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March 2020

What’s the best mattress for £1500-£2000?

If you're looking at buying a new mattress then its important to have a budget in mind. If you are lucky enough to have £1500 to spend on a new mattress then there are some wonderful mattress options out there for you. You're entering high-end mattress territory and this guide will show you exactly what to expect to help you choose the best quality mattress. Let's go mattress shopping!

If you have a budget of around £15o0-£2000 when looking for a new mattress put’s you firmly into the price bracket of high-quality mattresses. At around this price point, you’re going to have the pick of some of the finest beds available in the retail market. You’ve well and truly moved away from the mass-produced cheap models and are moving into the bespoke territory.

Side panel of a hand made mattress
£1500 is the price point where high-end mattresses are available. Click to view.

So this should be really good news for you as you have enough of a budget to start to choose a truly fitting model based on your body weight, sleeping preference and comfort level. All of which will help provide a better nights sleep for you and any sleeping partner. This article will explain exactly what you can expect for your budget.  Let’s discuss in more detail the £1500 mattress choices and how to choose the best mattress.

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 £1500 mattress

So what can you expect for your money in terms of support units and fillings from a £1500 mattress? By understanding whats available for this price you can avoid cheap models hiding in this price point and reduce the selection of mattresses you’re looking at. Meaning you can quickly compare a handful of beds before making your mattress decision. By knowing what to expect you van avoid salespeople’s marketing spin and make the process far simpler. Saving you time and money with your new sleep purchase.

Tufted mattress cover

Mattress Support

Support for your £1500 should be provided by a calico pocket spring unit.  Pocket springs are the best form of support in a mattress and calico springs are the highest quality offering both breathability and ultimate progressive support. 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. Calico pocket springs are hand sewn together rather than glued making them even more responsive. They are also made of a natural calico covering to help airflow and reduce synthetic fibres in your mattress.

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 gauges offered at this price point should offer bespoke tensions based on your bodyweight. We have written extensively here about choosing the correct spring gauge which is always based on your body weight (not to be confused with comfort feel of the mattress which is based on the upholstery on top). If you want to understand more on spring tensions then read our detailed guide to work out the best tension for you and there’s also a spring tension 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 1500-2000 in a ‘one layer’ spring method. At this price, you should avoid the minimum 600-850 spring count beds (usually found in £500 beds or £750 mattresses). Opting for around 1500- 2000 in a single layer of calico encased pocket springs. Anything over 2000 will use a dual-layer construction method. This is fine if it is still using Calcio encased pocket springs in a twin-up style.  However, if it uses additional layers of synthetic micro springs to bulk up the spring count you need to take care. 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 choose this based on your weights. If you and your partner are in different weight brackets then a Zip & link or Split Tension mattress should be a standard offering for £1500. This way you can both get the perfect spring tension for you in your new mattress. At this price, you shouldn’t be compromising. As always you need to ask any retailers the exact spring tension and or gauge to know this.

Upholstery in a £1500 Mattress

Now you understand the spring support used in a £1500 mattress the next area for consideration are the upholstery layers which provide comfort. These are also known as ‘Comfort Layers’ of the mattress. The overall comfort ‘feel’ of your new mattress is dependant on the type of upholstery these layers comprise of. Also how they are layered. This is where most care needs to be taken when choosing a new mattress as its where the retailers’ information starts to become really sketchy. 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 and not falling for sales spin.

For a £1500 mattress you should start to see a predominatly Natural Fibre fillings; at least 90% for the price point. Obviously this depends on what type of fillings you’re looking at and their GSM (weight). For example, Alpaca is incredibly expensive and rare when compared to Cotton or Flax.

If you are looking at beds and mattresses that are described by phrases like ‘Contains Horsehair’ or ‘Including Cashmere’ then these are usually lip service tiny amounts. Would you believe that there is no law against these containing as 1% natural fibre blended then with 99% polyester or other synthetic white fibres?

