Naturalmat | The Ultimate Comparison Guide

We are often asked about the value for money you get with a Naturalmat mattress and how our mattresses compare. This guide should give you all the information you need to make an educated decision.

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Who is Naturalmat?

The idea for the Naturalmat Devon based company was born when two enthusiastic sailors became frustrated by the low-quality synthetic mattresses found on boats, so they decided there must be an alternative that would provide them with a more enjoyable night’s sleep. This calling to produce the perfect sleeping climate led Mark Tremlett and Peter Tindall to explore the benefits of utilising natural fibres in mattresses. Because nobody was making natural fibre mattresses for the marine market, Mark and Peter saw an opening to set up a business, so Naturalmat was founded in 2000.

Naturalmat gives their customers extra reassurance regarding the quality of their mattresses by saying that every product that leaves the factory has been made by hand in their factory in Topsham.

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Are Naturalmat mattresses made by hand?

Handmade mattresses are built, tufted, and stitched entirely by the hands of skilled craftsmen. From the images on the Nautralmat website, it’s nice to see they are hand-tufting the mattresses. Still, the border panels are machine side stitched, which means there is no connection between the pocket spring unit and the sides, leaving little edge to edge support (non-spring mattresses cannot be hand-stitched). We hand side stitch all of our mattress range to prevent bulging and give our mattresses edge support and a luxury look.

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A breakdown of Naturalmat mattresses?

Looking at the Naturalmat website, their pocket spring mattresses are constructed in a very similar fashion to most mid-range mattresses. So, let’s have a look to see what’s inside.

Pocket Springs
  • Their mattress listings state they use cotton covered pocket springs, but there’s no exact tension or gauge given, so it’s tough to understand what type of support it will provide you in the long term. Several hotels use soft mattress choices as for a few nights; these soft beds feel perfect; however, in the long run, most people need more support for day to day sleeping. Naturalmat also does not say the number of pocket springs they use, so we don’t know if it’s the minimum of 600 or the maximum available in a kingsize of 2000.
Natural Mattress Fibres
  • It’s good to see Naturalmat use a mix of natural fibres in their mattresses, but it’s a shame that they don’t state the GSM (Grams per square meter) of natural fibres they use, so you can compare and figure out exactly how the mattress will feel after a few years of use. Also, a luxury mattress, especially when priced above £1200 for a double size, should not have any less than 4000gsm of natural fibres. But, again, without stating the GSM, there could be 2000gsm or 4000gsm, and the difference will significantly alter the mattress’s lifespan, comfort, and support.
Spring insulator
  • Looking at the pictures on some of Naturalmat mattress listings, they use a spring-insulator layer which may either be polyester or white fibre. If this is the case, it does not show on their specifications, so they may have forgotten to list it. White fibre or polyester is a bright white colour, unlike the cream colour of wool, so we would imagine this is a synthetic layer of white fibre or polyester to help the natural fibres above from settling. We would advise you to ask Naturalmat to confirm if they are using Wool, Polyester or White Fibre.
Mattress Detailing
  • It’s unclear if Naturalmat mattresses are single or double-sided, which makes all the difference again to price point, support, comfort and lifespan. At the prices being charged, you would certainly expect it to be double-sided. Their border panels are also machine side stitched, so there’s no link between the pocket spring unit and the sides of the mattress. We hand-side stitch all of our range to prevent bulging, add stability and give edge to edge support; plus, a luxury mattress cant be luxurious without hand-side stitching.
Depth
  • Naturalmat mattresses are relatively thin and have depth from 21cm to 26cm, including the tufts. This may help explain the potential for a low gsm of fillings. But, again, we would advise you to ask Naturalmat to confirm.

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Naturalmat vs Winstons Beds

Naturalmat Splendid Spring Mattress
  • This is Naturalmat entry-level mattress. Its fillings include Organic Lambswool and Recycled Denim. Recycled Denim can be made into insulation materials used for homes, hotels or offices and is generally made up of up to 85% factory scraps consisting of either Cotton Fibres or Natural Denim. Unfortunately, Naturalmat does not state the GSM of natural fibres, making it impossible to check the mattress’s quality, comfort, or support.
  • The outer cover is finished with a Wool and Cotton Herringbone cover that is naturally fire-retardant. The mattress has a total depth of 22cm, a machine-stitched border, 4 horizontal handles and 6 air vents. Unfortunately, Naturalmat does not advertise the spring count of their mattresses.
  • The Splendid Spring Mattress is available in 3 spring tensions, soft, medium or firm. It retails at £1270 for a king size at www.naturalmat.co.uk August 2021.
Winstons Premium Cotton 1500 Pocket Spring Mattress
  • The first in our collection to compare to the Naturalmat Splendid Spring Mattress is our Winstons Premium Cotton. This is our most affordable handmade natural mattress and includes 600gsm British Wool, 400gsm Hypoallergenic White Fibre, 2500gsm Premium Cotton and 750gsm Natural Hessian; this makes a total of 4250GSM (There is 2125gsm on either side of the mattress). 
  • With wool and white fibre in the top comfort layers, the mattress will have a more cushioning and sumptuous feel than the Naturalmat mattress. Furthermore, the Winstons Premium Cotton displays the GSM of upholstery, but the Naturalmat Splendid mattress does not. The depth of the Naturalmat Splendid is 22cm, though, whereas the Winstons Premium Cotton is 33cm deep. From the image Nautralmat shows of the inside of the Splendid mattress, they seem to be using a standard size 6inch pocket sprung unit the same as the Winstons Beds mattress; this shows we use significantly more GSM of fillings. As a result of having more GSM, the Winstons Premium Cotton will feel substantially more comfortable. In addition, it will be more supportive and have a much longer lifespan.
  • The outer cover of the mattress is 100% Chemical-Free Cotton. The mattress has a depth of 33cm, 1500 reactive pocket springs, two rows of hand side-stitching, eight horizontal handles, and 16 air vents.
  • The Winstons Premium Cotton Mattress is available in 4 spring tensions, soft, medium, firm or extra firm and split tensions which include a mix of any two firmness levels of the customers choice. It retails at £1399.99 for a king size.

