The best mattress in 2020: how to find the perfect mattress, on any budget

We rank the best mattresses at the best prices, to help you get a better night's sleep

Best mattress 2020: quick links

(Image credit: Emma Original mattress review)

Looking for the best mattress to ensure you sleep soundly? We've done the legwork for you and reviewed all the leading brands to put together our official ranking of the best mattresses in the world right now.

 Online shopping in the current climate can be tricky, but the vast majority of mattress retailers are still trading as usual, with no delays to delivery. Many are offering an official 'no-contact' delivery option in line with new social distancing rules. We've added details to each entry so you know what the situation is.

Although it's been overshadowed a little, we're also just nearing the end of UK National Bed Month, which means many big brands are cutting prices and offering big deals on mattresses as well as bedding and accessories (don't worry, there are plenty of deals in the US too). That means there's a good chance you could snap up a luxury mattress for a bargain price right now. You'll find information about where to head for any discounts or deals with each individual entry in our best mattress ranking. 

Not sure if you need a new mattress? The National Bed Foundation and the Sleep Council both recommend that you should replace your mattress around every seven years. If you're getting new aches and pains, or you're finding you're just not sleeping as well as you used to, it could well be your mattress that's to blame. And if that lifespan sounds short to you, consider that humans can lose up to half a pint of fluid each night, and shed a pound of dead skin cells every year. If you're ready to replace your old mattress, read on.  

A couple of pro buying tips first: to keep your new mattress in tip-top condition, it's worth adding a mattress protector to your basket when you buy (see our guide to the best mattress protectors if you're buying separately). If you're not happy with your current mattress but can't afford a new one right now, a mattress topper can help improve the situation for a fraction of the price. 

OTTY mattress deal: Save £200 on OTTY Hybrid mattresses
The OTTY Hybrid comes second in our best mattress roundup. As well as being extremely comfortable, it's also one of the cheapest quality mattress brands around – and right now it's even cheaper with up to £200 off. Prices now start from just £299.99.
View Deal

The best mattresses you can buy in 2020

Image 1 of 5

best mattress: Emma

(Image credit: Emma)
Image 2 of 5

best mattress: Emma

(Image credit: Emma)
Image 3 of 5

best mattress: Emma

(Image credit: Emma)
Image 4 of 5

best mattress: Emma

(Image credit: Emma)
Image 5 of 5

best mattress: Emma

(Image credit: Emma)

1. Emma Original mattress

The best mattress you can buy right now

Specifications
Best for: All sleepers
Sizes: UK, 5 (single-super king); EU, 3 (single-king); US, 6 (twin-king)
Depth: 25cm
Turn: No
Filling: Memory foam
Comfort: Medium-firm
Trial: 100 nights
Guarantee: 10 years
RRP: Single: £429, Double: £649, King: £699, Super king: £799
Reasons to buy
+Exceptionally comfy and loads of awards+Handles for rotating+Removable and machine washable cover+Incredible value
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest at full price (but still beats the competition)

The Emma Original mattress is exceptional. It’s comfortable, supportive in all the right places – and with a full five stars in our Emma mattress review, it’s the highest-scoring mattress we've ever tested. 

COVID-19 update: At time of writing, production and delivery of Emma mattresses is continuing as usual, with no delays. 

Comprising three layers of foam (25mm of Airgocell foam on top to relieve pressure and aid ventilation; 20mm of memory foam for pressure relief and support; and a firm 195mm foam foundation), this medium-firm mattress has been designed to suit all types of sleeper. And it does. We love it – and so do thousands of users: it boasts an excellent 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 6,000 reviews on consumer review site Trust Pilot.

The Emma Original also comes with some nice extras, such as a removable, machine-washable cover, and handles for rotating (you don’t have to flip it). At full price, it sits comfortably at the cheaper end of the mid-range market. But there's usually a decent discount to be found, helping the Emma Original mattress completely undercut the competition. It's outrageous value for money. 

