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March 2020

What’s the best mattress for £1250?

Buying a new mattress can become an awfully complicated business. Firstly there are thousands of ever-changing model names to filter through, material types, spring units and mattress types to name a few. You may have a healthy bed budget of £1250 but don't know what kind of mattress you can get for that much. We're here to show you exactly what to expect in a new mattress based on your budget.

If you have a budget of around £1250 and are looking for a new mattress then you’re slap bang in the middle of the market. Luckily it’s around £1250 where the really decent mattress models start to emerge. So this should be really good news for you and help provide a better nights sleep. This article will explain exactly what you can expect for your budget.  Let’s discuss in more detail the £1250 mattress choices on offer.

Artisan Naturals side profile
£1250 is the price point with mattresses where high-quality beds start to emerge. Click to view.

It’s worth considering that a quality mattress and good nights sleep should be budgeted for. If you opt for a cheap mattress you may end up making multiple purchases every 2-3 years meaning its a false economy.

Mattress Price RangeAverage Retailer Life SpanCost Per Nights Sleep
£10007 years0.39p
£20007 years0.78p
£30007 years£1.17

What to expect from a £1250 mattress

So what can you expect for your money in terms of support units and fillings from a £1250 mattress? By understanding whats available for this price you can be better prepared to whittle down the endless selection of mattresses. Meaning you can quickly compare a handful before making your new bed purchase. It also means that before you hit the shops you will have a really good grasp of what to expect. Saving you time and money with your new bed purchase.

Tufted mattress cover

Mattress Support

Support for your £1250 should be provided by a pocket spring unit. The entry-level pocket spring will be spunbond whereas the high-end models will feature calico encased pocket springs.  Pocket springs are the best form of support in a mattress. Pocket springs will individually contour to your body weight. They also reduce transference and provide a really robust support unit for your mattress. This results in less settlement or sagging issues if the mattress is looked after.

At this price point, you should easily avoid open coil spring units or cheap foam support.

John Ryan Calico encased mattress springs
Calico Pocket Springs are the highest quality. They are breathable and offer unparalleled support.

The support offered at this price point should provide bespoke tensions based on your bodyweight. We have written extensively here about choosing the correct spring gauge which is based on your weight. If you want to understand more on spring tensions then read our detailed guide to work out the best tension for you. Alternatively, there’s a handy table below.

Spring TensionWire diameter (Gauge)Weight Range
Soft1.2mmBespoke Tension (Please Call)
Medium1.4mmUpto 16 stone
Firm1.6mm16 stone plus
Extra Firm / Orthopaedic1.9mm20 stone plus

In terms of how many springs you should look for the number is around 1200-1500 in a one layer spring method. The minimum amount is 600 (usually found in £500 beds or £750 mattresses) and the maximum is around 2,000 in a single layer. Anything over 2000 uses additional layers of micro springs to bulk up the spring count. Micro springs are mainly used in a mattress at the detriment of upholstery comfort layers which we will come onto next.

In terms of gauge and tension, most entry-level mattresses are based on a 1.4 gauge wire in a pocket spring equating to a medium tension. As always you need to ask any retailers the exact spring tension and or gauge to know this.

Upholstery in a £1250 Mattress

Once you’ve reviewed the spring support used in a potential mattress the next area for consideration are the upholstery layers. These are also known as ‘Comfort Layers’ of the mattress. The overall comfort ‘feel’ of your new mattress is dependant on what these layers are made of and how they are layered. This is where most care needs to be taken when choosing a new mattress. You’re going to be faced with a number of

  • Fillings
  • Brand names
  • Woolly Descriptions
  • Vague Benefits

The key is interpreting these for what they really are.

For a £1250 mattress you should start to see a large proportion of Natural Fibre fillings; at least 30% for the price point. Obviously this depends on what type of fillings you’re looking at. For example, Alpaca is incredibly expensive and rare when compared to Wool or Cotton.

