Mattress buying guide: How to choose a mattress for the best night’s sleep

From hybrid to open spring, we explain the ins and outs of mattresses and try to offer some advice to help you choose which one is right for you…

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to staying happy and healthy, so it’s important to do your research when buying a mattress, as without, it can lead to sleepless nights and achy mornings.

Mattresses can cost anything from a few hundred pounds to thousands, so you’ll want to make sure your chosen mattress is worth the investment before you buy.

NEW! Takeaway for two DIY MEAL BOXES

If you enjoy a Friday night in, you’ll love our new meal boxes for two, based on the nation’s favourite takeaways: Indian, Southern Fried Chicken, Tex-Mex, Peri Peri and Thai.

At just £8 each, to feed two people, they’ll save you money on the real thing — the meat is 100% British, too.

The kits include mains and sides, are easy to prepare and ready in under 30 minutes.

Currently available in the following co-op food stores:

Danbury, East Tilbury, Kings Road, Challis Lane, Ingatestone and Woodford Green. 

AGM streamed online for the first time in 153 years....

We held our first ever virtual AGM on the 5th October, live-streaming our meeting from Chelmsford Star head office to all members.

If you missed it, you can watch the meeting ‘on demand’ at the following link, but please be aware all options to vote won’t apply.

You’ll need your membership number to view the video.

CLICK HERE to view. 


Cooking up a storm...

As lockdown seemed to dramatically change not only the nations shopping habits, but our cooking and eating routines, we take a look at what happened during lockdown and whether these trends are set to continue for a while to come....

As at-home evening dining occasions increased 60 per cent throughout lockdown, households are now spending more time cooking from scratch, which has seen consumers purchasing six times as much fresh meat, with pork (690 per cent sales increase) and beef (519 per cent sales increase) being the favourites.

Cheers to Summer ...

Check out our latest and greatest sunny sips — from beer and cider to cooling cocktail recipes and a homegrown sparkling rosé. Come rain or shine, they’re a taste of holiday, from the comfort of home


  1. Vin Crowd Botanical Spritz, 250ml
  2. Vin Crowd White Spritz, 250ml
  3. Vin Crowd Pink Spritz, 250ml
  4. Co-op Irresistible Pink Grapefruit & Elderflower Gin Liqueur, 50cl
  5. Co-op Irresistible Eight Acres Sparkling Rosé (available in selected stores only)
  6. Co-op Golden Ale, 500ml


New to our Quadrant Department Stores...

The Alston's Fairmont range is a fusion of Scandinavian style with a modern urban twist and it's made right here in the UK. 


The beautifully proportioned track arm and sleek lines of a rustic weathered oak or more glamourous satin aluminum front plinth create minimalism that exudes character.

Fantastically textured chenille plains mixed with geometric scatters are finished with bold velvet accents that pull each of the fabric stories together.


On display in both our Chelmsford & Braintree stores.


How to stay cool while working from home in a heatwave...

No office air-conditioning? No problem…

It’s warm, isn’t it? And it’s only about to get warmer...

If weather forecasts are to be believed, then the UK is set to see soaring temperatures up to 37 degrees Celsius for the week ahead!

Of course, this is all well and good, apart from the fact that many of us are working from home at the moment, so for the first time ever, we’re actually missing the icy chill of our air-conditioned offices.

So, here are 13 hot weather hacks which should help to keep you cool while the mercury’s rising...

Top tips for sleeping in a heatwave...

Temperatures are set to soar this weekend, so you'll need to get prepared for sleep when the mercury starts rising....

Here are our top tips...

1. Choose cotton.

Save the satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-coloured bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.