The best mattresses 2020
05 February 2020
Which mattress is right for me?
Are you a side sleeper or a flat-on-your-back sleeper? We all have a preferred way of getting comfy, and how you position yourself should play a large part in the mattress you end up picking. Some are better for certain positions than others. Here's a quick overview to help you decide which route to take:
- Side sleepers: Sleeping on your side will require extra spinal support. Try not to go for anything too firm and opt for soft to medium mattresses. Don't go too soft though – you don't want to get any repetitive strain around your neck and back. Also, keep an eye out for mattresses with a three-inch comfort layer as these tend to mould to your shape better.
- Back sleepers: This is the position most doctors will recommend for warding off or improving back problems. If this is your natural position, or if pain is forcing you to retrain your sleeping behaviour, give springy latex mattresses a go. These tend to provide the best cushioning for orthopaedic support.
- Stomach sleepers: Sleeping on your stomach puts pressure on different parts of your body, specifically the breasts, chest and lungs. If this position is the comfiest for you, don't buy a springy mattress as it will only push into you more. Instead, try a soft memory foam mattress., which will contour to your body shape without adding unnecessary pressure.
- Toss-and-turn sleepers: You could have the most supportive mattress in the world, but some of us move around a lot in bed and that’s just the way it is. If that sounds like you, try a pillow top mattress. The curve between the pillow and mattress is specifically designed to support your neck no matter how many shapes you make while you’re snoozing.
Aches and pains
If you struggle with aches and pains, this will no doubt be top of your agenda when shopping around. There's nothing worse than trying to force sleep when you’re in agony, but did you know that the wrong mattress can actually make conditions worse – and create new ones – by inadequately supporting the body parts that need it most? Whereas the right mattress will relieve pain, correct posture and even help you to heal.
It's good to remember that there are many different types of pain. For example, some of us might suffer from upper back pain while others might suffer from lower back pain, spinal discomfort or neck strain (or a bit of everything). Since everyone's pain is different, you'll need to do a bit of research to find the right fit for you.
Luckily, speciality mattresses are the order of the day, and there are huge varieties to suit all types of comfort levels. As a general rule though, the best type of mattresses for back pain are memory foam mattresses. Since they are specifically engineered to target different types of pain all at once, if you do ache all over, these could be a real saviour. You can also buy orthopaedic mattresses, which target more chronic cases of upper and lower back pain.
A common misconception is that the firmer the mattress, the better your back will be but really you should go for medium firmness. You want it to be firm enough to support your lower back but soft enough to contour your spine.
Which mattress is best?
Mumsnet Spirit Mattress, from £699
If you’re not into anything too soft or too firm, this medium support mattress – like Goldilocks' porridge – is just right. Mumsnet teamed up with Dreams to bring Mumsnet users two mattresses designed to help them get the sleep they so richly deserve. The Mumsnet Spirit Mattress is made from breathable fabric, ideal for regulating your body temperature, while the 2000 pocket springs are topped with latex for extra comfort. It's also anti-allergy and environmentally friendly.
“The top layer of the mattress coupled with the latex provides great back support and has helped regulate my temperature – bye, bye, night sweats!”
“We have really noticed the difference in our quality of sleep since using the mattress.”Buy now from Dreams
Mumsnet Kindred Mattress, from £999
One for firmer mattress fans, the Mumsnet Kindred Mattress is made from cotton and wool, and includes alpaca fleece and bamboo layers, making it antibacterial without the use of lots of chemicals. It has 3000 pocket springs and is a bit deeper than the Spirit, at 25cm. Opt for this one if breathability and moisture control are top of your list when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. Tend to sleep on your front? This firm mattress is perfect for people who suffer from back pain as it keeps your spine in stable alignment all night long.
“It has given me the best night’s sleep I have literally ever had.”
“My back feels better and I feel well supported all over.”Buy now from Dreams
Otty 2000 Pocket Spring Mattress, from £499.99
What do you get when you combine blue gel-infused memory foam with thermostatic cushioning? The best kip of your life (no matter how much you suffer from aches or night sweats). This 2000 pocket spring mattress from Otty offers full cradling support with constant airflow so you're temperature controlled throughout the night.
If you've ever experienced a mouldy mattress, you’ll know just how vital it is to opt for one that discourages the formation of bacteria and mildew by wicking away moisture. Thankfully, the Otty ticks all those boxes. It even comes with a 10-year warranty so you can sleep easy knowing your big purchase is protected.
