What is a Hypoallergenic Mattress?

What is a Hypoallergenic Mattress?

At least 12 million people suffer from allergies in the UK caused by dust mites. If you’re struggling to get a restful night’s sleep because of allergies in the bedroom, it might be time to try a new approach. A hypoallergenic mattress is a great place to start if you’re looking for ways to make your bedroom an allergen-free zone, but what is a hypoallergenic mattress?

You’ll be pleased to hear that a hypoallergenic mattress is designed to prevent allergic reactions. The mattress is tightly sealed to prevent dead skin cells and body oils from permeating into the material. This then subsequently prevents dust mites from penetrating the mattress.

The mattresses usually include the following features to reduce the likelihood of allergic symptoms:

  1. Dust mite-resistant materials
  2. Anti-allergy covers

We’ve created an essential guide to hypoallergenic mattresses, including tips, benefits and best mattress types for those susceptible to allergies;

Tips for Allergy Sufferers

There’s nothing worse than scratching, sneezing and tossing and turning all-night-long. Follow these tips for a comfortable, relaxed night’s sleep:

  • Refrain from buying mattresses made of animal products
  • Regularly wash bedding: follow our how to clean a mattress guide
  • Invest in a high-quality hypoallergenic mattress
  • Make sure all bedding and pillows are made of hypoallergenic materials
  • Replace your mattress every 7-10 years. Each year, we shed roughly a pound of skin into our mattresses as well as around half a pint of moisture each night, so replacing your mattress regularly will keep dust mites at bay

What are the Benefits of a Hypoallergenic Mattress?

A hypoallergenic mattress is a great choice if you're looking for a clean and healthy sleeping environment. This specifically designed mattress can;

Reduce Allergies

An anti-allergy mattress prevents dust mites from thriving and penetrating the surface and settling within. This helps to prevent allergy symptoms.

Fight Bacterial Growth

Hypoallergenic mattresses are often treated with antibacterial cover technology. This helps to keep your mattress clean and fresh.

Safer for Babies and Children

A clean bedroom is important for your child's health. A hypoallergenic mattress can help keep your child's allergies or asthma at bay.

Which Mattresses Protect Against Allergies?

A springless, all-foam mattress usually provides the best protection against bacteria, including dust mites, due to the foam structure being impenetrable. However, many mattress types can offer great hypoallergenic protection.

Best Mattresses for Allergy Sufferers

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam moulds to the contours of your body providing maximum levels of support and comfort while you sleep. The foam’s tight structure is very difficult for dust mites to penetrate. Memory foam mattresses are therefore the best at reducing allergy symptoms.

Latex Mattresses

In addition to its impenetrable structure, latex wicks away moisture to prevent dust mites, bacteria and mould growth. Mattresses made purely of latex provide great natural protection against allergens.

Gel Foam Mattresses

Gel foam is a soft, yet supportive structure with great hypoallergenic properties. Whilst some people report feeling too warm on a memory foam mattress, the gel-infused foam has unique cooling features to ensure a comfortable sleep. 

Our CoolMax memory foam mattresses provide a cooling cover with a breathable fabric to disperse moisture; perfect for high-temperature environments and hot sleepers.

Pocket Spring Mattresses

Spring mattresses, while lacking the mite-repelling dense foam structure, are still highly effective hypoallergenic mattresses when designed with a hypoallergenic cover or memory foam mattress topper, which prevents mites and bacteria from living on or penetrating the surface.

Hybrid Mattresses

A hybrid mattress is a combination of anti-allergy memory foam and pocket sprung mattresses to give sleepers the ultimate sleeping experience. A layer of foam on top of the independent springs creates the perfect environment for those seeking pressure relief, back support and most importantly, protection from dust mites. 

Mattress Size and Suitability

The size and type of bed and bed frame you have will dictate the size and type of hypoallergenic mattress you choose. Our memory foam mattresses come in small single, single, small double, double, king, euro and super king size, meaning it’s easy to find the right mattress to fit your bed frame. 

Mattress depth and thickness will also affect how well it will fit into your bed frame, so be sure to do the measurements to see how high your mattress will sit when placed in the frame. 


Our entire range of products is hypoallergenic, ensuring a healthy and restful sleep you can rely on - an important factor in maintaining your day to day wellbeing.

Browse our full collection of memory foam mattresses to find the right fit for you.

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