Best Cheap Mattresses

Best Cheap Mattresses UK (2022)

Written by Nicky

Last updated: 04.08.2022

3 Min.

So, you're in the market for a new mattress but don't want to break the bank? 🏦

You're in luck!

There are several great budget options available in the UK. 🇬🇧

This guide will help you find the best cheap mattress for your needs.

Read on to learn more. 👇

Best Cheap Mattresses

The best cheap mattresses UK under £250:

Best value alternatives:

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Eve Lighter Mattress

The Eve Lighter Mattress is a low-height, affordable memory foam mattress that packs together comfort with budget prices.

This budget-friendly mattress comes with a 1-year trial period!

The Eve Lighter Mattress is Eve Sleep's budget memory foam mattress.

It consists of two mattress layers

  • EveComfort foam layer
  • Supportive base layer

In addition, the mattress also has a moisture-wicking top cover and an anti-slip base. 💦

eve lighter mattress

Unlike most cheaper mattresses, the Eve Lighter comes with all the benefits of a standard bed-in-a-box mattress.

This includes free delivery and returns and a phenomenal risk-free trial period.

The Eve Lighter mattress also comes with a 10-year guarantee. 🗓

-37% EVE LIGHTER MATTRESS

  Eve Lighter Mattress
Composition: Foam
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 20 cm (7.8 inches)
Trial period 1 year
Guarantee: 10 years
What makes this mattress special? A budget mattress with all the benefits of a regular bed-in-a-box mattress.

Sleepeezee Classic Ortho 800 Pocket Mattress

The Sleepeezee Classic Ortho 800 Pocket Mattress is a medium-firm mattress suited to the budget-conscious individual.

This mattress features 800 individually-wrapped pocket springs for superior support.

Sleepeezee Classic Ortho 800 Pocket Mattress is a medium-firm budget mattress. 🤑

It combines 800 pocket springs for superior support with a cosy comfort layer of hypoallergenic fibres.

Sleepeezee Classic Ortho 800 Pocket Mattress

The mattress features a smooth, high-quality damask cover with woollen tufts to keep the comfort filling in place. 🐑

Chrome air vents along the side panels allow heat and excess moisture to escape, keeping you cool and fresh all night long.

This mattress is single-sided, so there's no need to flip it. 

Rotating the mattress from head to toe is recommended, though, ensuring even wear across the surface. 👴🦶

Luckily, the mattress has built-in turning handles to make this easier.

The Sleepeezee Classic Ortho 800 Pocket Mattress is proudly made in the UK. 🇬🇧

It comes with a 5-year guarantee.

BUY SLEEPEEZEE CLASSIC ORTHO 800£ 209.95

  Sleepeezee Classic Ortho 800 Pocket Mattress
Composition: 800 pocket springs with a hypoallergenic comfort layer
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 24 cm (9.4 inches)
Trial period: /
Guarantee: 5 years
What makes this mattress special? Firmer feel at a budget price.
Great For Couples

Inofia Memory Foam Sprung Mattress

The Inofia Memory Foam Sprung Mattress features a soft knitted cover and offers excellent value for money.

This budget mattress features pocketed coils and wave memory foam for enhanced comfort and support.

The Inofia Memory Foam Sprung Mattress is part of Inofia's Elegant Collection. ⭐️

It features multiple layers, including:

  • Pocketed coils for superior durability, pressure relief, and spinal support.
  • Wave memory foam for greater ease of movement, motion isolation, and comfort.

In addition, this budget-friendly mattress has an ultra-soft knitted cover with airy mesh sides. 💨

This protects you against dust mites and regulates your sleeping temperature.

The pillow top mattress has a height of 27 cm (10.6 inches), a good 2 cm (0.78 inches) above the bed-in-a-box industry standard. 📦

BUY INOFIA MEMORY FOAM SPRUNG£ 139.99

  Inofia Memory Foam Sprung Mattress
Composition: Memory foam with pocket springs
Firmness level: Firm
Height: 27 cm (10.6 inches)
Trial period: 100 nights*
Guarantee: 10-year limited warranty when purchased through Inofia.
What makes this mattress special? Budget mattress with excellent materials.

