Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress Rated 5.0/5 based on 2 customer reviews
Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress

Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress

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4p per sleep based on average mattress lifespan
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Contract mattress with full source 5 specifications.

Depth is suitable for standard sheets so no need to upgrade.

Medium tension has maximum suitability for sleepers.

Open coil does not perform as good as pocket spring.

1 year guarantee is a little weak.

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Who is it best for? powered by SnoozeScore

In our experience, the materials and construction that go into this product can make it suitable for the following people.

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For combination sleepers
Suitable for back, stomach and side sleeping.
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Helps those with sleep apnea
Soft and medium tensions promote side sleeping.
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Helps prevent snoring
Promotes side sleeping which stops snoring.
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Good for those who toss and turn
Materials like memory foam can restrict movement.

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Why our sleep experts loved it

Today we are going to be taking a closer look at the Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress. I know, I know, a contract mattress might not seem like the most exciting thing to write about, but trust me, this one is worth it.

First of all, let me tell you about the benefits of this amazing product. It was created specifically for the hospitality and contract industry, which means it's made to withstand lots of use and still stay comfortable. Plus, it complies with BS7177:2008 Source 5 - Medium Hazard regulations, so you know it's safe for your guests. This is a legal requirement for the industry and you and your customers are both at risk by not following through with a regulated product like this.

What really sets this mattress apart is its open coil springs at a really low price point. Historically pocket springs have always won the battle when it comes to support, and they absolutely have their place in the history books. all things being equal, I'm a pocket-spring type of person, but for the price point mentioned, the open coil springs are a godsend. See, they provide enhanced comfort all night long and are paired with a perfectly balanced medium firmness for maximum support. And the wire edge is super supportive too, which means this mattress will last for a long time.

But wait, there's more! This mattress is double-sided, which means you can flip it over for even longer-lasting performance which gives twice the surface area for your customers and means you get more use and longer lifespan. What's more, the depth of 17cm is the right thickness for a comfortable night's sleep but also supports standard sheets meaning you won't need an additional expense for new sheeting. It's also made right here in the UK, so you can trust that it's made with quality in mind and if you do happen to have any issues (unlikely) , then it comes with a 1 year guarantee.

So, what do I think of the Canterbury Contract Mattress from Shire? I think it will certainly have its place in the contract world, particularly in the budget segment where value is important. The open coil springs make are supportive and comfortable, and the medium firmness is just for the majority of people with an average BMI. And knowing that it's safe and will last for a long time is just an added bonus. I still prefer pocket spring in a support layer but at this price you can't put a foot wrong. Go for it.

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*Assuming average weight, suitability will vary dependant on body type, use the quiz above for a more tailored guide.
  • Back Sleepers
  • The amount of support offered from a mattress will vary depending on the firmness of the tension and the type of support layer used. Based on a person of average build.
  • Side Sleepers
  • If you sleep on your side you typically need a supportive tension that is not too firm, nor too soft. This is because your hips and shoulders need adequate sinkage.
  • Stomach Sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers need a reasonable amount of tension in the base support layer to adequately offer body contouring and help prevent aches and pains. Results will vary based on your build.


  • Stability
  • Depending on the type of support layer in place can have an impact on stability, edge to edge support and roll together prevention. Pocket springs of a firmer tension will have better stability than open coil soft tension, for example.


  • Initial Odour
  • Materials in mattresses, particularly memory foam and rolled bed-in-a-box mattresses can have an initial odour, this is typically short term and reduces considerably within 24 hours.
  • Long Standing Odour
  • Certain materials inside different mattresses can produce a small odour. Typically this is short term rather than long standing but there are minor exceptions.

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5 - 2 reviews

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via Mattress Online
It is cheap and cheerful however better to spend more and invest in a better mattress.
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via Mattress Online
great price fast delivery quality product
Of The Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress
Brand: Shire Beds
Retailer: Mattress Online
Delivery Time: Excellent
Delivery Charge: Excellent
Customer Sentiment: Excellent
Guarantee: Average

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