Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review 2024: bamboo isn’t just for pandas

Panda's bamboo-infused mattress is an eco-friendly delight

The sides of the Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress
(Image: © Jo Plumridge)

TechRadar Verdict

Packed full of environmentally friendly materials, the Panda London Hybrid Bamboo mattress will suit most sleepers straight out of the box. Its supportive structure makes it particularly suitable for back and stomach sleepers, although I felt that lightweight side sleepers might find it a little too firm.

Pros

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    Extremely supportive

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    Excellent temperature regulation

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    Plush and luxurious feel

Cons

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    Too firm for some, particularly lightweight side sleepers

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    Off-gassing lasted nearly a week

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Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: two-minute review

Panda London shares a love of bamboo with its furry namesake, with its only mattress using the natural benefits of bamboo to provide comfort and great cooling properties. Like many of our best mattress picks, the Panda is a hybrid mattress, which means it’s made from a combination of foam and coils.

Panda rates its mattress at a 7 out of 10 but both my husband and I felt it was nearer to a 7.5 on the firmness scale. This is mainly down to the combination of Panda’s proprietary OrthoAlign foam, designed to support pressure points, and the seven zoned spring layer providing spinal support. It’s not like sleeping on a rock though, thanks to the soft bamboo cover and the proprietary BioCell foam infused with bamboo. Both these layers give softness and gentle contouring.

The Panda is a great choice for back and stomach sleepers, who will find their spine is aligned and pressure points supported. Heavier sleepers should also enjoy the slightly firmer feel of the mattress, which will prevent them from sinking too far in and resting on the coils. However, lightweight side sleepers might find the Panda a little too firm as this is a mattress you lie ‘on’ rather than sink into.

The Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress on a bed

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

I felt the Panda mattress really excelled when it came to temperature regulation, with the bamboo doing a great job of keeping sleepers cool at night. This is combined with open cell foam and individually encased springs – both of which combine to help promote airflow through the mattress. Motion isolation was also surprisingly good for a firmer mattress and, as you might expect, edge support was also excellent. Our one bugbear was the off-gassing, with the Panda smelling for almost a week.

I looked at all the major areas of performance with the Panda, rating it on pressure relief, motion isolation, edge support, cooling and ease of set up. I’ll expand on all these points in the rest of the review.

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SectionNotesScore
ComfortMedium-firm, light contouring and excellent pressure relief.4.5/5
ValuePremium price point and not often discounted, but still good value.4/5
DesignWashable cover, bamboo-infused foam, zoned pocket springs.5/5
TemperatureBreathable cover, open cell foam and pocket springs keep things cool.4.5/5
Motion isolation Performed well in tests thanks to thick foam layer.4.5/5
Edge supportSturdy and stable edges in both the centre and a corners.4.5/5
Customer experienceWhite glove delivery, easy setup, strong off-gassing.4.5/5

Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: design & materials

  • 27cm thick hybrid mattress, made with springs and foam
  • Bamboo infused cover and foam for comfort and temperature regulation
  • Cover can be removed and washed

The Panda is a luxury mattress and, like many of the best hybrid mattresses, it’s made up of multiple layers – six in total. At the top, the cover has a zip off top meaning that you can remove and wash it. It’s amazing how many luxury mattresses don’t have a removable cover, so I was really pleased to see this. The cover is made of bamboo and is naturally hypoallergenic as well as temperature regulating.

Underneath the cover is Panda’s proprietary BioCell foam layer. The foam is open cell and infused with fresh bamboo, both of which help to make this layer breathable and keep air circulating. The bamboo also helps with odour resistance. Next up is Panda’s other proprietary design, OrthoAlign foam. The clue’s in the name here – this is an orthopaedic layer that’s designed to optimise spinal alignment and provide pressure relief. It works in conjunction with the multi-zonal spring layer, which has seven zones of full size, individually enclosed springs to support pressure points and provide structure to the mattress.

The corner of the Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

Below the springs is a high-density memory foam layer that absorbs movement but also helps to distribute body weight. Underneath this is an anti-slip base so that the mattress stays in one piece while you’re sleeping.

All the foams in the Panda are CertiPUR approved, meaning the mattress is lower in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and certified to Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX, meaning there’s no trace of harmful substances. I also really liked the fact that all the foams are 100% recyclable and the bamboo is organic and ethically sourced. Panda’s ‘Circle of Life’ policy means that it only uses ethical and environmentally friendly practices – it'll even recycle old mattresses to prevent waste and landfill.

