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Best Mattress UK 2019 and 2020

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Best Mattress UK (Top 10 for 2019 and 2020) – If you’re in the market looking for a new mattress, informing yourself about the best mattresses UK has to offer is a great start. Not only are there many options to be found at brick-and-mortar establishments, but there is an infinite amount of mattresses offered in the fragmented bed-in-a-box industry with free trials. But what’s the best mattress in the UK?

New mattress models come out yearly from a growing number of brands and manufacturers. Buying a new mattress can be very difficult and confusing if you are not familiar with the terminology, materials, production processes and clever sales tactics.

If you don’t have the time to spend hours on researching what is the best mattress for you, we at The Mattress Guide got you covered, we lay out our topics of the best mattresses you can buy in the United Kingdom for 2019 and 2020.

Here is our list of the 10 Best Mattresses you can buy in a box, in the UK right now. Be sure to browse through each mattress as they all offer unique features (Important Considerations in Conclusion).

BRANDMATTRESSTYPEFIRMNESS (1-10)TRIAL & WARRANTYPRICE
EmmaOriginal mattressMemory Foam6.5100 Nights
10 Years
£299
NectarMemory Foam mattressMemory Foam6.5365 Nights
Forever Years
£599
SimbaHybrid mattressHybrid6.5100 Nights
10 Years
£549
Brook + WildeLux mattressHybrid4-7100 Nights
10 Years
£549
OTTYHybrid mattressHybrid7100 Nights
10 Years
£375
REM-Fit400 mattressHybrid7100 Nights
15 Years
£499
Ergoflex5G mattressMemory Foam6.530 Nights
10 Years
£479
DormeoOctasmart Hybrid Plus MattressHybrid6.560 Nights*
18 Years
£1,199
EveOriginal mattressMemory Foam6.5100 Nights
10 Years
£399
TempurOriginal EliteMemory Foam6.5100 Nights
10 Years
£1,729
*Prices are referring to the single size. Information may be subject to change, please check with the brand/manufacturer before purchasing. Always read the trial + warranty T&Cs.

1. Emma Original Mattress – £299

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The Emma Original mattress is crowned this year’s Best Mattress UK Winner, thanks to its excellent material quality and multiple awards. Apart from our very own TMG Best Mattress Overall Award, the Emma Original mattress is highly positioned in the Which? mattresses comparison table, considered the Best Mattress by T3, awarded the Indy Best Buy, inews Best Buy , loved by Real Homes and has been approved by Ideal Home and the GoodHouse Keeping Institution. Many of these features, awards and recommendations come from 2019 which have also been carried through to 2020. These are also only regarding the Emma UK store, they have around 10 awards throughout Europe.

Another confidence booster at least from our side was when Emma recently celebrated their one-millionth mattress being sold which is a milestone they had reached earlier than anticipated.

Emma’s product development team has conducted countless tests (using humans and testing machines), done extensive research and received and evaluated customer feedback to create their best mattress to date that will suit almost all body types and sleeping needs.

The Emma Original mattress has an advanced 3-layer zone profile which allows for optimum spinal alignment and body support; polyfoam base, visco-elastic memory foam transition layer and the top layer, its very own Airgocell® foam layer. The layers combined make it extremely durable, breathable and pressure relieving. Emma has also made it very practical by incorporating a machine washable cover and handles for easy manoeuvring.

All of this is vacuum-sealed, rolled and delivered to you in a neat box (free of charge) which you can try out for yourself in the comfort of your own home for 100-nights and if you don’t fall in love with it, Emma will organise a collection and refund you your purchase amount. In the long run, Emma has got you covered, with a 10-year guarantee so you can rest assured the mattress will last.

Emma is also highly rated on Trustpilot which is a great place to start your mattress research which can give you insights from current Emma mattress customers.

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*Based on Emma Hybrid Mattress

Highlights

– Exceptional material quality
– Adapts to almost every body type and sleeping pattern
– Most critically acclaimed mattress


2. Nectar Mattress – £599

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Runner up in our Best Mattress UK 2020 list is the Nectar mattress. A relatively new brand in the UK making waves and disrupting the industry. The Nectar mattress is a very durable memory foam mattress with exceptional pressure-relieving properties. Its durability is proven by its 365-night trial and forever warranty, which is mind-boggling as there is no other mattress we have reviewed with such an offer. There is very little that can go wrong with this purchase.

The Nectar mattress is an ideal fit for anyone looking for a mattress that embodies the classic memory foam feel. Three-layer design, 2 of which are memory foam which translates to great body contouring. The top memory foam layer is their 4th generation and is up to 30 times more breathable than regular memory foam. Nectar also incorporated a gel memory foam layer quilted into the cover which is engineered to independently draw heat away. Certipur certified materials used as well as FSC approved packaging.

