a full-on pocket sprung and nothing to really blot its copy book. 

Special features?

The cooling technology inside this beast is the stuff of legends – no exaggeration. Night sweats = a distant memory. The cover is removable and washable – hzar!

Fillings?

As you might predict, a layer of Cool Blue Gel memory foam keeps you cool (and it works), and a layer of reflex foam brings support. The 14cm tall pocket springs are where this mattress stands out from the other hybrid mattresses, who tend to go for short or conical springs. Then there’s the requisite solid foam base that protects it from your bed base and generally prevents sinking. 

What do you get for your money?

A 100-night trial, 10-year guarantee and free delivery. 

Sealy 1400 Nostromo

2. Sealy 1400 Nostromo: Best for Responsive support

Stable springs and latex prove a winning combo

Specifications
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 30cm
Type: Pocket spring and latex
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Kind to bad backs+Minimal motion transfer
Reasons to avoid
-Edging design not for everyone

Who will the Nostromo Posturepedic suit?

Anyone seeking the reassurance of orthopaedically focused construction.

What is the Nostromo Posturepedic like to sleep on?

If you’re in pain, money is no object if the promise of relief is on the cards, which is (probably) why you’ll often find eye-watering price tags on specialist orthopaedic mattresses. Not so, with this beauty, which is endorsed by the Orthopaedic Advisory Board and will set you back just shy of half a grand for a single. Inside, 1,400 pocket springs work hard to target key pressure points, while a thick latex topper contours to your body shape promising excellent support. It’s not the newest mattress launch out there but another ‘Best Buy’ from Which? secures its future. 

Special features?

Side handles. The silky-soft Tencel cover is anti-microbial and temperature controlling to provide healthy sleeping conditions. Although it’s not designed to be flipped, you will need to rotate regularly and, since this is a solid number, it would be best to ask someone without a bad back to take care of that little job!

Fillings?

Latex is the not-so-secret ingredient. As well as supporting the spine, latex is naturally hypoallergenic and anti-microbial. The spring base is in two layers, an upper layer for contouring and lower layer to absorb changes in weight distribution, which helps prevent roll-together when sharing a bed.

What do you get for your money?

Free next day delivery and five-year guarantee. 

Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

3. Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress: Best for Zoned support

Relieve pressure on your spine (and wallet) with this high-density memory foam

Specifications
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 24cm
Type: Comfort foam/memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Cool, comfy foam + brilliant customer service
Reasons to avoid
-Usual chemical smell, but it will fade

Who will the Casper mattress suit?

Everyone, but side-sleepers will really appreciate the targeted support on hips and shoulders. 

What is the Casper mattress like to sleep on?

It’s marginally softer than the other bed-in-a-box memory foams we’ve tried (excluding the hybrid versions with springs that is). This extra ‘give’ is perfect for side sleepers as your hips and shoulders will sink lower than the rest of your torso, providing an ergonomically aligned spine. There’s precious little motion transfer so you won’t notice your partner thrashing about in the small hours. The cooling layers also make it breathable, which again aids undisturbed sleep. Which? has given it five stars for comfort and support, while the majority of Amazon’s reviewers are thrilled with their Casper, revealing that they awake feeling fresh and revived.  

Special features?

The top cover zips off for easy cleaning (in your washing machine, thankfully) and there are handles for easy manoeuvrability – you’ll be amazed how many foam mattresses don’t have this simple but extremely useful feature. It comes in eight sizes, including EU (which are a tad longer than UK), so you’re bound to find one to suit. There’s even a Casper bed for your dog!

Fillings?

This is a four-layer mattress that is all tucked neatly within a soft cover. The top layer is an open-cell foam that provides immediate bounce and has cooling properties. Next is a high-density memory foam layer, which supports your pressure points. The Transition Layer deals with even weight distribution, and the final layer acts as a supportive base that helps keep everything stable. 

What do you get for your money?

A 10-year warranty, free delivery and returns, plus very good customer service, according to the reviews. 

Read our review of the Casper mattress for more info. 

