What is the most you should pay for a mattress?

Octasmart Premium Hybrid Mattress.
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Scoring a top-notch mattress doesn’t require maxing out your credit card. When browsing options, prices vary widely – from basic models under £200 to luxurious styles over £1,000.

But here’s a little secret not every retailer wants you to know – you can sink into a supremely comfortable mattress for £400 or less if you forego the fanciest features.

How much should you spend? Here’s some food for thought:

Mattresses under £200

For under £200, expect basic mattresses with open coil springs and thin foam or fibre comfort layers. These economy mattresses use materials like reflex foam and white fibre padding. Some may have a layer of memory foam.

While they don’t offer premium support and longevity, these mattresses work well as temporary or children’s beds, with brands like Giltedge and Silentnight offering entry-level mattresses like the Giltedge Beds Flex 150.

Giltedge Beds Flex 150 Firm 4FT 6 Double Mattress.
Pictured: Giltedge Beds Flex 150 Firm 4FT 6 Double Mattress, Priced £198

Mattresses under £400  

You’ll find lower-mid-range models with nicer features in the £200 to £400 range. Many, like the Giltedge Mistral, have pocket springs for more contoured support, and you can get memory foam and memory gel comfort layers within this price range.

With sales, you can sometimes get hybrid mattresses blending springs and foam – this price point works well for guest rooms or primary beds on a budget. Look for Giltedge, Sleepsoul, Sealy, and Silentnight models for the best value for money.

Giltedge Beds Mistral 4FT 6 Double Mattress.
Pictured: Giltedge Beds Mistral 4FT 6 Double Mattress, Priced at £388.61

Mattresses under £600

£400 to £600 unlocks more high-end materials and construction with luxurious comfort layers like latex or plant-based foams. The Dormeo Octasmart is a perfect example, offering high-end hybrid luxury at an affordable price.

Dormeo Octasmart Premium Hybrid Classic 4FT 6 Double Mattress.
Pictured: Dormeo Octasmart Premium Hybrid Classic 4FT 6 Double Mattress, Priced at £599.99

Thicker, multi-layer mattresses provide maximum support from brands like Sleepeezee with the Ultra Firm 1,600 and Wool Deluxe 1,200. Of all the mattress points, £400 to £600 is the sweet spot for affordability and performance.

Sleepeezee Wool Deluxe 1200 4FT 6 Double Mattress.
Pictured: Sleepeezee Wool Deluxe 1200 4FT 6 Double Mattress, Priced at £636.94

Mattresses under £800

Hybrid mattresses take centre stage in the £600 to £800 bracket with pocket springs, micro-springs, and high-tech foam comfort systems that actively dissipate body heat.  

Most £800 mattresses are over 28cm thick, and some, like the Giltedge Royal 3,000, have a plush pillowtop for a super-soft sleep surface. You can also get high-end hybrid mattresses – the Dormeo Octasmart Premium Hybrid is a fantastic example.  

Giltedge Beds Royal 3000 Pillowtop 4FT 6 Double Mattress.
Pictured: Giltedge Beds Royal 3000 Pillowtop 4FT 6 Double Mattress, Priced at £798.20

Mattresses under £1,000

While not essential for superb comfort, paying under £1,000 brings some of the market’s most advanced mattresses. Top-of-the-line brands use intricate spring and foam layering systems exceeding 36cm in thickness. Materials like cashmere, silk, lambswool, and natural latex appear alongside over 3,000 pocket springs.

While £600 to £800 mattresses offer the best value, mattresses under £1,000, like the Sleepeezee Cool Rest 2,400, are more luxurious with intricate layers of Staycool gel, springs, and breathable foams for comfort all year.

Sleepeezee Cool Rest 2400 Mattress.
Pictured: Sleepeezee Cool Rest 2400 Mattress, Priced at £845.22

Mattresses over £1,000

Breaching the £1,000 mark on a mattress means the product is unique – probably with proprietary foam that promises better sleep and a substantial 15-year warranty.

Mattresses at this price point are usually reserved for the rich and famous. Still, you can occasionally find great deals like the Sleepeezee G3 Memory Mattress and Pocket Gel Poise.

Whether it’s worth spending this much on a mattress depends on if you have the dosh – if you do, you won’t find better sleep for less.

Sleepeezee G3 Memory 4FT 6 Double Mattress.
Pictured: Sleepeezee G3 Memory 4FT 6 Double Mattress, Priced at £1105.94

How to find a mattress bargain

  • Wait for sales: Buying your mattress during significant sales events is one of the best ways to save. Watch for bank holiday sales, Black Friday deals in November, and January sales after the holidays. You can often save hundreds of pounds.
  • Spread the cost or shop now and pay later: Some mattress retailers offer low-interest financing over 12-24 months to get your desired mattress. At Bedstar, we offer Klarna to let you shop now and pay later.
  • Compare online prices: Thoroughly research mattresses online across different retailers to find the best deals. Online brands offer lower prices by cutting out brick-and-mortar overhead costs.
  • Use discount codes: Look for promo codes and vouchers before checking out. Honey is an excellent, free browser extension that automatically checks for discount codes to save you a packet.
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