The best tip we can give you about buying a mattress
We know how confusing buying a mattress can be. In fact the industry has made it intentionally secretive and confusing. We want to change that so read on to find out the main tips you need when buying a new mattress.
Over the years, our site has grown and developed to share with you the information that we have gained through our work the best way we can. Our Joihn Ryan By design site has over 6,000 pages on all things bed related. We don’t profess to know everything, but we do know considerably more than most when it comes to mattress making and comparing beds.
- The best tip when buying a mattress
- How much is a pocket spring mattress?
- What is the best type of pocket spring?
- There are only 3 types of mattress to choose from
- Why don’t most bed companies tell you what’s in their mattresses?
- John Ryan Mattress Ranges
The best tip when buying a mattress
A quick waltz around any bed showroom will no doubt fill you with horror when confronted with all the choice and in reality, there is only one thing that you should remember and be the main focus in your selection and that is a Pocket Sprung mattress is far superior to any cage sprung or open coil offering. With an array of different spring names and trademarks, it can be easy to be duped into buying an inferior spring type. This is why the first question should always be ‘is this a pocket sprung mattress?‘.
All cage sprung mattresses are far substandard compared to pocket sprung mattresses. They are cheap to make, uncomfortable to sleep on and ultimately, they are a complete and utter waste of your money. Don’t let the marketing, fancy names, sales spin or advertising fool you Miracoil, Posturetech, Orthopaedic, Continuous Coil, Open Coil, or whatever, are all cage sprung mattresses. If the mattress does not contain pocket springs then walk away.
Are pocket sprung mattresses expensive?
A pocket sprung mattress does not need to be overly expensive. In many cases, they are more cost-effective than a comparable open coil unit and in real terms, they are cheaper now than they were many years ago. Bear in mind though that the bulk of pocket sprung mattresses are now mass produced. The ultimate pocket spring is calico encased, used by the likes of Vi-Spring and Savoir beds (our Artisan Range is an ideal Vi-Spring alternative). We can’t think of any other manufacturer who uses calico encased pocket springs, but there will be less than five manufacturers in this country who do so.
Calico pocket springs are the best you can buy
I have seen examples of descriptions where the mattress is described as containing calico springs. Complete and utter deceit. This is akin to describing a sofa as being leather when in fact it is PVC. The bulk of all pocket springs are polypropylene encased mass-produced units where the individual units are glued together to make a complete spring unit. Calico units are sewn together and are not attached to adjacent springs except by lengths of twine stringing them together. We use them in our high-end Artisan range. They are far more breathable and responsive than spunbond or other synthetic springs which is why they only ever feature in the top end of mattresses.
A good mattress should be budgeted for
Care should be taken to find the best combination of support and comfort for your budget. If you scrimp on either of these then you may have plenty of time to regret. The overriding factor in your choice will, of course, be your budget and what you can reasonably expect to receive for such. There are over 5000 mattress models out there it would be a fool’s errand to go through each and everyone to see which is the most suitable for you, in fact, it will be impossible for you to do so. However, knowing how much to spend on a mattress will drastically cut down on the options you’re faced with. Secondly, it will enable you to avoid ‘too good to be true’ offers if you know that for your budget the components listed are not available ie Cashmere in a £500 mattress.
|How much to spend on a double mattress?||What can I expect for my money?|
|£500||Will not get you much at best a 13.5 gauge open coil / cage sprung with a thin polyester layer.|
|£750||Could get you a fairly OK orthopaedic mattress or the beginnings of a basic pocket springs with 800 – 1000 count. No substantial amount of filling other than foams and synthetic materials|
|£1000||Should get you away from most low-mid ranges and into the basic pocket spring models|
|£1250||Should get you an average pocket sprung mattress.|
|£1500||Should get you many manufacturers mid-range models.|
|£1500-£2000||Should get you a hand made primarily Natural Fibre Mattress|
|£2000+||You should expect 100% Natural Fibres and traditional construction methods|
|£5000+||A bespoke hand made sleep system, high end spring units & featuring the Worlds Most Luxurious Natural Fibres|
The majority are constructed around the same principle
This principle is a pocket sprung unit and topped off with polyester wadding, making up the bulk of all lower-priced mattresses. You also have to understand that there are only three kinds of mattress to choose from:
- Cheap (Synthetic/foam one-sided)
- Mid Range (Some natural fibre/pocket springs)
- High-end. (Entirely Natural Fibre, Calico Pocket Springs)
Again, your choices become easier once you know what components could feasibly be used within these ranges. For example, there is no way that polyester would be the main component in an expensive, high-end mattress. Equally, there is no way that horsehair, cotton or wool would be the main component in a cheap mattress.