Happy Beds Majestic 1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress

The Happy Beds Majestic 1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress is a medium-firm, hand-tufted budget pocket spring mattress.

This 25 cm pocket spring mattress provides orthopaedic support.

The Happy Beds Majestic 1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress is one of the most budget-friendly adult pocket sprung mattresses on the market. 🇬🇧 

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It features an average of 1000 individually-wrapped pocket coils for superior orthopaedic support and comfort.

Overall, the mattress provides a medium-firm feel. 😴

It also features air vents that improve breathability, allowing you to enjoy a cooler and more comfortable sleep.

The mattress is hand-tufted with elegant damask fabric. 🧶

It should be flipped and rotated every six weeks. 

BUY MAJESTIC 1000£ 159.99

  Happy Beds Majestic 1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress
Composition: Pocket springs 
Firmness level: Medium-firm 
Height: 25 cm (9.8 inches)
Trial period: /
Guarantee: 5 years
What makes this mattress special: A quality budget pocket spring mattress.

Starlight Beds Memory Foam Sprung Mattress

The Starlight Beds Memory Foam Sprung Mattress is a quality continuous coil mattress available at a budget price.

The mattress features a luxurious jersey knitted fabric cover for extra comfort. 

The Starlight Beds Memory Foam Sprung Mattress is a continuous coil budget mattress.

Starlight beds mattress

It features a 13.5 gauge European engineered open coil spring unit, together with next-generation double memory fibre for body-contouring support. 🌀

It also has a luxurious jersey-knitted fabric cover for extra comfort.

The materials are hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant. 🤧

The mattress is made in the UK and complies with all UK and EU regulations. 

It is delivered rolled up and vacuum-packed. 🚛

BUY STARLIGHT BEDS£ 69.99

  Starlight Beds Memory Foam Sprung Mattress
Composition: Continuous coil 
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 22 cm (8.6 inches)
Trial period: /
Guarantee: 1-year guarantee
What makes this mattress special? We'd usually advise against continuous coil mattresses, but this is a decent quality option at an unbeatable price.

Emma
Essential

Price from   £ 318

Emma Essential

The Emma Essential is a medium-soft budget mattress made up of two layers of foam.

This low-height mattress is a great budget-friendly choice.

The Emma Essential is Emma Sleep's budget mattress. 🤑

It is made up of 2 layers of foam:

  • Temperature-regulating and breathable hybrid foam
  • Supportive HRX cold foam

The mattress has a height of 18 cm (7 inches) and is thus much thinner than other Emma mattresses.

Emma Essential mattress

Like the Emma Original, the Emma Essential also features a washable cover and non-slip base.

It is made in the UK and comes with free delivery.

You won't benefit from a trial period, though, and the mattress only has a 5-year guarantee. 😕

But if you're looking for a great budget mattress, you can't get much better than this.

BUY EMMA ESSENTIAL£ 318

  Emma Essential
Composition: Hybrid foam
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 18 cm (7 inches)
Trial period: /
Guarantee: 5 years
What makes this mattress special: Great budget-friendly choice from an award-winning brand.

Happy Beds
Space 2000 Pocket Spring Pillowtop Mattress

Price from   £ 339.99

Happy Beds Space 2000 Pocket Spring Pillowtop Mattress

The SleepSoul Space 2000 Pocket Spring Pillowtop Mattress is an award-winning budget pocket sprung mattress.

This budget mattress features both full-size and mini pocket springs, together with a quilted pillow top and luxurious memory foam for the ultimate comfort and support.

The SleepSoul Space 2000 Pocket Spring Pillowtop Mattress is a Which? Best Buy mattress by Happy Beds.

