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Tesco issues important message to 19 million shoppers in the UK ahead of May 31

Supermarket giant Tesco has confirmed changes to its Clubcard system - and they're set to affect around 19 million shoppers. Tesco had originally said the cut-off date for shoppers to use existing vouchers would be May 31 - but this has now been extended. It means these vouchers will now have a cut-off date of November 31, 2021 - giving shoppers more time to use them following the coronavirus crisis.

Tesco Clubcard coupons typically have a two-year expiry period, and the ones that have been extended are ones that were issued in May 2019. Tesco will be updating the expiry dates on its digital vouchers and will continue to accept paper vouchers in-store until the extended expiry date. However, vouchers that have already had their cut-off date pushed back - for example, ones that were due to expire in November 2020 but are now due to last until May 2021 - will still expire on these dates.

This means if you have a voucher that was due to run out in November 2020, the last day to use them is still May 31, 2021. If you're unsure when your coupon will last until, check in stores so you don't miss out, says the Mirror. To get Tesco vouchers through its Clubcard loyalty scheme, customers have to build up points by spending money in stores.

Shoppers get one point for every GBP1 they spend in store and online, or one point for every GBP2 spent on fuel. You can collect points through Tesco Bank and Tesco Mobile as well. You need a minimum of 150 points to get any sort of voucher, which will be worth GBP1.50 to spend in Tesco - or save them up, and 500 points would be worth GBP5, for example.

How to track down lost Clubcard vouchers

You can check if you have forgotten vouchers by logging into the Tesco Clubcard website with your account details.

Once you are logged in, click on "my Clubcard account" and then "vouchers" and you should see a table listing the vouchers you still have to spend. You can spend any leftover vouchers online straight away, or print them out from home if you would rather use them in store. If yours are close to expiring, but you do not want to spend them just yet, there is a trick to extend them.

Turn your coupons into Faster Vouchers and they will last 21 months from the date you convert your vouchers.

This means you could get an extra 21 months use out of them beyond the usual two-year expiry date.

Tesco has around 19million Clubcard members.

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Two major UK stores to offer second hand clothes and furniture

Shopping for vintage fashion at ASDAShopping for vintage fashion at ASDA Credit: ASDA press centre

CONTINUING its commitment to sustainable fashion, George at Asda in the UK has announced it will be launching a new second-hand vintage fashion range in its stores, giving a new lease of life to pre-worn garments. In partnership with vintage fashion wholesaler 'Preloved Vintage Wholesale', the new concept will be rolled out across the UK, with customers able to buy vintage, retro and second-hand branded pieces, preventing thousands of tonnes of garments going to landfill each year. Following a successful trial in Asda's sustainability store in Leeds, George is now launching the sustainable fashion partnership in a further 50 of its stores, including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Brighton.

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The move is part of the retailer's 'George for Good' commitment to drive down textile waste and as well as being an advocate for sustainable sourcing, the retailer is also supporting customers to use less and recycle more.

Mel Wilson, Global Professional Lead - Sustainable Sourcing and Quality, said: "We know that sustainable fashion is something that's really important to our customers and colleagues. They're passionate about us encouraging everyone in the UK to think about the issues of waste and how we can make fashion and textiles more circular, so that we really can reduce the number of garments that go into landfill. "This is an exciting partnership for George, it's unique in that not only can our customers pick out some vintage and often designer garments at an affordable price, but they're also helping to support reduce waste by giving these items a second lease of life which is something we are proud to be a part of."

Steve Lynam, Managing Director or Preloved Vintage Kilo said of the partnership: "Our Partnership with George at Asda is one that we are extremely proud of. In a world where we are becoming more environmentally conscious this partnership will help bring Sustainable Fashion to the mainstream which is something as a business, we strive for in everything we do.

The more people that buy into the circular economy and shop Vintage & Retro the bigger impact we will have on climate change. As a business we have saved over 800 tonnes of clothing going to landfill and with the growth of our partnership that is set to increase dramatically." George recently announced the launch of its 'Take Back' scheme, which encourages customers to bring back their unwanted garments to store, rewarding them with a 10 per cent off George voucher and in return raising vital funds for Asda's Tickled Pink campaign, which supports Breast Cancer Now and Coppafeel.

