If you’re struggling to get enough sleep, it may be time for a new mattress.
You should change your mattress every seven years, or when you start waking up with stiffness or aches and pains. Other tell-tale signs include not sleeping as well as you did a year ago, or noticing that you sleep better in other beds. It’s also worth checking your mattress for wear and tear, although be warned the signs that you need a new one aren’t always visible.
Traditionally, the most popular type of mattress was pocket sprung, in which the springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets. But the new generation of bed-in-a-box, vacuum-packed mattresses, usually made of foam, latex or a mixture, are taking off big time – as are hybrids between the two.
As most are available online, you can’t try them out first as you can with pocket sprung, but most manufacturers offer a trial period – usually of about 100 nights, but sometimes more – during which you can send the mattress back and ask for a refund.
If you’re a side sleeper, look for a soft or medium level of firmness in your mattress – it will give you the correct level of cushioning and mould to your body’s natural curve. If you sleep on your front, go for a firm mattress, while back sleepers should go for a firm or medium firm mattress.
Remember that the mattress and frame need to work in tandem, so you should also check which kinds of mattresses will work well with your bed base. The filling is also important as these offer different properties, comfort and warmth options – and don’t forget to look into the thickness and tensions, which can vary greatly.
A bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move around less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching. Here are our favourite mattresses that promise just that.
Eve The Premium Mattress: £849 for a double
This has only just launched, joining the existing original, hybrid and light mattresses from Eve, and we love it. It literally feels like your floating, and while at first we worried it might be a bit too soft and spongy, it only takes one night’s sleep to appreciate how supportive it is, especially around the hips and shoulders.
It’s all thanks to the unique top layer of foam that they call “floatfoam”, while the other three layers of foam provide the scaffolding. There’s no dipping in the centre and the material moulds to your shape as you move.
We also like the quilted washable top cover with anti-bacterial properties, and the fact that they deliver the box right to your room and take away the packaging. It’s cooler than most, though, so not for those who get chilly at night. Their well-made bed and silky-soft bed linen are worth checking out, too.
OTTY Hybrid Mattress: £499.99 for a double
With this firmer mattress, you can literally feel it adapting to your body shape as you move, giving it a feel unlike any other bed-in-a-box mattress we tested. It’s particularly supportive for your spine and brilliant for those who sleep on their back. It’s got good temperature control too, thanks to a cool blue gel layer at the top, while the remaining four layers – including pocket springs and memory foam – have great longevity with no sagging or softening even years later.
You do have to rotate it once a month for the first six months – no mean feat with no handles – and it’s probably not the best for those who toss and turn, as your partner may feel some of that movement on the other side of the bed. Also be warned this mattress takes getting used to, but only a night or two and it’s well worth it.
Leesa Mattress: £650 for a double
This has a simpler construction than most mattresses that come rolled and vacuum packed, with a 15cm base layer of support foam, a 5cm pressure relieving memory foam layer and finally a 5cm temperature regulating foam layer.
It moulds well to the shape of your body and has a unique sensation of softness, yet the spinal support is impressive, making it a good option for those with back pain. It also stands out for restless sleepers too, as it’s so stable that no other part of the bed moves when you do.
Leesa claim that you’ll get a good night’s kip regardless of how you sleep and how heavy you are, although we think it’s ever so slightly better for lighter people. Both the breathability and longevity are second-to-none and the company makes a donation to charity for each mattress sold.
Plus they’ve donated over 30,0000 mattresses via their own charity programme since its launch in 2014. But it is awkward to move – we need handles please!
Soak&Sleep Latex 3000 Pocket Air Sprung Mattress: £680 for a double
Pocket Springs and latex work together to give full body support, in a truly responsive mattress.
- 3000 pocket-air springs for responsive all-night comfort
- Luxury knitted fabric with unbleached linen offers amazing comfort and coolness
- Tonal side stitched border for extra support
- Medium-firm support makes this great for side and back sleepers
- Available in a range of sizes
If aching joints or a tired back keep you awake at night, we think this mattress will bring a smile to your face. Here’s why: 3000 pocket air springs responds to your entire body whilst a layer of latex across the entire sleep surface, moulds to your frame giving full body support.
It’s similar to memory foam, but as it’s a natural material, it conforms to individual body shapes using it’s natural elasticity, therefore keeping you cool and fresh all night long. Latex is also naturally resistant to dust mites, mould and bacteria.
The pocket Air spring unit offers a flexible feel through shortened alternative spring pockets that on contraction from body weight increases the volume of air… quite literally giving the feeling of sleeping on air!
Incredible support is offered through the pocket Air system as allows for even weight distribution, and ultimately giving maximum comfort.
The Casper Essential Mattress: £400 for a double
Comfort, durability, and easy setup make The Essential Mattress by Casper a top pick for a good night’s sleep.
Great for back, side, and stomach sleepers, this online mattress has two foam layers for body comfort. The top layer is soft and made with breathable material to keep sweat at bay. A second layer minimises pain by cradling curves and supporting pressure points. Completing the comfort factor is the base layer, which reinforces the top layers to help you rest better.
Foam layers aren’t the only perk of this mattress. It has a durable cover that’s built to withstand wear and tear. Plus, its charcoal colour easily hides leaks, just in case you’re drinking water and other beverages in bed.
Need help with mattress assembly? Casper has your back. It offers in-home setup, where their team will hand-deliver the mattress to you, set up any products that require assembly, and remove all the packaging once they’re done, so you can use your mattress right away.
Casper’s 10-year limited warranty also earns bonus points. The warranty promises a decade of good sleep and applies to some defect scenarios, such as deterioration. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you can contact Casper for customer service support.