  • Design score: 5 out of 5

Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: price & value for money

  • The brand’s only mattress sits firmly in the luxury bracket
  • Regular generous discounts of around £300-400
  • Still at the lower end of the luxury bracket, even with discounts

The Panda mattress is a luxury item, sitting in the middle of the luxury bracket. But I do think it’s worth the money, particularly as there are often generous discounts available. The brand is currently only available in the UK, but you’ll find an impressive number of sizes available including EU options and even an Emperor for those who want a really big bed. However, it’s worth noting that, even with good discounts, the mattress still sits at the lower end of the luxury bracket with these applied.

Here's the current pricing for all UK sizes of the Panda mattress, alongside the usual discounted price:

  • Single: £950 RRP, £712.50 on offer
  • Small double: £1,250 RRP, £937.50 on offer
  • Double: £1,290 RRP, £967.50 on offer
  • King: £1,390 RRP, £1,042.50 on offer
  • Super king: £1,550 RRP, £1,162.50 on offer
  • Emperor: £1,750 RRP, £1,312.50 on offer

Our mattress sales page will keep you up to date with all the latest offers.

Panda offers free white glove delivery with the mattress and it will be delivered to a room of your choosing. The company will also take away your old mattress free of charge and you get free returns if it’s not the mattress for you. Speaking of which, Panda offers a 100-night trial to test out the mattress, which is at the lower end of trial times these days but still, in my opinion, more than enough time to ascertain if you enjoy sleeping on it. There’s also a 10-year warranty.

  • Value score: 4 out of 5

Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: comfort & support

  • A medium-firm mattress that I rate at 7.5 out of 10
  • Bamboo infused top foam layer has light contouring but doesn’t sink
  • Excellent pressure relief, thanks to orthopaedic grade foam and springs

The Panda mattress feels comfortable straight out of the box (well, after the required 4 hours to inflate it). I actually left the mattress for 24 hours before sleeping on it and was really impressed by how comfortable it felt. Because of the slightly firmer feel of the Panda, there’s not a lot to get used to as the contouring and sinkage is very light.

Panda rates the mattress at a 7 out of 10, but I felt it was slightly firmer at around 7.5 out of 10. This means it’s a great fit for back and stomach sleepers in particular, as both these sleeping styles need a mattress to keep their spines aligned. Both my husband and I mainly sleep on our backs and thought the Panda did a great job in this department, along with cushioning our pressure points extremely well. There were no dips around the lower back and hips, which can sometimes be a problem with hybrid and memory foam mattresses.

The OrthoAlign orthopaedic layer, combined with the springs really help with spinal alignment, but the bamboo infused BioCell foam above these give some gentle contouring and softness. This layer, combined with the bamboo cover, helps to give the mattress a luxurious feel and makes the mattress instantly comfortable.

A kettlebell and a tape measure on the Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

I think the Panda could be a great choice for heavier weight sleepers as well – those I asked to test it found the mattress supportive and they didn’t feel as if they were sinking onto the coils. Average and heavier weight side sleepers also loved the Panda, feeling there was enough contouring around the shoulders and hips to prevent pressure building up. I’m of a lightweight build but prefer a firmer mattress and found the Panda comfortable while lying on my side. However, I suspect that most lightweight side sleepers would find the Panda a little too firm.

Using our large 20kg weight I tested sinkage in the middle of the bed, with the weight sinking in by 12cm / 4.7in. I felt this was to be expected, because of the slightly softer top layers.

  • Comfort score: 4.5 out of 5

Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: performance

  • Excellent temperature regulation
  • Thick foam layers help to absorb motion
  • Good edge support around the whole perimeter

Beyond factors like value for money, design and comfort, there are other metrics that matter when you're investing in a new mattress. If you're going to be sleeping on it every night, you need to know whether it'll get too hot at night, if you'll be disturbed by a partner's movements, and how supportive the edges are. I tested the Panda Hybrid in all these areas; here's how it performed.

Temperature regulation

I tested the Panda mattress with a summer duvet (4.5 tog) over a month where temperatures ranged from around 22 degrees to 15 overnight. These were warmer temperatures, but the Panda coped admirably. Hybrid mattresses are, in general, better at keeping sleepers cool and the Panda was particularly impressive.