Like many of the mattresses in this guide, the Emma Original is a bed-in-a-box mattress, so you buy it online and it arrives at your door, vacuum-packed in a conveniently sized box. It takes just two hours to expand into shape. 

Add together the luxurious comfort, competitive price and its incredible review results, and there are some very compelling reasons to choose the Emma Original. We think it's the best mattress you can buy. Plus, the 100-day, love-it-or-return-it trial and healthy 10-year guarantee help take the pain out of decision-making.

best mattress: Otty Hybrid

2. Otty Hybrid mattress

The best-value hybrid mattress you can buy

Specifications
Sizes: Single - emperor; EU sizes
Depth: 25cm
Turn: No
Filling: springs, memory foam, reflex foam
Comfort: medium-firm
Trial: 100 nights
Guarantee: 10 years
RRP: Single: £374.99, Double: £549.99, King: £649.99, Super king: £749.99
Reasons to buy
+Feels like a luxury mattress+Brilliant price+Loads of awards+Minimal motion transfer 
Reasons to avoid
-Might be too firm for some (we love it though)

The Otty mattress is an utterly fantastic hybrid mattress, combining 2,000 pocket springs with three layers of foam for maximum comfort and pressure relief. At 140mm, the Otty’s pocket springs are its headline feature – they’re much more generous in length than those in the Simba Hybrid (20mm) below. 

COVID-19 update: There are currently no delays on production or delivery. Check Otty's update page for more information. 

The other headline feature is its price: at full price, the Otty is cheaper than most of the other best mattresses in this guide, with a double and king-sized Otty mattress coming in at £599.99 and £699.99 respectively, versus £749 and £849 for the Simba Hybrid. Add regular seasonal mattress deals into the equation, and the Otty is significantly cheaper than most other bed-in-a-box mattresses in the UK. (Otty price-matches its competitors too: if you do find a cheaper comparable mattress, they'll match the price.) 

We reviewed the OTTY Hybrid mattress for a few month and were extremely impressed. It feels like a luxury mattress, with its body-moulding reflex and memory foam layers, and supportive springs. It isn’t just us who like it either. It’s the only boxed mattress company so far to be awarded with a prestigious NBF (National Bed Federation) Award. 

The Otty is slightly on the firmer side of medium thanks to those pocket springs, so if you’d prefer a softer, fully pocket-sprung mattress, we’d recommend the Sealy Nostromo further down our best mattress guide. But if medium to medium-firm is what you like – and you want a touch of luxury for a budget price – we think the Otty is the best-value hybrid mattress right now. See how it compares to Simba's efforts in our Otty Hybrid vs Simba Hybrid showdown.

Image 1 of 5

Image 2 of 5

Image 3 of 5

Image 4 of 5

Image 5 of 5

3. Nectar Memory Foam mattress

Stupidly comfortable, and currently up to 47% off!

Specifications
Best for: Most sleepers
Sizes: Single - super king
Depth: 25cm
Turn: No
Filling: foam/memory foam
Comfort: medium/firm
Trial: 365 nights
Guarantee: Forever
RRP: Single: £599, Double: £699, King: £799, Super king: £899
Reasons to buy
+365-day trial and a 'forever' warranty+Super supportive+Excellent pillows available
Reasons to avoid
-Too firm for some-Questionable cooling tech

A whopping 365-night trial and lifetime warranty differentiates the Nectar memory foam mattress from the numerous other bed-in-a-box brands. Its pricing and sizing are broadly in line with the more 'established' challenger mattress brands (Emma, Simba, Eve, Casper and so on), but Nectar gives you an entire year to decide whether it’s right for you – that's impressive. The company is also climate neutral: all emissions are offset by various global schemes, including an Amazon forest protection programme.

COVID-19 update: Nectar is currently operating as usual, and will deliver to your doorstep. For safety reasons, Nectar will not deliver to anyone who is self-isolating. See the full update here.

Delivery works like a dream. Amazingly, even the enormous Nectar Super King model comes packaged in a very manageable box, and it’s light enough for one person to wrestle into position. Admittedly, it smells a bit at first – most of these memory foam mattresses do – but it soon settles down.

