The orthopaedic or orthopedic mattress is often regarded as a firmer mattress to support the joints, back and body of sleepers. As the name suggests an orthopaedic mattress is supposedly influenced by the medical field of orthopaedics which centre their academic studies on spine and joint issues.
There are some misconceptions about these mattresses and around the term "orthopaedic mattress". As there are no materials certified as orthopaedic it is common for brands to slap on the term to market their mattresses as long as they're offering a firm mattress targeting joints and spinal alignment, so be very cautious.
As orthopedic mattresses are commonly used and searched for by sleepers looking to help with back pain or bad backs, it is important to do your own research.
For this Best Orthopaedic Mattress list, we have included mattresses that promote themselves as "ortho", "orthopaedic" or "orthopedic" mattresses. All mattresses featured are regarded as firm-tension.
Below is a quick summary of the Best Orthopaedic Mattresses in the UK (Important Considerations in Conclusion).
|BRAND||MATTRESS||TYPE||SPRING COUNT||TENSION||TRIAL & WARRANTY||PRICE|
|REM-Fit||500 Ortho mattress||Hybrid||2,000||Firm||100 Nights|
|Silentnight||Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho mattress||Pocket Sprung||1,400||Firm||60 Nights*|
|Slumberland||Ortho Firm 1400 mattress||Pocket Sprung||1,400||Firm||NA Nights|
|John Lewis & Partners||Ortho Support 1000 mattress||Pocket Sprung||1,000||Firm||NA Nights|
|British Bed Company||Pocket Ortho mattress||Pocket Sprung||1,000||Medium||NA Nights|
|Sleepeezee||Classic Ortho 800 mattress||Pocket Sprung||800||Medium-firm||60 Nights*|
1. REM-Fit 500 Ortho Mattress
The REM-Fit 500 Ortho mattress is a firm hybrid mattress designed to care for your back. This ortho mattress has an interesting mix of layers all with their own unique benefits to help alleviate back pain.
A top "zoned" cool memory foam layer with added cushioning around the more extruding body areas such as the hips and shoulders to provide pressure relief, this is rare as there are not many orthopaedic or orthopedic mattresses with memory foam. 2,000* full-sized (14cm) springs provide firm support and that each move independently. Finally, edge support and a base foam layer are used to stabilise the mattress and also to reduce "roll-together" which couples may find beneficial.
The REM-Fit 500 Ortho mattress which we highly recommend in our Best Mattress for Back Pain picks is also highly spoken of by Which?, T3 and The Evening Standard and also very well rated by Trustpilot customers.
This orthopaedic mattress comes with a 100-night trial for you to test the mattress in your own home that way you can be extra certain this is the right mattress for you and if not you can request a refund. To keep you worry-free for the long run, the mattress also includes a 15-year guarantee which is among the highest in the industry.
2. Silentnight Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho Mattress
We've included the Silentnight Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho mattress as it has a decent amount of firm tensioned springs (1,400 as the name suggests). As you have noticed from our orthopaedic mattress summary table that all mattress use springs, this is because springs are one of if not the most common medium to ensure firm tension. Silentnight engineered their "Mirapocket technology" springs to help alleviate pressure and pain that can build up in sensitive areas while you sleep.
The mattress also features orthopaedic fillings to ensure a firm tension to help with back support and spinal alignment. To keep things hygienic, Silentnight has treated the cover with Purotex to decrease moisture and reduce dust-mite allergens making the mattress also hypoallergenic.
To ensure you are completely satisfied, Silentnight offer a 60-night comfort exchange where if you are not satisfied with your mattress can change it for another. This ortho mattress is also covered by a 5-year guarantee.
3. Slumberland Ortho Firm 1400 Mattress
If you are looking for a more traditional and natural orthopedic mattress then the firm Slumberland mattress may be worth a consideration. What also makes this mattress interesting is that it is marketed as a dual season mattress (seasonal turn). On the warmer side, a wool blend which has hydroscopic properties that encourage the evaporation of body moisture and a cooler cotton filling for the hotter summer season.
