Best mattress 2019: pocket sprung, memory foam, hybrid, latex and more

Our list of the best mattresses – from high street stores and bed in the box online buys – will help you on your quest for the perfect night’s rest – at the best price, too

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Finding the best mattress is very much worth it for a good night's sleep. However, with all the different types out there, and now the choice of both store-bought and online mattress in a box buys, you may not know where to start. 

Never fear: we’ve tried and tested (just about) all the best mattresses on the market to help you find the right one, and have narrowed the list down to these top picks. We've not bothered with poor quality or disappointing mattresses: every one below is a good buy at a good price, so you're sure to find one that suits in our five-star line-up.

Read on for the highlights of each mattress, then simply click through for a more thorough review of any one you think might suit. At the start of this feature, we run through the best mattresses overall. If you have no preference for sleep position or type, this is your starting point. Or, you can use these links below to jump straight down to the top mattresses for your specific needs or preferences:

Looking for the best current cheap mattress deals? We've got you covered. 

Which is the best mattress 2019?

We rate the Casper mattress as the best mattress you can buy right now. It's a dual foam mattress, which makes it the perfect buy for side sleepers in particular, but our tester, who sleeps on her back and prefers a firm mattress, really rated it, too. 

We know that personal preference for different filling types and firmness, plus your own sleep position all play a vital role in choosing the best mattress, so see below for a quick guide on the main mattress options.

HOW TO BUY THE BEST MATTRESS FOR YOU

About our mattress testing process

Our mattress reviewer Linda Clayton and her husband spend five to 10 nights sleeping on each mattress. She's light and prefers a firm mattress; he's heavier and likes a medium-firm mattress (he's also a back pain sufferer). Linda also enlists friends of different sexes, weights, heights and sleeping position preferences to try out the mattresses, too. Our mattress reviews are a collation of all these opinions, created to help you make an informed decision.

Below we list the best mattresses on the market today. For each, we list the specs including...

  • Who/what the mattress is best for
  • Available sizes
  • Depth
  • Material/filling type
  • Comfort grade

We then weigh up the pros and cons and will link you through to our review of the mattress where available. And, as we know that you will want the best price possible, we also serve you the deal of the day for that mattress, too. Easy. 

If you need more guidance, read our comprehensive feature on how to choose a mattress: it talks you through filling types and your preferred sleeping position to help you make an informed choice. Or, read the extra buying notes we have included at the end of this article in our top tips for buying a mattress online.

THE BEST MATTRESSES YOU CAN BUY IN 2019

Best mattress 2019: The Casper Mattress

1. The Casper Mattress

Best mattress 2019: this award-winning dual foam mattress scores big on comfort and coolness

Specifications
Best for: Zoned support
Size: Single–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

What is the Casper like to sleep on?

The Casper mattress is softer than some memory foams on the market, making it the best mattress choice for side sleepers. Your hips and shoulders sink lower than the rest of your torso, providing an ergonomically aligned spine. There’s 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 wake up feeling fresh and revived.  

Special features?

The top cover zips off for easy cleaning (at 40 degrees in your washing machine, thankfully) and there are handles for easy manoeuvrability – you’ll be amazed how many 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. Look out for discount codes on the Casper website and social media – typically around 15 per cent.

Read our full tried and tested Casper review for more info and discover our latest Casper deals and offers page.

Simba Hybrid

2. Simba Hybrid

Best hybrid mattress: an excellent all-rounder for your bedroom or spare room

Specifications
Best for: Everyone
Size: Small single–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 machine-washed

Who will the Simba Hybrid suit?

The Simba Hybrid mattress will suit anyone looking for a bit more movement from their memory foam.

What is the Simba Hybrid like to sleep on?

In a nutshell, the thin layer of tiny conical springs makes this predominantly foam mattress feel more like a traditional pocket spring mattress. 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 (including the Ed-in-Chief of RealHomes.com). So, with the 100-night trial in mind, anyone suffering has nothing to lose from giving this mattress a bash (and potentially hundreds of pounds to save at the chiropractors). 

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 the aforementioned 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 full review of the Simba mattress to find out more and discover our latest Simba mattress deals and offers page.

Rest Assured Richborough Pocket Latex

3. Rest Assured Richborough Pocket Latex

Best pocket spring mattress: this new latex-topped entry punches above its weight

Specifications
Best for: Top-class quality
Size: Double–Super-king
Depth: 30cm
Type: Pocket spring/latex
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Luxury feel+Allergy-friendly+Handmade in the UK
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy + high (fortunately it's 'no-turn')

Who will the Richborough mattress suit?

The Rest Assured Richborough Pocket Sprung mattress will suit anyone seeking a really luxurious pocket spring mattress. 

What is the Richborough mattress like to sleep on?

This mattress falls on the firmer side of medium, but still offers a good level of cosy comfort thanks to its latex topper. It offers decent support for shoulders and hips, which is great news for side and back-sleepers, and we also found motion transfer was minimal – ie, your partner won’t disturb you during the night. Build quality is unprecedented, and this shines through when you sit on the edge and it stays strong and supportive. Speaking of which, it is a deep mattress, which could prove an issue if you already have a tall divan base.  

Special features?

Treated with Purotex, a textile additive that uses good bacteria to stop dust mites and other household allergens from multiplying. Allergy UK approved. Single-side, so no need to flip but it does require rotation. Also comes in soft and firm versions. 

Fillings?

A pocket spring base (2,000 in a King size), with a latex filled pillowtop for extra comfort.

What do you get for your money?

A five-year guarantee. Delivery is an extra £14.99.

Read the full review of the Richborough mattress for more details.

4. Eve Mattress

Best mattress for back sleepers: a comfortable combination of firm foam and cosy cushioning, this is the best mattress for back sleepers

Specifications
Best for: Back sleepers
Size: Single–emperor
Depth: 24cm
Type: Comfort foam/memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium-firm
Reasons to buy
+Breathable foam+100-night trial
Reasons to avoid
-Chemical odour

Who will the Eve mattress suit?

The Eve mattress is aimed at the masses, this is a one-size-fits-all sleeping solution (though we found it most comfortable on our backs)

What is the Eve mattress like to sleep on?

Once you have got your head around the bounce-less solidity of memory foam (which takes a couple of nights), the Eve mattress will treat you to really decent, undisturbed sleep. Ranging on the firmer side of medium, maybe even forget the word medium completely, the Eve is particularly popular with those who like to sleep on top of their mattress, rather than in it. Online reviews suggest you will have ‘the Best Sleep Ever’, and while we might not go quite that far, the Eve definitely out-performs some of the other bed-in-a-box memory foams we have tried. 

Special features?

The top cover, which zips off for washing, is made from moisture-wicking fabric for a cool night’s sleep. 

Fillings?

From the top; a 3.5cm thick open-cell hybrid foam offers maximum breathability, then there’s a 3cm layer of memory foam for contoured support, and a 17.5cm thick base layer, again foam, that’s sliced into zones to target key body areas. 

What do you get for your money?

A 10-year guarantee, free delivery and free, no-fuss returns after 100 days. 

Read the full review of the Eve mattress for tried and tested info and discover our latest Eve deals and offers page.

Leesa Mattress

5. Leesa

Best mattress for temperature regulation: a luxuriously thick layer of memory foam will soon have you sleeping like a baby

Specifications
Best for: Temperature regulation
Size: Single–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?

This Leesa mattress is a good buy for 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 full review of the Leesa mattress for more details and discover the latest Leesa deals and offers page.

Emma matress

6. Emma

Best mattress for fidgets: We can't stop raving about this fine foam mattress

Specifications
Best for: Ease of movement
Size: Single–super king
Depth: 25cm
Type: Comfort foam/memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium-firm
Reasons to buy
+Zoned support+Perfect temperature control
Reasons to avoid
-None

Who will the Emma suit?

The Emma mattress is perfect for anyone who is signed up memory foam fan. In our opinion, it's the best mattress for those who tend to move lots in their sleep.

What is the Emma like to sleep on?

There pretty much nothing we don’t like about this mattress. It’s easy to switch positions, and comfortable in whichever position you favour for that matter. We’d rate it towards the firmer end of medium, but it’s certainly not rock solid. The mattress is evenly supportive across the entire surface, so there’s plenty of room to spread out. Which? has awarded the Emma Original its coveted Best Buy this year, placing it at the top of its mattress comparison table no less.

Special features?

The breathable, removable top cover can be washed at 60 degrees, which is going to bust dirt better than the standard 40 degrees. Handles make it easier to manoeuvre.

Fillings?

Three layers of foam. The top layer is an elastic foam called Airgocell, which brings you pressure relief. The memory foam layer is next and, like all memory foam, keeps you comfortable in any position. The base is made from Cold Foam that supports the above layers, as well as you. 

What do you get for your money?

A 100-night sleep trial, no questions asked, 10-year warranty and free delivery, usually within one to three working days.

Read our in-depth review of the Emma Original mattress for more details.

Dormeo S Plus

7. Dormeo S Plus

Best mattress for flexible comfort: multiple firmness options make this innovative new mattress your flexible friend

Specifications
Best for: Flexible comfort
Size: Single–super king
Depth: 20cm
Type: Comfort foam/ memory foam
Comfort grade: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Customisable comfort suits different bodies+15-year warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Bit of a faff to flip the mattress layers about

Who will the Dormeo S Plus suit?

The flexible Dormeo S Plus will suit couples who don’t share firmness preferences.

What's the S Plus like to sleep on?

This mattress offers four comfort option: firm with shoulder support; firm with hip support; soft with shoulder support; and soft with hip support. Additionally, it splits in two within the cover, so each partner can find their dream firmness. We tried all the permutations, and although the soft side wasn’t as soft as it could have been, we found our perfect match. Rather cleverly, and don’t ask us how they’ve done it, our posture tests revealed perfect spine alignment in every comfort option. In short, your joints won’t be put under pressure no matter which way the mattress is flipped. 

Special features?

Besides all this flexibility and choice, the S Plus offers great temperature control thanks, in part, to its Climalite cover that wicks away moisture. 

Fillings?

