The best mattress you can buy
This article is just a bit of fun to show you what top of range mattresses are available from only the very best mattress manufacturers. It presents some of the most high-end upholstery, support units and mattress detailing.
It is also interesting to see what characteristics are used to produce such sublime pieces of art but also take note of the similarities of the level and amount of components used to deem these models as the ‘ultimate’ mattress. It also puts into perspective any conceivable answer to the much-asked question what’s the best mattress I can buy? So obviously, this question should be followed up with the tagline for my budget!
Note: The details below are the best available to hand but may contain slight specification and pricing errors.
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SAVOIR BEDS: This is The Royal State which is the ultimate in sleep luxury. Only sixty will be made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queens Coronation.
This is the industry benchmark for Bespoke bed design and manufacture and will set you back a cool £115,000 or thereabouts. It’s worth noting that Savoir Beds is deemed to be the ultimate bed manufacturer in this country, commands enviable respect throughout the industry as well as throughout the design community.
The specification of this model is also worth taking note of. It puts completely into perspective what it takes to produce the ultimate bed and ignoring the retail price for the time being, and examining what components and techniques have been used to produce this outstanding model should help you in understanding the methods of the craftsman.
Just taking the build of the mattress itself into account we see that the spring support comes from just one layer of 10 turn, hand tied pocket springs (although no figure of spring count is actually given we can surmise it will be in the region of 1800 or so upholstery is hand laid, long loose horsetail, carded virgin lambswool, carded cashmere wool and cotton)
An interesting point to note is that the core mattress (above) is supplemented with double toppers. The validity and importance of this usage should be seen as intrinsic to the overall design: Read here about toppers and usage
The Royal under topper (directly on top of the mattress) consists of a core of long, loose, hand-teased horsetail and a soft lambswool outer layer. The secondary Royal topper contains hand-teased, curled horsetail, in two layers, with lambswool divide. Contained with a luxurious outer layer of pure carded cashmere. Fabulous!
It is obvious that in order to go into detail about all the aspects of build for the complete model is completely inappropriate for us to do. This is pure craftsmanship at the highest level and I am completely green with envy.
VI SPRING: This is an exclusive model to Harrods from the acknowledged company who actually invented the pocket sprung unit back in 1901 (James Marshall – U.S Patent No: 698,529). Priced at around £52,000 this 7’0 x 7’0 absolute delight is another model I would love to go to sleep on.
Made entirely by hand and utilising 6240 hand-nested calico encased springs in three layers. The actual mattress is upholstered with 200 GSM of pure silk, then 200 GSM of cashmere, followed by 900 GSM of blended Shetland wool and cotton and 1200 GSM of hand-opened and hand-teased long-stranded European horsetail enclosed in a hair-proof cambric cover. Overlaid with 900 gsm of blended real Shetland wool and cotton.
This particular mattress is partnered with the President divan base. Along with the Imperial divan base (specification below) is considered to be amongst the ultimate in construction with 3196 calico-pocketed springs in a two-layer construction. The two layer spring unit is mounted on a screwed and glued beech timber frame. The divan frame is covered with insulating wadding, and the ticking case is calico lined. 1200 GSM Horsehair enclosed in a hair-proof cambric cover and then overlaid with a 1200 GSM blended platinum certified British fleece wool and cotton this is considerably more upholstery used in the base than many so-called high-end mattresses have to offer.
KLUFT & CO: American based but majority owned (51%) by Vi-Spring. This is an interesting construction, going slightly against the grain of gradual support theories – but it does come from the States, and doubtful if available in this country.
This is the Palais Royale, not even the top of the range offering at around £22,000. The top of range moniker goes to their Beyond Luxury Sublime model at £28,000. The striking thing to note about these two models is the unexpected usage of foams and latex. There should be such a prolific use of natural fibre you should hear it bleat and neigh every so often. Still, that’s the Americans for you. [See here for dissection]
VI SPRING: Only ever available in Hong Kong (I think), and only eight were manufactured at a price of around £85,000. This is the Vi-Spring Diamond Jubilee limited edition and can easily be classed as one of the ultimate beds in existence.
