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Best Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

Our complete list of the best rated memory foam beds you can buy online

Memory foam is an extremely popular bedding material. It's been around since the 60s and most people really like the feel of it. In this post, we break down our picks for the best memory foam beds (and gel memory foam) on the market. We even discuss memory foam in relation to topics like back pain, cooling, side sleepers and budget. Let's get to the list!
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The DreamCloud mattress is a great choice for people looking for a firmer memory foam bed. The mattress totals 15" thick and combines coils with several layers of memory foam. Overall, the bed provides a good amount of support and is ideal for back, stomach and combo sleepers.
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A slightly firmer memory foam mattress that's affordable and accommodates all sleeper types. Plus, the company often throws in two free pillows with purchase. Nectar, no doubt, is one of the best cheap memory foam beds on the market.
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Cooling Mattress

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Slightly firmer, dense memory foam bed that also contains a phase-change material in the cover to help prevent overheating. We'd consider this one of the best cooling memory foam mattresses for hot sleepers.
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Affordable Luxury

Check Current OffersLoom & Leaf is a luxurious memory foam mattress from the respected online bedding brand Saatva. The mattress contains multiple, high-quality layers of memory foam in additional to an organic cotton cover and a special center gel cooling strip.
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What would a best memory foam mattress list be without TempurPedic? The company's Tempur-Adapt Hybrid is excellent option for people who want a bed that checks off almost every box, including back pain relief. Yes, it's on the expensive side but it's difficult to find many negatives with this bed.

HOW WE DECIDED

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Selection Process: Best Memory Foam Mattresses

First, it’s important to note that we run a mattress reviews YouTube channel and website, so as you can imagine we’ve tested pretty much all the major online beds out there. I bring this up so you don’t think we randomly put this list together based off specs (as a lot of other mattress sites do). We actually test these beds, which gives us a large depository of experiences and knowledge to draw from.

In terms of criteria, we obviously only included mattresses that we deem as “memory foam beds.” We define this term as any bed that has a memory foam type feel. As such, you’ll see several different types of constructions on this list. For example, you’ll see hybrid mattresses than contain both coils and layers of memory foam and you’ll see all-foam beds that contain different kinds of foam, but have a memory foam feel (most likely because that’s what its top layer is).

For those of you who are new to researching beds or just never really paid attention to the kinds of beds you’ve slept on throughout your life, let me take a moment to explain the feel of memory foam. In general, as you lay down on memory foam, you’ll slowly sink in and the foam will contour or hug your body’s shape. Since the foam is shaping to your specific body, most sleepers will find memory foam provides ample relief for their pressure points.

Now, obviously, that is a very generic description. As you will find out below, each memory foam bed will feel slightly different. Some are firmer, some are softer, some have a dense feel, and some have more of a lighter feel. You really have to take it on a bed-by-bed basis. Lastly, we did not place any price restrictions on this list. It was hard to narrow down, but we simply tried to pick out what we thought were the seven best memory foam mattresses on the market. However, we have included “headlines” or titles for your convenience.

DreamCloud Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • All body types (small, medium and large)
  • People who prefer a firm memory foam feel
  • Folks who want a thick, durable mattress
  • Back, stomach and combo sleepers
  • Those of you who want long-term protection (everlong warranty)

The DreamCloud mattress is a premium, hybrid bed that is comprised of eight different layers. The bed uses a five-zoned pocketed micro coil support system in addition to one layer of latex foam, five layers of memory foam and a tufted cashmere blend cover. However, despite the five layers of memory foam, DreamCloud isn’t your typical memory foam bed.

Instead of a soft, sink-in type feel, the bed actually has more of a firm memory foam, pillow top type feel. You sleep more on top of the bed rather than in it. Don’t get me wrong, the bed is still soft-to-the-touch and comfortable but the tufted cover and top layers of memory foam don’t conform to your body all that much. Some people happen to really like this type of feel. Dillon on our team can vouch for that. He’s been sleeping on a DreamCloud mattress for over a year now and absolutely loves it.

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Great option for back sleepers

In terms of firmness, we’d rate DreamCloud as a medium-firm on the firmness scale. We think it’s an excellent option for back, stomach and combo sleepers out of the gate. If you’re a strict side sleeper, it might be a little too firm at first, but after a few months, you’ll notice the bed slowly softens up and becomes more accommodating.

