Split tension mattress or zip and link?

Debbie asked
21st October 2016

I am 9 stone exactly but my husband is 16 stone. I prefer a soft-medium mattress however he prefers a medium-firm. He gets very hot at night whereas I get very cold. Our current mattress is over 15 years old but every time we come to buy one we can never agree on the right mattress. Can you help?

1 Answer
answered 6 years ago

Hi Debbie,


Thank you for your enquiry.


As it happens it is one of the most common that we receive.


Zip and link mattresses, which are available in king size or above, are primarily selected to facilitate access where this is restricted, but may also be selected due to the fact that the spring tensions are not adjacent to each other on the scale i.e. soft & firm. If access is not an issue and you are opting for adjacent tensions on the scale i.e. soft and medium, then a one piece can be made in king size and above only in our Artisan range, which contain natural upholstery.


Your particular body weights dictate different spring tensions for you both, soft for you and medium for your husband and so unless access is an issue, a one piece would be appropriate. Both zip and link and one piece pocket sprung mattresses provide for movement of one party during the night without undue disturbance of the other party. However, please note that you are borderline between a Soft and Medium spring. Generally we find, from speaking to customers, that most people above 9st tend to prefer a Medium spring to have a bit more support.


We would suggest that you view the Artisan Naturals, Artisan Bespoke 004 or the Artisan Bespoke all of which can have the split spring tension referred to. The Naturals has 85% natural upholstery and Bespoke 004 has 100% with both providing a similar feel. The Bespoke on the other hand has more upholstery and will provide a slightly firmer feel in the upholstery even when a soft spring tension is selected, which is something we note you both prefer.



We trust that the above is of assistance to you and once you have viewed these products, please call our office on 0161 437 4419 to receive more specific advice as to the suitability of your chosen product. We are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.


Kind Regards, John and Ryan.