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People who still want the feel of a pocket-sprung mattress, without the natural fillings that may irritate allergies.
Great value for money, they are lighter than other mattresses, so easier to turn, and can be turned in all directions, which extends the life of the mattress.
Take a look at our pick of the 10 best mattresses to buy a sprung memory foam mattress.
A sprung memory foam mattress is a hybrid of a pocket-sprung base and a memory-foam top layer.
A compromise between the responsiveness of a pocket-sprung mattress and the support of memory foam.
The most well-known type of memory foam mattress is Tempur, a material originally developed by NASA.

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There is nothing more heavenly at the end of the day than sinking into a cushiony mattress and floating away into a cloud of dreams, ahhhh! We’ve picked 10 of the best mattresses to aid your trip to dream land.
The consensus is that a cheap mattress is indeed a false economy – spending, say, less than £200 is almost certainly not going to ensure a good night’s sleep unless you are very young, very light and frequently sleeping somewhere else.
Indeed, your body weight will largely dictate the sort of tension you require – the softer ones are better for an eight-stone woman, a firmer mattress will benefit a 16-stone rugby player type.
The foam cell mattresses, that start at around £675 for a double, reorganise themselves constantly to mould to the exact contours of a body, and because they do not harbour dust mites in the same way as more traditional mattresses, they are excellent for asthma sufferers.
High-quality mattresses such as Vi-Spring, that start with the Elite double model at £840, will often have soft cotton and lamb’s wool to enhance the springs; the very best will have horsehair filling, which breathes well and acts like more tiny springs.
A too-soft mattress lets the body sink into a hammock position, causing hips and shoulders to pinch in, the spine to curve and putting pressure on joints and muscles.
Spend a bit extra, say, more than £1,000, and you should not need to change the mattresses for 10 years, or, in the most luxurious pocket spring cases, up to 25.
Tempur ( 08000 111 083), a manufacturer of memory foam mattresses using material developed at NASA to relieve g-force pressures during space launches, offers a 60-night free trial.
Vi-Spring ( ; 01752 366311) offer a comfort pledge – try the mattress for a month then, if need be, they will replace it with a softer or harder one.
Good stitching around the sides indicates that the springs are contained in pockets, which will be much more effective than open spring mattresses.
Free, unbiased advice on buying and choosing the right product for you – plus members can see a full breakdown of test scores and the latest Best Buys and Don’t Buys too.
Mattress types explained, including memory foam, pocket sprung, and foam.
Our expert mattress buying tips guide you through choosing the best mattress for your needs.
Should you buy a memory foam mattress? We explain what you need to know.
Over a third of members feel intimidated trying out a mattress in the shop, but a good mattress shop (see our review of the best mattress shops) shouldn’t mind you doing this.
If you’re not sure which the best mattress brands are, the best thing to do is check out our mattress brands review, which has customer satisfaction scores for nineteen major mattress brands – including Silentnight, Sleepeezee and Sealy.
Make sure you take a look at our How to Buy a Mattress video buying guide for more information on the different types, and tips on how to buy in the shops.
Two thirds of Which? members we surveyed bought their mattress because it felt comfortable in the shop.
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.
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 buy the mattress and base separately, or are going to keep your old base, measure carefully to make sure they’re a good fit.
Once you’ve bought your bed mattress, make sure that, if you put it on a slatted base, the slats are no more than 6cm wide or more than 4cm apart.
Our mattress brands review has information on the different guarantees that come with each mattress, so you know what your rights are if there’s a problem with your mattress.
Once you’ve decided which type of mattress you want – for example a memory foam mattress or a pocket sprung mattress – you’ll be ready to hit the shops.
Manufacturers 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.
46% of Which? members bought their mattress because it’s made by a brand they trust.
The body support rating we give in our mattress reviews shows how well each mattress keeps your spine in its natural position.
When you go shopping for a new bed mattress, wear comfortable clothing and remove your outdoor gear.
Don’t let sales assistants influence you – they can’t decide whether the mattress is comfortable.
Buying a mattress online may be cheaper and more convenient but, if you can, it’s best to try a mattress before you buy.
Dimensions can vary so don’t rely on a new double mattress being exactly the same size as your old one.
Bunk beds are another perfect solution to limited space, although, since they invariably use slats to hold the mattress, you should pay extra consideration to their quality.
But it is the quality of the mattress that you buy which will do most to determine whether you are to sleep soundly for the next 10 years – the recommended lifespan for beds as decreed by the Sleep Council.
