medium/firm best mattress for us?

Kate Galloway asked
7th December 2015

Hi. My hysband has a bad back and likes a very firm mattress and U have back discomfort abd like a medium leaning towards firm mattress. We have a sealy mattress at the moment (indulgence ir something like that) on a slated bed. The slats seem quite rigid and the mattress is 8 years old. I’m 10st and he is 11st. He hates memory foam and the ‘sinking into bed’ feeling Do you have an option for us?

1 Answer
answered 3 years ago

Hi Kate,

Thank you for your question.

The main consideration when advising upon a new mattress is the body weights of those using it. The weight usually determines the spring tension most suitable i.e under 10st is soft, 10-16st would be medium with 17st and above being firm. From this you can see that you fall within the medium spring tension range and I would not advise a firm mattress for either of you.

BodyweightSpring tension
Upto 8 Stone / 50kgSoft
8-16 Stone / 50-101kgMedium
16 Stone / 101kg UpwardsFirm

You may be aware that previous advice from organisations such as the Institute of Chiropractors was that if you have back problems you ought to have a firm mattress. However, that advice is outdated with most organisations suggesting that what is required is support from the spring unit and comfort from the upholstery, in fact the exact advice that we offer.

I have not been able to find the Sealy mattress you refer to and am unable to ascertain if it is now made under a different model name. In addition to this, I cannot provide a recommendation as to a comparable product from our ranges because of the lack of specific detail available.

If you are looking for a mattress with natural upholstery layers, please view the products in our Artisan range.

Alternatively, if you are happy with synthetic upholstery, our Origins range may suit.

I think it would be beneficial if we could speak personally in order for me to collate further information at which time I will then be able to recommend which mattress from our ranges would be suitable for you.    Please call our office on 0161 437 4419 for specific advice as to suitability.

Kind regards Julie