Two layers of Ecocell foam, one soft, one firm, sandwich a foam spring core. The giant S-Shape created provides the differing firmness levels for shoulders and hips.  

What do you get for your money?

A 60-night sleep trial (refund or exchange), 15-year warranty, free delivery. And a free Octasense pillow when you buy direct from Dormeo.

Read our full review of the Dormeo S Plus for more details.

Silentnight mattress

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8. Silentnight Mirapocket Eco Comfort Breathe 2000

Best eco mattress: this unassuming new pocket sprung number punches way above its weight

Specifications
Best for: Eco credibility
Size: Single–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?

The Silentnight Mirapocket Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 will please 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?

Yup, 150 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 tried and tested review of the Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 for more information.

Casper Hybrid mattress on bed

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9. Casper Hybrid mattress

Best mattress launch for 2019: this new hybrid is set to become a firm favourite

Specifications
Best for: Firm but forgiving support
Size: Single–super-king
Depth: 24cm
Type: Foam and coil springs
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Great for side sleepers+Medium firmness but supportive+Handles for turning and carrying
Reasons to avoid
-Memory foam smell lingers

Who will the Casper Hybrid suit?

The Casper Hybrid mattress will please both spring and memory foam devotees because it's the perfect combination of the two fillings that makes it an all-round crowd-pleaser.

What is the Casper Hybrid like to sleep on?

Very much like the Simba (in our second spot). If we had to drill down further, we'd say it's just a tiny bit firmer than the Simba – but you'd barely notice. Its combination of supportive springs and the generous open cell (for breathability) and memory foam layers means it's super comfortable and forgiving for any sleep position, and it's sure to be a winner amongst any of us who usually wake up with back or joint pain. Motion transfer is minimal, too – a bonus if you sleep with a fidget.

Special features?

The Casper Hybrid comes with enhanced edge support, which means getting in and out of bed can be done with ease – it also means the feel of the mattress at the edges is just as good as in the middle.

Fillings?

The mattress has three foam layers: first a breathable open cell foam layer, then a responsive memory foam layer, then an adaptive transition foam layer, all within a foam encasement layer. Beneath the three foam layers are zoned coil springs, which provide added lift and bounce.  

What do you get for your money?

Ten year warranty, 100 night sleep exchange, free delivery.

Discover our latest Casper deals and offers page.

Nectar Mattress

10. Nectar Mattress

Best mattress for joint pain: a trustworthy memory foam mattress that won't lose its firmness even after a whole year's use

Specifications
Best for: Joint pain sufferers
Size: Single–super King
Depth: 25cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium–firm
Reasons to buy
+365 night trial+Forever guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-No handles

Who will the Nectar mattress suit?

The Nectar mattress will be loved by anyone looking for a completely risk-free experience and decent memory foam mattress at a fair price.

What's the Nectar Mattress like to sleep on?

Thanks to its memory foam filling, the Nectar Mattress will make your joints feel cushioned from night one. With regards to motion transfer, the Nectar is as good as any memory foam, and if sliding into your other half during the night is a massive bug-bear, this is the best mattress for you. On the firmness front, the Nectar is rated 5.5–7.5 on the website, which the company claims is 'just right'. It's also not too firm – nobody wants a mattress that is too firm, trust us.

Special features?

It has an Adaptive Cooling Cover designed to draw away heat from your body and circulate fresh air every time you move. Also, look out for special offers on the Nectar website, such as free pillows or £100 off – they seem to be pretty much ongoing.

Fillings?

There’s nothing especially unusual about the Nectar’s construction but, as mentioned, it is reassuringly heavy, which is always a sign of quality. It features a decent layer of proper memory foam which is nicely aerated, and then pressure relieving foam that deals with contouring to your curvy bits. Finally the seven-zone base foam provides more contoured support plus depth. 

What do you get for your money?

The Nectar comes with an unprecedented 365-night trial period. And, if that’s not enough for you, it also comes with a Forever Guarantee. 

Read our full review of the Nectar mattress to find out more.

IKEA MORGEDAL

11. IKEA MORGEDAL

Best budget mattress: a brand we all love and trust, Ikea's Morgedal mattress won't disappoint

Specifications
Best for: Basic
Size: 140 x 200cm / 160 x 200cm and Standard Single–king
Depth: 18cm
Type: Foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Cover can be taken off to clean+Relieves pressure on your shoulders and hips+Has handles so you can easily move the mattress
Reasons to avoid
-No cool features, pretty basic

Who will the IKEA MORGEDAL suit?

The Ikea Morgedal mattress will suit anyone who suffers from aches and pains around the top of their body, or those who are looking for a basic mattress from a trusted brand. We think this is the best mattress you can buy if you're looking for something easy and affordable.

What's the IKEA MORGEDAL like to sleep on?

As the mattress is delivered rolled up, they say you should ideally leave it for a few days to return to its suitable flatness, but in a whole, it's a comfortable mattress which makes you fairly immune to the movements of your partner.

Special features?

Not a special feature as such, but the cover of the mattress can be taken off and washed in the washing machine.

Fillings?

Foam, foam and more foam.

What do you get for your money?

There's a 90-day trial period and it has a 25 year guarantee.

You can view the Ikea Morgedal mattress here

Tweak Nrem mattress

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12. TWEAK NREM MATTRESS

Best mattress for ongoing back problems: it'll help sort neck ache, too

Specifications
Best for: Back and neck pain
Size: Single to super king
Depth: 25cm
Type: Responsive foam and pocket springs
Comfort grade: Customised to suit
Reasons to buy
+Firmness level can be created to suit your preferences+Excellent for fidgets – motion transfer is minimal
Reasons to avoid
-You might not get comfort levels right first time

Who will the Tweak Nrem suit?

The Tweak Nrem is designed for anyone with long-term back and neck problems; it's a hybrid (in other words, a combination of a sprung base and foam on top) and it can be customised so that you can choose the firmness levels to suit your body (and tackle its various aches and pains head on). 

What is the Tweak Nrem like to sleep on?

The Real Homes team hasn't slept on this bed (yet, it's on our list), but our colleagues over on T3.com have reviewed it thoroughly. Their verdict? 'The Tweak Slumber Nrem mattress is flexible, comfortable and phenomenally supportive: our sleep improved immediately. The customisable design really works, making it a good choice for anyone with back or neck pain – and we love that you can choose a different firmness setup to your partner. Co-sleeping and back ache have never had it so good.' Click the link to read their full review.

Special features?

The mattress is divided into five different zones. Each zone has an interchangeable foam insert which ranges from soft to medium to firm. It's up to you to arrange (and rearrange) these inserts until you get the comfort levels just as you like them. This might take some experimentation and a couple of uncomfortable nights – and you'll have to be fully confident about your over-riding sleep position, where you suffer pain, and where you need firm/medium/soft support.

Another customising bonus? The inserts on double mattress sizes upwards are customisable on each side of the bed, so if you share with a partner, they can create a bespoke mattress that suits them but is different to yours on their side of the bed.

Fillings?

The inserts are made of reactive foam, which is quicker to respond than memory foam and cuts motion transfer down to nothing.

What do you get for your money?

A 10 year warranty and 100 night free trial.

See the latest offers on the Nrem mattress at Tweak

Best mattress in a box

Mattress in a box? Yes, it's a thing. Where once, we'd decide whether a mattress was right for us by spending just a few minutes on it in a shop (fully clothed, obviously), now you can have yours posted out to you.

Why not? It makes sense. Why spend (or, we think, waste) your time trying mattresses in an overheated store when you can order a mattress in a box, have it delivered within days, then use the 100 day free trial that most of the best boxed mattress companies will give you to decide if it's the right mattress for you? And if it isn't, you can get either an exchange or, in many cases, a full refund with no hassle returns policies. 

Made from innovative materials that can be rolled into a surprisingly small box (think fridge-sized), these mattresses can be easily hauled upstairs and simply unfurl to regain their shape after just a few hours. 

Our top choice of all the mattresses in a box is the Casper Premium Memory Foam Rolled mattress, which offers superb levels of comfort for all sleep positions, but particularly side sleepers. Read on for more on this mattress in a box – and all the rest of our top picks.

Mattresses in a box: Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

1. Casper Premium Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

Best mattress in a box: this award-winning dual foam mattress scores big on comfort and coolness

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

What is the Casper like to sleep on?

Casper is softer than some memory foams on the market, making it perfect for side sleepers. Your hips and shoulders 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 wake up feeling fresh and revived. In our opinion, this is the best mattress in a box for those who like to feel supported when they sleep.

Special features?

The top cover zips off for easy cleaning (at 40 degrees in your washing machine, thankfully) and there are handles for easy manoeuvrability – you’ll be amazed how many 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. Look out for discount codes on the Casper website and social media – typically around 15 per cent.

Read our full tried and tested Casper review for more info and don't miss the latest Casper deals on offer.

Mattresses in a box: Simba Hybrid

2. Simba Hybrid Mattress

Best mattress in a box for achy joints: this is an excellent all-rounder for your bedroom or spare room

Specifications
Size: Single to Super king
Depth: 25cm
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Bouncy bounciness
Reasons to avoid
-Only the top cover, not sides, can be machine-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?

In a nutshell, the Simba Hybrid is our pick of the best mattress in a box for non-fussy sleepers. The thin layer of tiny conical springs makes this predominantly foam mattress feel more like a traditional pocket spring mattress. 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 (including the Ed-in-Chief of RealHomes.com). So, with the 100-night trial in mind, anyone suffering has nothing to lose from giving this mattress a bash (and potentially hundreds of pounds to save at the chiropractors). 

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 the aforementioned 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 full review of the Simba mattress to find out more and see the latest Simba deals on offer.

Mattresses in a box: Otty Hybrid

3. Otty Hybrid

Best hybrid mattress in a box: 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. The best mattress in a box for memory foam lovers, we think.

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. 

Read our full Otty mattress review for more info.

Mattresses in a box: Emma matress

4. Emma Original mattress

Best boxed mattress for medium firm support: designed to suit all manner of body shapes, weights and sleeping positions, the Emma mattress is a good all-rounder

Specifications
Size: Single to Super king
Depth: 25cm
Type: : Comfort foam/memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Zoned support and temperature control
Reasons to avoid
-If foam is just not your thing

Who will the Emma mattress suit?