Due to the coils, firmness and overall thickness of the bed, we also think DreamCloud is a great option for heavier folks (250+ lb). The bed provides more than enough support for these body types. In fact, DreamCloud even made our list for the Best Beds For Heavy People.

Lastly, let me just say that DreamCloud is actually fairly affordable considering all you get. You can typically purchase a queen size for around $1,300. If you walked into your local mattress store asking for a similar mattress, the price tag would likely be much higher.

Nectar Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • All types of sleepers
  • Folks who prefer a slightly firmer memory foam feel
  • Hesitant consumers (365-night trial period)
  • Petite and medium size individuals

The Nectar mattress is an 11″ thick all-foam bed that contains three layers of memory foam. It has a transition layer of hi-core memory foam and then two layers of gel-memory foam on top. Considering it contains multiple layers of the stuff, you’d probably think this bed has a soft, stereotypical memory foam feel. In actuality, though, it has a firmer, dense memory foam feel.

At first, when you lay down on Nectar, it feels extra firm, but after about 5-7 seconds, you slowly sink in and the top layers start to cradle your pressure points. In other words, don’t judge the bed after two seconds. Give the mattress and your body several seconds to adjust. After that, we think most people will find the bed very comfortable.

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The Nectar mattress has a dense memory foam feel

Overall, we’d rate the mattress around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. The bed actually provides a pretty good balance between support and pressure relief, all things considered. As such, we think the bed accomodates all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of the night on your side, back or stomach.

Like a few of the other beds on this list, though, Nectar also comes with a nice added benefit. Not only is it reasonably priced, but the company is almost always running a special where they toss in two free pillows when you purchase a mattress. That’s great news for those of you who are either sleeping on 10-year pillows or just want to overhaul your entire bedroom setup.

Cocoon Chill By Sealy

BEST FOR:

  • Hot sleepers
  • Back, stomach and combo sleepers
  • Those who like a firmer feeling memory foam
  • Folks who prefer all-foam beds

The Cocoon Chill comes to us from Sealy, which for those of you living under a rock, is one of the largest bedding companies in the world. The Cocoon Chill is an all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress that totals 10″ thick and is available in multiple firmness options (Soft or Firm).

Regardless of the option you choose, the bed contains a thick memory foam top layer. As I alluded to earlier, this is one of those beds that has more of a firm, dense memory foam feel. You don’t really sink into the Cocoon Chill as much other softer memory foam beds on this list.

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The Cocoon Chill is available in two firmness levels

We actually found both models (Soft and Firm) to be on the firmer side of the spectrum. We’d recommend primary back and stomach sleepers to go with the Firm option and side and combo sleepers to go with the Soft option.

Also, we think the Cocoon beds are best for small and average sized people. Given it’s an all-foam bed that is only 10″ thick, heavy folks (250 lb+) would better off with a bed that contains coils for added support. And that’s not a knock against Cocoon, that’s what we say about pretty much all 10″ all-foam mattresses.

Not only is the Cocoon Chill a solid memory foam bed, but it also has the added bonus of sleeping cool. The bed contains a phase change material in the cover that literally makes the bed cool to the touch. Plus, since both options are on the firmer side, most people will sleep more on top of the mattress rather than in it. As a result, we’ve found this bed to be an ideal option for hot sleepers.

Before we move on, I also wanted to take a moment to talk about the GhostBed Luxe, which is another cooling memory foam mattress. Honestly, it was hard for us to decide between these two beds, but we ultimately went with the Cocoon Chill purely based on price. But if you’re heavier individual that sleeps warm, the GhostBed Luxe is an excellent option.

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The GhostBed Luxe is another solid cooling memory foam mattress

It too is on the firmer side of the spectrum and contains special materials that make the bed cool to the touch. However, it’s 3″ thicker than the Chill, so we think it’s a more viable and durable option for folks that weigh over 250 lb.

