Which mattress is best?
The answer perhaps unsurprisingly is the mattress that best supports your body and preferred sleeping position. Choosing a mattress is a highly personal experience so there isn't a one size fits all mattress. To help you navigate the numerous options available, we have outlined the differences in support required for the 3 main types of sleeper and then provided key information on the 4 main mattress types currently available on the market. Identifying your sleeper type and the support you require will help you match those needs to a particular mattress type.
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The most common sleeping position found in humans, side sleepers need adequate support to keep the spine aligned straight whilst also needing enough give at pressure points such as the shoulders and hips. Ideally a medium feel mattress with pocket sprung support and a top layer of memory foam or similar is best suited to side sleepers. The addition of supportive pillows for the head/neck and knees is recommended.
Back sleepers require sufficient support around the shoulders/upper back and pelvis. Additional pillows to support the head/neck, lumbar area and under the knees is also beneficial. A relatively firm feeling mattress is best with enough give in the upper layer to ensure comfort for the main pressure points.
The front or prone sleeping position also requires a firmer feeling mattress, aided with pillow support for the head/neck and abdomen. A softer upper layer such as memory foam will provide comfort to the main pressure points such as the chest and knees.
One of the oldest types of mattress design, open coil mattresses tend to be budget options best suited to kids beds or spare beds. As each spring is joined together, the movements of one sleeper will disturb the sleep of another. These are best suited to young children's beds and spare room beds. Click the image above to see our range.
Pocket sprung mattresses are the most common type of mattress found today, providing improved support as each spring is nestled in its own fabric case. This also ensures that the movements of one sleeper does not disturb the sleep of another. Click the image above to see our range.
Developed in 1966 for the NASA space program, memory foam has become a popular yet expensive option in mattresses today. Whilst it can provide excellent support, helping the alignment of the spine, it retains your body heat to keep its moulded shape around you. This can lead to a warmer sleep if not mitigated by other technologies such as cooling gel.
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The most modern of mattress designs is the hybrid mattress. These incorporate the best elements of pocket sprung and memory foam mattress types into a single design made from multiple layers, each designed to provide a specific element of support or comfort. You’ll typically see these vacuum-packed or boxed for easy delivery, requiring a few hours to retain their original shape once opened. Click the image above to see our range.