Simba mattress or Emma mattress boxed

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You can’t move for advertising on the benefits of a boxed mattress – but which is the right one for you?

Should I buy a Simba boxed mattress or an Emma? Best boxed mattresses

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What are the benefits of a boxed mattress?

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They’re myriad – if you need a new mattress, a boxed mattress is a more convenient, cheaper means of buying one – and it’s delivered straight to your door. If you’re concerned they are inferior to standard mattresses, rest assured – once they’ve unfurled (and, in some cases, the smell has dissipated – see below) – you’ll never know the difference.

How often should I buy a new mattress

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The Sleep Council advises you should buy a new mattress if your current one is seven or more years old, feels uncomfortable (lumpy or has dips), or leaves you feeling achy and not refreshed after sleeping.  

How do I chose the mattress for me?

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There are a fair few factors to pay mind to when purchasing a new mattress, and it isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly (particularly since you’ll be sleeping on it every night for the best part of a decade).

Boxed mattresses tend to be made from foam or a combo of foam and springs (called a hybrid), and both have pros and cons. Full foam mattresses tend to provide a warmer sleep, though they have hypo-allergenic properties and mould to your body shape. Hybrid mattresses, on the other hand, are more breathable and more durable.

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How do you sleep?

The most important consideration is your sleep style and support requirements.

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Side-sleepers are most likely to get a sound night’s sleep from a soft-medium mattress, whilst back and stomach sleepers tend to benefit more from medium-firm mattresses.

Combination sleepers – those who change position throughout the night – should choose a mattress based on the position they spend the most time in, and also bear in mind ease of movement.

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Unfortunately, if you suffer from back pain there’s a bit more trial and error involved in finding your ideal mattress as it largely depends on the type and location of pain (lower, mid or upper back) and your preferred sleeping position.

Is it wise to buy a boxed mattress without trying it?

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We can understand scepticism about buying a vacuum-packed mattress without first testing, but most makers offer generous trial periods that allow for lengthy at-home testing (up to 365 days is the most we’ve found) and easy returns within that timeframe if you find that the mattress isn’t for you.

Always check the trial period and returns policy before purchasing to save yourself 10 years of sub-standard sleep.

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Ask if mattress-disposal is part of your purchase

Many companies offer collection of your old mattress when you purchase a new boxed mattress from them. This will save the stress of donating or disposing of it yourself.

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Read up on the weight and dimensions of your chosen mattress before adding it to your virtual basket – particularly if you plan on unpacking it alone. Some are heavy and awkward to navigate up stairs.

To help make your decision a little easier, we’ve summarised the best boxed mattresses we tested, rating them on everything from comfort and ease of unpacking to motion transfer and smell (yes, really).

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Here are our favourites

Simba Hybrid Pro Mattress

Simba Hybrid Pro Mattress

Emma Original Mattress

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

OTTY Original Hybrid

OTTY Original Hybrid

Dreamcloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Dreamcloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Eve The Original Mattress