There is no doubt why the Nectar mattress is loved by Real Homes, approved by Ideal Home and Good Housekeeping, featured in the Evening Standard as well as recommended by Expert Reviews. Thousands of customers have also had very positive things to say about this mattress especially regarding the comfort.

Finally, Nectar is the first and only mattress company in the UK that is a 100% climate-neutral ‘bed in a box’ mattress. This shows their active progress towards reducing their carbon footprint through partnering with ClimatePartner.

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Highlights

– Great value for money
– Best choice for heavy persons
– Unmatched trial and warranty period (365 & forever)


3. Simba Hybrid Mattress – £549

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The trusted online mattress retailer, Simba was one of the first to roll into the UK market. Europe’s most reviewed mattress in a box has over 100,000 5-star customer ratings from various independent sources including; Trustpilot, YOTPO, Google reviews and their Simba site.

T3 have given it a Best Buy and claim it is “the best mattress in the world” additionally it is also approved by Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health and Ideal Home. Loved by Real Homes and voted product of the year 2020.

The 4 layer hybrid mattress with up to 2,500 conical springs adjust to your body as you sleep, ensuring a great nights rest. The combo of springs, open-cell foam technology, traditional memory foam and polyfoam makes creates a pleasant medium feel. Hybrid mattresses are known to bring the best of both worlds, support from springs and comfort from foam.

With the study of over 10 million sleepers and 180 million body profiles measured, this is proof of the extent Simba is willing to go to produce the best mattress in the UK. Simba has also brought out an app (Apple or Android) to help review your sleep performance as well as receive coaching from performance experts. This is not surprising to us as Simba have cemented their mark as an innovative sleep tech company, not just their mattresses but their pillows, weighted blankets and duvets all include some sort of advanced boundary-pushing material or technology.

Simba comes with free delivery and a 100-night trial with free returns if you’re not 100 % happy. Included is also the standard 10-year guarantee which we find to be the mean in the UK bed in a box scene.

(Video credit: Simba)

Highlights

– Excellent customer ratings
– Responsive hybrid made from high-quality materials
– Great for side sleepers


4. Brook + Wilde Lux Mattress – £549

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We have always been a big fan of Brook and Wilde as they bring something completely different to the ever so competitive online bed-in-a-box mattress industry. When compared to the other mattresses on this Best Mattress UK list, the popular Brook and Wilde Lux mattress is leaning closer towards the premium side of the fence. Its bigger sibling, the Brook + Wilde Elite mattress is a slightly superior version and ranks highly in our Top Luxury Mattress list.

The 5 layered Brook + Wilde Lux mattress boasts two sets of spring layers (2,000 + 1,000 springs), wave technology, memory foam and a supportive polyfoam base. This is all covered in a luxurious hypoallergenic cover. Every detail, stitch and component is hand-crafted. They have found the sweet spot between craftmanship and practicality which we appreciate.

Do you prefer a firm, medium or soft feeling mattress? Brook + Wilde unlike most of the other mattress on this Best Mattress UK list offers all 3 degrees of feeling. This way you can choose your comfort level depending on your personal preference.

Slowly climbing the ranks with awards and approvals. The Brook + Wilde Lux mattress has been awarded a Which? Best Buy, loved by Real Homes and Grand Designs and featured in Country & Townhouse. We have followed them closely and the progress they have been making in a short span of time is commendable.

Service is a field where Brook and Wilde excel at, their mattress includes free 2-man delivery service and if requested can remove your old mattress free of charge (this may be changing). They also offer a risk-free 100-night trial so you have plenty of time to really get into the mattress and decide if it’s for you or not. Finally, the Lux also comes with a 10-year guarantee.

Highlights

– Premium mattress with extra bounce
– Soft, medium and firm options offered
– Outstanding service and aftersales support


5. OTTY Hybrid Mattress – £375

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The versatile OTTY Hybrid is one of the most affordable mattresses from our 10 Best Mattresses list right now. This value-option combines the best of both worlds; the support and push back from springs as well as the comfort and cushioning from foam.

The stand out layer is the “cool blue gel” memory foam (a blend of gel beads), which dissipates any heat buildup. At its core, are 2,000 full-sized pocket springs (14cm), that significantly add more spring than you would find in other hybrid mattresses. Because of these sturdy springs, it nudges this mattress closer to the firmer category. If you are looking for a medium mattress from OTTY, you can head over to our OTTY Pure, OTTY Flex or OTTY Essential reviews for more.

OTTY has also included side support allowing for edge-to-edge support which is very important especially if you are looking for a mattress as a couple.

OTTY is one of the only brands on this Best Mattress UK 2019 and 2020 list to be awarded small online retailer of the year by the national bed federation – who are the most prestigious bed organisation in the UK. It has also been named product of the year by Expert Reviews and Loved by Real Homes. The OTTY Hybrid mattress is also very well received by Trustpilot customers which we highly recommend you briefly read through.

