How to buy the best mattress
We explain how to find the best mattress without paying thousands of pounds.
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Do you want a good night’s sleep? Deciding which type of mattress to buy is only part of the story. Whether you prefer a pocket-sprung or a memory-foam mattress, our tests have found big differences between the best and worst of each mattress ‘type’.
Make the wrong choices and you risk being lumbered with a needlessly expensive mattress that’s uncomfortable, unsupportive and unable to stand the test of time without sagging and softening.
Thankfully, we’ve explained everything you need to know below to ensure you get the right mattress.
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Types of mattress
Pocket-sprung, latex and memory-foam mattresses have all impressed in our tough tests, so the type of mattress you choose really comes down to personal preference and budget.
If you want a traditional mattress with natural fillings, such as wool, you’ll want a pocket-sprung mattress.
With these, each spring is enclosed in its own fabric ‘pocket’ – each reacts to pressure from your body independently. However, these can be pricey and our tests show they can sag significantly over time.
Memory-foam mattresses can be more durable and mould to your body shape but, in some cases, this can increase your body temperature and restrict your movement.
For more information about mattress types, see our guide to choosing the best type of mattress.
How much does a good mattress cost?
A new mattress can cost anywhere between £100 and several thousand. Factors such as brand, size and the types of material used can all have a significant impact on cost.
But, as the graph below shows, our mattress tests have found you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a mattress that will support your spine and last for years to come. Take a look at our list of the best cheap mattresses.
Number of Best Buy mattresses by price
What are the best mattress brands?
Our April 2018 survey of more than 5,000 mattress owners revealed that three in 10 Which? members bought their current mattress because it’s made by a brand they trust. If you’re not sure what the best mattress brands are, we can help.
Check out our guide to the best and worst mattress brands. This reveals what people think of the brand of mattress they own, including how comfortable their mattress is, and covers major brands such as Casper, Ikea, John Lewis, Sealy and Silentnight.
Soft vs firm mattresses
When it comes to firmness, the most important thing is to buy a mattress that you find comfortable.
Don’t buy a mattress that’s firmer than you’d like on the assumption that it will be more supportive. Time and again, our tests have shown you don’t have to buy a firm mattress to get excellent and long-lasting support.
Equally, don’t assume that a firm mattress in one store will feel the same in other shops. Firmness is subjective and manufacturers describe the firmness of their mattresses in a range of different ways.
That’s why we don’t use terms such as soft and firm in our reviews. Instead, we objectively test mattress firmness on a scale of one to 10, where one is the firmest and 10 the softest, so you can easily compare the firmness of different mattresses.
We also measure how supportive each mattress is for a range of different body sizes and sleeping positions.
Use our mattress reviews to arm yourself with a shortlist of supportive mattresses to try out in store.
Best mattresses: features to look out for
As mattresses serve a single basic function – to help us sleep – they don’t come overloaded with jazzy features. But there are still a few things to look out for.
- One-sidedAs the name suggests, only one side of a one-sided mattress is designed to be slept on. Mattresses can be extremely heavy – the heaviest we’ve seen weighs more than 50kg – so you may be relieved not to feel obliged to flip it. You’ll probably still need to rotate it from head to toe, though, so it’s a good idea to check the ease of use rating in our mattress reviews.
- Natural fillingsMany pocket-sprung mattresses also contain layers of synthetic fillings, such as foam. If you’re keen to avoid these, look out for mattresses specifically claim to be made using only natural materials.
- Memory foamSimilarly, just because a mattress contains memory foam doesn’t make it a memory-foam mattress. We only class a mattress as memory foam if it contains more than just a token layer of the body moulding material. See all our memory foam mattress reviews.
Try before you buy
Buying a mattress online may be cheaper and more convenient but, unless you’re buying a bed-in-a-box mattress (see below), it’s always best to try before you buy.
When we asked Which? members about their experience of buying a mattress, more than a third of them told us they feel intimidated trying out a mattress in the shop. A good mattress shop shouldn’t mind you doing this. See our guide on the best mattress shops.
When trying out a mattress in-store:
- Wear comfortable clothing and remove your outdoor gear.
- Lie on a mattress for at least 10 minutes, in positions that you normally sleep in.
- If the bed is for two, go with your partner.
- Don’t shop for beds when you’re tired, as all the mattresses will feel great.
- Don’t let sales assistants influence you – they can’t decide whether the mattress is comfortable for you.
If you’re buying a memory foam mattress, relax in one position, then move into another. Was it easy or did you struggle to move? If the latter, you might find the memory mattress will restrict your movement too much, especially in cold weather when the memory foam will be harder.
Should you buy a mattress online?
If you’re looking for a bargain mattress, one option is to try a few mattresses out in a shop, before going home to search for the best price online. That’s what 5% of Which? members did when they bought their last mattress, according to our 2018 survey of more than 5,000 mattress owners.
But around 14% bought online without trying their mattress first. That sounds risky – especially when we’ve just recommended you try a mattress before you buy – but it’s not if you buy a bed-in-a-box mattress.
These are mattresses that are bought online, vacuum-packed into a box and delivered direct to your door, and there are three reasons you should consider one:
- By cutting out the retailer and selling direct from manufacturer to consumer, many brands claim you’re getting a higher-quality mattress for less.
- Most online-only mattresses offer a sleep trial of at least 10 weeks. During this time you can try the mattress at home and send it back for a full refund if you don’t like it. In most cases, the manufacturer will collect the unwanted mattress from your house for free before recycling it or donating it to charity.