HappyBeds SleepSoul Space 2000 Pocket Spring Pillowtop Mattress

It combines 1200 mini pocket springs and 800 full-size pocket springs with luxurious layers of foam - including memory foam.

Mini pocket springs are more responsive, adapting to your body better and ensuring optimal comfort and support. 🌀

The quilted boxtop layer provides soft contouring and additional comfort.

The mattress is very comfortable to sleep on, but you are likely to experience some transfer of movement.

This is important to remember if you're sharing your bed with a very restless partner! 👩‍❤️‍👨

The mattress has a no-flip design but should be rotated head-to-foot every six weeks.

Four convenient side grips on the (non-removable) mattress cover help you do this more easily. 

The SleepSoul Space 2000 Pocket Spring Pillowtop Mattress is delivered rolled and vacuum-packed, so it's easy to transport. 

BUY SLEEPSOUL SPACE£ 339.99

  SleepSoul Space 2000 Pocket Spring Mattress
Composition: Pocket springs with memory foam
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 33 cm (12.9 inches)
Trial period: /
Guarantee: 5 years
What makes this mattress special: Award-winning comfort & support at a budget price.

Silentnight
Just Unwind 7 Zone Memory Mattress

Price from   £ 289

Silentnight Just Unwind 7 Zone Memory Mattress

The Silentnight Just Unwind 7 Zone Memory Mattress is a rolled & compressed memory foam mattress with 7 contour zones for superior support.

This mattress features a memory foam & Miratex foam core, offering exceptional edge support, comfort, and pressure relief.

The Just Unwind 7 Zone Memory Mattress is one of Silentnight's award-winning rolled mattresses that offers phenomenal value for money.

Silentnight Just Unwind 7 Zone Memory

It features a seven-zoned support system for optimal spinal alignment, allowing you to drift away for a good night's sleep completely tension-free.

The mattress core is made from soft & body-contouring memory foam and Miratex foam, which offers exceptional edge support so you can enjoy the full width of your mattress. 🥱

While we prefer the seven-zoned system, many customers also love the Silentnight 3 Zone Memory mattress, which is available at even more of a budget price.

The mattress cover is not removable, but, fortunately, the mattress is treated with Purotex to reduce moisture and dust mites.

This makes it a hypoallergenic choice and great for people prone to allergies. 🤧

The Silentnight Just Unwind 7 Zone Memory is delivered rolled and vacuum-packed straight to your doorstep within 48 hours.

Simply unroll and let the mattress expand - it'll be ready within a few hours.

BUY JUST UNWIND 7£ 289  

  Silentnight Just Unwind 7 Zone Memory
Composition: Memory foam
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 20 cm (7.8 inches)
What makes this mattress special? Phenomenal value for money.
Our Favourite

Nectar
Memory Foam Mattress

Price from   £ 384.45 £ (699 )

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

The Nectar is a luxurious memory foam mattress suitable for most people and sleeping positions.

This bestselling mattress comes with a revolutionary 365-day trial period and a lifetime warranty.

The Nectar memory foam mattress is one of our favourite mattresses.

It features 3 layers of high-quality, high-density memory foam for optimal spinal alignment, pressure relief, and comfort.

The base layer also has 7 contour zones to enhance its ergonomic design and keep your body in a healthy sleeping position. 📏

This prevents a build-up of tension and allows for orthopaedic support.

Nectar mattress
The Nectar is a medium-firm mattress

The Nectar mattress comes with a breathable cover that enhances airflow to allow for a cool and comfortable sleep. 💨

Unfortunately, the cover is not machine-washable.

We'd suggest using a mattress protector to safeguard your mattress against stains, spills, and bacteria.

The Nectar mattress comes with free delivery & returns, a revolutionary 365-day trial period, and a "forever warranty". 

