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Do you want a good night’s sleep? Deciding which type of mattress to buy is only part of the story.
Whether you prefer a pocket sprung or a memory foam mattress, our tests have found big differences between the best and worst of each mattress 'type'.
Make the wrong choice and you risk being lumbered with a needlessly expensive mattress that's uncomfortable, unsupportive and unable to stand the test of time without sagging and softening.
Thankfully, we've explained everything you need to know below to ensure you get the right mattress.
Watch our video to help you pick the perfect mattress for your sleeping position, body shape and bedroom.
Pocket sprung, latex, hybrid and memory foam mattresses have all impressed in our tough tests, so the type of mattress you choose really comes down to personal preference and budget.
If you want a traditional mattress with a natural filling, such as wool, you'll want a pocket sprung mattress.
With these, each spring is enclosed in its own fabric 'pocket' – each reacts to pressure from your body independently. However, these can be pricey and our tests show some can sag significantly over time.
Memory foam mattresses can be more durable and mould to your body shape but, in some cases, this can increase your body temperature and restrict your movement.
A new mattress can cost anywhere between £100 and several thousand, so whatever your budget there will be a mattress for you. Factors such as brand, size and the types of material used can all have a significant impact on cost.
Our April 2019 survey of more than 5,000 mattress owners revealed that three in 10 Which? members bought their current mattress because it's made by a brand they trust. If you're not sure what the best mattress brands are, we can help.
Check out our guide to the . This reveals what people think of the brand of mattress they own, including how comfortable their mattress is, and covers major brands such as Casper, Ikea, John Lewis, Sealy and Silentnight.
When it comes to firmness, the most important thing is to buy a mattress you find comfortable.
Don't buy a mattress that's firmer than you'd like on the assumption that it will be more supportive.
Time and again, our tests have shown you don't have to buy a firm mattress to get excellent and long-lasting support.
Equally, don't assume that a firm mattress in one store will feel the same in other shops.
Firmness is subjective and manufacturers describe the firmness of their mattresses in a range of ways.
Instead, we objectively test mattress firmness on a scale of one to 10, where one is the firmest and 10 the softest, so you can easily compare the firmness of different mattresses.
We also measure how supportive each mattress is for a range of different body sizes and sleeping positions, so if you prefer to sleep on your front, side or back - we've got you covered.
As mattresses serve a single basic function – to help us sleep – they don't come overloaded with jazzy features. But there are still a few things to look out for.
Buying a mattress online may be cheaper and more convenient but, unless you’re buying a bed-in-a-box mattress (see below), it’s always best to try before you buy if you possibly can - and shops are open.
When we asked Which? members about their experience of buying a mattress, more than a third of them told us they feel intimidated trying out a mattress in the shop. A good mattress shop shouldn't mind you doing this. See our guide on the .
When trying out a mattress in-store:
If you’re buying a memory foam mattress, relax in one position, then move into another. Was it easy or did you struggle to move? If the latter, you might find the memory mattress will restrict your movement too much, especially in cold weather when the memory foam will be harder.
If you’re looking for a bargain mattress, one option is to try a few mattresses out in a shop, before going home to search for the best price online.
That’s what 6% of Which? members did when they bought their last mattress, according to our recent October 2020 quick poll.
Unsurprisingly, given the events of 2020, around 76% responded to say they'd bought online (without trying their mattress first). While 16% tried a mattress in-store before having it delivered to their house.
If you can't get out to the shops, as they are shut due to lockdowns and restrictions, here are our top tips for buying online
These are mattresses that are bought online, vacuum-packed into a box and delivered direct to your door, and there are three reasons you should consider one:
Manufacturers may encourage you to buy a mattress and bed base together, and this is a good idea if you’ve had your old base for many years.
If you buy the mattress and base separately, or are going to keep your old base, measure carefully to make sure they’re a good fit. Dimensions can vary so don’t rely on a new double mattress being exactly the same size as your old one.
Is your mattress going onto a slatted base? Make sure the slats are no more than 6cm wide or more than 4cm apart. This ensures sufficient ventilation, while preventing the mattress sagging through between the slats.
Make sure you know what your rights are if there's a problem with your mattress.
Most guarantees for mattresses will not cover gradual wear and tear, which leads to loss of support. So make sure you use our mattress reviews to pick out a durable mattress that will stand the test of time.
Before you buy your mattress, check whether there’s anything in particular, such as removing labels or using a base other than a recommended one, that would invalidate the guarantee.