Two things that most people never seem to have enough of are time and money. Reading this review allows you to leverage the time we spent evaluating dozens of the best mattresses available in the UK to save you time and money.
If you have the time, you can spend months researching which mattress to buy and not be much more confident about the mattress you are purchasing than you were in the beginning. The best test of a mattress happens after you buy it. The test is one you do in your home without any risk that you’ll be stuck with the mattress. When the mattress is on your bed and you wake up refreshed and pain free, you’ll know you’ve found the perfect mattress.
It is important to take your time choosing a mattress if you have time to spare. If you don’t have time, our list has evaluated the most popular mattresses in the UK and identified the best in each category. If you need to make a quick decision, the three best overall mattresses are what we recommend. You can also scroll through our list of Best Mattresses by Category for the factors that matter most to you. If you have more time, we provide additional information below the list of all the winners.
Mattress Comparison Checklist
We’ve also created a checklist you can use to help you determine the best mattress for you.
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In the UK, Simba is the best mattress overall due to its affordable price, reliable warranty, sleep trial and the way Simba performs. A good sleep trial doesn’t involve any risk to the customer which means the customer won’t be stuck paying for shipping or restocking fees if the mattress doesn’t work well for them. It will also allow customers plenty of time to try it in their home to see how they actually sleep on it.
Best Affordable Luxury Mattress
Eve Premium is the best affordable luxury mattress available in the UK. At £849 it retails for less than half the price of many high-end mattresses from more established companies. Although Eve Sleeps is a relatively new company, their customer satisfaction ratings are through the roof.
Best Mattress for Couples
Couples have unique needs including control of motion created by your sleep partner. Emma is the best overall for couples because of its great motion control and affordable price. Emma is also suitable for sleepers who enjoy any position, which makes it ideal for couples who have different sleeping styles.
Winners – Best Mattresses by Category[UK Version]
To narrow down your choice from the thousands that are available, identify the mattresses that won in the categories that are most important to you in the chart below.
In the past, people went to a mattress store and tried to imagine how the mattress would feel if they were sleeping on it, often acutely aware of other shoppers seeing them in a vulnerable prone position. Thankfully, there is now a much better way to choose your next mattress. Online mattress retailers offer free shipping and 100% money-back returns with free return shipping that allow you to try the bed in your own home, usually for more than three months.
Physical mattress stores like Dreams only allow exchanges, not returns, on mattresses that have been slept on. They also charge you £48 to pick up the mattress and require you to use a mattress protector. Online mattress sellers allow you to try their mattresses and get your money back if the mattress doesn’t suit. Plus, they pay the shipping charges, even on returns.
Mattress stores still haven’t caught up. To see some of the issues we have with common mattress store policies, you can read our review of mattress stores in general or our review of mattress stores in the UK. Some of the retail stores will offer a sleep trial but you won’t get your money back from a mattress store if you’re unsatisfied. They’ll apply part of your purchase price to another model they sell. I don’t know about you, but I want to be free to choose from all the potential choices, not just the limited inventory in one store if the first mattress doesn’t work well for me.
Best Way to Choose a Mattress – According to Scientists
The best way, according to researchers, is to use actigraphy or a sleep journal. Actigraphy is a form of sleep monitoring that was once only available in sleep studies in a lab. Today, it is available to the average mattress shopper via a variety of technological advances. It is a standard feature of the Apple Watch, Garmin vívofit 2 Activity Tracker, FitBit, and the affordable Mi Band.
Downsides of Mattress Stores
Mattress stores have a couple of downsides. Most of them do not offer a risk-free trial and if they offer a trial at all, their policies allow exchanges but not returns. When compared to the return policies online retailers offer that allow you to try the mattress in your own home, you assume a lot more risk buying from a store. Trying a mattress in your home for 100 or more nights where you can evaluate how well you sleep on it using a sleep journal or actigraphy is the best choice.
Dormeo offers a better deal than many stores even though their policies can’t match the online retailers. They offer a 60-night trial on some of their models although you will have to pay return shipping if you decide to return it. You’ll have to be careful to understand the sleep comfort and return policies that apply to the specific product you purchase if you decide to purchase from Dormeo.
Mattress Manufacturers (Online Direct from the Manufacturer)
Emma is a German start-up that has been around since 2015. What makes them unique is their commitment to manufacture their products locally. This means local jobs and a smaller carbon footprint. Emma mattresses sold in the UK are manufactured in the UK.
At 25 cm in height, costing £649 (before vouchers), with a 10-year warranty, and a 100-night sleep trial, you can try this popular mattress risk free.
This mattress is recommended for teenagers and adults weighing between 50kg and 130k. Because it is designed with zones that ensure your weight is distributed properly for spinal support, and that pressure points won’t build up in your hips and shoulders due to three layers and seven comfort zones, the mattress is good for individuals who sleep in any position. The great motion control makes it comfortable even if you’re sleeping with a tosser.
