Should you buy a bed-in-a-box mattress?
You may think you'll have to buy IKEA mattresses to shop on a budget, but this isn't necessarily true.
Bed-in-a-box mattresses offer unbeatable value for money!
A bed-in-a-box mattress is a high-quality mattress that's rolled up, vacuum-packed and sealed in a compact box that's shipped straight to your front door. 📦
Why the better price tag?
Since online retailers cut out the middleman, brands can afford to cut their prices and offer customers the best value for money. 🏷
But there are so many more benefits to ordering your mattress online.
Consider the following:
- There's greater variety online at the mere click of a button.
- You can find great discounts and free gift options.
- You'll benefit from free delivery and returns.
- Most online retailers offer risk-free trial periods with a money-back guarantee.
- You can benefit from good warranty conditions.
Ordering online for the first time may seem a little daunting. 🤔
But that's why we're here to help you!
Sleep Hero is dedicated to helping you find the very best mattress for a good night's sleep. 😴
If you need some guidance to get started, we'd recommend you read these two articles:
Don't forget to check out our mattress reviews for a look at some of our favourite mattresses in the UK!
How would you choose the best mattress material?
There are several different mattress materials to choose from, and there isn't necessarily a right or a wrong choice. 🙌
Mattresses can have any number of different fillings, ranging from synthetic foam to springs to natural coir and wool.
The material you choose depends on your personal preferences and sleeping requirements. 💤
The most popular mattress options include:
- Foam mattresses, including memory foam mattresses.
- Spring mattresses, including pocket sprung mattresses and open coil mattresses.
- Natural and organic mattresses, including latex mattresses.
- Hybrid mattresses, which generally combine foam and springs.
Mattress materials largely influence the specific characteristics of your bed.
We'll look at the most common mattress materials below. 👇
Best memory foam mattresses
Memory foam (also often called viscoelastic polyurethane foam or low-resilience polyurethane foam) is a foam made predominantly of polyurethane and a few additional chemicals to increase viscosity and density. 🧪
Memory foam is characterised by its so-called memory effect or memory imprint.
When you apply pressure to the foam, it leaves an imprint that will remain visible for a few seconds.
Memory foam responds to temperature, so it will be firmer when cold and softer when warmer.
As you warm up while sleeping, the foam will become softer and mould to your body even more. 🤗
Since memory foam is softer, most mattresses will include a top layer of memory foam with a cold foam base so you can still benefit from the right level of support.
One of our favourite memory foam mattresses is the Nectar.
It's not as soft as other memory foam options, making it an excellent mattress for a wide variety of sleepers.
On the downside, this temperature response also means that memory foam stores more heat than other types of foam.
If you're sensitive to temperature, sweat easily at night, or easily overheat, it's best to stay away from memory foam.
Even a thin layer of memory foam can drastically increase the temperature of your bed at night and affect your sleeping comfort.
Best pocket-sprung mattresses
There are many different types of spring mattresses. 🌀
These can be low-quality spring mattresses, like open coil mattresses, or high-quality spring mattresses, like pocket spring mattresses.
We would always recommend opting for higher-quality pocket-sprung mattresses.
In a pocket spring mattress, the spiral-shaped springs are all wrapped in individual fabric pockets - hence, pocket springs. 👛
Because they're not connected, as they would be in an open coil spring mattress, individual pocket springs can move independently of each other and ensure precise body adaption, allowing for better pressure relief.
Pocket spring mattresses won't ever just contain springs. 🙌
The springs will always be surrounded and covered by one or multiple layers of foam.
Some even have a cushioning pillow top for extra comfort.
One of our favourite hybrid pocket spring mattresses is the Simba Hybrid.
The mattress combines multiple layers of foam with mini pocket springs for superior body adaptation, and offers a sleep that's both comfortable and supportive.
Best latex mattresses
Latex mattresses can be made from natural latex, man-made synthetic latex, or a combination of the two. 😮
Natural latex is harvested from tropical rubber trees.
Since this doesn't damage the tree, it's considered a fantastic natural and eco-friendly alternative to man-made mattress materials. 🌱
Pure latex mattresses are costly and exceedingly rare to find, so most popular latex mattresses will also feature numerous other layers of foam. 💰
Many online brands only use a thin layer of latex in a layered mattress to enhance breathability and support.
But, you will be able to find a few pure latex mattresses.
The Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign, for example, is a fantastic latex mattress made of 100% natural latex.
How do you choose a mattress to meet specific requirements?
Not all mattresses are created equal - but neither are we.
You may find yourself in a position where you're looking for a particular type of mattress.
We have a whole host of these articles, which you'll find in the full listing at the bottom of this page, but here we address some more common concerns.
What mattresses are best for allergies?
If you're struggling with allergies, it's best to opt for pure foam mattresses.
Bed bugs and other allergy causers have much less space to survive in a foam mattress than they do in a mattress with springs.
It's also worth investing in synthetic sleep accessories, which are less likely to cause allergies, and allergy-friendly bedding materials like silk pillowcases.
What mattresses are best for back pain?
Back pain is a common concern.
Some pain may be caused by an unsuitable mattress, but you may also be struggling with regular issues due to poor posture, injuries, or illness.