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Winstons Premium Wool Vs

Naturalmat Superb Spring Mattress

Naturalmat Superb Spring Mattress
  • The Naturalmat Superb Spring Mattress fillings consist of Organic Lambswool and Natural Latex. Unfortunately, Naturalmat does not state the GSM of natural fibres or the thickness of the Latex, making it impossible to check the mattress’s quality, comfort, or support. The Latex utilised in the Naturalmat Superb Spring Mattress looks like a graphite synthetic blend. This is an artificial substitute for Natural Latex, or it may be a blend with partial Natural Latex. We recommend you ask Naturalmat what the precise structure is as we are just assuming from the image and our years of experience. We use 100% Natural Latex in our Ultimate Latex Hybrid. Natural Latex has a cream colour, whereas Latex blends are usually grey, like in the Naturalmat listing.
  • The outer cover is finished with a Chemical-Free Cotton cover that is naturally fire-retardant. The mattress has a total depth of 25cm, a machine-stitched border, 4 horizontal handles and 6 air vents. Unfortunately, Naturalmat does not advertise the spring count of their mattresses.
  • The Superb Mattress is available in 3 spring tensions, soft, medium or firm. It retails at £1760 for a king size at Naturalmat co uk August 2021.
Winston’s Premier British Wool Mattress
  • The Winston’s Premier British Wool 1500 Pocket Spring Mattress consists of 600gsm Premium Wool, 2500gsm Pure New Woven British Wool, 1000gsm Bonded British Wool and 750gsm Natural Hessian, making a total of 4850GSM (2425gsm on either side).
  • Due to Woven Wool and Premium Wool in the top comfort layers, the Winston’s Premier British Wool mattress will have a more cool, supportive and cushioning feel than the Naturalmat Splendid Superb Mattress. Furthermore, the Winston’s Premier British Wool is 100% natural, whereas there is a possibility the Splendid Superb Mattress is not if it indeed is blending Latex with Graphite. Furthermore, the Winstons Premier Wool shows the GSM of natural fillings; however, the Naturalmat Superb mattress does not. The depth of the Naturalmat Superb is 25cm, whereas the Winstons Premier Wool is 33cm deep. From the image Nautralmat shows of the inside of the Superb mattress, they seem to be using a regular size 6inch pocket sprung unit the same as the Winstons Beds mattress; this shows we use significantly more GSM of fillings. As a result, Winston’s Premier British Wool will feel significantly more comfortable, supportive, pressure-relieving and have a much longer lifespan due to having more fillings.
  • The outer cover is made from 100% Chemical-Free Cotton. The mattress has a total depth of 33cm, 1500 pocket springs, three rows of hand side-stitching, eight horizontal handles, and 16 air vents.
  • The Winston’s Premier British Wool Mattress is available in 4 spring tensions, soft, medium, firm or extra firm and split tensions which include a mix of any two firmness levels of the customers choice. It retails at £1699.99 for a king size.

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Winstons Ultimate Hybrid Latex Vs