Although the Emma only comes in one tension level, which is about 6 – 6.5 on a 1 – 10 scale with ten being as hard as a rock, it is good for couples because it will accommodate all sleeping positions and the climate control fibre in the cover will help keep you cool even if you are cuddled up.
2018 Number 1 Best Buy Mattress by the Consumer’s Association, UK
2019 Number 1 Best Buy Mattress by the Consumer’s Association, UK
All sleeping positions (side, back, and front)
Couples who need motion control
People who want to try their mattress in their home without risk
So comfy we’d say it has hygge
Easy to reposition on the bed (you don’t get stuck)
Great motion transfer control
Cover is washable
No sleep on it minimum nights before returning requirement
6 to 6.5 out of 10 on tension (The heavier you are the softer it feels)
Feels bouncier on a sprung base than it does on a solid platform
Reviews on Emma’s site indicate relief from back aches. This is an example:
“It took me a couple of nights to get used to my new Emma mattress, but I find it very comfortable. I had been suffering from back pain for a good number of months and decided it would be worth seeing if a change of mattress would help. It has made a world of difference – my back pain has drastically improved! This was an expensive purchase for me but has been worth every penny!”
In the rare cases when a customer returns a mattress under the sleep trial, the return will be refurbished and donated to charity.
Common Features (in all Eve mattresses for adults):
100-Night Sleep trial with free shipping and free returns
Safety Features in all foams:
CFC and PBDE free
Low hazard for domestic use
Manufactured using ISO 9001 quality standards
All Eve mattresses undergo quality checks throughout the production process.
Cot Mattress Awards:
Judges from the Junior Design Award asserted that the eve baby mattress has a thoughtful design that makes it a “cut above competitors,” so you know it will provide your child all the support they need.
Eve supports charities with donations including:
Centrepoint, the leading homelessness charity in the UK serving youth in London, Manchester, Yorkshire, and the North East.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Four styles to choose from
If you live in the Channel Islands, you can request a refund of VAT
Odour can linger
Discounts aren’t available with interest free financing
No handles which would be helpful when you rotate the mattress
With 91% of the ratings on Trust Pilot coming in as Excellent, Eve satisfies most customers. With a 100-night sleep trial, you can try it yourself without risk so plunk down your £599 and get it all back if you decide Eve is not for you. The original Eve’s medium-firm tension is appropriate for all sleeping positions and controls motion well enough to allow couples to sleep together without disrupting one another’s sleep. Couples will also enjoy the springiness of the mattress.
It won’t sleep hot because the design breathes 30% more than the original memory foams did. The cover helps keep you cool by wicking away moisture and allowing airflow through the mattress.
Zones cut into the base layer allow side sleepers to be comfortable and avoid pressure points. The final touch, an anti-slip layer on the bottom, keeps your mattress in place on flat platforms.
The Eve Hybrid combines their special formula of foam that breathes better than original foams with 90 mm pocket springs to create a zoned medium-firm feel. Eve is great for couples because motion transfer is extremely well controlled. Because it provides good side support right up to the edge, the entire mattress is usable. £499
The 650 springs in the double are zoned to ease pressure in your shoulders and hips so you can sleep comfortably on your side. They also provide enough support for front and back sleepers.
Eve Light won’t lighten your wallet too much. Priced at £399, it offers simplified comfort. They’ve found a way to provide the medium-firm comfort, motion control, and zoned comfort necessary to make the mattress suitable for front, back, and side sleepers at an affordable price. The washable cover also wicks away moisture. The foam is reactive enough to provide bounce when you need it.
Initially, Eve Light should provide comfort similar to the original, but it may not last as long.
After achieving great success with their original mattress, a hybrid, and a model for smaller pockets, Eve Premium is their entrance into the luxury mattress market. Priced at £849, it is a highly affordable medium firm luxury model that will support and mould to your body and make you feel as if you are floating on top of the mattress in every sleeping position. They’ve named the foam they developed especially for this mattress Floatfoam, which is very appropriate.
The mattress won’t dip in the centre. The Floatfoam is supported by three additional levels that combine to provide 28 cm of sleeping pleasure. The top two levels guarantee you’ll sleep cool. The open cell foam was infused with graphite that draws excess heat away from your body. Silver strands woven into the cover are a natural way to prevent and kill microbes and bacteria, which keeps your bed clean and fresh. You can also wash the Oekotex certified cover to remove dirt and grime.
When you lay down on the bed, your body will instantly feel the pressure relief provided by the foams moulding to your body.
Eve Premium does as good of a job at controlling motion transfer as the Original Eve. You’ll be delighted at the white glove delivery service that will bring your mattress inside and set it up for you.
