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bumbleweed Sat 27-May-06 17:52:03

Does anyone know how much you need to pay to get a decent bed-matress and what to look for in terms of springs/materials/makes??

Went to a big bed and matress warehousey type shop today and came out knowing only that you can pay between £100 - £1000 and that there are hundreds of different types!

Obviously I did lie on a few - but you want something thats going to stay comfortable and last dont you?

Just wondered if anyone has been matress shopping recently?

shazronnie Sat 27-May-06 22:05:15

I used to work in beds dept, and you basically get what you pay for.
Some good brands are Slumberland, Sealy and Vi Spring.
If you are putting the mattress on a slatted bed base bear in mind it will feel firmer than on a sprung divan base.

I bought a Slumberland Gold seal about 5 years ago for about £500 and it is still very comfy. I would say if you spend £500 it will last you 10 years, only £1 a week!

Of course, if the mattress is for occasional spare bed use, then cheaper is fine.
Also for a kids bed you don't need to spend as much because the mattress is supporting less weight,


bubble99 Sat 27-May-06 22:35:49

We've just bought a high-tech latex one from John Lewis (online) it supports and moulds to your shape and is the most comfortable thing I've ever slept on. It cost £750 so it bloomin' well should be!!

Both DH and I have back problems, so it was an essential buy for us.

Earlybird Sat 27-May-06 22:39:26

hijack alert - shazronnie, how do you know when a mattress needs to be replaced? Mine is about 15 years old, and I hadn't really thought of replacing it....

winniewoo Sun 28-May-06 07:33:39

We also bought a Slumberland gold seal about 7 yrs ago and love's on a slatted base. Think we paid about £350 at the time.

misdee Sun 28-May-06 07:38:07

earlybird, think of all the shed skin and sweat in your bed. yuk

i spent 600 on our current bed. it was a luxery buy for us, but was fed up of replacing cheap matresses every two years.

bumbleweed Sun 28-May-06 20:43:36

Thanks shazronnie, just the kind of info I needed. We did look at some Sealy and Slumberland ones. £500 seems alot to pay but like you say if its to last 10 years. Thats why I thought I would do some research because I wouldnt spend that much on a TV or HiFi for example without knowing I was getting pretty much the best value for money. Yes it is a slatted base and I want a firmish one.

We also saw those latexy ones bubble but they are dearer and the salesman said they retain more heat?

Thanks for replying folks

shazronnie Tue 30-May-06 16:50:46

earlybird - 10 yrs is recommended, but more from a hygiene point of view. Your bed might still be comfy, but is likely to be full of dust mites, sweat, etc etc!

shazronnie Tue 30-May-06 16:52:23

Most latex are not suited to a slatted base - if you are heavy it can sink between the slats. I would avoid latex on slats.

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