- We’re yet to test a bad one. More than half of the Best Buy mattresses we’ve uncovered can only be bought in a box.
Make sure your mattress fits your bed base
Manufacturers may encourage you to buy a mattress and bed base together, and this is a good idea if you’ve had your old base for many years.
If you buy the mattress and base separately, or are going to keep your old base, measure carefully to make sure they’re a good fit. Dimensions can vary so don’t rely on a new double mattress being exactly the same size as your old one.
Is your mattress going on to a slatted base? Then make sure that the slats are no more than 6cm wide or more than 4cm apart. This ensures sufficient ventilation, while preventing the mattress sagging through between the slats.
For more information, read our guide: What bed size do you need?
Check the guarantee/warranty on your mattress
Make sure you know what your rights are if there’s a problem with your mattress.
Most guarantees for mattresses will not cover gradual wear and tear, which leads to loss of support. So make sure you use our mattress reviews to pick out a durable mattress that will stand the test of time.
Most online-only mattresses offer a sleep trial of at least 10 weeks.
Before you buy your mattress, check whether there’s anything in particular, such as removing labels or using a base other than a recommended one, that would invalidate the guarantee.
Now you know how to go about buying the best mattress for you, check out ourbest mattressrecommendationsto reveal the mattresses that will support your spine and last for years.
How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost? A 2020 Guide to Understanding Mattress Value
Thinking about buying a new bed but unsure of how much money you should set aside for the purchase? Confused about the difference between innerspring, latex, and foam beds? If so, look no further.
Mattresses come in a wide range of prices, from less than $200 to over $5,000. How expensive a mattress is will depend on a range of factors, such as durability, materials, and height. Higher-priced beds (luxury mattresses) also tend to last much longer than cheaper ones.
This article will cover differences between each popular mattress type and what you can expect to pay for them, along with other factors that impact overall mattress cost.
Differences between Popular Mattress Types
Should you get an innerspring bed, memory foam, latex, or some other type of mattress? Let’s look closer at each of the most common mattress materials.
Innerspring beds use a bed of coils for their main support, though the shape, quality, and design of the coils can vary widely. Considered the most traditional type of mattress, innerspring beds are covered by upholstery materials, like fiber or foam. Some innerspring beds have two layers of coils instead of just one.
These beds are best for people who carry some extra weight since the coils create a firm core that won’t sag as easily as other materials. An innerspring mattress can also work for someone who knows for sure they enjoy a bouncy bed with this type of firm support.
While these are often the most affordable types of mattresses out there, many sleepers will find them uncomfortable if they don’t have enough padding. This is one of the reasons why hybrid mattresses are gaining in popularity for people who enjoy the feel of innerspring coils but also want plush comfort in their bed. We’ll cover more on hybrid mattresses shortly.
Latex is a supportive material that can relieve pressure, like memory foam, but it has a couple of distinct differences. Firstly, latex is a slightly bouncy material, rather than slow-responding, like memory foam. Latex can be made from either natural material (like tree sap) or with synthetic compounds.
Whether it’s made from natural materials or not, latex is a hypoallergenic material, as it is quite resistant to dust mites and mold, which is beneficial for people who have allergies.
Latex mattresses are also known to be durable and sleep cool since you sleep on top of the mattress rather than in it, as you do with memory foam. If you want a bouncy, cool mattress and are sensitive to allergens, latex could be your best bet.
Memory foam is a viscoelastic material, meaning that it can change shape and go back to its original form afterward. Instead of having a bouncy feel, memory foam responds slowly to pressure. Highly soft and absorbent, memory foam mattresses conform to your body, distributing your weight evenly and possibly relieving aches and pains.
This material also comes with the benefit of absorbing motion. If you sleep with a pet or restless partner, memory foam will absorb the vibrations from their movements, helping you stay asleep.
Memory foam is known for sleeping hot since you sink into the material. Most modern mattress companies have found ways to combat this with cooling technology, though, such as cooling gel.
Memory foam is a durable material that will last quite a while, as well. Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses, for example, last for up to 10 years, according to customers. If you want a luxurious bed and know you enjoy the cradling feeling created by memory foam, this could be a good option for your next bed.
Hybrid mattresses combine the support of coils and the plush comfort of latex or memory foam. These mattresses aren’t as bouncy as innerspring beds but are still easy to move around on and they do have some bounce to them. The latex or memory foam layers on top of the springs help to absorb motion, so you probably won’t be too disturbed when your partner moves at night.
If you sleep hot, a hybrid mattress could work well for you. They tend to sleep fairly cool because the coils in the mattress prevent the sleeper from sinking too far into the surface of the bed. Just keep in mind that hybrid beds are very heavy because they contain both coils and foam or latex, which can make them difficult to move.
Overall, this kind of bed should work well for someone who wants the firm support of coils, a responsive bed, and a bit of contouring pressure relief.
An air bed (also called an air mattress) is a bed that uses air chambers as the support system, rather than coil or foam layers. Permanent air beds can be used as the main mattress for your bedroom and tend to cost a lot, although there are also cheaper inflatable mattresses used for camping and outdoors.
If versatility is your main concern and you aren’t shopping for a main bedroom mattress, a cheap air bed could work for you. Budget camping air mattresses tend to cost less than innerspring, memory foam, latex, or hybrid beds and are easier to move. Some models can be used as a guest bed, or as a permanent mattress in your bedroom, in addition to being used outdoors.
