How to get a Simba mattress for under £250

Leading mattress brand introduces two new major ways to save

Simba Hybrid Essential mattress
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We rate Simba's range amongst the very best mattresses you can buy, but they can be a bit of an investment. Over the past few years, the brand has been steadily adding ever-fancier mattresses to its lineup, with the price tags increasing with every new layer added, culminating in the 10-tiered Simba Hybrid Luxe, which will set you back over £2k at RRP for a double. While it really is an excellent mattress, not everyone has that kind of cash to spend, especially these days. 

The Simba Hybrid Essential, added in spring 2022 and being reviewed as we speak, remedied the situation a bit, but it was still a fair bit pricier than other brands' 'budget' options (even if you throw a Simba mattress sale into the mix). Now, we've spotted two new options on the Simba site, and this time they really are wallet-friendly. As in, they'll get you a Simba mattress for under £250. 

Option #1: go for the new foam-only model

First up, there's a new mattress in the range, and even at full price it's cheap. Prices for the new Simba Premium Foam mattress (opens in new tab) start at £335 for a Single, and in the current sale, that drops to £217.75, and you can get a Super King for £328.25, which is basically unheard of. 

This is a foam-only model, but it uses the same tech and materials as you'll find in the Hybrids (just no springs). The design is straightforward: a breathable, knitted cover sits on top of an open-cell foam layer, which sits on top of a high-density foam base.

Note, this isn't memory foam, so you won't get that quicksand feeling that many memory foams create. It's also designed to offer comfort specifically without trapping body heat. While we haven't tested this exact model, assuming it's the same foam that's used in Simba's other offerings, we're pretty confident it'll deliver on this promise (we've had good experiences with the other mattresses in the range – head to our Simba Hybrid Pro review for an example). The base is also zoned to deliver extra support exactly where it's needed, so there's extra pressure relief under the shoulders and lower lumbar.

Not sold on that option, and want one of the fancier models? Read on for money-saving option #2...

Simba Premium Foam mattress

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Option #2: shop Simba's new certified refurbished range 

Certified refurbished is a pretty big thing in the tech world, but it's an approach that's gaining more widespread popularity. The likes of ebay sell some certified refurbished mattresses, but now you can buy them direct from Simba, at around 70% off RRP (opens in new tab)

The mattresses go through a pretty stringent refurbing process, too: they're tested to make sure they're in the best condition, any component that doesn't come up to scratch is replaced by a new part, and everything is cleaned or sanitised "to hospital standards".  It looks like this section is made up mainly of mattresses that people have returned during their free trial period – which is fair; everyone has different preferences when it comes to sleep – so it's a win on the sustainability front, too. The whole range is included, which means you can get even Simba's priciest, most advanced models for an incredibly low price.

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Refurbished Simba Hybrid Essential | Double RRP £829, refurbished price £248.70 (opens in new tab)
70% off RRP!
Launched in early 2022, the Hybrid Essential uses many of the same materials you'll find in Simba's pricier offerings, including Aerocoil microsprings and cooling Simbatex foam, but with a pared-back design and fewer layers.

Refurbished Simba Hybrid mattress | Double RRP £999, refurbished price £299.70 (opens in new tab)

Refurbished Simba Hybrid mattress | Double RRP £999, refurbished price £299.70 (opens in new tab)
70% off RRP!
The original and still very popular, the Simba Hybrid features five layers and still manages to deliver a comfortable, supportive and not-too-hot night's sleep, according to our four-star Simba Hybrid Original review (opens in new tab)

Refurbished Simba Hybrid Pro | Double RRP £1,499, refurbished price £449.70 (opens in new tab)

Refurbished Simba Hybrid Pro | Double RRP £1,499, refurbished price £449.70 (opens in new tab)
70% off RRP!
The supremely comfy Hybrid Pro is a seven-layer mattress with up to 5,000 titanium Aerocoil springs, a luxurious natural wool top layer for temperature regulation, and a dreamily soft thick knitted cover. We gave it 5* in our Simba Hybrid Pro review (opens in new tab).

Refurbished Simba Hybrid Luxe | Double RRP £2,149 refurbished price £644.70 (opens in new tab)

Refurbished Simba Hybrid Luxe | Double RRP £2,149 refurbished price £644.70 (opens in new tab)
70% off RRP!
Sitting at the top of Simba's range is the outstanding Hybrid Luxe. This mega-mattress has 10 layers giving you all the comfort and support you need, and a correspondingly high price tag... at least if you buy it new. Head to our Simba Hybrid Luxe review (opens in new tab) to find out more. 

Ruth is currently on secondment as Sleep Editor for Tom's Guide and TechRadar. The role is an extension of her work on T3, where she ran the site's Wellness channel, which includes sleep, relaxation, yoga and general wellbeing. She was also Outdoors editor, reviewing and writing about everything from camping gear and hiking boots to mountain bikes, drones and paddle boards. She has tested more mattresses than her small flat can handle, and has had to implement a one-in-one-out pillow policy, for fear of getting smothered in the night.