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Igel

iGel mattresses are exclusive to Bensons for Beds and generally sit in the more executive and luxury lineup. Pricing may be higher than other products but the materials utilised within the mattresses more than makes up for this. Featuring support layers of pocket springs and comfort layers of gel, you get a cooling experience with full body contouring and fantastic longevity. iGel and Bensons for Beds have a history of providing good quality mattresses that last and have some of the best reviews in the industry.

Read our full Igel review

Flaxby

Flaxby mattresses are sold exclusively by the popular retailer, Dreams. The collection is a more up-market premium brand within the lineup and uses an impressive array of comfortable and soft materials in the upper layers of their mattresses to ensure a natural and comfortable sleeping surface. Flaxby are focussed toward ensuring a greener and fresher sleep that is more environmentally friendly. That’s why they utilise 100% recyclable spring systems and natural fibres to help safeguard the environment for future generations.

A feature unique to Flaxby includes their new all-seasons lineup which sees a two sided mattress which has different comfort layers on each side, giving a “warmer” side and a “cooler” side.

Read our full Flaxby review

Mattress Score

Overall Score:
Igel: 4.21/5.00
Flaxby: 4.06/5.00

Customer Satisfaction:
Igel: 4.21/5.00
Flaxby: 4.06/5.00

Price:
Igel: £799.99 - £1849.99
Flaxby: £899.00 - £2199.00


Based on aggregated reviews and performance scoring, we would recommend Igel in this face off!


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Igel Owner Satisfaction

Satisfaction is important to both Bensons for Beds and their iGel lineup. Being at the top of brands through the site, the manufacturer is held in high regard and is well reviewed by thousands of happy customers. Customers particularly enjoy the comfort layer which they say offers a cooling experience over equivalent memory foam alternatives. This is because gel breathes better and doesn’t cause heat buildup giving a better all-season mattress that performs well regardless of the weather.

I’ve personally trialled some of the iGel range in store and found some of the tensions to be on the firmer side, in-line with the designation the mattresses have been given. Regardless of which you choose, customers should be satisfied with the tension of the product.

Igel Supportiveness

The support on iGel mattresses is not derived from the gel layer as this is the comfort layer at the top, instead the support is offered from the pocket springs beneath. Pocket springs are universally fantastic and are my personal favourite when it comes to support systems. The result of this layer is an extremely supportive mattress regardless of which tension you choose, offering full body contouring with an impressive lifespan and increased breathability.

Igel Durability

Most mattresses have a traditional 1 year warranty and that is normally a fairly reasonable indicator as to how much trust the manufacturer has in their product. Naturally the better the components, the more durable they are and as such, manufacturers have more confidence in their lifespan and will guarantee them for longer. With iGel, not only are you getting high quality pocket springs combined with luxurious gel layers, but you are also getting a 10 year guarantee on all new mattresses coming out of the lineup. This goes a long way towards highlighting the durability of these mattresses and the lengths the manufacturer is going to in order to ensure long-standing satisfaction.

With a 10 year guarantee you will exceed the average lifecycle of 7 years, giving you better value and reducing the cost per night of sleep throughout its lifespan. As a result, while an iGel mattress may cost more initially, the need to replace later decreases real world costs.

Igel Best Offers

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Flaxby Owner Satisfaction

Flaxby mattresses are some of the better reviewed in the industry achieving impressive scores on a continual basis that generally outperform the competition. Owners are particularly overjoyed because Flaxby is offering the great comfort and support that we all love but introduce multiple new features that help provide an enhanced sleep experience. Customers particularly enjoyed the all-season range which gave people a deep sleep all year round that kept them cool in summer and warm in winter, the perfect combination.

Customers also enjoyed the natural cotton, wool & hemp fillings that come as standard on many in the lineup with particular attention being drawn to the fantastic 5 year guarantee on most models.

Flaxby Supportiveness

Flaxby mattresses have a great deal of supportiveness thanks to the Cortec™ and DNAir pocket spring systems on offer within the lineup. The Flaxby range is what we consider to be a traditional lineup with typical high quality manufacturing processes that result in luxurious and supportive mattresses. Pocket springs have generally remained unrivaled over the years and are my own personal favourite support layer when it comes to offering good tension for back and neck support. Many of the products on offer are available with multiple tension options which means you have a choice around how firm you would like the product to be. Depending on how you sleep (front, back, side) to how much you weigh are all determinations when choosing the right supportiveness.

