Best mattresses for a bad back

In partnership with sleep experts, academics and universities, we’ve used scientific research to hand-pick our best mattresses for soothing back aches and pains.

Meet the experts

Hannah Shore

Researcher at Silentnight

Hannah is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire who specializes in motion capture and kinematics; helping Silentnight use science to test products for performance, comfort and quality.

Angela Moran

Researcher at UCLan University

Angela is Product Strategy Director at Silentnight and has helped develop new technologies and innovations which have helped place Silentnight as the UK’s leading sleep experts.

Better sleep, backed by science

Hannah Shore

Researcher at Silentnight

It’s easy to make bold claims, so we teamed up with the University of Central Lancashire to run a series of scientific studies to see how a mattress can offer you the perfect back support.

We found that Silentnight mattresses with a zoned support system are better at aligning the spine than standard, non-zoned mattresses.

Zoned mattresses offer vital targeted support around the shoulders and hips, which helps the spine to rest, recover and rehydrate at the end of the day, helping to prevent back pain.

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Importance of spinal alignment

Sleeping with a straight, natural alignment relieves the pressure points commonly associated with many back pains.

Find the perfect firmness rating

Finding the ideal firmness rating is really important for both the support and comfort you need.

Take our quick quiz to find your perfect firmness rating.

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60 night comfort trial

What is it?

There’s only one true test for a new mattress: to sleep on it.

We want you to be totally happy with your new mattress, so we offer a 60 night comfort trial.

If you’re not loving your new mattress after 60 days, you can exchange it for a new one. It’s as simple as that.

How does it work?

  1. 1 Choose your new mattress on the official Silentnight website
  2. 2 Sleep on it for at least 28 days
  3. 3 Not 100% happy? Exchange for a new one, as long as you claim within 60 days of delivery

Don't just take our word for it...

Very supportive for your back - helped both my wife and me with recurrent back pain. Really stable - you’re not going to wake each other up when moving.

Tony

Tunridge Wells

Review left at Silentnight

Studio by Silentnight I sleep on a... studio View mattress

Absolutely love this mattress, I suffer with lower back and neck problems and this mattress has helped me get a good nights sleep without being in agony the next morning!

Michelle

Shropshire

Review left at Mattress Online

geltex ultra 3000 I sleep on a... geltex ultra 3000 View mattress

This is an extremely comfortable mattress. I no longer wake up with a sore back. As a side sleeper this supports my hips without either sinking in too far or being too rigid.

Scott

UK

Review left at Wayfair

latex 1000 I sleep on a... latex 1400 View mattress

Our best mattresses for bad backs

Angela Moran

Head of product development at Silentnight

All of these mattresses are zoned, offering targeted support in key areas such as the shoulders and hips, which helps to naturally align the spine to combat back pain.

Selected mattresses also feature Geltex, which has been proven to offer better support, comfort and spinal alignment than memory foam and latex mattresses.

Featured products
Product overview

Silentnight Geltex Ultra 3000 Mattress - Medium Firm

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From £679.00

Studio by Silentnight Medium Mattress

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From £399.00

Silentnight Pocket Latex 1400 Mattress

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From £579.00
User rating
Why have we chosen these?
How will it feel?
Firmness: Medium/Firm

A little bit of give, but with that extra level of support to give you a base you can depend on. Perfect for both back and side sleepers

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Firmness: Medium

The Goldilocks of firmness ratings. Not too soft, not too firm – medium is a safe shout for side sleepers

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Firmness: Medium/Firm

A little bit of give, but with that extra level of support to give you a base you can depend on. Perfect for both back and side sleepers

