Best mattress 2023: Tried and tested memory foam, budget and hybrid mattresses | The Sun

Finding the best mattress is so important for a comfortable, restorative and restful night's sleep.

There are a number of different types to choose from, ranging from memory foam to hybrid, and each one does something different.

When making the all important decision you'll need to consider your own personal preferences and needs before narrowing down you options to your perfect match. For example, do you suffer with back pain? How big is your bed? Do you prefer a firmer mattress or a softer one?

Even after asking yourself all of these questions, buying a mattress online can make the process a little harder because you won't be able to try it out for yourself before it arrives at your door even though many have trial periods and guarantees.

But never fear because we've tried, tested and reviewed a whole host of options, curating the best mattresses for 2023 to give you a helping hand in your search for the ideal mattress.

Best mattresses at a glance

  • Best overall mattress – Emma Premium mattress
  • Best cooling mattress – Brook and Wilde Lux mattress
  • Best hybrid mattress – Simba Original Hybrid mattress
  • Best memory foam mattress – Nectar Memory Foam mattress
  • Best budget mattress – Emma Original mattress
  • Best kids mattress – Simba Hybrid Kids mattress
  • Best for cold sleepers – Dormeo Octasmart Plus mattress
  • Best for sharing – REM-Fit 400 Hybrid mattress

Emma Premium mattress

  • Emma Premium mattress, from £799 from Emma Sleep – buy here

Pros: Supportive, comfortable, easy and quick delivery, comes in an impressive range of sizes

Cons: Takes some time to break in

Key specs – Type: Hybrid, Trial period: 200 days, Guarantee: 10 years

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A big hitter in the hybrid mattress arena, the Emma Premium mattress is sure to provide the foundations for a comfortable and restful night's sleep.

With Airgocell foam that allows for more airflow and less moisture to sit on the skin, you'll notice you won't feel as hot as you might do with other mattresses, even in warmer months. Although not touted as a cooling mattress, it does the job very well.

It takes a little bit of time to break in, but once it does, the memory foam moulds around your body while the springs support your spine to negate back pain.

Read our full Emma Premium mattress review.


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Simba Hybrid mattress

  • Simba Original Hybrid mattress, from £799 from Simba Sleep – buy here

Pros: Easy setup, supportive, comfortable

Cons: Very heavy, may require deep fitted sheets, plasticky smell when first unboxed

Key specs – Type: Hybrid, Trial period: 200 night, Guarantee: 10 years

Like many in this list, the Simba Original Hybrid is a mattress in a box which means it needs some time to 'inflate' before use, but this takes just a couple of hours to develop enough to be slept on and 24 hours before its expanded fully. Not bad.

Made up of five layers – a breathable sleep surface, a layer of open-cell Simba-pure (Simba-pure= TCPP-free foam), a layer of patented Aerocoil springs, another layer of Simba-pure with edge support and a Simba-pure support base – it makes use of patented titanium Aerocoil springs to keep you supported and cool.

It's thick, which can mean its quite heavy for putting on sheets, but also incredibly comfortable and thousands of reviews have stated it helps with back pain.

Read our full Simba Hybrid Mattress review.

Dormeo Octasmart Plus mattress

  • Dormeo Octasmart Plus mattress, from £599.99 from Dormeo – buy here

Pros: Lightweight, supportive, great for cold sleepers

Cons: Warm sleepers may need light sheets in summer

Key specs – Type: Memory foam, Trial period: 60 night, Guarantee: Up to 20 years

Not yet one of the big names in the mattress-in-a-box sphere, Dormeo's Octasmart Plus is well worth getting to know.

It's lightweight and thin which means you won't need to invest in deep fitted sheets while still being soft and supportive.

Great for sharers, it's sturdy enough for each person to move without the effects rippling through the mattress and disturbing the other, which is particularly good for light sleepers.

For an extra layer of comfort, you can also use a mattress topper, although this is just an added luxury and not necessary for a great night's sleep.