One major advantage to an air mattress is that you can adjust the firmness level by adding more air to make it firmer and less to make it softer. This makes it more versatile than most other mattress types and can be helpful when you have different guests with varying preferences over.
Another benefit to air mattresses is that they won’t sag in the middle, like foam or coil beds can, and if they do, you can simply add more air.
How Much does Each Mattress Type Cost?
he materials used in a mattress will have the greatest impact on price, compared to other factors. We’ll cover what you can expect to pay for each type below:
- Innerspring:These tend to cost between $700 and $1,200, with an average price of about $950 for a Queen.
- Latex:Latex beds will cost between $1,500 and $2,500 on average, with the most common price being around $2,000 for a Queen.
- Memory foam:Memory foam beds often cost between $600 and $1,200, with an average price of $900 for a Queen.
- Hybrid:Hybrid beds usually run between $1,200 and $2,000, with an average price of about $1,650 for a Queen.
- Airbed:Air mattresses cost between $1,500 and $2,500 on average for a permanent model you can use in your bedroom. A Queen will likely cost around $2,250.
What Impacts the Cost of Each Mattress Type?
For each type of mattress, there are different factors that will impact price point. Below, we’ll go over each mattress type and cover some of the most common of these factors.
Innerspring Mattress Cost Factors
Durability:Expected lifespan and durability will play a key role in the price point of an innerspring bed. The cheapest options on the market will usually only last for three to five years, whereas more expensive models, with more durable coils, may last a few years longer.
Coil count:Fancier innerspring mattress models tend to have a higher coil count, although this doesn’t always determine how long a mattress will last. Higher coil counts can provide better support and contouring, so try to select a mattress with a coil count of at least 300 for a Full bed, 400 for a Queen, and 480 for a King.
Coil Gauge:Coil gauge refers to how thick each coil is in the mattress. High-gauge coils are thinner with a springier and softer feel, and low-gauge coils are thicker with firmer pushback and thus more durable.
Pocketed coils:Some innerspring manufacturers make their mattresses with pocketed coils. Wrapping each coil in fabric can reduce motion transfer and noise significantly, so this quality does usually drive up the price of innerspring beds.
Latex Mattress Cost Factors
Natural versus synthetic latex:How much a latex mattress will cost can depend on whether the manufacturer uses synthetic or natural latex materials. While natural latex is made from rubber trees, synthetic latex is manmade. Natural latex is more expensive to make, so you can expect to pay more for a mattress made with it.
Manufacturing process:The synthetic latex used in mattresses is made with either the Dunlop process or Talalay process. Dunlop latex is heavier and denser than Talalay latex, which makes it more suitable for support layers. The Talalay process is less dense, adds cushion, and typically costs more than Dunlop latex. Some latex mattresses use both Dunlop and Talalay latex.
Number of layers used:Latex beds can have a varying number of layers used in their construction, which will impact the overall price and comfort of the finished product. The thicker a mattress is, the more it tends to cost.
Memory Foam Mattress Cost Factors
Type of foam used:The type of foam used in a memory foam mattress is probably the biggest determiner when it comes to price. Polyfoam is a common material used in budget memory foam mattresses, but with the lower price tag comes a mattress that degrades quicker. Mattresses with special properties in their foam, such as cooling gel or copper-infusion, will cost more than basic foam beds.
Foam density:The density of the foam used in a mattress will impact how durable it is and therefore it also affects the price. The low-density foam used in many cheaper memory foam beds is less durable and tends to deteriorate faster. Denser, firmer foams are used in more expensive beds and tend to last longer.
Airflow:Some types of foam come in a convoluted (egg crate-shaped) design. This structure can promote airflow, helping the mattress sleep cooler, but may end up driving up the price of the bed.
Hybrid Mattress Cost Factors
Quality of foam or latex used:The type of foam or latex used in a hybrid mattress will end up impacting how much the bed costs. If the mattress uses foam with cooling technology, it may end up costing more. A hybrid that uses natural latex, instead of synthetic, might also end up costing more.
Number of layers:Hybrid beds can vary widely when it comes to the number of layers used in the mattress. Since beds with more layers require more materials and a more complex manufacturing process, they will cost more than thinner beds with fewer layers.
Quality of coils:Micro-coils are basically similar to ordinary mattress coils but much smaller. They’re made with high-gauge, flexible wire and increase the overall flexibility of a mattress, adding to the conforming ability of the bed. Since these are a relatively new feature, beds with micro-coils may end up costing more than beds without them.
Airbed Mattress Cost Factors
Remote controls:Most air mattresses today come with remote or manual controls that let you inflate or deflate your mattress according to your preference. Some can even be controlled via online apps but these are more expensive than beds that use manual controls.
Extra materials:If an air mattress comes with additional comfort materials like latex, memory foam, or a micro-coil system, they will cost more than beds without these features.
Mattress height:When it comes to airbeds, the price be related to the height of the mattress. If the bed is taller, it will often cost more, as will a bed that has more air chambers.
Other Factors that Impact Mattress Price
There are a number of other factors that may affect the cost of a mattress, regardless of the type of bed it is. Here are some additional things to consider when it comes to the final price of your bed:
Shipping costs:While many manufacturers will give you free delivery when you order a mattress for them, some will charge a shipping fee. If you live in offshore U.S. territories, Hawaii, or Alaska, you can definitely expect to pay some additional shipping costs. For manufacturers that don’t offer free shipping with their beds, you can expect to pay $100 or more.
