Shire Rainbow Contract Mattress Rated 5.0/5 based on 1 customer reviews
Shire Rainbow Contract Mattress

Shire Rainbow Contract Mattress

sleeping cat
10p per sleep based on average mattress lifespan
Small Double
King Size
Super King
With Divan Bed Set
With Ottoman Bed Set
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Tests & Verdict

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Passes Source 5 regulations which is critical for business owners.

Good price point given contract requirements.

Positive customer reviews.

Open coil springs still do not compare to pocket springs, but given the price point this is forgivable.

Fairly long lead time as contract mattresses are typically ordered in bulk and made to order.

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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

Hello to hotel owners and other contract personnel! I am so excited to share my thoughts on the Shire Rainbow Contract Mattress with you all. I know the importance of a good night's sleep - and so do my guests which is why I was thrilled to give the Rainbow a try in my guest room.

First of all, let's talk about the comfort trial. The Rainbow offers a 60 night trial, which I think is such a great feature. It gives you (and your guests) the chance to really test out the mattress and see if it's the right fit. And let me tell you, it definitely was for us. See, we'll go into the comfort and support shortly, but just being able to exchange for a more suitable model meant that I didn't have to worry about trying the mattress in-store beforehand. Better than that, where would you even try a specialist contract mattress? Even thought Mattress Online and other premium retailers have brick and mortar store footprints, they can't showcase every product and contract products are unlikely to make the cut. Alas, the trial is nice, but what of the specifications? Let's dive in.

Starting with the medium firmness of the Rainbow was just perfect - not too soft, not too firm. We typically recommend this type of tension for anyone of average weight who sleepers in a combination fashion, or, dedicated to your back or side. The support layer itself is made up of traditional open coil springs provided excellent support given the lower than average price point, although pocket springs win outright when it comes to quality. I also love that the mattress is double-sided, so you can flip it over and extend its lifespan for many years more thanks to the additional surface area and better settlement.

One of the standout features of the Rainbow, in my opinion, is the 100% cotton cover. It's so soft and breathable, which really helps to keep you cool while you sleep. And let's not forget that the Rainbow is handcrafted right here in the UK, which I think is a major plus. It supports our economy and reduces the environmental impact of transportation.

I also appreciate that the Rainbow complies with BS7177:2008 Source 5 - Medium Hazard regulations. It gives me peace of mind knowing that my guests are sleeping on a product that meets high safety standards. It's not really a choice either, as the Source 5 rating is required for anyone operating hotels, holiday lets and rental properties.

The Rainbow is also approved by the National Bed Federation, which is another assurance of quality. The National Bed Federation (NBF) is a trade association in the UK that represents manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of beds and bedding products. The organisation promotes the highest standards of quality, safety, and sustainability in the bed industry by certifying products that meet its standards. 

In conclusion, I am thoroughly impressed with the Shire Rainbow Contract Mattress. It's comfortable, supportive, and well-made - everything you could want in a guest room mattress. I highly recommend it for anyone in need of a new mattress for their home or business. Happy sleeping!

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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 - 1 reviews

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adrian acosta
via Mattress Online
I love this mattress, it is so comfortable and soft. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new mattress.
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Of The Shire Rainbow Contract Mattress
Brand: Shire Beds
Retailer: Mattress Online
Delivery Time: Excellent
Delivery Charge: Excellent
Customer Sentiment: Excellent
Guarantee: Average

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