The deep firm support is made to offer ultimate back care comfort and side support foam system prevents the mattress from sagging around the edges allowing the whole surface to remain tense and supportive.
In order to promote a healthy and hygienic mattress, Slumberland has treated the fabric with Bio-Protect technology which provide natural protection from allergens, bacteria growth and dust mites.
Having read through some customer reviews, the most common remarks were about how well made and the quality of the mattress and some finding it very firm which may suggest it would be a good option for heavier persons.
4. John Lewis Pocket 1000 Ortho Support Mattress
John Lewis & Partners offer a range of mattresses including their own collection of orthopaedic mattresses. Their bestselling orthopaedic model is the Classic 1000 Ortho Support mattress with customers reviewing it as excellent for quality, design and value by a decent amount of customers.
They assure their ortho mattress range are designed to be denser and more supportive making them perfect for those looking for a firm feeling mattress. As with most "orthopedic" mattresses, pocket springs are used to bear the support, in this case, ReActive Pocket springs.
At The Mattress Guide we are always looking at the small details of the mattresses we review and recommend. We found the side stitching is hand-stiched which is seen as a good thing not only because it adds a sense of craftmanship but also this helps to support the sides and strengthen the edges. Additionally, cotton felt tufts are used as finishing to help keep its shape and maintains longevity in the mattress.
The mattress comes with a 7-year guarantee which is about the average in the industry, however, if you are looking to have your mind blown you may want to check out our Nectar mattress review (this memory foam mattress has a forever warranty).
5. British Bed Company Pocket Ortho Mattress
One of the more budget-friendly mattresses on this list is the Pocket Ortho mattress from The British Bed Company and also possibly the least firm classifying it in the medium-firm range. This orthopaedic mattress is one-sided meaning if you are a couple it will support only one of you in any arguments, just kidding. It means it is a no-turn mattress (rotating is recommended) as the layers are strategically placed whereby the majority of the support comes from below and the comfort layers on top.
The pocket springs are 5 inches or 12.7cm which are encapsulated in fabric allowing them to move independently and reduce "together-roll" which is very common amongst couples sharing a mattress.
Overall this British made mattress has excellent reviews, praising the quality-price ratio as well as some remarks about alleviated back pain.
6. Sleepeezee Classic Ortho 800 Pocket Mattress
Orthopaedic mattresses generally have from 1,000 to 2,000 springs. The heavier you are the more springs are advised, of course, spring specifics have to be taken into consideration - we outline the most important spring features when looking for a hybrid or pocket sprung mattress here.
This Sleepeezee Ortho 800 mattress is considered a medium-firm tension mattress which would indicate its more suitable for lighter individuals or those that are not looking for the classic firm orthopedic mattress. It is designed to be balanced in comfort as well as support which the individual pocket springs and hypoallergenic comfort fibres promote.
With this mattress comes a 60-night comfort trial so you can try it out and if you are not totally satisfied can swap it for another Sleepeezee mattress. The Sleepeezee also comes with a decent 5-year guarantee.
What is an Orthopaedic/ Orthopedic Mattress?
You may have heard or seen the word ortho, orthopedic or orthopaedic attached to a mattress and can sort of guess what it refers to but you may be asking what exactly is an orthopaedic mattress or what are orthopaedic mattresses.
Orthopaedic mattresses are generally designed to offer, maximum support, even weight distribution for pressure relief, correct spinal alignment and overall promote healthier posture.
There are many types of orthopaedic mattresses with the most used being pocket sprung. These are seen to provide the most sturdy and firm support and manufacturers now also include top comfort layers to ensure a soft initial feel.
Best Orthopaedic Mattress Conclusion
With many options out there it you can get easily confused, we came up with what we believe are some of the best orthopaedic mattresses in the UK, there are many others too which may be better suitable for your unique needs. We highly suggest you do your own research and if you have a medical condition or severe pain we recommend you visit a professional before purchasing a mattress.