Comfortable from the minute Nectar comes out of its minimal packaging, it offers a medium-to-firm support level that suits any type of bed and all kinds of sleepers. There's a bit of give in the top layer, which neatly moulds around the body, while a complicated supporting base layer adds the required firmness for a peaceful sleep. We're not sure how well the adaptive cooling cover top layer works (it's supposed to draw heat away from the body) but we can say the matching pillows – which use similar memory foam tech – are totally dreamy.

Nectar is a great mattress, and extremely comfortable at that, while the 365-day money-back trial proves just how confident this company is that it’s created one of the best mattresses you can buy. Most mattress-in-a-box brands offer only a mere 100 nights. We recommend buying straight from Nectar, which promises 'the best available price' at all times. 

Image 1 of 6

Image 2 of 6

Image 3 of 6

Image 4 of 6

Image 5 of 6

Image 6 of 6

4. Simba Hybrid mattress

Right now, save 25% on this popular hybrid mattress

Specifications
Best for: Most sleepers
Sizes: Small single - emperor
Depth: 25cm
Turn: No
Filling: pocket springs, memory foam
Comfort: all
Trial: 100 nights
Guarantee: 10 years
RRP: Single: £549, Double: £749, King: £849, Super king: £949
Reasons to buy
+Very comfortable+Extremely supportive+100-day trial
Reasons to avoid
-No handles to rotate mattress

The Simba Hybrid claims to be the most advanced mattress in the world. It consists of five layers, including a unique layer of up to 2,500 conical pocket springs, foam, responsive memory foam, a “Simbatex” cooling layer to reduce overheating, and a hypoallergenic outer cover. It's been designed to deliver a great night’s sleep, regardless of your body type or sleeping style, thanks to Simba's patented conical pocket springs. 

COVID-19 update: Orders and delivery times have not been impacted. Simba will deliver to your doorstep, and take a photo instead of asking you to sign. Full information here.

They pivot in their pockets to adapt to your body shape while you sleep, giving you full body support. It’s particularly good for side sleepers; but the springs also reduce motion transfer between sleepers, so you won’t notice your partner tossing and turning. Don’t expect the Simba Hybrid Original to feel like a typical pocket-sprung mattress, though. It may have thousands of springs, but at 25mm they’re much smaller than those you’d find in other pocket sprung or hybrid mattresses.  

Unlike other mattresses, this bed-in-a-box isn’t labelled by firmness: the manufacturer calls it “perfect” and says it suits every kind of firmness fan. (We found it to be medium, for the record, when we tested it.) Thousands of online reviewers have testified that this is one of the best mattresses you can buy, with the only real quibble being the lack of handles for rotating the mattress. 

As with the Emma Original, the makers are so confident you'll love it, there’s a 100-day no-quibble trial: if you don’t like it, you can return it within that time for a full refund. If you're looking for a hybrid mattress, the Simba mattress is an excellent choice for most people.

Best mattress: Sealy 1400 Nostromo

5. Sealy 1400 Nostromo

Looking for pocket springs? This is the best mattress you can buy – and it's currently up to 50% off

Specifications
Best for: Side and back sleepers; allergies
Sizes: Single - super king
Depth: 30cm
Turn: No
Filling: pocket spring/latex
Comfort: medium
Guarantee: 5 years
RRP: Single: £920.40, Double: £1,216.80, King, £1,372.80, Super king: £1653.60
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic support and comfort+Great for allergy sufferers+Cool even in summer+Very durable
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best for heavier people

The Sealy Nostromo – also known as the Pocket Teramo 1400 – is an outstanding pocket sprung mattress. It has seven zones with 1,400 pocket springs, tencel fibres, a latex comfort layer and a luxurious 29cm depth. It’s also more durable than most, and it’s both hypoallergenic and pleasantly cool, even in hot weather. 