45% OFF NECTAR MATTRESS£ 384.45  

  Nectar mattress
Composition: Memory foam with a 7-zone cold foam base
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 25 cm (10 inches)
Trial period: 365 days
Guarantee: Lifetime warranty
What makes this mattress special? Exceptionally comfortable for average-weight & lighter sleepers; lifetime warranty & revolutionary one-year sleep trial.

Simba
Essential

Price from   £ 419.40 £ (699 )

Simba Essential

The Simba Hybrid Essential is a low-height mattress with four layers that's more budget-friendly.

This mattress relies on the same technology that's made the Simba Hybrid a best-selling product - but it's available at a fraction of the price!

The Simba Hybrid Essential is the new budget-friendly option by Simba Sleep. 💷

It relies on the same materials that have made the Simba Hybrid famous but comes as a low-height option with fewer mattress layers.

simba hybrid essential foams
This three-layer mattress is very comfortable.

This also means that the mattress is available at a lower price, making it more suitable for people on a budget.

The mattress features:

  • 500 g hand-knitted hypoallergenic cover
  • A layer of open-cell graphite-infused Simbatex foam
  • Up to 1500 conical pocket springs
  • Multi-zoned foam base layer

Like all Simba mattresses, the Simba Essential comes with free delivery and returns, a 1-year trial period, and a 10-year guarantee. 🚛

40% OFF SIMBA ESSENTIAL

  Simba Hybrid Essential
Composition: Hybrid with Simbatex foam and pocket springs
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 20 cm (7.8 inches)
Trial period: 1 year
Guarantee: 10 years
What makes this mattress special? Budget mattress that still comes with a lengthy trial period and guarantee period.
Eco-Friendly

Silentnight
Eco Comfort Pocket 1200 Mattress

Price from   £ 459

Silentnight Eco Comfort Pocket 1200 Mattress

The Silentnight Eco Comfort Pocket 1200 is a double-sided mattress made from recycled materials & free from foam & chemical treatments.

This is a Good Housekeeping Getting Greener award-winning eco-friendly mattress made from recycled plastic bottles.

The Eco Comfort Pocket 1200 is one of Silentnight's most popular mattresses and a Good Housekeeping Getting Greener award-winning mattress. 🌱

Silentnight Eco Comfort Pocket 1200

Made from 150 recycled plastic bottles and other materials from sustainable sources, this mattress is as comfortable as it is good for the environment.

It's also fully recyclable. ♻️

The Eco Comfort Pocket 1200 is based on a Mirapocket spring system, featuring 1200 zoned pocket springs that react independently to the weight and movement of your body.

This provides exceptional support with a medium-firm feel and even pressure distribution.

The spring system and the Eco Comfort layer also allow for great breathability and good airflow to keep you cool and comfortable all night long. 

The mattress has a depth of 28 cm (11 inches) and has been designed as an affordable alternative to luxury products.

It comes with free two-man delivery from 14 working days. ⏰

You can also purchase an Eco Comfort Pocket 1200 Divan Bed Set to ensure your base is as special as your mattress.

The Silentnight divan beds come in a range of colours and textures and even include under-bed storage options.

 BUY ECO COMFORT POCKET£ 459

  Silentnight Eco Comfort Pocket 1200
Composition: Mirapocket spring system made from recycled materials
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 28 cm (11 inches)
Trial period: 60 nights (T&Cs apply)
Guarantee: 5 years
What makes this mattress special? Eco-friendly & made from 150 recycled plastic bottles; budget option.

Otty
Hybrid

Price from   £ 349.99 £ (699.99 )

Otty Hybrid

The Otty Hybrid is a four-layer hybrid mattress that combines the unique qualities of a pure spring mattress with a top layer of memory foam.

Designed in Yorkshire and made in the UK, this is a proudly British mattress.

The Otty Hybrid is a four-layer hybrid mattress and one of the most affordable hybrids in the UK.

Otty Hybrid mattress

It combines 16 cm pocket springs with Cool Blue Gel memory foam, a unique combination to allow for superior comfort, body-hugging support, and stability. 