“We have an Otty and it's AMAZING. First time we've ever splurged on a mattress. Ours is a super king and was £700 but it's worth it. We got the free pillows too and they are honestly great, very supportive for me as a side sleeper.”Buy now from Amazon
Simba Hybrid King Size Mattress, from £549
Mumsnet users love Simba’s award-winning mattresses because they combine the support of 2,500 pocket springs with the comfort of memory foam, engineered to give you the sleep you’ve been holding out for. The mattress is made up of five luxurious layers designed to hug your body neatly while you drift off.
While this Simba Hybrid Mattress is the king size option (why not, if you’ve got the room), it does come in your standard sizes and many more (12 in total) so you’re bound to find the right fit for your bed frame. Here’s another sweetener: Simba offers a 100 Night Trial so if you don’t love it, they’ll give you a full refund.
“Get a Simba, it's the best thing in the world.”
“We love our Simba mattresses – well worth the money. Just the right balance between firm and comfy.”
“I have a Simba mattress and I love it. It is absolute heaven. I have a fleece mattress protector so it feels like a cloud – the best money I have spent and we got it on interest-free credit.”Buy now from Amazon
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Casper Double Memory Foam Mattress, from £375
Get all the qualities of an expensive high-end mattress at a fraction of the price with Casper's memory foam design. Think 'affordable luxury meets everyday practicality'. It’s supportive, breathable and bouncy so you’re in for a much deeper and more enjoyable rest. Thanks to its hybrid foam construction, you’ll be fully supported with a touch of softness for added comfort.
This particular design is special to Mumsnet users due to its unique zoned support system. Essentially, there are contour cuts in the base which let your shoulders sink in while your hips are hugged to relieve pressure. The effect? Waking up with less pain, ready to tackle the day. The Casper mattress is also easy to move and easy to clean – bonus.
“We have a Casper and we love it. My back is much better since getting it.”
“I’ve got a Casper. My chronic back problems were solved overnight. My husband and I love it. My daughter now wants one for her bed too.”Buy now from Amazon
Tempur CoolTouch Original Mattress, from £1,549
This Tempur CoolTouch Original Mattress, while at the more expensive end, features extensive qualities to improve sleep and stave off discomfort. Tempur’s QuickFresh™ cover means you can unzip to wash, keeping your bed fresh and clean all year round – perfect for allergy sufferers. The feel of the mattress is sturdy, firm and supportive. Other sizes and designs can also be found, from single to super king.
“We recently got a Tempur mattress as both my husband and I were having major backache. It is the best thing we have ever bought. Now I don't want to sleep anywhere else but at home as my bed is so wonderful.”Buy now from Dreams
Hypnos Ortho Gold Deluxe Mattress, from £799
If you and your partner sleep in different positions and have different comfort levels, try this Hypnos Ortho Gold Deluxe mattress. It’s a number one best-seller and has been rated the best orthopaedic mattress in the Hypnos collection (you’ll often find them in popular hotels all over the world). Get the exact level of comfort for your body thanks to its cashmere and wool layers, breathable material and moisture wicking properties.
“I have the Hypnos one and love it!”
“Hypnos Ortho Gold firm – it is fantastic quality and very comfortable. Our last one was a pillow top which we could only rotate (not flip) and then the pillow top flattened and lost its comfort so we decided to go without for our next one.”Buy now from Land of Beds
Eve Sleep Original Memory Foam Mattress, from £439.99
Oh, Eve. Mumsnet users rate Eve mattresses as one of the most affordable memory foam mattresses out there. Wave goodbye to tossing and turning, instead enjoy the cloud comfort and support owing to Eve Original's three-layer design. No longer will you overheat in a bid to recharge your batteries thanks to its breathable fabric. Your partner will benefit too as your sleep becomes less disturbed and more rejuvenating.
“We have an Eve. It's heaven.”
“My Eve mattress is the single best thing I have ever bought.”
“I’ve got an Eve and I love it. Had it for about a year now and it’s made a huge difference to my back.”Buy now from Amazon
Emma Hybrid Double Mattress, from £699
Not too hard, not too soft. The Emma Hybrid Double Mattress offers pain-free comfort that fits every type of sleeper and every type of position. The perfect middle ground for first-time mattress buyers, Mumsnet users like it because it combines pocket springs (which relieve pain) with visco-elastic memory foam for cushioning and softness. Each layer comes together to improve posture and spinal support so you won’t wake up stiff and exhausted. After all, your days are busy enough without having to contend with all that.
“We both love it. I sleep better and often joke that we're now a three-person couple – me, him and Emma. She's awesome.”Buy now from Carpetright
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