7 best mattresses for a good night's sleep in 2018

Let our list of the best mattresses on the market, from memory foam to pocket springs, latex to sheep’s wool, help you on your quest for the perfect night’s rest

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A good night’s sleep can be a transformative thing. When you get up on the right side of the bed, the sun seems to shine more brightly, the birds sing more sweetly, and there’s an unmistakable spring in our step.

A bad night’s sleep, on the other hand, can get you off on the wrong foot instantly, and we can’t have that. That’s why experts say (and we agree) that finding the right mattress is so important. With all the different types out there, it can seem a bit of a minefield, but we’ve put together some bite-sized advice to help you pick the best mattress for your needs, and a round-up of our favourites on the market right now, to help.

Many of us will have tried a memory foam mattress in the past, and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. They tend to be on the firm side, which is good for anyone who needs a little extra support, but also mould to the shape of the sleeper, so they’re an easy way to a perfectly tailored night’s sleep for side sleepers or scoliosis sufferers who might not get on with traditional spring mattresses.

However, as sinking into the foam insulates your body, it’s not only harder to regain a comfortable position if you move during the night, it can also heat you up considerably, which many people understandably don’t like.

Latex foam mattresses, while typically more expensive, are a good antidote to this. Like memory foam, they adapt to the shape of your body, but spring back more quickly, so they’re good for serial fidgeters, and typically have an added cooling layer. Being hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, they’re also an excellent pick if you suffer from asthma or a dust mite allergy, so you may find it’s worth paying the extra to breathe, and rest, easy.

Finally, there are the springs. Pocket springs are the new standard for non-foam mattresses, as unlike traditional open coil or open spring mattresses, they offer zoned support that minimises the risk of sinking or rolling into your sleeping partner.

1. The Casper Mattress

This hybrid foam mattress offers the best of both worlds

Specifications
Best for: Best all-rounder
Type: Comfort foam / memory foam
Sizes: Single, double, king, super king
Reasons to buy
+ Hybrid foam construction + Low-risk 100-night trial 
Reasons to avoid
- Edge support isn’t great 

Our number one mattress is supportive and adaptive for all kinds of sleepers, combining the firmness of memory foam with a breathable and cooling top layer that acts as a remedy to the usual over-warming that comes with it. Good for those with joint, neck or back pain, as well as back, stomach and side sleepers, it really is a fantastic all-rounder. However, if for any reason you don’t get on with it, Casper operate a 100-night trial, so there’s no risk. 

2. Vispring Wembury Superb Mattress

The ultimate luxury mattress, British-made and packed with natural fibres

Specifications
Best for: Luxury
Core: Pocket spring
Sizes: Single, double, king, super king
Reasons to buy
+ Very luxurious and high-quality + Handmade in Britain 
Reasons to avoid
- The most expensive on our list 

With layer upon layer of buoyant fleece wool, cotton and springy horsehair, this hand-upholstered Vispring mattress is the height of luxury. Lovingly made in Britain to the highest standard, each mattress is hand-stitched and tufted for an artisan feel, and its abundance of naturally luxurious fibres provide support without feeling too firm. This is a real lifetime investment, and if you have room in your bedroom budget and appreciate the ethical and traceable manufacturing, one that’s well worth making.  

3. eve Mattress

A comfortable combination of firm foam and cushioning

Specifications
Best for: Best memory foam
Core: Memory foam
Sizes: Single*, petite double, small double, double*, king*, super king, emperor, 7x7 foot
Reasons to buy
+ Memory foam support, but cooler  + Cushioned cover for comfort 
Reasons to avoid
- Light sleepers may be disturbed when their partner moves 

This medium-firm memory foam mattress, just like our first pick, offers everything people love about memory foam while cleverly cutting out the things they hate. The cushioned top cover offers more comfort than the average firm foam mattress, the breathable mid-layer keeps you cool during the night, and the anti-slip supportive base ensures everything stays where it should. A good buy if you’re not ready for the extremes of memory foam, but like the support. 

4. IKEA Morgedal

An ultra-affordable and surprisingly supportive mattress

Specifications
Best for: Best budget buy
Core: High-resilience foam
Sizes: 140 x 200 cm, 160 x 200 cm, standard single, standard double, standard king
Reasons to buy
+ Excellent value + Good for people who move in their sleep 
Reasons to avoid
- Handles aren’t very sturdy - careful when turning

This IKEA mattress is remarkably good for its very low price, perfect for treating guests to in the spare room, or for the kids’ rooms. However, if you move a lot in your sleep, we recommend keeping it all for yourself, as the high-resilience foam core responds well to your movements, shaping and supporting with every twist and turn. It’s also on the firm side, good for achieving spinal support and proper distribution of weight for a comfy night’s sleep. 

5. Dormeo Memory Plus

This Which? Best Buy mattress is our top pick for allergy-sufferers

Specifications
Best for: Allergies
Core: Memory foam
Sizes: Single, small double, double, king, super king
Reasons to buy
+ Good for allergies + Contours to your shape 
Reasons to avoid
- It’s on the thinner side 

With its antibacterial and anti-microbial finish, this is hands down our best mattress for allergies. Its trademarked Sanitized protection and carbon fibres, cleverly woven into the Florentine stitched cover, create an environment that’s hostile to dust mites and fungi and locks out dust particles, to keep asthma and allergy-sufferers breathing free. But is it just right for a comfortable night’s sleep, too? You bet. It adapts to the contours of the body using clever individual pieces of foam, ideal for side-sleepers. 

6. Silentnight Mirapocket 1200

Offering zoned support and no rolling, this pocket spring mattress is great for back pain

Specifications
Best for: Back pain
Core: Pocket springs
Sizes: Single, double, king, super king
Reasons to buy
+ Good for back pain and scoliosis sufferers  + Hardly any motion transfer from moving partners 
Reasons to avoid
- Pocket spring construction needs quite frequent turning 

7. Simba Hybrid

An excellent all-rounder for your bedroom or spare room

Specifications
Best for: Everyone
Core: Memory foam / pocket springs
Sizes: Single, small double, double, king, super king
Reasons to buy
+ Very comfy hybrid of foam and springs +  Extensively tested on different kinds of sleeper 
Reasons to avoid
- No handles for turning 

The Simba Hybrid suits all kinds of sleepers, so if you haven’t yet found your perfect mattress, we highly recommend you give this one a go. The combination of pocket springs and memory foam is innovative and best of all, extremely comfortable, as it moulds easily to your shape, enabling you to quickly find your groove again even if you move during the night. Thanks to the Sleep to Live Institute’s extensive testing on a massive sample size, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be good for everyone’s sleeping styles, so give it a go.