I continually get a lot of questions from people who learned something about mattress features, and obviously misinterpreted what they mean. So despite the general qualities such as comfort and sturdiness, there are lots of things to look at when choosing the best mattress.
Most of the features described below would greatly affect weight distribution, breathability of the model, support and durability. So let’s start this mattress guide from the top.
Best mattress models
While all mattresses look generally the same, there is much happening under the surface layer. The model of the mattress is determined by the interior unit, which is often a spring grid, a memory foam layer, a micro-pocket grid or some type of a combination between these.
All of the models have their own advantages and disadvantages. Otherwise, the market would stop producing one variety on the expanse of saturating the other. So what are they?
The open coil model
The open coil mattress grants better and firmer support. It is sturdy, durable, and excellent for people who want a less responsive surface. It also allows for better breathability, which means less moisture and odor accumulating throughout the years.
These are generally more affordable, and if combined with high quality fabric, they are a great option to consider.
On the flip side, weight distribution is poor, which translates into more pressure points and discomfort if you have acute back problems.
The memory foam model
Much more adjustable to the body, the memory foam mattress is generally more expensive. But not all foam is created equal. You’d like high density foam that is partially breathable and offers fast recovery.
Quality foam mattresses can distribute the weight evenly, preventing from pressure points and discomfort. They give the feeling of sinking down into the mattress which is amazing if you happen to love cozy and soft surfaces.
The Micro-pockets model
Micro pockets offer a very adjustable support, which perfectly realigns in order to accommodate your weight and sleeping position. These technology uses shorter coil springs, wrapping them into a quality fabric pocket each. The result is a grid of highly responsive and elastic points that sometimes count up to 1000 in number.
Combinations of models
Mattress manufacturing technologies have witnessed a great leap forward over the last couple of decades, but few things remain the same. Whatever else might be said, coil springs still supply the strongest support, offering durability of the interior unit.
On the other hand, memory foam paddings can greatly improve the weight distribution, essentially eliminating pressure points. A mix between these two, therefore, seems to me the best solution if you want both firm support and a soft surface layer.
Zone technology (where every body part is enjoying a different level of support), is here mostly thanks to micro-pocket technology, so if you have back issues it is recommended that you look for a micro-grid system that provides a firm but otherwise adjustable base support. My wife also swears by this technology since it allows each of us to move throughout the night without affecting the other.
When combined with layers of soft memory foam right under the surface, and dense memory foam right under the grid system, the micro-pocket model can outrank any “orthopaedic mattress”.
Health-friendly features to look at
Since you can never guess what material is beneath the surface, it is safe to follow the UK safety standard. As a rule of thumb, search for mattresses made in Britain, since they comply with the latest British standards.
Mostly, what this means is that the models doesn’t containing any toxic materials, are fire resistant and have a decent level of breathability.
Furthermore, you can look for 3ft single mattresses that are approved by the national bed federation, which concerns with quality sleep, weight distribution, durability, comfort, and anti-allergic features like the Purotex treatment.
That being said, let’s continue with a selection of the best mattress reviews, covering the single mattress size UK models.