Best pocket sprung mattresses of 2022 reviewed

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If you’ve ever suffered a poor night’s sleep because of a bad mattress, you’ll know the value of a really great one.

Sleep is when our bodies and minds process, rests and repairs between our waking hours, and not getting enough shut-eye can lead to poor concentration, a penchant for high energy (and therefore high fat) foods to keep you going, and all-round grumpiness. Sleep-deprivation is a well-known torture technique for a reason, and there’s absolutely no reason for doing it to yourself.

Especially when there are so many great mattresses to choose from.

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While a new mattress can’t solve serious sleep obstacles like insomnia and anxiety, it can make your nighttime environment the best and most comfortable it can be, which should have you nodding off in no time.

While memory foam mattresses certainly have their benefits, people who prefer a firm mattress with high levels of support would do better opting for a pocket spring mattress.

What is a pocket spring mattress?

Broadly considered a traditional mattress, a design created with pocket springs features hundreds of tightly coiled springs which together, give a medium to firm level of support. Each spring is held within its own fabric chamber, or pocket - hence the name. This means they won’t tangle together, and can offer individual personalised support for various points across your body - like the shoulders, spine, hips and knees. It also allows air to flow relatively freely, so you won’t wake up a sweaty mess in warmer months.

Hot sleepers, check out our specialised cooling mattress shopping guide.

Is a pocket spring mattress the best option?

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to picking the right mattress. While some adore the comfort and ‘held’ feeling of an all-memory foam design, others like to pair it with spring in the form of a hybrid model, which marries the plushness of foam with the support of springs. If you have regular aches and pains from exercise or simply age, the superior support of an all-spring design could be the best option for you.

While hybrids and all-foam mattresses can be compression packed into a box for easy transportation or delivery, this sadly can’t be done with springs. Be sure to check delivery costs (most retailers will factor this into the final price anyway) or check you can get your new bed home before committing to buy.

Where can I buy a pocket spring mattress?

There are endless retailers who offer such designs, and we’ve cherry picked the best ones for you here (and best of all, they regularly hold sales):

While these are great retailers to begin your search for a better bed, we’ve gone one further and listed models below so make shopping even easier. Before you do, check out our monthly mattress deals roundup with fresh offers every month.

Best mattresses at a glance

  • Best handmade mattress: Herdysleep pocket springs, From £849, Herdysleep

  • Best sustainable mattress: John Lewis & Partners Classic Sustainable Waitrose Wool 1000 Pocket Spring Mattress, £649, John Lewis

  • Best personalised mattress: Signature 2000 Pocket Sprung Pillow Top Natural Fillings Mattress, £259.99, Happy Beds

  • Best hybrid foam layered mattress: Silentnight Hadleigh 800 Pocket Memory Mattress, £499, Dreams

  • Best cashmere mattress: Harrison Spinks Clifton Cashmere Mattress, from £1700, Feather and Black

  • Best mattress for value: Novo Natural 1000 Pocket Sprung Comfort Mattress, from £259, Amazon

Herdysleep pocket springs

- 100% recyclable product

- Over 6,750 pocket springs

- Handmade design

Sizes available: Single, Double, King, Super King

Guarantee: 10 year guarantee including free repair or replacement

Sleep trial included: 100 night sleep trial with free return and full refund

A great buy whether you’re usually found snoozing on your front, back or side, this 26cm deep artisan mattress from Herdy Sleep looks and feels luxurious. It’s handcrafted from organic materials and comes with a 100-day trial period, giving you plenty of time to decide whether it’s a keeper.

A cool 7,000 Cortec springs work to support you as you sleep on the fabric woven cover, made from a sumptuous blend of cashmere, cotton, wool and fleece sourced from Cumbrian sheep (the embossed pattern on the cover’s surface and buttons are a cute nod to their contribution). Made without glue or foam, this baby is 100 per cent recyclable too.

The fibres used means it’s excellent for climate control, keeping you snug in the winter and cool in the summer. Best of all, it won’t lose its bounce over time, unlike all-foam mattresses which can be hot as well as lumpy after a while. It comes in standard UK bed sizes: single, double, king and super king.

Buy now £799.00, Herdysleep

John Lewis & Partners Classic Sustainable Waitrose Wool 1000 Pocket Spring Mattress

- Temperature regulating material

- Pressure relieving design

- Crafted from recycled fibres

Sizes available: Small double, Double

Guarantee: 7 year guarantee including tuft or zip breakage repair, Spring unit repair or side stitch repair

Sleep trial included: 60 night sleep trial with free exchange. Applicable from date of delivery

Sleeping Beauty may be just a fairytale, but when it comes to pocket spring mattresses, this one feels the fairest of them all. It is made from organic, natural materials and zero chemicals making it totally recyclable which is great news for anyone with landfill guilt (that’ll be all of us, then).

