Mattress Buying Guide

A good night’s sleep is essential to your well-being. Your mattress will play a significant role in how well you sleep and so should be chosen with care. Your mattress is a major investment but one which you will use almost every night for several years and which will impact all aspects of your life. So, if it is the perfect mattress for you, even a costly style will represent amazing value. But there are a bewildering number of options to consider and so choosing a mattress could seem like a daunting task. Our buying guide will help you to make the right decision.



Mattress Construction

It is important to understand the different types of mattress which are available. Whilst there are many mattresses to choose from, there are only five basic types. Get to grips with the differences between them and you will be well on your way to finding the perfect solution!



These are the cheapest type of mattress and feature a single piece of metal which is coiled into a continuous series of springs. The springs move in unison and so you are more likely to be disturbed by your partner moving around than with other styles of mattress. Whilst these mattresses are a cost-effective option in the short term, they don’t tend to last as long as other styles and so may not save you money in the long run. However, they are light and easy to turn over. Open coil mattresses don’t offer particularly impressive support and so are best suited to use in guest rooms or in kids’ rooms where they will need replacing quickly anyway.


Advantages -

inexpensive and light




This type of mattress is more costly than an open spring model but will maintain their condition for longer. The springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets and so move independently. This ensures that you are less likely to be disturbed by your partner’s movements or that you will roll towards them. The independent springs also prevent any part of your body from being subjected to undue pressure. Pocket spring mattresses offer outstanding support and are available in soft, medium and firm varieties. They tend not to be as warm as memory foam styles and so are the perfect choice if you tend to get hot during the night.


Advantages –

cool, supportive, long-lasting, minimises impact of your partner’s movement.




Memory foam mattresses are topped with a layer of viscoelastic material which is temperature sensitive. The shape of the mattress changes to fit the shape of your body and this type of mattress can help you to keep warm at night. Some people do not enjoy the sinking feeling that you get with these styles but they are ideal for if you require support due to a bad back as the memory foam maintains your posture and aligns your spine. Memory foam is ideal if you suffer from allergies.


Advantages –

warm, great for aches and pains, changes to fit your body shape, hypo-allergenic




Latex mattresses are less common than pocket sprung, memory foam or open coil styles. As the name suggests, these mattresses are filled with latex foam and this is a highly breathable material making latex a great choice if you tend to overheat. The material is highly durable, retains its shape and is ideal if you have asthma or suffer from allergies.


Advantages –

supportive, pressure relieving, independent movement




Looking for the best of both worlds? Combination mattresses feature both pocket springs and a memory foam, gel or latex top to relieve pressure. You gain the support and independent movement of pocket springs together with the added comfort provided by the pressure relieving material. The downside is that these mattresses can be expensive but it is doubtful that you will ever regret your investment.


Advantages –

supportive, pressure relieving, independent movement




Mattress Firmness

Once you have decided what type of mattress would best suit your needs, you must next focus on choosing the right level of firmness. The perfect mattress for you will depend on your sleeping position, your height, your weight and your personal taste.



If you sleep on your side or change positions often during the night you may be best suited to a softer mattress. This is because the way that you sleep naturally relieves pressure from your spine and so your primary requirement is a mattress which moulds to your body’s natural position.



This level of firmness is ideal if you move about a lot in the night as the mattress will mould to your shape but provides a little more support that a softer style.



A medium firm mattress is a great option if you sleep on your back or on your front. This level of firmness is also suitable if you weigh more than 95kg or suffer from back pain.



A firm mattress will serve you well if you sleep on your front, weight more than 95kg or suffer from back pain. The mattress will keep your back in a stable position as you won’t sink as you sleep.



Mattress Sizes

Mattresses are available in the following standard sizes:


Single: 90cm x 190cm (3ft wide)


Small double: 120cm x 190cm (4ft wide)


Double: 135cm x 190cm (4ft 6” wide)


King size: 150cm x 200cm (5ft wide)


Super king size: 180cm x 200cm (6ft wide)


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