Suitable for all sleepers – back and side sleepers in particular – this mattress works well with most body types, although if you’re a taller or heavier-than-average back sleeper you might prefer the Eve Original mattress below, which gives exceptional back support. Which? magazine made it a best buy, Allergy UK has given it their seal of approval and there’s a five-year warranty for peace of mind. Amazon tends to sell it with a decent discount on the RRP too (although right now Mattress Online has slashed the price in half) so it’s worth buying online rather than in a shop. 

Best mattress: Eve Original


6. Eve Original mattress

A great-value memory foam mattress with exceptional support

Specifications
Best for: Most sleepers; back sleepers; light sleepers
Sizes: Single - emperor
Depth: 25cm
Turn: No
Filling: foam/memory foam
Comfort: medium/firm
Trial: 100 nights
Guarantee: 10 years
RRP: Single: £349, Double: £599, King: £699
Reasons to buy
+Particularly good for back and stomach sleepers+For any kind of bed or floor
Reasons to avoid
-A bit hard for some-Smells a bit at first

The Eve Original, like its fellow 'named-after-a-person-and-arrives-in-a-box' rivals, positions itself as Mattress 2.0: rather than make a whole bunch of different mattresses, its mission is to make a single one that’s ideal for everybody. The result is a superb all-round mattress that scores particularly highly when it comes to support, with outstanding spinal support for back sleepers especially. 

COVID-19 update: Eve is offering a non-contact delivery option, and has extended its 100-day trial to 200 days for the time being. See the full update for more information.

Inside, the cove is polyester, with four centimetres of memory foam underneath, and a 3cm cooling layer below that. The final layer is made from poly foam that’s strong enough to do yoga on, and that means it’s suitable for slatted or sprung beds, divans or hard floors. While the mattress is marketed as for everybody, it’s on the firmer side of medium. We’ve read reviews of aches and pains disappearing though, and the company will collect it for free if you don’t like it after your 100-night trial.

best mattress: REM-Fit 500 Ortho

(Image credit: REM-Fit)

7. REM-Fit 500 Ortho mattress

The best mattress for back and joint pain – plus there's 40% off now

Specifications
Best for: back and joint pain; couples
Sizes: Single - super king
Depth: 25cm
Flip: No
Filling: pocket spring/foam
Comfort: firm
Guarantee: 15 years
RRP: Single: £649, Double: £799, King, £849, Super king: £949
Reasons to buy
+ Orthopaedic support + Comfortable cushioning + Good temperature regulation 
Reasons to avoid
- May be too firm for some 

The REM-Fit 500 Ortho Mattress is a premium orthopaedic mattress aimed at people who wake up with back and joint pain. It’s a hybrid mattress, combining 2,000 orthopaedic pocket springs with five layers of cushioning, supportive foam. And it’s firm: we rated it an 8 out of 10 for firmness (with 10 being the firmest). That makes it one of the firmer mattresses in this guide, and it did take us a few nights to get used to, but once we did, we were blown away by how comfortable it is. 

COVID-19 update: Production and delivery services have not been affected. REM-Fit is offering a contactless delivery service for both our 1-person and 2-person options. See the full statement.

The REM-Fit 500 Ortho is very, very supportive. A Mediflex foam layer moulds to the shape of your body and correctly aligns your spine, while the orthopedic springs provide provide upper and lower back support. There’s also just the right amount of luxury memory foam to cushion pressure points like your shoulders, hips and knees. 

You won’t get too hot sleeping on the REM-Fit 500 Ortho, either. We found that the cool gel-infused memory foam layer worked well, even during a heatwave. It isn't the cheapest, but if you suffer from aches and pains at night, we think the REM-Fit 500 Ortho is one of the best mattresses you can choose. It’s also a great option for couples thanks to its low motion transfer, and has great edge support (so you can snuggle right up to the edges without them buckling). If you’re not sure whether a firm mattress is right for you, give the 100-night trial a go.

