Many of us find that we sleep more soundly in a hotel bed than our bed at home, but what makes hotel mattresses so special? Let's take a look at the differences between hotel and domestic mattresses and help you find the best hotel mattress for home use.
Are hotel mattresses different to domestic mattresses?
Domestic mattresses and hotel mattresses are generally constructed in the same ways and do not have any major differences. However, mattresses used by commercial businesses must comply with Crib 5 Fire regulations and endure a British Standard (BS) 7177 flame retardant test. Mattresses sold for domestic use do not have to undergo this stringent testing. That's why hotel mattresses are often referred to as 'contract' mattresses because they are sold specifically to adhere to regulations which makes them suitable for commercial organisations.
This doesn't mean to say that domestic users cannot purchase contract mattresses for home use. Many people opt for contract mattresses because they find that they offer a superior level of quality, durability and comfort.
Hotel mattresses are not necessarily built differently compared to domestic mattresses, but hoteliers tend to have stringent standards for the beds upon which their guests will be sleeping. If a mattress is to be used in a hotel, it must be durable enough to last for many years and comfortable enough for a wide range of users.
Our collection of contract mattresses has been designed with commercial businesses in mind and when domestic users purchase from this range, they can rest assured that they are buying a product that is high enough quality that a hotelier would be happy to install it in their guest rooms.
Hotel mattresses tend to have specific features that make them suitable for commercial use, so if you're on the hunt for a new mattress that meets hotel standards you can look out for similar features. Let's take a look at what makes the best hotel mattress for home use.
Medium-firm tension for universal comfort
Most hotel mattresses provide medium-firm tension. This is because they are designed to be as universal as possible to suit a wide variety of body types and sleep positions.
Soft mattresses are often uncomfortable for heavy people because the body sinks too far into them and there isn't adequate support for the spine and joints.
Firm mattresses tend not to feel comfortable for very light people because there is no give underneath pressure points such as the shoulders, elbows and hips. Furthermore, people with back or neck problems might find very firm or very soft mattresses lacking adequate support.
To provide as comfortable a night's sleep as possible to as many guests as possible, it is sensible for hotels to avoid using extremely soft or firm mattresses. Most meet in the middle with medium-firm mattresses which can provide an adequate level of tension to all users. If you've had a fantastic night's sleep on a hotel bed, it was likely a medium-firm mattress.
Durability for long-term use
Hotel mattresses must be incredibly durable to offer good value for money for commercial businesses. They often endure more wear and tear than a typical domestic mattress because users are unlikely to take as much care over the bed in a hotel as they would at home. Furthermore, hotel guests often lounge on the bed throughout the day in addition to simply sleeping on it, which means the mattress will simply get much more use than a typical domestic mattress.
Extra durable springs are often used in hotel beds to ensure that they last as long as possible. It's also common for hotel mattresses to be suitable for turning to further extend the lifespan.
The weight limit of hotel mattresses is often higher than typical domestic mattresses so that heavier guests are comfortably supported. For example, some of our contract mattresses such as the Cosmopolitan 1000 have an individual weight limit of 30 stone (190kg) and a total weight limit of 50 stone (317kg).
If you're looking for a heavy-duty, hotel-standard mattress, one of these models would be a fantastic choice.
Luxurious features for ultimate comfort
Hoteliers want their guests to have the best possible stay and this includes an incredibly comfortable night's sleep. For this reason, many hotel mattresses have luxurious additional features, such as:
- Additional stitching on the mattress edge for better support - Multiple layers of filling - Skin-safe bed bug protection - Breather vents for a cooler sleep in summer - Luxurious materials like silk, alpaca and mohair - Damask covers
Our Natural Supreme 5000 mattress is a great example of a luxury contract mattress with these features. It has an impressive 5000 pocket springs for the ultimate support, and at 30cm deep it provides an incredibly comfortable night's sleep that is sure to make you feel like you're staying in a luxury hotel.
Product: Ambassador 2000 Mattress
What is the best hotel mattress for home use from Reinforced Beds?
Our best selling contract mattress is the Terrington. This is an affordable, durable and reliable mattress with a 13.5 gauge open coiled spring system that provides medium tension. It's a popular choice for a variety of commercial settings, including hotels, guest houses and care homes.
Another popular hotel mattress but one which is significantly more luxurious is the Ambassador 2000. At 30cm deep and with 2000 1.6mm thick pocket springs, it offers exceptional levels of support and comfort.
Multiple deep layers of fillings are encased in a tufted damask cover with high loft cushions. With a total maximum weight limit of 50 stone, this is a fantastic heavy-duty hotel mattress that will deliver incredible comfort for domestic users.
For more hotel mattresses to suit a variety of budgets and needs, be sure to check out our full range of high quality contract mattresses.