A hand pressing down on the Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

Bamboo does a great job of keeping sleepers cool, as well as being hypoallergenic and naturally antibacterial. Panda’s bamboo cover is temperature regulating and the BioCell foam layer underneath it is infused with fresh bamboo to keep it breathable. The foam is also open cell, which keeps air moving and the individually wrapped springs are also well-spaced to promote airflow. My husband, who is generally a hot sleeper, felt cool throughout the night and the mattress never felt hot to the touch.

Temperature regulation score: 4.5 out of 5

Motion isolation

Motion transfer occurs when one person in bed moves around and causes movement in the bed. Some mattresses are more prone to this than others – those with springs tend to have more motion transfer than an all-foam mattress, where motion is well absorbed.

Despite the springs in the Panda mattress, it performed well in our drop tests. I mimicked movement with a simple drop test using a 6kg weight and an empty wine glass to see how well the mattress absorbed motion. I dropped the weight from around 12cm / 4.7in above the mattress, starting at 65cm / 25.5in from the wine glass. At this distance the wine glass didn’t move. It was also completely stable at 25cm / 9.8in and only fell over gently at 10cm / 3.9in from the weight dropping.

A kettlebell, a wine glass and a tape measure on the Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

While sleeping on the mattress neither my husband nor I were disturbed by each other’s movements. This was, I felt, down to the thicker layers of foam at the top of the mattress. The Panda doesn’t isolate motion as well as an all-foam offering, but it does a pretty good job.

Motion isolation score: 4.5 out of 5

Edge support

Good edge support is important for a variety of reasons. It helps us get in and out of bed and allows you to sit on the edge without sliding off. It also increases the sleeping area of the mattress and helps to prevent premature sagging around the perimeters. It’s also worth noting that if you’re buying a mattress for a child, good edge support helps to limit the possibility of them falling out of bed.

I felt stable while sitting on the edge of the bed, both in the centre and at the corners. There was, as you would expect, some sinkage. We measured this with our heaviest 20kg weight, which sunk in by 11cm / 4.3in. This was actually slightly less than the sinkage in the middle of the bed and this superior edge support makes the Panda a mattress that you can really spread out on and make use of all the available surface area.

Edge support score: 4.5 out of 5

Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: customer experience

  • Free white glove delivery to a room of your choosing
  • Free pick up and disposal of your old mattress
  • Off gassing took nearly a week to fade

Panda’s environmental credentials come to the fore with the mattress’ packaging. It’s delivered in a brown biodegradable and recyclable box and the brand only uses LDPE (low density polyethylene) plastic, which is also recyclable.

The Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress in its delivery box

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

Once you’ve ordered your mattress, you’ll then receive an email and SMS message once it’s been collected by the courier. This will also include a tracking code and expected delivery date. On the day of delivery you’ll receive a one-hour delivery slot from the courier. You can also choose a date that you want the mattress delivered and standard delivery is 3-5 working days.

Panda offers free white glove delivery and you can have the mattress delivered to a room of your choosing. Even better, the delivery men will take your old mattress away free of charge. The mattress is vacuum packed in a roll – simply place this on your bed, cut open the plastic carefully and let it expand.

The Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress vacuum-packed

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

The only thing that let the Panda down was its off-gassing. The Panda didn’t perform particularly well in this area, with it taking nearly a week for the smell to fade. And this smell was noticeably stronger than in other mattresses I’ve tested. Although off gassing is totally normal and is just the result of organic chemicals and gases being released from the foam, you will want to be aware of this if you’re sensitive to these smells.

Customer experience score: 4 out of 5

Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: specs

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Height27cm
MaterialsBamboo-infused foam, orthopaedic foam, springs, memory foam
CoverRemovable and washable bamboo cover
HandlesNo
Firmness (out of 10)Medium Firm 7/10 (Panda rating), Firm 7.5/10 (Our rating)
Trial100 nights
Warranty10 years
Price bracketPremium
Price (double size)£1,290 RRP, £967.50 on offer
SizesSingle, Small double, Double, King, Super king, Emperor
DeliveryFree white glove delivery
ReturnsFree

London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: other reviews

  • 191 reviews on the Panda London site
  • Panda London has an overall rating of 4.8 on TrustPilot
  • The mattress gets praise for its instant comfort

Panda’s mattress is a relative newcomer to the market, and it doesn't have a huge number of customer reviews; as of February 2024 were 191 reviews online, with an average score of 4.93 out of 5.