View other firmness options
What's so good?
  • The Geltex comfort filling has been proven by scientific studies to improve spinal alignment.
  • Features a zoned spring system to give you support where you need it most: the hips and shoulders. Studies show this improves spinal alignment and eases back pain
  • An extra layer of springs improve breathability, for sleep that’s both supportive and refreshing – no night-time overheating
  • The latex comfort filling is extra responsive and eases movement - which is ideal if you move a lot through the night
  • Features a zoned spring system to give you support where you need it most: the hips and shoulders. Studies show this improves spinal alignment and eases back pain
  • Made from non-allergenic materials – ideal for allergy sufferers
Specification
Sizes
Double 135 x 190cm
4'6" x 6 '3"
Double 135 x 190cm
4'6" x 6 '3"
Double 135 x 190cm
4'6" x 6 '3"
Firmness Rating
Medium/Firm

A little bit of give, but with that extra level of support to give you a base you can depend on. Perfect for both back and side sleepers

Medium

The Goldilocks of firmness ratings. Not too soft, not too firm – medium is a safe shout for side sleepers

Medium/Firm

A little bit of give, but with that extra level of support to give you a base you can depend on. Perfect for both back and side sleepers

Comfort Filling
Geltex

Gel infused comfort filling that's been scientifically proven to outperform memory foam for comfort, support and breathability

Geltex

Geltex is highly flexible to assist free movement through the night for an undisturbed sleep, while offering optimum pressure relief. It comes with an open cell structure for a more breathable sleeping environment.

Latex

Our latex comfort filling has been engineered using robust natural latex properties to offer lasting durability and outstanding pressure relief

Support System
Mirapocket

Premium pocket sprung support system that adjusts to your individual body shape and weight for luxurious comfort. Scientifically proven to improve spinal alignment

Foam

A foam support system provides a foam core without the need for springs. Offers a cocooning-feel from head-to-toe, perfect for those who prefer memory foam mattresses

Mirapocket

Premium pocket sprung support system that adjusts to your individual body shape and weight for luxurious comfort. Scientifically proven to improve spinal alignment

Mattress depth
33cm
25cm
28cm
Mattress weight
Single: 44kg
Double: 56kg
King: 65kg
Super King: 75kg
Single: 22kg
Double: 26kg
King: 31kg
Single: 27kg
Double: 41kg
King: 48kg
Super King: 57kg
Single or double sided
Single
Single
Single
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From £399.00
From £579.00

The adjustable pillow

Whatever your sleeping style - front, back, or on your side - the Studio pillow has been designed to accommodate your personal comfort level, including pillow firmness and neck-height.

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The adjustable pillow

FREE UK delivery available

FREE UK delivery on orders over £49

Mattresses and divans delivery service

  • FREE UK delivery to a room of your choice
  • Professional 2-man delivery service
  • Includes set-up of your bed or mattress, plus removal and takeaway of the packaging
  • FREE next day delivery available on rolled mattresses

When do we deliver?

We deliver most items between Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm.

How long does delivery take?

Mattresses and divans are delivered within 7-14 days. Bedding is delivered within 3-5 days.

How much is delivery for orders under £49?

Orders of or under £49 will come with a £2.50 delivery charge.

Find out more about our delivery service here

60 night comfort trial

We're so confident that our beds and mattresses will provide you with a great night's sleep that we offer the security of the very best in terms of comfort guarantee.

  • At Silentnight we want to be sure that you are satisfied with the comfort of your new bed or mattress which is why we offer a total peace of mind 60 night comfort guarantee. If for any reason you are not totally satisfied we will exchange your purchased bed or mattress for an alternative Silentnight bed or mattress of your choice.
  • We do however ask that you try your new bed for at least four weeks for your body to adjust to your new bed or mattress.
  • For full terms and conditions, please click here for further details.

Total Quality Assurance

Before it gets to you your bed has been through a lot

  • All our mattresses, upholstered bases and headboards are made in the UK
  • All of our product meet European standards and exceed British standards
  • All our Upholstered beds and mattresses ordered through Shop.Silentnight are made to order
  • This means they are not stored for prolonged periods of time and are shipped to you direct from our factory.

Testing

  • Accredited onsite laboratory to bring the best products to you
  • Every Silentnight mattress type is tested to ensure it exceeds all British standards
  • Silentnight products are fully certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) FSC-C104461
  • We are full members of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Program.
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