Returns:If you end up returning your mattress, you might have to pay a fee. Most online mattress companies offer sleep trials that allow customers to test out their bed before deciding whether to keep it. A lot of these trials come with fees for shipping and handling, so make sure you check the fine print in the company policy before you buy.
White Glove delivery:A high percentage of mattress manufacturers offer a service called White Glove delivery. This includes in-home assembly of your new mattress and packaging waste removal. This can cost anywhere from $99 on up.
Foundations:Depending on whether you need to buy a mattress foundation and what type you select, this could add quite a bit to your final bed price. Most mattresses will have options for foundations under the same brand name and these can cost anywhere from $150 on up.
In most cases, an average sleeper should be able to get their mattress for less than $1,000, although some may have higher comfort needs or preferences. Before you buy, make sure you research not only the quality of materials used and user reviews, but also the company’s warranty, sleep trial period, and shipping costs.
How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost?
Mattresses sold today range in price from $150 or less to more than $5,000, but most shoppers can find the mattress they need for under $1,000. The price-point of a mattress depends on several factors, including type, size, height, material composition, and durability.
This guide offers shopping tips for comparing mattresses based on different factors and finding the right model for you and your sleep partner at a reasonable price.
Average Mattress Prices
Mattress type impacts the price-point more than any other factor. The price range of foam mattresses, for example, varies significantly from the price ranges of latex or hybrid models. The table below features current price ranges for five common mattress types; please note that the prices listed below are for Queen-size models. Click the links in the left-hand column to read our full analyses of each mattress type.
|Mattress Type||Low Price Range||Medium Price Range||High Price Range||Average Price-Point (Queen)|
|Innerspring||Less than $700||$700 to $1,200||More than $1,200||$1,038|
|Foam||Less than $600||$600 to $1,200||More than $1,200||$1,044|
|Latex||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,500||More than $2,500||$1,971|
|Hybrid||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,200||More than $2,200||$2,077|
|Airbed||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,500||More than $2,500||$2,283|
Cost Factors for Different Mattress Types
Next, let’s look at some factors that influence the price of different mattress types.
Cost Factors for Innerspring Mattresses
Here are some important considerations to make when looking at innersprings:
- The price-point of an innerspring mattress is often tied to durability and lifespan. Cheaper models tend to feature polyfoam comfort layers and bonnell coils, which typically perform for three to five years. Costlier innersprings may feature memory foam or latex in the comfort layer and more durable coils — such as offset or continuous-wire coils — in the support core.
- Some innersprings are constructed with pocketed (or fabric-wrapped) coils; it’s important to note that mattresses featuring at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort layer and pocketed coils in the support core are technically considered hybrids, not innersprings.
- Gauge (or thickness) can be used to determine how durable a mattress coil is; thicker low-gauge coils are more durable than thinner high-gauge coils.
- Many mattress manufacturers list ‘coil count’ as a measure of quality and durability — and the price may reflect this — but coil count does not necessarily reflect the lifespan of an innerspring mattress.
Cost Factors for Foam Mattresses
Foam mattresses are typically priced using the following criteria:
- Foam density plays a role in mattress durability, and is a key factor for foam mattress pricing. Low-density foams are softer and tend to deteriorate quickly, and are most often used in relatively cheap mattress models. High-density foams are firmer and tend to last longer; they are usually used in models with more expensive price-points.
- Another key consideration is the type of foam used. Polyfoam (even high-density polyfoam) will degrade faster than most memory foams. As a result, the cost of an all-polyfoam mattress is usually much lower than the cost of a memory foam mattress. Likewise, mattresses with specialty memory foam (such as gel or copper-infused memory foam) are more expensive than those with standard memory foam.
- Most sleepers feel more comfortable on memory foam than polyfoam. However, price-point does not appear to be a significant factor in customer experiences with memory foam compared to performance factors like firmness and conforming/pressure-relieving abilities. For this reason, shoppers may be able to find a memory foam mattress that suits their preferences at a relatively low price.
Cost Factors for Latex Mattresses
The price of a latex mattress is often determined by the following factors:
- Latex in mattresses is produced using one of two processes. The Dunlop process produces denser and heavier latex that is most often used in support cores. The Talalay process produces lighter and less dense latex that is typically used in comfort layers. Talalay latex tends to be more expensive than Dunlop latex, but some mattresses contain both.
- The price of a latex mattress will also depend on whether natural or synthetic latex is used. Natural latex is extracted from rubber trees and produced without fillers using either the Dunlop or Talalay process. Synthetic latex, on the other hand, is entirely manmade, but is still processed using the Talalay or Dunlop method. The differences in firmness and feel between natural and synthetic latex are negotiable. However, sleepers are much more susceptible to allergic reactions on natural latex.
- An important distinction for shoppers is the difference between ‘natural latex’ and ‘100% natural latex’; the latter does not contain any fillers whatsoever, while the former may not be entirely natural. In some cases, mattresses sold as ‘natural latex’ are actually made of mostly synthetic latex.
Cost Factors for Hybrid Mattresses
Cost considerations for hybrid mattresses include the following points:
- In order to be considered a true hybrid, a mattress must have at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. Many mattresses are sold as hybrids, even though they don’t meet this criteria. For example, some models sold as hybrids feature latex and memory foam components, but the support core is made of polyfoam, not pocketed coils.
- Some hybrids feature a layer of microcoils in the comfort system for added conforming and pressure relief. Models with microcoil layers are usually more expensive than standard foam-and-coil hybrids. However, customer satisfaction ratings between microcoil and non-microcoil hybrids are comparable, suggesting that these components do not play a significant role in sleeper experiences.