Divans are probably the most practical base as they add extra support to the mattress as well as the option of drawers beneath your bed – always worth paying for if storage space is limited.
· How strong are the handles? It is recommended that you turn your mattress over and around ever few months (every week in the first three months) to help keep its shape.
Bedsteads are also common, but it is imperative to make sure that the slatted base will adequately support your mattress.
A slatted base will improve ventilation and provide fewer places for allergens to accumulate, but the slats should be secured to the frame and evenly spaced with the gaps between them no wider than the slats themselves (or the mattress’s springs).
· How many pocket springs does the mattress contain? Anywhere between 300 and 700 is common.
All John Lewis beds are available in UK standard sizes. The dimensions of a bedstead are greater than a divan base equivalent, but the mattress size required remains the same. The mattresses we sell are sized as shown, and our bed linen is made to fit those sizes.
Find out more about how a good mattress supports correct posture, and discover the unique spring systems present in our Natural Collection mattresses which will help give you a great night’s sleep.
Savoir offers a truly bespoke service, its patient, iron-fingered craftsmen finessing mattress fillings – often with different tolerances on either side to suit couples – according to each customer’s idea of what is too hard, too soft, or just right; wilfully encouraging them to indulge their inner Goldilocks.
Anyone getting into a Savoir bed will join Emma Thompson, Liza Minnelli, the Aga Khan and King Hassan of Morocco – all of whom are borne to sleep nightly on a cloud of star-lashed hourglass springs (there’s a deal of poetry in those mattresses).
A high thread count Pratesi angel skin cotton duvet that feels like silk costs £1,496 online, but a top-of-the-range limited edition Paradise cotton set with a lace border can only be bought in Harrods ( , 020 7730 1234) and costs about £10,000.
Forget all that Eighties tosh about hard beds being good for the back – the bed should be firm enough not to hammock, but soft enough to fill and support our lovely and previously neglected concave curves, such as the neck, and even more importantly, the small of the back.
Topper pads are a response by traditional bed makers such as Savoir to create a natural version of the soft comfort layer on top of the mattress that memory foam provides, at the same time raising the feet slightly to improve the circulation.
In fact he should have no reason to wake at all – which is good news because latest reports show that a full night’s sleep throughout your life could help ward off age-related "cognitive decline" and improve general health.
In the star spot was an even bigger one, the Majesty, which, with 6,240 triple-layered vanadium steel-coil springs, has a bigger engine than a Jaguar XJ, and about the same price tag – £52,000.
If you buy online we offer a no quibble 7 day money back guarantee We ask you to return your unwanted purchases in good condition and unused.
For all but our heaviest items and assembled furniture, we offer a FREE next day delivery service.
We offer sponsorship and discounts to selected local sports clubs and associations.
Delivery times are 8am to 6pm, and for a small charge our contractors offer a delivery before 1pm or a Saturday delivery.
The E15 Noah bed frame is made up of four parts, the solid wood bed rests on runners with adjustable feet and floats 6cm off the floor. The mattress rests 19cm within the frame, however support brackets may be adjusted to reduce this to 15cm.
Comments: I am so pleased with my ‘Pocket sprung mattress’ for my Sofa bed, it is excellent quality, very comfortable, better then the original ! I wish I had changed to it much sooner.
Comments: Dear Sofabed Gentlemen, I would like to say a big thank you to you and the company, I ordered a mattress on Monday and it was delivered on Wednesday – wonderful service and it looks really nice and I’m sure will be comfortable for my grandson.
Comments: Hi I recently purchase a replacement mattress order no 534**** for our sofa bed which arrived within 24hrs of ordering and fits perfectly into the sofa bed.
comments: HELLO RICHARD Just to say – mattress arrived today as promised – fits perfectly! lovely quality! Many thanks for your prompt attention to my "measuring mistake" and refunding my credit card after speaking with you last Saturday.
When converting the mechanism from bed to sofa, this type of mattress folds over once, the carriage then drops to within the sofa and approx 20cm of mattress folds upwards and behind the back cushion panel.
A quality fully sprung mattress finished in a luxury damask fabric, designed to replace the unit found on most better quality webbed and slatted metal actions.
Our mattresses are made to our specification by craftsmen in the UK – we supply 4 different grades of mattress suitable for use on metal action sofa beds – each one can be viewed in the image gallery on the right.
Our pocket sprung sofa bed mattress we believe is the finest available in the UK today – using individually hand nested pocket springs, the mattress moulds to every contour.
