Which? tests reveal cheap Best Buy mattressesBargain buys among 2016's top-rated mattresses

01 July 2016

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Two cheap foam mattresses topped our 2016 mattress group test

A great night's sleep is cheaper than you think. In our 2016 mattress group test we've uncovered two Best Buys that will support your spine for years, and save you hundreds of pounds over the cost of mattresses from rival brands.

We assessed 19 foam and pocket sprung mattresses from leading brands such as Sealy, Hypnos and John Lewis. The cheapest cost just £165, while the priciest was almost eight times more, at an eye-watering £1,290.

Splashing out on a high-price mattress might get you luxury fillings such as cashmere, but our tests proved that spending more doesn't guarantee good support. In fact, some of the lowest-scoring mattresses cost more than £800, while two of the cheapest mattresses impressed us enough to become Which? Best Buys.

Read on to find out why they're so good - or head straight to our mattress reviews to see our full list of Best Buys.

Cheap mattresses

Both of the new Best Buys are foam mattresses.

One scored an impressive 72% in our tough tests, which included assessments for back support, how much bounce is caused by a sleeper turning over, how breathable the mattress is and how easy it is to move and turn.

The 72% mattress is unbelievably cheap, and will support your spine whether you're big or small, or sleep on your side or back. You'll get the same support even after years of use and it won't sag or soften over time.

Our other Best Buy is a great choice if you tend to sweat a lot in the night because it's breathable. It's good for light sleepers, too. You shouldn't be disturbed if your partner rolls over in the night, as it's really stable.

Head to our Best Buy mattresses page to find out which models topped the table.

Pocket sprung mattresses

None of the pocket sprung mattresses we tested this year scored highly enough to earn our Best Buy recommendation - but some came close.

Pocket sprung mattresses contain hundreds of springs individually sewn into fabric pockets. They don't mould to your shape in the same way that memory foam mattresses do, but that doesn't necessarily mean they offer less support. They also tend to be cooler than memory foam mattresses, which could be an important consideration if you tend to find yourself too warm at night.

Head to our pocket sprung mattress reviews to find the top rated mattresses, including a Best Buy recommendation from our 2015 group test.

Which? mattress reviews

The full list of mattresses we’ve tested for 2016 is below; click on the links to read the full reviews and see today's best prices for each. Hybrid mattresses contain both foam and pocket springs. 

Foam and memory foam mattresses

Dormeo Memory Plus, £249
Dreams TheraPur Devotion 24 ActiGel/ActiLite, £1,099
Eve The Mattress
, £549
Ikea Morgedal, £165
Slumberland Tempo, £1,200
The One by Made, £499

Pocket sprung mattresses

Dreams Workshop Classic Collection Orchard 1000, £599
Hypnos Orthos Cashmere 'Firm' Tension, £1,065
Ikea Hokkåsen, £390
John Lewis Pocket Memory 1000, £375
John Lewis Natural Collection Linen 5000, £699
Marks & Spencer Natural 2800, £749
Myer’s My Super Duper Memory Mattress, £499
Silentnight Geltex Tranquil 1000, £511
Sleepeezee Lagoon Luxurious 1500, £529
Sleepeezee Spirit 2000, £549

Hybrid mattresses

Dormeo Octaspring Hybrid Plus, £899
Sealy Hybrid Fusion, £1,060
Sealy Hybrid Pocket Perfection 2200, £1,290

Prices are correct as of 30 June 2016.

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