We feel like we need to clear a few things up when it comes to memory foam mattresses. You might have heard rumors about memory foam, like: “it sleeps hot,” or “it smells like chemicals,” or “it makes you feel like you’re stuck when you sleep in it,” or “it’s too expensive.”
Well lucky for you, this is not the case for most memory foam mattresses today. It is the 21st century – and while your office printer still jams once a day and your paper subway ticket still won’t swipe correctly – we have indeed mastered the art of the memory foam mattress.
In fact, many of the mattress brands you hear about in this category are not always pure memory foam – they typically have a foam blend or proprietary foam material inside that helps address the factors that gave it a bad rap in the past.
MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES CAN LAST UP TO 10 YEARS
Ten years is on the high-end of a typical mattress lifespan (7-10 years). A memory foam mattress tends to hold its shape better over time – meaning you won’t see as much sagging or drooping as you might with an innerspring or coil mattress. They’re also constructed with a more durable base layer of foam that adds support and strength.
MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES ARE GOOD FOR YOU
A memory foam mattress offers great lumbar support (good for people who suffer from back pain), pressure relief, and body contouring. It also significantly reduces motion transfer: so if your partner moves around a lot or gets up during the night, you won’t feel it.
Memory foam will hug your body more than other mattresses will and won’t provide as much bounce as other mattresses. You’ll feel more like you’re sleeping “in” the mattress, as opposed to “on” it, but there are varying firmness options to choose from if that’s an issue for you. This also means that your body weight will be distributed more evenly, which helps reduce soreness when you wake up.
It’s worth noting that an overwhelming majority of people who own a memory foam mattress are very pleased with their purchase. The overall customer satisfaction rating for memory foam mattresses is 80%.