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Hi all,

I'm looking for a mattress, but I'm on a budget. I was looking at this one which has 1000 pocket springs and a 1 year guarantee. Looking for a firm-ish mattress. To be honest I'm not too fussy about mattresses (I can sleep pretty much anywhere or on anything), but our old open sprung mattress is bothering my OH. Mattress man is highly rated on trustpilot and I thought this might be a quick fix until we have the money for something a bit better. I see Mattressman also have 6% cashback currently so the mattress would be under £190.

I could probably stretch to this one from Warren Evans for £296, at a push, but it would mean taking out of my already dwindling emergency/home maintenance fund or delaying some debt payments I wanted to make and I worry about a slippery slope financially. We bought our bed from WE in flusher times and I'm so very pleased by it which is why I thought to look.

Any thoughts? Can anyone recommend any independent retailers?

Thanks in advance :beer:
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    edited 7 April 2016 at 11:36AM
    I would not buy a bed without trying it first. You've said you can sleep anywhere but by the sounds of it your OH can't.

    I would also take reviews on TP with a pinch of salt, they are easy to manipulate.

    Have you had a look at your own indie shops locally? What about an outlet centre such as John Lewis in Swindon? http://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/swindon-outlet
  • And bear in mind that you spend a long time in bed so having a very cheap one will not be good for your back, Better off spending more on a decent one that suits you.
  • MandM90MandM90 Forumite, Board Guide
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    And bear in mind that you spend a long time in bed so having a very cheap one will not be good for your back, Better off spending more on a decent one that suits you.

    Hi Stevie,

    We will invest in a more expensive one further down the line, but unfortunately it's just not an option right now as feeling financially secure is our no. 1 priority (without that we won't get a good nights sleep anyway!)
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  • MandM90MandM90 Forumite, Board Guide
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    I would not buy a bed without trying it first. You've said you can sleep anywhere but by the sounds of it your OH can't.

    I would also take reviews on TP with a pinch of salt, they are easy to manipulate.

    Have you had a look at your own indie shops locally? What about an outlet centre such as John Lewis in Swindon? http://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/swindon-outlet

    Thanks, that's helpful. I didn't know that JL had outlets! I also have a family member who has got me things from JL for 25% off which I suppose it worth bearing in mind. When I research, lots of people tend to be pushing the idea that I should avoid larger retailers like the plague, though!
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    MandM90 wrote: »
    Thanks, that's helpful. I didn't know that JL had outlets! I also have a family member who has got me things from JL for 25% off which I suppose it worth bearing in mind. When I research, lots of people tend to be pushing the idea that I should avoid larger retailers like the plague, though!

    There are larger retailers you should steer clear of, but JL wouldn't be one of them. As you have a family member, get them to buy it with their discount. 25% off is not to be sniffed at.
  • MandM90MandM90 Forumite, Board Guide
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    There are larger retailers you should steer clear of, but JL wouldn't be one of them. As you have a family member, get them to buy it with their discount. 25% off is not to be sniffed at.

    I will go and get OH to lie on some beds and see how he feels. They seem to have very generous guarantees, and I've always had good experiences with JLs customer service.
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  • TheCyclingProgrammerTheCyclingProgrammer Forumite
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    I would not buy a bed without trying it first.

    Why? Lying on a bed in a shop is not trying it. IMO the idea you need to lie on a bed before buying these days is old hat.

    We bought our mattress online from Factory Beds Direct (John Ryan). It came with a 30 day no quibble return policy though they advise you up front on the most suitable mattress for you.
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    Why? Lying on a bed in a shop is not trying it. IMO the idea you need to lie on a bed before buying these days is old hat.

    We bought our mattress online from Factory Beds Direct (John Ryan). It came with a 30 day no quibble return policy though they advise you up front on the most suitable mattress for you.

    Why? Because that is how I prefer to buy. Seeing the bed is as important as to laying on it. Having a 30 day no quibble return is great, but if you have to have it returned, you are still without a bed. See it in the flesh and make a decision. If needs be, hunt it down online after. But, as I said above, that is what I would do.
  • essjaeessjae Forumite
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    If you are reasonably close to an Ikea, its worth checking out the mattresses there - they have a pocket sprung one for £200, and I would recommend trying the foam matresses too - cheaper, and personally I find them much more comfortable.
    25 year guarantee on all of them, and they are packed in a roll so you can take them home in a car the same day.
  • Hello, you may now have your mattress but for others thinking about buying a firm mattress in the future I have recently bought this mattress; landofbeds.co.uk/sleepeezee/mattress/amethyst-1000
    I've bought a few Sleepeezee's in the past and am very happy with this one too, however I do admit to owning a JL one as well. But this Sleepeezee is a lovely firm yet comfortable model and a great low price :)
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