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The British Bed Company The Spare Room Ortho Mattress Review

TSA reviewer Connie Hack

Written By Connie Hack

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27 September 2023 6 min read

In this Spare Room Ortho Mattress review we're going to see how this mattress from The British Bed Company can help you sleep like a champ and whether it's worth the price!

Getting a new mattress is one of the fastest ways to improve your sleep quality. However, not all mattresses were made equal! So, in this Spare Room Ortho Mattress review, we're going to see whether this mattress from the British Bed Company has what it takes.

We'll go through all of its features, its pros and cons, and see who it will best suit. And don't worry, we'll also recommend a different mattress in case the Spare Room Ortho Mattress isn't quite to your liking.

With all of that being said, let's get on with our Spare Room Ortho Mattress review!


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Plenty of pocket springs
1000 pocket springs will properly support your entire body!
An icon depicting a leaf indicating hypoallergenic properties
You don't have to worry about any allergies!
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Motion Isolation
Tossing and turning won't disturb your partner.


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Cover is not removable
You cannot remove the cover.
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Not ideal for side sleepers
The majority of side sleepers will find it too firm.
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No trial
You do not get any trial for this mattress.

Who is British Bed Company The Spare Room Ortho mattress for?

When a mattress has “ortho” or “orthopaedic” in its name, it implies that it is firmer than average. British Bed Company The Spare Room Ortho mattress is no different. That is why it is good for back and stomach sleeping.

What do we use this product for?

It goes without saying that we use a mattress for a good night's sleep. Why would you buy a mattress if not to sleep better than before? What you need to know are some specific purposes for which this mattress is suitable.

Features you should know about British Bed Company The Spare Room Ortho mattress

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1000 individual pocket springs

The individual pocket sprung system is an improvement over the traditional innerspring system that has been the most used for decades. Each spring is encapsulated in fabric and moves separately. Pocket sprung system brings multiple benefits.

As you move during the night, the springs adjust the support all over the surface because they are not connected. There is also no motion transfer and roll together, which is a big problem for many couples, especially when one person is a light sleeper and the other is a restless sleeper. The fabric also absorbs sound, so there is no recognisable squeaking of metal springs.

This mattress features 1000 individual pocket springs which is enough. On the UK market there are models with more and less springs. That affects performance but also price.

Double sided mattress

If you have read some of our reviews so far, then you know we are big fans of double sided mattresses. When a mattress has two sleeping sides, it significantly extends its service life. You can regularly turn and rotate it, so you will avoid the appearance of lumps and dents in the long run. British Bed Company The Spare Room Ortho mattress has side handles making it is easy to move.

Firmer tension

How firm a particular mattress will be depends not only on the actual characteristics of the product, but also on your body frame and preferences. However unlike modern memory foam ones there is no doubt that this is a firmer one. The tension and level of support are ideal for back and stomach sleepers, while side sleepers usually look for softer mattresses. On a firmness scale of 1 to 10, 7.5 to 8 is realistic for people of average build. That firmness certainly justifies the “ortho” in the name.

Polyester filling

If you have to sleep directly on the springs, it would not be a pleasant experience, even though they are encapsulated in fabric. That's why every manufacturer adds at least one more layer over them. When it is memory foam, then such mattresses are called hybrid. This mattress is not hybrid but has polyester fillings. Polyester fibres make the mattress softer and more comfortable. We didn’t notice any durability issues with the filling.


Above-mentioned polyester fibres are anti-allergenic, so it is a great choice for hay fever sufferers. You can be sure that you will not wake up in the middle of the night with allergy symptoms. Cover is not removable so you should use bed sheets to keep sleep environment perfectly clean and free of different allergens.

Hand tufted

You will notice buttons evenly distributed over the sleeping surface. Those buttons should hold the fillings together. They also add tension to the springs. This technique of connecting layers is called hand tufting and is very effective. That is another reason why we believe in the durability of this mattress.

5-year warranty

Five-year warranty is exactly what we would expect in this price range. That is enough to give you piece of mind and to convince you that the manufacturer believes in the quality and durability of its product. Considering it is double sided and hand tufted, we expect that the service life will significantly exceed the warranty.

Review of The Spare Room Ortho mattress

our reviewer sleeping on the Spare Room Ortho mattress

British Bed Company The Spare Room Ortho mattress is a firm mattress comfortable for back and front sleepers, but not so much for side sleepers. Side sleepers from our test team confirmed what we expected when we saw its features.

However, all those who suffer from back pain will have a great night's sleep when they buy this mattress. It is very supportive, we can even say that we can classify it as one of the most supportive that we have tested. The Spare Room Ortho mattress promotes healthy spine alignment and you won't wake up in pain.