Eve Cot Mattress
Eve also makes 10 cm deep cot mattresses with an anti-bacterial cover. They include a waterproof panel to protect the pocket springs and foam because little ones can leak and spill. Your little one won’t sleep hot because it has amazing breathability. It has a 5-year warranty and an affordable tag between £129 – 149. It’s the perfect mattress from birth until age 6.
Silver ions are woven into the cover to provide the anti-microbial properties. Eve’s cot mattresses meet both British and European standards for nursery mattresses. Of course, it is CertiPUR certified and a low flammability hazard. You have a 30-night trial.
Casper mattresses sold in the UK are manufactured in the UK. With two award-winning models to choose from, Casper deserves serious consideration.
After seeing the 100% + markups furniture stores were charging, Casper decided there was a better way to provide quality products to consumers.
People who have never slept on a Casper love the brand for its innovation and attention-grabbing adverts. You’ve probably seen them if you’ve taken the train between London and Manchester or taken the Tube. But their whimsey isn’t phoney posturing; Casper is designed using serious sleep science.
Sleep Trial and Warranty: 10-year guarantee; 100-night trial
Casper Original Awards:
One of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions
Best Buy for Mattresses by Independent’s IndyBest 2017
Casper Essential Awards
Which! Best Buy 2019
Casper Original is the 24 cm deep £600 mattress that famously turned the mattress industry upside-down by selling the concept of a bed-in-a-box. It’s open cell four-layer foam construction sleeps cool because of increased airflow.
The second layer is memory foam to provide the contouring your body needs to relax while you sleep. Morning aches and pains are often the result of your muscles having to support your body whilst you sleep. When your muscles can relax, morning aches and pains disappear.
The next layer transitions between the upper comfort layers and the lowest support layer. It helps keep you on top of the mattress instead of in the mattress where you’d get overheated.
The thick foundation foam layer provides the support your mattress needs to maintain its shape and prevent bottoming out.
Because you don’t sink in too much, it is easy to maneuver on the mattress and it has enough springiness to be satisfying for other activities.
The support layer is zoned, which provides firmer support in your lumbar region and softer support to avoid pressure points in your hip and shoulder areas. The combination of layers works together to keep your spine aligned while you slumber.
The better you sleep, the more effectively your body will be able to remove toxins and heal from the stresses and strains of living. Casper provides side sleepers, back sleepers, and tummy sleepers the support they need to sleep well. Your hips and shoulders can sink into the mattress to keep your spine aligned when you sleep on your side. Your spine will be fully supported in every position.
Some of Casper’s benefits include:
The cover is washable and breathable to keep your mattress clean.
All mattresses are Crib-5 compliant (BS 5852) so your baby is safe during pregnancy and co-sleeping.
100 nights; free shipping both ways; all returned mattresses are recycled.
Zoned support makes them comfortable for any sleeping position.
Open cell technology allows greater airflow which keeps you cooler. The support layers keep you on the mattress instead of in the mattress, so you don’t sink in too much and overheat.
The mattress is designed to transfer heat away from your body using conduction and convection that will keep you cool while you sleep.
You might feel your partner move but not enough to wake most sleepers up; they won’t bounce the bed.
5 – 7, but zoned, so softer for shoulders and hips for side sleepers
Which! Best Buy 2019
Casper Essential is a 2-layer mattress built to provide people who have budgetary constraints an affordable option that will provide the support they need regardless of which position they sleep in. At 18 cm, it isn’t recommended for those with heavier bodies or those who want a luxuriously thick mattress. Zoned support in the lower level was designed to make the Essential comfortable for side, back, and tummy sleepers. The open-cell foam helps keep the you cool, so you don’t get too hot to sleep.
The top layer is 6 mm of open cell foam that is supported by a 12 cm layer with zoned support.
The cover is removable and washable at 60 degrees Celsius, so it is easy to care for. Casper Essential also has more bounce than straight memory foam provides. The foam is durable and covered by a 10-year guarantee.
Easy Delivery Options
If you’re flat is three flights up a narrow staircase and you don’t want to buy your friends pizza and beer or accompany them to the emergency room when one of them falls over backwards trying to cart your heavy old mattress off to the dump, you can get in-home delivery and set-up for less than the price of the pizza and beer.
At just twenty quid for in-home delivery for either mattress that allows you to specify the date and get a 2-hour window and an additional fifteen quid for cart-off service for your old mattress, it’s a good buy.
Casper donates mattresses and sheets to those in need, including dogs who need a bed.
80% of the reviews on amazon are positive but be warned that the 100-night trial doesn’t apply to purchases made through Amazon. It’s not worth the few quid you save when you don’t buy directly from Leesa.
This medium-firm mattress feels as if you are on the bed rather than in the bed. It has good airflow but doesn’t sleep cool, it provides motion control, pressure relief, and is durable as reflected by its 10-year warranty.
