Best mattress shops
We've asked 3,000 UK mattress owners about their shopping experiences to reveal the best and worst places to buy a new mattress whether you want to shop online or in store.
Our 2019 survey rates leading shops including Bensons for Beds, Casper, Eve, Ikea and John Lewis - only the best mattress retailers get top marks for value for money and arrange an easy delivery.
And when the top mattress shops in our survey score 85%, and the lowest scorers get 66%, it's worth thinking about where to put your effort before you hit the streets (or the internet).
Best and worst mattress stores
Best and worst mattress websites
Should you buy a mattress in-store or online?
In short, try a combination. Visiting a store lets you try out mattress materials and firmness and figure out what works out for you. Try to lie on mattresses in your normal sleep position for around 10 minutes - it's worth feeling slightly silly to guarantee a good night's sleep.
Half of the people in our survey said that they bought their mattress at least in part because it felt comfortable in the shop, and the majority of mattress buyers did end up buying in store - just one in five bought online.
However, trying out a mattress in store doesn't oblige you to buy there - and buying online is likely to give you more options and, potentially, a better deal.
Buying online may offer more flexibility if you want to return your mattress, too. Many online bed-in-a-box mattresses, from brands such as Casper, Emma, Eve or Simba, recognise that their online-only offer limits your ability to try before you buy.
To counter this, most offer trial periods for as long as 101 nights - a much better chance to test out your mattress. During this time you can usually return the mattress for a full refund – just make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully.
How we researched mattress stores and websites
In April 2019, we asked 3,000 members who had bought a mattress in the past 10 years whether they were satisfied with the shop they bought their last mattress from and whether they would recommend it to a friend - we combined these ratings to create a customer score for each mattress brand.
We also asked members how they would rate the shop for quality of advice, range of mattresses, value for money and ease of arranging delivery.