Anyone seeking memory foam and medium-firm support.

What is the Emma mattress like to sleep on?

Once unrolled, the Emma quickly expands up to its 25cm height. The instructions specify ‘only a few hours’, which is a bit vague – ours was ready to sleep on within two hours. And, glory be, it did not smell. Big tick. Night one (and two, three, four and five for that matter) went without a hitch. We tested it during a fairly muggy week in August, not heat-wave material but still pretty warm; one of the first things I noticed was how coolly I slept. Motion transfer was next to non-existent and, it was also easy to move around on the Emma. No getting wedged in one position here. This was almost certainly down to the layers of foam, but also because we are in agreement that Emma is a fairly firm lady, making it our pick of the best mattress in a box for those who like medium to firm support.

Special features?

The base layer, dubbed the ‘Supportive Cold Foam’, is where the Emma Original is a little, well, more original than the other memory foams in this class. Thanks to specially located grooves in the foam, support is zoned for optimum weight distribution. I tried sleeping on my side, back, and front and can honestly say I felt well supported in each position. 

Fillings?

The Emma Original sports three layers of foam, beneath a breathable, removable top cover (that can be washed at 60 degrees). The top layer is an elastic foam they call Airgocell, which allows one area to compress without effecting the rest of the mattress. T basically means this is the bit that gives you a little softness and bounce. 

What do you get for your money?

A 100-night sleep trial, no questions asked; 10-year warranty and free delivery, usually within one to three working days. 

Read our review of the Emma Original mattress and check out our latest Emma mattress deals and discounts page.

Mattresses in a box: Leesa Mattress

5. Leesa Premium Foam Mattress

Best mattress in a box for sweaty sleepers: this luxuriously thick layer of memory foam will soon have you sleeping like a baby

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, making it our pick of the best mattress in a box for those after something temperature regulating. 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 full review of the Leesa mattress for more details and see the latest Leesa deals on offer.

Best memory foam mattress

Designed to mould to your body shape and take the pressure off joints in doing so, the best memory foam mattress is no longer the preserve of those with big budgets: there’s a huge variety of memory foam mattresses to suit all pockets, all sleep positions and preferences. We've tried and tested many of the market leaders to bring you the best memory foam mattress in this list.

It's not the cheapest memory foam mattress, but if you suffer with a bad back and even if you don't, the Casper mattress or the Tempur Sensation Elite 25 memory foam mattress will fit the bill nicely: both provide brilliant levels of support and relief for your pressure points, excellent alignment and they're second to none on motion transfer. Read all about them – and our other favourites – below.

Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

1. Casper Premium Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

Best for zoned support: this award-winning dual foam mattress scores big on comfort and coolness

Specifications
Size: Single to Super king
Depth: 24cm
Type: : Memory foam/comfort 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?

This is a real crowd-pleaser, perfect for anyone seeking memory foam with a bit of bounce. There’s even a Casper bed for your dog!

What is the Casper like to sleep on?

Casper is softer than some memory foams on the market, making it perfect for side sleepers and the best memory foam mattress for zoned support. Your hips and shoulders 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 wake up feeling fresh and revived.  

Special features?

The top cover zips off for easy cleaning (at 40 degrees in your washing machine, thankfully) and there are handles for easy manoeuvrability – you’ll be amazed how many 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. Look out for discount codes on the Casper website and social media – typically around 15 per cent.

Read our full tried and tested Casper review for more info and discover our latest Casper deals and offers page.

 Tempur Sensation Elite 25 Foam Mattress

2. Tempur Sensation Elite mattress

Best memory foam mattress: if you struggle to sleep, whether because of back pain or a thrashing partner, this mattress may prove priceless

Specifications
Size: Small single to Super king
Depth: 25cm
Type: : Memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Offers 25cm of comfort 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Who will the Tempur mattress suit?

Side-sleepers with or without backache or muscle pain.

What is the Tempur mattress like to sleep on?

The Tempur didn’t feel like the other memory foam mattresses we’ve tested: the longer you lay prone, the deeper you sink, but subtly. The bonus of being a bit sinky is that the Tempur Sensation Elite scored really well on motion transfer. There just wasn’t any, end of story. Tempur grades this mattress medium for firmness, and that’s a fair assessment. Posture – which is all about body support – is where the Tempur comes into its own and why we have rated it the best for side-sleepers. During testing, we noticed that our shoulders and hips felt comfortably supported, contoured by the mattress, and we woke feeling fresh and ache-free. In our opinion, this is the best memory foam mattress for those who suffer with back pain.

Special features?

The material becomes softer and more malleable in warmer areas, essentially where it comes into contact with your body temperature, and remains firmer in cooler areas – hence the body hugging appeal. 

Fillings?

On top, there's 3cm of comfort material, below 4cm of support material, below that 4cm of dynamic support, and lastly 14cm of DuraBase technology. We don't know what that is but it sure works.

What do you get for your money?

A 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, free delivery and free returns. You can also get up to two years’ interest free credit – you’re probably going to need it! 

Read our review of the Tempur Sensation Elite mattress.

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Leesa Mattress

3. Leesa Premium Foam Mattress

Best memory foam mattress for sweaty sleepers: a luxuriously thick layer of memory foam will soon have you sleeping like a baby

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 memory foam 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. All in all, this is our pick of the best memory foam mattress for temperature regulation.

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 full review of the Leesa mattress for more details and discover the latest Leesa deals and offers page.

Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Foam Mattress

4. Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Foam

Best budget memory foam mattress: this foam-based mattress is kind on backs and won’t break the bank

Specifications
Size: Single to Super king
Depth: 18cm
Type: : Memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Cheaper than chips + European (ie, Ikea sizes available)
Reasons to avoid
-Tad skinny-No handles

Who will the 3-Zone Memory suit?

Anyone seeking no-nonsense targeted support for decent spine alignment. 

What is the 3-Zone Memory like to sleep on? 

A dearth of readies doesn’t necessarily equal a poor night’s sleep. This budget option from Silentnight is award winning, namely a Best Buy from Which?. The consumer testing behemoths have decreed that you can expect a well-supported back, and minimal motion transfer (so no painful tweaks when your partner bounces into bed). In fact Which? says, for memory foam, it’s 'one of the best we’ve seen'. Over at Very.co.uk, customers seem similarly smitten, rating this mattress 4.5/5 on quality, value and comfort. Silentnight rates it medium for firmness but, reading many reviews, it appears to be on the softer side of medium in reality. The best memory foam mattress if you're on a budget, we think.

Special features?

The foam layers are treated with Purotex, which combines five natural bacterias known for their dust mite-busting powers. A soft-knit cover provides extra comfort. 

Fillings?

The top ‘comfort layer’ is memory foam, and the base layer is Silentnight’s proprietary Miratex foam core, which offers soft support for your shoulders, going firmer for hips and lower back. Just two layers is fairly pared-back compared to modern memory foams and there’s less focus on breathability and airflow so be a little wary if you tend to sleep hot.

What do you get for your money?

Free UK delivery, five-year guarantee and a 60-night comfort trial. It’s part of Silentnight’s Mattress Now range, which means it’s wrapped up small enough to pop in the boot of your car should you want to drive to an actual shop to buy one. 

Read our full review of the Mirapocket Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 (firm) from Silentnight for more info.

eve The Mattress

5. Eve The Mattress

Best memory foam mattress for side sleepers: a comfortable combination of firm foam and cosy cushioning

Specifications
Size: Single to Euro king
Depth: 25cm
Type: : Comfort foam/memory foam
Comfort grade: Soft
Reasons to buy
+ Breathable foam + 100-night trial 
Reasons to avoid
-Chemical odour

Who will the Eve mattress suit?

Aimed at the masses, this is a one-size-fits-all sleeping solution (though we found it most comfortable on our backs).

What is the Eve mattress like to sleep on?

Once you have got your head around the bounce-less solidity of memory foam (which takes a couple of nights), the Eve mattress will treat you to really decent, undisturbed sleep. Ranging on the firmer side of medium, maybe even forget the word medium completely, the Eve is particularly popular with those who like to sleep on top of their mattress, rather than in it. Online reviews suggest you will have ‘the Best Sleep Ever’, and while we might not go quite that far, the Eve definitely out-performs some of the other bed-in-a-box memory foams we have tried. If you sleep on your back, this is the best memory foam mattress for you.

Special features?

The top cover, which zips off for washing, is made from moisture-wicking fabric for a cool night’s sleep. 

Fillings?

From the top; a 3.5cm thick open-cell hybrid foam offers maximum breathability, then there’s a 3cm layer of memory foam for contoured support, and a 17.5cm thick base layer, again foam, that’s sliced into zones to target key body areas. 

What do you get for your money?

A 10-year guarantee, free delivery and free, no-fuss returns after 100 days. 

Read the full review of the Eve mattress for tried and tested info and discover our latest Eve deals and offers page.

Best mattress for side sleepers

Finding the best mattress for side sleepers doesn't just come down to material type and price point, but more importantly, whether the mattress has been designed with this sleeping position in mind. 

Although one of the most common sleep positions, not all mattresses cater perfectly to side sleepers, which can result in an uncomfortable night and achy joints, especially around the hips and shoulders. So opting for a softer mattress you can sink into is the way to go, with medium-soft the most recommended comfort grade.

Below, we've reviewed the best mattresses for side sleepers so you can find one that's perfect for you, without even trying it out in store (that's where the 100-night free trial comes in).

Other than our overall list topper, the Casper memory foam mattress, we have found the Tempur Sensation Elite mattress to be the best mattress for side sleepers, but if you tend to get hot in the night or like a little more bounce, you may prefer to opt for a hybrid mattress, such as the Dormeo Octaspring Hybrid mattress. The combination of pocket springs and memory foam allows for better airflow that'll keep you cool all year round. And our ed-in-chief Lucy's chronic neck and back pain has been more or less banished by the Simba Hybrid mattress.

However, all the mattresses we've reviewed below will suit side sleepers with back pain and side sleepers with shoulder pain, or just side sleepers looking to switch up to a more modern, responsive mattress. 

Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

1. Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

The best mattress for side sleepers with shoulder pain: relieve pressure with this high-density memory foam mattress

Specifications
Best for: Zoned support
Size: Single–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 suit?

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

What is the Casper like to sleep on?

It’s 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 (at 40 degrees in your washing machine, thankfully) and there are handles for easy manoeuvrability – you’ll be amazed how many 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. Look out for discount codes on the Casper website and social media – typically around 15 per cent.

Read our full tried and tested Casper review for more info and discover our latest Casper deals and offers page.

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 Tempur Sensation Elite 25 Foam Mattress

2. Tempur Sensation Elite 25 Foam Mattress

The best mattress for side sleepers: sink into this comfy mattress and take the weight off your shoulders and hips

Specifications
Best for: Support
Size: Small single–super king
Depth: 25cm
Type: Visco-elastic foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ No need to turn + Soft yet supportive 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Who will the Sensation Elite suit?

Any side-sleeper! In our opinion, it's the best mattress for side sleepers who suffer from backache or muscle pain.

What is the Sensation Elite like to sleep on?

It hugs the body, sinking you deeper into the mattress once you’ve found your perfect position. Fret not, you won’t feel beached, nor will you require a winch to move again but the hugging support does help you sleep soundly. You may well wake in the same position that you went to sleep in, which is good news for a restful night. This mattress is pretty solid with not a lot of bounce, but that’s great for motion transfer – ie, you won’t be lampooned out of bed when your partner jumps in. It’s neither too hard, nor too soft but, as with all mattresses, the heavier you are, the softer you are likely to find it. 

Special features?

Tempur’s foam was developed by NASA in the 1970s, and is designed to distribute weight and pressure evenly, so you feel weightless while you sleep – which is why we rate it best for side-sleepers. If this particular version of the Tempur mattress doesn’t float your boat, there are three other comfort types available, each in three depths (and price tags). The cover is easy to remove for washing at a dirt-busting 60°C, and it is quick drying. 

Fillings?

The aforementioned foam, known as TEMPUR Material (with big shouty letters), is an open-cell visco-elastic material designed to be cooling and responsive. The Sensation Elite mattress is compiled (from top to bottom) of 3cm of TEMPUR Comfort material, 4cm of TEMPUR Support material, 4cm of Dynamic Support Technology, and 14cm of DuraBase material. These are essentially all foam layers of varying resistance, no springs, but the Sensation Elite is designed to be bouncier than Tempur’s other mattresses.

What do you get for your money?

A 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, free delivery and free returns. If you buy direct from Tempur’s online shop, you also get a free ‘Tempur Sleep System’ consisting of two Comfort Pillows, one Classic Quilt and one mattress protector (but the overall price is higher than buying a lone Tempur mattress elsewhere so it’s not entirely free).

Read our full tried and tested review of the Tempur Sensation Elite mattress.

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Simba Hybrid

3. Simba Hybrid Mattress

The best mattress for side sleepers with lower back pain

Specifications
Best for: Versatility
Size: Cot bed–emperor
Depth: 25cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+More bounce+A cool night's sleep 
Reasons to avoid
-Only the top cover can be machine-washed

Who will the Simba mattress suit?

Medium firmness fans that like a bit more movement in their memory foam.

What is the Simba like to sleep on?

The conical springs are much smaller than usual pocket springs, so you don't get the luxurious height of a traditional pocket spring mattress. However, the Simba definitely feels more spring-like than its all-foam bed-in-a-box contemporaries. We can confirm Simba’s ‘medium’ firmness rating, it provides generous squishability before the solid foam beneath kicks in. It is also reasonable on motion transfer, and works well in any position. A good all-rounder, if you will. There’s a serious amount of love for Simba online, in fact the worst thing anyone really has to say about the mattress itself (excluding customer service rants) is that they don’t want to leave it and go to work in the mornings!

Special features?

The cover is hypoallergenic with integral airflow for cool temperature regulation. Simba has developed its own latex-like layer, called Simbatex, which has a more open cell structure than visco-elastic memory foam and also contains soybean balms. Apparently this helps make the Simbatex naturally cooling, rather than provide a midnight snack. 

Fillings?

From the top: the Simbatex layer provides initial comfort, then there’s the 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 full tried and tested review of the Simba mattress and don't miss out on the latest Simba deals on our dedicated page.

Sealy Pocket Prestige 2800 Mattress

4. Sealy Pocket Prestige 2800 Mattress

The best pocket sprung mattress for side sleepers: supportive and quiet for those who want extra support

Specifications
Best for: Uninterrupted sleep
Size: Single–super king
Depth: 38cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Hypoallergenic + Features layer of latex 
Reasons to avoid
-Deep (physically, not mentally!)

Who will the Pocket Prestige mattress suit?

We think this is the best mattress for side sleepers who are traditional pocket spring fans, especially those with allergies (or a secret fear of dust mites).

What is the Pocket Prestige like to sleep on?

This medium mattress is designed to relieve pressure on the joints and boasts a layer of latex in the middle that will help keep you cool throughout the night. The 2,800 tiny pocket springs are nested well within the mattress to keep it super-quiet for no disturbances during the night – perfect if you tend to toss and turn in your sleep. It is exclusive to Dreams, and the company’s customers have rated it 4/5 overall. The general consensus is that this mattress is super-comfy and particularly supportive. The only complaints are focused on the mattress’ depth, which makes it difficult to source fitted sheets that don’t ping off.

Special features?

It only needs to be rotated, not flipped, which is helpful since this is a heavy beast. A clever internal shield keeps the pocket springs under control and provides support right to the edge of the mattress – so it’s as comfy in the middle (when your partner is away) as it is perched on the edge (when he/she returns).  

Fillings?

The core of this mattress is all about the springs, 2,800 of them in a king size, which are crammed into individual pockets that stop them from intertwining and provides zoned support. This is particularly relevant for side sleepers as the weight of your hips and shoulders will be equally supported to achieve a horizontal spine. The top layer is latex, which moulds to your body without stopping you from squirrelling around. The cover includes Sealy Smart Fibres, which are endorsed by Allergy UK. The ‘smart’ element refers to its cooling powers, which help keep allergens at bay.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

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Flaxby Natures Finest 4500 Mattress

5. Flaxby Nature's Finest 4500 Mattress

The best mattress for side sleepers with back pain: a comfy pillow top mattress for a luxurious night’s sleep

Specifications
Best for: Luxury comfort
Size: Single–super king
Depth: 32cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Soft or medium
Reasons to buy
+ 100 per cent pure cotton + Rotate monthly - no need to flip 
Reasons to avoid
-Large for turning

Who will Nature's Finest suit?

Anyone who needs a little extra cushioning – great for old or achy joints.

What is the Nature's Finest like to sleep on?

Sometimes side sleepers find they feel every slight movement during their sleep, and it can be particularly painful for those with older or painful/damaged joints. This mattress has a thick pillow top that keeps everything soft, while pocket springs in the base provide support. Exclusive to Dreams, owners of this mattress have mainly rated it well on the company's website. The general consensus is that, while it’s not cheap (£899 to £1,399), you definitely get what you pay for. There are some comments about it being firmer than the same models tried ‘in-store’ but Dreams’ experts have explained that showroom mattresses get tested by hundreds of people, in all shapes and sizes, every day. We imagine a fair amount of bouncing on the beds goes on, too. This is why it’s so important to sleep on a mattress for at least 40 nights to give it chance to loosen up a bit (and testing in-store can actually yield false promises). 

Special features?

One of the handiest features is the ability to zip two mattresses together to create individual support. Available on the king and super-king versions, choose soft on one side and medium on the other – potentially relationship-saving stuff. Four brass vents in the mattress’ sides suck the air through the inner mattress when you move. 

Fillings?

Purists, and allergy sufferers, will love the fact that this mattress uses 100 per cent pure natural cotton. The spongy pillow top includes Dreams’ DNAir springs, which stop the surface from sagging and aerate this layer to prevent sweaty sleeping, while the base has bigger pocket springs for zoned support purposes. There are 4,500 springs in total (king size). We love that this mattress includes wool sourced from farms in and around Yorkshire. Supporting British farming while enjoying wool’s natural anti-bacterial properties = win, win.  

What do you get for your money?

Hand-stitching and hand-tufted construction. Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

Rest Assured Richborough mattress

6. Rest Assured Richborough mattress

The best medium firm mattress for side sleepers

Specifications
Best for: Latex option
Size: Double, king and super king
Depth: Ranges
Type: Pocket spring/latex
Comfort grade: Medium–firm
Reasons to buy
+Luxury feel+Allergy-friendly+Handmade in the UK
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy and high (fortunately it’s ‘no-turn’)

Who will the Rest Assured Richborough mattress suit?

Anyone seeking a really luxurious pocket sprung mattress that’s not too hot, especially allergy sufferers (who aren’t allergic to latex!).

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

Overall, the Rest Assured Richborough mattress is particularly comfortable in the side-sleeping position and gives an all-round feeling of support and ease of movement. However, at 30cm tall, the mattress is high, not just compared to other memory foams which are typically quite low-profile – something to think about if you're short. On the subject of movement, the motion transfer, or lack thereof, is excellent, meaning you won't feel a thing if your partner is a frequent turner. The mattress sits on the firmer end of the medium scale and in terms of posture, according to Rest Assured’s blurb, the pocket springs are zoned to contour to your body shape. The idea is that they offer more support at your pressure points, ie, hips and shoulders. 

Special features?

Allergy friendly.

Fillings?

As well as the pocket springs (2,000 in a king size), this mattress has a generous pillowtop featuring blended natural latex for flexible pressure relief and super soft foam for added comfort. This particular mattress really does provide optimum comfort which is one of the most compelling reasons that we rate this mattress our best latex option. The blended latex is a mix of 50 per cent natural and 50 per cent synthetic latex, and this mattress also features Purotex – a textile treatment that helps stop dust mites and other household allergens from multiplying (urgh). The technology is Allergy UK approved, which is reassuring! 

What do you get for your money?

