Your mattress is one of the most important purchases you'll make. A good mattress aids good sleep, which is crucial for your health and well-being. There are many reasons why sleep is so important, which we've explored further in this article: why sleep is so important.
There are a huge range of mattresses on the market, which vary massively in price. In the past budget mattresses weren't very good and it was often a waste of money to buy one. But with the new generation of foam and latex mattresses, there's now a far wider choice of budget mattresses. However, buying a very cheap mattress can be a false economy. If the quality is poor it will affect your sleep and potentially your health.
We've researched a number of budget mattresses and, in this article; we look at some of the best and whom they might suit best.
Prices for the Dormeo Memory Plus start from £209.99 and this is a great price for what is a top-quality memory foam mattress. The Dormeo is a little firmer than average but doesn't sag over time – particularly if you turn it regularly. It's suitable for all shapes and sizes, but is perhaps best for those of a lighter build who aren't too tall. Another bonus is that if you share your bed with a partner, the mattress is firm enough for you not to notice them rolling over or moving about. Delivery of Dormeo mattresses is free and you get a 60 night free trial period. The mattress also comes with a 15-year guarantee.
Prices for the Ikea Morgedal start from £125 – a truly budget price for a mattress. Do note though that it's only available in a standard double size. Unlike many modern foam mattresses, it's only one solid lump of foam but still manages to offer good support. With medium firmness, it is ideally suited to back sleepers. However, to get the best out of the mattress you need to rest it for a few days once you get it home so that it can fully 'puff' out. It also needs to be used with a slatted bed base or mattress base. The mattress comes with a 25-year guarantee and a 90-day exchange policy. Do note though that Ikea charge £35 for home delivery. Users also report that Ikea mattresses don't last as long as other manufacturers, so you could end up spending more by having to replace your mattress sooner.
Silentnight make a huge range of mattresses and are an extremely well established brand. The Miracoil Travis mattress starts from £159.99 and comes with a 60-day exchange policy and 5-year guarantee. The mattress has 782 microcoil continuous springs with a microquilt finish and is also anti allergy. It's well suited to most body shapes and sizes but it should be noted that, whilst it's rated as medium firm, most users report that it is a firm mattress.
With prices starting from £399, the Simba mattress isn't quite as 'budget' as others on this list. However, the Simba has consistently good reviews and high praise from users, comes with a 10-year guarantee and has a trial period of 100 nights. There's free one-day delivery to most of the UK and you can also apply for up to 12 months interest free credit to pay for the mattress. The Simba is a well-constructed hybrid mattress, using latex, microcoils, memory foam and a 7-zoned support foam. The mattress is medium to medium firm and offers excellent edge support. The only people it might not suit are stomach sleepers, as the mattress may contour around them too much.
Prices for the Eve mattress start from £349 and it comes with a 100 night trial period, 10-year guarantee and free one-day delivery to most parts of the UK. Like the Simba, there's also the option to apply for up to 12 months interest free credit. Do note that the Eve needs airing before use, as it can smell a little when it first arrives. The Eve is extremely good at keeping sleepers cool at night, as it has a polyurethane layer designed specifically for this purpose, and there's minimal weight / motion transference meaning that if your partner moves around during the night, you won't be disturbed. Although marketed as medium firm, the Eve is a little more rigid than some memory foam mattresses and does lack a little in bounce.
With prices starting from £399, the Emma mattress is similarly priced to Simba's offering. You'll also get the 100 night trial period and 10-year guarantee. Awarded a Which? Best Buy, the Emma mattress is well worth the investment. It doesn't need turning, as the white breathable top always remains facing upwards. It's especially good for back sleepers as it's nicely supportive and your body sinks gradually into the foam. You'll also find that you won't feel any dips in the mattress when you're sharing it with another person. The Emma uses traditional coils as well as three kinds of foam, meaning that most people find it extremely comfortable.
Hyde and Sleep make a range of mattresses, but this is their cheapest option starting at £299 and is another Which? Best Buy. The Hyde and Sleep is slightly thinner than some memory foam mattresses at 20cm deep, but has a medium to firm feel and users report that it is particularly good for those with bad backs. There's free delivery, 100 night trial period and 10-year guarantee plus the option to apply for interest free credit. The Hyde and Sleep is only made up of three layers – the support base and comfort layer are memory foam and it's topped with a breathable cover. The mattress doesn't have the best edge support, so is best suited for those who sleep on their backs.
Bedmaker Warren Evans has more than three dozen mattresses in its range but this is its budget option, with prices starting from £235. For such a low price, this mattress feels extremely high quality. It has 1500 strengthened springs, hand-tufted fillers and side-stitched hand attached boarders for shape retention. This is a firm mattress and 28cm deep, with great support from head to toe and the pocket spring technology minimises the impact of your partner's movements during the night. The mattress has an impressive 120 night trial period, as well as a 5-year guarantee and the option for interest free finance.