As with the other mattress with free trials, the OTTY Hybrid mattress is delivered at no cost to you, includes a 100-night trial and boasts a 10-year warranty to cover you in the long run.

(Video credit: OTTY)

Highlights

– A great option if you don’t want to break the bank
– Perfect pushback from the springs
– Recommended for those looking for a firmer feeling mattress


6. REM-Fit 400 Mattress – £499

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REM-Fit takes a different approach with their mattresses by focusing their product variety on providing great sleep recovery and optimal rest. This extract is based on the REM-Fit 400 model which is based on the majority of UK sleepers. However, we have to mention that we were just as excited to review their REM-Fit 500 Ortho which is more of a specialised mattress that ranks very high on our Best Mattress for Back Pain and Best Orthopaedic mattresses.

This 4-layered hybrid mattress includes open-cell memory foam (30x more breathable than standard memory foam), 2,000 full-sized springs, edge support and a polyfoam base. REM-Fit uses  CertiPUR certified manufacturers to ensure quality is maintained in the production and final mattress product. Their mattresses are also made by an NBF (National Bed Federation) member.

REM-Fit being relatively new to the UK market have already gained a Good Housekeeping approval, we look forward to seeing the progress they will be making in this new market.

The REM-Fit comes with a 100-night trial for you to test with a completely free return policy if it doesn’t happen to be the right mattress for you. Additionally, an impressive 15-year warranty follows your REM-Fit purchase that way you are secured in the long run.

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Highlights

– Great for recovery & pain
– Firmer type mattress
– Excellent trial & warranty


7. Ergoflex Mattress – £479

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Here in this Best Mattress UK list we have the only bed in a box company here in the UK that has been trading longer than their 10-year warranty period. Ergoflex in some way has paved the path that many of the other competitors have taken.

The Ergoflex mattress is engineered to be the best memory foam mattress with very high memory foam to foam percentage. Memory foam has a slow response compression feeling with a gradual feeling. Memory foam does particularly well for those who suffer from back pain or injuries. It is a great mattress from those with orthopaedic issues as per the Back Doctor which has helped Dr Mark Craig recover from his back pain. There is no wonder it has been awarded a Which? Best Buy.

It is also worth mentioning that the Ergoflex 5G is a medium to medium/firm mattress making it suitable for most of the UK sleepers.

The Ergoflex mattress is CertiPur-US® & OKEO-TEX® 100 certified. Manufactured to BS 5852 and BS 7177 UK Safety Standards. This shows the dedication Ergoflex is putting into the manufacturing of their mattresses.

All the layers are wrapped in a neutral white and grey cover which is made from Tencel fabric, which are fibres produced by environmentally responsible processes from sustainably sourced natural raw material. That way it is very unlikely to cause any allergic reactions.

(Video credit: Ergoflex)

Highlights

– Medium to medium/firm feel
– Excellent pressure relief especially for orthopaedic issues
– Hypoallergenic cover


8. Dormeo Octasmart Hybrid Plus Mattress – £1,199

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Dormeo uses some of the latest sleep technologies to transform their mattresses into some of the smartest and best mattresses in the UK. The Octasmart Hybrid Plus mattress is a highly rated mattress by customers with nearly all reviews being 5 stars.

The Octasmart Hybrid Plus mattress is a Sleep Expert Top Pick for Spring 2020 claiming it’s their smartest mattress ever that incorporates foam, pocket springs and Octaspring® technology to create the most complete mattress. The Octaspring® technology is the key stand out feature in Dormeo’s Octasmart range. They are designed to move in 3 dimensions and are proven to be 8X more breathable than traditional memory foam mattress technologies.

Aside from the Octasprings, you will find layers of memory foam, pocket springs and Ecocell® foam. The layers are arranged to offer zoning (3 areas) that allow for your spine to take its natural shape and helping it keep in alignment.

The cover is worth boasting about too, It has some of the best features and specs. It is anti-bacterial, anti-mould and anti-dust mite which creates a healthy sleep environment. It also incorporates Hundreds of comfort pockets which allow for additional air circulation.

The Octasmart Hybrid Plus mattress comes with a 60-night trial, allowing you to test it and ensure it is the one for you. To guard your purchase as time goes by, the Octasmart mattress includes an impressive 18-year warranty.

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Highlights

– Smart technologies and great cover
– 60-night comfort trial
– 18-year warranty


9. Eve Original Mattress – £399

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The mattress giant Eve has been around for quite some time and has cemented themselves as a trusted bed company in the UK. Eve differentiates itself from the rest not only by its vibrant design but also as they comply with strict ISO 9001 quality standards during the manufacturing process. Eve uses foams that are sourced from NBF members and that are Certipur Certified, the cover is also Oekotex certified.

