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7 Best European Single Mattress Picks for Single Sleepers

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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2 April 2024 6 min read

European single size is a popular size even in the UK. A standard European single mattress is 10 cm longer than the UK single mattress, which makes it an excellent choice for taller people.

The majority of mattresses on the UK sleep market are only available in UK sizes which is to be expected. But many manufacturers have decided to enrich their offer and make European mattresses and US ones too. European sized mattresses are significantly more common in the UK compared to US sizes.

The differences between UK and European sizes are not big, usually between 10 and 20 centimeters in width or length. According to data provided by manufacturers and retailers, the European single size is the most popular non-UK mattress size. These are our 7 best European single mattress picks for single sleepers.

Our top picks

Certain brands are at the top because they deserve it since they maintain the quality of their products for years and constantly improve them. But we approach the testing of mattresses from a well-known manufacturer and one we hear about for the first time in the same way. That's why you can be sure that we have chosen the following 7 mattress exclusively on the basis of data obtained after detailed testing, and not on the basis of the manufacturer's reputation.
    Mattresses 1
    Product image of Touch 3-Zone Memory Foam Orthopaedic Rolled Mattress.
    Touch 3-Zone Memory Foam Orthopaedic Rolled Mattress
    Best Overall
    Mattresses 2
    Product image of Flex 1000 Reflex Foam Orthopaedic Mattress.
    Flex 1000 Reflex Foam Orthopaedic Mattress
    Best Value
    Mattresses 3
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    Simba Hybrid Mattress
    Best Luxury
    Mattresses 4
    Product image of Linenspa Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress.
    Linenspa Gel Infused Memory Foam
    Best Hybrid
    Mattresses 5
    Product image of Inofia 25cm SMAX Mattress.
    Inofia 25cm SMAX Mattress
    Best-In-Box
    Mattresses 6
    Product image of Emma Original mattress.
    Emma Original Mattress
    Best Memory Foam
    Mattresses 7
    VESGANTTI-3FT-Single-Mattress
    VESGANTTI 3FT Single Mattress
    Most Affordable

BEST OVERALL: Touch 3-Zone Memory Foam Orthopaedic Rolled Mattress

Touch 3-Zone Memory Foam Orthopedic Rolled Mattress is ideal for all those who seek support for back and joint problems.
Best Overall
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High quality mixture of foams – 150mm of reflex foam and 30mm of memory foam, is heart and soul of this orthopaedic mattress that will provide enough support even for sleepers who weigh more than 100 kg even though it is only 18 cm deep which is considered to be thin. We like that even though it's very firm it's still comfortable.

Credit should also be given to the three zoned quilted stretch knit cover, which significantly affects comfort and breathability. However, side sleepers should probably look for another model, especially if they are lightweight. It is one sided mattress made to British standards.

Advantages

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Firm & supportive
20 mm of foam & 150 mm of reflex foam ensures firmness & support.
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Breathable
Quilted stretch knit cover ensures optimal airflow.
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Made in the UK
Domestic design & manufacturing.

Disadvantages

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Too firm for side sleepers
The majority of side sleepers found it too firm for them.

BEST VALUE: Flex 1000 Reflex Foam Orthopaedic Mattress

What you get for under £150 is nothing short of amazing.
Best Value
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Another mattress in the HappyBeds offer, but Flex 1000 Reflex Foam Orthopaedic Mattress is not as firm as Touch 3-Zone Memory Foam Orthopaedic Rolled Mattress, although it is also orthoapedic. It is highly supportive, and the weight distribution is great thanks to the high-density Reflex Foam.

Made in the UK with the finest materials, and the sanitized fabric with Anti-Dust Mite and hypoallergenic features especially stands out. Allergy sufferers need not worry, the mattress will provide them with a perfectly safe sleep environment. It comes with 5-year guarantee, and it is approved by National Bed Federation (NBS).

Advantages

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Durable
The product is durable & will last long.
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Hypoallergenic
Perfect for people who often fight allergies.
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5-year warranty
Once you buy it, you are covered for 5 years.

Disadvantages

Thin-con
Too thin for heavy sleepers
If you are a heavy sleeper, it is likely it will be too thin for you.

BEST LUXURY: Simba Hybrid Mattress

If the price is not important to you, go with luxury Simba Hybrid Mattress.
Best Luxury
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Simba Hybrid mattress is worth every penny. Although it is more expensive than the average mattress, five layers of engineered comfort guarantee a good night's sleep. Breathable cover made of 500g of super soft, hand-knitted fabric is cool and hypoallergenic. Open cell graphite infused Simbatex layer is the first layer under the cover and offers up to 30x the airflow of memory foam.

Aerocoil layer consists of conical springs that work together to distribute weight. Another foam layer is responsible for edge-to-edge support, and at the bottom is a multi-zoned foam base. It comes with a 10-year warranty and probably the longest trial. You have a whole year to test it at home. If you are on the market for children's mattresses this one is available in Kids size.

