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BUYING GUIDE:
FIND THE PERFECT MATTRESS
FOR A GREAT NIGHT’S SLEEP

Investing in a decent mattress is key if you’re looking for the perfect night’s sleep, but there are so many types to choose from. This guide takes you through the different options, from pocket-spring mattresses to memory foam designs and everything in between

Pocket-spring mattress

A pocket-spring mattress contains hundreds of springs that are individually enclosed in separate fabric pockets. This means that all the springs work independently, giving your body tailored support and relieving pressure on the back and joints. You’ll find the number of springs varies from mattress to mattress – those with more springs offer greater support, which can help to reduce sleep disturbance. Pocket-spring mattresses are ideal for those who sleep on their front or back and can also help to reduce motion transfer, so if you share your bed, you won’t be as disturbed by your partner’s movements. Some pocket-spring mattresses have more than one layer of springs. The mini springs shape to your body’s contours, while the core pocket-sprung layer absorbs any changes in weight distribution for the ultimate comfort and support. Need an extra layer of softness? Try our sumptuous Pillowtop mattresses, which are ideal for sleepers who like to feel as if they’re sinking into the mattress.

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Open-spring mattress

The open-spring mattress is a traditional design that’s strong and durable and offers great support, with a firmer sleeping surface. Also known as an open-coil mattress, it has large springs that are connected by a continuous coil of wire and move as one unit, distributing body weight evenly across the surface, which can help to reduce back pain.

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Gel mattress

Our gel mattresses combine a gel foam layer with a pocket-spring core. The gel layer is made from breathable latex infused with gel pods that react and contour to your body in a similar way to a memory foam mattress, but with the added benefits of being much more breathable and offering greater bounce and lift. The gel also has temperature-regulating properties that can help disperse excess heat, making this type of mattress ideal for those who sometimes get too hot at night.

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Memory foam mattress

Designed to contour to the sleeper’s body, memory foam mattresses soften and mould in reaction to heat, giving excellent pressure-relieving support. This mattress is made with an anti-allergy fabric treatment, making it helpful for people with allergies. Memory foam mattresses also tend to retain more body heat, which makes them a little warmer than other mattresses, so we’ve added a cooling outer fabric that helps maintain the perfect sleeping temperature. Using a memory foam mattress can also be beneficial for those who need greater back support.

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Latex mattress

Latex is derived from the sap of rubber trees and is naturally durable and springy. Like a memory foam mattress, a latex mattress can contour to the body, relieving pain and easing pressure points. It’s also naturally cooling, as the unique open cell structure of latex promotes air circulation and helps to keep the mattress at a constant and comfortable temperature. Latex mattresses are hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and resistant to mould and dust mites, making them perfect for allergy sufferers. They also have natural elasticity, so recover their shape quickly.

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Words: Sarah Lafarge