Following this, Ikea will launch a similar offer in stores in 26 different countries including the UK whereby Ikea it will operate a furniture buy-back and re-sale scheme, in an attempt to reduce the number of products going to landfill.

Customers will receive vouchers to spend in-store if items they no longer need are returned in good condition.

Charity shops however may find the competition from such large organisations will affect the volume of donations that they receive in major cities.

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Discount chain Best&Less received windfall of almost half its $42.6m jobkeeper subsidy

More than half the £42.6m in jobkeeper subsidy received by private equity-owned discount retailer Best&Less has flowed through to profit the company.

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Best&Less received a profit benefit of £25.1m over the duration of the jobkeeper program last year, Guardian Australia has learned. Details of Best&Less's taxpayer-funded windfall have emerged because Allegro Funds is currently marketing the group for sale to investors through a listing on the ASX.

(C) Photograph: Steven Saphore/AAP Discount retailer Best&Less is among the businesses that received a multimillion dollar profit benefit during the jobkeeper program last year. Others include Nick Scali, Toyota and Super Retailer Group, which have all repaid the subsidy.

Related: Jobkeeper doubled return for investors compared with companies that did not have subsidy

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Load Error It comes amid a political storm over the use of jobkeeper by profitable companies that has resulted in many returning the payment because it was no longer needed.

On Monday, Solomon Lew's Premier Investments bowed to political pressure and said it would repay some of the jobkeeper it received. However one of the other business figures who has drawn heavy fire for keeping the subsidy, Harvey Norman chair Gerry Harvey, reportedly said his company would not be returning the cash. Figures provided to potential investors in Best&Less by investment bank Macquarie and obtained by Guardian Australia show that the company received jobkeeper even though revenue grew from £608.7m in the 2019 financial year to £625m in the 2020 financial year.

The company received jobkeeper of £11.4m in the 12 months to the end of June last year and £14.1m after that, until the program expired in September. "With the onset of Covid-19, we experienced a dramatic fall in customer traffic and sales and subsequently qualified for jobkeeper like many other businesses," a Best&Less spokesperson said. "Covid-19 put our entire business under threat.

Without access to jobkeeper, we would have had to close a large proportion of our stores, and potentially all of them, and let go of a large number of our dedicated employees." "We have used these funds to support our business and exactly as intended." The use of jobkeeper payments to support dividends paid to shareholders, dubbed "dividendkeeper", has also been controversial, but Best&Less's spokesperson said that "the benefit of jobkeeper recognised over the duration of the scheme has not been used in the calculation, nor the funding, of dividends".

Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh said Best&Less "raked in millions of dollars in corporate welfare from the jobkeeper program". "Yet again, jobkeeper was best for the billionaires, but did less for the battlers." Allegro Funds bought Best&Less in December 2019 from Greenlit Brands, the Australian arm of troubled retailing multinational Steinhoff International, as part of a job lot that also included discount department store Harris Scarfe.

Related: Covid vaccination sceptic's health retreat received £62,000 from jobkeeper Macquarie and broker Bell Potter began pitching the company to potential investors last week, telling them the group had growth potential through its babywear range. The company is worth between £359m and £479m, Macquarie told potential investors.

Companies that have repaid jobkeeper so far include Nine Entertainment, Nick Scali, Super Retail Group and Toyota. On Monday, Lew's Premier said it would return £15.6m, which it said was the "net benefit" received from the jobkeeper program, after profits rebounded strongly after last year's coronavirus lockdowns. However, it is not returning the entire jobkeeper subsidy it received, which has been estimated at between £75m and £100m.

Premier said it previously set aside the £15.6m for use in future lockdowns.

"Critically, after the lockdowns and upon reopening, increased trading from the combined states has fully offset the cost of supporting our teams through these lockdowns," it said.

As a result the money was "ultimately not required to support our teams", it said.

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‘National Holidays went bust — can I get a refund for my £200 voucher?’

? My fiance and I are getting married on August 13 and hoping that we will be able to have a honeymoon immediately afterwards. We would like a stress-free trip somewhere warm, with beach time but also some activities and places to visit. Are we being unrealistic in hoping to go abroad?