This size of mattress was originally fitted to sofa beds including the Jay-be Romola, Slumberland Valenza and Volterra, and some Ikea sofa beds using a Lampolet mechanism.
The mattress we supplied is the same as supplied in our high quality sofa beds around the £1000 mark so surprising to hear of any issues.
Comments: Excellent advice given over the phone prior to purchase in order to ascertain which mattress I required.
The standard sofa bed replacement mattress designed for basic ‘trampoline base’ metal actions.
Not yet used the mattress but it looks a quality pruduct ideal for a letting sofa bed.
This mattress is designed to replace the unit found on most better quality webbed and slatted metal actions.
Comments: Good Morning Richard, I have just received my mattress and I am very impressed with the level of service.
Once you know what size mattress you require it is simply a matter of looking through the extensive selection of mattresses we have in stock including coil sprung for extra spring and durability; latex for comfort and wear; inflatable for easy storage or our memory foam mattress to offer you a more relaxing sleep.
I’ve got another 8 years on our mattress that we brought with us, so I can’t really comment on that, but (and I realise it’s slightly off topic) trying to find consensus when it comes to buying milk is equally as frustrating.
A couple of things – to the person who did the mattress construction research – was it Bob of the blog? Anyhow kudos to you – that was an interesting fact to find out and admirable as it would be the only way to compare the different mattresses considering the name change trick.
In my search to find a mattress that offers comfort and support for my body frame I tested beds from IKEA to the major deparartment stores and furniture outlets and came to the conclusion that the sales folk know very little about beds.
Consider that over time your body frame and bulk changes – as you age issues of comfort become more important – you don’t wear the same pair of shoes or pants for ten years, for one thing they no longer fit, which is why one also changes a mattress every ten years.
When we first arrived we bought a king size mattress from Forty Winks for $1500 and a bedframe from Fantastic Furniture for $300.It’s been already two years and I must say that we never had a better mattress before.
It’s almost a different world now than it was then, buying this new mattress would be just as easy, all I need to do is search the Internet for “best mattress in Australia” or maybe “mattress reviews Australia”.
It’s a shame, on the other hand even with beds made to order, you still don’t really get a good opportunity to test it out until you buy it and then by then you do have to lie in it for anything up to 10 years.
And so the key is knowledge – previously I had no idea what was used in the construction of mattresses and now find myself considering a tailored latex mattress.
Big Brand Beds is a leading supplier of beds, bedding and bedroom furniture from top brands like Silentnight, Staples and many more. The Vokins family have been providing outstanding service and high quality bedroom products for over 130 years and continue to do so.
Bed SOS stock the most popular selling beds such as the Alderley, Aurora, Boston, Brennington, Chiswick, City Block, Devon, Elizabeth, Forse, Hamburg, Houston, Hoxton, Inova, Kayden, Madrid, Melissa, Oban, Omero, Oslo, Ottoman, Richmond, Seline, Swan, Tetras, Valencia, Wallace, Wave, Waverley and Winchester.
We offer Orthopaedic Mattresses in a variety of sizes including single, small double, double, king size and super king size.
Orthopaedic Mattresses help to relieve back pain, relieves muscular pain, ease arthritic pain, improves circulation and prevents bed sores.
We stock a wide selection of single beds, double beds, king size beds and super king size beds.
Explore Mattresses Direct, the UK’s Cheapest Independent Mattress Retailer! We have made the best efforts to put together the most comprehensive range of the best quality mattresses and invite you to take an exciting tour of our online superstore now.
Our mattresses are priced to offer you substantial savings of up to 80% in comparison to prices of similar products on the high street We are passionate about sleep and it is important for us to make sure you purchase the right product for your needs.
A pocket sprung mattress offers the exceptional feature of being customized to cater for your specific body type needs as well as your partner’s giving both of you a good night’s sleep.
If you so wish, we welcome you to pay a personal visit to one of our stores conveniently located across the West Midlands to get a first-hand feel of the UK’s leading spring and pocket spring, foam and memory foam mattress high street and online retailer.
This responsive mattress offers harmony by allowing a couple with different mattress needs to share the same bed and have a restful sleep because the movement of one partner does not disturb the other.
At our user-friendly site, going through our extensive online catalogue allows you to choose the specific mattress type that suits your needs and then simply place an order.
Once you settle on the perfect mattress, you can simply place the order online or through or with a member of the Mattresses Direct Team.
Based on your physical features and other relevant factors, our team will provide expert guidance to enable you choose the ideal mattress.
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