A five-year guarantee against faults and defects: your mattress replacement is free in the first 12 months and then increases annually from 20 per cent to 90 per cent of the standard price over the next four years, all as long as your mattress is purchased from an authorised Rest Assured retailer (which of course Very is), and is maintained according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

Read our full Rest Assured Richborough mattress review.

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Dormeo Octaspring Hybrid Mattress

7. Dormeo Octaspring Hybrid Mattress

The best hybrid mattress for side sleepers

Specifications
Best for: Support and breathability
Size: Single–super king
Depth: 27cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium/firm
Reasons to buy
+Eight times more breathable than lone memory foam +20-year guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-Black base cover shows through white sheets

Who will the Octaspring suit?

Sweaty-Bettys seeking memory foam without the heat, this is our top pick of the best mattress for side sleepers who want a temperature regulating feature.

What is the Octaspring like to sleep on?

Hybrids promise the muscle-relieving weightlessness of memory foam, with the bounce of springs, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with this mattress, which is now one of Dormeo’s top 10 best sellers. We’ve rated this our fave option for side-sleepers looking for a hybrid solution because it really is a dream combination of comfort and support. Although it’s rated medium-firm, most of the reviews we’ve read have found it closer to firm than medium, but frequently adding that the firmness actually suits them really well, after an initial adjustment period. Again, 'have patience' is the take-home message here. 

Special features?

The stretchy cover is super-easy to whip off for washing. The cover also features Ecofresh protection, made from probiotic ingredients that naturally protect the mattress from allergens, dust mites and bacteria. Hidden handles pull out to help when rotating. Every aspect of this mattress has an element of air-flow/temperature regulation going on, so if you are feeling hot overnight, it won’t be the mattress that’s to blame. 

Fillings?

From the top: a layer of memory foam offers initial softness, next a layer of mini spring-shaped memory foam provides breathable bounce. These bad boys come in three densities to provide zoned support to your head and shoulders, torso and legs. The base has pocket springs (960 in a king size), again zoned to your body, which makes it popular with people struggling to move on from traditional sprung mattresses. 

What do you get for your money?

As the cheapest of Dormeo’s high-end Octospring range, this mattress represents great value for money. A 60-night sleep trial (refund or exchange), 20-year warranty, free delivery. Finance available. And a free pillow when you buy direct from Dormeo.co.uk.

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Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

8. Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

The best budget mattress for side sleepers who are looking for something affordable

Specifications
Best for: Penny saving
Size: Single–super king
Depth: 18cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Cheaper than chips+ European (ie Ikea) sizes available
Reasons to avoid
-Tad skinny-No handles

Who will the 3-Zone Memory suit?

Many people buy this mattress for their children, and then love it so much they order one for themselves! 

What is the 3-Zone Memory like to sleep on? 

A dearth of readies doesn’t necessarily equal a poor night’s sleep. This budget option from Silentnight is award-winning, namely a Best Buy from Which?. The consumer testing behemoths have decreed that side-sleepers can expect a well supported back, and won’t disturb their partner when moving around in the night (and vice versa, presumably). In fact Which? says, for memory foam, it’s 'one of the best we’ve seen'. Over at Very, customers seem similarly smitten, rating this mattress 4.5/5 on quality, value and comfort. Silentnight rates it medium for firmness but, reading many reviews, it appears to be on the softer side of medium in reality. 

Special features?

The foam layers are treated with Purotex, which combines five natural bacterias known for their dust mite-busting powers. A soft-knit cover provides extra comfort. 

Fillings?

The top ‘comfort layer’ is memory foam, and the base layer is Silentnight’s proprietary Miratex foam core, which offers soft support for your shoulders, going firmer for hips and lower back. Just two layers is fairly pared-back compared to modern memory foams and there’s less focus on breathability and air-flow so be a little wary if you tend to sleep hot.

What do you get for your money?

Free UK delivery, five-year guarantee and 60 night comfort trial. It’s part of Silentnight’s Mattress Now range, which means it’s wrapped up small enough to pop in the boot of your car should you want to drive to an actual shop to buy one. 

Best mattress for back pain

Are you wondering which mattress is best for back pain? More specifically, which mattress is going to ensure you get an unhindered night's sleep? Then you will certainly want to read on.

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 to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep with a mattress designed specifically to offer targeted spinal support. We've gone on a quest to find our which mattress is best for back pain. Whether you prefer a sleep fully supported on a firm mattress or sink in to a memory foam mattress to relieve your achy joints, you'll find something here to suit your preference and your budget in this list.

Back pain sufferers often choose a memory foam or latex foam mattress (see above) because they are particularly good for achy shoulders and sore hips. But if you're sharing your bed with a non-back pain sufferer or if you're not a lover of memory foam's sink-in-able qualities, you're going to prefer Button & Sprung's Perendale mattress, which offers targeted spine support no matter which sleeping position you favour. It's incredibly supportive but soft, too. See more about it below, and read on for all our top picks to find the best mattress to sort your back pain.

Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

1. Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

Best mattress for back pain: relieve pressure on your spine with this high-density memory foam mattress

Specifications
Best for: Zoned support
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 24cm
Type: Memory foam/comfort 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 suit?

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

What is the Casper like to sleep on?

It’s 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 (at 40 degrees in your washing machine, thankfully) and there are handles for easy maneuverability – you’ll be amazed how many 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. Look out for discount codes on the Casper website and social media – typically around 15 per cent.

Read our full tried and tested Casper review for more info and discover our latest Casper deals and offers page.

Simba Hybrid

2. Simba Hybrid Mattress

Best all-round hybrid mattress: an excellent all-rounder for your bedroom or spare room

Specifications
Size: Single to Super king
Depth: 25cm
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Bouncy bounciness
Reasons to avoid
-Only the top cover, not sides, can be machine-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?

In a nutshell, the thin layer of tiny conical springs makes this predominantly foam mattress feel more like a traditional pocket spring mattress, making this our pick of the best all-rounder memory foam mattress. 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 (including the Ed-in-Chief of RealHomes.com). So, with the 100-night trial in mind, anyone suffering has nothing to lose from giving this mattress a bash (and potentially hundreds of pounds to save at the chiropractors). 

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 the aforementioned 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 full review of the Simba mattress to find out more and discover our latest Simba mattress deals and offers page.

Mattress for back pain by Button & Sprung

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3. BUTTON & SPRUNG PERENDALE REGULAR Mattress

Best pocket sprung mattress for back pain: thousands of cleverly engineered pocket springs put your spine into neutral for a pain-free sleep

Specifications
Best for: Pressure relief
Depth: 26cm
Type: Pocket spring
Comfort grade: Regular (medium-soft)
Reasons to buy
+ 100% natural + Pretty perfect sprung support
Reasons to avoid
-Only if you have budget supports

Who will the Perendale suit?

Pocket sprung connoisseurs who don’t want to settle for anything but the best.

What is the Perendale like to sleep on?

This mattress offers targeted spine support no matter which sleeping position you favour, which is why we have placed it our number one for bad backs. The comfort levels are wonderfully soft, cloud-like in fact, but you might prefer to try the Firmer version if you prefer a solider sleep surface. It’s rated really highly by those who have bought it (reviews from Button & Sprung’s website). 

Special features?

Made from 100 per cent natural materials - you won’t suffer any chemically smells from this bad boy. 

Fillings?

Two layers of natural fillings, one of Egyptian Cotton and Mohair and the other Horsehair, provides the softness, while the springs bring bounce and support. There are 8,000 mini springs (in two layers of 4,000) plus 800 full-size springs in the base. Metal vents in the side help with airflow.

What do you get for your money?

A 10-year guarantee, 100-night sleep trial (full refund or try a different model), removal of your old mattress and the packaging, plus £100 off when you purchase a bed and mattress together. Delivery is free within 65 miles of central London.

Read our deep review of the Perendale mattress for more information.

Mattress for back pain by Hyde & Sleep

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4. Hyde & Sleep PLUS RASPBERRY Mattress

Best hybrid mattress for back pain: this award-winning mattress provides a well-balanced combination of memory foam and mini springs that could prove your back pain saviour

Specifications
Best for: All-round comfort
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 25cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Mini springs alleviate pressure points
Reasons to avoid
-Some find it a bit smelly, chemical-wise, to begin with

Who will the Hybrid Plus Raspberry like?

Side-sleepers looking for decent support on the hips and shoulders.

What is the Hybrid Plus Raspberry like to sleep on?

It’s the micro HD springs that give this mattress the extra comfort those suffering from chronic back pain require. Smaller than traditional springs, these micro springs are designed to distribute body weight and reduce the build up of pressure points. There is also a good dose of support, provided courtesy of Hyde & Sleep’s ‘next-gen’ memory foam, which is also specially treated to protect the mattress from dust mites and bacteria. On Hyde & Sleep’s website, the reviews are all top-rate, nearly all 703 reviewers give it the five star treatment. One take-home is that it may take a little getting used to; take time to adjust to the foam/spring combo, especially if you are used to a traditional spring mattress.  

Special features?

Made in the UK. Also comes in Medium (called Blueberry) and Very Firm (called Orange). Rotate only (no flipping effort!). 

Fillings?

Layers of memory foam combined with micro HD springs, all encased in a soft, breathable cover. There are 2,000 micro springs in a king-size mattress. The high-density polyurethane foam base features ventilation channels that provide seven zones of airflow, keeping you cucumber-cool while you sleep.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to any room, 40-night free sleep trial and 10-year guarantee.

Sealy 1400 Nostromo

5. Sealy 1400 Nostromo

Best for mattress for bad backs for responsive support: stable springs and latex work in harmony to give you a peaceful night’s sleep

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

Who will the Nostromo Posturepedic suit?

Anyone seeking the reassurance of orthopedically focused construction.

What is the Nostromo Posturepedic like to sleep on?

The name of this mattress, a play on posture and orthopedic, will immediately catch the attention of back pain sufferers, and they won't be disappointed to hear it’s not just a clever marketing ploy. Sealy’s Posturepedic range is endorsed by the Orthopedic Advisory Board. 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. Reevoo rates it 8.8 out of 10 (350+ reviews), and which has awarded it a ‘Best Buy’ for four years in a row. 

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 in this posture-protecting mattress. 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. 

