How to Buy a Mattress for Your Budget

Buying the right kind of mattress can help you achieve a better night's sleep. Here are the types you can buy, and where you can find the most affordable options.

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Whether you've just moved into a new place, you're decorating rented property, or it's time for a new mattress, it's definitely worth taking some time to work out what type will work best for you. 

According to an article by Nimble Fins, mattresses tend to range in price from as little as £100 to as much as £3,000, or often more. In general, when it comes to saving money, according to our Best Time to Buy Calendar, May is the best time for you to purchase your mattress.

What are the different types of mattresses?

There are several types of mattresses that are currently on the market for you to choose from. Choosing the best one for you can be important to help you get that perfect night’s sleep. This article will look at pocket-sprung, memory foam, hybrid, and organic mattresses.  

What is a Pocket Sprung Mattress?

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Pocket Sprung mattresses are made using single, isolated pocket springs stitched into the mattress itself. These springs work individually in response to your movement, and as a result, tend to reduce motion transfer. This means they can be ideal if you or your partner tend to move about during the night. 

What is a Memory Foam Mattress?

Memory foam mattress with a hand pressing down on it.

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Memory Foam mattresses are made using a layer of memory foam that reacts to your body temperature. It moulds around the shape of your body, which means it tends to help provide a personalised level of comfort and support where you need it most. This makes it great for somebody who requires specific pressure-point relief, such as a person who plays a lot of sports, or who suffers from a bad back. Memory foam bounces back slowly; it will remember your preferred sleeping position after some time.  

What is a Hybrid Mattress?

A close up of all the layers inside a hybrid mattress containing both pocket springs and foam.

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Hybrid mattresses are a mix between a pocket-sprung mattress and a memory foam mattress. They use a combination of technologies using both single, isolated pocket springs that work to reduce motion transfer, as well as a layer of memory foam that moulds around the shape of your own body and helps to provide a personalised level of comfort and support. If you’re unsure what mattress will work best for you, or you have more than one primary need from your mattress, a hybrid could be the most suitable option for you.  

What is an Organic Mattress?

A white king size mattress outside amidst greenery and trees.

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Organic mattresses are a special type of mattress that is made with natural, organic materials that are usually non-toxic and have a better impact on the environment. This is different from regular mattresses which are typically made out of materials that take up space on landfill sites and have a large CO2 footprint.  

Single Mattresses

Pocket-Sprung

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
DreamsSilentnight 800 Mirapocket Eco Mattress£3494.8 starsHypoallergenic, enhanced support, breathable.
IkeaVesteröy Mattress£1504.3 starsEnhanced support, isolates movements, regulates body temperature.
WayfairBoatright Pocket Sprung 651 Mattress£104.994.0 starsMaking sleeping comfier, reduces noise and motion transfer and helps muscle pains, spine contours and blood circulation.

First up is pocket-sprung mattresses. From Dreams, the lowest price for a single pocket-sprung mattress is £349. This is the Silentnight Ferndale 800 Pocket Eco Mattress, which has an average rating of 4.8 stars, is made from a breathable, hypoallergenic material, and has enhanced support for your joints. 

Next up is Ikea whose cheapest pocket-sprung mattress is £150. This is the Vesteröy Mattress which has an average rating of 4.3 stars and has enhanced body support that isolates movement and works to maintain your body temperature. 

Finally, one of the least expensive pocket-sprung beds is from Wayfair. The Boatright Pocket Sprung 651 Mattress, priced at £104.99, and rated an average of 4.4 stars, has an average rating of 4.0 stars and has reduced noise and motion transfer technology that helps relieve muscle pain and encourages blood circulation.  

Memory Foam

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Emma MattressEmma Original Mattress£3174.7 starsPressure relieving foam, breathable, spinal support, temperature regulating.
Simba SleepSimbatex Essential Foam Mattress£3994.8 starsCooling, supportive sleep tech, extra heat control, anti-allergenic cover.
WayfairMcfaddin Z3 Foam Mattress£101.994.4 starsBreathable, improves blood circulation, kind to your skin.

When it comes to memory foam mattresses, there are several options on the market. Emma Mattress prices for memory foam mattresses start at £317. The Emma Original Mattress, with an average rating of 4.7 stars, uses pressure-relieving foam to help support your spine and is both breathable and temperature-regulating. 