We don't mind quarantining at home when we get back and have a budget of up to GBP7,000.

We also don't mind staying in a few different places and ideally would like a few nights of high-end luxury.
Laura Jeffery, via email

It's difficult to say for certain which countries will be open to UK travellers in August but I'm cautiously optimistic that some Caribbean islands will be on the government's green list,

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Best cheap mattress deals UK for May 2021: the dreamiest discounts from the best brands

This article is dedicated to bringing you the best cheap mattress deals around, whenever you choose to shop. We've dedicated many, many nights to testing out the best mattresses around, and below you'll find a guide to the biggest discounts on our favourite models, plus a quick bullet guide to all the mattress sales running now, and a rundown of 6 cheap mattresses that represent great value, even without a discount applied. If you're not sure on the kind of mattress you want, our memory foam vs spring mattress explainer will help (and if you want the latter, you might also want to peruse our pick of the best memory foam mattresses). 

Our favourite cheap mattress deal this week comes from Emma.

We have a T3 exclusive code: knock a massive 42% off everything at Emma  by entering T42 at the checkout. Emma makes our top-rated mattress - the Emma Original - and this discount makes it truly incredible value. Visiting from the US?

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Biggest discount

Otty mattress | Up to 40% off the full range
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

Eve Sleep | 20% off with the code MORNINGGLORY (min spend GBP500)
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

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7 of the best cheap mattresses you can buy

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1. Eve Lighter

A simple foam mattress for great comfort and support

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king

Depth: 20cm Turn: No Filling: foam

Comfort: Medium/firm Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years

RRP: Single: GBP299, Double: GBP429, King: GBP529, Super King: GBP649

Reasons to buy

+Comfortable and supportive+Temperature regulating+Low motion transfer

Reasons to avoid

-No edge support-Initial memory foam smell

Coming in at the bargain end of the Eve mattress range, the Eve Lighter is a fantastic budget mattress that's essentially a scaled-down version of the Eve Original. It features just two layers: a top 3cm of 'Evecomfort' foam sitting on top of 16cm of high density base foam with contoured zones for pressure relief where you need it. The main difference between it and the Original is that you don't get the 3cm layer of memory foam.

That could be a bonus for many, as it means you don't get that memory foam sinking feeling, which can be a big turn-off for many. Instead you feel gently cradled, and you're less likely to find yourself overheating in the night. The Eve Lighter is rated as medium-firm, and it comes in a washable polyester cover to help keep things fresh.

You can find out everything in our Eve Lighter mattress review; bear in mind also that for a bit more money you can get a hybrid version of the Eve Lighter that includes an additional layer of pocket springs.

2. Silentnight Comfort Pocket Essentials 1000

You won't find a better cheap pocket sprung mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king Depth: 24cm

Turn: No Filling: springs Comfort: Medium/firm

Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP249, Double: GBP329, King: GBP389

Reasons to buy

+Very comfortable+Great support for all sleeping styles+No need to turn

Reasons to avoid

-May be too firm for some

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. 

3. The Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Foam

The best cheap memory foam mattress available

Specifications

Sizes: Single - king

Depth: 18cm Turn: No Filling: memory foam

Comfort: Medium Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 5 years

RRP: Single: GBP169, Double: GBP209, King: GBP249

Reasons to buy

+Zoned firmness levels +Removable and washable cover

Reasons to avoid

-Can feel hotter than other mattresses-Can smell a bit for the first few days

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.

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4. Happy Beds Deluxe Memory Spring Rolled Mattress

A fantastic hybrid mattress with some amazing offers right now

Specifications

Sizes: Small single - super king

Depth: 18cm Turn: No Filling: Foam/springs

Comfort: Medium-firm Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP174.99, Double: GBP199.99, King: GBP234.99

Reasons to buy

+Supportive+Hypoallergenic

Reasons to avoid

-Possibly too soft for some

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. 