Like the idea of a hybrid mattress? Read our review of the Sealy Activ Geltex 2200 hybrid mattress

Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

6. Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

Best budget mattress for back pain: this foam-based mattress is kind on backs and won’t break the bank

Specifications
Best for: Value
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 18cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Cheaper than chips+ European (ie, Ikea sizes available) 
Reasons to avoid
-Tad skinny-No handles

Who will the 3-Zone Memory suit?

Anyone seeking no-nonsense targeted support for decent spine alignment. 

What is the 3-Zone Memory like to sleep on? 

A dearth of readies doesn’t necessarily equal a poor night’s sleep. This budget option from Silentnight is award winning, namely a Best Buy from Which?. The consumer testing behemoths have decreed that you can expect a well-supported back, and minimal motion transfer (so no painful tweaks when your partner bounces into bed). In fact Which? says, for memory foam, it’s 'one of the best we’ve seen'. Over at Very.co.uk, customers seem similarly smitten, rating this mattress 4.5/5 on quality, value and comfort. Silentnight rates it medium for firmness but, reading many reviews, it appears to be on the softer side of medium in reality. 

Special features?

The foam layers are treated with Purotex, which combines five natural bacterias known for their dust mite-busting powers. A soft-knit cover provides extra comfort. 

Fillings?

The top ‘comfort layer’ is memory foam, and the base layer is Silentnight’s proprietary Miratex foam core, which offers soft support for your shoulders, going firmer for hips and lower back. Just two layers is fairly pared-back compared to modern memory foams and there’s less focus on breathability and airflow so be a little wary if you tend to sleep hot.

What do you get for your money?

Free UK delivery, five-year guarantee and a 60-night comfort trial. It’s part of Silentnight’s Mattress Now range, which means it’s wrapped up small enough to pop in the boot of your car should you want to drive to an actual shop to buy one. 

Read our full review of the Mirapocket Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 (firm) from Silentnight for more info.

Mattress for a bad back by Relyon

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7. Relyon Heyford Ortho 1500

Best mattress for back pain for overall support: this newcomer to Relyon’s Ortho range pulls out all the stops in an effort to combat posture-related pain

Specifications
Best for: Good overall support
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 32cm
Type: Pocket spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Traditional craftsmanship 
Reasons to avoid
-Newish to market so hard to compare

Who will the Heyford Ortho mattress suit?

Traditionalists who enjoy a bit of firm handling.

What is the Heyford Ortho like to sleep on?

This is a fresh launch from Relyon so there are no reviews yet but you can expect to enjoy the same traditional craftsmanship and superior quality materials for which this UK mattress-maker is renowned. It is designed to offer firm support and excellent posture alignment via a tried-and-tested system of pocket springs, breathable cotton blended comfort layers, and a soft foam top.  

Special features?

Three rows of side stitching ensure this mattress won’t collapse like an accordion at the edges. For alternative comfort grades, try the new Barton and Linton mattresses in the same Ortho range.

Fillings?

The pocket springs (1,500 in a king-size) are topped with a layer of pure cotton (blended with softer fibres for extra depth) and there’s also a layer of hypo-allergenic flexible foam closest to your body, i.e. where you’ll most benefit from a little bit of yield. 

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery and up to eight-years' guarantee, depending where purchased.

Mattress for a bad back by Dormeo

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8. DORMEO OCTASPRING TRIBRID

Best mattress for bad backs for targeting pain: consider this innovative, high-end mattress a worthwhile investment towards a pain free future

Specifications
Best for: Targeting and relieving back pain
Size: Single to Super King
Depth: 27cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium/firm
Reasons to buy
+Innovative technology caters for all
Reasons to avoid
-Spendy

Who will the Octaspring Tribrid suit?

Anyone who has tried all the regular routes to back pain relief without success.

What is the Octaspring Tribrid like to sleep on?

Uniting memory foam, pocket springs and latex, Dormeo’s top-end Tribrid mattress caters for all. Those with back pain will be particularly relieved to hear about the innovative foam Octaspring layer, which offers five zones of differing strength and density to ensure even pressure relief across the head, shoulders, torso and legs. Not forgetting the all-important latex layer that moulds to the shape of your body, responding to different body weights and shapes with ease. 

Special features?

The memory foam and latex combo promises superior motion transfer protection, which is critical when trying to avoid painful bumps in the night. Natural probiotic ingredients injected into the fabric layers help keep allergens and dust mites at bay. Dormeo claims this mattress is eight times more breathable than other memory foams.

Fillings?

Combining the three most popular mattress fillings in one, namely memory foam, pocket springs and latex, the Tribrid is designed to deliver the best possible night’s sleep. Each layer works collectively to support and protect the spine. The foam made Octasprings are especially clever for their air-flow encouraging construction, and individual responsiveness. It’s hard to explain how they work, but luckily Dormeo has produced this helpful video

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery, 60-night sleep trial (and no-hassle returns) plus an impressive 20-year warranty,

Tweak Nrem mattress

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9. TWEAK NREM MATTRESS

Best mattress for ongoing back problems: it'll help sort neck ache, too

Specifications
Best for: Back and neck pain
Size: Single to super king
Depth: 25cm
Type: Responsive foam and pocket springs
Comfort grade: Customised to suit
Reasons to buy
+Firmness level can be created to suit your preferences+Excellent for fidgets – motion transfer is minimal
Reasons to avoid
-You might not get comfort levels right first time

Who will the Tweak Nrem suit?

The Tweak Nrem is designed for anyone with long-term back and neck problems; it's a hybrid (in other words, a combination of a sprung base and foam on top) and it can be customised so that you can choose the firmness levels to suit your body (and tackle its various aches and pains head on). 

What is the Tweak Nrem like to sleep on?

The Real Homes team hasn't slept on this bed (yet, it's on our list), but our colleagues over on T3.com have reviewed it thoroughly. Their verdict? 'The Tweak Slumber Nrem mattress is flexible, comfortable and phenomenally supportive: our sleep improved immediately. The customisable design really works, making it a good choice for anyone with back or neck pain – and we love that you can choose a different firmness setup to your partner. Co-sleeping and back ache have never had it so good.' Click the link to read their full review.

Special features?

The mattress is divided into five different zones. Each zone has an interchangeable foam insert which ranges from soft to medium to firm. It's up to you to arrange (and rearrange) these inserts until you get the comfort levels just as you like them. This might take some experimentation and a couple of uncomfortable nights – and you'll have to be fully confident about your over-riding sleep position, where you suffer pain, and where you need firm/medium/soft support.

Another customising bonus? The inserts on double mattress sizes upwards are customisable on each side of the bed, so if you share with a partner, they can create a bespoke mattress that suits them but is different to yours on their side of the bed.

Fillings?

The inserts are made of reactive foam, which is quicker to respond than memory foam and cuts motion transfer down to nothing.

What do you get for your money?

A 10 year warranty and 100 night free trial.

See the latest offers on the Nrem mattress at Tweak

Best mattress for stomach sleepers

If you're a stomach sleeper, you might find your current mattress uncomfortable. Wondering why? Well, sleeping on your front can result in sore pressure points in the ribcage, knees, elbows and elsewhere, as well as what’s alarmingly called 'general spinal discomfort', which, arguably, makes finding the best mattress for front sleepers more important than it is for anyone else. 

Below, we've reviewed the best mattresses for stomach sleepers so you can find one that's perfect for you, without even trying it out in store (that's where the 100-night free trial comes in).  

Our all-round best bet is the Sealy Activ GelTex, a medium mattress with a winning spring and latex construction, available exclusively from John Lewis & Partners, that’s great for stomach sleepers of all shapes and sizes. Read on to find out more about it – and all our top stomach sleeper mattress picks.

Sealy Activ Geltex 2200

1. Sealy Activ Geltex 2200

The best mattress for front sleepers: enjoy a dreamy night’s sleep in cloud-like comfort

Specifications
Best for: All sleeping positions
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 34cm
Type: Pocket spring /foam topper
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Cushiony loveliness+Allergy relief
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy

Who will the Activ Geltex 2200 suit?

Stomach sleepers who love being hugged to sleep.

What is the Activ Geltex 2200 like to sleep on?

This mattress is graded Medium, which is true in terms of overall support, but on firmness, we rated it much softer. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you are a stomach sleeper, particularly if you are female. Those lady lumps need somewhere to go, and on this mattress they are well cushioned! It’s a big beast of a mattress, and properly solid, too, which adds a reassuring feeling of luxury. The one reviewer on John Lewis’ website rated it excellent on most counts, the only negative being that its weight makes the Activ Geltex 2200 cumbersome to heft up the stairs. All in all, this is our pick of the best mattress for stomach sleepers.

Special features?

Allergy UK endorsed, thanks to Purotex fabric treatment, this mattress ensures dust mites and other allergens are not welcomed. The cover is made from Sealy’s Smart Fibres with Tencel, which is designed to keep you cool and wick away moisture.

Fillings?

A total of 2,200 pockets springs, in two sizes, provide exceptional support. The top layer includes a layer of gel-infused foam, which provides the responsiveness required for stomach sleepers. 

What do you get for your money?

A 10-year guarantee, free delivery within five weeks, and made in the UK.

See our deep review of the Sealy Activ Geltex 2200.

Sleepeezee Ortho Supreme Mattress from furniture village

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2. Sleepeezee Ortho Supreme Mattress

The best mattress for front sleepers with back pain: this ortho mattress boasts two sizes of spring for optimum support

Specifications
Best for: Spine support
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 26cm
Type: Pocket Spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Great zoned support+Hand tufted, wool filled layer
Reasons to avoid
-Delivery charge

Who will the Ortho Supreme suit?

Back pain suffers who are more comfortable on their tum.

What is the Ortho Supreme like to sleep on?

Made exclusively for Furniture Village by long-established British mattress company Sleepeezee, the Ortho Supreme is specially designed to ensure even spine alignment. As well as the usual full size pocket springs in the base, this mattress has an extra layer of smaller springs for extra responsiveness and support where you need it most. Our pick of the best mattress for stomach sleepers who require a little more support on their spine.

Special features?

Easy care, no turn. Hand-taped edges for superior strength and solidity. 

