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Single mattresses can be narrow in size but big on comfort and support, helping to distribute weight without putting pressure on your joints, especially with a memory foam topper or pocket springs.
If you’re planning to share your bed, a double mattress will give you each enough space without taking up too much room. For couples on a budget, this is also going to be more cost-effective than a king-size mattress.
Studies show that couples sleep better in larger beds. So if you can, go large and invest in a king size mattress for better sharing and sleeping.
They don’t come larger than a super king size, a full 20% larger than a regular king size and perfect if you have a growing family (or a friendly pet).
With so many types to choose from, the correct mattress choice for an adult is based on your circumstances and needs. Your size, health, budget, and sleeping partner, may all be part of the mix.
Children don’t usually weigh enough to sink into a firmer mattress so they will find a softer one much more comfortable. It may also make sense to consider hypoallergenic and organic mattress options.
A medium or firm mattress is best for back sleepers. Opt for medium if you are light, or firm if you are heavy.
This is the worst sleeping position for your back and can cause aches and pains. A firmer mattress will help to prevent your spine from curving and using no pillow or a very shallow one may be beneficial.
This is the best sleeping position for your back, provided your mattress is supportive. Pocket sprung mattresses are usually the best option with a more flexible sleep surface. A medium mattress (or soft if you weigh less than 10st) is best for your hips and shoulders.
Take your pick of any mattress, but look for something supportive for your weight and health needs. A medium mattress suits most needs, but you can opt for something soft if you weigh less than 10st.
People who are light may not always get the support of the bottom layers of a mattress, so it’s best to opt for a soft mattress, or one with supportive top layers.
If you fall in this category, unless you have special pressing needs, a medium mattress will do the job.
A firm mattress is probably best for you - it’s worth investing in a thicker, durable mattress. With more depth in your mattress, you’ll have more support overall.
Congratulations! Prevention is better than cure, so keep back pains at bay by picking the right mattress for your weight, tracking your changing requirements, and changing your mattress when needed.
An orthopaedic mattress is designed to benefit the whole body so that you wake refreshed with no aches and pains. Look for a mattress that specifically offers back support.
Congratulations! Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so keep hip & shoulder pains at bay by staying aware of your sleep circumstances, and changing your mattress as needed.
Often made worse by sleeping on your side, a medium mattress (or soft if you weigh less than 10st) is best for hips and shoulders to be able to sink into it for support. Deep comfort layers, especially those made of foam also help to prevent sore hips or shoulders.
Turning your mattress can give it a longer lifespan and also keep it supportive for you for longer. Most mattresses should be flipped every 3 months for the first year, and then every 6 months after that.
While all mattresses need some adjustments, some mattresses have an extra layer of filling at the top and should not be turned. If you find lifting difficult, you may want to consider one of these no-turn options.
Your perfect mattress in under a minute
Buying a mattress can be much more complicated than it should be. With all the different brands, spring-systems, foams, sizes, and prices, you could (ahem) easily lose sleep over it.
So we’ve made a quick tool to cut through the jargon to select the best mattress for your needs, you could call it a Mattress Selector, Mattress Finder or even a Mattress Quiz. All you do is select answers to some simple questions and we’ll show our most popular choice of mattresses based on your personal requirements.