How Do I Choose A Mattress?
Are you looking for a new mattress? Here are 6 steps to guide you:
- Plan your budget
- Pay attention to your preferred sleeping position and your body type
- Choose the right degree of firmness
- Choose the right mattress size
- Test the mattress
- Find your perfect mattress
1. Plan Your Budget
You spend a third of your life on your mattress. This means that your choice of mattress is an important one. As with most products, you usually get what you pay for.
Sleep Hero divides mattresses into four price categories (according to the standard UK Double size 135 x 190 cm):
- Cheap mattresses: Under £300
If your budget is low, you should think very carefully about which mattress to buy - and we highly recommend that you test the mattress first. Unfortunately, cheap mattresses are simply not comparable to more expensive ones. You'll find most of the IKEA mattresses in this price range.
- Mattresses in the lower-middle price range: £300 - £500
You can find some high-quality mattresses in this price range - many of which are well-suited to most people. A good example of a mattress in this price range is the Emma Original.
- Mattresses in the middle price range: £500 - £700
You'll find some excellent mattresses in this price range, including some of our favourites, like Eve. There are also interesting options with special features, like the muun or the Simba.
- Premium mattresses: from £700
Luxury mattresses, like the Tempur mattresses, fall into this category. These mattresses are of very high quality but do come at a significant cost.
Tip: We suggest you invest about £500 for a high-quality mattress. At this price range, you will often find a mattress that meets our quality criteria. Looking to save? Check out our discount codes section
for discounts on popular mattresses.
2. Pay Attention To Your Preferred Sleeping Position And Your Body Type
High-quality mattresses are suitable for most sleeping positions and body types. But with mattresses under £300, you should pay special attention to your preferred sleeping position.
In general, people who sleep on their sides require a little more depth as the body only rests on the hips and shoulders. For cheaper mattresses, we recommend that you do not exceed 6/10 in our firmness scale. People who sleep on their backs or stomachs, however, can easily choose a harder model.
Many people believe that a firmer mattress is better for the back. This isn't always true. On the contrary, if the mattress is too firm, it will often cause back and neck pain as it does not allow the body to sink in sufficiently. At the same time, the mattress should not be too soft. A mattress that's too soft will result in the hammock effect, where the hips sink in too much and the spine bends as a result.
In general, the right degree of firmness depends on the type of body. Smaller and light-weight people (up to 70kg) usually sleep better on a slightly softer mattress (up to about 5/10 points on our firmness scale). Heavy-weight sleepers need more support and should, therefore, choose a mattress that's above 6/10 on our firmness scale.
3. Choose The Right Degree Of Firmness
High-quality mattresses that fall in the 5-7/10 points in our firmness scale are suitable for most people and sleeping positions.
Desired firmness is often a matter of personal preference, though, and depends on the level of comfort you experience when lying down. What do mattresses with different degrees of firmness feel like? Our test sleepers know.
4. Choose The Right Mattress Size
Your ideal mattress size will depend on your personal situation. Do you sleep alone or with a partner? Are you very tall or very short? How big is your bed frame? How big is your bedroom?
- The most common mattress sizes for couples are 135 x 190 cm, 140 x 200 cm, 150 x 200 cm, 160 x 200 cm, and 180 x 200 cm.
- Singles usually choose mattresses in the sizes 90 x 190 cm, 90 x 200 cm, 120 x 190 cm, 135 x 190 cm, or 140 x 200 cm.
Sleep Hero Tip: If you and your partner share a bed, you don't necessarily need to choose one large mattress. It is also possible to place two smaller mattresses (e.g. 90 x 190 cm) next to each other. You can easily bridge the gap with a love bridge or a mattress wedge.
5. Test The Mattress
It's very important to test whether a mattress really suits you. That being said, it takes the body a few weeks to get used to a new mattress. Testing a mattress for a few minutes in a shop is not enough. When you buy a mattress online, you have the chance to test the mattress risk-free for up to 100 days. We highly recommend that you make use of this trial period. If you don't like the mattress, you can simply return it and get a full refund.
6. Find Your Perfect Mattress
We share our experiences of the mattresses we've tested in our mattress reviews. Here, you'll find all of the information that you may need, such as mattress composition, comfort, degree of firmness, prices, delivery, and the returns policy. Our team extensively tests each mattress and independently assesses the most important factors. This way you'll quickly gain knowledge on tons of mattresses. It's that simple.
Have you already found two mattresses but can't decide which one to choose? Then read our mattress comparisons, where we compare numerous popular mattresses.