They can have a reputation for being an expensive purchase, but a great mattress doesn’t have to cost the earth. We’ve just tested five cheap mattresses that cost £330 or less. One of them scored highly enough to be named a Best Buy.
We’ve put budget mattresses from the British Bed Company, Groupon, Kayflex, Shire Beds and Snuggle Beds up against mattresses from more expensive brands such as Dreams and Simba.
One of them did well enough to be crowned a Best Buy, and at hundreds of pounds cheaper than our most expensive new Best Buy, it’s certainly worth a look.
Not every cheap mattress we’ve tested is a bargain, though. We’ve found some that just aren’t supportive enough or won’t last over time.
For a mattress to be deemed a Best Buy in our test lab, it has to be supportive and durable, and prove that it won’t sag or soften over time.
Check out a few of the cheap mattresses we’ve just tested below – one is a Best Buy, but you’ll need to head to our reviews to find out which.
See our full list of Best Buy mattresses
Shire Beds Shire Tuft Orthopaedic Sleep System, £165
This budget-friendly, open-coil spring mattress is made from a 16.5cm spring core with layers of fibrous material on either side. Shire Beds says its ‘hand-tufting’ method should prevent sagging over time. We simulate 10 years of use on every mattress we test to see how durable they really are. Read our Shire Tuft Orthopaedic sleep system mattress review to find out how it fared.
Kayflex Pocket Plush 2000 Series, £260
The Kayflex Pocket Plush mattress combines memory foam with an 18cm micro-pocket spring core. This single-sided mattress is medium firm and, when we tested it for heat retention in our lab, we found it’s of average warmth, so you shouldn’t feel too cool or too hot.
The key to a comfortable night’s sleep is good spinal support. We test mattresses for how well they support you in a range of positions, including sleeping on your back, front and side. Will this mattress support you no matter how you sleep? Read our Kayflex Pocket Plush 2000 review to find out.
Snuggle Beds Pocket Memory Ortho 1000, £328
This mattress has pressure-relieving memory foam and a pocket-spring core. Some memory foam mattresses we’ve tested can be tricky to turn over on as the foam molds to your body, while others provide just the right amount of stability. Read our full test review of the Snuggle Beds Pocket Memory Ortho 1000 mattress to find out whether it aced our tests.
Groupon Handmade Memory Hybrid, £320
Groupon is known for its bargains, but does that extend to its cheap handmade hybrid mattress. For £320, you’ll get a double mattress with a 15cm spring core, topped with 0.5cm of memory foam. Groupon also claims the quilted cover is infused with aloe vera to help promote ‘skin recovery’. This mattress will arrive rolled up and delivered to your door in a box – but will you need to send it back?
Is it worth paying more for an expensive double mattress?
Not necessarily. Our tests have shown that you don’t have to have a big budget to get a decent mattress that will be supportive and durable.
Out of the 20 mattresses in our latest round of testing, prices ranged from £165 up to £950 and covered a wide range of mattress types – foam, pocket sprung, open coil, memory foam and hybrids. One Best Buy gave the maximum five-star spine support, while our lowest-scoring mattress in this test failed to impress, with support dropping off over time.
Whatever your budget and whatever mattress type you want, we’ve got your back – literally.
Head to our full mattress reviews to see all 180 of the mattresses that have been through our tests.
Will mattresses be on sale for Black Friday?
Last year, we found huge savings of more than £200 on big-brand pocket-sprung and memory foam mattresses, so you’re likely to see more this November. We found some Black Friday mattress deals that offered lower prices than promotions at other times of year.
We’d always recommend you do plenty of research before making a Black Friday purchase, to make sure you’re getting a genuine bargain on a product you’ll love for years to come.
Our experts reveal a round-up of all the Best Black Friday mattress deals for 2020.
Other new mattress reviews
- Mattressonline Memory Zone 2000 Pocket Adaptive mattress, £950
- Furniture Village, Slumberland All Seasons Range Equinox 1600 Ortho, £599
- Simba Hybrid UK Original mattress, £525
- British Bed Company The Memory Ortho 2000 mattress, £483
- Mlily Harmony 2000 Ortho mattress, £450
- Argos 1500 pocket cool gel mattress, £399
- Next The Marshmallow Memory Firm mattress, £399
Memory foam mattresses
Pocket sprung mattresses
- Dreams Balearic D Revived mattress, £799
- Herdy Sleep Wool mattress, £849
- Mattress Online Silentnight Eco Comfort Breathe 1000 mattress, £639
- Ely double mattress, £799
- Next The Eco firm mattress, £425
Prices are for UK double mattresses and are correct as of October 2020.