Today we’re taking a peak at one of the more popular options from one of the largest mattress manufacturers in the UK, Slumberland. Slumberland has an established and rich heritage that has been long established in the industry with positive feedback from thousands of customers.
Getting a good night's sleep is crucial to our health and the mattress you choose can play a large role in maximising support, comfort and ultimately your sleep. Choose correctly and you live better, choose wrong and it can be a costly mistake. Fear not, we’ve spent the last couple of weeks trialing the Slumberland Rollo Hybrid Duo Mattress, a mix of memory foam and pocket spring which is typically an upper-segment high quality high specification combination.
When it comes to materials utilised in mattresses, the list is constantly growing to now feature hybrid options and a much more preference-driven market that has seen rise to latex and natural mattresses depending on your preference.
Here’s the kicker though, regardless of which option you choose, mattresses are expensive with even a cheaper one coming in at over £200 in a double, and that’s a basic coil spring with polyester fillings. According to the NBF (National Bed Federation), you’ll likely be utilising this product for around 7 years before considering a replacement, that makes it more important than ever to ensure the mattress will stand the test of time. The typical signs of use over time are in dipping, uneven wear and squeaky springs, all of which culminate in aches, pains and generally poor sleep.
So where does all this lead you ask? Well we’ve been testing out the Slumberland Rollo Hybrid Duo Mattress which features generous helpings of memory foam combined with a spring design in a pleasant, goldilocks effect medium tension. The mattress doesn’t need turning saving further on unnecessary back strain and has an eco-friendly cover that is made (but does not feel like) plastic bottles. Pricing this mattress correctly is key to Slumberland and while it’s not the cheapest, it is fairly reasonable considering the quality of materials.
Testing the Slumberland Rollo Hybrid Duo Mattress
After spending a few weeks sleeping on the mattress and utilising a standard sprung divan base, we’ve been able to assess the support and comfort on offer while sleeping in most standard positions, including back and side sleeping. As a result, we’ve been able to ascertain overall comfort, support and ultimately, the value you should achieve from this sort of considered purchase.
The Delivery Process
The first part of our journey began with the delivery of the mattress, in our initial selection of the product we were unsure which version we were going to receive, as there were both rolled and unrolled options available. Fortunately we received a rolled variety which made it far easier to get up the stairs and into the main bedroom. Regardless of how the item arrives, it is still very heavy and will require two people to easily navigate the basic terrain of staircases. The next part of the process was simple, open up the rolled package carefully (ideally not using scissors but cut away from the product if you insist) on the top of your bedframe and you’ll almost immediately see it suck in air and begin inflating. From here you have to leave it alone for at least two hours, but we left it alone for a further 10 hours to ensure even and assured inflation.
Laying on the mattress for the first time
Slumberland rates this mattress as a medium, typically seen as the ideal among the professionals as a easy to recommend one size fits all approach to mattress purchasing which generally ensures a good night's sleep for a large portion of the general public.
Featuring a depth of 28cm and an impressive 1900 springs of both pocket spring and micro spring assortments, the base layer is able to mould to my body freely providing instant pressure relief through near-perfect body contouring that hugs to you while offering measured and even tension across the neck and back as you sleep.
For those who sleep on their side, our tests found that being positioned on your side gave enough movement and sinking to ensure there was no rolling of my shoulder or poor spinal alignment through my hip not sinking adequately. As a result I’m pleased to report that this mattress appears suitable for those with both broad shoulders and those with larger hips making it ideal for numerous different frame types who are side sleepers.
The quilted surface is easy to get used to, being soft and breathable you wouldn’t know that it is produced from plastic bottles that have been upcycled.
How did I sleep on it?
Despite being a medium rated product, I did find the support to be firmer than previous mattresses I had slept on, but not in an intrusive way, rather, you always knew that you were being properly supported regardless of the position you find yourself in. What was particularly reassuring was the edge to edge support which was very handy as I often find myself utilising the edge of the mattress throughout the night as I move about.
The appeal of this mattress carried throughout the entire night, leaving me waking refreshed and without the normal weird stretch and bone cracking I tend to have to do every morning typically, ultimately the memory foam kept me warm (but not too warm) while the pocket springs supported me enough to offer a great night's sleep. This only improved further in the days that followed as I got more used to the support and what to expect, allowing my body to truly and properly relax.
Not having to turn the mattress is quite nice, especially with the volume of springs in this particular model making it particularly heavy. Remember though, turning and rotating are not the same thing and the manufacturer does recommend you still rotate the product in line with specifications.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of this product is it’s guarantee. Notice how we mentioned previously that most people replace their mattress at the 7 year point? Well this particular model comes with a staggering 8 years, that’s beyond the typical replacement period and helps highlight just how much faith the manufacturer and retailer have in this product. Compound that with most of the industry still stuck in the past with 1 year guarantees and what you have is a truly impressive mattress at an extremely reasonable price.
Do I recommend the Slumberland Rollo Hybrid Duo Mattress? Absolutely, the entire experience from start to finish was delightful and the medium tension, pocket springs and memory foam combination is an absolute no brainer that will appeal to most people with average BMI (with a swing of around 20%) who are either side, back or front sleepers. Regardless of your preference, this mattress really does tick most boxes and should be on anyone's consideration list
Reasons to Buy
The 8 year guarantee is a stand-out for the industry and one of the better we have experienced, combine that with the 100 night trial offered by the retailer.
The combo of materials and tension is in the goldilocks triangle, I don't think you can go much wrong. other reviewers also speak favourably of the product.
Reasons to Avoid
Very heavy mattress regardless of it's rolled designation, rotating as part of the manufacturer recommendations is a little cumbersome in larger sizes, however, this is sort of the cost of dealing with high quality mattresses since high quality generally means more springs which adds more weight.