Cost Factors for Airbed Mattresses
An airbed is defined as any mattress that features air chambers in the support core, rather than foam or coil layers. Airbeds have the highest average price among all mattress types. When pricing airbed mattresses, consider the following:
- Most airbeds sold today feature manual or remote controls that allow users to inflate or deflate air to match their comfort preferences; many can be toggled using online apps. Remote-control airbeds — especially ones that utilize smart-app technology — are almost always more expensive than manual-control models.
- Airbeds with memory foam, latex and/or microcoils in the comfort layer are usually priced higher than those with standard polyfoam comfort systems.
- Airbed prices somewhat correlate to mattress height, with thicker models being the more expensive option. The number of air chambers may also play a role; traditional airbeds have one to two air chambers, but some newer models have as many as six individual chambers (and cost more on average).
Cost Factors for a Bed Base
The bed base refers to the part of a bed that supports the mattress. Here are a few of the factors to consider when you’re thinking about purchasing a bed base to hold up your mattress.
- Box springs are generally cheaper than other kinds of bed bases, but may require an additional foundation or legs if you want storage space underneath. It’s worth noting that box springs can help to extend the lifespan of your mattress, preventing deterioration and sagging.
- Foundations or platforms tend to be on the less expensive side. Like box springs, they can help to add value to your mattress purchase by extending its lifespan. They are generally set up to have storage space below, so there probably won’t be a need for extra purchases like with box springs.
- There are a few factors that can make your bed base pricier. Some foundations have extra storage drawers and/or headboards, for example. These are often more expensive.
- Adjustable beds, which can be raised at the head or foot to create different angles for sleeping, are the priciest options. Still, they can be important for certain kinds of sleepers, such as people with poor circulation, sleep apnea, or other sleep problems. If you have certain sleep conditions, the price of an adjustable bed base may be well worth it for higher-quality sleep over time.
Which Mattress Type Is Best for You?
Now that we’ve explored cost factors affecting the price of a mattress, let’s look at some distinct qualities associated with different mattress types. Customers can use metrics like these to determine which mattress is best for them based on their top priorities as shoppers and sleepers.
|Average lifespan||5 to 7 years||6 to 7 years||8 years or longer||6 to 7 years||8 years or longer|
|Conforming ability||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Good||Good to Very Good||Good|
|Sex||Good to Very Good||Fair||Fair to Good||Good to Very Good||Fair|
|Temperature neutrality||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Fair to Good||Fair to Good|
|Noise potential||Fair||Very Good to Excellent||Very Good to Excellent||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
|Odor potential||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good|
|Edge support||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
Additional Mattress Costs
The original price-point is not the only cost associated with mattress ownership. Here are a few more costs that may arise for mattress owners:
- Foundations:Mattress customers usually have the option of purchasing a matching foundation to go with their new mattress; most foundations are priced at $150 or higher.
- Shipping:Many mattress manufacturers offer free delivery to customers in the continental United States; these deliveries are mostly coordinated through UPS, FedEx and other ground courier services. A few manufacturers also offer free shipping to customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and offshore U.S. territories, but most impose shipping charges of at least $100 for these locations; additional fees may also apply for customers in remote locations in the continental U.S. For companies that do not offer free mattress shipping, customers should expect to pay at least $100.
- In-Home Assembly:A large number of mattress companies offer delivery that includes in-home mattress assembly and packaging waste removal; this is often called ‘White Glove delivery’. The standard cost of White Glove delivery is $99, but some companies charge more.
- Old Mattress Removal:Mattress companies that offer White Glove delivery will often remove the customer’s old mattress for an additional charge (usually $50). However, most mattress companies that use ground couriers like UPS and FedEx for deliveries do not offer this service.
- Mattress Returns:Mattress sleep trials are common; most companies allow customers to return their mattress within 30 to 90 days of their original purchase in exchange for a refund (specific lengths vary by company). However, many sleep trials include hidden ‘shipping and handling’ fees for customers that return their mattress during the sleep trial. These details are usually included in the fine print of the company’s sleep trial and return policy.
- Mattress Exchanges:In addition to mattress returns, some companies allow customers to exchange their mattress during their sleep trial for a model of a different size and/or firmness. The same ‘shipping and handling’ fees apply. For mattress upgrades, customers will be required to pay the difference in price between the original and the replacement. Typically, one exchange is allowed per sleep trial.
A standard mattress warranty should last at least 10 years. Some span 25 years or longer. Warranty terms vary significantly between mattress manufacturers, and there are several costs associated with them.
Most mattress warranties require customers to cover shipping and handling fees associated with repairs for mattresses with defects (such as deep indentations or protruding coils). Additionally, customers should expect to pay shipping and handling fees for replacing their defective mattress with a new model.
Another important warranty consideration is whether the coverage is nonprorated or prorated; some warranties are entirely nonprorated, while others are nonprorated for a set number of years and prorated for the remainder of the warranty coverage period. Nonprorated coverage means that, with the exception of shipping and handling fees, owners do not need to pay extra costs for replacing a defective mattress. During prorated coverage periods, customers must pay extra charges for replacing their mattress; these charges are calculated by multiplying a percentage of the original mattress price (typically 5% to 10%) by the number of years of ownership.