If you encounter beds and mattresses described by phrases like ‘Contains Alpaca’ or ‘Including Bamboo’ then these are usually nominal amounts. Would you believe that there is no law against these containing as 1% natural fibre blended then with 99% polyester?

1200 gsm blended wool and cotton cross section
The key to finding the perfect mattress is knowing exactly what’s under the covers. Meaning knowing the exact amounts of fibre fillings.

You need to know what the GSM (Grams per square meter) of each fibre is within a mattress. If not you’re simply guessing and rolling the dice with your budget.

In a £1250 mattress, you can expect to receive around 2000GSM of fibres minimum in a quality kingsize mattress. At this price point, you shouldn’t be looking at synthetic foams. If you’re looking for a foam mattress then have a look at a 100% Natural Latex model instead. They are far more breathable, are two-sided and will last far longer than their memory foam counterparts.

Below is a list of the types of Natural Fibres you should expect to see. You may see more premium fibres like Alpaca but beware the blends (or lack of detail) as theses are too expensive to be found at this price point. The likelihood is they have been blended with cheaper fibres.

Upholstery LayerFibre TypeHow it will feel?Price Point
PolycottonSynthetic/Natural BlendSoft/MediumMid Price
LinenSynthetic/Natural BlendMediumMid Price
Wool (Pure)NaturalSoft/MediumHigh-End
Cotton (Pure)NaturalSoftHigh-End
HorsehairNaturalMediumHigh-End
Coarse CashmereNaturalFirmHigh-End
For £1250 you should be expecting primarily Natural Fibres in a mattress
For £1250 you should be expecting primarily Natural Fibres in a mattress
This price point is where the real quality mattress models start.
This price point is where the real quality mattress models start.

Mattress Detailing for a £1250 Bed

As you enter the price point where quality mattresses start to emerge so do the finer exquisite details. Mattress Detailing refers to the stitching method, construction skill and cover fabric of the mattress which at £1250 should start to excel. Things you should expect at this level:

Best Mattresses for £1250

So we have worked out what you can expect for your money so its time to see which are the best mattress models for £1250 out there using real-life retail comparisons. We’ve reviewed hundreds of mattresses and here are a few to give you a basis for comparison.

We will provide 5 different mattresses at around the £1250 price point, including one of our own models for you to see what you can expect. If you want to view even more then please have a look here at our online Mattress Comparison database.

Vispring Baronet Superb

We will go to the best model we have found for your money first which is the Vispring Baronet Superb. We absolutely love Vispring mattresses. Not only are they 100% Natural Fibre but they use some absolutely brilliant detailing to finish off their range. The Baronet Superb is a great example of the build quality at the top end of the mattress market for around £1250. It retails at £1380 for a kingsize mattress and is two-sided.

The Vispring Baronet Superb mattress features:

  • 1,000gsm bonded British fleece wool and cotton and then 1,200gsm blended British fleece wool and cotton.
  • Upholstered with horsehair, needle-teased onto hessian and enclosed in a hair-proof cambric cover. (The spring insulator layer)
  • Covered with satin ivory Belgian ticking from the Vispring collection.
  • Hand-tufted with felt washers.
  • 1326 Calico Pocket Springs (1.52 gauge firm springs)
  • Total 2300GSM
  • 100% Natural Fibre Upholstery
The Vispring Baronet Superb Mattress from Furniture Village
Image from: https://www.furniturevillage.co.uk/baronet-superb-mattress

This Vispring model features 2 rows of genuine hand side stitching and felt washers. Both lovely touches. It has a relatively soft sink feel before firm support. It’s a relatively thin mattress at 21cm perfect for those who struggle with extra deep mattresses or need assistance turning your mattress each month.

Marks & Spencer Luxury 5800 Mattress

This is Marks & Spencer’s mid-level model and features a spunbond pocket spring system, in a medium (probably 1.4 gauge) tension. Its fillings are primarily recycled man-made fibre with some layers of lambswool. It’s really interesting that M&S are using recycled clothes through their donation scheme as an insulator filling in this mattress. It’s a great idea.

