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Seven new Best Buy mattresses uncovered

High-street mattresses fight back against online bed-in-a-box brands Casper and Emma

Nearly half of the 15 mattresses we’ve tested this month are good enough to be Best Buys, with one becoming the joint-highest-scoring mattress we’ve ever seen.

New launches from big bed-in-a-box brands, including Casper, Emma and Leesa, have all been repeatedly flipped, pummelled and scrutinised in our tough lab tests.

Three of the most impressive mattresses in our recent tests are from traditional high-street brands that, in recent years, haven’t been in contention for Best Buy recognition.


See our full list of Best Buy mattresses.


High-street mattresses

Online bed-in-a-box mattresses may be all the rage, but there’s still a lot to be said for buying a mattress in store, as our latest test results reveal.

For starters, if you’re after a traditional pocket-sprung mattress with natural fillings, you’re more likely to find that on the high street.

And never underestimate how important it is to try before you buy. Even two mattresses with the same claimed firmness can feel very different from one another.

One of the mattresses we’ve just tested is sold as ‘firm’, but in our own objective firmness tests it ranked as an eight on a scale where one is the firmest and ten the softest.

Below you’ll find brief round-ups of the key features of some of the new high-street mattresses we’ve tested – click through to find out whether they made it as Best Buys.


From understanding firmness ratings to whether to opt for a memory foam or pocket-sprung mattress, find out how to buy the best mattress.


John Lewis Classic Collection Ortho Support 1000 – £399

Classic in every sense of the word, this reasonably priced John Lewis mattress only contains pocket springs and natural fillings, and, unlike many modern mattresses, it’s also two-sided.

But many of the natural spring mattresses we’ve tested sag significantly over time, so you can’t rely on them to be comfortable for years to come.

Read our John Lewis Ortho Support 1000 review to see if it suffers from the same fate.

Sleepeezee Beautyrest Boutique Lexington – £649

 

Synthetic comfort layers often keep their shape better than natural ones, so in an effort to avoid premature sagging, this one-sided Sleepeezee mattress combines a pocket-spring core with additional foam layers.

But while foam can improve support and longevity, it can also restrict your movement and feel overly warm to lie on.

Read our Sleepeezee Beautyrest Boutique Lexington review to find out if that’s the case with this one.

Online mattresses

Not all that long ago, you wouldn’t have dreamed of buying something as expensive and important as a mattress without seeing it in the flesh first.

But the advent of bed-in-a-box mattresses has changed all that – and produced some of the best mattresses we’ve ever seen.

Order either of the mattresses we’ve picked out below and you’ll get 100 nights to sleep on them at home before deciding whether you want to send them back for a full refund.

But although delivery is free, it’s only worth the faff if these mattresses provide good support for your spine, whatever your body size or sleeping position.


See our top five boxed mattresses for 2019.


Emma Embrace – £649

The Emma Embrace costs more, and has half as many layers, as some of its rivals, but that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. True, the Embrace only contains three layers of foam, one of which is memory foam, but we’ve been impressed by mattresses that are little more than a single block of foam in the past.

The important thing is whether it will support your spine for years to come, without sagging or softening.

Read our Emma Embrace review for our expert verdict.

Leesa Sapira – £1,150

Far and away the most expensive bed-in-a-box mattress we’ve tested, the Sapira is also one of the few to contain full-sized pocket springs.

Leesa says that this mattress has been a quarter of a century in the making, provides ‘unparalleled support’ and is both cool to lie on and extremely stable – meaning you shouldn’t be disturbed when your partner rolls over or gets up during the night. But do our independent and objective tests agree?

Read our Leesa Sapira mattress review for our expert verdict.

Which? mattress reviews

Read our reviews of the other 11 mattresses we tested in June 2019 by clicking on the links below. Or go to our mattress reviews, to compare the supportiveness and durability of more than 130 mattresses.

Prices are for a standard double and are correct as of 21 June 2019.

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