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We've dedicated hundreds of hours to testing mattresses and sleep accessories, and rely on a team of testers of differing weights, temperature preferences, and sleeping positions to evaluate each product.
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What is a luxury mattress?
We'll start with the good news first:
You can buy a hotel-quality luxury mattress online 🥳
These are usually more expensive than your standard run-of-the-mill mattresses.
Mattress brands spend a good deal of time perfecting their luxury products to give you the most comfortable & restful sleep.
Investing in a luxury mattress is usually worth it 👌
After all, the quality of your mattress directly affects the quality of your sleep - and the quality of your sleep affects the quality of your life.
So what exactly is a luxury mattress?
You may think that a smart bed is the only way to enjoy some luxury, but that's not necessarily true.
Smart beds rely on technology to monitor your body & environment and auto-adjust your mattress for a better night's sleep 💻
A luxury mattress, in contrast, is a traditional mattress made of the best individual components.
Here are a few key characteristics.
There are many mattress types, but luxury mattresses are all made of high-quality materials.
Most high-end mattresses will include a layer of memory foam for additional cushioning 🤗
Luxury memory foam mattresses have orthopaedic qualities.
Memory foam adapts perfectly to the contours of your body, provides excellent support, and relieves pressure points.
This gives you that "melt into your bed" comfort you expect from hotel luxury mattresses.
Tempur is probably the most famous memory foam mattress brand, but some of our favourite memory foam mattresses include the Nectar mattress.
Luxury mattresses may also be hybrid mattresses, like the Simba Hybrid Luxe.
These combine the comfort features of memory foam with the bounce and breathability of spring mattresses.
They can also be pocket sprung mattresses with pillow tops, which often feel softer but still offer the same support and pressure relief.
Regardless of the type of material, though, luxury mattresses will contain the very best 🏅
Denser and thicker mattresses
Premium mattresses are not only denser but also much thicker.
The Silentnight Mirapocket 2000, for example, is a whopping 39 cm (15 inches) thick 😳
Density is important as it relates directly to the quality of the materials.
Usually, the denser the material, the higher the quality - and the longer its lifespan.
We usually talk about mattress density when we refer to foam mattresses.
Use the below table as a rough guideline:
|Density in kg/m³||Quality indicator||Expected lifespan|
|Under 30||Inferior quality||Up to 3 years|
|30 - 40||Average quality||3 - 6 years|
|40 - 50||Good quality||6 - 8 years|
|50 - 60||Very good quality||8 - 10 years|
|Over 60||Excellent quality||10 years and more|
If we're talking about spring or hybrid mattresses, we'll mention the number of springs used in the mattress.
The higher the spring count, the higher the quality of the mattress.
We usually recommend choosing a mattress with at least 350 springs for the smallest size.
In what sizes are luxury mattresses available?
You'll generally be able to find luxury mattresses in all the standard UK mattress sizes.
- Small single size mattresses: 75 x 190 cm (2'6" x 6'3")
- Single-size luxury mattresses: 90 x 190 cm (3’ x 6’3”)
- Small double luxury mattresses: 120 x 190 cm (4' x 6'3")
- Double luxury mattresses: 135 x 190 cm (4’6” x 6’3”)
- King-size luxury mattresses: 150 x 200 cm (5’ x 6’6”)
- Super-king-size luxury mattresses: 180 x 200 cm (6’ x 6’6”)
- Emperor beds: 200 x 200 cm (6’6” x 6’6”)
Often, though, premium beds are only available in bigger sizes.
This makes sense, of course.
If you're investing in a luxury mattress, you may as well invest in a larger bed that will suit all your requirements and act as the centrepiece of your bedroom.
What luxury bed frame should you choose?
Your bed frame can really enhance the aesthetic appeal of your mattress and affect the look and feel of your entire bedroom!
There are no rights or wrongs in choosing a bed frame for your luxury mattress.
You can choose:
- A box spring, platform, or divan base for an elegant feel.
- A fabric bed frame with headboard for a classic feel.
- An ottoman-style bed frame for storage convenience.
- A minimalist style frame for a sleek, modern feel.
Ensure that you place your new mattress on a firm, flat surface that provides the right level of support 🛏
This is important to protect your mattress and prevent premature sagging.
Some mattress brands - like Eve - will void your warranty if you have not placed your mattress on a proper bed frame.
Our luxury bed frame recommendations:
Don't forget about quality bedding
Hotels don't only rely on luxury mattresses and luxury mattress toppers to give you a good night's sleep.
They also rely on high-quality bedding 🏆
Make sure you invest in:
- A good mattress protector to safeguard your mattress.
- Quality sheets that are soft and comfortable.
- A good down or synthetic fibre duvet.
- Quality pillows that will support your head and neck.
You also want to make sure that you regularly wash your bedding to keep your bed as pristine as possible 🛀
Our favourite bedding accessories: