Believe it or not, your mattress is a big part of your life! You’ll likely use it almost every night for the next 8-10 years… In fact, most people spend around one-third of their lives in bed! And making the right decision when you buy can have big impact on your health.
In some ways you could say that there’s no such thing as the best mattress, only the best mattress for you! So, before we jump right in to the process of reviewing and comparing products, we’ll start by looking at the different features available and the points you should consider when buying…
King Size Mattress Size Guide!
Let’s start with a simple question – what size is right for you?
If you already have a bed, then selecting the size of mattress is easy… you simply choose what fits! (Feel free to skip forward to the ‘Support’ section below if you’re already sure you need a UK 150 x 200cm king size).
However, if you’re buying a new bed and mattress then you have a choice between a standard double, a king, and a super king. Here’s a size guide for each:
Standard Double: 135 x 190cm
King Size: 150 x 200cm
Super King: 180 x 200cm
So, which is best? Once again there’s no one right answer, only the right answer for you…
As a rough guide, most people prefer a bed/mattress at least 10cms longer than they are tall. This makes a king/super king the best option for anyone more than 180 cm (5’11’’).
You’ll also need to consider whether you’ll be using the bed alone, or with a partner. Think about your body size/s, and your sleeping habits – do you tend to lie stationary throughout the night, or do you often move in your sleep?
Lastly, don’t forget to factor-in the scale of your bedroom. How much space is needed for other furniture? How much room do you need to move around the sides of the bed? All of these factors can help you choose the correct size.
We believe that for most people, a king size offers the best blend between the need for extra space while you’re sleeping, with the need for a bed that fits properly within your room. The extra length is a handy plus point if you’re tall and the extra width makes for a larger sleeping area. But crucially it doesn’t come with the huge width of a super king – a size which simply doesn’t work in most people’s bedrooms.
So, if you’ve settled on a king, you’ll need to be sure you choose the right size king! You see, just to make things confusing, king size mattress dimensions actually vary slightly! The standard width for a UK made king size is 150cm, whilst the European standard is 160cm.
If you’re buying to fit a bed frame you already own, then you need to be sure to select the correct size! To keep things simple, the mattresses we’re looking at here are all manufactured in the UK to the standard UK dimensions (150 x 200cm).
People come in all shapes and sizes! Selecting a product that offers the best support for your body is key to making the right choice…
A good mattress should comfortably support your weight without sagging. You should be able to move and turn on the mattress without noise or excessive resistance from the springs (if it uses springs). And, it should regain its natural shape quickly after you leave the bed.
If you’re of larger build, elderly, or suffering from a condition such as arthritis, joint problems, or back pain, then selecting a mattress that provides optimal support becomes doubly important.
While it’s crucial to choose a mattress that offers great postural support, you also need to choose a product you find comfortable. Again, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution here – some people find a firmer mattress most comfortable, while others prefer something soft, spongy and luxurious.
To make things easier, mattresses are graded according to how firm they are. Categories include soft, medium and firm. Mattresses are sometimes also described as medium/firm (for example) if they fall between two categories.
You’ll likely have a clear idea of your own preference based on the mattresses you’ve owned before. Having said that, new products are constantly being developed with modern materials that offer a far better night’s sleep than a mattress from, say, 20 years ago ever could…
Materials and Construction
In writing this mattress guide, one of our key areas of focus was the quality of materials and construction. Once, a course outer fabric stuffed with horsehair (or even straw) was the best most people could hope for! Thankfully, things have moved on since those days! There are now a wide-range of different materials available. These include:
Light and comfortable, offering good, even support for the user.
A responsive material that becomes pliable in response to body-heat. Memory foam adapts to your natural contours for fantastic orthopaedic support. Some sprung/foam mattress feature a memory foam topping for extra comfort.
Open Coil Springs
A traditional method of construction, each spring provides support for the user’s body.
The individual springs are encased in a fabric pocket. Pocket sprung mattresses are famous for their excellent levels of support and are especially beneficial if you sleep on your side.
The spring’s firmness and density is highest in the areas (zones) where the most support is needed.
Instead of being tempted by the blaring ‘King Size Mattress Sale’ signs used by the big retailers, buy online to ensure you genuinely get a bargain! To help you choose, let’s take a look at five of the very best king size mattress reviews available in the UK from Amazon: