Best mattress 2024 – 10 best mattresses tried, tested, and recommended

The best mattresses for a better night's sleep. Our top recommendations from Simba, Emma, Tempur, and more, as tried and tested by Ideal Home's review team

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Finding the best mattress for your sleep style can make a huge difference to the quality of your sleep.

Whether you’re predominantly a front, side, or back sleeper, your weight, body temperature, and any pre-existing aches and pains, plus whether you sleep alone or with a partner can all affect which mattress is best for you. 

That’s where the Ideal Home sleep experts come in, with hundreds of hours of testing and expert knowledge to help you navigate this vital purchase. We’ve tried, tested, and reviewed bestselling mattresses from the biggest brand names in the sleep field – including Simba, Emma, Brook + Wilde, Tempur, Hypnos, Nectar, Silentnight and many more – to find the best mattresses for all types of sleeper.

Our reviews put each mattress through its paces to compare comfort, motion transfer, temperature regulation, edge support, and ease of delivery (mattress-in-a-box or not). We also take into account any manufacturer sleep trials, and, of course, price, when rating each mattress, as well as weighing up the pros and cons of memory foam, hybrid, and pocket spring construction.

Read on to find the best mattress for your best night's sleep, and to make sure you have all of the ingredients for restful slumber, head over to our guide to the best pillows next.

The quick list

Short on time? This quick list is an overview of the very best mattresses we've tested. You'll find more information on each mattress and why our review team recommends it if you keep on scrolling.

Best mattresses 2024 – tried and tested

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Best mattress overall

The Simba Hybrid Original double mattressproduct badge

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Best mattress overall

Specifications

Sizes available: Kids / Single / Small double / Double / King / Super king
Type: Hybrid
No. of springs: 2500
Memory foam: Yes
Firmness: Medium-firm
Depth: 25cm
Manufacturer trial offer: 200 night

Reasons to buy

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The Goldilocks of mattresses – not too soft or too hard
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Great for side and back sleepers
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Pocket-spring support with memory foam cushioning for pressure points
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200-night manufacturer sleep trial
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Mattress-in-a-box delivery useful for homes with awkward access

Reasons to avoid

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Slight motion transfer with two in the bed
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Less suitable for front sleepers

The Simba Hybrid Original Mattress is a good all-rounder at a reasonable price point, which makes it our top recommendation for best mattress overall. Plus, it regularly becomes even better value in Simba's frequent discounting events, so you'll rarely need to pay full price. 

A hybrid mattress that mixes a cushioning memory foam top layer with pocket spring support, our reviewers describe it as the 'Goldilocks of mattresses – not too soft or too firm'. It was a particularly popular with our side sleeping testers who prefer a slightly firmer feeling mattress. The cushioning memory foam layer allowed shoulders and hips to sink in to the mattress enough for a good spinal alignment, but without any feeling of being enveloped that you can get from a softer-feel mattress.

Our back sleeping testers also found that slightly firmer surface comfortable, with the pocket springs offering support and the memory foam cushioning pressure points for a good night's sleep. Only our front sleepers struggled, needing a firmer base to get comfortable – consider the Sealy Newton Posturepedic mattress or memory foam-free Hypnos Pillow Top Select mattress if that's you.

The Simba Hybrid Original also impressed the members of our review team who had had bad experiences with overheating on memory foam mattresses before. Lack of breathability can be a common problem with memory foam as the dense structure of the material doesn't allow airflow. However, Simba addresses this by using open-cell memory foam in the Hybrid Original which it states allows 'thirty times the airflow' of regular memory foam. Our reviewers were happy with the results, with only the hottest of our sleepers saying they got a little too warm overnight.

The mattress-in-a-box delivery is also great news for those with awkward access, and Simba offers a generous 200-night sleep trial if you buy direct from the brand, meaning you get plenty of time to test out this mattress before you commit.

Our full Simba Hybrid Original mattress review has more detail.

Best mattress for back pain

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Best mattress for back pain

Specifications

Sizes available: Double / King / Super king
Type: Hybrid
No. of springs: 6000
Memory foam: Yes
Firmness: Soft / Medium / Firm
Depth: 30cm
Manufacturer trial offer: 200 night

Reasons to buy

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Choice of three firmness levels
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Great for side and back sleepers
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Pocket-spring support with memory foam cushioning for pressure points
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200-night manufacturer sleep trial
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Mattress-in-a-box delivery useful for homes with awkward access

Reasons to avoid

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An investment at full price
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Less suitable for front sleepers

Finding the best mattress for back pain can be tricky as sadly there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Different types of back pain can need different types of support, so it's always best to seek medical advice before you consider changing your mattress. 

However, sleeping on a too-firm or too-soft mattress can be a common cause of overnight aches and pains. The best way to avoid back pain caused by a mattress is to consider which position you regularly sleep in and opt for a mattress that will support your natural spinal alignment in this position. E.g. side sleepers need a mattress that allows hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress a little to maintain a straight spine, whereas back sleepers need a slightly firmer surface to avoid hips from dipping too low, and stomach sleepers will want a firmer surface still (although front sleeping is generally considered the worst position for spinal health so is best avoided if you can). 

Opting for a hybrid mattress that offers good solid spring support combined with a top layer that cushions the natural curvature of the spine is a great start for reducing back pain – especially if you've been sleeping on an all-foam mattress that can be too soft for many heavier bodyweights.

The Ultima mattress offers all of the above, providing a super supportive base layer of twin-layered nano and pocket springs with a cushioning memory foam top layer that's available in three firmness levels, so you can tailor the mattress tension to your exact requirements to ease aches and pains.

Our reviewers unanimously loved this mattress, scoring it highly in terms of comfort, breathability, motion isolation and edge support. And our back pain-prone tester found that after a few nights on the Ultima her lower back pain was a thing of the past, also praising the lack of motion transfer when her partner tossed and turned nearby.

The only downside is the price. However, Brook + Wilde runs fairly regular sitewide discounts that can see up to 60% knocked off the mattress' normal retail price. So, time your purchase right and you could be able to snap up this luxury mattress for a lot less.

Our full Brook + Wilde Ultima mattress review has more detail.

Best budget mattress

The Emma Original mattress with a cut out to show the foam innerBudget buy badge

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A budget-friendly all-foam mattress

Specifications

Sizes available: Single / Small Double / Double / King / Super King
Type: Foam
No. of springs: None
Memory foam: Yes
Firmness: Medium
Depth: 25cm
Manufacturer trial offer: 200 night

Reasons to buy

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Affordable, even more so if using Emma Mattress discount codes
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Good for lighterweight side sleepers
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Excellent motion-isolation to combat fidgety sleep partners
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200-night manufacturer sleep trial
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Mattress-in-a-box delivery useful for homes with awkward access

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks breathability which can lead to overheating
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Lack of springs can mean it's too soft for heavierweight or front sleepers
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If you lack mobility you may find changing position a little trickier
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Lack of edge support
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Some reviewers note indentations if the mattress isn't regularly rotated

The entry-level Emma Original mattress is popular choice with many shoppers thanks to its affordable price point and cushioning sleep surface. 

That budget-friendly price tag is made possible because this is an all-foam mattress that sees a firmer foam core topped with a layer of cushioning memory foam, so there are no coil or pocket springs in sight.

As a result, this is a softer sleep surface than most hybrid mattresses, and our testers found it best for lighterweight side sleepers who will appreciate the sink-in support around shoulders and hips. Over time, heavierweight sleepers may struggle with the lack of spring support as an all-foam mattress is more likely to become compacted with extended use – the Simba Hybrid Original with its additional spring support will likely be a better investment. Our back sleeping testers were split, with some finding the softer surface didn't offer enough support around the hips, and others loving that little extra give. And, that memory foam top layer wasn't a good choice for our front sleepers, with hips sinking in too low for good spinal alignment.

This budget foam mattress also struggles in terms of breathability, with the dense memory foam top layer causing our hot sleepers to overheat in the night. However, it was universally praised by our review team for its motion isolation, with the lack of springs meaning any movement from a fidgety bed partner was almost totally dampened and very little motion transfer occured across the mattress.

The mattress-in-a-box delivery is also super useful for homes with awkward access, and Emma's generous 200-night sleep trial allows you to fully test the mattress in your own home before committing. Plus, the brand regularly slashes prices, meaning you can often pick up the Emma Original at 50% off.

Overall, if you're a memory foam fan on the hunt for an affordable mattress, that price tag is hard to beat if you're looking for a budget buy. If you have more cash to invest in a deluxe option, keep scrolling until you get to the Tempur Sensation mattress, our top recommendation for best memory foam mattress overall.

Our full Emma Original mattress review has more detail.

Best memory foam mattress

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Best memory foam mattress

Specifications

Sizes available: Single / Double / King / Super King / Small Single / Long Single / Special Sizes
Type: Memory foam, foam
No. of springs: None
Memory foam: Yes
Firmness: Tempur rates Firm, Ideal Home rates Medium
Depth: 25cm
Manufacturer trial offer: 100 night

Reasons to buy

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Three firmness levels make it one of the best memory foam mattresses for heavierweight sleepers
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Great for side and back sleepers
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Extremely cushioning
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Excellent motion-isolation to combat fidgety sleep partners
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100-night manufacturer sleep trial

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Less suitable for front sleepers
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Lacks breathability which can lead to overheating
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If you lack mobility you may find changing position a little trickier
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Lack of edge support
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Took a while for the off-gassing smell to dissipate
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Very heavy to rotate

If you have more money to invest, then we'd say this is the best memory foam mattress you can buy.

Tempur is the brand widely accredited with creating the very first memory foam mattress after adapting the material NASA first invented for use in its space craft. And, although its expertise with the material – and a NASA Certified Space Technology® license – mean the brand's mattresses don't come cheap, they are the most comfortable memory foam surfaces we've slept on. In fact, this mattress elicited sighs of contentment from every tester who laid down on its surface.

If you love the cushioning feel of memory foam but you're a heavierweight sleeper, then Tempur's range of firmness levels are also great news, allowing you to take advantage of that cocooning 'hug' without sinking too deep into the surface. That's a rarity in the world of all foam mattresses, with most – like the Emma Original mattress – taking a one-size-fits-all approach to firmness to keep price points lower. Plus, if a restless partner is causing sleep disturbance, that will be a thing of the past with this mattress thanks to its seriously impressive motion dampening.

However, it does still suffer from some of the usual all-foam mattress niggles. Like the Emma Original mattress, our reviewers felt the Tempur Sensation's edge support is lacking, and that deep memory foam surface does mean if you have mobility issues you might find changing position in bed a little trickier. Our hot sleepers also struggled with the mattress's lack of breathability, with that dense memory foam surface making them more prone to overheat at night, and there was off-gassing from the memory foam to contend with for the first few weeks. 

However, many of our testers were willing to look past those niggles because of the degree to which the Tempur Sensation's cushioning surface eased aches and pains and relieved pressure on the hips, back, and shoulders. This is one seriously comfortable mattress.

Our full Tempur Sensation mattress review has more detail.

Best mattress for side sleepers

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A good option for side sleepers

Specifications

Sizes available: Single / Small Double / Double / King / Super King
Type: Hybrid
No. of springs: Not stated
Memory foam: Yes
Firmness: Medium-Firm
Depth: 25cm
Manufacturer trial offer: 200 night

Reasons to buy

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Great for lighterweight side and back sleepers
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Pocket-spring support with memory foam cushioning for pressure points
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200-night manufacturer sleep trial
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Mattress-in-a-box delivery useful for homes with awkward access

Reasons to avoid

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Slight motion transfer with two in the bed
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Less suitable for front sleepers

Research has shown that majority of us sleep on our sides, and as such there are many mattresses designed with side sleepers in mind, such as the Simba Hybrid Original and Brook + Wilde Ultima mattress higher up this list.

However, in practice, our testers found the Simba Hybrid Original slightly firmer than the Emma Luxe Cooling mattress, so if you're a lightweight side sleeper then you may prefer the latter's softer surface tension that will allow shoulders and hips to sink down a little further for good spinal alignment. Heavierweight side sleepers will naturally sink into a mattress deeper so a slightly firmer surface is usually ideal, in which case the Simba Hybrid Original can come up trumps comfort-wise.

The three firmness levels of the Brook + Wilde Ultima mattress – including a 'soft' option for lighterweight builds – will allow side sleepers to get just the right level of surface tension for their bodyweight, but, it's more of an investment if you don't catch it during a sale, so the Emma Luxe Cooling can be a more budget-friendly side sleeping option.

Unlike some Emma mattresses, our reviewers also found the Luxe Cooling does exactly what its name promises, with its extra graphite-infused foam layer offering a more breathable sleep surface than its predecessor, the Emma Premium mattress, or Emma's Original mattress.

And, it benefits from the brands usual plus points, namely regular discounts that can see the mattress price significantly reduced, mattress-in-a-box delivery that's useful if you have awkward access, and a lengthy 200-night manufacturer sleep trial.

Our full Emma Luxe Cooling mattress review has more detail.

