Whether you take an interest in these things or not, few have failed to notice the massive changes in the mattress world over the last few decades.
Bed-buying once involved endless trailing around showrooms over multiple weekends, laying awkwardly on crinkly plastic, and bundling your new mattress home in a too-small car. But these days, shopping for a new bed couldn’t be simpler.
Along with improved sleep technology and smart websites that show you your new bed in your home digitally, a new generation of mattresses have appeared.
Bed-in-a-box brands have been around for a while now, and they are pretty much exactly as described – a foam or hybrid mattress compression packed into a box which can usually be moved by two people. It means you can get the mattress up stairs and into situ a lot more easily (no Ross Gellar-like screams to PIVOT! in dingy stairwells), making it ideal for anyone who lives above ground level.
Mattresses are usually hybrid – a mix of spring and foam – although you can get all-foam designs folded down into a compact box too. There are a few brands offering beds in this way – this roundup will take you through the best of them.
Discounts: new customer discounts and seasonal sales
Using Aerocoil springs made with 100 per cent British steel sourced from Leeds, Simba is one of the biggest names in the UK’s bed-in-a-box market. The brand offers three hybrid mattresses – Simba Hybrid, Simba Hybrid Pro and Simba Hybrid Luxe – all boasting multi-layers with a top depth of up to 31cm. Hybrid Luxe is the latest launch, and offers a lofty 10 layers of considered comfort with breathable elements like double springs and bamboo wool top surface to encourage airflow.
There are also children’s mattresses and sleep accessories like a mattress topper, duvet, pillows, weighted blanket and bed linen to complete the Simba experience. If you’d like to test a bed, John Lewis stores do tend to have a few models to try out in their mattress department.
However the company prides itself on quality and offers all customers a 200-night guarantee during which they can return the mattress if they want to, no questions asked, for a full refund.
Discounts: frequent promotional offers and sales
If you’d like some more choice in your mattress-buying process, eve sleep offers six – three all-foam and three hybrid, which are a combination of premium foams and pocket springs. Both purport to offer superior levels of support, but if you like beds on the firmer end of the scale, a hybrid model is likely the best choice for you.
As well as mattresses, the eve sleep range includes bed frames and bedroom furniture, sleep accessories for infants, and plenty of bedding, from pillows to protectors.
You’ll have 100 nights to test eve’s products and all mattresses come with a 10-year guarantee.
Discounts: money-off codes available
Mattress brand Emma needs a virtual awards cabinet to house the number of accolades it’s racked up of the years – it’s one of the most reviewed and liked on the Internet. Like Simba, it offers just three types of mattress: choose from the all-foam Emma Original, the Hybrid and the Original Hybrid.
You’ll get a 200-night trial period in which to test your mattress thoroughly and can return it within that window for your money back, guaranteed.
Brook + Wilde
A boutique boxed bed brand, Brook & Wilde mattresses are as sumptuous as the marketing would have you believe. Choose from The Lux, The Elite and The Ultima for a night’s sleep so good, you won’t want to get up. Every purchase comes with free delivery, 100 nights quibble-free trial and 10 year guarantee. As well as all things bedroom-related, the rand also sells sofa beds, chairs, blanket boxes and even rugs, helping you update your home essentials and soft furnishings for less.
Check out the bundles before you start adding things to basket though - plenty of great deals and discounts to be had.
Discounts: regular promotions and competitions
Mattresses can be pricey, but if you need a new one there are ways to spread the cost so you’re not hit in the pocket too hard. OTTY’s offers 0 per cent finance so if you need a replacement mattress or a new model in a hurry and your bank balance isn’t obliging, you can still get one sorted fast. They offer 100-night’s trial and offer premium delivery, with removal of your old mattress available for a small fee.
When it comes to choosing a bed, this is a selection that really spoils. Shop OTTY Original Hybrid Mattress, OTTY Pure Hybrid Bamboo & Charcoal Mattress, OTTY Pure Plus Hybrid Bamboo & Charcoal Mattress and the OTTY Aura Hybrid Mattress, which come with springs and temperature-regulating memory foam as per your needs. The plushest, the OTTY Pure Plus Hybrid Bamboo & Charcoal Mattress, stands at 28cm depth, so you’re looking at a really luxurious-feeling bed.
Discounts: money-off codes available
This American boxed bed brand offers superior ventilation with new ‘Snow’ technology (how cool does that sound?) that promises to keep you cool for 12+ hours, which means no more waking up a sweaty mess. Choose from the Original, Element, Nova Hybrid and Wave Hybrid editions, each offering great support and comfort.
The brand offers a 100-night trial along with a 10 year guarantee across all mattresses and there are other sleep-enhancing products like bedding and bed frames to browse too. There are even dog beds to ensure your furry friend has his best snooze ever.
If you’re looking for a one-stop solution to your bedding needs, don’t forget to check out the bundle deals, which pair complementing products together with a discount if you buy together.