5. Ikea Morgedal

An award-winning budget foam mattress at a great price

Specifications

Sizes: Single - king

Depth: 18cm Turn: Yes Filling: memory foam

Comfort: medium Trial: 90 nights Guarantee: 25 years

RRP: Single: GBP125, Double: GBP165, King: GBP195

Reasons to buy

+Won awards+Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

-No bells and whistles

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

6. Happy Beds Balmoral 3500 Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress

A luxurious hybrid mattress that's almost fit for a queen

Specifications

Sizes: Small single - super king size

Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: Foam/springs

Comfort: Medium/firm Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP344.99, Double: GBP514.99, King: GBP559.99

Reasons to buy

+Great value+Individually nested pocket springs+Supportive and comfortable

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.

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7.

Dormeo Memory Silver Plus Rolled Mattress

A great low-budget memory foam mattress with a 60-night trial

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king Depth: 17cm Turn: No

Filling: Memory foam Comfort: Medium Trial: 60 nights

Guarantee: 15 years RRP: Single: GBP649.99, Double: GBP749.99, King: GBP899.99

Reasons to buy

+Enriched with silver thread +60-night trial+15 year guarantee

Reasons to avoid

-Beware paying full price

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 GBP125 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. 

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Best cheap mattress deals UK for May 2021: the dreamiest discounts from the best brands

This article is dedicated to bringing you the best cheap mattress deals around, whenever you choose to shop. We've dedicated many, many nights to testing out the best mattresses around, and below you'll find a guide to the biggest discounts on our favourite models, plus a quick bullet guide to all the mattress sales running now, and a rundown of 6 cheap mattresses that represent great value, even without a discount applied. If you're not sure on the kind of mattress you want, our memory foam vs spring mattress explainer will help (and if you want the latter, you might also want to peruse our pick of the best memory foam mattresses). 

Our favourite cheap mattress deal this week comes from Emma.

We have a T3 exclusive code: knock a massive 42% off everything at Emma  by entering T42 at the checkout. Emma makes our top-rated mattress - the Emma Original - and this discount makes it truly incredible value. Visiting from the US?

Here are best US mattress deals

Best cheap mattress deals live now

Take a closer our pick of the best cheap mattress deals from the biggest brands, live right now...

Biggest discount

Otty mattress | Up to 40% off the full range
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

Eve Sleep | 20% off with the code MORNINGGLORY (min spend GBP500)
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

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7 of the best cheap mattresses you can buy

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1. Eve Lighter

A simple foam mattress for great comfort and support

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king

Depth: 20cm Turn: No Filling: foam

Comfort: Medium/firm Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years

RRP: Single: GBP299, Double: GBP429, King: GBP529, Super King: GBP649

Reasons to buy

+Comfortable and supportive+Temperature regulating+Low motion transfer

Reasons to avoid

-No edge support-Initial memory foam smell

Coming in at the bargain end of the Eve mattress range, the Eve Lighter is a fantastic budget mattress that's essentially a scaled-down version of the Eve Original. It features just two layers: a top 3cm of 'Evecomfort' foam sitting on top of 16cm of high density base foam with contoured zones for pressure relief where you need it. The main difference between it and the Original is that you don't get the 3cm layer of memory foam.

That could be a bonus for many, as it means you don't get that memory foam sinking feeling, which can be a big turn-off for many. Instead you feel gently cradled, and you're less likely to find yourself overheating in the night. The Eve Lighter is rated as medium-firm, and it comes in a washable polyester cover to help keep things fresh.

You can find out everything in our Eve Lighter mattress review; bear in mind also that for a bit more money you can get a hybrid version of the Eve Lighter that includes an additional layer of pocket springs.

2. Silentnight Comfort Pocket Essentials 1000

You won't find a better cheap pocket sprung mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king Depth: 24cm

Turn: No Filling: springs Comfort: Medium/firm

Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP249, Double: GBP329, King: GBP389

Reasons to buy

+Very comfortable+Great support for all sleeping styles+No need to turn

Reasons to avoid

-May be too firm for some

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. 

3. The Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Foam

The best cheap memory foam mattress available

Specifications

Sizes: Single - king

Depth: 18cm Turn: No Filling: memory foam

Comfort: Medium Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 5 years

RRP: Single: GBP169, Double: GBP209, King: GBP249

Reasons to buy

+Zoned firmness levels +Removable and washable cover

Reasons to avoid

-Can feel hotter than other mattresses-Can smell a bit for the first few days

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

4. Happy Beds Deluxe Memory Spring Rolled Mattress

A fantastic hybrid mattress with some amazing offers right now

Specifications

Sizes: Small single - super king

Depth: 18cm Turn: No Filling: Foam/springs

Comfort: Medium-firm Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP174.99, Double: GBP199.99, King: GBP234.99

Reasons to buy

+Supportive+Hypoallergenic

Reasons to avoid

-Possibly too soft for some

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. 