Mattresses under £1,000 by Rest Assured

(Image: © Rest Assured)

4. REST ASSURED NATURALS: Best for allergy sufferers

A tad more than the Casper, but equal if not better at comfort

Specifications
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 30cm
Type: pocket spring
Comfort grade: Soft, medium or firmer
Reasons to buy
+Luxury materials+Traditional tufted top 
Reasons to avoid
-At the higher end of our £1K budget

Who will the Rest Assured Naturals mattress suit?

Traditional pocket sprung fans without the deep pockets to support a Champagne lifestyle

What is the Rest Assured Naturals mattress like to sleep on?

This is as good as pocket sprung sleeping gets, if you don’t have the luxury of a Beckham-grade budget. A blend of cashmere, wool and silk provides an all-natural, breathable mattress boasting boutique-hotel level quality. British Cheviot wool adds extra bounce, alongside those perfectly poised pocket springs of course. The springs are zoned to relieve at your pressure points and it has been awarded Good Housekeeping Institute approval, which is always reassuring.  

Special features?

Natural Purotex probiotics to help keep this mattress hygienic and dust mite free – backed by the British Allergy Foundation’s seal of approval. No turn, just rotate.

Fillings?

The core features 2,000 (in a King size) quality zoned pocket springs to contour and support. Layers of wool, cashmere and silk provide first-rate comfort levels, and the top cover is tufted, which makes it super soft to the touch. 

What do you get for your money?

100-night sleep promise if you buy from Argos. Rest Assured's five year parts and labour guarantee.

Silentnight mattress under £1,000

(Image: © Silentnight)

5. Silentnight MIRAPOCKET ECO COMFORT BREATHE 2000: Best for your eco-street-cred

This fab new pocket sprung number is both eco and el-cheapo(ish)

Specifications
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 31cm
Type: Pocket spring
Comfort grade: Medium/firm
Reasons to buy
+ Eco-friendly+Temperature regulating
Reasons to avoid
-Unimpressive guarantee

Who will the Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 suit?

Pocket spring devotees that care about our planet.

What is the Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 like to sleep on?

There’s no memory foam top, latex layer, or billowing pillow topper but the Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 still offers a good level of responsiveness when you get horizontal. By which we mean, your body contours into the mattress rather than sits rigid on its surface. We tested the ‘Firmer’ version, which proved exactly that, but there’s also a ‘Softer’ and ‘Medium’ option in the Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 collection. This mattress is excellent at temperature regulation, so you’ll never wake up due to heat, even if we are jammy enough to get another scorchio summer.

Special features?

One hundred and fifty recyclable bottles go into every mattress. The sides feature a mesh strip to keep the inner materials freshly aerated. It’s no-flip but does require rotating.

Fillings?

Beneath three comfort layers, focused on responsiveness and air movement, lies 2000 pocket springs, all cleverly zoned to provide extra support at the hips and shoulders. 

What do you get for your money?

Five-year warranty, 60-night sleep exchange, free delivery to a room of your choice and packaging removed.

Read our full review of the Silentnight Mirapocket mattress.

Leesa Premium Foam Mattress

6. Leesa Premium Foam Mattress: Best for Temperature regulation

The lovely Leesa offers smart multi-layer support

Specifications
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 25cm
Type: Comfort foam/memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Perfectly pitched comfort at a fair price
Reasons to avoid
-Sponge-clean only

Who will the Leesa mattress suit?

Risk-adverse shoppers looking for a safe bet that they’ll sleep soundly.

What is the Leesa mattress like to sleep on?

Initially quite firm, this mattress softens as it heats up with your body temperature. That's not to say you will sleep warm. On the contrary, its carefully considered foam layers are specifically engineered to regulate temperature and prevent overheating. The Leesa performs admirably to protect occupants from motion transfer, and you can expect medium firmness, which is especially ideal for side-sleepers. The majority of (the many) online reviews rate it between four and five stars (five being the top spot), which is always reassuring. 

Special features?

We love Leesa’s ethical values, which include planting a tree for every mattress sold. On a more materialistic note, the grey striped cover is pretty cute.

Fillings?