Do mattress companies have to tell you what’s in their beds?
There is no legal requirement to tell you any quantity of upholstery by weight. A description telling you that a particular mattress “contains” Wool, for example, could mean this could be as little as 5 strands mixed in with the polyester utterly contemptible but quite legal.
You might be thinking that this is a far-fetched rationale? Absolutely Not.
There are certain keywords used that should be taken as an initial warning:
- blended with
- a blend of
- luxurious layers of etc.
Vi-Spring, one of the top five UK mattress manufacturers to tell you exactly what the makeup of their mattresses is. They do so because they are proud to do so, and they only use the very best of mattress upholstery so they have absolutely nothing to hide.
If this is the start of your mattress research you will soon come to realise that nearly all manufacturers will not be as open as Vi-Spring in detailing the components used in the mattress. Why Not? You really will have to ask for the precise breakdown of fillings used in any particular mattress.
If you don’t, then, unfortunately, you will only have yourself to blame if weeks down the line you are then left lying on a completely indented bag of springs. This can be completely avoided with some advanced knowledge and planning.
You really need to be able to assess each layer in the mattress and work out what the GSM count is of each of the fillings contained. An example to the right shows what you need to know before you can accurately pick a suitable mattress and the breakdown below so you can compare mattresses.
The Artisan Bespoke 004 has generous upholstery layers of Blended British Fleece Wool & Cotton followed by Bamboo, 1400GSM total, gives a breathable and flexible Comfort Layer to this mattress. Allowing you to stay warmer during the colder months and cooler during the summer due to the high wicking properties of this mattress.
The 1200GSM of Pure Horsetail acts as a secondary spring support layer giving the medium feel to the mattress.
1600 Calico Encased Vanadium Coated Pocket Springs – in 3 tension choices – provide support for endless nights of perfect sleep.
The Woven mattress cover is completely Chemical-Free using a Natural plant-based fire retardancy protection.
|Layers||Fibres with GSM|
|1||1200GSM BLENDED BRITISH FLEECE WOOL AND COTTON|
|2||HAIRPROOF CAMBRIC COVER|
|3||200GSM SOFT BAMBOO|
|4||1200GSM PURE HORSETAIL|
|5||1000GSM BONDED BRITISH FLEECE WOOL AND COTTON|
|6||1600 CALICO ENCASED POCKET SPRINGS [ 49MM ] [1.28MM]|
|Total GSM: 3600|
Our ultimate mattress selection
Over the years, we have developed and produced a small range of less than 20 products and put them for sale in our online matress shop. These have been specifically selected for
- Quality of build
The two main factors you should be using when purchasing your new mattress. The descriptions are extremely detailed including the actual weights of materials used all so you can compare.
Without this detailed information, you actually have no idea what you’re purchasing.
Our handmade in the UK mattress models are split into the following ranges:
- Artisan – Natural Fibre & Calico encased vanadian pocket springs
- Origins – Entry level pocket sprung mattress unbeatable on price and components
- Hybrid – Using the latest responsive foams for that Tempur style foam mattress
- Fusion – 100% Natural Latex solid core models
- Resilience – Heavyweight mattresses for larger sleepers, fully turnable
- Cot Mattress – Our 100% natural cot mattress
We are John and Ryan, read exactly who we are and what we do. Our business and reputation have been built around our customer service combined with our 60-day guarantee of love it or return it on all of our mattresses. If what we select or recommend for you is unsuitable then it is only right and proper we collect free of any charge and all your money refunded in full.
Bed retailing is still a business that still defines itself on personal service and we want to be the best. You won’t be able to try our mattresses, which is why we give you the very next thing. Our service. If you still do not want to sift through all these posts then just give us a call with an indication of your budget and we will try and help to narrow down your options for you.
We hope that you do take the time to read through most of this site just so that you understand exactly what you are buying but mainly to see how to sort the good from the bad and the bad from the rubbish. If you want to find out more the next must read the article will help explain just how much should you be spending on a mattress.
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