What’s inside the Eve Original? a top Evecomfort® layer (which is said to be 30 times more breathable than traditional polyfoam), a middle memory foam layer and a durable poly foam base. The slow response from the memory foam is particularly good at reducing any motion transfer. The nearly 18cm base gives you enough support so you don’t feel like you are sinking into the mattress and always maintains correct spinal alignment.

The Eve Original has been awarded a Which? Best Buy award and featured in the Evening Standard.

Standard is also a 100-night trial to truly try out the Eve Original at home and a 10-year warranty covering performance issues.

(Video credit: Eve)

Highlights

– Great value memory foam mattress
– Quality checked manufacturing processes
– Good choice for restless sleepers


10. Tempur Original Mattress – £1,729

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Tempur is one of the most widely known and trusted mattress brands and is considered a more premium mattress brand which would appeal to those looking to spend a few extra quid. It all started when the material “TEMPUR®” that’s composed of a secret formula was developed by NASA to support astronauts during lift-off. After realising the commercial potential, Tempur was born.

Tempur offers their mattresses in 3 versions, Supreme (21cm), Elite (25cm) and Luxe (30cm) which affect not only the thickness but also the inner layers. We have chosen the balanced Tempur Original Elite version for this Best Mattress UK list.

Tempur is very discrete and secretive about the actual TEMPUR® material layers of the mattress. The Tempur Original Elite mattress is made up of a top comfort material, support material and a double Durabase tech layer. The combination of these specific layers gives it an all-round medium feel which is great for those not looking for any specific type of mattress but rather an allrounder.

To conclude, the Tempur Original Elite mattress comes with a 100-night trial and a 10 year guarantee.

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Highlights

– Tempur material
– Removable and washable cover
– 100-night trial
– 10-year warranty


Research and Resources for our Top Picks

In making this “Best Mattress UK 2019 and 2020” article, we:

  • Researched dozens of online mattress brands, researching and even going undercover to find out about the materials they use and how the mattresses are manufactured.
  • Looked at hundreds of customer reviews, the good, the bad and the ugly.
  • Considered all pros and cons of the mattresses, and which mattress would be best suited for each type of sleeper.
  • Spent over 50 hours writing and revising this article to provide you with the most informative and helpful content so you can find the best mattress for your sleeping needs.

*This Best Mattress UK list is our opinion and can be a great foundation and to sum up, information about all the bed-in-a-box mattresses out there especially if you don’t know where to start or know what is out there. We always recommend you do your own research to come to a decision that makes you as a buyer happy.

Best Mattress UK by Type and Material

You may be wondering what is the best mattress type? well, this question is extremely subjective and depends on your sleeping position, body type, experiences and unique sleeping needs. Depending on your responses to these factors a certain mattress type may be better or more preferable for you.

Knowing the main points of differences may help get you closer to the best mattress for your situation.

Best Memory Foam Mattress

A memory foam mattress is a very popular choice as many sleepers enjoy the so-called “hugging” feeling it gives. Memory foam is arguably the best type of mattress to relieve pressure point pain. The biggest downside is it is known to sleep warm, however recent technologies are used to combat issues like these.

We have a whole article dedicated to explaining the different types of memory foams, their pros and cons and what to watch out for. Just head on over to our Top Memory Foam Mattress Picks.

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Best Pocket Sprung and Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses were created to solve the issues that only memory foam mattresses had as well as the issues that a pocket sprung mattress had. In short, infuse the two to create a mattress that has the best of both worlds. This does generally come at a cost.

Our Best Pocket Sprung and Hybrid Mattress Recommendations post goes into a deeper analysis. From spring gauge/thickness to coil count considerations and of course our top picks for the UK.

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Best Mattress UK Conclusion

Making our list of the 10 best mattress brands in the UK for 2019 and 2020 wasn’t a simple task. In the United Kingdom, there are dozens of mattress brands all with unique value propositions: But which is the best mattress?

Even though we landed on what we think are the best picks for 2019 and 2020, we would like to mention that this list will always be evolving and our viewpoints are likely to change as new mattresses are released into the market. As mattress brands constantly change their data there may be some inconsistencies however, we are continuously updating our site to keep our information up to date. We highly recommend you read the mattress trial and warranty terms and conditions to be fully aware of the fine print.

We are not doctors or experts. At The Mattress Guide, we are a bunch of sleep enthusiasts that enjoy writing about all things sleep and have had years of experience in this field and we just want to provide you with as much information (in a digestible way) so we can at least make your life a bit easier when deciding which product to purchase.

Don’t forget to take a look at our in-depth mattress reviews so you can get a deeper understanding of the mattresses and the company’s behind them so you can make the most informed investment. If you have any questions or concerns on your next mattress please do get in contact.

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