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We Tested Different Mattresses, Here Are Our Top 5 Picks

Our writer tested (and lay down on) the beds in these mattress showrooms to see what feels good and which ones would fit within your budget

Photography: Hans Fausto | courtesy of the Brands Pictorial Direction: Kamila Arianna Garcia

It's safe to say that a quality mattress is an investment we can reward ourselves with. After all, who enjoys sleeping on a saggy mattress or one that's too firm? Your chosen mattress can contribute to the quality of sleep you're getting and your overall well-being.

To help you make the right choice, we visited the BLIMS Mattress Gallery at CW Home Depot Ortigas and the Uratex Showroom at Ronac Lifestyle Center to check out some mattresses. After careful research and spending a few minutes lying down on different picks, here are 8 options you can look into:


Different Mattresses We Checked Out

1. Love Your Back: Humans of all ages will benefit from a healthy, neutral spine!

Senior citizens aren’t the only ones who should be thinking about taking care of their back. The earlier you start doing something to keep your spine healthy, the better. Enter orthopedic mattresses. Love Salcuti, marketing manager of Uratex, says that people of all ages have been asking for their Orthocare® mattress line more often compared to previous years.

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Don’t be fooled by the comfort level of the Uratex Orthocare Balance mattress of our choice. Lying down and moving around in the Extra Firm mattress felt like a massage! It’s made so that the mattress topper is firmer in the back and hip area, and softer in the shoulder and feet area—that’s genius!


Price: P19,699.75 for Queen (available at Blim’s, CW Depot, Ortigas)

2. Memory Foam Dreams, Fulfilled: Finally, a memory foam mattress you can afford!

Memory foam comes in all forms, from pillows to slippers, and it’s so popular because it feels so darn good. But if you thought that memory foam equals expensive; think again. The Uratex Senso Memory® Original mattress made me feel like I didn’t want to get out of bed, ever. It was the right blend of softness and firmness.


The top layer is made of memory foam, and the bottom layer is made of high-density foam, to create a firm base. This mattress reminded me of the beds I love in my favorite hotels—not too soft that you feel like you’re being sandwiched inside, but comfortable enough to make you feel happy and relaxed.


Price: P20,999.75 for Double (available at Blim’s, CW Depot, Ortigas)

3. Old-school firmness: What your senior-citizen housemates would want you to have, probably

Ask your grandparents about what makes a good mattress, and they’ll definitely choose one that’s extra firm, both to aid in their back, and the thinking that firm mattresses will last longer than its super soft counterparts.


Lying down on the Salem Prelude mattress made me feel like I was lying down on my parents’ bed, and that it would be approved by them due to its firmness and good lumbar support. It’s got a “Theraposture” system, which basically means that it goes with your body shape to give you the correct support it needs.


Price: P27,159.00 for Twin (available at Blim’s, CW Depot, Ortigas)

4. Start Up Luxe: Hotel-like softness, but without the hefty price tag

Enjoy the feel of a staycation every day if you’ve got a bed with the Uratex Premium Touch Viscoluxe in Soft. The entry level of Uratex’s luxury line of mattresses, it has a Smart Reflex® pocket spring system and a memory foam that makes turning or rolling around in bed more comfortable, and just gets better with use.


The firmness level of Soft makes this mattress good for your back, but still comfy enough for a good night’s sleep.

Price: P31,799.75 for Queen (available at Blim’s, CW Depot, Ortigas)

5. Follow the Scent: Love is in the air, quite literally

With essential oils being all the rage nowadays, it’s no surprise that beds have jumped in on the action. The Uratex Premium Touch ® Romance mattress, infused with the essences of ginseng, ylang-ylang, and cinnamon, is supposed to encourage more “romantic” times ahead.


The novelty of it was fun—the scent wasn’t overpowering while you’re lying down on the mattress, and it encourages, more than anything else, a calmer, more relaxing slumber. 

Price: P55700.00 for Queen (available at Uratex Foam, Magallanes Showroom, Ronac Lifestyle Center, Makati)


BLIMS Mattress Gallery

  • CW Home Depot Ortigas, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue. near corner. Meralco Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City.

Uratex Showroom

  • Ronac Lifestyle Center, Lot 6, Block 3, Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes, Makati City.

Bonus: Get that hotel bed feel without breaking the bank

Emma Sleep has proven time and again that you don’t have to make your wallet suffer just to get a good night’s sleep every time. With Emma Sleep Original mattress, you can bid tossing and turning goodbye with its motion isolation feature. This means that even if you’re sleeping beside someone who’s known to move a lot during their sleep, you don’t have to worry because you’ll remain undisturbed through it all.


This mattress also boasts of a 7-zoned support technology that helps relieve pressure off the bony parts of your body, such as your shoulders and hips. What’s more, this feature also helps improve your back and spinal column alignment while distribthuting the weight evenly.

Price: P29,675.00 for Queen (available in their online store)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a mattress and a bed?

A mattress is the primary comfort layer you sleep on. It is typically made of various materials, such as foam, springs, memory foam, latex, or a combination of these. Mattresses come in different types, firmness levels, and sizes to cater to individual preferences and sleeping needs.

A bed, on the other hand, refers to the entire structure or frame that supports the mattress. It includes the bed frame, foundation or box spring (if used), and the headboard. The bed provides the structural support for the mattress and, in some cases, may have additional features like storage drawers or adjustable mechanisms.


What factors should I consider when choosing a mattress?

When choosing a mattress, you have to consider your comfort preferences, extent of back support that you need, and your budget. Different mattresses cater to different needs, so it's crucial to test them out to ensure they meet your requirements adequately.

Are orthopedic mattresses only for senior citizens?

No, orthopedic mattresses are suitable for people of all ages. These mattresses are designed to support the spine and promote better back health. Using a mattress like this as soon as you can will help prevent future back problems.

What is the benefit of a mattress with springs?

A mattress with springs can isolate movements within the area you're lying on. This is especially beneficial if you share your bed with a light sleeper, as it reduces disturbances from tossing and turning.

What is the advantage of a firm mattress?

Firm mattresses can provide good lumbar support. They also tend to last longer than softer mattresses.


What is the benefit of a two-sided mattress?

A two-sided mattress allows you to use both the top and bottom parts of the mattress. This ensures an even wear and tear, thus longer life for the mattress. It’s a good choice if you plan to use the same mattress for generations.

This article first appeared in an issue of Real Living magazine. With reports from Nica Jose.

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