I've been sleeping on a vast range of mattresses and putting them through their paces to bring you a true picture of how comfortable each one is and how much support it provides. I've also roped in my husband Nick to create a balanced view of what each mattress is like for women (so often the purchasers) and men, persuaded friends and family to try them out, and have conducted some semi-scientific testing so that you can buy your mattress online with confidence.
Here, we review the Button & Sprung Perendale mattress.
Perendale mattress specifications:
Type: Pocket spring
Sizes: Single, double, king, super-king
Who will the Perendale mattress suit?
Pocket sprung connoisseurs who don’t want to settle for anything but the best.
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What's the Perendale mattress like to sleep on?
Button & Sprung has been rumbling in the back of my consciousness for a while, mainly because they have an excellent PR firm that keeps me abreast of news and product updates. So I’d heard the company has developed something called the IQ Spring, and I’d read that it was 'revolutionary', but I didn’t have the time or reason to delve deeper. Now that I have, I can tell you this IQ Spring thingiemebob has what’s known in the business as ‘progressive support’. Basically, the more weight that pushes down on it, the more it pushes back. The idea is that everyone, no matter how thin or not, gets exactly the right amount of support. Clever, huh?
We were sent the Perendale, which is slap bang in the middle of Button & Sprung’s nine-mattress-strong line-up and includes a fairly hearty number of springs (8,800 in a king size). It was the Regular firmness option, which is aimed at ‘those of average or lighter weight or who prefer a more forgiving mattress feel’.
So how did it fare? First up, the Perendale looks and feels like the high-end mattress that it is. The construction is excellent, and I mean properly flawless. I did an upholstery course once so I know a few things about piping and edging and this mattress is clearly made by people who know way more than me.
When we hopped (ok, sloped) into bed the first night, the softly cushioned top layer was very welcome. The ‘ahhh’ factor is a given with the Perendale. My ‘too soft’ alarm bells started ringing as I moved into my preferred side sleeping position but they quietened down as I realised that actually my hip and shoulder felt supported, not sinking in too far at all.
Moving onto my back, again my pressure points were well supported. If the mattress was too firm, I’d feel my hips pushing up, too soft and they would sink lower into the mattress than the rest of my body. I asked Nick to assess (he made some snarky comment about bringing his spirit level to bed, but he had been nearly asleep by that point so I let it go) and he concurred that my body was indeed neatly aligned. In face-plant mode (I mean stomach-sleeping), the comfort levels remained soft yet supported, but I’ll admit I didn't hang around in that position for long, and was soon sparko.
With so many springs (although it’s worth noting that the majority are teeny-tiny things) you have to expect a degree of motion transfer from this mattress. I definitely noticed more reverberations than I would on a memory foam for example, but we weren’t spring-boarding each other around and the Perendale’s solidly stitched construction definitely has a dampening effect on motion transfer. I’d perhaps give it an 8 out of 10 on the ‘undisturbed by partner’ scale.
For firmness, which is about your preferred comfort levels, I’d definitely rate the Perendale towards the softer side of medium. If you like a firm mattress, or are heavier, Button & Sprung offers a Firmer option as standard, and can also do bespoke (non-returnable) mattresses in Softer or Extra Firm. Our remarkably patient testers (three male, three female, ranging from 10 to 17 stone) once again traipsed over for a lie-down and the majority rated it around the medium mark (see graph below). Our heaviest buddy found it too soft, but the lightest was happy as a clam and wanted to take it home with her.
The weight test (pics below) revealed a fairly big discrepancy between the side and middle of the mattress. At the side, our manky old 56lb weight held strong at a fairly reasonable 6.5cm, while in the centre of the bed it sank off the chart at 10cm+. Curious. I spent the next few nights rolling about trying to work out if this difference had an impact in reality. Possibly I am not heavy enough (hah!) but I really didn't feel like I sank any deeper towards the middle, and, crucially, there was no evidence of ‘roll-together’. Nick and I managed to sustain our normal no-touching sleep mode with ease. Phew.
The posture test (see below) really just served to support Button & Sprung’s almost evangelical belief in its precious IQ Springs. Nick’s spine is beautifully aligned and he looks as comfortable as a baby. Indeed, his verdict was that, if he were stumping up actual money he’d like to try the firmer option just to be sure, but he’d be happy to cough up for this mattress if it was my perfect fit (bless him).
How does the Perendale rate online?
All but one of the eight Perendale specific reviews on Button & Sprung’s website award it the top five stars, the lone dissenter went for four out of five and decreed to ‘very comfortable’, which is hardly damning. As a company, Button & Sprung rates 4.9 out of five stars, so you can also expect to feel pretty happy with the customer service on offer.
What do you get for your money?
This mattress is pretty pricey but it does come loaded to the gunnels with benefits, such as 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. The people behind the scenes at Button & Sprung are also super-friendly and un-pushy. You get the feeling that you’re dealing with a really lovely company that cares about how well you sleep.
Is the Perendale mattress worth it?
If springs are your thing, the Perendale is well worth a gander. I was impressed by the build quality and the perfect balance of comfort and support. I possibly slept a little hotter than I have done on some of the memory foam numbers that sport all that aerated open-cell foam, but it’s hard to say without wearing a temperature monitor and it was ‘that time of the month’ when my internal barometer soars anyway (soz, too much info). Only a full-body icepack can help in those circs.
Overall, it is a yes from me. Nick agreed, saying he found it very comfortable, if maybe a touch too soft (I would guess he is tipping the scales towards 14 stone these days but it’s more than my life’s worth to ask), and he also mentioned the sturdy, padded handles made it far nicer to manhandle.
Perendale mattress fillings
Skip my whitterings below by watching this video about the Perendale.
The Perendale begins with two layers of natural fillings, the one closest to your body is Egyptian cotton and mohair, and next down is a layer of traditional Horsehair. This is where the cushion's softness you feel on first lying down comes in. Bringing the bounce, we have two layers of mini (really tiny) pocket springs, totally 8,000 in the king-size, and the base is where the core layer of 800 IQ pocket springs sits ready to support you in a neutral (weightless) position. I love that all the materials are completely natural, no extra chemicals invading your home, and are also naturally breathable to keep your bed fresh.
Ordering and delivery
- Delivery is within four to six weeks of ordering.
- If you’re lucky enough (or unlucky, depending on your perspective) to live within 65 miles of London, delivery is free.
- Otherwise, just pop your postcode in the delivery section of B&S’s website to find out your fee. Here in the deepest depths of Devon delivery costs £75 but, to be fair, you do have to drive through Nomansland, quite literally, to get here.
- You get a two-hour delivery slot, which is handy for ensuring you’re home, and dressed appropriately.
About our review – and our reviewer
Linda Clayton has been writing about homes and interiors for nearly 20 years, working for publications such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Real Homes, Ideal Home, Livingetc and House Beautiful. Linda and her husband spend between five and 10 nights sleeping on each mattress.