It’s pricey, yes, but that’s in part down to the excellent craftsmanship which includes hand-tufted fillings using British wool that can be traced back to Waitrose and Red Tractor-assured farms for total peace of mind. The mattress also uses a ReActive™ pocket spring system for greater the comfort and support levels - so this bed will have you feeling like you’re sleeping on cloud nine every night.

This superior mattress offers a medium level of tension, and is best for back or side sleepers.

A seven year guarantee comes part and parcel.

Buy now £449.00, John Lewis

Signature 2000 Pocket Sprung Pillow Top Natural Fillings Mattress

- Personalised firmness level

- Padded pillow top for extra comfort

- Hand crafted in the UK

Sizes available: Small Single, Single, Small Double, Double, King Size, Super King Size

Guarantee: Five year guarantee covering material defects and craftsmanship defects

Sleep trial included: No

This outrageously indulgent mattress feels as good as it looks. Offering medium to firm tension, the dreamy mattress has a plush padded pillow top for that cloud-like feel and is filled with natural fibres - wool, silk, cotton and cashmere - to help with temperature control and comfort. Standing 33cm high, keep it in peak performance by rotating every six weeks. So delightful you’ll have real trouble getting out of bed in the mornings.

Buy now, Happy Beds

Silentnight Hadleigh 800 Pocket Memory Mattress

- 682 pocket springs

- Memory foam layer

- Soft quilted fabric

Sizes available: Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King

Guarantee: 5 year guarantee

Sleep trial included: 40 night sleep trial with free exchange if dissatisfied with the product

Making a more budget-friendly proposition, Silentnight’s mattress may come with fewer springs, but it’s perfect for anyone watching the purse-strings, or if you plan to use it in your spare room. Made in the UK, it offers medium tension and offers blissful comfort thanks to the addition of a memory foam layer. It comes with a five year guarantee which can be extended to eight years for additional peace of mind.

Buy now £334.00, Amazon

Harrison Spinks Clifton Cashmere Mattress

- Available in three tensions

- Contains 15,750 pocket springs

- Cashmere filling

Sizes available: Small Single, Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King, Emperor

Guarantee: 7 year guarantee

Sleep trial included: 100 night sleep trial with free exchange if dissatisfied with the product

Created with bespoke springs and organic materials, Harrison Spinks presents its Clifton Cashmere mattress for those prepared to invest in their sleep. All handmade in Britain, the mattress starts life on a 300-acre Yorkshire farm, using wool and cotton fibres for the luxe filings. Each model can be made to your personal size and tension specifications making it a Goldilocks contender for those who like their beds just so, even split tensions are available for those who share their bed with a fussy partner.

Bespoke will set you back (even more) serious money, but the ready made models are excellent too. Just check out the Clifton Cashmere Mattress which employs 15,000 springs and seven kinds of natural filling to give you your best sleep ever.

Buy now £2299.00, Feather & Black

Novo Natural 1000 Pocket Sprung Comfort Mattress

- 1000 pocket springs

- Medium firmness

- Single sided - no need to flip

Sizes available: Medium, Double

Guarantee: 5 year warranty

Sleep trial included: No, returnable within 30 days of receipt

A great pocket spring mattress at a palatable price? Head to Amazon, where you can find Novo’s pocket-sprung mattress, one of the best value options around. Finished with high quality trims, 1000 springs for head-to-toe support, and standing at a pleasurably high 28cm, the bed is covered in soft damask covering with pull handles for easy manoeuvrability and flipping. Each one is hand crafted in the UK and comes with a five year warranty.

It’s on Prime too, which means free delivery for those with membership.

Buy now £360.00, Amazon

Flaxby Nature’s Dawn All Seasons Pocket Sprung Mattress

Going one better than the bestselling Flaxby Nature’s Halo mattress, this model features up to 3520 super strong springs helping to keep you and your back supported all through the night. There’s also a layer of mini springs to give extra support and the mattress benefits from thick layers of moisture-wicking, climate-controlling British wool and cotton, helping you feel cool and comfortable every time you climb into bed. The feeling of supreme comfort is furthered with a soft damask cover surrounding the top of the design.

This mattress is single-sided which means it requires rotation once a week for the first three months, but then just once a month. Everything is handmade right here in the UK and it comes with a 40-Night Sleep Guarantee as well as a one-year guarantee.

Buy now £879.00, Dreams

Signature Crystal 3000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Natural Fillings Mattress

It's a myth that being green is wildly expensive. When it comes to a budget option for a natural bed, Happy Beds is ready to put a smile on your face with this Signature Crystal option. Packed with natural fibres (including cashmere), 3000 pocket springs work to keep your back supported all through the night. A wool-enriched top layer helps to keep you warm in the winter and breathable during the warmer months.

Buy now £214.99, Happy Beds