It's classified as a medium-firm mattress, but rates much firmer than many other hybrid models.

This is great for anyone looking for extra support and back pain relief. 

The mattress's unique airflow system also allows for excellent breathability to keep you cool and comfortable all night long. ❄️

The Otty Hybrid features firm side support panels for superior edge support, making this a great choice for couples or anyone who enjoys sitting on the side of the bed. 

This mattress is available in a wide range of European and British mattress sizes and is one of the very few bed-in-a-box mattresses available in the emperor bed size. 👑

Otty mattresses come with free delivery & returns, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year guarantee.

 -50% OTTY£ 349.99

  Otty Hybrid
Composition: Temperature-regulating memory foam & pocket springs
Firmness level: Medium-firm
Height: 25 cm (10 inches)
Trial period: 100 days
Guarantee: 10 years
What makes this mattress special? Best budget hybrid, excellent back support; only bed-in-a-box available in the emperor size.

Brook + Wilde
Lux Mattress

Price from   £ 356.95 £ (649 )

Brook + Wilde Lux Mattress

The Brook + Wilde Lux Mattress is a premium bed-in-a-box hybrid mattress that's available in different degrees of firmness.

This unique mattress combines six layers of materials, including memory foam and full-size pocket springs.

The Brook + Wilde Lux Mattress is the flagship B+W product. 🏅

This premium 6-layer hybrid mattress combines both memory foam and full-size pocket springs for the best in comfort and support.

Brook and wilde lux mattress

Uniquely, the Brook + Wilde mattress is available in different degrees of firmness. 😲

You can choose whether you want a soft, medium, or firm feel.

This makes it a perfect choice for many different types of sleepers.

If you're not satisfied with your firmness level, you can exchange it for a different one.

On the downside, the luxurious mattress cover is not removable or washable. 🛀

We'd recommend buying a waterproof mattress protector to safeguard your mattress!

Brook + Wilde mattresses come with free white-glove delivery, a 100-day trial period, and a 10-year guarantee.

45% OFF B+W LUX / "SAVING45"

  Brook + Wilde Lux mattress
Composition: Memory foam and pocket springs
Firmness level: Soft, medium, and firm options are available
Height: 28 cm (11 inches)
Trial period: 100 nights
Guarantee: 10-year guarantee
What makes this mattress special? Premium quality at a great price; you can choose your desired firmness level.

What should a good budget mattress cost?

A good mattress is a substantial investment. 🛌

The cost of a mattress can vary widely depending on the type and quality of the product.

Some budget mattresses may cost as little as £50, while a top-of-the-line model like a Tempur can cost £1,000 or more.

Cheap mattresses may be tempting, but it is essential to remember that a mattress is one of your home's most important pieces of furniture. 🏡

waking up happy
You need a mattress that will support your body well.

You spend a third of your life sleeping, after all.

That's a lot of time spent in bed, so no matter your budget, you should choose the right mattress!

A good mattress should last for a couple of years (8 - 10), so it's essential to choose one that will provide comfort and support for years to come.

In the long term, a more expensive mattress actually works out to be phenomenal value for money.

price-performance ratio
You should always consider the long-term value of a product.

Let's look at this in more detail. 👇

One of our favourite mattresses is the Nectar memory foam mattress.

When not on special (which it often is), the mattress retails for an average of £700 - not exactly spare change.

But, considering that the mattress will last you a long time, you'll have more value for money in the long term.

The mattress should sleep comfortably for 8 - 10 years, but let's take 6 as an average just to be safe.

So that's £700 divided by 6, working out to just over £116 a year.

Or, just over 30 pence a day!

Not a bad price for superior sleep that will leave you snoozing away comfortably. 😴

45% OFF NECTAR MATTRESS£ 384.45

In the end, a higher-quality mattress is often worth the investment since it'll last you that much longer. 🙌

Save more with the best budget mattress deals

You'll be happy to know that there are plenty of great mattress deals in the UK. 🇬🇧

You can often save a significant amount of money by shopping around and taking advantage of special offers.