5. Ikea Morgedal

An award-winning budget foam mattress at a great price

Specifications

Sizes: Single - king

Depth: 18cm Turn: Yes Filling: memory foam

Comfort: medium Trial: 90 nights Guarantee: 25 years

RRP: Single: GBP125, Double: GBP165, King: GBP195

Reasons to buy

+Won awards+Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

-No bells and whistles

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

6. Happy Beds Balmoral 3500 Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress

A luxurious hybrid mattress that's almost fit for a queen

Specifications

Sizes: Small single - super king size

Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: Foam/springs

Comfort: Medium/firm Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP344.99, Double: GBP514.99, King: GBP559.99

Reasons to buy

+Great value+Individually nested pocket springs+Supportive and comfortable

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

7.

Dormeo Memory Silver Plus Rolled Mattress

A great low-budget memory foam mattress with a 60-night trial

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king Depth: 17cm Turn: No

Filling: Memory foam Comfort: Medium Trial: 60 nights

Guarantee: 15 years RRP: Single: GBP649.99, Double: GBP749.99, King: GBP899.99

Reasons to buy

+Enriched with silver thread +60-night trial+15 year guarantee

Reasons to avoid

-Beware paying full price

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 GBP125 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. 

Categories
Coupons & Offers

Best cheap mattress deals UK for May 2021: the dreamiest discounts from the best brands

This article is dedicated to bringing you the best cheap mattress deals around, whenever you choose to shop. We've dedicated many, many nights to testing out the best mattresses around, and below you'll find a guide to the biggest discounts on our favourite models, plus a quick bullet guide to all the mattress sales running now, and a rundown of 6 cheap mattresses that represent great value, even without a discount applied. If you're not sure on the kind of mattress you want, our memory foam vs spring mattress explainer will help (and if you want the latter, you might also want to peruse our pick of the best memory foam mattresses). 

Our favourite cheap mattress deal this week comes from Emma.

We have a T3 exclusive code: knock a massive 42% off everything at Emma  by entering T42 at the checkout. Emma makes our top-rated mattress - the Emma Original - and this discount makes it truly incredible value. Visiting from the US?

Here are best US mattress deals

Best cheap mattress deals live now

Take a closer our pick of the best cheap mattress deals from the biggest brands, live right now...

Biggest discount

Otty mattress | Up to 40% off the full range
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

Eve Sleep | 20% off with the code MORNINGGLORY (min spend GBP500)
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

Cheap mattress deals: Quick links

Want to browse yourself?

Here are all the mattress sales going on right now...

7 of the best cheap mattresses you can buy

(Image credit: Eve)

1. Eve Lighter

A simple foam mattress for great comfort and support

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king

Depth: 20cm Turn: No Filling: foam

Comfort: Medium/firm Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years

RRP: Single: GBP299, Double: GBP429, King: GBP529, Super King: GBP649

Reasons to buy

+Comfortable and supportive+Temperature regulating+Low motion transfer

Reasons to avoid

-No edge support-Initial memory foam smell

Coming in at the bargain end of the Eve mattress range, the Eve Lighter is a fantastic budget mattress that's essentially a scaled-down version of the Eve Original. It features just two layers: a top 3cm of 'Evecomfort' foam sitting on top of 16cm of high density base foam with contoured zones for pressure relief where you need it. The main difference between it and the Original is that you don't get the 3cm layer of memory foam.

That could be a bonus for many, as it means you don't get that memory foam sinking feeling, which can be a big turn-off for many. Instead you feel gently cradled, and you're less likely to find yourself overheating in the night. The Eve Lighter is rated as medium-firm, and it comes in a washable polyester cover to help keep things fresh.

You can find out everything in our Eve Lighter mattress review; bear in mind also that for a bit more money you can get a hybrid version of the Eve Lighter that includes an additional layer of pocket springs.