Loom & Leaf Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Folks who want a luxurious bed for a reasonable price
  • All sleeper types
  • People who want options (two firmness profiles)
  • Eco-conscious consumers (organic cotton cover)

The short story on Loom & Leaf is that it’s a luxury mattress that comes with multiple added benefits. It’s definitely not a budget bed per se, but Saatva—the company behind Loom & Leaf—has taken a value approach. In other words, no, it’s not the cheapest bed you can get, but it’s one of the nicest you can get, and the price point isn’t crazy.

There are two “Comfort Levels” with Loom & Leaf. The most popular is the Relaxed Firm, which is about a medium-firm, and is good for all sleeping positions. The Firm model is quite firm and is really only designed for back and/or stomach sleepers who typically gravitate toward firmer mattresses.

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The Relaxed Firm option will work for all sleeping positions

It also happens to be one of the thicker, heftier all-foam beds out there, which means it’s a viable option for certain heavy individuals. And who could forget about the cover? It has an organic cotton cover that smells earthy, healthy, and fresh (I know that sounds odd, but it does smell nice).

Perhaps the most unique thing about Loom & Leaf, though, is that in the center third of the bed, there is a special cooling strip for temperature regulation purposes. It won’t make you cold, but it does do a nice job of preventing you from heating up excessively. In fact, as a result of that cooling strip, Loom & Leaf is one of our favorite memory foam beds for hot sleepers (along with the Cocoon Chill and GhostBed Luxe).

TempurPedic Tempur-Adapt Hybrid

BEST FOR:

  • Folks who like a dense, firm memory foam feel
  • People who want coils for added support
  • Hot sleepers
  • Back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • All body types

The Tempur-Adapt Hybrid is a fairly new mattress model from the popular bedding company Tempur-Pedic. Let me just acknowledge up front that this is an expensive mattress. Expect to pay around $1,700-$2,00 for a queen size, but you definitely get what you pay for. This is a premium bed manufactured by one of the largest and most trusted mattress brands on earth.

Also, just a heads up, the Tempur-Adapt is also available in an all-foam model. However, we’ve tested the hybrid model, so that’s what we’ll primarily be referring to in this post. The hybrid model has a firmer, dense memory foam feel. You get a little bit of the contouring that memory foam is known for, but not all that much due to its firmness level. We think it comes in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale.

As such, we think this bed is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. Strict side sleepers would be better off with some of the other beds on this list that provide more pressure relief, like the Layla mattress.

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The Tempur-Adapt Hybrid is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers

Moving on, we’d recommend the Tempur-Adapt Hybrid for heaver folks. The bed contains coils, which provide bi-directional support (i.e. the coils compress, but also push-back against additional pressure). This type of support is crucial given big individuals place a large amount of pressure and stress on a mattress.

What’s also nice about the Tempur-Adapt is that it has special cooling materials in the cover that make the bed cool to the touch. This factor combined with the firmness level (you’ll sleep more on top of the bed) make it a great mattress for hot sleepers.

All in all, you can see why we think highly of this bed. It’s comfortable, it sleeps cool, and it has a high-quality construction that accommodates all body types.

Review Team

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Dillon Payne

Dillon Payne

Combo Sleeper

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Introduction To Online Mattress Policies

Let me also quickly talk about how buying a mattress online works. In short, online bedding companies realize you won’t be able to go into a showroom and try their bed. Thus, they try to make it as easy, painless, and convenient as possible for consumers.

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Slumber Yard team member Jeff showing you how to unbox most online mattresses

Most online companies offer free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns (if you decide you don’t like the mattress during the trial period), and a 10-year warranty. That’s the industry standard, but some companies actually offer even friendlier terms, so it’s important to research all this stuff before pulling the trigger on a new mattress.

We almost always tell consumers to pay close attention to returns and warranties. Even if you’re confident that you’ll love a mattress you should protect yourself on the downside. Most retailers offer some sort of exchange/return policy, which is nice. You should confirm that with the retailer. For online brands, they will typically offer 100-night trail periods, as mentioned above, where you can test the bed for yourself.

Regarding warranties, you should insist on at least a 10-year warranty. If the bed has a 5-year warranty, move on to the next. You’ll probably keep the bed for at least 7 years so make sure the warranty is long enough. We’ve seen a few bed companies even offer lifetime warranties, which is pretty amazing. All this is to say that you should (a) look into the warranty and (b) don’t settle on anything with less than a 10-year warranty.