This means that even the best affordable mattress can become a budget deal!

people celebrating savings
You can get a good mattress at a great price if you use a coupon code.

Some of our favourite best budget mattress UK brands regularly offer discounts, specials, and promotions.

All of our recommended value-for-money alternatives in this article are actually high-quality mattresses that you'll be able to get with phenomenal discounts!!!

Don't worry - you don't have to search for the best deals. 🥳

We collect all of the best deals on our discounts page.

For your convenience, we've also listed some of our favourite UK mattresses - with deals, when applicable - below. 👇

The best value mattress UK deals:

How to choose a cheap mattress

You may be looking for the best cheap mattress, but you also want a comfortable mattress.

confused woman
Before deciding on a budget mattress, you must ask yourself some critical questions.

So, you should consider a few things when making your purchase. 🤔

What's your budget?

Of course, one of the most important things to consider when choosing the best budget mattress is your budget!

How much are you willing to spend on a new mattress? 💷

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a good quality mattress.

There are plenty of great options available at a variety of price points. 👍

The Emma Essential, for example, is a great budget mattress that will offer you a superior level of comfort.

BUY EMMA ESSENTIAL£ 318

Once you've determined how much you're willing - or able to - spend on a new mattress, you can start narrowing down your options.

What is the quality of the mattress?

Foam density and spring count are two critical indicators of mattress quality.

Foam density measures the amount of foam used in the construction of the mattress and is a good indicator of support and comfort. 😴

The higher the foam density, the more supportive and comfortable the mattress will be.

Density is also a good indicator of the expected mattress lifespan. 🕯

This is particularly important when looking at cheap memory foam mattresses.

You definitely want to stay away from inferior cheap foam mattresses.

The table below can help guide you:

density-quality indicator

Spring count, similarly, measures the number of springs used in the construction of a spring mattress.

The higher the spring count, the better the support and comfort.

But, this doesn't mean you have to choose a 10,000-spring mattress.

Even a mattress with 800 springs like the Sleepeezee Classic Ortho is a good choice!

BUY SLEEPEEZEE CLASSIC ORTHO 800£ 209.95

Both foam density and spring count should be considered when choosing a mattress. 👌

What size mattress do you need?

Deciding what size mattress you need can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be.

To start, think about how you'll be using the mattress.

If you're planning on using it for just yourself, then a single or double mattress should suffice. 😄

However, if you'll be sharing the mattress with someone else, you'll need to consider a king-size or super-king-size option.

uk mattress sizes
Mattresses are available in a range of sizes.

You should also consider your height and build when deciding on mattress size. 🧐

For example, if you're taller than average, you may want to consider an extra-length mattress.

The Otty Hybrid is even available in the extra-large emperor size!

-50% OTTY£ 349.99

emma original mattress height
Bed-in-a-box mattresses average 25 cm (9.8 inches) in height.

Don't forget to also consider the depth of the mattress.

Some cheap mattresses are only available in low-depth versions.

These are likely to wear out more quickly and won't be able to support anyone of larger body weight. 🏋️‍♀️

The standard bed-in-a-box height is 25 cm (9.8 inches), but you should be able to sleep comfortably on any mattress deeper than 20 cm (7.8 inches).

What type of mattress do you want?

There are two main types of mattresses:

  • Spring mattresses
  • Foam mattresses

There are multiple sub-categories of each, including pocket sprung mattresses, open coil mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and latex foam mattresses.

When deciding on mattress type, it's important to consider your own preferences as well as your body type and build.

Mattresses with multiple foam layers tend to offer great relief of pressure points.

