To buy a good mattress that guarantees your rest and takes care of the health of your back, it is important that its materials are of quality. But don’t be fooled by advertising or phrases like “the best mattress for the whole family” or “the most advanced technology that will guarantee your rest”.

Many times paying more for something does not mean that it is going to do its job better and less so for something as personal as a mattress. There are other essential aspects when choosing, do you know what they are?

Basically, your choice will have to be based on 3 points: the size, the material and the firmness.

Let’s see how these characteristics influence when choosing the option you need and the best mattresses of each type.

Mattress size

mattress sizesThe length will depend on your height. To ensure your comfort, the mattress should be 10-15 cm longer than you. If you are going to sleep two, the tallest person is the one that will serve as a reference.

The thickness should be at least 15 cm to guarantee a good rest.

Finally, the width depends on two fundamental aspects: if you will sleep alone or there will be two of you, and the space you have in the room. In general, the wider the mattress, the more co[email protected] you will sleep.

Single beds

The mattress should be between 90 and 110 cm wide to ensure that you can move comfortably and sleep in any position without getting out of bed.

THE BEST
EMMA mattress Original Emma
Ideal for people who change their posture during the night or who suffer from back pain
Material: viscoelastic + airgocell + support foam
Firmness: medium/high
Chosen best mattress by the OCU for 5 consecutive years, it has excellent adaptability and welcome to the body in all postures. It is suitable for different weights. And, best of all, you can try it for 100 nights.

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Marmot MattressMarmot
Ideal for a wide range of weights and for sleeping in any position
Material: viscoelastic + latex + support foam
Firmness: medium
Good feeling of reception without excessive sinking. Suitable for a wide range of weights. Its balance between firmness and adaptability offers good ergonomics and comfort for sleeping in any position.

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Dormio Sapphire
Ideal for people with a tight budget who do not want to give up comfort
Material: viscoelastic + support foam
Firmness: medium/high
It has good support and moderate adaptability, making it especially good for heavy people and occasional use beds. Depending on your preferences, it can be a bit hard if you are [email protected]

If you want to see the in-depth analysis that we have done of each one and the videos where we put them to the test, do not miss:

  • Test and opinion of the Emma Original mattress
  • Marmota mattress test and opinion
  • Dormio Sapphire test and opinion

Double beds
The normal thing is that it has between 135 and 160 cm. If you don’t have space problems in the room, you can even consider the option of a King size bed (200 cm x 200 cm). These beds are ideal for couples who move around a lot during the night or if your children like to sleep with you in bed.

Tip There is a simple test so you can see if the mattress is wide enough: if you both lie on your back on the bed, you should be able to put your hands under your head with your elbows open and not touch. This guarantees enough space so as not to disturb you during the night when changing positions.

THE BEST

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Kipli
Ideal for sleeping in any position and for those who move frequently
Material: natural latex
Firmness: medium-medium/high (to choose)
Made with the highest quality, organic and 100% natural materials. Ergonomic and versatile, you can choose its firmness according to the face you sleep on. Optimum breathability thanks to the perforations in both layers of latex that prevent the accumulation of moisture and heat. Ideal for sleeping on your back or side.

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Supreme Elixir
Elixir Supreme
Ideal for heavy people and if you usually sleep on your back
Material: viscoelastic
Firmness: high
Made with good quality natural materials and careful finishes. Due to its characteristics, it is a good option for people who suffer from back pain. Beware, according to the manufacturer it is not suitable for articulated beds.

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Dagostino florida

Dagostino Home Florida
Ideal for people with allergies and heavy weight
Material: visco-latex + support foam
Firmness: medium/high
Its firmness on the high side makes it suitable for robust people and is a good option for those who are looking for a firm bed and do not want to make a large outlay . Its anti-mite, antibacterial and anti-mold treatments make it a mattress with good hygiene and low maintenance.

Don’t miss the in-depth review and video where we put the Kipli mattress to the test.

Material

There are many materials, both natural and synthetic, that are used to make mattresses and, per se, none is better than another. The most widely used today are viscoelastic, pocket springs and latex.

In reality, the most normal thing is to find several combined materials: springs with a layer of visco, support foam with visco, among others.

Let’s see the characteristics of each type and for which sleep profile they are suitable.

viscoelastic

mattress firmnessIt is the ideal material if you are looking for a soft and adaptable mattress. In addition, it is a good option if you sleep on your side and also if you suffer from back pain, muscle or joint problems.