Best firm mattress

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Best firm mattress

Specifications

Sizes available: Single / Double / King / Super King
Type: Hybrid
No. of springs: Open coil
Memory foam: No
Firmness: Medium or Firm
Depth: 27cm
Manufacturer trial offer: n/a

Reasons to buy

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A firm sleep surface with two tension options
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Latex upper offers an alternative to memory foam
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Good edge support
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Good temperature regulation

Reasons to avoid

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Some motion transfer due to open coil system
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No manufacturer sleep trial

If you're craving a firmer sleep surface, then the Sealy Newton Posturepedic Mattress is our top recommendation for best firm mattress.

This is a hybrid mattress that employs open coil springs for support and a layer of latex to create a firm yet still cushioned-enough sleep surface. A firm mattress is often recommended for those seeking good postural support in bed, so it was the 'firm' variation of the mattress we tested, although it is also available in a 'medium' tension. 

Designed in conjunction with the Orthopaedic Advisory Board – which Sealy states is a mix of 'orthopaedic surgeons, bio-mechanical engineers, and medical scientists' –our reviewer who suffers from lower back and neck pain was keen to put it to the test and see if it could give the Brook + Wilde Ultima mattress a run for its money as best mattress for easing back pain.

It took her a while to get used to the firmer latex sleep surface compared to her previous memory foam mattress, but after a month of sleeping on this mattress she gave it the seal of approval, saying 'whilst sleeping on the Sealy Newton Posturepedic mattress, I didn’t wake up with lower backache like I often do'. 

In our tests, the Newton Posturepedic also performed well in terms of edge support and temperature regulation. In fact, the only real downside our reviewer noted was that motion transfer could have been a little better, which is perhaps due to that continuous coil spring unit. However, this wasn't enough to negatively impact sleep in our testing, and if you're looking for a firmer feeling mattress, then we found the Sealy Newton Posturepedic mattress to be a great buy at a decent price point.

Find the full detail in our Sealy Newton Posturepedic mattress review.

Best hybrid mattress

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Best hybrid mattress with a mix of memory foam and springs

Specifications

Sizes available: Single / Small double / Double / King / EU Double / EU Queen / Super King
Type: Hybrid
No. of springs: 4000
Memory foam: Yes
Firmness: Medium-firm
Depth: 28cm
Manufacturer trial offer: 200 night

Reasons to buy

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Great for side and back sleepers
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Good temperature regulation
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Pocket-spring support with memory foam cushioning for pressure points
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200-night manufacturer sleep trial
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Mattress-in-a-box delivery useful for homes with awkward access

Reasons to avoid

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Slight motion transfer with two in the bed
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Less suitable for front sleepers

A hybrid mattress combines spring support with a cushioning top layer, making it a popular choice with many sleepers looking for the best of both worlds when it comes to mattress construction.

As such, there are a lot of hybrid mattresses on the market and crowning the best-in-class can be a tricky business. However, our reviewer loved the Simba Hybrid Pro mattress. Comfort-wise she found this mattress gave her all the right support in all the right places, easing the back and neck pain she had been suffering from after sleeping on an all-foam mattress without any spring support. And, as a hot sleeper, it also kept her cool at night. 

In our opinion, that improved temperature regulation is the main reason why you might consider investing some more cash and upgrading from the Simba Hybrid Original mattress (which still takes top spot in our round-up thanks to its lower price point) to the Simba Hybrid Pro.

For the step up in cash, the Simba Pro offers an extra temperature-regulating wool layer in its construction and an additional layer of Aerocoil® micro springs that aid breathability by circulating more air through the mattress as it compresses. Our reviewer certainly found those additions worked, saying, 'After sleeping on the Simba Pro for six months I’ve not woken up too hot once, which is amazing for me because I do run warm at night'. 

If you don't have a problem with sleeping warm, then the lower-priced Hybrid Original could still be the best hybrid mattress for you. However, if overheating at night is an issue you struggle with, we think paying that little bit more to ensure your mattress offers the extra breathability you need for a deeper, more restful night's sleep is well worth the investment.

The only downside is that the Simba Hybrid Pro only comes in one tension option, and there was some slight motion transfer with two in the bed. If you want more choice in how soft or firm your hybrid mattress feels, the Brook + Wilde Ultima mattress would be our top recommendation. However, you will be exchanging the Simba Hybrid Pro's mid-range price tag for the Ultima mattress's premium pricing (unless you can time your purchase with one of Brook +Wilde's sales).

Our Simba Hybrid Pro mattress review has the full lowdown.

Best cooling mattress for hot sleepers

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Best cooling mattress for hot sleepers

Specifications

Sizes available: Small Single, Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King
Type: Pillow top
No. of springs: Not specified
Memory foam: No
Firmness: Medium-Firm
Depth: 29cm
Manufacturer trial offer: Varies by retailer