For example, let’s say a mattress costs $1,000 and is covered under a 20-year warranty with five years of nonprorated coverage and 15 years of prorated coverage with a 5% prorated charge. If the mattress needs to be replaced during the first five years, then the owner will only be required to pay shipping and handling fees. If the mattress needs to be replaced during the tenth year, then prorated charges are calculated as 10 (years) by 5%; this means that the owner will be responsible for paying half the original price (or $500) to have the mattress replaced. During the eleventh year, this charge will increase to 55% (or $550), and so on until the 20-year period ends.
Most – but not all – 10-year warranties are entirely nonprorated. Some warranties that extend 15 to 20 years or longer are fully nonprorated, but most included prorated coverage periods. In some cases, a mattress warranty will only include two to three years of nonprorated coverage. For this reason, customers should place more emphasis on the length of the nonprorated coverage period than the overall warranty length. Furthermore, most industry experts agree that a mattress should be replaced every seven to eight years; this somewhat negates the need for warranties that extend beyond 10 years.
How to Get the Best Deal on a Mattress
When you’re looking for the best possible deal on a mattress, there are a number of factors that come into play. Here are a few tricks and tips, as well as some important factors to consider when looking for a great mattress deal.
It’s important to do your homework when you’re looking for the best deal on a mattress. Conduct market research before you buy, and you’ll end up with a higher-value purchase in the end.
Mattresses vary widely in terms of durability, firmness, prices, and overall quality. Compare customer reviews and brand prices in order to get the most value for what you pay.
Date-specific deals are huge in the mattress industry. If you time your purchase correctly, you can save quite a bit on your mattress. Here are some of the most common holidays and other sales days when you might snag a mattress deal:
|President’s Day||3rd Monday in February||President’s Day is usually the first opportunity all year to celebrate with mattress savings. Virtually all online mattress sellers provide brand-new coupon codes for this holiday.|
|Memorial Day||Last Monday in May||Many mattress brands offer Memorial Day promotions. Brick-and-mortar stores may have some savings, but online mattress companies will usually provide ultra-steep price cuts and special deal throughout Memorial Day weekend.|
|Independence Day||July 4th||Along with fireworks and outdoor barbecues, mattress sales have become synonymous with Independence Day. Okay, maybe not quite the same, but July 4th does bring significant mattress savings every year. While many stores close on this holiday, look for sales on the 3rd or 5th.|
|Amazon Prime Day||July 15th||This midsummer sales day provides endless deals for members of Amazon Prime. Even if you’re not a Prime member, though, other mattress sellers will often publish new coupon codes on their own sites to draw customers away from Amazon, so scour various sites for deals.|
|Labor Day||First Monday in September||Labor Day has long been a major discount day for the mattress industry. Starting on the Friday before the holiday, look for new coupon codes, steep discounts, and other promotions at online mattress retailers.|
|Veterans Day||November 11th||New coupon codes and promos almost always come out on Veterans Day. This mid-November discount opportunity is an especially good time to look out for great deals before the holidays, as mattress companies try to sell as much of their inventory as possible before the approaching winter rush.|
|Black Friday||The day after Thanksgiving, or the fourth Friday in November||Black Friday is a massive sales event for both e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retailers. Because it’s a weekend-long event, and because so many sellers are competing with one another, you can usually find a steal just after Thanksgiving with a little research and price-matching offers.|
|Cyber Monday||Monday after Thanksgiving (may fall in late November or early December)||This e-commerce sales holiday boasts a longer discount window than most other discount days, with some sales lasting the entire week or even longer. Sellers actively compete in a race to the bottom of the price barrel on this post-Thanksgiving holiday, so if you’re looking for the ultimate steal, this is a good time to find one. Be on the lookout for extra perks on Cyber Monday, too, like free bedding and shipping.|
Get a friend referral
If you have a friend who recently bought a mattress or is looking to buy one, you could save money on your own mattress purchase. Some retailers offer a referral deal on your purchase when someone who purchases a mattress (or, in some cases, other furniture or household goods) refers you to the company.
Choose a brand that offers free shipping
Buying a mattress online is often cheaper than buying one in person, and most retailers offer their products on the web in today’s market. Many companies offer free shipping, which is a major perk.
If you can dodge the shipping costs, online is often the best way to go when it comes to buying a mattress. On the web, you can almost always find a great mattress deal, with no markups from third-party retailers.
Ultimately, one of the best ways to save money in the long-term is to get a mattress that will last you a long time. When it comes to mattress value, the price point is just one small piece of the puzzle: A mattress that you can use comfortably for many years to come is key.
Do market research on the most durable mattresses. Read customer reviews to make sure the mattress will last a long time for the price you’ll be paying.
Generally speaking, the average sleeper will be able to spend $1,000 or less for a mattress that suits their comfort and support preferences. However, mattress shoppers are urged to thoroughly research different products before making a purchase. In order to find the right mattress at the lowest available price, be sure to compare different models based on factors like type, material composition, firmness, and durability, as well as company policies regarding shipping and delivery, sleep trials, and warranty coverage.
To view and compare different mattress brands based on price, please visit our Product Comparison Page.
Average Cost of a Mattress 2020
With mattresses ranging in price from £100 to £3,000 or more and needing to be replaced every 7-10 years, buying a mattress can be a significant financial investment. But buying a good mattress is integral to your health and overall wellbeing. To help you get the best night’s sleep, learn about typical mattress costs in the UK before you invest in a new mattress.
How Much do Mattresses Cost?
Mattresses vary drastically in price depending on factors that mainly relate to size and composition. For example, a cheap single pocket-sprung mattress could set you back as little as £100. This is fine for those on a strict budget, but it does not offer comfort and a poor mattress might not only disrupt your sleep but could also cause muscular discomfort too. On the other end of the scale, Tempur mattresses can cost over £3,000 and offer the most premium of quality, build and design. However, this is out of most people’s budget. Similarly latex mattresses offer additional support and comfort, but at an increased price.
