Vispring mattress comparison & John Ryan alternatives

As Vi-spring are so well-known, we are often asked which John Ryan By Design mattresses compare to their range, and as we’re so confident in the quality and design of our luxury mattresses, we have no problem providing the information! One of the things we’re known for here at John Ryan, is our honesty; customers can always rely on us to speak the truth and recommend the best mattress for their specific needs.

Like John Ryan By Design, Vi-spring disclose exactly what’s in their mattresses and they also use the same traditional handmade craftsmanship as us, something that other mattress manufacturers don’t. This means that we both create incredibly well-made and designed mattresses. However, because Vi-spring have shops and use retail space to sell their mattresses, one of the most obvious differences is that their prices are significantly higher than ours for comparable products.

Comparing Vi-spring mattresses with John Ryan alternatives

We’ve taken some of Vi-spring’s most popular mattresses and compared them with the closest matching product from our collection of luxury mattresses. One of the best kept secrets in the mattress industry is that you can compare the quality of a mattress quite easily by looking at the GSM. The higher the GSM the better! Without knowing the GSM, you really are shopping in the dark.

Choose a Vi-Spring model to compare

Vi-Spring Regal Superb (Total GSM 3100)

The Vi-spring Regal Superb is one of Vi-spring’s most popular models.  We have a number of alternatives with subtle differences to this mattress meaning if you have tried it and liked it we can offer a comparable model with a similar feel. We have compared this Vi-spring model with our Artisan 1500, and our Artisan Naturals.

Mattress Comparison

 Vi Spring Regal SuperbJohn Ryan Artisan 1500John Ryan Artisan Naturals
Layers900gsm Blended real Shetland Isle Fleece Wool and Cotton,
Hairproof Cambric Cover,
1200gsm long stranded Horsetail blended with British Fleece Wool,
1000gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton,
1720 Calico encased Pocket Springs [48mm ] [1.28mm ]
500gsm Wool,
600gsm Rebound Poly Cotton (50/50),
700gsm Polyester,
600gsm: Rebound Poly Cotton (50/50),
700gsm Polyester,
1200 gsm Cashmere Hair Pad as Insulator,
1500 Spun Bond Pocket Springs
1200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool and Cotton,
Hairproof Cambric Cover,
1250gsm Rebound Poly Cotton,
1500gsm 100% Pure Mohair,
1600 Calico encased Pocket Springs [ 49mm ] [1.28mm ]
Total GSM3100gsm4300gsm3950gsm
FeelMediumFirmer than Vi SpringSimilar medium feel
Price*£3,761£965£1235
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John Ryan by Design Artisan 1500

The first in our range to compare to the Vi-spring Regal Superb is our Artisan 1500.  This is the first in our handmade natural mattress collection weighing in a 4300 GSM overall. It has a mix of natural and synthetic fibres, 53% natural fibre, which brings it in at a very competitive price point. Due to the use of rebound polycotton and polyester in the top comfort layers, it will have a slightly firmer feel to the standard Vi-spring Regal Superb.

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John Ryan by Design Artisan Naturals

artisan naturals mattress

The Artisan Naturals is our most popular mattress choice.  Containing a hefty 85% natural fillings and a calico pocket spring unit making it a really high-end mattress.  This closely compares to the Vi-spring Regal Superb having a similar medium feel in the upholstery layers.

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Vi-Spring Devonshire (Total GSM 2600)


The Vi-Spring Devonshire weighs in at 2600 GSM and is one of their soft feel mattresses. By utilising really generous wool layers on top of their calico spring unit they can create a super deep soft sink with this mattress.

Mattress Comparison

 Vi-Spring DevonshireJohn Ryan By Design Artisan Luxury
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Layers600gsm British Fleece Wool,
1700gsm Devonshire Fleece Wool,
300gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton,
1326 Calico encased Pocket Springs [54mm] [1.52mm]
1200 GSM British Fleece Wool and Cotton,
Hairproof Cambric Cover,
1200gsm Pure Horsehair,
500gsm Pure Wool,
1200gsm Pure Horsetail,
500gsm Pure Wool,
1476 Calico encased Pocket Springs [51mm] [1.42mm]
Total GSM4600gsm2600gsm
FeelSoftSoft
Price*£1,938£,1735

John Ryan by Design Artisan Luxury

Our Artisan Luxury is our softest deep sink mattress. Handmade in the UK it contains 1200 GSM British fleece wool and cotton in the top comfort layer giving that soft top layer feel.  It also uses horsehair and horsetail to give some support and stop the mattress from becoming overly soft in the support layers.