Fillings?

There are 2,200 pocket springs (king-size) in two sizes. The comfort layers are made from British wool and soft polyester that’s hand-tufted to prevent lumpiness. The cover is finished in high-quality Belgian woven damask that’s soft-to-touch.

What do you get for your money?

A 10-year guarantee. Delivery isn’t free (£29) but Furniture Village's delivery team will put it in the room of your choice and remove (and recycle) all packaging.

silentnight risborough pocket mattress by silentnight

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3. Silentnight Risborough Mirapocket

Best quality mattress for front sleepers: fully loaded with an abundance of springs, this new entry offers precision support

Specifications
Best for: Impressive spring count
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 32cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Luxury by the bucket-load+High spring count = top quality support
Reasons to avoid
-Quite high so may require deep fitted sheets

Who will the Risborough Mirapocket suit?

Tummy sleepers looking for a safe bet on a decent night’s sleep.

What is the Risborough Mirapocket like to sleep on?

Since sleep experts agree that stomach dozers need a combination of support and softness, this spring and memory foam mash-up should prove just the ticket. Silentnight’s celebrated Mirapocket zoned spring system is at the heart of this robust mattress, but it’s the generous layer of memory foam that we think gives this mattress the edge. By hugging your lower back to relieve the pressure that sleeping on your stomach puts on the lumbar region, the memory foam topper creates the feeling of weightlessness so you can expect to wake up gloriously ache-free. Thanks to its impressive spring count, this is one of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers around.

Special features?

The cover is made from hypoallergenic fabric that encourages airflow to help you sleep coolly. There are also metal vents in the sides to bring in cool air from beneath you. No need to turn. 

Fillings?

An impressive 2,800 pocket springs (king-size) are at your disposal, each working independently to achieve the right levels of support where required. The generous memory foam topper offers superior spinal alignment and a focus on air-flow promises you won’t wake up sweaty.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

silentnight ostereley mattress from dreams

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4. Silentnight Osterley Mirapocket

Best budget hybrid mattress for stomach sleepers: a combination of springs and memory foam makes this solidly built mattress a firm contender

Specifications
Best for: Tailored support
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 26cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Full surface springs (no hard edge)
Reasons to avoid
-None

Who will the Osterley suit?

Combination mattress fans with a closer eye on the pennies.

What is the Osterley like to sleep on?

If you can’t quite stretch to the Silentnight Risborough on our list, then the new Langley is a very worthy second choice. It has a similar combination of springs and memory foam, just a few fewer of the former, and a little thinner on the latter. It’s only been in stock a little while but is already receiving glowing reviews. We think it's the best mattress for front sleepers who are after tailored support.

Special features?

Edge-to-edge springs for maximum sleep space – especially useful on smaller size mattresses when sharing. Made from hypoallergenic materials. No turn.

Fillings?

There are 1,400 pocket springs (king-size), which is by no means shabby, and Silentnight’s clever zoning technology will ensure proper spine alignment. Meanwhile the memory foam layer is the perfect thickness to keep your lumbar region softly supported when sleeping on your stomach. 

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

Silentnight Studio

5. Silentnight Studio

Best mattress for front sleepers with joint pain: this mattress comes in three softness levels for all sleeping configurations

Specifications
Best for: Easing painful pressure points
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 25cm
Type: Memory foam / comfort foam
Comfort grade: Softer, Medium, Firmer
Reasons to buy
+Cushioned, cooling Geltex layer
Reasons to avoid
-No handles for rotating 

Who will the Studio suit?

Memory foam fans who overheat for England.

What is the Studio like to sleep on?

If the lack of springs isn’t a deal-breaker for you, and you’re all about that glorious sinking-in feeling, you might want to consider Silentnight’s Studio foam mattress. It comes in a choice of three firmness levels, but for sleepers who alternate between front and side, the softer comfort level should be just the thing to see off any aggravation of painful pressure points. Reevoo’s reviewers loved the cushioning Geltex layer, and some even said it had seen off their back pain within a few weeks. Which? trialed the medium version and said it aced tests on body support and durability and is ‘one of the best mattresses we’ve tested in years’.

Special features?

Cosy touch, Allergy UK approved, anti-allergy cover. Practical bed-in-a-box packaging makes for easy delivery and positioning into place (particularly if you have a turn in your staircase) – except the super-king, which arrives flat.

Fillings?

Two thick layers of high-density foam, zoned to offer different support at key points, form the base. The next layer is memory foam and then a Geltex (gel-infused foam) layer lies closest to your body.

What do you get for your money?

A five year guarantee, 60-night sleep trial (switch to another Silentnight mattress if this one’s not for you), plus free delivery. 

Best latex mattress

Latex is one of the most popular mattress filling choices for those with allergies (bar latex allergies, of course) because is naturally hypoallergenic and breathable. It’s also a very durable material and can be expected to support you soundly for several years.

Browse below to find the best latex mattress for you; we've included everything from budget to top-quality ones that ensure you won't over-heat, and latex mattresses that are ideal for allergy sufferers as they have no places for dust mites to hide.

We recommend going for a medium thickness latex mattress such as the Naturalex GELTECH Mattress if you often find yourself getting hot and sticky in the night.

Looking for the right level of support and firmness? To enjoy the best of both worlds, we recommend latex-topped pocket spring mattresses, like our top pick from Rest Assured, which bring a bit of extra bounce to the party.

Rest Assured Richborough Pocket Latex Mattress

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1. Rest Assured Richborough Pocket Latex Mattress

Best latex mattress: this new latex-topped entry punches above its weight

Specifications
Best for: Top-class quality
Size: Double-super king
Depth: 30cm
Type: Pocket spring/latex:
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Luxury feel, allergy-friendly+handmade in the UK
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy and high (fortunately it's 'no-turn')

Who will the Richborough suit?

Anyone seeking a really luxurious pocket spring mattress with latex softness.

What is the Richborough like to sleep on?

This mattress falls on the firmer side of medium, but still offers a good level of cosy comfort thanks to its latex topper. It offers decent support for shoulders and hips, which is great news for side and back-sleepers, and we also found motion transfer was minimal – ie, your partner won’t disturb you during the night. Build quality is unprecedented, and this shines through when you sit on the edge and it stays strong and supportive. Speaking of which, it is a deep mattress, which could prove an issue if you already have a tall divan base.

Special features?

Treated with Purotex, a textile additive that uses good bacteria to stop dust mites and other household allergens from multiplying. Allergy UK approved. Single-side, so no need to flip but it does require rotation. Also comes in soft and firm versions. 

Fillings?

A pocket spring base (2,000 in a king size), with a latex filled pillowtop for extra comfort. The latex used here is a blended variety, which mixes natural and synthetic latex to achieve all the sleep benefits of 100 per cent natural latex but with the advantage of a more affordable price tag.

What do you get for your money?

A five-year guarantee. Delivery is an extra £14.99.

See our full review of the Richborough mattress.

2. Dunlopillo Firmrest Latex Mattress

Best firm latex mattress: a firm and sturdy mattress for a sound night’s sleep

Specifications
Best for: Firmness
Size: Single-King
Depth: 18cm
Type: Natural latex
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Anti-bacterial + Open cell structure 
Reasons to avoid
-No super-king

Who will the Dunlopillo Firmrest suit?

Environmentally-aware shoppers looking for firm spinal support.

What is the Dunlopillo Firmrest like to sleep on?

Light sleepers can be woken by the slightest thing – if you’re too hot or too cold, if the bed squeaks or moves. However, this latex mattress from Dunlopillo is favoured for its firmness, which can help prevent all manner of disturbances, including those from a fidgety partner. It's our best latex mattress for firm support. It has an open cell structure, which makes it incredibly breathable and is also hypoallergenic so you can expect a sound night’s sleep, even in the height of summer.

Special features?

Eco-friendly core. The latex base is engineered into seven comfort zones – softer for cushioning your shoulders, hips and heels, and firmer spine-balancing support for correct alignment. No turn.

Fillings?

Made from entirely natural latex derived from the sap of sustainably grown rubber trees, this mattress automatically responds and adapts to individual postures and movements to encourage deeper and more restful sleep. The cover is treated with Actipro to eliminate unwanted allergens, reduce bacteria and unpleasant odours.

What do you get for your money?

Free UK delivery within three weeks.

Silentnight Pocket Latex 2000 Mattress

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3. Silentnight Pocket Latex 2000 Mattress

Best pocket sprung and latex mattress: generous layer of latex gives this pocket spring mattress extra comfort and staying power

Specifications
Best for: Hygiene
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 37cm
Type: : Pocket spring/latex
Comfort grade: Medium/Soft
Reasons to buy
+ Cloud-like softness+ Durable latex top layer
Reasons to avoid
-Bit heavy

Who will the Pocket Latex 2000 suit?

Fans of Silentnight’s Mirapocket mattresses looking for extra allergy protection and padding.

What is the Pocket Latex 2000 like to sleep on?

At 37cm-deep, this mattress means business. The main support is provided by Silentnight’s award winning Mirapocket spring system, whereby each pocketed spring reacts independently to your body weight and movement. The benefits include no roll-together between partners, pressure relief on joints – this is a good option for side and back-sleepers – and maximum sleeping space as the sprung support carries right to the edge. The natural latex layer is generously thick and provides medium/soft comfort levels for those who like a cloud-like nest of a bed. The three Reevoo reviews available give this mattress nine out of 10 overall and agree it is comfortable and well made, if a bit on the bulky side. 

Special features?

Treated with Purotex, a 100 per cent natural probiotic that combats allergens and dust mite.

Fillings?

Pocket spring base (2,000 in a king-size), with a natural latex filled top layer.

What do you get for your money?

Free UK delivery from 14 days, to a room of your choice. A 60-night comfort trial (switch to a different Silentnight mattress if this one isn’t for you). Potential to save £75 when you trade in your old bed or mattress.

See our review of the Silentnight Mirapocket Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 mattress.