Advantages

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Eco-friendly
Eco-friendly product that is delivered with carbon-neutral delivery.
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Highly breathable
You will not get hot with this mattress.
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10-year warranty
You get 10 year warranty program.

Disadvantages

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Non-removable cover
You cannot remove the cover and wash it.

BEST HYBRID: Linenspa Gel Infused Memory Foam

Tempered steel coils plus and comfort foam brought Linenspa Gel Infused Memory Foam the victory in the BEST HYBRID category.
Best Hybrid
Product image of Linenspa Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress.

You will probably be surprised that the hybrid mattress is only 20 cm thick, because the average is closer to 30 cm, but the thickness has no negative effect on the characteristics in this case. We expected that it could be too firm, but it is not.

It belongs to firm mattresses, yet the plush layer of gel infused memory foam provides the necessary softness, pressure relief and even weight distribution. Although off-gassing is present, it is not a cause for concern because it is CertiPUR-US certified. We were pleasantly surprised by the fact that it comes with a 10-year warranty, albeit limited, because this is not often the case with mattresses in this price range.

Advantages

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Supportive & comfortable
Though firmer, you get a nice weight distribution & plush-like softness.
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Affordable
Considering the qualities you get and the price you pay, it's more than affordable.
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10-year warranty
You get 10-year warranty plan.

Disadvantages

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Slight off-gassing
There might be some slight off-gassing present.

BEST-IN-BOX: Inofia 25cm SMAX Mattress

Inofia 25cm SMAX Mattress comes vacuumed and packed in a box, and is ready for use in no time.
Best-In-Box
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If we have to single out one company that offers the best value for money, it would be Inofia. Do you need a better example than the Inofia 25cm SMAX Mattress? You get an advanced mattress that is several times cheaper than similar ones belonging to the premium category.

Stable foundation foam player plus a hybrid medium-plush surface give a zero-gravity sleep experience. You will feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. It is comfortable for all sleep positions, especially for side and back sleepers. It isolates movements brilliantly so it is popular among couples. Inofia gives 10-year piece of mind guarantee.

Advantages

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Good for all sleepers
All sleepers will find it super comfortable.
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Perfect motion isolation
100% motion isolation.
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10-year warranty
You get 10-yea warranty.

Disadvantages

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Slight off gassing
You will notice a slight off gassing, but nothing too serious.

BEST MEMORY FOAM: Emma Original Mattress

Emma Original Mattress is so comfortable because of the 3 layers of pressure relieving foam.
Best Memory Foam
Product image of Emma Original mattress.

If you are a hot sleeper and are reading this guide, don't worry, even though it is 100% foam, this mattress is one of the best in terms of temperature regulation. Innovative open-pored HRX layer enhances airflow so you will be cool and dry.

Three types of foam of different density and firmness give one perfect whole. You will get comfort, pressure relief and support at the same time. If you decide on a different size and not the European Single because you sleep with a partner, you can be sure that there will be no roll together or motion transfer. This is one of the most durable mattresses out there.

Advantages

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Great thermo-regulation
Forget sweating & shaking as it has perfect thermoregulation.
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Motion isolating
You won't get disturbed once your partner starts moving.
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Pressure-reliving
Thanks to 3 layers of foam, you get great pressure reliving properties.

Disadvantages

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Slight off gassing
It is possible that you will experience slight off gassing issues.

MOST AFFORDABLE: VESGANTTI 3FT Single Mattress

We recommend it if you have neck, shoulder, back, and hip pain so you need pressure relief without spending 1000 GBP.
Most Affordable
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Hundreds of springs work independently because each one is pocketed in a separate fabric pocket. That has multiple importance because unlike innerspring mattresses, VESGANTTI 3FT Single Mattress offers unique support and pressure relief. It moulds to your body so that you are perfectly comfortable.

Memory foam is quite responsive, so it is also good for combination sleepers who often change their sleep position during the night. Although it will seem ready for use after a few minutes, leave it for 2 to 3 days to fully expand.

Advantages

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Cooling
The cooling & hypoallergenic cover keeps you cool all the time.
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Good for back pain
Fantastic for back pain treatment.
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Great motion isolation
If your partner tosses and turns, you won't wake up as it absorbs the movement.

Disadvantages

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Slight off gassing
Do expect some slight off gassing.

Before you buy a European single mattress

European mattress single is suitable for single sleepers. Although it is 10 cm longer, that does not mean that there is enough space for two adults. In general, is suitable for one person who wants more space for legs, but width is the same implying it is not wide enough for two, even if they have smaller body frames.

There is no mattress that suits every person on this planet. Mattress characteristics, body type, sleep position and many other things affect who will find a mattress comfortable and who will not. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that any of our top picks will be 100% suitable for you. You should consider most important features and take advantage of trial period.

What to look for when buying European Single mattress

Features to look for when buying a European Single mattress are the same features you should analyze when buying any other mattress. Your sleep position has a much greater influence than the size of the mattress you buy. Support, type, temperature regulation and maintenance will be our focus in this part, and we will mention many other important features as well.

