Top five pocket sprung mattresses for 2020
By Ben Slater
Our top five pocket sprung mattresses will help you wake up with a spring in your step for years to come. See which mattress you should buy.
Pocket sprung mattresses are often said to provide long-lasting support without ever sagging in the middle. But while the best do all that and more, the worst we've seen cost hundreds of pounds and fail on both counts. Take a look at our pick of the best and worst pocket sprung mattresses to avoid making a decision that will hamper your sleep for years to come.
Don't assume that a great night's sleep costs a fortune. Our rigorous tests exclusively reveal that some mattresses costing less than £250 are more supportive, breathable and durable than certain mattresses costing four times as much.
Whether you want a traditional pocket sprung mattress with natural fillings, or a more modern one containing both springs and memory foam, we've tested some excellent mattresses that you'll want to consider. Take a look at our recommendations below, or head to our full list of mattress reviews to pick out the perfect option for you.
Top five pocket sprung mattresses
As far as we’re concerned, this pocket sprung and memory foam hybrid is the best mattress money can buy right now. It provides good support whatever position you sleep in; it’s excellent at preventing the transfer of movement from one side of the bed to the other; and you can sleep safe in the knowledge that it will stand the test of time without sagging, softening or becoming less supportive.
It’s may be the most expensive mattress on this list, but it’s also the best we’ve seen in years. This pocket sprung mattress contains several layers of foam, which may not be to everyone’s liking, but you’re in luck if you like the feel of it in the shop. You can sleep well in the knowledge that this mattress will support your spine for years to come without ever sagging or softening. It’s also a good bet for both restless and light sleepers because, while it’s very easy to turn on, it also does a great job at absorbing bounces.
It's not the cheapest, but this is the best pocket-sprung mattress with natural fillings we've seen in years. It didn't do badly in any of our tough tests and it's particularly impressive at supporting people sleeping on their back. It doesn't restrict your movement at all, either, which is great news if you like to switch sleeping positions several times during the night.
Shorter and lighter people who sleep on their back will get exceptional support from this mattress, but it's good whatever you're sleeping position or body size. And switching sleeping positions is easy because this mattress doesn't restrict your movement at all - despite the memory foam layers.
If you're after an affordable pocket spring mattress with natural fillings, this John Lewis option is one of the best money can buy. It provides good body support, especially if you sleep on your back, and it's also very breathable, durable and easy to roll over on. It's not the best at preventing movement from transferring from one side of the bed to the other, but it's not the worst either, so it's only likely to be an issue if you're a light sleeper.
Be wary of this pocket sprung mattress
This mattress has the word ‘ortho’ in the name, so it must be supportive, right? Well, not according to our rigorous body-support tests. They revealed that, regardless of whether you lie on your side or back, this mattress doesn’t do a great job at keeping your spine in the correct position. To make matters worse, it will also sag with time.
Which? mattress reviews
We spend thousands of pounds putting mattresses through their paces, and we're completely independent, so you can have complete confidence in our results.
Our body-support tests reveal how supportive each mattress is for you, regardless of your body shape or favoured sleeping position. And after we've simulated between eight and 10 years of use in our durability tests, we perform the body-support tests all over again. That way you know how the support changes over time. The best mattresses provide the same support as they did when new – even after you've been sleeping on them for years.
A good mattress is about more than just support and durability, though. Each one we test is measured for how easy it is to turn over on, how breathable it is and how stable it is. If you’re a light sleeper, we recommend buying a mattress that gets five stars for stability. These are the best at absorbing bounces, so you’re less likely to be disturbed when your partner rolls over or gets up in the night.
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