M&S don’t give the exact GSM for these fillings but do show a cross-section of them. In our experience, if these layers are to scale, most of them look to be around 200gsm each. It has 4 rows of side stitching. Strangely two of these are hand side stitched and two machine stitched. We can only imagine this is done to keep the cost down. Usually, you either get hand side stitching or machine side stitching and never a mix of the two.

This model is a one-sided mattress which means you can only use one side and can only rotate it. This does negatively affect its lifespan. You have to weight this up when comparing to other two-sided models. Two-sided models will have generally twice as many upholstery fillings as you can use both sides.

For the price, this is a well put together mattress (with the exception of the one-sided drawback) and provides a medium comfort layer feel and suitable support for those up to 16 stone. It retails at £1299 for a kingsize.

M&S Luxury 5800 Mattress
https://www.marksandspencer.com/luxury-5800-mattress/

John Lewis & Partners Natural Collection Fleece Wool 8400 Mattress

John Lewis & Partners have a really good mattress range around this price point of £1250. They have some great examples of high-end mattress manufacture to choose from and their Natural Collection Fleece Wool 8400 is a prime example of what to expect. This model retails at £1299 for a kingsize and is made by Harrison Spinks who are one of Britains best mattress makers.

  • British Wool & Viscose Blend (No GSM or blend given)
  • British Wool, Hemp & Flax Blend (No GSM or blend given)
  • 2500 HD (Mini) Springs (No tension or gauge given)
  • 3400 Cortec Spun Bond Pocket Springs (No tension or gauge given)

This model is primarily made up of Wool to give it a forgiving and soft comfort layer. They use micro springs instead of the traditional mattress spring insulator layer which makes this mattress feel livelier than most. Careful maintenance is required with this mattress due to the high Wool content which has a habit of settling. So you will need to turn and rotate this mattress diligently each month to even out the natural settlement. This is the same for all softer Wool filled mattresses regardless of the brand. This mattress is two-sided so you can use both sides of the mattress, meaning you can get twice as much lifespan when compared to a no-turn mattress such as memory foam or cheaper construction method. This mattress is a firm feel for those under 16 stone.

Thew John Lewis Natural Collection Fleece Wool Mattress
Image from: https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-natural-collection-fleece-wool-8400-king-size-medium-tension-pocket-spring-mattress

This John lewis mattress has a soft feel and will provide medium support for up to a 1 stone sleeper. The natural fillings will also be far cooler during the night than synthetic or blended man mad fibres.

Dunlopillo Go Energise Mattress

This a Dunlopillo model from Furniture Village which features a mix of pocket springs and latex. Retailing at £1169 for a kingsize it shows what can be expected from a pocket spring and latex foam mattress at this price point. Offering a medium feel with a slow sink this model is suitable for anyone who wants the feel of memory foam without all the heat build-up of a solid foam mattress by using Latex and pocket springs. Trying to achieve the best of both worlds.

If you want the feeling of latex but without the price tag, this is an excellent starter model, particularly if you are not used to sleeping on latex. When looking at Latex mattresses its really key that you find out the density (ie 70kg or 80kg) of the Latex which dictates how it will feel along with the depth (5cm, 7.5cm or 10cm) so you can work out how far you will sink. This model has a medium-firm feel to it with a light sink so we estimate its 5cm of 80kg synthetic latex.

  • British-made 25 cm medium tension mattress is topped with a layer of Dunlopillo latex for instant pressure relief. (No density or depth is given)
  • A layer of foam-encapsulated pocket springs with 850 springs in king size. (No gauge or tension given)
  • The mattress cover is made of a flexible knitted fabric which keeps your body as close as possible to the latex layer. (Synthetic Cover)

Care needs to be taken with the one-sided issue but other than that its a solid contender for the price. As a like-for-like mattress comparison have a look at our Origins Pocket Latex here which show you a similar construction method to give you an idea of what to expect if your looking st Dunlopillo mattresses.