Viscoelastic or memory foam is a type of high-quality foam that reacts to body heat by molding itself to reduce pressure, producing a pleasant feeling of welcome.

Of course, to enjoy the properties of this material, the thickness of the viscous layer should not be less than 3 or 4 cm and with a density of at least 50 kg/m3.

  They are mattresses that stand out for their good adaptability. In addition, they absorb movement very well, so they are ideal for double beds, especially if you move when you sleep or have very different weights.
  They do not usually perspire very well and tend to accumulate heat.
Tip If you are hot, we recommend that you choose a mattress with open-pore memory foam or one that contains thermoregulating gel. Another even better option is pocket spring mattresses with a generous memory foam layer, as these mattresses have much better air circulation.

THE BEST
EMMA mattressEmma Mattress
Ideal for people who change their posture during the night or who suffer from back pain
Material: viscoelastic + airgocell + support foam
Firmness: medium/high
Chosen as the best mattress by the OCU for the last 5 years, it has excellent adaptability and welcome to the body in all postures. It is suitable for different weights. And, best of all, you can try it for 100 nights.

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SensoG S100

SensoG S100 Plus
Ideal if you are looking for the adaptability and comfort of viscoelastic and you are hot
Material: viscoelastic with gel + support foam
Firmness: medium
Its thick layer of viscoelastic offers a high sensation of welcome but without sinking excessively thanks to the high-density support foam of the core. This translates into good back support when sleeping in any posture. The thermoregulatory gel in the top layer makes it suitable for hot people.

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I sleep with Zafiro
Dormio Sapphire
Ideal for people with a tight budget who do not want to give up comfort
Material: viscoelastic + support foam
Firmness: medium/high
It has good support and excellent adaptability, making it especially good for heavy people. Depending on your preferences, it can be a bit hard if you are thin.

If you want to see the in-depth analysis that we have done of each one and the videos where we put them to the test, do not miss:

  • Test and opinion of the Emma Original mattress
  • Senso G S100 test and opinion
  • Dormio Sapphire test and opinion

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spring mattressThese mattresses are ideal for hot people, since they are the ones that provide the best air ventilation. In addition, they are excellent for double beds because the springs offer optimal bed independence, so if your partner moves, you will not notice it.

They are made up of a network of springs covered with several layers of fabric that insulate them and provide comfort and different degrees of firmness, depending on the material of these layers. You can find spring mattresses covered in latex, cotton or even memory foam, adding adaptability and comfort. The price will depend on the number of springs and the quality of the materials that cover them.

There are several types but the ones that give the best results and are currently used the most are those with pocket springs. Each spring is protected inside a cover that individualizes it. Thanks to this, they adapt very well to the pressure exerted by each area of ​​your body, guaranteeing the care of your back and avoiding the typical noises that old spring mattresses make.

   Due to their medium/high firmness, they are ideal for people who usually sleep on their backs and stomachs, or with a high weight. In addition, they are the mattresses that usually have a long useful life, being able to reach 12-15 years.
   They do not conform to the body as well, unless they have at least 3-4 cm of visco padding. If not, there are people who find them somewhat hard.

THE BEST

Hypnia Superior Wellness

Superior Wellness
Ideal for people with back pain and robust people
Material: viscoelastic + natural latex + pocket springs
Firmness: medium/high
It stands out for its good reception and ergonomics that relieve pressure points and keep the back in a correct position, even in people with high weight. It absorbs movement very well and breathes quite well. It has a 120-night trial and a 15-year warranty.

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Visco Cloud Flex
Flex Nube Visco
Ideal for hot people or those who move while sleeping
Material: memory foam with gel + pocket springs
Firmness: low/medium
Chosen by the OCU in the best mattresses 2018 and 2019. Combines the excellent absorption of the movement of pocket springs with the adaptability and sensation of reception of the viscoelastic. The gel particles have a thermoregulatory effect to maintain an optimal temperature.

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Amazon ExtraComfort
Ideal for tight budgets and for sporadic use beds
Material: HR foam + pocket springs
Firmness: to choose
Simple option with good adaptation thanks to its two sides with different firmness, so you can choose the most comfortable for you. It dissipates heat well and absorbs movement correctly, being suitable for double beds, especially guest rooms or 2nd residences.

