Argh!! I know how you feel.
Head in a complete spin? Join the club. When I was looking to buy a new mattress, it took my literally weeks and weeks of research to find the right one. All these confusing terms like hybrid, pocket spring, are enough to confuse anyone.
In the end, I bought the wrong mattress, and sent it back. In fact it took me three goes before I got it right and found a mattress I was happy with.
The UK mattress market, particularly the mattress-in-a-box market, is really confusing. So I set up this website to help you decide which mattress is best for you – depending on your sleeping style, desired mattress firmness and so on. I try to be impartial and don’t let anything influence what I write here.
Let me know in the comments if you find this useful
So without further ado…
My “Top 5” mattresses to consider (2020)
1. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress- From £699
My rating: 8.8 / 10
Mattress type: Memory Foam
Why is the Nectar my top choice? For 5 simple reasons:
- It comes with a 365 night trial period
- Most of its rivals come with a 100 night trial
- Their return rate is really low compared to the industry-standard – around 3%.
- The reviews are generally very favourable in the UK.
- There’s a never-ending warranty which means that for as long as you own the mattress, Nectar will guarantee to fix any problems.
About that Nectar Mattress 365 night trial
In the UK, most online mattress companies offer a 100 day trial, for example Simba, Ergoflex, and Dreamcloud. But Nectar up the ante here, and offer a full year. If anything goes wrong, you can return it.
Make sure to read our article on returning mattresses here – it mostly happens without any problems, but there are some pitfalls to be aware of.
What is a “forever warranty”?
Nectar Sleep, according to their T&Cs, claim that they’ll guarantee your mattress ‘for as long as you own it’. Most similar mattresses offer “only” a 10 year product warranty, although high-end Vispring offer a 30 year warranty.
2. Brook + Wilde “Lux” – From £699
My rating: 8.6/10
Hardness: Soft/Medium/Firm (all)
Mattress type: Hybrid
So… why choose Brook + Wilde? Fast facts:
- UK based company that claims to make its mattresses to order (it takes 4-6 weeks)
- The best of the hybrid mattress technology
- Consistently highly-rated on Trustpilot – 8.5 / 10
- Can choose soft, medium or firm versions
- Fairly slow delivery times
Does Brook + Wilde offer any sort of trial?
Yes, they do. They offer a 100 night trial, like Simba and a lot of their rivals. This is a fairly reasonable length of time but it’s not as long as, for example, the 365-night trial available from Nectar UK.
Are Brook + Wilde really made in the UK?
Yes, but this isn’t perhaps as big a selling point as you’d imagine when you compare it with their rivals. Pretty much all mattresses that we review here are made in the UK.
The difference between Brook + Wilde and their competitors, is that they claim to be custom made. You can choose between a soft, medium or firm hardness level for each product, making them stand out from the competition. Most other brands, such as Simba, only allow one hardness level per product (medium).
Confusing? Find out which mattress firmness is right for you in my guide here.
3. Silentnight Classic “Sofia” – £379
My rating: 8.5/10
Mattress type: Pocket Spring
Silentnight are one of the older, more established brands that most Brits have heard of. The Classic 1200 aka the Sofia, is perhaps their best selling and most well-known mattress. Why is it called the 1200? Because that refers to the number of springs inside this mid-range mattress.
How many pocket springs does your body type need? Read my guide here.
Pros and cons of the Silentnight Classic 1200 (Sofia):
- Best pocket spring mattress you can buy
- If you’re not sold on Hybrid or foam mattresses, this one’s for you
- Silentnight are established, well-known brand
- Generally favourable reviews
- There are cheaper pocket spring mattresses available
The Sofia is ideal for those that want a pocket sprung bed. Silentnight is reliable and established, unlike a lot of the newer, trendy mattress-in-a-box brands, and you can expect high quality. They are also still the UK’s largest manufacturer of mattresses and bedding.
If you’re considering a pocket spring mattress, make sure to check our guide here to the top 5 pocket springs on the market today.