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What to look for when buying a mattress

Finding the right mattress for you or your tenants can prove to be the difference between having to replace them every year, or being able to keep them a lot longer. You could also save yourself from tenants complaining of back pain or even worse, moving out because you refuse to buy them new mattresses. As we're sure you already know, a lot of tenants will always ask for new mattresses regardless of their age prior to signing a contract. With these two key factors to bear in mind, your mattress buying decision ought to be a finely tuned balance.

Open Coil

These tend to be the cheapest mattresses available. They're held together with on length of wire, keeping them firm and retaining their shape. The structure means they're a bit lighterand easier to turn; but they provide a lot less support than others and are more likely to feel worn and used after a short period of use.

Our Recommendation: Only buy these when on a very tight budget; and expect to replace it at least every 12 months. You tend to find this type of mattress in student accommodation.

Pocket Sprung

These are very similar to the open coil mattresses but instead of free standing springs, each is wrapped in its own pocket, allowing for each spring to independently provide support across the whole body. They're available in tensions from soft to hard, so can be tailored to suit most needs.

Our Recommendation: The best spring mattresses are pocket sprung. You'll pay a little extra for these, but your tenants will be happier and you won't be losing out too much if you have to replace. You tend to find pocket sprung mattresses in most rental accomodation. Still, expect for new tenants to ask for a new mattress

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses are made of a solid block of foam that adapts and moulds to the contours of your body in order to provide all round support. They're also hypo-allergenic so great for those with allergies.

Our Recommendation: A good budget option for mattresses. They don't wear as much as spring mattresses, meaning you won't have to replace them as often. New tenants tend to be more accepting of memory foam mattresses as they don't feel like the springs will have been worn down by previous tenants.

Pocket Memory

A hybrid of pocket spring and memory foam mattresses technology. These mattresses tend to be a lot more pricey than sprung or memory foam mattresses. These mattresses provide a lot more support, all over, don't have the cheap feeling a memory foam mattress can have, and last a very long time

Our Recommendation: We wouldn't recommend that you fork out on these for tenants unless you're making a good enough return on your rent. These mattresses belong in your home and mightn't be the wisest decision for your run of the mill rentals.


Latex mattresses are made from a combination of natural and synthetic latex which are turned into latex foam, a firm polymer. Latex is breathable, extremely durable and because it doesn't harbour dust mites, it's great for those with allergies. It's also antimicrobial. However, cheaper latex mattresses can sometimes be a bit lumpy, and because they're fairly heavy, they can be difficult to turn. .

Our Recommendation: Don't bother; unless you have tenants with extreme allergies.


Orthopedic mattresses come in a range of materials and tensions and are designed to support the joints, back and overall body. Many back pain sufferers find that orthopedic mattresses ease their symptoms. Available in a wide range of materials and tensions, open coil, memory foam and pocket sprung mattresses that are firm and supportive can all be used as an orthopaedic mattress.

Our Recommendation: Orthopedic is really just tech speak for really firm mattresses. When moving into new rental accommodation, most tenants will test the firmness of a mattress; so with orthopedic you could save yourself from having to replace the mattresses for up to 3 years or more.