How We Selected These Best Rated Memory Foam Beds

Narrowing down this list was extremely difficult. We’ve tested well over 100 different mattresses, the majority of which contain at least one layer of memory foam. Luckily, we have a whole team here at The Slumber Yard that is dedicated to researching and thoroughly testing each mattress. Having a large testing team gives us a diverse perspective on each bed since we all have different body types and sleeping preferences.

In order to put together this list, we considered a variety of different factors and specifications, including but not limited to:

Construction – we pay special attention to how each mattress is built. We obviously value mattresses that we feel are constructed with high quality materials.

Price – we tend to give higher grades to beds that we feel are a good value. In other words, we like mattresses that have high-quality constructions but also won’t break the bank.

Sleeper Type – this term refers to your primary sleeping position(s). We always make sure to note which beds are best for side sleepers (typically softer ones) and which beds are best for back and stomach sleepers (typically firmer ones).

Support – beds that provide proper support for sleepers move up in the rankings. This is a key factor in our selection process. Without proper support, individuals will likely wake up with back pain, aches or health related issues.

Pressure Relief – in addition to support, mattresses should also provide a decent amount of pressure relief for certain parts of your body. To be specific, pressure relief is crucial for the hips and shoulders of side sleepers.

Motion Isolation – we like to test how well each mattress deadens movement. This factor is especially important for people who share a bed with a partner or a pet.

Edge Support – this is another important consideration for people who share a bed. You’ll want a mattress that provides a good amount of support even around the perimeter.

Company Policies – we pay attention to things like shipping, returns, warranties and trial periods.

This isn’t the exhaustive list of selection criteria but it should at least give you an idea of some the aspects we consider.

Best Memory Foam Mattress For Side Sleepers

In general, side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses that provide a good amount of relief and comfort for their pressure points. Luckily, it seems like a lot of memory foam beds on the market are soft-to-the-touch. There’s really only a few that are rock solid when you lay down on them.

In addition, it seems memory foam is a favorite among side sleepers due to its natural conforming characteristics. Memory foam does a great job of contouring to and cradling your body’s shape. As such, side sleepers tend to like how memory foam sort of hugs and caresses their hips and shoulders. If you sleep primarily on your side, be sure to check out our list of the Best Beds For Side Sleepers. We even have a couple memory foam picks on that list for you.

Best Firm Memory Foam Mattress

As we mentioned above, memory foam beds tend to land around a soft or medium on the firmness scale. However, there are several memory foam mattresses on the market that we would consider firm. Now keep in mind, individuals who prefer firmer mattresses tend to sleep on their back or stomach. Generally speaking, firmness is loosely correlated with support, meaning the firmer the mattress the more support it offers. That’s not always the case but it makes sense given back and stomach sleepers require beds that provide ample lumbar support. If you’re interested in an extra firm mattress, be sure to check out our list of the Best Firm Mattresses. We made sure to include a couple memory foam options for you.

Best Cooling Memory Foam Mattress For Hot Sleepers

In general, memory foam is not known for sleeping cool. In fact, if you asked a bedding historian, they’d probably say memory foam is more so known for trapping and retaining heat. While there is some truth to that statement, it’s not entirely correct anymore. Bedding companies have a come a long way in the past few decades. Just like products in other industries, memory foam beds have evolved and advanced.

In fact, a lot of companies now infuse memory foam with different materials in order to combat heat build-up. For example, Layla Sleep infuses their memory foam with copper, which is supposed to pull excess heat away from your body and the surface of the bed. Likewise, GhostBed infuses the top layers of their Luxe mattress with gel and other special cooling fibers to transfer heat away from your body. In short, don’t fall for the memory foam heat fallacy. It’s not the 1980s anymore. If you’re an especially warm sleeper, be sure to check out our list of the Best Cooling Mattresses. You’ll even find one or two memory foam beds on the list.

How Temperature Affects Memory Foam

Memory foam is very sensitive to temperature. The same bed can feel quite different depending on your surrounding environment. For brevity sake, the warmer the room, the softer memory foam will feel. Conversely, the colder the room, the firmer memory foam will feel.