Naturalmat Sumptuous Spring & Silk and Wool Mattress

Sumptuous Spring Mattress
  • This is Naturalmat Sumptuous Spring Mattress consists of Organic Lambswool, Cashmere, Natural Latex and Needled Horsehair with Coir. Unfortunately, Naturalmat does not state the GSM of natural fibres, making it impossible to check the mattress’s quality, comfort, or support. The Natural Latex used in the Naturalmat Sumptuous Spring Mattress looks like a graphite synthetic blend. This is a synthetic substitute for Natural Latex. We advise you to ask Naturalmat what the precise composition is as we are just assuming from the image and our years of experience.
  • The outer cover is finished with a naturally fire-retardant Wool and Cotton Herringbone cover. The mattress has a total depth of 26cm, a machine-stitched border, 4 horizontal handles and 6 air vents. Unfortunately, Naturalmat does not advertise the spring count of their mattresses.
  • The Sumptuous Spring Mattress is available in 3 spring tensions, soft, medium or firm. It retails at £2150 for a king size at www.naturalmat.co.uk August 2021.
Naturalmat Silk and Wool Mattress
  • The Naturalmat Silk and Wool Mattress include organic Lambswool, Silk, Natural Latex and Needled Horsehair with Coir. Unfortunately, Naturalmat does not say the GSM of natural fibres in their Silk and Wool mattress, making it difficult to state the mattress’s quality, comfort, or support. In addition, the Silk and Wool mattress does not show a picture of the inside of the mattress like the other mattresses on their website. So we advise you to ask Naturalmat what the precise composition of the Natural Latex is as we think from the other mattresses’ images that the Latex may be a graphite synthetic blend.
  • The Naturalmat Silk and Wool is finished with a Chemical-Free and naturally fire retardant Wool and Cotton mattress cover. The mattress has a total depth of 26cm, a machine-stitched border, 4 horizontal handles and 6 air vents. Unfortunately, Naturalmat does not advertise the spring count of their mattresses.
  • The Silk and Wool Mattress is available in 3 spring tensions, soft, medium or firm. It retails at £2750 for a king size at www.naturalmat.co.uk August 2021.
Winston’s Ultimate Hybrid Latex Mattress
  • The Winston’s Ultimate Hybrid Latex Mattress is our 100% natural handmade mattress and globally the most luxurious and highest spec Hybrid Latex mattress. It consists of 2 inches 100% Natural Latex, 1000gsm Ultra Wool, Cashmere & Silk, 1200gsm Hand Teased Wool, 1200gsm Hand Teased Horsehair, 300gsm Hand Teased Mohair and 1300gsm British Cotton, making a total of 5000GSM (2500gsm on either side and 1-inch Latex on either side).
  • Due to the natural Latex, Wool, Cashmere, Silk and Horsehair in the top comfort layers, the mattress will have superior support and comfort. Furthermore, the Winston’s Ultimate Hybrid Latex is 100% natural. In contrast, there is a chance the Naturalmat Sumptuous Spring and Silk and Wool Mattress are not if they are using a Graphite Blended Latex. Moreover, the Winstons Ultimate Hybrid Latex shows the GSM of natural fillings and Latex used; but, the Naturalmat mattresses do not. The depth of the Naturalmat Sumptuous Spring and The Silk and Wool mattresses are 26cm, whereas the Winstons Ultimate Hybrid Latex is 33cm deep. From the image, Naturalmat shows of the inside of the Sumptuous mattress; they appear to be using a regular size 6inch pocket sprung unit the same as the Winstons Beds Ultimate Hybrid Latex mattress; this shows we use significantly more GSM of fillings. As a result, our mattress will feel substantially more comfortable, pressure-relieving, supportive and have a much longer lifespan due to having more fillings.
  • The outer cover is made from 100% Chemical-Free Cotton. The mattress has a total depth of 33cm, 3000 revolutionary binary pocket springs, 6 rows of hand side-stitching, eight horizontal handles, and 16 air vents.
  • The Winston’s Ultimate Hybrid Latex Mattress is available in 3 spring tensions, soft, medium or firm and split tensions which include a mix of any two firmness levels of the customers choice. It retails at £2799.99 for a king size.

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How much do Naturalmat mattresses cost?

Naturalmat mattresses are not cheap, and range for a kingsize from £1270 to £2750, but are their mattresses worth the price? The rule of thumb is the higher the spring count, the longer the life span of the mattress and the more comfort and support you will receive. Unfortunately, Naturalmat doesn’t advertise how many springs they use in their mattresses, but the problem lies with spring type. Naturalmat uses a calico pocket spring unit that is hand nested and tied together using t, making them highly unstable as the string can easily tear, leading to dips and sags in your mattress. Also, seeing that Naturalmat beds only offer a 5 year guarantee is a cause for concern and likely because the mattress will not be durable. In our opinion, this is due to either calico springs or lack of gsm of natural fillings or both. Calico springs will raise the price of the mattress significantly. Still, they bring no additional support, comfort or durability. So in our opinion, even though Naturalmat reviews are predominantly positive, we believe for a machine-stitched and likely low GSM natural upholstery filled mattress, the Naturalmat prices are too high.

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Summary

There’s a lot to think about when purchasing a luxury mattress as there is a high cost involved. Even if a company has excellent ratings, which is the case with Naturalmat mattress reviews, you still need to make sure you’re not paying too much for something that may not last that long. First, you must ensure you investigate the GSM of the mattress you will buy is above 4000gsm and the minimum spring count is 1500.

We suggest you stay away from calico pocket springs. All you are doing is spending more for a spring unit that brings no extra support or comfort; instead, it significantly reduces the mattress’s lifespan.

If you need more assistance, please get in touch with us on 0161 250 9200. We have a mattress expert team who will be happy to assist you.

Our Naturalmat Alternatives

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Winston’s Premier British Wool 1500 Pocket Spring Mattress

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Published: 12th August 2021 (Updated: 12th August 2021) | Isaah