Why 70% of us aren't getting a good night sleepBrits spend more time choosing lunch than a new mattress

03 March 2012

Feet peeking out of duvet on a bed

Memory foam mattresses are good at relieving pressure on painful joints

How long did you spend choosing your last mattress before you bought it?

Despite the fact that the average mattress is slept on for almost a decade and costs around £800, a third of people spend less than five minutes trying out a mattress before buying it, according to a survey by Ikea.

Three quarters of people take less than 10 minutes to decide. For expert help, our exclusive Which? research reveals the best and worst mattress brands according to the experiences of thousands of consumers - including popular brands such as Ikea, Sealy and Tempur.

Getting a good night's sleep

The wrong mattress can have an impact on how well you sleep.

Seven in ten people feel they aren’t getting enough sleep according to the survey, commissioned to mark National Bed Month, so if you’re considering buying a new mattress it's important to research the different types and brands available.

Best mattress brands

Your budget and the position you sleep in will all have an impact on which mattress is right for you.

Which? retail expert Matt Clear said: ‘We've surveyed over 2,000 Which? members about their mattress to find out which are the best mattress brands, so go to our mattress brands review to find out how Ikea compares to the likes of Silentnight, Tempur and Sealy.'

Which? members can log in to read reviews of the best memory foam mattresses and find out which mattress brands and mattress retailers topped our poll. If you’re not already a member, a trial to Which.co.uk costs £1 and gives you instant access to all of our independent reviews and buying advice.

Which mattress?

Experts recommend you spend at least 10 minutes lying on a mattress before deciding whether it’s the right one for you. If the bed is for two, shop together.

For top tips on choosing the right mattress, check out our mattress buying guide which is packed with helpful advice on the types of mattress available. 

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