Customers are full of praise for how instantly comfortable the mattress is, describing it as the perfect mix of soft and firm. One or two customers also said how much the mattress had helped to get rid of aches and pains. The only small complaints we found were a few people that hadn’t had a smooth delivery service.

Over at Trustpilot, Panda currently has an impressive score of 4.8 out of 5, based on 1,042 reviews. While these reviews are more focussed on Panda's topper, pillows and bedding than on its mattress, the general customer consensus is that Panda products are high quality and that it provides excellent and efficient customer service.

Should you buy the Panda London Hybrid Bamboo mattress?

Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress

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Buy it if...

✅ You want lots of comfort and support: I really enjoyed sleeping on the Panda mattress, which felt instantly comfortable from day one. The combination of the gentle contouring foam and firmer orthopaedic support underneath means this mattress suits a wide range of sleepers.

✅ You tend to sleep hot: Temperature regulation is something the Panda does extremely well. The bamboo does an excellent job of keeping sleepers cool, in conjunction with open cell foam and well-spaced coils.

✅ You share with a restless partner: The Panda Hybrid features great motion isolation, which means that if you share the bed with someone who moves around a lot in the night, you won't be disturbed by their fidgeting. 

Don't buy it if...

❌ You're a lightweight side sleeper: While the Panda should be a strong choice for most sleepers, if you're of lighter weight and sleep on your side you might not get enough cushioning for your shoulders and hips. The Brooke + Wilde Elite comes in three firmness options, so whatever your sleep preferences you should find a comfortable fit.

❌ You don't like the smell of off-gassing: The big blot on the Panda Hybrid's copybook was its strong, lingering off-gassing smell. While it dissipated eventually, if you'd rather avoid that sort of thing then we'd suggest the Origin Hybrid mattress, a firmer bamboo bed whose light off-gassing smell went away after a few hours when I reviewed it.

❌ You want a discount right now: Mattress sales are a regular thing with most sleep brands, and if the mattress you want is at RRP it'll probably be discounted in a week or two. Not so at Panda; it only seems to roll out its discounts around major sales events, so you may have to wait quite a while if you don't want to pay full price. 

Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress review: also consider

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Panda Bamboo HybridNectar Premier HybridDreamCloud Luxury HybridEmma NextGen Premium
Price (double)£1,290 RRP, £967.50 on offer£925 RRP, £740 on offer£1,649 RRP, usually £710£599 RRP, often £389.35
FirmnessMedium Firm 7/10 (Panda rating), Firm 7.5/10 (Our rating)6-6.5/10medium (6.5/10)6.5/10 medium firm
MaterialsBamboo cover, bamboo-infused foam, orthopaedic foam, springs, memory foamOpen-cell foam, memory foam, polyester, polypropylene, steel coilsMemory foam and coilsFoam, pocket springs
Depth27cm28cm29cm25cm
SizesSingle, Small double, Double, King, Super king, EmperorSingle, Small double, Double, King, Super kingSingle, Small double, Double, King, Super kingSingle, Small double, Double, King, Super king
DeliveryFree white glove deliveryFreeFreeFree
Trial period100 nights365 nights365 nights200 nights
Warranty10 yearsForeverForever10 years
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How I tested the Panda London Hybrid Bamboo Mattress

My husband and I slept on the Panda mattress for a month during summer, with temperatures covering the usual gamut of British summertime. This gave us a good all-round impression of the mattress’ performance. I slept under a 4.5 summer duvet, with a mattress protector and cotton sheet.

To gain a wider perspective and views on the mattress I asked friends of various builds and heights to either lie on the mattress in different positions or, in some cases, to sleep on the bed for a night or two. I also ran standardised tests to objectively assess softness, edge support and motion isolation.

Jo Plumridge

Jo Plumridge is a freelance writer and photographer with over 20 years of experience writing for a variety of magazines, books and websites. She writes, perhaps unsurprisingly, about photography but also extensively on all things sleep and interior design related, alongside home and tech product reviews. She’s lived in the middle of a nature reserve in Botswana and written a guidebook to New Zealand, but now spends a lot of time trying to photograph the cats she and her husband foster for a local charity - without a doubt the most challenging subjects on earth!