2. Silentnight Comfort Pocket Essentials 1000

You won't find a better cheap pocket sprung mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king Depth: 24cm

Turn: No Filling: springs Comfort: Medium/firm

Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP249, Double: GBP329, King: GBP389

Reasons to buy

+Very comfortable+Great support for all sleeping styles+No need to turn

Reasons to avoid

-May be too firm for some

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. 

3. The Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Foam

The best cheap memory foam mattress available

Specifications

Sizes: Single - king

Depth: 18cm Turn: No Filling: memory foam

Comfort: Medium Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 5 years

RRP: Single: GBP169, Double: GBP209, King: GBP249

Reasons to buy

+Zoned firmness levels +Removable and washable cover

Reasons to avoid

-Can feel hotter than other mattresses-Can smell a bit for the first few days

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

4. Happy Beds Deluxe Memory Spring Rolled Mattress

A fantastic hybrid mattress with some amazing offers right now

Specifications

Sizes: Small single - super king

Depth: 18cm Turn: No Filling: Foam/springs

Comfort: Medium-firm Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP174.99, Double: GBP199.99, King: GBP234.99

Reasons to buy

+Supportive+Hypoallergenic

Reasons to avoid

-Possibly too soft for some

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. 

5. Ikea Morgedal

An award-winning budget foam mattress at a great price

Specifications

Sizes: Single - king

Depth: 18cm Turn: Yes Filling: memory foam

Comfort: medium Trial: 90 nights Guarantee: 25 years

RRP: Single: GBP125, Double: GBP165, King: GBP195

Reasons to buy

+Won awards+Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

-No bells and whistles

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

6. Happy Beds Balmoral 3500 Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress

A luxurious hybrid mattress that's almost fit for a queen

Specifications

Sizes: Small single - super king size

Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: Foam/springs

Comfort: Medium/firm Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP344.99, Double: GBP514.99, King: GBP559.99

Reasons to buy

+Great value+Individually nested pocket springs+Supportive and comfortable

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

7.

Dormeo Memory Silver Plus Rolled Mattress

A great low-budget memory foam mattress with a 60-night trial

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king Depth: 17cm Turn: No

Filling: Memory foam Comfort: Medium Trial: 60 nights

Guarantee: 15 years RRP: Single: GBP649.99, Double: GBP749.99, King: GBP899.99

Reasons to buy

+Enriched with silver thread +60-night trial+15 year guarantee

Reasons to avoid

-Beware paying full price

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 GBP125 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. 

Categories
Coupons & Offers

Best cheap mattress deals UK for May 2021: the dreamiest discounts from the best brands

This article is dedicated to bringing you the best cheap mattress deals around, whenever you choose to shop. We've dedicated many, many nights to testing out the best mattresses around, and below you'll find a guide to the biggest discounts on our favourite models, plus a quick bullet guide to all the mattress sales running now, and a rundown of 6 cheap mattresses that represent great value, even without a discount applied. If you're not sure on the kind of mattress you want, our memory foam vs spring mattress explainer will help (and if you want the latter, you might also want to peruse our pick of the best memory foam mattresses). 

Our favourite cheap mattress deal this week comes from Emma.

We have a T3 exclusive code: knock a massive 42% off everything at Emma  by entering T42 at the checkout. Emma makes our top-rated mattress - the Emma Original - and this discount makes it truly incredible value. Visiting from the US?

Here are best US mattress deals

Best cheap mattress deals live now

Take a closer our pick of the best cheap mattress deals from the biggest brands, live right now...

Biggest discount

Otty mattress | Up to 40% off the full range
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

Eve Sleep | 20% off with the code MORNINGGLORY (min spend GBP500)
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

Cheap mattress deals: Quick links

Want to browse yourself?

Here are all the mattress sales going on right now...

7 of the best cheap mattresses you can buy

(Image credit: Eve)

1. Eve Lighter

A simple foam mattress for great comfort and support

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king Depth: 20cm

Turn: No Filling: foam Comfort: Medium/firm

Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years RRP: Single: GBP299, Double: GBP429, King: GBP529, Super King: GBP649

Reasons to buy

+Comfortable and supportive+Temperature regulating+Low motion transfer

Reasons to avoid

-No edge support-Initial memory foam smell

Coming in at the bargain end of the Eve mattress range, the Eve Lighter is a fantastic budget mattress that's essentially a scaled-down version of the Eve Original.

