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Best mattress 2022: Everything you need to know

13 Jan 20227 min read
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10 best mattresses 2022

2022 is here and you deserve a better night’s sleep! It may be time to consider a new mattress. Often overlooked as the problem when you can’t sleep, a new mattress can help you drift off into sweet slumber.

When looking for a mattress, it can be difficult knowing where to start. We’ve tested mattresses, read reviews, and looked at what our customers bought last year to create a list of the best mattresses for 2022. Read on to find out what’s so great about each one.

1. Silentnight Ortho Dream Star - Best Orthopedic Mattress

We picked it for our 2021 best mattress list and we’re picking it again! With over 8000 customers choosing the Ortho Dream Star mattress last year, it’s easily one of our most popular picks.

Silentnight Ortho Dream Star - our best orthopaedic mattress for 2022

Featuring a zoned spring system, this mattress offers great orthopaedic support, particularly for your lower back and hips.

It’s a bargain, too! With prices starting from £199.95, it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for great support without spending a fortune.

What makes it the best?

  • Orthopaedic support for your back and hips
  • Incredible value 
  • Breathable; keeps you cool and fresh!

How can it get better?

  • “Handles for turning would be ideal.”

What our customers think:

Ordered Extra Firm and it is. Very supportive and comfortable.

John, Leeds

2. Emma Original - Best brand mattress

New to MattressOnline for 2022 and making it on our best mattress list is the Emma Original mattress. Emma is the UK’s most awarded mattress to date and we’re confident it’s a great choice for anyone looking for a new mattress!

Emma, the UK’s most awarded mattress and one of our best for 2022

Featuring multiple layers of memory foam, the Emma mattress is suitable for all body types and sleeping positions. It features Airgocell® technology that helps regulate your body temperature throughout the night.

For added peace of mind, the Emma mattress comes with a 100-night trial. Give it a try, and if you don’t like it, you can exchange it for any other mattress on our website!

What makes it the best?

  • A Which? Best Buy, five years in a row!
  • Delivered rolled up
  • You can swap it if you don’t like it

How can it get better?

  •  “A little pricier - but worth the investment!”

3. Sealy Mellbreak Ortho Plus Mattress - Best firm mattress

Looking for a firm mattress? The Sealy Mellbreak is our best if you’re looking for great value.

Over 1400 customers chose the Mellbreak mattress last year. Its popularity is the reason we’ve picked it in our 2022 best mattress list!

Sealy Mellbreak Ortho Plus Mattress

Featuring a weight responsive spring system, the Mellbreak provides great support in the areas you need it most. It’s also hand-tufted and wrapped in a luxury cover!

What makes it the best?

  • Orthopaedic support
  • Weight-responsive
  • Over 1400 great reviews

How can it get better?

  • “Could do with handles to move it with.”

What our customers think:

“Looks good, nice and deep and it’s firm without being like a brick.”

Angela, Glasgow

4. Simba Hybrid Essential 1500 - Best hybrid mattress

Our most popular hybrid mattress, the Simba Hybrid Essential makes our 2022 best mattress list!

The top hybrid mattress for 2022 is the Simba Hybrid Essential

Featuring 1500 pocket springs, and a 2cm layer of Simbatex foam, the Simba offers a balance of cosy comfort and a little bounce. Each pocket spring adapts to your weight and movements to provide incredible support and pressure relief.

  • Sizes available: Single, Small Double, Double, King
  • Firmness: Medium to Firm
  • Depth: 20cm
  • From: £379.95
  • Trial period: 60 night
  • Guarantee: 10 year

What makes it the best?

  • Not too firm, not too soft
  • Delivered rolled up and boxed
  • You can swap if you don’t like it!

How can it get better?

  • “Maybe a bit thicker to help fit sheets.”

What our customers think:

“The most comfortable mattress I have ever had. The best nights sleep too.”

Joan, Rugby

5. SleepSoul Comfort 800 Pocket  - Best cheap mattress

Looking for a cheap mattress? The SleepSoul Comfort is our best choice for 2022! Over 3,500 customers chose this mattress last year and the reviews are incredible.

Ideal if you’re on a budget, the SleepSoul Comfort is a 2022 best mattress

800 pocket springs and 2cm of foam combine to create the perfect balance of comfort and support. The SleepSoul comfort is our pick to look after your sleep… and your pennies!

What makes it the best?

  • Support and comfort
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Delivered rolled up

How can it get better?

