Invented by NASA specialists in the second half of the 17th century, memory foam was also introduced in the mattress industry. Memory foam mattresses were used at first in hospitals, for patients that were bed ridden on long term basis. When patients reported they slept better and their back and neck pain was gone, the word got out and private companies started advertizing for their new revolutionary products.
Memory foam used to be very expensive and hard to find, so, in the beginning, mattresses made of this material were only accessible to the rich people. However, since their properties were highly appreciated and demand was increasing exponentially, new and new production companies appeared, causing the price to decrease substantially.
Nowadays, everywhere you look, every furniture producer, every home appliances store and most websites in this niche advertise for memory foam mattresses and the prices and characteristics of their products differ dramatically.
So how can you choose the best Memory Foam mattress?
Read on and you’ll discover the features that make a memory foam mattress worth buying!
Note: Don’t try to choose your mattress by simply sitting or lying on it. Memory foam reacts to body temperature, so the first impression it leaves is one of hardness. Also, keep in mind that mattresses are made of several layers, out of which only the top layer is memory foam. The rest of the layers are usually made of regular foam, meant to allow the mattress to preserve its shape.
The following aspects should be taken into account when looking for a memory foam mattress:
- IDF, or Indentation Force Deflection, is the measuring unit for the memory foam “giving” capacity. Its values usually vary between 10 and 16, where 10 equals soft and 16 equals rigid. Unless your physician or chiropractor recommends otherwise, you should usually go for a 12.
- Density – Although different types of foam have different densities, the figures usually vary from 1 to 7 pounds per cubic foot. And even though most producers offer mattresses between 3.5 and 4.5 pounds per cubic foot, the highest quality is usually associated with densities above 5 pounds, level above which mattresses are known to perform better and last longer.
- Memory foam layer thickness – As mentioned above, these mattresses are made of at least two layers, sometimes three, out of which only one consists of memory foam. Therefore, the thickness of the memory foam layer is very important. It is usually influenced by density, but figures vary between 2 and 6 inches. A four or five inch memory foam layer should do.
- Warranty – Since memory foam mattresses are a bit more expensive than conventional mattresses, warranty should also be an important factor of choice. It is not the same thing having 10 years of warranty on your mattress as having 20 years, so study your options carefully and choose whatever seems more reliable.
- Producer – Memory foam mattresses are highly popular, so there are quite a few companies out there selling regular foam under memory foam label. Besides, 10 or 20 years of warranty are useless if the producer is not going to be around to fix the problems or reward you in case anything goes wrong. It is, therefore, very important to choose a producer with a solid reputation and good perspectives.
- Price – It is said to reflect quality, but don’t look just after the price tag to choose your mattress. It does not matter how much you wish to spend or what the vendor says. Get the information you need, compare prices and make a decision when you are ready. Besides, keep in mind that this is an investment you are making for the rest of your life. Quality and benefits should be your main concern.
- Delivery – Most companies deliver their products to your doorstep, but before you go ahead and pay for anything, make sure you know what the terms are, who is going to pay for the delivery, how long will it take for the mattress to be delivered etc. It would be a shame to pay for the mattress and discover that it will only be delivered after a month, or that the delivery is going to cost you a fortune.
- Special offers – They are not mandatory, but it doesn’t hurt to keep your eyes open. You may get a significant discount on your memory foam pillows, or even on a memory foam topper, so that you can use your old mattress for your country home or the lake cabin.
Tips to Remember, when shopping for a Memory Foam Mattress!
- Memory foam mattresses are by far heavier than regular mattresses, so it is very important to make sure that your bed structure can support such weight. Put it to test and call a carpenter if necessary. It would be a pity to have your mattress and not be able to use it.
- New mattresses usually have a specific smell that not everyone finds likeable. Unpack your mattress and leave it in an inhabited room or on the terrace to air-up for a couple of days and eliminate the smell.
- Never use your electric blanket on a memory foam mattress. The heat will cause the memory foam to soften and lose its capacities. Your mattress may seem a bit colder the first couple of minutes, but it will soon adjust to your body temperature and you’ll forget you ever felt chilly.
The above being said, choosing the best memory foam mattress should not be that hard. The final decision will be yours, of course, but thinking about your comfort and peace of mind, there is one piece of advice you might find useful: Buy your mattress online.
You may still have your doubts, but think about it this way: while there are just a couple of retailers in your area, the internet abounds with offers one better than the other. More than that, showrooms and stores involve paying rent and employees’ salaries (added to the price of the products), while the internet is completely free.
But, as mentioned above, the decision is yours, so have fun shopping and enjoy your new Memory Foam Mattress!