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Updated: 6 May 2022

Best pocket sprung mattresses for 2022

Our top five pocket sprung mattresses will help you wake up with a spring in your step for years to come. See which pocket sprung mattress you should buy.
Lisa Galliers
A pocket sprung mattress

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. 

These mattresses are also by far the most popular with Which? members, over a third (33%) own  this type of mattress.  

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.

Only logged-in Which? members can view our recommendations in the table below. If you're not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.

Top five pocket spring mattresses

  • 77%
    • best buy
    £679.00

    We first tested this mattress in 2015, and it was one of the best we had seen in years. Several years on, we’re still yet to test a pocket sprung mattress that can match this Best Buy. This 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 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.

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  • 74%
    • best buy
    £430.00

    This is a durable mattress that is easy to turn on, breathable and provides acceptable support overall, especially if you prefer to sleep on your front. But our testing uncovered one downside to this otherwise excellent mattress.

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  • 73%
    • best buy
    £1069.00

    This pocket-sprung mattress is an excellent Best Buy that scored highly across the board in our tests. It provides great spinal support and performance won't drop off over time. This mattress uses a range of natural materials, too, including locally sourced wool and cotton. It's a great choice if you aren't a fan of foam mattresse and want one that's pocket-sprung.

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  • 72%
    £75.00

    This is a great mattress that gets a lot of things right at a budget entry price, although its traditional sprung structure does mean it’s pretty bouncy, which means when you move, your bed partner will feel it.

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  • 71%
    £400.00

    It just missed out on being a Best Buy, but this mattress impressed in our body support tests, so you can rely on it to provide long-lasting support for your spine, especially if you sleep on your back or side. It also won't sag or soften, even after years of use.

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Table last checked: April 2022

Pocket sprung mattresses to avoid

  • 49%
    £799.00

    This low-scoring mattress has been around for a number of years. While it did well in some parts of our testing, it sags severely and support deteriorates over time. It's particularly bad for back sleepers. The flaws in its durability make it hard to recommend.

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  • 44%
    • don't buy
    £199.00

    Despite coming from a well-respected brand, you'll want to think twice before buying this mattress. It provides poor support for people sleeping on their back and, over time, the support for back-sleepers becomes even worse while the mattress also sags dramatically.

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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.

Our top five consists of the highest scoring pocket sprung mattresses, most recently tested, still available to buy. If we have multiple mattresses with the exact same score, we'll include the most recently tested. 

Update: April 2022