It features just two layers: a top 3cm of 'Evecomfort' foam sitting on top of 16cm of high density base foam with contoured zones for pressure relief where you need it. The main difference between it and the Original is that you don't get the 3cm layer of memory foam. That could be a bonus for many, as it means you don't get that memory foam sinking feeling, which can be a big turn-off for many.

Instead you feel gently cradled, and you're less likely to find yourself overheating in the night. The Eve Lighter is rated as medium-firm, and it comes in a washable polyester cover to help keep things fresh. You can find out everything in our Eve Lighter mattress review; bear in mind also that for a bit more money you can get a hybrid version of the Eve Lighter that includes an additional layer of pocket springs.

2.

Silentnight Comfort Pocket Essentials 1000

You won't find a better cheap pocket sprung mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king Depth: 24cm Turn: No

Filling: springs Comfort: Medium/firm Trial: 60 nights

Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP249, Double: GBP329, King: GBP389

Reasons to buy

+Very comfortable+Great support for all sleeping styles+No need to turn

Reasons to avoid

-May be too firm for some

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. 

3. The Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Foam

The best cheap memory foam mattress available

Specifications

Sizes: Single - king Depth: 18cm

Turn: No Filling: memory foam Comfort: Medium

Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP169, Double: GBP209, King: GBP249

Reasons to buy

+Zoned firmness levels +Removable and washable cover

Reasons to avoid

-Can feel hotter than other mattresses-Can smell a bit for the first few days

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

4.

Happy Beds Deluxe Memory Spring Rolled Mattress

A fantastic hybrid mattress with some amazing offers right now

Specifications

Sizes: Small single - super king Depth: 18cm Turn: No

Filling: Foam/springs Comfort: Medium-firm Guarantee: 5 years

RRP: Single: GBP174.99, Double: GBP199.99, King: GBP234.99

Reasons to buy

+Supportive+Hypoallergenic

Reasons to avoid

-Possibly too soft for some

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. 

5.

Ikea Morgedal

An award-winning budget foam mattress at a great price

Specifications

Sizes: Single - king Depth: 18cm Turn: Yes

Filling: memory foam Comfort: medium Trial: 90 nights

Guarantee: 25 years RRP: Single: GBP125, Double: GBP165, King: GBP195

Reasons to buy

+Won awards+Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

-No bells and whistles

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

6. Happy Beds Balmoral 3500 Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress

A luxurious hybrid mattress that's almost fit for a queen

Specifications

Sizes: Small single - super king size

Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: Foam/springs

Comfort: Medium/firm Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: GBP344.99, Double: GBP514.99, King: GBP559.99

Reasons to buy

+Great value+Individually nested pocket springs+Supportive and comfortable

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.

(Image credit: Happy Beds)

7. Dormeo Memory Silver Plus Rolled Mattress

A great low-budget memory foam mattress with a 60-night trial

Specifications

Sizes: Single - super king

Depth: 17cm Turn: No Filling: Memory foam

Comfort: Medium Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 15 years

RRP: Single: GBP649.99, Double: GBP749.99, King: GBP899.99

Reasons to buy

+Enriched with silver thread +60-night trial+15 year guarantee

Reasons to avoid

-Beware paying full price

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 GBP125 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. 

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Aldi news: 10 new UK stores opening this year

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Named the UK's favourite supermarket by consumer advice company Which?, Aldi is expanding this year. The supermarket will open 10 new stores across London. Aldi has announced that it will be opening 10 new stores within the M25 by the end of 2021.

The supermarket's expansion is part of its GBP22million plan to build and upgrade stores across London. The London areas where a new store will be built include Dalston, South Harrow, and Haringey. Currently, Sainsbury's is the only big UK supermarket located in Dalston, therefore it is expected that the new Aldi store will be popular with residents of the area.

Additionally, Aldi's store in Feltham, west London, will be upgraded and made bigger. Aldi has said that it hopes to open a further 100 stores in the capital by 2025. The opening of new Aldi stores in areas where discount retailers are scarce is fantastic news for residents wanting to buy more affordable groceries, but the shops will also bring opportunities to those looking for work.