We don’t want to get too far into the weeds but as temperatures rise, viscosity is reduced. For those of you who are new to the term viscosity, all it refers to is the degree of fluidity. Materials and objects with low viscosity behave more fluidly. Memory foam is engineered with visco-elastic polymers, which is why it’s so sensitive to changes in temperatures.

Now I know all this fancy scientific talk might be confusing but we simply wanted to bring it up to explain why some people might feel like their particular memory foam mattress is too soft or too firm. If you live in Arizona and never turn on your air conditioner, chances are your bed is going to feel a lot softer than someone who lives in North Dakota and only uses a tiny space heater in their room.

Best Cheap Memory Foam Mattress For Your Budget

Lucky for you there is no shortage of memory foam beds on the market. That means you’ll find options from $200 all the way up to $4,000-$5,000. With anything in life, we would like to remind you of the old adage “you get what you pay for”. If you cheap out too much, chances are the mattress won’t last longer than 2-5 years. Instead of taking your chances, you’d be better off looking at our list of the Best Affordable Mattresses, which obviously includes a couple memory foam picks. We’ve already done the legwork for you. We’ve tested all these beds and only listed the ones that we feel offer a nice balance between price and durability.

What Price Is Considered Affordable Or Inexpensive?

This is really a subjective question. Terms like “budget” and “affordable” differ from person to person. One person might think a $300 bed is affordable, while another person might think a $1,300 bed is affordable. But that’s why we are here. Like I’ve mentioned several times now, we’ve researched and tested well over 100 mattresses so we have a pretty good idea of what should be considered market price.

With that said, we’d say the average MSRP for a bed-in-a-box is around $1,000. That’s based on a queen size mattress. To us, it just seems like the majority of queen size online beds come in between $900-$1,100. As such, we’d say any queen size bed that you can purchase for under $700 should be considered affordable or inexpensive given current market dynamics. Keep in mind, a lot of online mattress companies regularly offer deals and coupon codes so just because a mattress is priced at $850 doesn’t mean you can’t actually snag it for under $700.

What Is The Best Memory Foam Mattress Under 500? Under 1000?

If you have a budget of $500, you’re definitely looking at more of the quote unquote budget memory foam mattresses. That’s okay though, cheap doesn’t always mean poor quality. Check out our list of the Best Beds Under $500 for a list of mattresses (including memory foam beds) that we think are a solid value.

Now if you have a budget of $1,000, your options open up quite a bit. As we mentioned above, $1,000 is sort of the sweet spot in the online bed-in-a-box space. To tell you the truth, you’ll be inundated with options. The whole process of shopping for a mattress online might even become overwhelmingly with that kind of budget. That’s where we come in. Again, we’ve already done all the hard work for you. Just sit back, relax and check out our list of the Best Mattresses Under $1,000. You’re sure to find a few memory foam options on that list to satisfy your bedding desires.

Are There Memory Foam Mattresses On Amazon?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’ll find dozens of memory foam beds for sale on Amazon. After all, Amazon is not only taking over the e-commerce industry but some would argue the company is taking over the world as well (that might be a little over-dramatic). A couple of our favorite Amazon mattress brands include Linenspa and Lucid. Both of these companies offer several different types of mattresses, including of course memory foam options. While Lucid and Linenspa beds aren’t the most premium or luxurious mattresses in the world, they’ll definitely get the job done. Plus, they’re extremely affordable, which make them a great option for toddlers, kids, teenagers and college students. Lastly, let’s not forget that Amazon actually offers their own mattress as well under the AmazonBasics umbrella.

Best Memory Foam Mattress For The Money (aka Value)

We’ve referenced the term “value” a few times now in this post so we figured it was time to explain exactly what we mean by that. In our eyes, “best for the money” or “value” doesn’t necessarily mean the cheapest option available. We actually like to think that these terms are more related to financial concepts like return on investment or price/performance ratio. In other words, which mattresses will be supportive and durable yet also won’t cost you an arm and a leg. That’s how we approach value here at The Slumber Yard. If you’re a value shopper, you’ll definitely want to check out our list of the Best Beds For the Money. You’ll see our pick for the Best Value Memory Foam Mattress on that list.