If you want to see the in-depth analysis we have done of each one and the videos where we put them to the test:

  • Hypnia Superior Wellness mattress test and opinion
  • Test and opinion of the Flex Nube Visco mattress

Latex

latex mattressThanks to the flexibility of this material, latex mattresses are a great option for people who move around a lot at night and for adjustable beds.

In addition, this material is ideal for allergy sufferers and asthmatics because mites cannot nest in it. Eye: yes they could do it in the mattress cover. That is why it is important that it be removable and wash the cover at high temperature periodically.

Latex is a natural material that is extracted from the rubber tree, although it can also be manufactured artificially (synthetic latex). The price and quality of the mattress vary depending on the origin of the latex. The greater the amount of natural latex, the greater the quality and durability, but the price also increases.

And if it is a mixed mattress of latex and other materials, make sure that the latex layer is at least 4 cm thick to benefit from all the characteristics of this material.

   They are characterized by great elasticity and recovery capacity, so when changing posture they quickly recover their original state. In addition, they are rather soft mattresses that adapt well to the shape of the body, providing a soft and warm sensation and distributing pressure optimally.

They are also a good option for double beds, since they absorb movement very well.

  One of their main weaknesses is that they are quite heavy, making them cumbersome to move. In addition, like viscoelastic, they tend to accumulate heat.

THE BEST
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Kipli
Ideal for sleeping in any position and for those who move frequently
Material: natural latex
Firmness: medium-medium/high (to choose)
Made with the highest quality, organic and 100% natural materials. Ergonomic and versatile, you can choose its firmness according to the face you sleep on. Optimum breathability thanks to the perforations in both layers of latex that prevent the accumulation of moisture and heat. Ideal for sleeping on your back or side.

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Dorwin Nature
Dorwin Natur
Ideal for people with asthma or allergies to dust and for articulated beds
Material: natural latex
Firmness: medium
Chosen by the OCU as the best latex mattress in 2018 and 2019, it is made with high-quality, 100% natural materials. It has good breathability thanks to the transverse channels in the latex block that prevent the accumulation of moisture and heat. It also adapts well to various weights and ways of sleeping.

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Marcapiuma Latex
Ideal to enjoy the advantages of latex if you have a tight budget
Material: synthetic latex
Firmness: medium
A product at a very reasonable price with good materials (it offers a 10-year guarantee). It has good support thanks to the high density of the latex core with a rather soft feel that offers good reception. Outer fabric treated with silver ions, guaranteeing lasting hygiene.

Don’t miss the in-depth review and video where we put the Kipli mattress to the test.

Firmness

proper mattress firmnessFinding the correct firmness for your mattress will depend on characteristics such as your weight and the position in which you usually sleep, but it is also a very personal matter that depends on the tastes and preferences of each one.

In general, the more you weigh, the firmer your mattress needs to be to ensure proper support for your spine.

The position in which you usually sleep will also influence your choice:

  • If you are one of those who falls asleep and wakes up looking at the ceiling, you will need a rather firm mattress.
  • If you sleep on your side, the ideal would be a mattress of medium firmness to properly relieve pressure on the heaviest areas of the body (especially hips and shoulders).
  • If you sleep on your stomach, you should generally opt for a less firm mattress, which avoids poor posture in the neck area or forcing the spine to twist

Tip And if you’re one of those who can’t sit still even when they sleep, choose a medium/high firmness mattress that will give you good support in different postures and won’t slow down your natural movements during the night. To compensate for the firmness, you can look for a mattress with good adaptability, for example, with a visco layer.

BEST OF HIGH FIRMNESS

Aznar Queen

Aznar Queen
Ideal for robust people and double beds
Material: supersoft foam + pocket springs
An ergonomic mattress, even for heavy people, and with very good breathability thanks to its spring core and the cotton layers that cover it. Good option for double beds, especially if one of them moves a lot when sleeping because it has a high degree of independence from the beds.

BEST MEDIUM FIRM

SensoG S100

SensoG S100 Plus
Ideal for people who change their sleeping position
Material: viscoelastic + support foam
Its thick layer of visco offers a high sensation of welcome but without sinking excessively thanks to the high-density support foam of the core. This translates into good back support when sleeping in any posture. The thermoregulatory gel in the top layer makes it suitable for hot people.

BEST OF LOW FIRMNESS

Hypnia Comfort Plus
Ideal for side sleepers and double beds
Material: viscoelastic + support foam
Its thick viscoelastic layer offers a pleasant feeling of welcome when lying down and very well relieves the points of greatest pressure, important if you move little while sleeping because it will avoid problems of circulation. It is also a good option for double beds because it absorbs movement very well.

