Why buy NBF approved brands

Why buy NBF-approved brands?

Every Approved NBF Member bed manufacturer has undergone rigorous independent auditing to ensure they comply with UK regulations on flammability, cleanliness of fillings and genuine product descriptions.

So what that means for you is you can buy with confidence, knowing that what you’re buying is SAFE, CLEAN and EVERYTHING IT CLAIMS TO BE.

Now that’s comforting!

NBF approved tick

So, when it’s time for you to buy your new bed or mattress, always look out for the NBF-approved tick

Find a bed retailer

Find a retailer who supports our aims and predominantly stocks beds and mattresses made by our NBF-approved bed brands

As the NBF launched a new logo in 2020, you may still see the old style ‘Made by an Approved NBF Member’ logo on product labels and retailer websites for a period of time.

Previous NBF logo
However, not all beds on sale in this country are what they claim to be…

Beware the ‘white van mattress scam’

Rogue traders are touring the country in small vans, targeting neighbourhoods like yours with so-called ‘bargain mattresses’ at prices that claim to be a fraction of their normal price. The traders are very plausible, often saying the mattresses are from cancelled orders, surplus stock, from shops that are closing down or from show houses. They are not!

They are cheaply manufactured products, worth less than £100. They may not meet UK flammability standards and may well contain old spring units and dirty fillings.

Our advice is to decline their offer but make a note of any company name on the van and try and get the registration number plate. Then report it to the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 who will pass on your concerns to trading standards or the police.

Beware internet rogue traders

Shopping for a new mattress or bed on the internet has never been easier. There are so many different websites to choose from – all of them claiming to be the cheapest.

Our advice is to use your discretion when choosing who to give your money to. Be wary of sites that claim to offer discounts of up to 70% or 80% off the ‘normal’ price and avoid online marketplaces at all costs.

Also, if they appear to be offering very high-specification mattresses (with, for example, generous layers of memory foam or thousands of pocket springs) at budget prices, ask yourself whether it looks too good to be true. It probably is – and you may find that the so-called luxury mattress only has a basic spring unit in it with a very thin layer of memory foam and a fibre pad.

Read our 10 tips for buying beds online.