From Simba Sleep, you can find their least expensive memory foam mattress for £399, which is the Simbatex Essential Foam Mattress. With an average rating of 4.8 stars, it uses cooling technology to prevent you from overheating, as well as enhanced bodily support to help alleviate any pressure on your joints. 

One of the cheapest memory foam mattresses on the market is from Wayfair. The Mcfaddin Z3 Foam Mattress costs £101.99, has an average rating of 4.4 stars, and is made using breathable material that is kind to your skin and works to help increase blood circulation so you can enjoy a restful night’s sleep. 

Hybrid

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Simba SleepHybrid Essential Mattress£7494.8 starsCooling foam, temperature regulation, personalised support.
Emma MattressEmma NextGen Premium Mattress£659- Enhanced breathability and temperature regulating material, and moulds to the shape of your body for optimal support and comfort.
Otty SleepOTTY Aura Hybrid Mattress£499.994.5 starsTemperature regulating memory foam supports your back and joints and reduces motion transfer.
DreamsDreams Workshop BrayBrook Combination Mattress£2794.7 starsGentle support, even support, moulds around the shape of your body, alleviates pressure points.
WayfairSingle Open Coil Spring Mattress£82.994.4 starsEnhanced support, minimises overheating.

From Simba Sleep, you can find a hybrid mattress for £749, which is the Hybrid Essential Mattress. This has been rated an average of 4.8 stars, is made with cooling foam to help with temperature regulation and works to provide you with unique and personalised support right where you need it. 

At Emma Mattress, they sell hybrid mattresses for as low as £659. This is the Emma NextGen Premium Mattress which is made with breathable, temperature-regulating material and works to mould to the shape of your body to provide you with support and comfort for your joints, and optimal spinal alignment to help relieve you of any back pain.

Otty Sleep’s least expensive hybrid mattress is £499.99 and has an average rating of 4.5 stars. This is the Otty Aura Hybrid Mattress which has temperature-regulating foam to prevent you from getting too hot or too cold and uses motion-absorbing technology to reduce motion transfer across the mattress and works to support your back and joints. 

At Dreams, prices for a hybrid mattress start at £269, which is the Dreams Workshop Braybrook Combination Mattress. This has been rated an average of 4.7 stars, and moulds to the shape and contours of your body to help give you enhanced support and comfort. 

Finally, one of the most inexpensive hybrid mattresses on the market is from Wayfair. This is the Single Open Coil Spring Mattress, priced at £82.99, and rated an average of 4.4 stars. This mattress uses temperature-regulating technology to help reduce overheating and works to provide you with enhanced comfort and support. 

Organic

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Simba SleepGO Hybrid Mattress£1,5794.7 starsNatural biodegradable material, half the carbon footprint of traditional hybrids.
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If organic mattresses are something you’d be interested in and your budget can stretch a bit further, Simba Sleep prices for organic mattresses begin at £1,579. This is their Go Hybrid Mattress, which is made from natural biodegradable material and has half the carbon footprint of a traditional hybrid mattress.  

Double Mattresses

Pocket Sprung

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
DreamsDream Team Fakenham Pocket Sprung Mattress£3994.8 starsMovement absorption, maximum support.
IkeaVesteröy Mattress£2294.4 starsMovement isolating, regulates body temperature.
WayfairEara Pocket Sprung Mattress£149.99-Hypoallergenic, moulds to your body’s natural shape, has antibacterial properties, and relieves pressure points.

For double-size pocket sprung mattresses, at Dreams you can find their cheapest one for £399. This is the Dream Team Fakenham Pocket Sprung Mattress which has an average rating of 4.8 stars and works to absorb your movements to help you have a night of better, undisturbed sleep, as well as provide you with maximum support for your joints. 

At Ikea, you can find their least expensive pocket sprung mattress for £229, which is the Vesteröy Mattress. This is rated an average of 4.4 stars and is the same product as mentioned above in our section on single mattresses. 

Lastly, Wayfair has one of the cheapest pocket-sprung mattresses which is their Eara Pocket Spring Mattress. Priced at £149.99, this hasn’t been reviewed as of yet, so it does not have an average rating. This is something to bear in mind when considering purchasing. This mattress is made from hypoallergenic fabric which also has built-in antibacterial properties to help keep your mattress feeling clean and fresh. It also works to mould to your body’s natural contours and relieves pressure on your joints.  