The mattress is upholstered with 300 GSM blended British fleece wool, then 1200 GSM hand-opened and hand-teased long-stranded horsetail. Overlaid with a blend of 610 GSM hand-teased platinum certified Shetland wool, 300 GSM of silk and 200 GSM of vicuña all covered with hair proof cotton cambric and topped off with another 300 GSM of British fleece wool.
This is partnered with The Imperial divan base. Constructed with two layers of springs. The upper layer consists of 1410 (KS) hand-nested calico-pocketed springs. The spring unit is mounted on a screwed and glued solid timber frame. The divan frame is covered with insulating wadding, and the ticking case is calico lined for added protection. Divan upholstery consists of 1200 GSM horsehair overlaid with 1200 GSM blended platinum certified British fleece wool and cotton.
This is the only model that we have heard of that utilises Vicuña as an upholstery component. Pure and unadulterated luxury for those that can afford it. Again we are really envious!
HASTENS BEDS: The top of the range model from this renowned Swedish manufacturer is The Vividus. Truly described as completely hand built. It consists of just four ‘ingredients’ being horsehair, cotton, flax and wool. What makes this particular model interesting to us is how the internal components are utilised
This has a retail price of around £40,000 a slightly cheaper alternative is the next model down, the Hastens 2000T II, much more affordable at £21,000 or so.
SAVOIR BEDS: The Savoir Number One is the top of range model (excluding special editions) from the absolute leading and unattested mattress manufacturer in this country. Priced at around £45,000 (King size).
This is the bed found in the Royal Suite at London’s Savoy hotel and is a testament to the 120 man hours of labour used to produce such an impressive piece of sublime and unadulterated luxury. The intrinsic use of a separate, removable, replaceable topper signifies the absolute importance of such an item. Not just on this model, but we believe should be on every single mattress your budget allows.
The upholstery used in this model is a carefully judged mix of loose long horsehair cotton and wool. The topper is constructed using hand-teased, curled horse tail, in two layers with lambs wool divide and an outer layer of pure cashmere.
VI SPRING: The Magnificence is listed as the top of range core model in the UK and carries a retail price of around £13,000 (mattress only), although in the United States similarly constructed models such as the Masterpiece Superb partnered with the Statesman divan, are also within this realm of construction.
The mattress upholstery consists of 900 GSM blended real Shetland Isle fleece wool and cotton, then 610 GSM hand-opened and hand-teased long-stranded horsetail enclosed in a hair-proof cambric cover. Layered with 200 GSM cashmere, 200 GSM mohair and 600 GSM hand-teased real Shetland Isle fleece wool, overlaid with 1200 GSM blended real Shetland Isle fleece wool and cotton.
The combined upholstery weight of this particular mattress is in the region of 3700 GSM. A good indication of what level of upholstery is considered to be substantial enough to take the podium to the top of the range.
JOHN RYAN BY DESIGN: I know, I know shameful but exceptionally pleasurable to be able to place what we have created in such an illustrious list of beds from the countries best manufacturers.
This is our Artisan Bespoke Mattress retailing at now what seems to be a giveaway price of less than £1700 for the Kingsize Mattress. We are extremely proud of this model, using the techniques and materials similar to our heroes above to create what is essentially an affordable piece of luxury.
The mattress upholstery consists of a combined purely natural upholstery weight of 5100 GSM. This is our pride and joy and our best selling model.
The best bed you can buy in reality is the best quality for the budget you have. Our expert team can provide tailored guidance based on budget and preferences to ensure you get the best mattress for your money. Our hand made mattress models follow a number of high-end construction techniques and components. For us making a mattress to this high quality is as standard. To understand in greater detail what components are used to make the best beds you can buy it will be worth you taking the time to read on GSM, upholstery and construction methods further. You will never look at mattresses in the same way again.
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