The Dunlopillo latex mattress
Image from: https://www.furniturevillage.co.uk/go-energise-mattress/

John Ryan By Design Artisan Naturals

Our Artisan Naturals mattress gives you a great comparison model for this price point with 85% natural fibre content. Not only do we pride ourselves on making the highest quality mattresses but we let you know exactly what’s inside them. Our Artisan Naturals price point. is our best selling natural fibre mattress, packs the finest fillings on a calico pocket spring unit, to create the perfect medium feel for this price point. Hand made here in the UK. Giving a medium feel in the 3950gsm of Natural and man-made fillings. It costs £1295 for a kingsize a 10-year guarantee,  free delivery and interest-free finance options available.

This model gives a true medium feel for a sleeper up to 16 stone. Extra deep fitted sheets will be needed due to the extra depth of this mattress. The Mohair acts as an excellent breathable insulator against the calico pocket springs which are the same style as the ones used in the Vispring model above. This is a two-sided mattress model so can be turned and rotated fully to extend its lifespan.

The Artisan Naturals Mattress
Our Artisan Naturals is our best selling model. Offering the highest GSM and build quality for this price point. Click to view.
  • 1200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool & Cotton
  • Hairproof Cambric Cover
  • 1250gsm Rebound Polycotton
  • 1500gsm Pure Mohair
  • 1600 Calico Encased Vanadium Coated Pocket Springs ( Custom spring tensions available)
  • Total GSM: 3950gsm
  • Depth: 27-30cm
  • Chemical Free Damask Cover

What else can I get for my money?

Now we’ve shown what you can expect for around £1250 for a new mattress you may be wondering what else you can expect if you increase your sleep budget.

  1. What to expect from a £500 Mattress
  2. What to expect from a £750 Mattress
  3. What to expect from a £1000 Mattress
  4. What to expect from a £1500-£2000 Mattress
  5. What to expect from a £2000 Mattress

Below is a handy guide of exactly what your money should buy you when choosing a new mattress.

How much to spend on a double mattress?What can I expect for my money?
Under £500Will not get you much at best a 13.5 gauge open coil/cage sprung with a thin polyester layer or a solid foam mattress.
£500Entry level spunbond springs with some form of synthetic upholstery. Usually one sided mattresses.
£750The beginnings of a basic pocket springs unit with 800 – 1000 count. No substantial amount of filling other than foams and synthetic materials. Two sided models.
£1000Should get you away from most low ranges and into the mid-range pocket spring models.
£1250Should get you a decent pocket sprung mattress with some Natural Fibre content.
£1500Should get you many manufacturers mid-range models with Natural Fibres
£1500-£2000Should get you a Hand Made primarily Natural Fibre Quality Mattress
£2000+You should expect 100% Natural Fibres and Traditional Hand Made Construction Method.
£5000+A Bespoke Hand Made Sleep System, High-end Spring Units & Featuring the Worlds Most Luxurious Natural Fibres.

Summary

If you have £1250 to spend on a new mattress then there really are some excellent models in this price range. You’re not going to be in the dizzy heights of ultimate luxury but you can certainly avoid the entry and mid-range offerings. Meaning your mattress will last far longer and offer better quality fillings. These more natural fillings will help the mattress breath and thus keep you cooler at night. We can’t stress enough how a 2-sided mattress model should always be chosen over a one-sided model. One-sided beds only provide you with half the fillings to sleep on and suffer from far faster settlement.

Lastly, make sure to ask each retailer you visit the exact details on their spring systems and the grams per square meter of any fibre fillings. It’s only with this information that you can make an accurate comparison. Our online mattress comparison tool here can help save you time and money before hitting the shops so make sure you check it out.

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