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Best Mattress for Airbnb

By  Enda McLarnon

If you run or manage an Airbnb, then you have many things to consider. One of those considerations is which is the best mattress for an Airbnb? We will help point you in the right direction, and also help narrow down your choices.

People travel a lot these days and their expectations are higher than ever before. A comfortable bed can make the difference between a good review and a bad review for any airbnb. For your guests, the mattress needs to be comfortable, and free from sagging and most certainly lump free and hygienic.

Each individual person will have their own personal preference for a mattress type. Some prefer a hard mattress, others like one that is softer, so it is hard to cater to all those varying needs. In reality. all you can do as an owner, is to find a good quality mattress, that has good overall comfort and is made to last.

For you as an owner, you will also need to consider the cost of the mattress, the quality of the mattress and how to protect your mattress as best you can.

We have listed below our recommendations based on our research. There are a lot of choices to be made and it can get very confusing.

Best Overall Mattress Choice for an Airbnb - Inofia Double Memory Foam Sprung Mattress

This is part of the Inofia Elegant Collection and the mattress has springs on the base and memory foam on the top. It is a classy hybrid mattress that id just a very good all rounder.

It is firm, supportive and comfortable for the vast majority of people and as such you will keep the huge majority of your guests happy - when it comes to mattresses, that's about the best that you can hope for.

This mattress has individual coils (pocket coils) so really good for comfort and support (and longer lasting) and then on top is soft wave memory foam

Plenty of people have bought this, and as you can see, the buyer satisfaction rating is up there with the best of them.

94% buyer satisfaction based on 2,500+ online buyer reviews

Cheapest Mattress Choice for an Airbnb

At just under £100 this is not the cheapest on the UK market, but it is the most affordable and still very good quality overall.

We found during ours research that as you go below the £100 price point the reviews get really bad, and for any guest experience, it is not a good idea to risk a bad review because of a really cheap mattress.

If this mattress is covered with a mattress protector, as all Airbnb mattresses should, then it will last for a long time.

This gets consistently good reviews and is a memory foam mattress that is hypoallergenic and ant dust mite. It also has a removable zip cover also useful for an Airbnb owner to have.

85% buyer satisfaction based on 7,000+ online buyer reviews

Best Latex Mattress Choice for an Airbnb

The latex mattress is the best that we could find, if you prefer that type of mattress.

We like this one because the base of the mattress is made of individually wrapped stainless steel coils, and on top there is memory foam to offer pressure relief and support. 

We also think the price is good for a latex mattress, and as you can see from the information to the right, buyers have given this a very high satisfaction rating.

It is from a very good brand and available in a good range of bed sizes.

92% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews

Airbnb Mattress Buying Guide

If as an Airbnb owner, you are uncertain as to which mattress to buy, then our detailed guide below will help provide you with the best information to make a proper informed buying decision. Let's start with the basics of bed size.

If you already have bought a bed or beds, then it's important to know what size they are, so as you can pick the right size of mattress. We have a table just below with UK descriptions and sizes in both metric and imperial measurements.

Mattress Sizes (UK)

Mattress Size

Metric (cm)

Imperial (Feet and inches)

Small Single

75 x 190

2'6" x 6'3"

Single

90 x 190

3'0" x 6'3"

Small Double (Queen)

120 x 190

4'0" x 6'3"

Double

135 x 190

4'6" x 6'3"

King Size

150 x 200

5'0" x 6'6"

Super King Size

180 x 200

6'0" x 6'6"

Small Single Mattress

These are designed for younger smaller children, and most commonly used in bedrooms with restricted space. They are most commonly used as a transition bed from a cot to a grown up bed. They are not really required in an Airbnb setup.

Single Mattress

These are designed for children and adults. They are wide enough for most adults but are mainly used as the most common size for a child's bed.

Queen Sized Mattress

These get different names such as the Queen, small double or a three quarter. They sit between a single and a double. They have plenty of room for a single sleeper but can cater for 2 people though it will be a "cosy" fit. These are used in smaller bedrooms or small guest rooms where space is very tight.