Best Foundations, Box Springs & Frames For Memory Foam Beds

To be quite honest, most memory foam beds on the market will work with all sorts of foundations, box springs and bed frames. Chances are, your existing setup will probably work just fine. You won’t need to run out and purchase a new frame or foundation.

However, there are a few tips and tricks we can recommend to make sure your sleep surface remains viable. First, if you use a slat foundation, you’ll want to make sure the slats are no more than 8” apart. Too much space in between slats can lead to sagging and body impressions. Next, if you use a platform foundation, you’ll want to make sure the wood or metal surface is firm enough to maintain proper spinal alignment but also flexible enough to withstand a little movement as well. Really, the bottom line is that you’ll want to make sure your sleep surface is solid, stable and flat. Get rid of anything that is sagging, soft or unsupportive.

If you do need a new foundation and you’re feeling a little frisky, you may want to look into adjustable bed frames. These types of sleep surfaces are cool because you actually change the shape or position of the frame with a touch of a button. For example, if you want to watch TV, you can just elevate the head of the bed so that you’re almost in a seated position. A lot of these adjustable bed frames also come with massage functions built-in.


What Do You Mean By “All-Foam Mattress?”

We should clarify this first and foremost since I don’t want any confusion. When we refer to foam mattresses, we’re talking about all-foam beds that only contain foams. We’re excluding spring and hybrid mattresses as well as completely unique beds such as the Purple mattress. From what we’ve seen, however, all-foam beds tend to be the most popular online because they’re (a) generally more affordable and (b) much easier to pack and ship. That said, there are plenty of great online bed-in-a-box mattresses that don’t just use foam.

Different Types Of Foam Beds

There multiple different types of foam mattresses, including, of course, memory foam beds. Beyond that, however, there are a few other types of foams that you might want to learn more about.

Latex Is Quite Different From Memory Foam

Some people are a bit off-put by the term latex since it sounds rubbery or artificial, but it’s actually quite the contrary. Latex foam has a number of positive elements and characteristics that people completely overlook. But before we discuss those, let’s walk through what latex foam is and its various forms. Latex foam is made from the sap of a rubber tree primarily found in South America. It’s a naturally and biodegradable material—a lot of latex mattresses end up on our list of the best natural/organic beds. You will typically see either Talalay latex or Dunlop latex. Both are usually aerated (i.e. have holes) due to the manufacturing process.

Dunlop is usually denser and feels firmer than Talalay, which has been described as “pillow-soft”. In either case, you still get a number of benefits that are worth exploring. Latex tends to have better responsiveness than does memory foam. That means it returns to shape quickly and therefore makes switching positions relatively effortless. Additionally, they are airy and therefore are cooler. Therefore if you’re concerned with temperature regulation, latex is definitely a viable option. In general also, you’ll find it to offer ample support and pressure relief. Just because you probably haven’t experienced many latex foam beds does not mean you should avoid them. In many cases, latex mattresses can be a wonderful, yet typically more expensive, option.

Proprietary Foams Are Becoming Increasing Popular

In an effort to differentiate their products, several mattress brands have started creating and marketing proprietary foams. Generally these are still polyurethane-based, but a ‘secrete sauce’ mixed in. Tuft and Needle, for example, has their T&N Adaptive Foam and Casper Mattress has a few in-house foams. Sometimes the brand holds the patents and other times the actual manufacturer just whips up something new for the brand. In either case, there’s no hard and fast rule for evaluating them. Usually the foams are altered to increase airflow and we’ve been pleased with them, but still, you can’t say all are good or bad—you just need to judge them on a one-by-one basis.

Polyurethane Foam Is In Almost Every Mattress

You will usually see a dense, thick layer of poly foam used as the support system for all-foam beds. It’s an affordable material, but also comes in different densities, which makes it the perfect foundation for a mattress. You will occasionally see a top layer that is poly foam (or mostly poly foam). That can be pretty common for more budget-tier / cheap mattresses. Nothing wrong with that, just make sure to form your own opinion.

Gel Memory Foam vs Traditional Memory Foam

So what’s the difference between gel and non-gel memory foam? When you hear “memory foam,” what comes to mind is most likely traditional memory foam, which is a dense material that cradles your body when you settle in for the night or a nap. It’s a firm material, though it softens up over time or when heat is applied. That’s what creates that sink-in feeling and what makes the mattress sort of cocoon you in the heat that comes off your body.

