Would love Artisan Luxury but don’t have the budget. Could you suggest any other of your mattresses for me please?

Linda asked 28th August 2017

Hi – I am female, 10+st and 5’4″, a side sleeper and hate memory foam as it makes me so hot. I also have mild arthritis in my hip. I looked at the Premier Inn mattress but dropped that after reading your and other people’s reviews. I am also looking at the John Lewis Natural cotton or Egyptian cotton but the reviews on those are very mixed. I was tempted by your Artisan 1500 but see in your comfort table that the upholstery gives a firmer feel and I’m worried that will aggravate my hip. If I had that mattress and went for a Soft tension rather than medium would that solve the firmer feel problem? I’m looking at more natural materials purely because I don’t want any heat generating foam in the mattress. I also need a divan base so if you could come up with a solution for me for both that would be around £1300-£1400 total then I will happily give you an order. Many thanks.

1 answer

Lee Lelant Staff answered 1 year ago

Hi Linda,

Thank you for your questions.

With the body weight you have provided we would match you to a Medium spring; The spring is what provides support from within the mattress itself.

Once that is established it becomes about the top upholstery layers, also referred to as the comfort layers. Anyone who has existing pains shouldn’t opt for a mattress that is too firm in the top layers as this will only compound those pains.

As such I would guide you to our Artisan Naturals mattress. In the Artisan range this is the true medium feel mattress in those top layers; I.e, not too soft nor too firm. The Naturals is our most popular, unbeatable model with 85% natural fibres. Containing a huge GSM of fillings, including wool and mohair, on a Calico Pocket spring unit. This medium feel hand crafted mattress is where we stake our reputation as ‘The Mattress Specialists’. The closest comparison that we can make to the Naturals is the Vi Spring Regal Superb.


 John Ryan By Design Artisan NaturalsVi Spring Regal Superb
Total GSM3950gsm3100gsm
11200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool and Cotton.900gsm Blended real Shetland Isle Fleece Wool and Cotton
2Hairproof Cambric CoverHairproof Cambric Cover
31250gsm Rebound Poly Cotton1200gsm long stranded Horsetail blended with British Fleece Wool
41500gsm 100% Pure Mohair1000gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton
51600 Calico encased Pocket Springs [ 49mm ] [1.28mm ]1720 Calico encased Pocket Springs [48mm ] [1.28mm ]

The Artisan range, being constructed from natural fibres and materials, come in feeling softer overall and cooler so if heat is an issue then this range is ideal.

You haven’t indicated what size mattress or base you are looking at but if we were to go in the middle you could get a King Size Artisan Naturals mattress for £1140.00 and pair it with a Contemporary Platform Divan with no drawers at £300.00, just coming in ever so slightly above your budget.

I hope this has answered your questions fully but if you do have any further queries then please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0161 437 4419.

Kind Regards,