White cashmere 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 left guessing what’s in each mattress and rolling the dice with your purchase.

In a £1500 mattress, you can expect your new mattress to contain around 3000GSM of fibres as a minimum in a quality kingsize mattress. For £1500 shouldn’t be looking at synthetic foams unless you really love them. If you’re looking for a foam mattress then have a look at a 100% Natural Latex model instead which 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 for £1500 in a mattress. You may see more premium fibres like Pure Cashmere 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 synthetic fibres.

Upholstery LayerFibre TypeHow it will feel?Price Point
Wool (Pure)NaturalSoft/MediumHigh-End
Cotton (Pure)NaturalSoftHigh-End
HorsehairNaturalMediumHigh-End
MohairNaturalMedium/FirmHigh-End
HempNaturalMediumHigh-End
Latex (100% Natural)NaturalMedium/FirmHigh-End
CoirNaturalFirmHigh-End
FlaxNaturalFirmHigh-End
Coarse CashmereNaturalFirmHigh-End
BambooNaturalSuper SoftExpensive / Exclusive
Horsetail NaturalFirmExpensive / Exclusive
AlpacaNaturalSoftExpensive / Exclusive

Mattress Detailing for a £1500 Bed

For your £1500-£2000 mattress you should be expecting exquisite details in the mattresses construction style. All very exciting!

Mattress Detailing refers to the stitching method, construction skill and cover fabric type of the mattress which at £1500 should be bringing you all sorts of loveliness. Things you should expect/demand at this level:

For £1500 you should be looking for at least 80% Natural Fibre
For £1500 you should be looking for at least 80% Natural Fibre
Bespoke Spring Tensions based on your bodyweight should be available as standard
Bespoke Spring Tensions based on your bodyweight should be available as standard

Best Mattresses for £1500-£2000

So we have worked out what you can expect for your money so its time to see which are the best mattress models for £1500 out there using real-life retail mattress models. We’ve reviewed hundreds of mattresses out there at £1500 and here are a few to give you a basis for comparison.

We will provide 5 different mattresses at around the £1500 market, 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 Traditional

We will go to the best model we have found for your £1500 first which is the Vispring Traditional. We really love Vispring mattresses and their construction method as they are a top-notch mattress manufacturer. Not only are they 100% Natural Fibre but they use some absolutely brilliant detailing to finish off their range. The Vispring Traditional is a great example of the build quality at the top end of the mattress market for around £1500. It has a true medium feel and is 21cm deep and not too heavy for those who struggle to turn mattresses. It retails at £1670 for a kingsize mattress and is two-sided.

The Vispring Traditional mattress features:

  • Two layers of 900gsm Blended British Fleece Wool and Cotton
  • 1350gsm bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton
  • Wool Spring protector pad (unknown GSM)
  • Covered with satin ivory Belgian ticking from the Vispring collection.
  • Hand-tufted with felt washers.
  • 1254 luxury pocket springs in 5’0 (150cm), 1.52mm (firm) Vanadium steel springs, 56mm in diameter, individually sewn calico pockets, hand-formed into a honeycomb nested unit.
  • Total 3150GSM
  • 100% Natural Fibre Upholstery
The Vispring traditional mattress on a bedstead
Image is taken from: https://www.andsotobed.co.uk/vispring-traditional-bedstead-mattress-only

This Vispring model features 2 rows of genuine hand side stitching and felt washers. Both of which are high-end mattress detailing touches.

Hypnos Bespoke Opulence

Hypnos is one of the UK’s quality mattress makers and this model is listed for its build quality and also the fact they disclose the exact GSM so you can compare. Well done Hypnos! This bed is a firmer feel from the ReActive springs and is topped with softer British Wool as both the top comfort layer and also the mattress spring insulator. To firm up the upholstery a 900gsm layer of Polycotton is used which will help the mattress keep its loft. This is really important with softer wool mattresses which can settle really quickly unless a firmer upholstery is used to help firm up the wool layers. Ideally, Horsehair would be used instead to give a more robust layer but at this price point, we can see why Hypnos is using a synthetic blend.