The good news is that there are many different mattress retailers to choose from and mattress discounts are quite common, especially around bank holidays. In addition, many online retailers will give you a coupon code to use on your first purchase, which could add up to quite a sizeable discount given mattresses are an investment purchase.
|Average Cost of UK Mattresses||Single||Double||King||Super King|
|Memory Foam Mattress||£271||£375||£456||£579|
|Pocket Sprung Mattress||£209||£272||£324||£394|
|Super Premium Mattress (e.g., Tempurpedic, Four Seasons, etc.)||£1,792||£2,344||£2,871||£2,989|
Average Cost of an Air Mattress
Air mattresses start from around £10 for a single air mattress, but you for a deluxe double you can pay upwards of £30. Air mattresses are excellent for guests, camping and festivals. One of the biggest pros is that air mattresses can be bought for an extremely low price, as they are not intended for regular use. One of the points to note however is that air mattresses are typically only sold in single or double, with king and super king sizes proving extremely rare to find.
|How Much is an Air Mattress?||Single||Double||King|
Average Cost of an Air Bed
Air beds cost around £67, but range in price from £59.99 for a single up to £79.99 for a king size. While they cost noticeably more than an air mattress, air beds provided an extra dose of comfort and luxury and make for an ideal option for guests staying over. An air bed’s raised height resembles a regular bed as opposed to an air mattress which is very low to the ground. When budgeting for an air mattress, keep in mind the cost of a pump for your air bed, as unlike with an air mattress they are challenging to inflate manually.
|How Much is an Air Bed?||Single||Double||King|
How Much Does Mattress Delivery Cost?
Mattress delivery is often free, but some companies charge around £30. For example, United Carpets and Beds have a general delivery charge of £30 on mattresses, no matter what your overall spend might be. They will also charge for the removal of your old bed and packaging of your new bed or mattress.
However, Silent Night offers free next day delivery—a deal offered by many premium mattress manufacturers. If you buy your mattress through Amazon, so long as the purchase is over £20 then this will also be free, plus you will have more choice over the delivery location and date.
How Much Does Mattress Recycling/Removal Cost?
The average cost to remove a mattress for recycling is around £25, but varies depending on where you live and how you do it. Due to its size a mattress cannot be put in the regular waste or recycling, so you can either arrange for a special rubbish collection through your local authority, hire a local disposal company, or take your mattress to a tip or recycling point yourself—though depending on the location you may incur a charge.
Additionally some mattress companies will remove your old mattress for free or a charge when they deliver your new one, so it’s worth checking in advance as this can save you time, money and effort. Here are your options for having a mattress removed:
|Mattress Removal Options|
|Take it to the tip or recycling point yourself||free or a charge|
|Special collection from your local council||free to £75|
|A professional disposal company||£15 to £53.99|
|You new mattress provider||free to £40|
Below we detail the costs from popular UK mattress suppliers and mattress removal companies, so you know what your options are. For example, Emma Mattresses offer a collection service for £35, whereas Collect Your Own Bed have mattress disposal services starting at £11.99:
|Cost to Remove or Recycle a Mattress|
|Bensons for Beds||free|
|Dreams||£25 single, £35 double, £40 king & super king|
|Collect Your Old Bed||£32.99 single, £40.99 double, £47.49 king, £54.99 super king|
If you do use an external waste removal service, you should ensure it is legitimate to avoid possible fly tipping.
How Much Does Professional Mattress Cleaning Cost?
You should expect to pay between £20 and £40 for professional steam cleaning, depending on the size of your mattress. Your bed might be a comfortable place to rest your head at night, but it’s also home to a host of bacteria, dust mites and in some cases bed bugs. With this in mind, it’s wise to get your mattress professionally cleaned every once in a while. Be aware that some companies have a minimum £50 call out charge, so it’s worth combining the job to include all mattresses in your home to avoid unnecessary costs.
|How Much Does Professional Mattress Cleaning Cost?||Single||Double||King||Super King|
In addition to the size of the mattress, some cleaning companies will also price based on the level of cleaning required so it may require some research to find a quote which best suits your needs.
How Long Will a Mattress Last?
The average mattress has a lifespan of just 7-10 years, with some mattresses only lasting 5 years. How long your mattress lasts for depending on the material used, the quality of the build but also how well you take care of it. For example, not using a mattress protector, failing to turn your mattress often or even allowing small children to jump on the mattress are just some of the factors which can reduce the life span of your mattress.
There is also the issue of hygiene, as mattresses can harbour dust mites and bacteria, meaning they do need to be changed every few years in addition to being cleaned regularly. All of this can soon add up to being a very costly purchase.
To determine an average cost of mattresses in the UK, we gathered prices for pocket sprung, latex and memory foam mattresses in single, double, king and super king sizes from the following retailers:
What is a Good Price for a New Mattress?
See how much you should budget for your next new mattress.
No one likes to feel cheated when making a big purchase, but when it comes to buying anew mattressit can be difficult to determine what constitutes a fair price. The wide range of brands and models, plus inflated sales prices and obscured product information also add to the confusion. Plus, price is only part of the picture, as it is not uncommon to see a low-quality bed and a high-quality bed sold for the same amount. To provide insight into how much one should expect to spend for a decent-quality mattress, we took a look at leading brands of each mattress type.