Aldi has announced that the new stores will create 300 jobs, with the supermarket recruiting employees for every level of the business, from shop floor positions to managerial roles. The food retailer is a great workplace option as it offers staff competitive rates. Within the M25, Aldi employees earn a minimum hourly rate of GBP11.07, and this increases to GBP11.32 per hours after two years.

It is also one of the only UK supermarkets to pay workers for breaks taken during shifts. Jade Shallow is the store manager for an Aldi branch in Ewell, Surrey. She told the Evening Standard about the benefits of her job, saying: "I decided to leave my previous role to join Aldi as an assistant store manager, progressing to store manager after just 13 months in the role, and I haven't looked back since.

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"I was given real responsibilities from day one, including managing a team, ensuring stock rotation was run effectively and points of sale always looked presentable, as well as supporting the store manager with general management of the store and customer enquiries."

Ms Shallow added: "It's so rewarding to see someone you're working with grow within their role. "And it is extremely satisfying when you get to promote them or put them forward for additional training or projects to aid their development." People seeking work can find out more about working at Aldi on aldirecruitment.co.uk.

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Although Aldi continues to expand throughout the UK, the supermarket's bosses have said that growing its market share in London is a key focus for them.

Ben Shotter, Regional Managing Director at Aldi UK, said: "Over the next four years we want to change the fact that some people in London don't always have easy access to Aldi's high-quality groceries at the lowest prices."

Aldi has opened multiple new branches in London in recent years, including its first local store in Balham, south London.

Earlier this year, Aldi opened a new store in Little Venice, north London, which became the supermarket's 48th branch in the capital.

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Aldi news: 10 new UK stores opening this year

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Named the UK's favourite supermarket by consumer advice company Which?, Aldi is expanding this year. The supermarket will open 10 new stores across London. Aldi has announced that it will be opening 10 new stores within the M25 by the end of 2021.

The supermarket's expansion is part of its GBP22million plan to build and upgrade stores across London. The London areas where a new store will be built include Dalston, South Harrow, and Haringey. Currently, Sainsbury's is the only big UK supermarket located in Dalston, therefore it is expected that the new Aldi store will be popular with residents of the area.

Additionally, Aldi's store in Feltham, west London, will be upgraded and made bigger. Aldi has said that it hopes to open a further 100 stores in the capital by 2025. The opening of new Aldi stores in areas where discount retailers are scarce is fantastic news for residents wanting to buy more affordable groceries, but the shops will also bring opportunities to those looking for work.

Aldi has announced that the new stores will create 300 jobs, with the supermarket recruiting employees for every level of the business, from shop floor positions to managerial roles. The food retailer is a great workplace option as it offers staff competitive rates. Within the M25, Aldi employees earn a minimum hourly rate of GBP11.07, and this increases to GBP11.32 per hours after two years.

It is also one of the only UK supermarkets to pay workers for breaks taken during shifts. Jade Shallow is the store manager for an Aldi branch in Ewell, Surrey. She told the Evening Standard about the benefits of her job, saying: "I decided to leave my previous role to join Aldi as an assistant store manager, progressing to store manager after just 13 months in the role, and I haven't looked back since.

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"I was given real responsibilities from day one, including managing a team, ensuring stock rotation was run effectively and points of sale always looked presentable, as well as supporting the store manager with general management of the store and customer enquiries."

Ms Shallow added: "It's so rewarding to see someone you're working with grow within their role. "And it is extremely satisfying when you get to promote them or put them forward for additional training or projects to aid their development." People seeking work can find out more about working at Aldi on aldirecruitment.co.uk.

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Although Aldi continues to expand throughout the UK, the supermarket's bosses have said that growing its market share in London is a key focus for them.

Ben Shotter, Regional Managing Director at Aldi UK, said: "Over the next four years we want to change the fact that some people in London don't always have easy access to Aldi's high-quality groceries at the lowest prices."

Aldi has opened multiple new branches in London in recent years, including its first local store in Balham, south London.

Earlier this year, Aldi opened a new store in Little Venice, north London, which became the supermarket's 48th branch in the capital.