Gel memory foam, on the other hand, is a newer technology that incorporates – you guessed it – gel into the memory foam. While the overall feel of the material still leans heavily toward the traditional memory foam feel, the gel helps to improve temperature regulation. Basically, that added gel helps to keep you cooler than a non-gel foam.

Gel memory foam is a great option for those who love that traditional sink-in memory foam feel, but are not so crazy about getting trapped in their own heat. Like we talked about before, the incorporated gel helps to cool you down, so if you’re a hot sleeper, but you’re just aching for that good ‘ole foamy feel – a gel memory foam bed has got your name on it.

When you’re gearing up to invest in a mattress, you of course want to know how long that investment is going to last. Generally, the lifespan of a mattress is about 10 years, give or take, and a lot of things factor into the actual number. Everything from frequency of use (is it a master bed or going in a guest bedroom or Airbnb) and weight of sleepers to the materials and construction go into determining the longevity of a bed.

Advantages Of An All-Foam Mattress

There are a few big advantages that you get from most all-foam beds. The first of which is reduced motion transfer. Again, this is in general, so keep that in mind. Motion transfer refers to how much motion travels across the mattress when we move someone or something on the other side. The real-world scenario usually involves one partner moving around and that motion disturbing the other partner. The better the mattress is at reducing motion transfer, the less likely you’ll be to constantly wake up when your partner rolls around at night. That’s obviously a good thing. On top of that, all-foam beds are lighter and therefore easier to move around and setup. And related to that, they tend to be more affordable.

Disadvantages Of Foam Beds

Foam beds aren’t without their downsides, of course. For example, heavier individuals generally should err on the side of looking for more support with a bed and therefore end up preferring coil mattresses since they tend to be more durable over the long haul. So, durability is one concern with all-foam beds. To be fair though, there are several elements that affect durability, including density and thickness, but in general coil beds are more durable. Additionally, there are the downsides related to each type foam such as the heat problem with standard memory foam.

More About Sleeping Positions

The position you sleep in actually plays a significant role in choosing your mattress when it comes to feel and firmness. There are back and stomach sleepers, side sleepers, and combo sleepers. No matter how you sleep, though, the goal is to keep your spine in alignment.

If you sleep on your back or stomach, you’ll need a mattress that provides support around your hips and trunk area. That’s generally going to be a firmer bed.

If you sleep on your side, you’ll need a mattress that provides enough pressure relief around your shoulders and hips to prevent you from waking up with pins and needles all up and down your limbs. A good rule of thumb is to look for something soft enough that you don’t have a gap under your stomach when you lay on your side.

If you’re a combo sleeper, meaning you switch positions throughout the night, you’ll want a bed that’s somewhere in the middle. You still need support, while also needing pressure relief, so a bed that’s firm with a little give is probably a good option.

Caring For Your Mattress

The majority of mattresses have non-removable covers, which in turn means that very few mattresses have machine washable covers—Yogabed and Novosbed both do, however. That leaves you to spot clean whatever messes you make. If your breakfast in bed turns into a tipped tray or your dog soaks muddy paw prints through the sheets, you’ll have to spot clean.

Thankfully, spot cleaning is easy, even if it’s fairly inconvenient. All you need is warm water and a mild detergent. Use a cloth and press at the stain, but avoid getting the mattress too wet. And if you’re cleaning up a wet mess, you’ll want to use a dry cloth to sop up as much liquid as you can before going in with the soapy water. In the case of most little spills and whatnot, spot cleaning will suffice, but it probably won’t prevent staining.

Why Weight Is Important With A Mattress

A point we always like to throw in as a reminder is that the way a mattress feels will vary based on your body type. For example, a heavier individual may find a certain bed to be quite soft, someone who’s lighter will find that same bed to be firmer.

For reference, when we talk about “heavier individuals,” we generally mean people that are 225/250lb+, and when we talk about “petite individuals,” we mean people that are around 115lb and under.

It’s important to keep this in mind when you’re reading descriptions of mattress feel and firmness.

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