What to Consider When Choosing a New Memory Foam Mattress
Since they kicked off in the early 1990s, memory foam mattresses have become the fastest-growing segment in the mattress industry, and for good reason too. When compared to other types of mattresses, they are the best option in almost every aspect. In a survey of over 135,000 mattress reviews, memory foam received a satisfaction rating of 81% while innerspring mattresses have a 63% satisfaction rating. Memory foam mattresses even outperform latex mattresses, as well. While memory foam mattresses are the reigning champs, it’s important to remember that not all foam mattresses are created equal. Here are a few things to consider when buying a new memory foam mattress.
There are Different Types of Foams
Not only are there different types of foam mattress brands, but there are also different types of foams. For starters, three common types are standard, gel-infused, and plant-based foam mattresses. Each has pros and cons, and it all depends on a user’s preference to determine which type they choose. It is always worth it to invest time into researching which type of foam will be the best match.
Are You a Side Sleeper?
There are actually memory foam mattresses that are considered better for side sleepers, and it mostly has to do with mattress thickness. A foam mattress with a thickness between 8 to 14 inches is usually regarded as being better for people who sleep on their sides because the depth of the mattress allows for more cushion to conform to the body. The thicker mattresses offer optimal support and comfort for hips, shoulders, knees, and other pressure points that are in contact with the mattress when sleeping on one’s side.
What Density Is Right For You?
Memory foam mattresses come in high, medium, and low density options, and each option has its own purpose. For a long-lasting, durable, and firm mattress, the high-density mattress is the way to go. Medium-density mattresses perform well with motion isolation, making it a great choice for those who sleep with two in a bed. Low-density foam mattresses are easy to break in and are generally softer.
Do You Need a Hypoallergenic Mattress?
No matter how comfortable a mattress is, if it is causing your allergies to flare up and keeping you awake, then that mattress is not fulfilling its purpose. While all memory foam mattresses prevent bacteria, some mattresses are designed to keep dust mites and other allergens subdued. Those who are sensitive to allergens can also combine their hypoallergenic mattress with a bed topper for better results.
- Brandon Doyle