Sealy Activ Latex 1400 Pocket Spring Mattress

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4. Sealy Activ Latex 1400 Pocket Spring Mattress

Best medium latex mattress: sleep soundly next to your partner with no extra movement to disturb you

Specifications
Best for: Uninterrupted sleep
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 29cm
Type: Pocket spring/Latex/Foam
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Maximum 'bang for your buck' +Minimal motion transfer 
Reasons to avoid
-Chemical smell on opening

Who will the Sealy Activ Latex suit? 

Packing springs, foam and latex, there’s something for everyone in this luxurious number.

What is the Sealy Activ like to sleep on?

If you are sick of your partner's restlessness waking you up, you may find that this latex mattress is firm yet comfortable enough for you both to sleep soundly. This is the best latex mattress for absorbing movements, and this is no doubt partially due to the extra layer of support foam between the pocket spring base and latex layer. All bar one of John Lewis’ customers liked this mattress, rating it 4.4/5 overall. The general consensus is that you get a lot of mattress for your money, not to mention Sealy’s renowned quality construction and comfort levels. The foam layers will add a chemical smell you simply don’t get from latex alone but it does fade in time.

Special features?

Sealy’s clever Unicase foam bolster ensures edge-to-edge support so you’ll never experience that falling-off-a-cliff feeling when you lie near the edge of the bed. No turn. 

Fillings?

There are a lot of layers to this mattress. From the top down, you have a cosy layer of breathable polyester, then two layers of soft foam, a thicker later of latex, more polyester, then a much thicker support foam layer that’s zoned inline with your body, yet more polyester and, finally pockets springs (1,400 in a king-size). Phew! 

What do you get for your money?

A 10 year guarantee. Free standard UK delivery within five weeks. 

MARCAPIUMA Latex Mattress

5. MARCAPIUMA Latex Mattress

Best hypo-allergenic latex mattress: fully breathable and hypoallergenic for those with dust allergies

Specifications
Best for: Allergies
Size: Small-single to Super-king
Depth: 20cm
Type: Latex
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Highly recommended+ Odourless
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy

Who will the Marcapiuma suit?

This is a great quality latex mattress from Italy that will suit anyone seeking medium firmness.

What is the Marcapiuma like to sleep on?

This mattress is specifically designed with allergies in mind. Alongside the standard anti-allergy protection that latex offers, it features antibacterial protection against the growth of dust mites and, thanks to Silver Ion impregnated cover, is effective against more than 650 different species of bacteria (try not to dwell on that for too long or you’ll never sleep again). The cover can also be easily removed and machine-washed so you can keep your mattress fresh for longer, and the latex base boasts seven different comfort zones with breathable holes to keep you cool at night. It is rated 4.6/5 stars on Amazon, with 85 per cent of the 20 reviews giving it a big thumbs up for coolness and overall satisfaction.

Special features?

Cover is removable and machine washable at 60 degrees. Supplied rolled and vacuum-packed for easy delivery and access. 

Fillings?

The main ingredient is 100% Latex Foam, a blended material made from natural and synthetic latex for excellent support and longevity. 

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery within four to five days. A 10 year warranty. Oeko-Tex certification, which basically means there are no harmful chemicals in this mattress. 

Sareer Latex Coil Mattress

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6. Sareer Latex Coil Mattress

Best budget latex mattress: this popular latex topped mattress represents exceptional value for money

Specifications
Best for: Bargain hunters
Size: Small-single to Super-king
Depth: 22cm
Type: Springs/foam/latex
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Hypoallergenic+ Sleep cool foam
Reasons to avoid
-May dip after five or so years

Who will the Sareer Latex Coil suit?

Anyone looking to enjoy the benefits of latex for less.

What is the Sareer Latex Coil like to sleep on?

With even the largest super-king version coming in at just a little more than £200, it’s no surprise that people are snapping this mattress up for their guest bedrooms and children. However, according to the glowing reviews on Wayfair, many have been so impressed that they then proceeded to order one for their master bedroom. Praise indeed. There are a few suggestions that this mattress might tip towards the softer side of medium (open coil springs are generally spongier than pocket) so tread with caution if you prefer things firmer. The springs in this mattress have a coil gauge of 13.5 – look for 12 if you need firm support.

Special features?

Hypoallergenic materials protect against dust mites. The Reflex foam layer features open cell airflow for a cooler sleep. 

Fillings?

Although the base is open coil, rather than the superior pocket spring option, the extra layers of Reflex foam and latex will undoubtedly give this mattress extra durability. However, do be aware that most open coil mattresses don’t last longer than five years, which is why they are often the preferred choice for children and guest use.

What do you get for your money?

Free standard delivery within the UK. Five-year manufacture warranty.

Naturalex GELTECH Mattress

7. Naturalex GELTECH Mattress

Best latex mattress for sweaty sleepers: keep your cool at night with this thermo-regulating mattress

Specifications
Best for: Keeping cool
Size: Small-single to European Queen
Depth: 19cm
Type: Foam/Latex
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Cooling Gel Fresh memory foam +Dual-sided for summer or winter
Reasons to avoid
-Not terribly deep

Who will the Naturalex Geltech suit?

Hot sleepers and those who tend to change their sleeping position

What is the Naturalex Geltech like to sleep on?

You can kiss goodbye to night sweats with this gel/latex/memory foam combo, which is designed to regulate your temperature all year round. It has a winter and a summer side that you flip depending on the season, while the seven comfort zones will support your sleeping position to keep you comfortable as well as cool. The mattress itself is not too thick, so is suitable for adjustable beds (set to be a big trend in 2019, you heard it here first), but still provides firm support, which is great for relieving pressure on the joints.

Special features?

The dual-sided cover is pretty clever: thick cotton gives extra cosiness on the winter side, while an aerated 3D mesh cools you down in summer. Supplied rolled and vacuum-packed for easy delivery and access. 

Fillings?

The latex layer is at the core of this mattress and provides zoned support and spine alignment. This is sandwiched by two memory foam layers, which are gel-infused to help with temperature regulation, according to Naturalex.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery. There are a few sellers of this mattress on Amazon, so do shop around to find the best deals.

Dormeo Octaspring Tribrid Mattress

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8. Dormeo Octaspring Tribrid Mattress

Best latex mattress for back pain: latex brings an extra layer of spine protection to this all-singing, all-dancing hybrid

Specifications
Best for: Targeting (and relieving) pain
Size: Single-super king
Depth: 27cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium/Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Innovative technology caters for all 
Reasons to avoid
-Spendy

Who will the Octaspring Tribrid suit?

This is a high-spec crowd-pleaser that tackles all the main mattress crimes head-on.

What is the Octaspring Tribrid like to sleep on?

Uniting memory foam, pocket springs and latex, Dormeo’s top-end Tribrid mattress caters for all. Those with back pain will be particularly relieved to hear about the natural latex layer that helps settle your spinal column in a neutral, weightless position, which allows the muscles to relax and repair. Not forgetting latex’s breathability prowess, which wicks away excess heat and moisture for a peaceful sleep. The memory foam, spring and latex combo promises superior motion transfer protection, which is critical when trying to avoid painful bumps in the night.

Special features?

Natural probiotic ingredients injected into the fabric layers help keep allergens and dust mites at bay. Dormeo claims this mattress is eight times more breathable than other foam-based mattresses thanks, in part, to its latex layer.

Fillings?

Combining the three most popular mattress fillings in one, namely memory foam, pocket springs and latex, the Tribrid is designed to deliver the best possible night’s sleep. Each layer works collectively to support and protect the spine. The foam made Octasprings are especially clever for their air-flow encouraging construction, and individual responsiveness. It’s hard to explain how they work, but luckily Dormeo has produced this helpful video.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery, 60-night sleep trial (and no-hassle returns) plus an impressive 20-year warranty

Top tips for buying a mattress online

1. Use the free trial to test your new mattress

We'd never advise anyone to buy a mattress without trying it first. Back in the day, that meant hitting the shops and lying on mattresses in store – hardly the best way to find out if you're going to get on with your best mattress choice long-term. Now, you can safely shop online and take advantage of the free trial with no quibble returns – usually 100 days – to ensure you've chosen the best mattress for you.

2. Buy the best mattress for your sleep position

Are you a back sleeper, a side sleeper or stomach sleeper? Purchase your next mattress to suit how you sleep, and you'll be pain and ache free in no time. If you sleep on your front you need a firm mattress that supports you but has give for your needs and ribs (and other sensitive points) to sink in. You also need to consider how things like your pillow impacts on your sleeping position too.

3. Get the right level of firmness

Side sleepers should look at medium-soft mattresses, such as memory foam, which is more yielding and forgiving on joints and helps keep the spine straight (see our pick of the best memory foam mattresses). Stomach or front sleepers will get on better with a soft/medium, supportive hybrid or pocket sprung mattress so their spine and neck stay aligned. Back sleepers should opt for a medium/firm foam or latex mattress to get a comfortable night's sleep.

4. Choose the best mattress material for you

There's a mind-boggling array of mattress material choices but it's important to state that no one particular type is better than another; it's much more about what you'll find comfortable. Here's a quick rundown of the mattress types available:

Memory foam moulds to your body's shape, and gives plenty of support, making it perfect for side sleepers or anyone with back pain. Newer memory foam mattresses have breathability built in – so look for this as a feature when buying. It's also good for allergy sufferers.

Hybrid mattresses/sprung memory foam mattresses are constructed with a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer, so you'll get the responsiveness of springs plus memory foam support. Good for allergy and back pain sufferers. 

Latex is durable and breathable; it tends to be on the firmer side, and is ideal for allergy sufferers thanks to its anti-microbial properties. It tends to be much firmer than memory foam so is suited to those who need extra support.

Pocket sprung mattresses, made from individual springs in pockets of fabric, provide lots of support, whether you prefer a soft or firm sleep surface. They can also come with different levels of support on either side of a double for partners who prefer different levels of firmness.

Open sprung mattresses are cheaper and lightweight, but less supportive and responsive; choose them for guest rooms.

5. Pick the right depth for you and your bed

The mattresses in our list range from 18cm to 30cm. See how high your bed is and check the overall height of your bed isn't going to be an issue (especially if your bedroom is in a loft with sloping ceilings).

6. Look at the additional features

It's useful to consider whether the mattress you're purchasing has any added features such as:

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