Bruno vs Sleeping Duck

Both Bruno and Sleeping Duck are part of the 'bed in a box' revolution – producing advanced mattresses for reasonable prices. All of these mattresses have similar features, but in this guide we'll look at which one is best suited to your requirements and compare the two.

Bruno Mattress Sleeping Duck Mattress

Prices and sizes

Both Bruno and Sleeping Duck make their mattresses in UK and EU sizes, with the largest being a super king. The two brands' mattresses are also similarly priced.


The Sleeping Duck mattress has five layers, whereas the Bruno only has three. However, the Sleeping Duck mattress is unique in that it offers an interchangeable top layer. This can be set to either a medium or hard firmness rating, or even half and half. Let's take a look at the layers in more detail:


  • Cover – A two-tone white and grey cover, made from a polyester fleece blend. The cover also has two handles sewn onto either side to help move the mattress.
  • Top Layer – A 3cm layer of latex foam, designed to provide comfort, support, pressure relief and to keep the sleeper cool.
  • Bottom Layer – A 21cm layer of polyurethane foam with a 7-zone support system to help keep the spine in alignment and maintain the overall shape of the mattress.

Sleeping Duck

  • Cover – A two-tone white and grey cover, made from a blend of rayon from bamboo on the top and polyester side panels. The cover is also completely removable.
  • Top Layer – A 1.9cm latex foam layer, designed to provide most of the cooling, bounce and comfort.
  • Second Layer – A 1.9cm memory foam layer, which works with the top layer to create pressure relief and contouring.
  • Third Layer – A 6.4cm of polyfoam, to aid pressure relief and provide support. The polyfoam also acts as a transitional layer.
  • Bottom Layer – A 21.6cm of pocketed coils, providing deep compression support and the foundation for the mattress as a whole.

The Bruno mattress is 24cm in depth, whilst the Sleeping Duck is a whopping 30.5cm in depth. As you can see, they are constructed in a very different fashion.

Firmness, Comfort and Support

The Bruno mattress has a medium to medium firm firmness rating. As discussed previously, the Sleeping Duck mattress can have either a medium or hard firmness, or half and half. Let's look at the pros and cons of each mattress in this department.


  • The Bruno's top layer of latex is aerated, which helps airflow in and out of the mattress. Combined with a thin cover, this helps keep the sleeper cool.
  • Above average bounce means that the mattress is very responsive to pressure, especially when combined with the 7-zone support system.
  • There is some motion transfer, which means that light sleepers may find themselves disturbed by a partner moving about.
  • Has more of a 'floating' feeling than a memory foam mattress, meaning that sleepers will feel they are resting on top of the layers.

Sleeping Duck

  • The Sleeping Duck is notable for its ability to keep sleepers cool and does not retain any heat.
  • The layer of microcoils help to create a good level of sinkage without any pressure points being created, and the 5-zone system means that the mattress adapts quickly to any sleeping position.
  • The hybrid design of the mattress means that the mattress has a good level of bounce, as well as good motion transfer.
  • The contour and hug of the Sleeping Duck provides a great mix of sinkage, contour and support.

Other factors

Both companies come with a 10-year guarantee. Sleeping Duck offer a trial period of 100 nights and Bruno gives you 101! If you're not satisfied, both will offer a full refund and there's also free delivery.

Which mattress is best for me?

Both mattresses offer appealing factors, but here are some points to consider when deciding which best meets your requirements.


We'd recommend this mattress if:

  • You want a slightly firmer mattress than most of the 'bed in a box' brands.
  • You want good support across the mattress, with spinal alignment whether you're a side, stomach or back sleeper.
  • You want bounce and aren't bothered by a little higher motion transfer.

Sleeping Duck

We'd recommend this mattress if:

  • You want to be able to choose between medium and firm mattresses, as well as having the chance to trial both options.
  • You want a hybrid mattress. The hybrid design provides great support, cooling, edge support, response and bounce and is still very reasonably priced.
  • You want a cooler mattress that stays cool and comfortable throughout the night.
  • You want a supportive mattress that adapts quickly and doesn't allow any pressure spots to form.

You can view more information about these mattresses below.