It has 3 rows of hand side stitching which is a nice mattress detail and this model is two-sided. You may have read our other articles that call out one-sided models. This is because they usually cost the same as two-sided models but only contain half the fillings. At this price point, you should be expecting a 2-sided model. This is a deep mattress at 29cm.

For the price, this is a well put together mattress for a firmer comfort layer feel and suitable support for those up to 16 stone. It retails at £1599 for a kingsize.

A hypnos bespoke opulence bed
Image from: https://www.furniturevillage.co.uk/bespoke-opulent-mattress

John Lewis & Partners Natural Collection Swaledale Wool 11400

John Lewis & Partners offer you some great quality mattresses at around £1500 with a solid build quality for your money. One of their best with a high natural fibre content is the Swaledale Wool 11400 which is one of their ortho firm feel mattresses for those that like a really firm sleep.  This model retails at £1599 for a kingsize and is made by Harrison Spinks who are one of Britains best mattress makers.

This model is primarily made up of Wool which would normally give a softer sink in the top layer. However, the Ortho spring will add a significant firmness to this model. 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 regularly each month to even out the natural settlement. This is the same for all 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 other one-sided mattresses. This mattress is an extra firm feel for those under 16 stone.

A John Lewis Mattress on a yellow base
Image taken from: https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-natural-collection-swaledale-wool-11400-king-size-medium-tension-pocket-spring-mattress

Abaca Snowdon Mattress

Abaca is one of the UK’s small independent hand made mattress companies and their products are wonderful. Hand made in Wales and full of lovely features. The Snowdon is a Wool mattress that offers a medium feel. It features a pocket spring unit with 1000 springs that’s then covered with a 1000gsm layer of wool and then two separate 500gsm layers on top of that. These Wool layers give this mattress a lovely soft sink and make it highly breathable as its 100% Natural fibre.

  • 2000 gsm Combined layers of wool of different weights and densities.
  • It is hand-tufted and has an organic cotton cover.
  • 3 spring tensions depending on your bodyweight

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 Snowdon Abaca mattress
Image is taken from Abacas Site: https://abacaorganic.co.uk/product/snowdon/

John Ryan By Design Artisan Bespoke 004

Our Artisan Bespoke mattress gives you a great comparison model for this price point with 100% natural fibre content and a vanadium coated calico pocket spring unit (hand-tied). Our ethos has always been to make the highest quality mattresses but also letting you know exactly what’s inside them. Our Artisan Bespoke 004  contains 3600gsm of Natural fibre fillings on a calico pocket spring unit, to create the perfect medium feel mattress. Hand made here in the UK it costs £1645 for a kingsize a 10-year guarantee,  free delivery and interest-free finance options available.

This model gives a deep 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 Pure Horsetail acts as an excellent breathable and responsive layer above 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.

Artisan Bespoke 004 luxury mattress on base
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
  • 200gsm Soft Bamboo
  • 1200gsm Pure Horsetail
  • 1600 Calico Encased Vanadium Coated Pocket Springs ( Custom spring tensions available)
  • Total GSM: 3600gsm
  • 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 £1250 Mattress
  5. What to expect from a £1500 Mattress
  6. 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 between £1500-£2000 to spend on a new mattress you’ve got a selection of wonderfully handcrafted mattresses available. Featuring the highest GSM Natural fibres and calico encased pocket springs. It’s at this price point where you should leave behind mass-produced models and start to choose a truly tailored sleep experience.

Independent mattress manufacturers can often offer far more at this price point than larger competitors can due to their higher operating costs. It also is a price point where you can start to expect tailored spring tensions, zip & links or split tensions. This is especially useful if you and your partner are different body weights. It means no more compromising.

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