Memory Foam

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Emma MattressEmma Original Mattress£3174.7 starsPressure relieving foam, breathable, spinal support, temperature regulating.
Simba SleepSimbatex Essential Foam Mattress£4994.8 starsExtra heat control, infused with graphite, anti-allergenic cover, temperature control.
DreamsSilentnight Westland Miracoil Memory Mattress£4794.6 starsBody moulding memory foam, relieves pressure on joints.
IkeaÅbygda Foam Mattress£2503.8 starsPressure relieving, precise support, follows your body’s movement

First up is the Emma Original Mattress, which is £317 for a double. It has an average rating of 4.7 stars and is the same model as was mentioned above in our section on single memory foam mattresses. 

Next is a memory foam mattress from Simba Sleep called the Simbatex Essential Foam Mattress. This has an average rating of 4.7 and is £499 for a double. For more information regarding the features of this mattress, please consult the section on single memory foam mattresses as this is the same model as mentioned above.

Another great option for an affordable memory foam mattress is the Silentnight Westland Miracoil Memory Mattress from Dreams. This is £479 and has been rated an average of 4.6 stars. This mattress is made with body moulding memory foam that helps to relieve pressure on your joints. 

At Ikea, you can find their cheapest memory foam mattress for as little as £250. This is the Åbygda Foam Mattress which has an average rating of 3.8 stars and offers precise support exactly where you need it the most. 

Hybrid

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Emma MattressEmma Premium Mattress£799.99-Enhanced support and comfort, ultra-breathable, optimal spinal alignment.
Simba SleepHybrid Essential Mattress£8994.8 starsCooling technology, enhanced support.
Otty SleepOTTY Aura Hybrid Mattress£749.994.5 starsTemperature-regulating memory foam, supports your back and joints and reduces motion transfer.
DreamsDreams Workshop Braybrook Combination Mattress£3294.7 starsGentle support, moulds to the shape of your body, and alleviates sensitive pressure points.
WayfairDouble Borowski Open Coil Mattress£131.994.3 starsExtra comfort, adapts to the contours of your body, hypoallergenic, odour-free.

Prices for a hybrid mattress from Emma Mattress start at £799. This is the Emma Premium Mattress which is the same model mentioned above in our section on single hybrids. 

Simba Sleep’s least expensive hybrid is the Hybrid Essential Mattress. This costs £899 and has been rated an average of 4.8 stars. For more information regarding the features of this mattress please look in the section on single hybrid mattresses above as this is the same model. 

At Otty Sleep, you can find their most affordable hybrid mattress for £749.99 which is the Otty Aura Hybrid Mattress. This has an average rating of 4.5 stars and is the same model as mentioned in our single hybrids section above. 

From Dreams, you can shop hybrid mattresses for as little as £299. This is the Dreams Workshop Braybrook Combination Mattress which has an average rating of 4.7 stars. This is the same model as mentioned in the section on single hybrids so head to that section if you’d like more information on this model. 

Finally, at Wayfair, they have a hybrid mattress for £131.99 and with an average rating of 4.3 stars. This is the Double Borowski Open Coil Mattress which aims to provide you with an enhanced level of comfort and support and is also made from hypoallergenic material which is odour-resistant. 

Organic

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Simba SleepGO Hybrid Mattress£2,2994.7 starsNatural biodegradable material, half the carbon footprint of traditional hybrids.

If you can stretch your budget a little further, make sure to check out the Double Go Hybrid Mattress from Simba Sleep. Priced at £2,299 and with an average rating of 4.7 stars, this is a great option if you’d like to be mindful of the planet. You can find more in-depth information about this mattress in our section on single sized organic mattresses above.  

King Mattresses

Pocket Sprung

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
DreamsSilentnight Ferndale 800 Pocket Eco MattressMattress£4794.8 starsAbsorbs movement, maximum support, minimises discomfort.
IkeaVesteröy Mattress£2794.4 starsEnhanced support, isolates movement, circulating, regulates body temperature.
WayfairKingsize Air Conditioned Pocket Sprung 1000 Mattress£179.994.4 starsHypoallergenic, cooling technology.

First up is the Silentnight Ferndale 800 Pocket Eco Mattress which is priced at £479. This has an average rating of 4.8 stars. Made with individual springs, this mattress absorbs movement, and provides enhanced support. 

Next is Ikea, where prices for king size pocket sprung mattresses start at £279. This is the Vesteröy Mattress, which has been rated an average of 4.4 stars. For more information regarding the features of this mattress, head to the section on single pocket sprung mattresses as this is the same model mentioned above. 

