which super kingsize zip and link divan set to replace a John Lewis Vi Spring Wembury king on firm wood bedstead?

P van Weede asked 2nd September 2018

We have slept on a wooden bedstead for 38 years, current JL Vi Spring mattress is 11 years old. We now want a zip and link combination so we need to replace the bedstead with a divan. I have looked at Vi Spring divan sets but find the fully sprung base feels too springy and the recommended soft mattress too soft. I am 5’6″, 9st7lb, my husband is 5’9″, 14st. I have also looked at John Lewis Natural Collection and preferred the feel of their True Edge divan bases and the firmer edge of their mattresses. They now categorise their mattress into 3 levels of comfort – Firm, Comfort and Luxury and each level has 3 levels of quality – this is separate of course to spring tension. I liked the Herdwick 8000 and Angora 14000, and I understand these will feel firmer in the zip and link combination. However, I have been put off by negative reviews online for the John Lewis range and wondered what your equivalent would be in your opinion. For such an expensive item, it seems a bit hit and miss as to whether you will end up with a comfortable bed, and of course more so if you buy online! Please, do you have any advice? Thank you very much!

1 answer

Michaela Long Staff answered 6 months ago

Hi P van Weede
Thank you for your enquiry on our website.  I have looked at the mattresses you have mentioned and unfortunately without a detailed specification on the amount (GSM grams per square meter) of natural fillings within these mattresses it is impossible to give you an accurate comparison to any of the models in our Artisan range.  I can see from looking at these mattresses that you prefer a medium in the comfort layers.  We have six models in this range that are classed medium with slight variances.  The softest is the Artisan Bespoke 003 and the firmest is the Artisan 1500 and the true medium is the Artisan Naturals.
Artisan Bespoke Alpaca 003 Mattress
Spring tension is based solely on an individuals body weight.  Your husband requires a medium spring tension to give him the correct level of support whereas you would technically be classed as requiring a soft spring.  Personally, I would say you are borderline between the two and as you say you find the soft spring tension too soft there is no reason you can not have the firmer support from the medium spring tension.

Spring TensionWire diameterWeight Range
Soft1.2mmUpto 10 stone
Medium1.4mm10-16 stone
Firm1.6mm16 stone plus
Extra Firm / Orthopaedic1.9mm20 stone plus

The Artisan base has two options.  The Bonnel coil and the pocket sprung base and the difference is that the Bonnel coil is a continuous coil spring with springs added, similar to the spring system in older mattresses whereas the pocket springs are individually pocketed springs within a wooden frame for a ‘true edge’.   They both do exactly the same in supporting the mattress but the Bonnel coil is cheaper. Sprung edge divans will soften the overall feel of a mattress slightly, being more forgiving.
Any product you purchase from us will be covered under the ’60 day love it or return it’ guarantee.  This is a no quibble guarantee, if for any reason you are not happy with your purchase just contact us and we can either give you a full refund and arrange collection of your product or we can offer a one time exchange to another product which will also have the ’60 day love it or return it’ guarantee.  Please bear in mind that if the second product is not suitable the only thing we can do is to give you a full refund minus £85 for the second collection.
I hope this was helpful, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 0161 437 4419 if you require any further information or if you would like to discuss the suitability of any of our mattresses.
Kind Regards