The best mattresses for back pain will offer orthopaedic relief and are likely to be made from softer, more mouldable materials like memory foam.
To find the best orthopaedic mattresses, take a look at our guide on the best mattresses for back pain.
What mattresses are best for sex?
Couples have unique requirements and most would be interested in finding the best mattress for sex.
While memory foam can be comfortable to sleep on, it may be the worst material for sex if it causes you to sink into the foam too much.
Something like a pocket spring mattress or a hybrid mattress, which offer good levels of support and some bounce, will be much better suited.
Check out our full guide on the best mattresses for sex to find the most suitable option.
What's the best mattress for hot sleepers?
While the UK isn't known for its soaring temperatures, we have been experiencing some pretty warm days during the summer months.
Heat and sleep don't go well, and if you're sleeping on a mattress that retains more heat, you're likely to wake up in a sweat.
Head on over to our guide on the best cool mattresses so you can enjoy the optimal sleeping temperature year-round.
Do sleep accessories and bedding choices matter?
You may have the best mattress in the world, but you also want to make sure you can enjoy your entire sleep setup!
That's why we also explore the world of sleep accessories:
There is a whole world of decisions to make when choosing one of these, so we'd recommend heading straight to the linked articles for more information. 🤓
But we have linked a few of our favourites below.
Our favourite UK sleep accessories:
Original PillowPrice from   £ 29.95The Groove memory foam pillow (formerly EasySleeper pillow) has an ergonomic design to combat neck and shoulder pain.The Groove memory foam pillow (formerly EasySleeper pillow) has an ergonomic design to combat neck and shoulder pain.Sleep Hero FavouriteHybrid Bamboo PillowPrice from   £ 76.46 £ (89.95 )The Panda Hybrid pillow features orthopaedic charcoal-infused memory foam for a cool and comfortable sleep."Perfect combination of memory support and breathability."The Panda Hybrid pillow features orthopaedic charcoal-infused memory foam for a cool and comfortable sleep."Perfect combination of memory support and breathability."
Sleep Hero FavouriteMattress TopperPrice from   £ 161.85 £ (249 )The Simba mattress topper is a high-quality hybrid topper with mini pocket springs, synthetic latex, and high-resilience foam.The Simba mattress topper is a high-quality hybrid topper with mini pocket springs, synthetic latex, and high-resilience foam.Mattress TopperPrice from   £ 89.96 £ (99.95 )The Panda Mattress Topper is a gel-infused orthopaedic memory foam topper with a breathable bamboo cover.The Panda Mattress Topper is a gel-infused orthopaedic memory foam topper with a breathable bamboo cover.Flip Mattress TopperPrice from   £ 122.55 £ (129 )The Emma mattress topper has a unique dual-sided design."Get 5% off with our exclusive 'SLEEPHEROUK5' discount code."The Emma mattress topper has a unique dual-sided design."Get 5% off with our exclusive 'SLEEPHEROUK5' discount code."
Silky SoftCloud DuvetPrice from   £ 89.96 £ (99.95 )The 100% vegan Panda Cloud Duvet features bamboo filling and a bamboo cover for hypoallergenic, guilt-free comfort.The 100% vegan Panda Cloud Duvet features bamboo filling and a bamboo cover for hypoallergenic, guilt-free comfort.Sleep Hero FavouriteNight Owl DuvetPrice from   £ 38.25 £ (45 )The highly rated Night Owl coverless duvet is an easy-maintenance option with a contemporary, coverless design."Get 15% off with our exclusive 'SLEEP15' discount code."The highly rated Night Owl coverless duvet is an easy-maintenance option with a contemporary, coverless design."Get 15% off with our exclusive 'SLEEP15' discount code."Simba Hybrid 3-in-1 DuvetPrice from   £ 186.75 £ (249 )The Simba Hybrid 3-in-1 Duvet is actually a set of two duvets with tog ratings of 3.5 and 7 that can be combined to form a third 10.5 tog duvet.The Simba Hybrid 3-in-1 Duvet is actually a set of two duvets with tog ratings of 3.5 and 7 that can be combined to form a third 10.5 tog duvet.
Bedding SetPrice from   £ 48.45 £ (85 )The DreamCloud Bedding Set includes a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and 2x pillowcases made of 300-thread-count 100% cotton Sateen.The DreamCloud Bedding Set includes a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and 2x pillowcases made of 300-thread-count 100% cotton Sateen.Eco-FriendlyEucalyptus Silk Bedding SetPrice from   £ 139 £ (269 )The Aeyla Eucalyptus Silk Bedding Set is a vegan-friendly, silky-smooth sheet, duvet cover, and pillowcase set that keeps you cool and comfortable all night long.The Aeyla Eucalyptus Silk Bedding Set is a vegan-friendly, silky-smooth sheet, duvet cover, and pillowcase set that keeps you cool and comfortable all night long.Silky Soft100% Bamboo BeddingPrice from   £ 99 £ (110 )Silky soft and temperature-regulating 100% bamboo bedding from Panda London.Silky soft and temperature-regulating 100% bamboo bedding from Panda London.