Firmness & support

It is essential to find the appropriate firmness. If you make a mistake during first step, you will have to buy another mattress because it is impossible to get used to a mattress whose firmness does not suit you. Keep in mind that firmness and support are not the same. Mattress can be a medium firm, but highly supportive.

You choose firmness based on sleep position and body type. Side sleepers need a soft to medium mattress to be able to sink and prevent should and hip pain. Back and combination sleepers usually prefer a medium mattress, while stomach sleepers should go with a firmer mattress for spinal alignment. Whether you are a heavy or light sleeper also plays an important role. The firmness of the mattress is determined by the average customer. If you weigh 20 kg more or less than the average, the mattress will definitely be softer/firmer for you than the firmness rating indicated on the product or in the review shows.

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Support is important for everyone because no one can sleep comfortably without support. However, if you have pain or a condition such as arthritis, you may need an orthopaedic mattress that provides additional support. Couples should inspect edge support – we have a full guide on the best mattresses with edge support.

Type and material

The most popular mattress types are memory (polyurethane) foam, hybrid and pocket sprung. There are many subcategories, as well as some types that are not so common on the market, like latex foam, but they are certainly great. Again, there is no one type that is the best, otherwise everyone would buy only that type and the others would disappear. Whether you will go with memory foam, innerspring or want both and buy a hybrid is up to you.

The main feature of memory foam mattresses is pressure relief. Such mattresses adapt to your body and are excellent for side sleepers. The density of memory foam varies, and therefore the firmness. Innerspring is a traditional type of mattress, often quite firm. Hybrids are usually the best of both worlds, but they are more expensive. Latex mattresses, specially made of natural latex, are known for bounce and durability. Materials not only affect firmness but also temperature regulation, which hot sleepers must pay special attention to.

Hypoallergenic & breathable

Take care of yourself. One of the great ways to do this is to buy hypoallergenic sleep products. You will be surrounded by these products for 8 hours every day, so if you choose those that are not hypoallergenic, you risk worsening your allergy or becoming an allergy sufferer even though you were not. Today, most sleep companies make their priority to produce hypoallergenic products, but always double-check before you buy mattress or pillow.

Breathability is an important feature for the product to be hypoallergenic, but also for thermoregulation. Dust mites and other allergens do not like undisturbed airflow. Breathability is also absolutely necessary for cooling properties and to prevent heat retention. Memory foam often has problems with breathability and heat retention, but certainly less than 10 or 20 years ago.

Easy maintenance

The best way to keep your sleep environment clean is to regularly wash your bedding. You should do this every 3 to 7 days, depending on whether you have pets and the like. But also check how you can maintain the mattress itself.

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Some mattresses come with a removable and washable cover. If mattress does not have a removable cover, then occasionally vacuum it and spot clean when necessary. The manufacturer will provide you with the necessary maintenance instructions and you should stick to it. Mattress maintenance is not just cleaning. Regular turning and flipping, if possible, extends the service life.

Tips for buying and using European Single mattress

The first thing you need to make sure is that you have the right bed frame. Most bed frames are made according to UK mattress sizes, so it may happen that the bed frame is too short for a European Single mattress. After you have checked that, the other tips for buying and using are no different compared to any other mattress.

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You should analyze the features that are most important to you, as well as some general features that suggest the quality of the product. Price is of course important, but durability and comfort should be your top priority, not just affordability. A premium mattress that you maintain can last you 10 years or more.

The advantages of owning European Single mattress

Without a doubt, the length is the biggest advantage of owning a European Single mattress. People who are very tall, over 185 cm, often cannot fully extend their legs when sleeping on a UK Single mattress, and that is exactly why they need a European Single mattress. It is certainly important for restless sleepers too since they change their sleep position many times during the night, and it may happen that they get down too low so that their legs dangle.

There are numerous other advantages of owning one of our top picks. Those mattresses will give you the best night's sleep and pain-free mornings. In the morning you should feel refreshed and rested, not like after an MMA fight.

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FAQs about your European single mattress

These are the two most frequently asked questions about your European single mattress, so we will answer them.

Do European single mattresses come in larger dimensions?

No, it comes in only one dimension – 200 cm x 90 cm (78 x 35 inches) and we have never encountered exceptions.

Is a European single mattress the same as a UK single mattress?

Dimension of European single mattress is 200 cm x 90 cm while dimension of UK single mattress is 190 cm x 90 cm so they are not the same.

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Connie
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant I know how important sleep is. And as a combination sleeper, I have found it difficult to get products to suit my sleep style. I have more than 2 years product testing experience with The Sleep Advisors which means I have slept on, with and under more than 500 products with varying degrees of success. This is added to more than 2 years experience as a product reviewer for Closer, Heat and Grazia magazines, so I've got a rigorous process. I love sharing my sleep testimonials with our readers and hearing their experiences too.
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