Standard Double Mattress

This is the most popular mattress and bed size in the UK. It is made to sleep two adults with a comfortable space and is used in many guest rooms, B&Bs and Airbnbs,

King Size Mattress

This is gaining in popularity in the UK. It is made to comfortably sleep two adults with a comfortable space and they are used in larger bedrooms, or in hotel suite style bedrooms.

Super King Size Mattress

This is the luxury of beds and mattresses, and great for two people who love their own space. You will find these in the better hotels, and in homes where bedroom space is not an issue.

Don't Forget a Mattress Protector

No matter which mattress you buy for your Airbnb accommodation, you should protect it with a mattress protector, also known as a mattress pad.

These prevent getting stains on the mattress and go a long way to prevent exposure to dust mites and other potential allergens.

Just be sure that when you are buying one that the cover is machine washable and you can tumble dry (usually on low)

The one shown to the right is affordable and gets excellent reviews, and is available in all the varying bed sizes.

92% buyer satisfaction based on 10,000+ online buyer reviews

Different Types of Mattress

Mattresses break down into three main types:

  1. Spring Mattresses
  2. Foam Mattresses
  3. Spring and Foam Mattresses

Spring Mattresses

There are essentially two different types of spring mattress to choose from, and we have listed those below, with an explanation of each.

  1. Open Spring Mattresses - this is a mattress where a set of springs are located inside the mattress to provide the comfort and support. All the springs inside the mattress move together. That means if your partner moves on top of the mattress, then the whole mattress moves. These are the cheapest type of sprung mattress
  2. Pocket Spring Mattresses - these are a more popular and more expensive option. Each spring has its own pocket within the mattress, so only the springs in contact with your body will move, and that offers more support and reduces the amount of whole mattress movement.

Foam Mattresses

There are three different types of foam mattresses to choose from, and we have listed those below, with an explanation of each. Often these mattresses may have a combination of different layers of these types of foam.

Generally speaking, foam mattresses mould to the body much better than spring (coil) mattresses. It is worth noting that does not necessarily mean they offer better support.

  1. Foam Mattresses - These are the cheapest to buy and are made from various layers of foam
  2. Memory Foam Mattresses - These are also popular and as the name suggests the top layer will be made from memory foam. Memory foam is of course known for taking the shape of your body, and then quickly returning to its shape afterwards.
  3. Latex Mattresses - These are not that common and are made up of layers of sprung latex. They are not popular mainly because they are rather expensive. They do keep their shape better and they will last longer. These are slightly better for turning over than either foam or memory foam

Spring and Foam Mattresses

The combination of springs (coils) and form is becoming more and more popular. As a general rule it is the spring section or lower section of the mattress that will dictate the firmness of the bed. The foam layers on top of the springs will then add to the comfort and warmth of the mattress.

Spring Mattresses vs Foam Mattresses

  • Spring mattresses need to be turned over regularly, whereas foam mattresses just need to rotated from head to toe.
  • Spring mattresses, depending on the brand and size can be heavy to turn, and most weigh anything between 40-50 Kg which means they are heavy to have to turn over on a regular basis.
  • Foam mattresses do mould to the body, but that can make turning over more difficult
  • Foam mattresses are warmer than spring mattresses, so good for cold sleepers, and not so good for hot sleepers
  • In terms of firmness of a mattress, - the thick the layers of foam are, the firmer the mattresses will be and for spring coil mattresses, the tighter the tension of the springs the more firm the mattress will be.

Airbnb Mattress Buying Tips

Practical and Comfortable

We now that you want your guests to feel comfortable, and we also understand that there is the practicality of keeping the mattress clean. That is why we would recommend the Inofia as they are high quality and are also very comfortable.

At the same time buy a good mattress protector that is washable and also tumble dryer friendly. For an Airbnb, guest house, B&B or small hotel that is a prime consideration.

All of the People - All of the Time

There is an old saying that, "you can't please all of the people all of the time." When it comes to a mattress that is most certainly the case. The best that you can do is to find the middle ground and avoid anything that is thin and cheap.

As long as the bed feels comfortable, and is hygienic, then you have achieved the best that you possibly can.

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