If you want to see the in-depth analysis we have done of each one and the videos where we put them to the test:

  • Test and opinion of the Aznar Queen mattress
  • Senso G S100 test and opinion
  • Hypnia Comfort Plus test and opinion

7 essential keys to choose your mattress

If you still have doubts about what the right mattress should be for you, we tell you the most important points when choosing:

1. One or two people in the bed?

If it will be a bed for single use, the choice should focus on your firmness preferences, your sleeping position and your body characteristics (we will discuss these aspects below).

But if you are going to share the bed, in addition to all of the above, it is important to take into account the capacity of the mattress to absorb movement so that both people rest correctly. The mattresses with better bed independence are usually viscoelastic (as the thicker the layer of visco, the better).

2. Your weight and height

The general rule here is that the higher your weight, the more support the mattress should provide so that your body rests on the correct surface.

Be careful, that does not mean that you have to sleep on a mattress as hard as a rock if you are “wide-boned”, but you will need it to be firm enough so that the boat effect does not occur, especially over time.

Our recommendation is that you look at the core material, which is responsible for the support offered by the mattress. The best ones for heavy weights will be mattresses with a core of pocket springs or high-density foam (from 28 kg/m3).

Another aspect to consider is your height. Make sure the mattress is at least 10-15 cm longer than you. If you will sleep two people in the bed, the one that counts to choose is the highest.

3. Sleeping posture

sleeping posturesDepending on the position, the necessary firmness will be different to ensure that your back and neck rest in the correct position:

  • Face up: a mattress with a higher firmness is convenient for you to avoid bad postures, especially at the cervical and lumbar level.
  • On the side: a mattress of intermediate firmness will be a good option. Here the key is that it adapts well to the shoulders and hips, which are the areas that exert the most pressure on the bed in this position.
  • Face down: look for a soft mattress (but not too soft either) to avoid forcing the spine to twist.

4. How much do you move when you sleep?

If you move a lot you will need a mattress that does not “catch” you. That is to say, that it allows you to turn without effort or you will end up getting up with the feeling of not having rested well. In this case, latex mattresses are usually the best.

If, on the other hand, you are one of those who wake up in almost the same position, you should choose a softer mattress, capable of relieving pressure on the areas of your body that carry the most weight.

Otherwise, poor circulation occurs and you could even wake up throughout the night with some part of your body asleep. A mattress with a viscous layer of at least 4 cm will be your best ally.

5. Do you feel hot in bed?

If you usually sweat in bed, you will need a mattress with good breathability that prevents the accumulation of heat and humidity. This is important to guarantee your rest and also to prevent bugs such as mites, bacteria and fungi from proliferating in the bed.

The mattresses with the greatest breathability are those with a core of pocket springs because they allow better air circulation. If you opt for a mattress with a foam or latex core, make sure it is profiled (that is, it has holes like the ones in this image).

Also, if you want a mattress with a generous viscose padding, it better be open pore or have thermoregulating gel particles, at least in the area that is in contact with your body.

On the contrary, if you are cold and you like warm beds, visco or latex will be your best allies.

6. Your age

Our body changes with age (beyond wrinkles and gray hair) and. therefore, rest needs too.

Here the general rule is that the firmness we need when sleeping decreases throughout life.

7. Warranty and trial period

To ensure the quality of your new mattress, another important point is the guarantee offered by the manufacturer.

In Spain, for any product purchased from January 1, 2022, companies are obliged to give you a 3-year legal guarantee that covers possible manufacturing defects that appear during this time.

Manufacturers that offer extended warranties of between 5 and 15 years provide a plus of security that you are buying a quality product (although be careful with the fine print, because these warranties are sometimes more smoke than anything else).

Finally, the trial period at home is the easiest way to know if you have made the right choice with the purchase of the mattress. And it is that lying down for 5 minutes in a store with the salesman next to you telling you about the thousand wonders of the mattress is almost the same as choosing at random.

His thing is that the mattress has at least 30 test nights at home to have enough time to test it calmly.

Again, it is important to take a good look at what the manufacturer is offering you. In some cases, if you decide to return the mattress, the return costs will be at your expense, or even some brands only allow you to change the model, but not the refund of the money.

We hope that with all this information you already have a clear idea of ​​what your new rest partner will be like. But if you think you still need more information, we recommend that you take a look at this complete guide on how to choose your mattress