Leesa’s 3 foam layers provide body contouring, uniform pressure relief, and motion transfer control) for just £650. The bounce makes it a nice choice for couples.
Every product you purchase from Leesa helps support people who struggle to afford a place to rest their head at night. Leesa donates one mattress for every ten they sell, plants a tree for each order and donates employees’ time to volunteer in the communities where they live. So far, they’ve made an impressive difference:
The Adaptive® Cooling Cover over the three foam layers helps you sleep cool. Uses 4th generation foam technology that is 30 times more breathable than the original foams. The foam is able to mould to your body while the seven zones support your body. The seven support zones make the Nectar medium firm tension suitable for individuals who sleep in any position.
Otty Hybrid Mattress
Otty is another award-winning hybrid mattress with good side support. The Otty Hybrid uses encapsulated pocket springs that minimise motion transfer and provide support for your body. It uses a gel-infused foam to keep you cool as you sleep in every season. Otty’s deep springs provide bounciness.
National Bed Federation Awards – Small Online Bed Retailer of the Year in 2018
Heavier people and heavy couples (handles up to 22 stone each)
Couples whose weight differs significantly won’t roll together
Individuals who need firm back support
Currently rated 3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon with 69% of reviewers giving Otty Hybrid 5-stars.
Gel-infused memory foam is the first layer beneath the hypo-allergenic washable cover. Beneath that layer is a reflexive foam that increases comfort and provides softness for your body to relax before the supportive pocket spring layer. The side design increases airflow and edge support that provides support right up to the edge of the mattress.
Otty is a medium-firm, about a 7 on a 1 – 10 scale where 10 is rock solid. £499
They encourage you to roll the mattress once a week during the first month and every six months thereafter.
Back pain (many people with back pain experience relief when they switch to a Simba Hybrid® mattress
Side sleepers with shoulder and hip pain because the zoned support eases pressure in these areas
Couples because the mattress provides an excellent sleeping surface for all sleeping positions and does an excellent job controlling motion transfer
Sleep science and big data combined to create Simba, a mattress that 95% of sleepers will find satisfying. Big data techniques were used to study weight distribution, flexibility, pressure points, gender, height, and weight of ten million sleepers. They then built 70 prototypes until they hit upon the Simba design that helps nearly everyone enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep.
Price: £649 (before discounts)
Height: 25 cm deep
Mattress of the Year 2018 (Best Reviews)
Good Housekeeping Institute
T3 Best buy
Reviews from verified buyers overwhelmingly mention that back, hip, and shoulder pain disappeared when they began sleeping on the Simba and that they slept better and longer instead of waking up because they were hot or uncomfortable.
The first layer is 3.5cm of open cell foam supported by up to 2,500 conical pocket springs that cradle your body. The pocket springs are 20 mm micro-springs made in Leeds and encased in a polyester pocket.
Beneath the springs is a 3.5 mm layer of memory foam. Putting the memory foam beneath the springs is an innovative design that prevents overheating because you get the flexibility of memory foam without sinking into it, which would make the mattress sleep hotter.
The layers are supported by 16 cm of high-density foam that includes zones that make it softer where your shoulders and hips rest when you sleep on your side to ease pressure points and firmer for your torso to eliminate back pain.
The layers are encased in a foam edge that gives the model superior edge support when you sleep near the edge or sit on the side of the bed. This will be an important feature for anyone who has mobility issues.
The cover can be removed by unzipping it to make washing it easy. The foams are CertiPUR® certified as safe.
It’s no wonder T3 announced that Simba is the “Best mattress in the world right now.” Simba is Europe’s favourite online mattress.
The open cell technology and springs combine to provide cooling airflow that won’t make you hot.
Motion transfer is well controlled, so your partner’s restlessness won’t disturb your slumber.
The memory foam helps your Simba mould to your body so you feel snuggled and supported all night long.
Trying Simba doesn’t involve any risk because you can have a go with it for 100 nights and return it if it doesn’t suit. When you decide to keep it, which you probably will, you’re protected by a 10-year guarantee that will replace (not just repair) your mattress if there is a defect.
One downside is that it does emit some odour for a few days when you first unpack it. Airing it out in a well-ventilated room will fix this right up.
What to Avoid
Avoid risk. When you buy a mattress that isn’t returnable or one that locks you into only buying from a single store because you can’t return the mattress you purchased if it doesn’t work, you assume the risk that you’ll end up with a product that doesn’t give you what you need. Don’t do that.
It is important to understand the factors that are important in choosing a new mattress. The best way to know if a model is right for you, is to sleep on it and keep a sleep journal or use actigraphy.
To compare mattresses the right way, compare the features that matter the most. Download our checklist to help you keep track of the features you’re considering. You can download our Sleep Journal to use during your in-home sleep trial. If you are considering buying from a store, you should read our article that describes some of the tricks to watch out for at mattress stores.