Hunting for the best cheap mattress deals in the January sales? You're in the right place. 2021 is finally here, and with restrictions meaning we're not going out nearly as much, many are investing time and money making their homes as nice as possible. The best place to start, we think, is by upgrading your sleep setup.
A new mattress is a solid investment, but the best mattresses can be expensive if you pay sticker price. Thankfully, January has brought with it plenty of excellent cheap mattress deals to help you save. Our favourite cheap mattress deal this week comes from Nectar, where there's £125 off any mattress. Nectar often goes for freebies rather than price drops, so it's worth taking advantage of this offer while you can (especially if you're already sorted for sheets).
This guide is dedicated to presenting you with the best offers of the best models, to help you bag a bargain on your new mattress, whatever your sleep preferences and budget. Read on for a quick run-down of the best cheap mattress deals to shop now.
Best cheap mattress deals live now
Take a closer our pick of the best cheap mattress deals from the biggest brands, live right now...
Nectar Sleep | £125 off any mattress
Nectar makes just one mattress, but it's a good one. This 25cm thick, medium-firm memory foam model features three layers of foam designed to offer comfort and support, without overheating (head to our Nectar mattress review for more details). The brand also has a whopping 365-night trial period. For more info on deals, check out our Nectar mattress discount codes and deals page.
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Emma mattress | 35% off the Emma Hybrid with code HYBRID35
The exceptionally comfortable Emma Original is our favourite mattress in the world right now, offering a winning combo of unbeatable support and a buoyant surface (find out more in our Emma mattress review). The Emma Hybrid uses the same award-winning design, but adds a layer of springs. Prices are already extremely competitive, but regular Emma mattress discount codes and deals sweeten the deal even further.View Deal
Eve Sleep | Up to 35% off mattresses and bed frames
Eve's range includes encompasses three different options: Original, Premium (fancy) and Lighter (less fancy), all of which can be either all-foam or hybrid (springs + foam). All include Eve's 'next-gen' foam, which sleeps cooler than traditional memory foam mattresses, and a washable, removable cover (in sunny yellow, if you like!). Check out our Eve mattress review for more info, or explore our Eve discount codes and deals page.View Deal
Otty mattress | Up to 35% off in the January sale
Otty has won multiple awards, and also shines when it comes to value. All of Otty's mattresses are hybrids, combining springs with memory foam. There's the Original, the Essential (which is an even cheaper, more basic model) and the PURE, which is an eco-friendly mattress made with bamboo and charcoal. Head to our dedicated Otty discount codes and deals page for more info.View Deal
Brook + Wilde | Get a massive 40% off with the code T40
If you have a bigger budget, Brook + Wilde makes some excellent luxury hybrid mattresses. Choose between the Lux, the Elite, and now also the Ultima (10 layers!). All come in a choice of soft, medium, firm or extra firm (excl. Lux), so you can tailor yours to your exact sleep preference – check out our Brook + Wilde Lux mattress review and Elite mattress review for more info. View Deal
Simba Sleep | 25% off mattresses
Alongside the bestselling 5-layer Simba Hybrid mattress, there's now a new Simba Hybrid Pro, which adds three extra layers designed to increase comfort and help you sleep cooler. Simba also makes some excellent, hi-tech pillows and duvets. Learn more about Simba mattress discount codes and deals, or head to our Simba mattress review for more details. View Deal
Cheap mattress deals: Quick links
Want to browse yourself? Here are all the mattress sales going on right now...
- Amazon: Shop all mattresses (don't forget to check the brand's own website, too though – it might be cheaper)
- Bensons for Beds: Up to £300 off
- Dormeo: Up to 50% off hundreds of mattresses
- Knees: Big price drops on pocket sprung mattresses
- Furniture Village: Shop the Boxing Day sale preview
- Happy Beds: Big discounts across the range
- John Lewis: Up to £200 off selected mattresses
- Land of Beds: Up to 30% off select models
- MattressMan: 15% off mattresses with code XMAS15
- MattressNextDay: Up to 70% off Silentnight, Sealy, Sleepeezee and more
- Mattressonline.co.uk: Up to 70% off and free delivery
- Memory Foam Warehouse: Up to 30% off selected items
- MyNextMattress: Shop best current prices
- Very: Up to £400 off Silentnight mattresses
6 of the best cheap mattresses you can buy
You'd be hard pushed to find a better cheap mattress than Silentnight's Pocket Essentials 1000. It's already great value at its RRP, and there are often incredible deals to be found on Amazon, too (check out the widget above for the best price right now). The Pocket Essentials 1000 is a pocket sprung mattress, which means that each of its 1,000 springs is able to pivot within its own pocket, giving you individual tailored support and preventing motion transference so that you won't disturb your partner if you toss and turn in the night. This mattress comes with a soft knit cover that provides a sumptuous sleep surface and which is also hypoallergenic, and unlike other sprung mattresses there's no need to turn it; simply rotate it 180 degrees every six weeks or so for even settlement.
Rated as medium/firm it's a safe bet whatever your sleeping preference, and if you look around you'll find hundreds of satisfied reviews. The Silentnight Pocket Essentials 1000 is handmade in the UK, and if you buy from Silentnight you'll get a 60-night trial.