  •  Turning handles would be a good addition

What our customers think:

“Great mattress and very comfortable.”

Louise, Essex

6. Harrison Spinks Grassington 5750 Pocket - Best luxury mattress

If you’re looking to get the ultimate night’s sleep, look no further than a Harrison Spinks mattress. New to MattressOnline last year, the Grassington mattress is our pick for the best luxury mattress in 2022.

The Harrison Spinks Grassington mattress, simply the best for luxury

Beautifully handcrafted. 5000 pocket springs. Layers of wool, cotton and hemp. The Grassington provides tailored support and incredible pressure relief like no other. Check it out!

  • Sizes available: Single, Double, King, Superking
  • Firmness: Medium to Firm
  • Depth: 28cm
  • From: £949.00
  • Trial period: N/A
  • Guarantee: 5 year

What makes it the best?

  • So many supportive springs!
  • Sustainable natural fillings
  • Free Two Man Delivery Upgrade

How can it get better?

  •  “A bit pricey but the quality reflects the price”

What our customers think:

“The mattress is really well made and feels like it will last forever.”


7. Sealy Mellbreak Ortho Plus Mattress - Best mattress for back pain

For the second year in a row, we’ve picked the Sealy Mellbreak Ortho Plus as the best mattress for back pain in 2022!

Sealy Mellbreak Ortho Plus Mattress

Designed to provide targeted lumbar support, the Sealy Mellbreak Ortho Plus features Core Support springs and Edge Guard for maximised sleep space. It’s approved by Allergy UK, too - meaning you can enjoy a fresher night’s sleep.

What makes it the best?

  • Exceptional orthopaedic support
  • Turning handles for easy moving
  • Great value for money 

How can it get better?

  •  Better or more attractive mattress cover

What our customers think:

“Very comfortable and firm. Ideal if you need extra support when suffering from back pain.”

Karen, Sandbach

8. Silentnight Athens 1400 Mirapocket Ortho - Best pocket sprung mattress

One of our best-selling pocket sprung mattresses, the Silentnight Athens is one of our top mattresses for 2022.

The Silentnight Athens mattress is our 2022 best pocket sprung mattress

The Athens features 1400 pocket springs, creating a wonderfully firm, orthopaedic mattress. It’s made with 100% sustainable Eco Comfort Fibres which provide comfort, breathability and allergy protection!

What makes it the best?

  • Pressure relief for back, hip and joints
  • Anti-allergy
  • Free from foam and chemical treatments

How can it get better?

  •  “Should have handles on sides for moving”

What our customers think:

“Firm but comfortable. We are completely happy with our choice.”


9. Millbrook Wool Luxury 1000 Pocket - Best medium to firm mattress

Wanting something that’s not too soft but not too firm? The Millbrook Wool Luxury 1000 is the best medium to firm mattress for 2022! 

Millbrook Wool Luxury 1000 - our number one medium to firm mattress for 2022

1000 pocket springs combine with layers of wool and cotton to create a mattress that provides amazing support without compromising comfort.

What makes it the best?

  • Made with natural materials
  • Highly breathable - keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer 
  • “Like laying on a cloud”

How can it get better?

  • It's heavy and needs regular turning

What our customers think:

“The most affordable mattress made of 100% natural materials.”


10. Sleepeezee Memory Comfort 1000 - Best pillow top mattress

Pillow top mattresses are perfect for anyone looking for added comfort. The Sleepeezee Memory Comfort 1000 is very popular at MattressOnline and has received over 500 fantastic reviews! For this reason, we’ve picked it as our best pillow top mattress for 2022.

Sleepeezee Memory Comfort 1000 Pocket Pillow Top Mattress in a bedroom

1000 pocket springs provide full-body support. A 4cm layer of memory foam offers blissful comfort. And an additional pillow top layer adds a touch of luxury.

Two of our customers recently reviewed the Sleepeezee Memory Comfort 1000 - read what they had to say here.

What makes it the best?

  • Great balance of comfort and firmness 
  • Soothes aches and pains
  • Great value and comes with a sleep trial!

How can it get better?

  • Quite heavy

What our customers think:

“The mattress is firm but so comfy with the pillow top!”

K Howell, Colchester

Need more advice on which mattress to choose? We’d love to help! Check out our advice hub, use our live chat service, or give us a call.


Alternatively, if you’re not quite ready for a new mattress, consider our best mattress toppers or pillows for that extra touch of comfort!