It has a very similar feel to the Devonshire but has the additional horsehair and horsetail layers which are essential to prevent undue settlement when using such soft fillings such as wool.

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Vi-Spring Herald Superb (Total GSM 3400)

The Vi-spring Herald Superb has a much firmer feel in the top layers over other Vi-spring models.  It contains 3400 GSM, 1200 GSM of which is horsehair above the 1000 GSM of British fleece wool which acts as an insulator above the pocket spring unit.

Mattress Comparison

 Vi-Spring Herald SuperbJohn Ryan By Design Artisan Bespoke
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11200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool & Cotton,
Hairproof Cambric Cover,
1200gsm Horsehair,
1000gsm British Fleece Wool,
1476 Calico encased Pocket Springs [51mm] [Gauge: 1.42mm]

500gsm British Wool,
1200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool and Cotton,
Hairproof Cambric Cover,
1200gsm Pure Horsetail,
1200gsm Horsehair,
1000 gsm White Cashmere Insulator,
1600 Calico encased Pocket Springs [49mm] [1.28mm]
Total GSM3400gsm5100gsm
FeelFirmFirm
Price*£2,265£1,850

John Ryan by Design Artisan Bespoke

Our Bespoke model offers 1700 GSM more than the Vi-spring model as we have included an additional horsehair pad and use final 500 GSM layer of wool on the very top comfort layer. Whilst it feels similar to the Herald Superb it’s a much heavier, deeper mattress, as there is more upholstery inside it.

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Vi-Spring Tiara Superb (Total GSM 3400)

The Tiara Superb uses a two-tier spring method in its support layer.  This means that there are two layers of pocket springs resting on top of each other.  This gives two-tier mattresses a slightly bouncy feel in the support and livelier than a single row of pocket springs.

Mattress Comparison

 Vi-Spring Tiara SuperbJohn Ryan By Design Artisan Bespoke 002
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11200gsm Blended real Shetland Isle Fleece Wool and Cotton,
Hairproof Cambric Cover,
1200gsm hand-teased long-stranded horsetail blended with real Shetland Isle fleece wool,
1000gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton,
2242 (2 tiers) Calico encased Pocket Springs [60mm] [1.42mm]
1200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool and Cotton,
Hairproof Cambric Cover,
200gsm Soft Bamboo,
1200gsm Pure Horsetail,
1000 gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton,
2508 (2 tiers) Calico encased Pocket Springs [56mm] [1.40mm]
Total GSM3400gsm3600gsm
FeelSlightly bouncy feel in the support, livelier feelAdvanced support style for those that like a fast sink and a quick response
Price*£6,075£1,975

John Ryan by Design Artisan Bespoke 002

Our Bespoke 002 also utilises two tiers of calico pocket springs.  This construction method gives the bed a livelier feel which isn’t for everyone!  It’s a slightly more advanced support style for those that like a fast sink and a quick response from their mattress.

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Vi-Spring Bedstead Imperial

The Vi-Spring Bedstead Imperial is firmer than the Vi-Spring Regal Superb, with the following fillings, wool spring protector pad, bonded Platinum Certified British fleece wool and cotton, horsehair, bamboo, blended Platinum Certified British fleece wool and cotton.

John Ryan by Design Artisan Naturals

If placed on a platform top divan the Artisan Naturals (price: £1,235) can feel similar to the Vi-spring Bedstead Imperial (Price*: £2,715).

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*All Vi-spring prices are for a king size mattress, taken from Furniture Village and are correct as of  November 2018 but may be subject to change.  Please call us for the latest up to date information. No direct comparison is made between any of the models and is only based on ‘similar feels’ from customer and staff feedback.