Best mattress: Dormeo Memory Plus

8. Dormeo Memory Plus

Another extremely comfortable no-flip mattress

Specifications
Best for: Allergies
Sizes: Single - super king
Depth: 17cm
Turn: No
Filling: foam/memory foam
Comfort: medium
Trial: 60 nights
Guarantee: 20 years
RRP: Single: £479, Double: £629, King: £779.99
Reasons to buy
+Extremely cheap – great value+Supportive and durable
Reasons to avoid
-Quite thin-No handles to rotate

The Dormeo Memory Plus is an excellent memory foam mattress that’s consistently priced unbelievably cheaply. It's medium-firm on the comfort levels, combining 3cm of memory foam with breathable Ecocell 3D foam to provide great support, and its anti-allergenic too, with extra anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-dust mite protection infused into the cover.

COVID-19 update: There are no delays on orders, and Dormeo can deliver to the doorstep of you home. See Dormeo's full statement here.

At 17cm, the Dormeo Memory Plus is thinner than many mattresses, so it might not be ideal for heavier people or slatted bases, but it consistently receives excellent user reviews (averaging 4.7/5 on the Dormeo website). Like all memory foam mattresses, it’s important to rotate this one frequently to avoid semi-permanent dips from appearing. But if you look after it properly there’s a decent warranty to really guarantee the peace of mind that leads to a good night’s sleep.

Best mattress: Casper

9. The Casper Mattress

Side sleepers particularly love this medium-to-soft memory foam mattress

Specifications
Best for: Most sleepers
Sizes: Single - super king
Depth: 24cm
Turn: No
Filling: memory foam
Comfort: medium/soft
Trial: 100 nights
Guarantee: 10 years
RRP: Single: £400, Double: £600, King: £700, Super king: £800
Reasons to buy
+Many delighted customers+100-night trial
Reasons to avoid
-Larger sizes can be expensive

With celebrity backers, nearly 1,000 delighted Amazon reviews and several shelves full of awards, the Casper mattress changed the world of mattresses when it burst onto the scene. The majority of customers are delighted with its coolness, comfort and delivery in an impossibly small box. 

It’s billed as a medium-to-soft mattress that uses four distinct layers of support, and while there’s memory foam in there, it isn’t as simple as a sprung mattress with a thin layer of foam on top or an overly soft foam and latex combination. The end result is soft as well as supportive, and it’s proven popular with people who have dodgy backs. Larger sizes can be expensive, but when you consider how many hours you’ll spend in bed (not to mention the potential joy of having less back pain) this mattress is not a lot of money for what you get. As with other bed-in-a-box options, the no-quibble trial period should guarantee you won't end up unhappy. 

This is one of the softer mattresses you can buy. Whether that's better or worse is subjective, but some literally 'heavier' sleepers may find they 'sink through' the soft top layer and are then supported almost entirely by the firmer lower layer. The good news is, you've got 100 days to decide if you prefer that sensation or not. 

Best mattress: Silentnight Eco Comfort Pocket 1200

10. Silentnight Eco Comfort Pocket 1200

A cheaper pocket sprung mattress and an excellent all-rounder

Specifications
Best for: Most sleepers
Sizes: Single - super king
Depth: 29cm
Turn: Yes
Filling: Pocket springs
Comfort: medium/firm
Trial: 60 nights
Guarantee: 5 years
RRP: Single: £369, Double: £489, King: £569
Reasons to buy
+Different comfort zones+Very supportive
Reasons to avoid
-Requires turning-On the firm side of medium

Silentnight’s Eco Comfort Pocket 1200 is a cheaper pocket sprung mattress than the Sealy 1400 Nostromo above, with a clever solution to the problem of firmness. Rather than deliver the same firmness across the whole mattress, it’s designed with different zones to ensure that the lumbar area of your back gets more support than your shoulders. 

That makes it particularly good for anyone whose back needs something firm but who’d rather not wake up with pins and needles everywhere else, and it also means your partner’s movements won’t impact your side of the bed. 