Memory foam, in particular, moulds nicely to the body to offer orthopaedic support and significantly limits motion transfer. 🤗

The below pictures illustrate this body-contouring ability:

tempur sensation memory foam

memory imprint

But, memory foam is notorious for overheating, so it's best to avoid this if you're a hot sleeper. 🥵

Spring mattresses are a good option for people who prefer a firm mattress, those suffering from back pain, and hot sleepers.

We'd generally recommend avoiding open coil spring mattresses and opting for pocket sprung mattresses instead.

These offer better support and durability, and also allow for great airflow to keep you cool at night.

They may be more expensive than other spring mattresses, but they are worth it. 💰

The Happy Beds Majestic 1000 is a good budget pocket sprung option.

BUY MAJESTIC 1000£ 159.99

What's your preferred sleeping position?

Your preferred sleeping position can also play a role in deciding which mattress type is best for you.

  • Side sleepers often find that softer foam mattresses provide the best support as they conform to the body's curves.
  • People who sleep on their stomachs may want to consider a firmer mattress to prevent them from sinking into the mattress too much.
  • Back sleepers usually find that either type of mattress works well, though they require enough support.

Of course, your body weight and build also play a role.

Firmness according to sleeping position
Your preferred sleeping position influences your ideal mattress firmness.

Smaller people usually do better on softer mattresses, while larger builds need firmer support. 👨‍💼👩‍💼

Budget mattresses can sometimes be too firm or soft, so it's essential to consider these factors before deciding on an option.

What are the delivery conditions?

Many online brands offer free delivery, but this isn't always the case. 🚛

Some questions to consider:

  • Is delivery free?
  • If yes, are there any requirements to qualify for free delivery?
  • If not, is the cost of delivery reasonable?
  • Is there a wide range of delivery options, including next-day delivery or specific date or time delivery?
  • Does the company offer no-contact delivery?
  • Does the company offer an old mattress removal service?

Delivery conditions generally aren't a make-or-break for us, but we prefer companies offering free delivery on all their products.

Does the mattress come with a trial period?

More and more online brands are offering risk-free trial periods that allow you to test out the mattress for a certain amount of time before deciding. 😲

Typically, the trial period is around 100 days.

But, many premium mattress brands also offer more extended trial periods. 🗓

  • Emma Sleep gives you a 200-day trial period.
  • Nectar gives you a 365-day trial period.

This gives you plenty of time to make sure the mattress is a good fit for you.

And, if it's not, most brands will pick up the mattress and refund your purchase. 💃

trial period product generic

That said, trial periods for budget mattresses are exceedingly rare. ☹️

Many brands, like Silentnight or Happy Beds, would offer you the chance to return the mattress, but it won't always be risk-free.

If a good trial period is important to you, it would make sense to up your spending slightly.

The Simba Essential, for example, is still more of a budget-friendly mattress, but it comes with a full 1-year trial period.

40% OFF SIMBA ESSENTIAL

In our opinion, opting for a mattress with a trial period is vital. ❗️

After all, how would you know if the mattress works for you if you can't try it first?

Does the mattress come with a warranty?

Another vital factor to consider is the warranty.

Most quality mattresses come with a standard 10-year warranty.

But, some brands offer longer warranties. 🔑

For example, Nectar and DreamCloud offer a lifetime guarantee on their mattresses.

man sleeping with cat
A good mattress should come with an extended warranty for peace of mind.

When it comes to budget mattresses, you may find that the warranty is shorter. 😭

Many of the cheaper mattresses we recommend only offer a 5-year guarantee.

But some, like the Starlight Beds mattress, only come with a 1-year guarantee.

So, it's important to read the fine print and ensure you're comfortable with the warranty terms before making a purchase. 🔍

The Inofia Memory Foam Sprung Mattress is a good budget option with a 10-year limited guarantee.

BUY INOFIA MEMORY FOAM SPRUNG£ 139.99

Can a mattress topper save my cheap mattress?

Mattress toppers are a great addition to enhance your sleeping comfort.