Read our full Dormeo mattress review.

Emma Original mattress

  • Emma Original mattress, from £499 from Emma Sleep – buy here

Pros: Super comfortable, good support, doesn't get too hot

Cons: More expensive than many traditional mattresses, needs to be left to expand when first setting up

Key specs – Type: Memory foam, Trial period: 200 days, Guarantee: 10 years

The Emma Original mattress has won multiple awards and is generally considered to be one of the best on the market.

Combining at 25cm deep mattress which is made up of 3cm breathable Airgocell foam, 2cm of visco-elastic memory foam and 19cm of cold foam, the advanced zoning gives support in all areas and adapts to any body shape.

It's somewhere between firm and medium firm and distributes pressure evenly across the mattress to ensure a good night's sleep.

Read our full Emma Original mattress review.

REM-Fit 400 Hybrid mattress

  • REM-Fit 400 Hybrid mattress, from £699 from REM-Fit – buy here

Pros: Provides excellent back support, incredibly comfortable, good to share

Cons: Not particularly attractive presentation on arrival

Key specs – Type: Hybrid, Trial period: 100 days, Guarantee: 15 years

If back pain is something you battle with, then it might be time to upgrade your mattress. And if that's the case, then the REM-Fit 400 Hybrid needs to be on your radar.

Granted, it's not presented in the most aesthetic way but that's not a dealbreaker because this soft mattress helped to alleviate back issues.

If you're more of a firmer mattress lover then this one might not be your cup of tea, but if a soft, moulding option is for you then get your hands on the REM-Fit 400 Hybrid.

Read our full REM-Fit 400 Hybrid mattress review.

Nectar Memory Foam mattress

  • Nectar Memory Foam mattress, from £749 from Nectar Sleep – buy here

Pros: Supportive, comfortable, excellent value

Cons: Slight odour when first out the box

Key specs – Type: Memory foam, Trial period: 365 nights, Guarantee: Lifetime

A medium-firm mattress that keeps you cool on stuffy nights, the Nectar Memory Foam mattress is a great option.

It has supportive layers that feel more and more comfortable as you sleep on it and uses smart technology to maintain a good temperature throughout your body.

Particularly good for side sleepers, it improves with each night's sleep and only needs to be rotated every six months.

Read our full Nectar Memory Foam mattress review.

Simba Hybrid Kids mattress

  • Simba Hybrid Kids mattress, £499 from Simba Sleep – buy here

Pros: Supportive for growing bodies, breathable, comfortable

Cons: Expensive, has a plastic smell for around a day, the cover isn't removable

Key specs – Type: Hybrid, Trial period: 200 days, Guarantee: 10 years

Let's not forget that the kids need a comfortable and supportive mattress too. Well Simba hasn't because its Hybrid Kids mattress is a wonder.

It has the same level of design and quality as an adult's mattress and is super supportive of growing bodies.

It's expensive, but because of its quality should see your kids into their teens if they're young – we're talking around ten years of use.

It's soft and squishy on the outside, but there's a clear supportiveness further down that gives it a medium to medium-firm feel.

Read our full Simba Hybrid Kids mattress review.

Tempur Sensation Luxe mattress

  • Tempur Sensation Luxe mattress, from £1,250 from Furniture Village – buy here

Pros: Very thick, ultra-supportive, no need to flip, comfortable

Cons: Very heavy, may require deep fitted sheets, new mattress smell lingers for a while, expensive

Key specs – Type: Hybrid, Trial period: 100 nights, Guarantee: 10 years

Here's a bit of a fun fact about this Tempur mattress – it's made using technology from NASA, so your night's sleep should literally be out of this world (sorry, couldn't help it).

Erring towards firm, the material is designed to conform to your body and distribute weight evenly to relieve pressure points which means maximum support.

It's really expensive, compared to others on the market but Tempur has 30 years experience and excellent customer service.

Plus, it isn't a bed in a box, so your mattress will arrive unrolled and ready to sleep on like the good old days.

