We are interested in purchasing a Zip and Link mattress. Which of your mattresses compares to the Feather and Black Harrogate please?

Zed asked
3rd January 2019

HiI stumbled across your website whilst doing some research. My wife and I have been into Feather and Black today and liked their Harrogate mattress. We are interesting in purchasing a ZipandLink SuperKing. Having gone through your website, I see there is a lot more to understand about mattresses and I\’m glad having done a little research that I didn\’t get sucked into placing an order with F&B – the sales man I can pay today and get myself in the queue and change options later.Anyway, i would like to find out what you would recommend as an alternative to their Harrogate mattress.
Look forward to hearing from you.Kind regards

1 Answer
Amy Woolley
answered 8 months ago

Hi Zed,

Thank you for your question.

I have had a look at the Feather and Black Harrogate mattress that you refer to and unfortunately it is not possible for me to make a comparison to one of our John Ryan mattresses as they do not disclose any information about the fibre content by way of GSM (grams per square meter). Having said that it does say it contains 100% Natural fibres as do the mattresses in our Artisan range. Also the Harrogate mattress says it contains 18,000 springs, which at first glance seems great until you take into account the depth of the mattress (25cm). You should always remember that the more springs withing the mattress will effect the amount of upholstery (comfort layers) contained within.

The Artisan range is our natural fibre range of mattresses that we compare to some of the models in the Vi Spring range.

Please view our Bespoke 004, This is a medium feel mattress containing 100% natural fibres. We compare this mattress with the Vi Spring Regal Superb.


 John Ryan By Design Artisan Bespoke 004Vi Spring Regal Superb
11200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool and Cotton900gsm Blended real Shetland Isle Fleece Wool and Cotton
2Hairproof Cambric CoverHairproof Cambric Cover
3200gsm Soft BambooNA
41200gsm Pure Horsetail1200gsm long stranded Horsetail blended with British Fleece Wool
51000gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton1000gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton
61600 Calico encased Pocket Springs [ 49mm ] [1.28mm]1720 Calico encased Pocket Springs [48mm ] [1.28mm]
Total GSM3600 gsm3100 gsm

Our Artisan Bespoke 003 will provide a slightly softer feel containing  a dual layer of vanadium coated calico springs and ultra-deep natural fibres make this our finest specification mattress in the Artisan Range, 100% Natural fibres including Alpaca, Bamboo, Coir fibre Wool, Cotton & Horsetail.

John Ryan By Design Artisan Bespoke 003
Total GSM 5600gsm
1 1000gsm Alpaca
2 Hairproof Cambric cover
3 1000gsm Blended British Fleece Wool and Cotton
4 Hairproof Cambric Cover
5 400gsm Soft Bamboo
6 1200gsm Pure Horsetail
7 1000gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton
8 1000gsm Coir Coconut fibre
9 2508 (2 tiers) Calico encased Pocket Springs [56mm] [1.40mm]

The closest comparison we can make to the Bespoke 003 is the Vi Spring Tiara, however it will feel slightly softer.

If you are able to try some Vi Spring models and come back to us with your findings we will be able to assist you in finding a suitable model.

I hope this information helps but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the office on 0161 437 4419.

Kind regards,