4 Things You Should Know About Buying a Memory Foam Mattress
We’ve collected some essential tips that are must reads for anyone buying a memory foam mattress.
Memory foam mattresses and toppers have been a popular option since they were first introduced in the 1990s.Memory foam owners report a much higher satisfaction rate than people who sleep on traditional innerspring mattresses.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking at buying a memory foam mattress or topper for another mattress.
- Memory Foam has Unique Benefits
Memory foam offers a different type of comfort and support than other mattresses. Memory foam is temperature sensitive, growing more pliable as your body warms, and molds specifically to your body and sleeping position. As you move, the foam slowly springs back and reforms to fit your position.
Memory foam is also a soft, dense material that disperses the weight of your body to alleviate pressure points.
- Pick the Right Density
A mattress that doesn’t have the right density will affect your comfort. Memory foam density is measured by the pounds per cubic foot. Anything less than 4 pounds per cubic foot won’t be dense enough to adequately support your weight and may not last as long. Foams between 4 and 5 pounds are ideal, with 5-pound foam feeling firmer than 4-pound.
A denser foam is typically more expensive because it requires more raw materials, however, the extra money will be worth it in the long run. Denser foams tend to wear better and last longer than looser ones.
- There’s a Low-Chemical Option
If you are concerned about emissions and eco-friendly alternatives, memory foam can fit the bill. Usually made from petroleum byproducts, memory foam can also be at least partially constructed withplant-based oils.
You can also look for a mattress that meets CertiPur-US standards for certain chemicals and toxins. CertiPur-USapproved foams are made without ozone depleters, certain flame retardants, mercury, lead, other heavy metals, formaldehyde andphthalates. They also have low VOC emissions for better indoor air quality.
- Keep Temperature in Mind
Memory foam tends to retain heat because of its cell structure and how it molds around your body, creating more insulation than a firmer mattress. If you are concerned about the possibility of waking up too hot, try gel-infused memory foam. The gel, which is added during manufacturing as either a liquid or beads, may offer a cooler night’s sleep.