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Last updated: 09 April 2018

Humans spend about one-third of their lives sleeping, so naturally you'll want a mattress that provides optimal support and comfort at the end of a long day. We tested spring mattresses from Sealy, King Koil, A.H. Beard, Sleepmaker, Tempur and more, to help you find the best bed.

We've checked the things you can't see instore including:

  • Wear, tear and physical change, by simulating eight years of use (the average lifespan of a mattress).
  • Comfort and body support out of the box and after eight years, so you know which brands change the most over time.
  • The materials that make up mattresses, by cutting them open after testing.

We count the total number of springs, layers and assess material used during construction. This includes assessing temperature regulation and sweat absorption.

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Price paid by CHOICE in April 2017. Indicates the amount of money that can be saved using shopping techniques in our buying guide, and margins put in place by retailers and manufacturers.

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Actual firmness - our test results

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Actual firmness based on our tests.

Sagging score

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We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate usage of approximately eight years. Then, we measure height and firmness straight out of the box, and again after this test to note any differences. The lower the score, the greater the difference.

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Comfort score after eight years of use - female

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We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years' use. 

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Comfort score after eight years of use - male

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We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years' use. 

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Test results

Comfort score, unused mattress - female

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We conduct body support tests for both dorsal (on back) and lateral (on side) positions.

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Comfort score, unused mattress - male

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We conduct body support tests for both dorsal (on back) and lateral (on side) positions.

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Usage wear/damage score

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We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years' use. Visible damage such as cracking, broken springs or pilling contributes to fatigue score. A higher score means less damage.

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Sweat repellent score

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We assess permeability and water intake. Lower scoring models absorb more fluids which can cause damage and odor buildup over time.

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Features

Memory foam layer

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Many spring mattresses include a memory foam layer. This is often unadvertised. 

Handles

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A mattress with more handles is easier to rotate, flip and move.

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  • Comfort score, unused mattress - male
  • Comfort score, unused mattress - female
  • Comfort score after eight years of use - male
  • Comfort score after eight years of use - female
  • Stabilisation score
  • Sagging score
  • Sweat repellent score
  • Usage wear/damage score
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  • Smell score (after a fortnight of use)
  • Actual firmness - our test results
  • Insulation (mattress warmth)
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