Three foam layers – a 5cm thick Avena foam, which is a latex-like comfort foam, a 5cm thick memory foam for weightlessness, and a 15cm thick base foam for overall support. 

What do you get for your money?

A 100-night, no-risk sleep trial, free delivery and returns, 10-year limited warranty and cash back (£30) if you refer a friend.  

Read our review of the Leesa mattress for more details.

Simba Hybrid Mattress

7. Simba Hybrid Mattress: Best for everyone

Scientifically-developed to ensure all but the truly fussy will adore

Specifications
Size: Small single to Emperor
Depth: 25cm
Type: Memory foam/micro pocket springs
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Bouncy bounciness
Reasons to avoid
-Only the top cover, not sides, can be washed

Who will the Simba Hybrid suit?

Anyone looking for a bit more movement from their memory foam.

What is the Simba Hybrid like to sleep on?

By testing more than 10 million people (wow) and 180 million body profile points, this mattress promises scientifically-precise sleeping perfection. Thankfully, the results prove all this effort worthwhile; the Simba really does provide a dreamy night’s sleep. It is responsive and moulds to your body, while also offering decent levels of support. Designed to accommodate all types of sleeping styles – back, front or side – there is no ‘wrong’ way to catch some zzzzzs on the Simba Hybrid. Review-wise, there are multiple tales of miraculously pain-free sleep from poor souls previously in back-related agony. Not only will you save money by choosing the Simba Hybrid over some exorbitantly priced orthopaedic number, but you’ll also save a shed load on chiropractor fees (probably). 

Special features?

The cover is hypoallergenic with integral airflow for cool temperature regulation. Simba has also developed its own latex-like layer, called Simbatex, which contains cooling soybean balms. Basically it’s cool all round. 

Fillings?

From the top: the Simbatex layer provides initial comfort, then there’s a layer of conical springs (2,500 in a king size), which brings on the bounce. Next is a layer of visco-elastic memory foam for body contouring and weightlessness. And of course there’s a fairly solid foam base, which has been sliced in seven sections to provide differing density levels, essentially targeting the support where you need it.  

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery, 100-day free trial, plus a 10-year guarantee and hassle-free returns, and a knife for opening the heavy-duty plastic bag it’s suctioned into. They’ll also whisk your old mattress away.

Read our review of the Simba mattress for more information.

Mattress under £1,000 by Amazon

(Image: © AmazonBasics)

8. AMAZONBASICS EXTRA COMFORT: Best for guest rooms

This absolute steal of a memory foam is perfectly priced for occasional use

Specifications
Size: Single to Double
Depth: 20cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium to Firm
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+So very cheap
Reasons to avoid
-To thin for some

Who will the AmazonBasics Extra Comfort mattress suit?

Lighter individuals, including children and teenagers or anyone needing a stop-gap while they save up some more pennies.

What is the AmazonBasics Extra Comfort mattress like to sleep on?

The old ‘you get what you pay for in life’ adage is usually true. Except in the case of this mattress, which way out-performs its price tag (£118.99 for a single or £129.32 for a double). While this isn't the best mattress we’ve tried, by some stretch, it’s nowhere near as bad as you might expect. In fact, it is surprisingly supportive. Plus it doesn’t come with the nasty chemical whiff of many foam mattresses – big tick! There are lots of positive reviews about it on Amazon but, and this may not be important if your options are this mattress or the floor, it does lack on the luxury front. As in completely devoid thereof – it’s also very skinny, which requires a fair hoik to get out of bed in the mornings. Still, this mattress is sold under the AmazonBasics brand, which doesn’t really require further explanation… 

Special features?

Ermm….the cover is washable. OK, we’re struggling to find anything very special about it. Except the price, did we mention the price? No, wait, the cover has been treated for protection against dust mites and bacteria – yass!

Fillings?

A thick base layer (around 16-17cm), topped with a 3cm-thick layer of memory foam. A breathable 3D edge tape helps keep the foams within aerated for a cool night’s sleep.

What do you get for your money?

A bargain.

Read our review of the AmazonBasics Extra Comfort mattress for more info.

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