It is 100% hypoallergenic, and the breathability is satisfactory. We anticipate hot sleepers will be satisfied because we had no problems with heat retention, and we changed the temperature in the test room several times.

It passed our durability test with flying colours, and it comes with a 5-year warranty, so we believe that your investment is completely safe. Double mattress is the best-selling one and it is also available in Singe, Small Double, King and Super King size.


  • Depth: 28 cm
  • Cover material: Polyester
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Removable cover: No
  • Care instructions: Spot cleaning only
  • Warranty: 5-year
  • Trial: N/A
  • Delivery info: Free delivery

What we like about The Spare Room Ortho mattress

What we don’t like about The Spare Room Ortho mattress

The common problems with The Spare Room Ortho mattress & how to solve them

While this is the perfect mattress for those who want to receive total body support, it is too firm and supportive for side sleepers. It is certainly a major problem, but there is a solution – a mattress topper. If a side sleeper wants this mattress because of the support and other features, but cannot sleep comfortably on it because of the firmness, then he or she can add a soft memory foam topper. That way is possible to achieve a balance between comfort and support for most popular sleep position.

Check the alternatives to The Spare Room Ortho mattress

It was challenging to single out just one alternative because there are many good orthopaedic mattresses, but we felt that the Majestic 1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic mattress would surely appeal to the same type of customers who only want slightly different features.

Majestic 1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress

Product image of Majestic 1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress.

Although the Majestic 1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic mattress is also an “ortho” mattress it is a bit softer compared to the main star of our review. 

For those customers who want support, but also a bit softer sleep surface, this model is an excellent choice. We think that back sleepers will especially like it. It belongs to the same price range, and most other features are similar.

Plus, with the mattress being a bit softer, side sleepers can finally get some rest as well! This is because the mattress now has enough give for your hip to sink in and keep your spinal alignment straight and healthy.

Air vents help regulate body temperature. So, it's an excellent choice for hot sleepers.

It is also hand-tufted, double-sided and comes with a 5-year warranty so the durability is top-notch. Overall, we'd say that you're getting amazing value out of this orthopaedic mattress!


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Highly breathable
Air vents ensure high level of breathability.
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Double sided
The double-sided concept ensure durability.
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Great for back pain
Highly supportive & suitable for stomach or back sleepers.


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Not the highest quality materials
This is a budget-oriented mattress so, it doesn't use the best materials.

What makes this product better than some other similar ones?

Support is what sets The Spare Room Ortho mattress apart from other similar products. The moment you lie down on it, you will feel the firm tension that holds your whole body in place. That is why it is also great for the guest room because it is suitable even for people weighing more than 90 kg. Apart from support, we think that durability is also something that we have to mention, because that makes it a great investment. The combination of high level craftsmanship and 5-year warranty is something that every customer looks forward to.

How did we test the product?

The method we use to evaluate products is simple, but it is also carefully thought out. We read up on customer experiences and evaluations, examine product materials, and, of course, test the actual real-world performance. The following is how we approach it.

To make things more transparent, here's how we test the longevity and durability of a mattress:

Is The Spare Room Ortho mattress eco-friendly or sustainable?

Any product with incorporated polyester fillings cannot be high on the sustainability scale. It is positive that this mattress is recyclable, but that certainly does not make it one of the best in these two categories.

This leads us to the conclusion that this mattress is not 100% sustainable and eco-friendly, but it is better than memory foam ones.

Overall impressions of the product after the testing

After more than a month of testing, we can say that we are satisfied with the British Bed Company The Spare Room Ortho mattress. First of all, it is important to say that it is a high-quality product that we expect to last maybe 10 years, if not more. It provides support and will help many to get rid of chronic problems with the skeleton. It has certain downsides, for example, it is not a good option for side sleepers, especially lightweight ones, but the manufacturer's goal was not an all-around mattress, rather an orthopaedic one.

But what do you think? After reading our Spare Room Ortho Mattress review, do you think this is the mattress for you? Let us know in the comments!

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FAQs about your British Bed Company The Spare Room Ortho mattress

Lastly, let's go over some FAQs people tend to have about The Spare Room Ortho mattress.

Is The Spare Room Ortho mattress good for every type of sleepers?

No, it is not. Side sleepers should look elsewhere.

How to clean my The Spare Room Ortho mattress?

You can spot clean and vacuum it from time to time, but other than that all you can do is change bed sheets regularly.

Is The Spare Room Ortho mattress hypoallergenic?

Yes, it 100% safe for allergy sufferers.

What is the height of The Spare Room Ortho mattress?

This one is 28 cm deep which is above average for pocket sprung mattress.

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