New Mattress Prices By Type
As with any product, a new mattress can range from very cheap to ridiculously expensive, and everywhere in between. You may be able to find a bed as low as $200, as well as one that costs more than a new car. However, most new mattresses fall in the mid range, somewhere between $500 and $3000. Each mattress type uses different materials, so the costs can vary depending on what type you are buying. The following sections will look at new mattress prices individually for innerspring, memory foam, latex, and waterbed mattresses. For each type, we will compare five mattresses with similar mid-range specifications to contrast pricing and value.
Innerspring Mattress Prices
Innersprings or coil mattresses are the most commonly purchased of all beds, however they are also most prone to price and sale manipulation. It is not unheard of to see retailers advertise claims like “50-75% off!”, citing heavily inflated retail prices designed to make consumers think they are getting a great deal. According to SleepLikeTheDead.com [SLTD], the average price consumers paid for their spring mattresses is $1400. Basic spring beds can be found as low as $300, however high coil counts and add-ons like memory foam, gel, special fabrics, or luxury brand names can cost several thousand dollars. Here are five mid-range spring beds compared on features, cost and owner satisfaction:
New Mattress Prices: Innerspring Beds
Memory Foam Mattress Prices
Memory foam has a reputation for being expensive, however the proliferation of competitive brands in recent years has introduced several more affordable options. SLTD reports the average price paid for a memory foam mattress is $1450, with options ranging as low as $200 to over $7500. Memory foam costs can vary considerably by brand name, with other influencing factors including foam density (2.5 lbs to 7.0 lbs) and amount of memory foam in the mattress (1” to 6”+). Denser memory foam contains more memory foam polymer, which makes it more expensive, and the same is true with beds that contain thicker layers of memory foam. To demonstrate the range in the memory foam industry, five different brands are compared below using their 10” models:
New Mattress Prices: Memory Foam Beds
Latex Mattress Prices
Latex mattresses can be fairly costly compared to other mattress types, since the entire mattress is made of latex. SLTD reports an average price of $1880, with a range of $500 to $5500 or more. Natural latex mattresses are expensive to produce, and thus result in more costly beds. Synthetic and blended latex mattresses tend to be cheaper than all natural latex. Latex made using the Dunlop process tends to be cheaper than Talalay process latex, however the Talalay process is said by manufacturer to result in more consistent foam. Overall, both types rate similarly in owner satisfaction. As with memory foam, the thickness of the latex will also affect price, with thinner beds costing less. Here are five latex brands showing cost differences between 8-inch models:
Waterbed Mattress Prices
Waterbed mattresses for hardside beds tend to be among the least expensive mattresses. These can be as cheap as $60 for a basic bladder, or as much as $1000 for models with fiber layers or specially-designed vinyl. Softside waterbeds are made with water chambers set inside a mattress encasement. Softside models usually cost more, and can also include pillowtops and specialty foams. The average price for all waterbeds according to SLTD is $900, with the range mostly between $100-$1800. Below are a couple models from both waterbed categories:
New Mattress Prices: Waterbeds
Innomax Genesis 600 SL Hardside
9” thick, 22 mil Vinyl; 7-layer fiber support; 2” reinforced corners; 90% Waveless
Innomax Luxury Support Mystique Softside
Euro-top; fiber fill. Multiple water mattress options.
Boyd Regency IV Hardside
9” thick, HD Vinyl; 4-layer fiber support; reinforced corners; 90% Waveless
Boyd 167 Pembroke Softside
11” thick; 2” memory foam. Multiple water mattress options.
Strobel Century Sleep Super 8 Hardside
9” thick, 20 mil Vinyl; 4-layer fiber support; reinforced corners; 85% Waveless
Budgeting for a New Mattress
Considering the average price range for the mattress type you are interested in is a good starting point for determining your budget. As a scan of leading brands reveals, one might expect to spend $800 on a spring bed, $1000 on a memory foam bed, $2000 on a latex bed, $200 on a hardside waterbed, or $800 on a softside waterbed, based on mid-range specification for each mattress type. While researching different brands and specifications can help you find better deals, there are also a few smart shopping tips you can use to save when buying a new mattress:
Sign up for email coupons or newsletters once you’ve narrowed down your options so get the current deals (you can always unsubscribe after you buy).
Don’t overlook holiday sales. The highly-competitive mattress industry offers frequent sales to attract buyers, and major holidays (like July 4th, Labor Day, Black Friday) are usually when retailers offer their best prices.
Many new mattress retailers are negotiable when it comes to prices (barring some brands like iComfort, which may have firmly set prices). It never hurts to ask if there are any discounts or promotions currently available to sweeten the deal.
Always remember to look at what is actually inside the bed to see how it compares to other options (coil count, memory foam density, latex type etc). It can be difficult to find information on many new mattresses since a similar model may be sold under several different names, specifically to confuse customers and inhibit price comparisons. Looking what the bed actually offers is the best way to compare value across brands, rather than comparing names or prices.
Comparison shop online as well as in local showrooms. Online shops may have significantly lower prices than physical showrooms for similar products, since overhead costs are much lower and the online market is more competitive. This is especially for specialty mattresses like memory foam and latex. Several online consumer review resources can help you learn about websites’ products and service reputation.
Don’t put all your faith in the 10 minute showroom “test-drive”. Surveys by Consumer Reports indicated that 40% of people had buyer’s remorse after making a new mattress purchase. Thus, it can be important to ensure you have at least 30 days to test and try the bed in your home, and check on return/restocking costs before buying.
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