Flaxby Durability

Flaxby mattresses will typically perform better in terms of true longevity than many other mattress suppliers due to their large investment in good quality pocket spring support layers combined with tried and tested comfort layers of wool and silk. The combination of these materials gives customers confidence but also the retailer, Dreams. This is evident in their backing of this product lineup with the impressive 5 year guarantee that ensures long standing support in the event of any manufacturing defects. The price point for Flaxby may often price certain people out of the market who are looking for something a little cheaper, however, when you consider the lifespan and the cost per night of sleep as a result, the Flaxby offers a fantastic opportunity for sleepers thanks to its durability and comfort.

Flaxby Best Offers

We've managed to find the following top deals from across the web on Flaxby mattresses.

Igel Most Useful Customer Reviews

5 Generated

"We had a memory foam mattress that needed replacing a so we decided on this igel mattress as it claimed to disperse the heat more effectively, we had to wait for 4 weeks for it to be delivered but having tried it for 2 nights this mattress is significantly cooler than our previous memory foam mattress, it is a firmer rating which I will have to adjust to, but it is fine. I suffer from severe pain and insomnia so I was rather concerned about trying a new mattes but I did manage a little more sleep than normal over the last couple of nights, so I am hopeful! The chemical smell was strong for the first night, but by the second night it had faded. The one thing we didn't realise was how much deeper this mattress is compared to our old one, so we will have to buy new sheets and I struggled to get into bed as I am small!, so on the whole we are pleased with our purchase, just wish I could have afforded the matching bed frame to go with the mattress. Spending a lot of money on a mattress is a consideration for us all but we spend a lot of time sleeping (if we are lucky) so it is money well spent."

5 Generated

"We tried this mattress in the shop and it felt extremely comfortable. We were also taken by the idea of a mattress which regulates body temperature (thinking about the summer months). Having now had the mattress four days my advice is "don't be taken in by the sales pitch". Every night we have struggled with overheating which has never been an issue before. Both myself and my husband ache all over, and we are exhausted having struggled to sleep on such an uncomfortable bed. We have therefore decided to send the mattress back. However be warned as when I called to arrange for the mattress to be returned Bensons told me they deduct 10% of the mattress value if we choose a new mattress through them (and no refund of difference if the mattress is cheaper than the original) or 20% if we request a refund. All in all a terrible shopping experience with Bensons and we shan't be using them again."

5 Generated

"I was initially sceptical after reading the reviews. I had already bought the mattress and was dreading delivery. But i can honestly say the mattress is AMAZING. My previous mattress was awful and giving me terrible back pain. This mattress is so supportive and i have not had any pain for over a week. I was previously waking from every move of my partner. Not anymore. We both get a great night's sleep every night. We didn't take any time to get used to it. Perfect from the first sleep. I have not noticed any smell associated with the mattress as others have mentioned. Only suggestion is to add handles to the side as it is very difficult to move, even with 2 people it's extremely heavy. Worth every penny. Thanks"

5 Generated

"We're rather disappointed in this expensive mattress. Our immediate impression was comfort, with the gel layer on top, but we dislike the way we sink into this mattress. We question the quality of the springs underneath the gel as the ROLL-TOGETHER factor is AWFUL. We always seem to end up in a hot sweaty dip in the centre of the bed and it's a real effort to get up and out! Maybe we should have gone for the more expensive version but that might have been an even bigger waste of money. Such a disappointment when we thought we were treating ourselves. I wish we'd stuck with an ordinary quality pocket sprung mattress with no roll-together and a lot more support."

5 Generated

"I have had this mattress for a few weeks now. It helped alot with my back pain however, it seems to form a deep on each side of the mattress, where we sleep, and the middle of the mattress remains higher. This gives me the sensation of rolling out of bed, even if we have purchased a king size. Other than that it's quite comfortable; the top layer is softer whilst the rest is firm, thus allowing less movement of the mattress when one of us shifts. Please keep in mind that this mattress is quite thick. Having it on my bed frame, which is quite tall as well, makes me have to 'climb' in bed. I will have to buy new taller bedside tables to be able to reach them."