They can also save your cheap mattress - if the mattress you have purchased is too firm for you. 🧱

Mattress toppers aren't miracle cures.

If your mattress is of inferior quality, doesn't support you well, or is old and worn, you'd need to buy a new mattress.

mattress topper height
A mattress topper is a thick layer of padding you place on top of your mattress.

But if you're sitting with a mattress that's generally good quality and supportive but just a little uncomfortable, a mattress topper can save you. 🥳

Here are some guidelines for choosing a topper:

  • Opt for a thick topper that can really affect your sleeping comfort.
  • Make sure you choose a high-quality material.
  • We'd always recommend opting for a topper with straps.

You could also opt for a quilted cover if you just want a little bit of added cushioning.

But, these won't affect your sleeping comfort as much as a topper would.

A mattress topper doesn't have to cost a fortune.

One of our favourites, the Panda topper, is a relatively cheap mattress topper. 🐼

For your convenience, we've listed some of our favourite mattress toppers below.

Our favourite mattress toppers:

How can I make my mattress last longer?

The quality of your mattress is the most crucial factor when determining durability.

The higher the quality of your mattress, the longer it will last.

But, you also need to make sure that you protect your mattress. 🤺

To do this, you can:

  • Rotate your mattress as recommended to ensure even wear.
  • Wash your bedding, duvets, pillow covers, and mattress covers regularly to ensure your mattress stays clean.
  • Invest in a waterproof mattress protector to safeguard your mattress against spills, dirt, and bacteria.
  • Let your mattress, duvet, and pillows air out regularly to prevent a build-up of dust mites and bacteria.
  • Finally, keep your bed frame clean and fresh.

Taking good care of your mattress will enable it to stay fresher and newer for longer.

Should you buy a cheap mattress?

A cheap mattress might be okay as a short-term solution, but if you want to get the best sleep possible, you need to invest in a quality mattress.

A good night's sleep is essential for your health and well-being, so don't skimp on this important purchase.

But, you can still get great value-for-money options and some of the best budget mattress UK brands are worth investing in!

Here's a quick recap of some of our favourite value-for-money mattresses:

Frequently asked questions:

  • In what sizes are cheap mattresses available?


    Budget mattresses are available in most standard British mattress sizes. 🇬🇧

    These include:

    • Cheap small single mattresses: 75 x 190 cm (2'6" x 6'3")
    • Cheap mattress single: 90 x 190 cm (3' x 6'3")
    • Cheap small double mattresses: 120 x 190 cm (4' x 6'3")
    • Cheap mattress double: 135 x 190 cm (4'6" x 6'3")
    • Cheap mattress king size: 150 x 200 cm (5' x 6'6")
    • Cheap super-king-size mattresses: 180 x 200 cm (6’ x 6’6”)

    You may also find EU and custom sizes.

  • Is the Emma Original a budget mattress?


    The Emma Original mattress is one of the UK's bestselling products.

    While you'll often find amazing deals on the Emma and probably pay less for this mattress than any others, it's not considered a budget mattress per se

    The brand does offer the Emma Essential, though, which is more of a budget mattress.

    We've featured the Essential mattress in this best cheap mattress article.

  • Where can I find a cheap mattress near me?


    You may be able to find some cheap mattresses at brick-and-mortar retailers.

    These include:

    But these aren't always the best quality mattresses.

    Instead, we'd recommend you purchase your next mattress online, where you can get hundreds of fantastic deals.

    More on this in the next section. 👇

  • Why is buying a mattress online cheaper?


    We recommend buying your mattress online rather than at a conventional retailer.

    Online retailers don't have the same overhead costs as brick-and-mortar stores, so they can often offer their mattresses at lower prices.

    Plus: many online retailers offer free shipping, which saves you money! 🚛

    We'd recommend looking at some great bed-in-a-box brands, major online retailers like Silentnight or Happy Beds, and the convenience of Amazon UK!

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