You might hesitate to buy a memory foam mattress that's as cheap as this, but a Which? Best Buy award and a stack of positive reviews online say that the Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Foam Mattress is a bargain worth grabbing. It features a 3cm layer of responsive, body-moulding memory foam, giving your entire body pressure-relieving comfort and support, with softer support for your shoulders and firmer support for your lower back and hips. It's not as thick as Silentnight's Pocket Essentials 1000, but it's still a perfectly comfortable mattress that's designed to reduce motion transfer.
It's Purotex-treated to reduce moisture and allergens, and like most foam mattresses it comes vacuum-packed. You might notice an odd smell when you unwrap it, but that's just the fresh foam, and the smell will dissipate after a few days. In all this is one of the best budget memory foam mattresses that you can buy, and there are some great additional discounts to be found right now.
If you're after a hybrid mattress that combines the best qualities of foam and springs and won't cost you a fortune, there are some incredible savings to be made on this fantastic option from Happy Beds right now. The Deluxe Memory mattress uses 10mm of reflex foam and 20mm of memory foam on top of a coil spring system to provide plenty of support and comfort, with more traditional bounce than you'll find in a foam-only mattress. It's a UK-made mattress that uses sanitised materials to provide hypoallergenic and anti-dust mite properties, making it an excellent choice for allergy and asthma sufferers, while its all-around support make it a good orthopaedic option for anyone with back or joint problems.
It's another mattress that only needs to be rotated every six weeks rather than turned, and while those RRPs look fairly enticing, again there are often deals to be had that take the price even lower.
There's nothing particularly special about IKEA's Morgedal mattress. It's a straightforward and resilient budget mattress that's more or less a thick chunk of foam in a polyester cover, and while it has comfort zones that provide pressure relief and support where you need it, that's about the extent of its features. Don't let that put you off, though, because this is a brilliant budget option that's won a Which? Best Buy award, and while you can get cheaper mattresses from IKEA, this is the one that's likely to give you the best night's sleep, and there's a 90-day trial period so that you can make sure it's right for you.
For an even more deluxe option from Happy Beds, check out its Balmoral Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress. While nobody's actually claiming that these might be found on the beds at Balmoral, there's definitely a level of regal comfort on offer here that you'll want to take advantage of.
Boasting exceptional materials and an innovative design, the Balmoral is 25cm thick and features 30mm of memory foam that contours to your body, retains heat and provides spine and joint support, plus a layer of reflex foam to keep the mattress feeling firm and sturdy. And beneath that there's a layer of individually nested pocket springs that provide an undisturbed sleeping surface and isolate restless movement. Air vents help the mattress breathe and will keep it fresh for years, and you'll only need to rotate it every six weeks rather than turn it. Now, we know those RRPs look a little steep for a budget mattress, but as with the other Happy Beds mattress listed here, there are regularly stunning bargains to be had.
Don't let those RRPs frighten you; they look intimidating but you'd have to be extremely unlucky to ever have to pay anything even approaching full price for a Dormeo mattress. Regular deals mean you can often pick the Dormeo's Memory Silver Plus mattress up for an absolute snip, especially for a mattress that's literally covered in silver. Not completely, obviously, but the mattress's luxury cover is, says Dormeo, enriched with silver fibres that help eliminate bad mattress smells with their anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties as well as acting as an anti-static shield that can protect the mattress from allergy-provoking dust particles.
Beneath the silvery cover is 3cm of memory foam that's sewn directly into the cover to help prevent restless tossing and turning, and there's 14cm of breathable Ecocell foam underneath it to provide plenty of support. Dormeo offers a 60 night trial so you can find out for yourself whether all these features add up to a comfortable night's sleep, and the 15-year guarantee is a tough one to beat.
Black Friday mattress deals: When's the best time to bag a cheap mattress?
The winter sales are probably the best time to buy a mattress. The annual Black Friday mattress sales typically take prices down to the lowest they're going to be (although there's a bit of a trend developing for brands matching their Black Friday offers in the summer).
2020's event took place on 27 Nov, with Cyber Monday following on 30 Nov, and despite it being a very tough year for retail, thanks in part to the effects of the pandemic, there were still some excellent cheap mattress deals to take advantage of. To give you an idea of what to expect in next year's sale, we can look at the trends from previous years.
When do the Black Friday mattress sales go live?
In 2020, sales started early and lasted longer than usual. The UK lagged a bit behind the US in launching its Black Friday mattress deals, but by mid November almost all the big brands had launched their official Black Friday offer (a number of brands started upping their discounts in late October).
For the most part, prices didn't drop any further on Black Friday or Cyber Monday themselves (the exception was Eve). Most offers ended either on the night of Cyber Monday or a few days later. From this, we'd suggest its not worth waiting until the 'official' day to purchase – you might be able to dodge the delivery backlog by ordering a week or so before Black Friday.
Where are the best Black Friday mattress deals?
Every year, pretty much all the big brands and retailers get involved to offer some kind of price drop, freebie, or discount code. Who gave the biggest discounts? Emma, Eve and Simba dropped prices by up to 35%, while OTTY was more generous, giving shoppers up to 45% off. Nectar knocked a flat £125 off its full range, and threw in two free pillows. So, decent deals all round.
There were also sales and price matching at the likes of John Lewis and Amazon. And of course, major price drops at specialist third party retailers, but those places have sales on all year round, so it's worth taking pricing with a pinch of salt.
The only other thing to be aware of is that T3 often manages to swing extra discounts for our readers. For Black Friday 2020, we had special extra discount codes for Emma and Nectar, for example. So it's worth bookmaking this page to make sure you don't miss anything.