Finally, one of the most affordable pocket-sprung mattresses on the market is from Wayfair. Their Kingsize Air Conditioned Pocket Sprung 1000 Mattress is £179.99 and has an average rating of 4.4 stars. This mattress has cooling technology to help regulate your body temperature while you sleep, and is made from hypoallergenic material. 

Memory Foam

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Emma MattressEmma Original Mattress£5474.7 starsPressure relieving foam, breathable, spinal support, temperature regulating.
SImba SleepSimbatex Essential Foam Mattress£5494.8 starsExtra heat control, infused with graphite, anti-allergenic cover, temperature control.
DreamsSilentnight Westland Miracoil Memory Mattress£499.004.6 starsFirm level of support, spring system technology, spreads the weight evenly, relieves pressure on joints and lower back.
IkeaÅbygda Foam Mattress£2993.8 starsPressure relieving, precise support, contours to your body

At Emma Mattress prices for king size memory foam mattresses start at £547. This is the Emma Original Mattress, which has an average rating of 4.7 stars and is the same model as listed in the single memory foam mattress section above. 

Next up is the Simbatex Essential Foam Mattress which costs £549 for a king size. This has an average rating of 4.7 stars and is the same model mentioned in the section above on single size memory foam mattresses. 

At Dreams, they have the Silentnight Westland Miracoil Memory Mattress which is their most affordable king size option. It costs £499 and is the same model as mentioned above in the section on double memory foam mattresses. 

When you shop at Ikea, you can find their most affordable memory foam mattress for as little as £299. This is the Åbygda Foam Mattress, which has an average rating of 3.8 stars and is the same model as was mentioned above in our section on single memory foam mattresses.  

Hybrid

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Emma MattressEmma Premium Mattress£1,2994.7 starsEnhanced support and comfort, ultra-breathable, optimal spinal alignment
Simba SleepHybrid Essential Mattress£1,0994.8 starsCooling foam, temperature regulation, personalised support.
Otty SleepOTTY Aura Hybrid Mattress£849.994.5 starsTemperature regulating memory foam, supports your back and joints and reduces motion transfer.
DreamsDreams Workshop Braybrook Combination Mattress£3494.7 starsGentle support, moulds around the shape of your body, alleviates pressure points.
WayfairKingsize Open Coil Spring Mattress£149.994.4 starsEnhanced support, breathable, cooling technology.

When shopping for hybrid mattresses, you can find a great king size option at Emma Mattress. The Emma Premium Mattress is £1,299 and has an average rating of 4.7 stars. This mattress is the same model as mentioned in our section on single hybrid mattresses so check out the section above for more information. 

From Simba Sleep, you can shop the same Hybrid Essential Mattress in a king size for £1,099. This mattress has an average rating of 4.8 stars and you can find more information about its features in our previous sections on single or double hybrid mattresses. 

The Otty Aura Hybrid Mattress that we mentioned in our previous section on single and double hybrid mattresses is also another fantastic choice for king size. It costs £849.99, has been rated an average of 4.5 stars and has the same features as listed above. 

One of the most affordable hybrid king size mattresses is the Dreams Workshop Braybrook Combination Mattress from Dreams. This is the same model as mentioned previously, with all of the same features. Priced at £349, and rated 4.7 stars, it’s a great choice if your budget is limited. 

Last but not least, is the Kingsize Open Coil Spring Mattress which you can find at Wayfair for £149.99. With an average rating of 4.4 stars, it’s the same model as mentioned above in our previous sections and is just as handy with all of its features to help you get a better night’s sleep. 

Organic

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RetailerNamePriceRatingBenefits
Simba SleepGO Hybrid Mattress£2,3994.7 starsNatural biodegradable material, half the carbon footprint of traditional hybrids.

Providing that you don’t have a strict budget and are interested in a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, Simba Sleep has an organic mattress in king size too. The King Go Hybrid Mattress is £2,399 and has an average rating of 4.7 stars. More information regarding the features of this mattress can be found in our sections above on organic mattresses.  

Layla Al-Ani
Home & Garden Writer

I’m Layla, the home and garden editor, and I started working at MyVoucherCodes in November 2022. I have always loved to write, especially after getting my degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and since getting my own place, I’ve gotten stuck into all things home and garden.

When I’m not writing about saving money on homely purchases, I’m either sitting with my head in a new book, painting a piece of art for my walls, or binge-watching an interior design programme on Netflix. I love to get inspiration and transform my space, usually with the help of a few Pinterest boards and a couple of tins of paint.