Read our full Tempur Sensation Luxe mattress review.

Simba Hybrid Pro mattress

  • Simba Hybrid Pro mattress, from £1,159 from Simba Sleep – buy here

Pros: Supportive, comfortable, didn't overheat

Cons: Expensive

Key specs – Type: Hybrid, Trial period: 200 nights, Guarantee: 10 years

If you struggle with sleep, the Simba Hybrid Pro mattress could help.

It has a breathable sleep surface, two layers of patented MiQro springs to increase airflow, and a layer of British wool for temperature regulation which should stop any waking up in the night because of overheating.

It isn't cheap, but it does have over 200,000 five star reviews as well as a 200 night trial and a 0% finance option. Plus standard delivery is free of charge.

Read our full Simba Hybrid Pro mattress review.

Eve Sleep Original Hybrid mattress

  • Eve Sleep Original Hybrid mattress, from £499 from Eve Sleep – buy here

Pros: Supportive, soft, bounces back well, reasonably priced

Cons: Heavy and awkward to rotate, isn't as cooling as expected

Key specs – Type: Hybrid, Trial period: 100 night, Guarantee: 10 years

For a sturdy and supportive mattress that makes use of both springs and memory foam but doesn't cost the world, check out the Eve Sleep Original Hybrid.

It comes vacuum packed in a box and needs a little bit of time (around 4-6 hours) to expand to full size but once it does, it could have a huge impact on your physical wellbeing and mood.

It reduces the level of tension, and the medium to firm rating means you're supported without too much pressure.

Read our full Eve Sleep Original Hybrid mattress review.

Simba Hybrid Luxe mattress

  • Simba Hybrid Luxe mattress, from £1,579 from Simba Sleep – buy here

Pros: Cool, eased back pain, supportive, comfortable

Cons: Heavy, large price tag, requires extra deep sheets

Key specs – Type: Hybrid, Trial period: 200 nights, Guarantee: 10 years

For a high-quality, premium mattress, the Simba Hybrid Luxe is a good option.

You'll won't have to feel your partner tossing and turning in the night because that motion doesn't travel through the mattress, plus the cooling technology will make waking up feeling hot and sweaty a thing of the past.

It arrives quickly and boxed up, ready to be unwrapped and expand and six hours later, it's ready to be made up and slept on.

You'll need deep fitting sheets because it's such a thick mattress and even with a lot of weight, it still springs back to its original position.

Read our full Simba Hybrid Luxe mattress review.

Brook and Wilde Lux mattress

  • Brook and Wilde Lux mattress, from £699 from Brook and Wilde – buy here

Pros: Supportive, comfortable, stands the test of time

Cons: Expensive

Key specs – Type: Cooling memory foam, Trial period: 100 nights, Guarantee: 10 years

Medium firmness, the Brook and Wilde Lux mattress arrives with white glove service which sees two delivery people carrying it to the bedroom and removing all the packaging. Nice touch.

It needs a few hours to expand but then it's ready to go. It has two separate layers of memory foam which sandwich two layers of pocket springs which means it's pretty soft but also very comfortable.

Spongy and supportive, it provides a deep and restful night's sleep.

Read our full Brooke and Wilde Lux mattress review.

What is the best type of mattress?

There are a few different types of mattress available, so here's a quick overview of some of the most popular to help you find one that suits your needs.

Memory Foam

Pros: Comfortable, reduce pressure on spine, help to realign the spine, neck and hips, quiet, little maintenance

Cons: Heavy, hotter than regular mattresses, changes softness depending on temperatures

Memory foam mattresses are super popular because of how comfortable they are.

The hypoallergenic material also reduces pressure on the spine to help assuage back pain and realign the spine, neck and hips for an overall more comfortable night's sleep.


Pros: Comfortable, cooling, pressure relief, good for all sleeping positions

Cons: Heavy, expensive, not motion isolated, can't be flipped

Hybrid mattresses are a blend of pocket springs and memory foam, giving you the best of both worlds.