Flaxby Most Useful Customer Reviews

5 Dream Lover

My last bed was a supersized king divan style base with an orthopaedic mattress which I had for the last 15 years and it was a bit too large for the flat I moved into a few years ago so thought it time to change over to a double. I have always wanted a chunky wooden framed bed with a nice soft mattress & finally decided to take the plunge and ordered a frame off the web in the same style as my other bedroom furniture and then started looking for a mattress that I liked and found this one Dreams which sounded just right. I can tell you after spending 15 years sleeping on what might as well have been a rock the new mattress is like sleeping on a cloud. The mattress gives me a tremendous amount of support, yet it has a nice soft finish to it that I just sink into when I get into bed at night. It is beautifully finished with handles on all four sides making it easy to rotate even though it is quite a heavy mattress. My only wish is that I had spotted the Moore Wooden chunky bedframe on the Dreams website before I had ordered the frame that I did because that looks a lot sturdier that the one I bought is. I do have one small problem though and that is that it isn’t only me that has fallen in love with the new mattress, so have the cats who spend the bulk of the day relaxing on it and get a bit disgruntled when it comes to bed time and I have to get into it but they soon find their way back onto it when they think I have fallen asleep. So it seems that it isn’t only me who now get a great night’s sleep on my new 6500 DNAir mattress! But prehaps I should have gone for the king size to accomopdate all of us.

4 Ilovecomfybeds

I bought this earlier in the year, so it's been in use for about six months now. I wanted a good quality British made mattress, and this fits the bill. I was also attracted where it said it would help keep me cooler in warm weather. But to be honest I have not noticed it keep me any cooler in the hot weather than my previous matress, so that is slightly disappointing, however it is wonderfully comfortable and supportive. It's a heavy mattress but it is easier to turn that my previous mattess as I do not need to flip it over, just rotate it flat. The handles are good and strong for that. The way I feel now, I would definitely select this mattress and manufacturer again when it comes to replace it. This is also the first time I have bought from Dreams, and I will say their service was extremely good. They kept me informed, agreed the delivery date, the delivery people kept me informed on the time they would arrive and checked what my road was like, parking and access to the house. When they arrived they were polite. Took the old mattress away, explained how to look after my new mattress. I love my mattress and I cannot fault the service I got from Dreams. Thank you.

4 Rachael777

I spent ages looking for pillows with both natural filling and covers. I could have spent hundreds on hungarian goose down pillows, but decided to opt for these based on their good reviews. They need airing before using, and even after airing, one of the pillows had a definite duck smell about it which seems to be disappearing now. I doesn't say on the description but the filling is 85% duck feather and 15% down, which for the price is good value in comparison to others. The feathers do make a crackling sound which i believe is the quills breaking. The pillows are very full when plumped up but squash down easily. I bought 2 pillows because i didn't know how flat they would go after use but i find 2 pillows slightly too high to sleep on my side and definitely too high for front sleepers, 1 is enough. The cotton covers do stop feathers from poking out, however i also bought myself some downproof pillow protectors from Dunelm Mill for double protection. Since i bought these, i stayed at a hotel with Tielle feather pillows which were amazing and I'd definitely recommend them for a great night sleep although haven't checked out their prices.

5 Estella

After trying all the mattresses in the shop, I came back to this one every time. It was expensive for me but with interest free credit it was doable. We had not charged our mattress for 20 years so felt the investment was worth it. So after a difficult transition into the home,it took 3 adult males to carry it up the stairs,i have now slept in it for 3 weeks. I have a cartilage knee problem and my previous hard mattress with a dip in it, offered it no respite from spending the night lodged harshly against it. On my new mattress I am sleeping well, it is far softer than the previous one and offers my knee the support it needs. I also had back pain as I settled down in the previous one that has now gone too. The new mattress is also warmer than the last one. It is much larger too, as it is a mattress with an added topper, my sheets barely fit now but they stay in place because you sink into the soft expanses of this mattress and really do not move much during the night. Do I want to get out of bed in the morning, the answer is no. I am very pleased with my purchase and should have done it years ago.

5 GwynD

An excellent experience from shop to home! We visited our local Dreams shop in Reading Rose Kiln Lane about a couple months before Christmas. We really wanted a new mattress that would be comfortable and would be easy on my wife's back (as she has had back problems in the past). We tried out several mattresses and narrowed our choice to two. As we deliberated a young sale advisor suggested that we try out the mattress simulator (not sure its correct name) to help us decide. The simulator suggested the same two mattresses that we had selected. We then choose one. Throoughout the whole process the advisor was helpful, instructive, polite, attentive and not pushy. We ordered the mattress. We were kept in touch with its progress via text. It was delivered when it was promised and the old mattress was removed without fuss. The mattress is absolutely brilliant to sleep. It suits both of us and is especially supportive to my wife's weak back. The only critism is that it is harderer to get out of bed in the morning because it is so comfortable.