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How to choose a mattress: short shopping guide

Choosing a mattress can have a significant impact on the quality of our sleep and our overall health. Today the market offers a wide variety of models, made with different materials and technologies, which can be more or less suitable for specific needs. You can find, for example, pocket springs, memory foam or natural latex mattresses, or models made using a combination of multiple materials. Given the amount of models available, finding the right mattress for you may seem like a challenging task, but following this short buying guide you will be able to make an informed decision and choose the perfect mattress for your needs.

Let’s see together what the main types of mattresses are, what aspects to consider before buying and some useful tips to find the ideal model

How to choose the mattress: all the aspects to consider

When it comes to sleeping well, choosing the right mattress is essential. A good mattress, in fact, can improve the quality of sleep, alleviate certain problems and provide adequate support to the body during night rest. Before you start looking for the best mattress, you will first need to consider your personal needs. Also evaluate your favorite sleeping position, which can be supine, lateral or prone, because each position requires a different level of support and comfort. In addition, if you suffer from particular ailments or health problems, such as back pain or allergies, you will need to take them into account when choosing a mattress. Some models may be more suitable than others in relation to certain issues. Other important aspects to consider when choosing are: 

  • the ​​size, which you will need to evaluate according to your physical characteristics, your preferences and the space available in the bedroom. Particularly tall or sturdy people, for example, may need a king size mattress, or in any case larger than the standard size, which can ensure a comfortable sleep. Even those who have a restless sleep or are used to moving a lot at night may need a wider mattress. Before buying the mattress for your bedroom, also evaluate the size of the room and choose a model that can fit harmoniously within the available space; 
  • the degree of rigidity: this is another crucial aspect to consider. The choice, in this case, depends mainly on the position in which you are used to sleep, but also on the weight and your preferences. If you are used to sleeping on your back, for example, you will need a medium-stiff mattress, which offers adequate support, especially in the lower back. A mattress too soft, in fact, may not support the lumbar area and make the body assume an unnatural position, while a mattress too rigid could cause excessive tension on the lumbar muscles. If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, a rigid latex or spring mattress may be more suitable to provide adequate support to the hips and chest, thus preventing you from sinking and causing back pain. Another factor to consider is body weight, which affects the choice of mattress height and degree of rigidity, especially in the case of large weights; 
  • temperature perception: those who tend to sweat during sleep or suffer particularly from heat will also have to consider the ability of thermoregulation and temperature control of the mattress. Some models – such as the Optima Fresh mattress by Mollyflex – are designed with materials that promote perspiration, such as memory gel, an innovative material that has the ability to disperse excess moisture ensuring a pleasant feeling of freshness. This helps dissipate heat and maintain an optimal temperature at night. In addition, breathable mattresses allow adequate air circulation, helping to maintain a feeling of freshness and comfort, even in warmer seasons; 
  • durability and warranty: when buying a mattress, it is also important to consider the durability of the product and the warranty offered by the manufacturer. A quality mattress made of durable materials can last many years, offering good value for money in the long term.

How to choose the mattress according to weight

When it comes to choosing the mattress, body weight is an important factor to consider. The choice of a mattress suitable for your weight can in fact guarantee the right support and level of comfort during sleep. In general, those with a light weight (less than 68 kg) can opt for a softer mattress, which will provide adequate support to the body while ensuring good comfort. Memory foam mattresses or latex mattresses can be an excellent choice for those who have a light weight as they offer a soft but responsive surface, which adapts perfectly to body shapes.

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For those with an average weight of 68-90 kg, a medium stiffness mattress can be the best option. This type of mattress offers a good balance between support and comfort. Pocket springs or hybrid spring mattresses can be suitable for those with a medium weight, as they provide optimal support and good breathability.

Finally, those who have a high weight (over 90 kg) will have to choose a mattress that offers extra support to sustain the body weight adequately. In this case a mattress of medium-high or high rigidity may be the most suitable. High density spring mattresses or hybrid mattresses that combine memory foam and springs can provide extra support and longer life.

It should be noted that these are only general guidelines and that the choice of the most suitable model may vary according to personal needs. As we have seen, in fact, in addition to body weight, other factors should also be considered, such as the preferred sleeping position and any specific health problems. 

One last tip: if possible, try the mattresses before buying them, or ask for advice from an experienced staff, who can advise you on the best option according to your needs. The direct test will give you a more precise idea of the comfort and support that the mattress offers based on your body weight. Take the time to understand what your needs are, study the different types of mattresses and carefully evaluate your choice. 

If you need more information or advice to choose the mattress that best suits your needscontact us or visit us at one of our stores. Mollyflex staff is always available to advise and guide you in choosing the best products and guarantee you a healthy and quality rest!