Many are seriously good at cooling because the springs facilitate air flow between the coils.

However you sleep, a hybrid gives support and relieves stress points on your body while you sleep.

But, they are often expensive and because they are pocket springs on the lower layer and memory foam on the top, they can't be flipped which means the only way to keep them feeling fresh is by turning them.


Pros: Eco-friendly, chemical free, helps to relieve pain, breathability

Cons: Allergies, springy, expensive

Latex mattresses are the most eco-friendly option but, as is well known, some people are allergic to the material.

If you don't fall in to the allergic category, then you'll find that latex mattresses can help to relieve back pain and are super breathable.

But if springiness isn't your thing, then be aware that latex can mean your mattress is pretty bouncy and it can be quite expensive too.

Pocket Spring

Pros: Good movement isolation, supportive

Cons: Pocket spring count can be confusing

The OG of mattresses, pocket springs are reliable, offering support and, crucially, good movement isolation.

If you share your mattress and are a light sleeper, you might find that even the smallest movement from your bedmate ripples through the mattress and wakes you from your much needed slumber.

But with pocket springs, that's minimised, with little movement radiating through them mattress which means an all around better night's sleep.

Spring count can be confusing so it may take a little more research than a hybrid, memory foam or latex option.

How to choose the best mattress for you

Which mattress you choose can have a huge impact on how well you sleep which has a knock on effect on everything from how well your immune system works to your mood.

So making sure you select the right one for you is a big deal.

When deciding which one to opt for, think about how much support you'd like – for example, if you have issues with your back, there are mattresses that cater to that.

Sharing with a partner and find you're a light sleeper? Pocket sprung mattresses negate the annoying motion transfer that happens when your bed sharer moves whereas a memory foam mattress is soft and supportive.

Or opt for a hybrid for a mixture of both.

Every mattress offers something different, but to find the right one for you, think about your particular needs and then see which is the best one to give you that.

How to choose the right mattress firmness

Which firmness you choose is dependent on personal preference, health and the way that you sleep.

If you need more support, opt for a firmer mattress but if you find yourself loving a softer mattress then choose something on the lower end of the firmness spectrum.

How to choose a mattress for your sleeping position

A general rule of thumb is if you find yourself often sleeping on your side, then opt for a medium soft to medium firm mattress.

Stomach and back sleepers should opt for something a little sturdier and err towards medium firm to firm.

When should I buy a new mattress?

Generally, you should replace your mattress every six to eight years.

But with new technology from premium brands like Emma Sleep and Simba, your mattress is guaranteed for up to ten years.

To make sure it lasts as long as possible, make sure to not only flip your mattress but turn it regularly too to avoid dips.

What is the best mattress in the UK?

Because mattresses are so subjective, it's difficult to say exactly what the best mattress in the UK is however the most awarded mattress brand is Emma Sleep.

The Emma Original is particularly lauded because of its material, support and comfort.

How much do mattresses cost?

How much a mattress costs varies depending on where you're buying from and the size of the mattress (obviously a Super King is going to set you back more than a single).

Each one offers something different, which will also impact how much they cost.

The double Emma Original mattress costs £759 and Eve Sleep Original Hybrid costs almost exactly the same at £749.

However, if you opt for an REM-Fit 400 Hybrid mattress, it will currently cost you £477.95.

Always keep an eye out for sales because all the top brands do deals that can sometimes be as high as 60 percent off which significantly reduces the price of your mattress.

What firmness is best for back pain?

If you suffer with back pain, it can really impact your sleep but the right mattress could get you heading in the right direction when it comes to soothing it.

Opt for a medium firm mattress if this is something you suffer with for best night's sleep.

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How to look after your mattress

To keep your mattress feeling as new as possible for longer, make sure to regularly flip it and also turn it so there isn't one part of the mattress that becomes sunken or overused.

If you do this, your mattress should comfortably last you for as long as six to ten years, if not longer.

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