There are 1,200 pocket springs and a hypo-allergenic cover, and the 29cm depth is pretty luxurious for a mattress in this price range. There’s a five-year warranty but remember to turn it frequently: pocket sprung mattresses need regular turning to keep their shape.

Best mattress: IKEA Morgedal

11. IKEA Morgedal

The best cheap mattress for budget-conscious buyers

Specifications
Best for: Small budgets
Sizes: Single - king
Depth: 18cm
Turn: Yes
Filling: memory foam
Comfort: medium
Trial: 90 nights
Guarantee: 25 years
RRP: Single: £125, Double: £165, King: £195
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+Comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-It's basic-Quite thin

Ikea is well known for its odd-sized beds, but in addition to European sizes, the Ikea Morgedal memory foam mattress comes in UK single, double and king size too. It’s a thick foam mattress in a polyester wrapping, and it’s best suited to a slatted bed base or mattress base. Don’t jump on it straight away: it’s delivered rolled up and needs three to four days to return to suitable flatness. 

COVID-19 update: IKEA stores are closed at the moment. You can still order online, but there are some delays in delivery time. Deliveries are all contact-free. Find out more here.

Don’t get your hopes up for lots of specialised layers or cutting-edge tech: Ikea’s mattress is exactly what you’d expect from a big lump of foam, comfortable and fairly immune to the movements of your partner. The foam can get a little damp if you tend to sweat a lot; if you do, a thick mattress protector is a good idea.

There's a 90-day trial period, and it's won a gong from Which?, so it's something of a bargain, despite its distinct lack of bells, whistles and 'challenger brand' credentials. If you're on a tight budget, this is one of the best mattresses you can buy.

Which type of mattress is best?

Don’t put too much emphasis on mattress type: there’s less difference than ever between mattress materials. Personal factors like your height, weight, body shape, sleeping style and temperature are far more likely to affect how comfortable you find a specific mattress. 

Plus, all the picks recommended in our best mattress guide above have been designed to deliver outstanding support and comfort for the majority of people – regardless of their material. 

Here's a quick overview of the main mattress types: 

  • Memory foam mattress: made from mouldable material that responds to your temperature and weight, and adapts to your body as you sleep. Great support and comfort. Can be more expensive.
  • Pocket sprung: supports you with thousands of small springs inside their own fabric pockets. They adapt to your body shape, and isolate movement so you won’t feel your partner tossing and turning. 
  • Latex: breathable, springy material that’s exceptionally durable and resilient. Can be expensive. 
  • Hybrid: offers a combined support system, often with a pocket-sprung base and memory foam top layer. They’re responsive, supportive and popular with people who want the best of both worlds.
  • Continuous and coil: made from a single looped wire, or from single springs fixed with one wire. These are cheaper and less likely to give a good night’s sleep.
  • Bed in a box: this refers to a delivery method, in which mattresses are compressed, rolled or folded into a box for easy home delivery. They’re usually foam, or a memory foam and spring combination. 

How to choose the best mattress for you

Before buying a mattress, make sure it’s the right size. Your mattress – like your bed – should be 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. It should also be wide enough for you and a partner to put your hands under your head without your elbows touching (or without touching the edge of the mattress if you’re not sharing). 

Next, do the hand test: lying down on your back, push your hand under the small of your back. If you can’t, the mattress is too soft; if the gap is very large, it’s too hard. And if you have a partner, make sure they try it, too: what feels fine on your own may be like a bouncy castle with someone else on board. 

Lastly, also check whether a mattress needs turning. Many don’t these days, but if you’re considering one that does, make sure it has handles.

What is the best mattress?

We think the Emma Original is the best mattress in 2020. It's outrageously comfortable, extremely supportive and it’s highly durable too – so it’ll last. Plus, it's cheaper than many of its competitors, making the mattress exceptionally good value for money.

We also really like the excellent OTTY Hybrid mattress, second in our list, with its generous 140mm pocket springs and three layers of foam. However, the right mattress for you will depend on your personal preferences and budget. 

We've got something for everyone below, so read on for our pick of the best mattresses you can buy right now.