Memory Foam, Steps Before You Buy

If you are dreaming of the perfect night’s sleep, then memory foam is the way to go. It will gradually sculpt around your body shape, holding you in a comfortable position throughout the night.

Before you take to the store and face the dreaded salesmen, take these points into consideration.

Ensure You Select the Correct Density

The easiest way to check the density of each model is to check the manufacturers specification. Cheap foam is normally 2 to 3 lb. density, mid-grade foam is 3 to 4.5 lb. density and good foam is over 4.5 lb. density. Usually, 5.3 lb. to 6.2 lb is considered the ideal density to properly support the human body.

The cheaper options will lose the ability to maintain the ‘memory’ feature, rendering the mattress useless. Always buy the highest density you can afford.

Temperature Sensitive

A standout feature of memory foam is that it is temperature sensitive. Initially your body weight will make the foam to wrap around your body. After a few weeks the memory foam will have used your body temperature to mould the mattress to the perfect shape. This technique is what makes memory foam stand out from its competitors, no other mattress offers this technology.

Warranty Information

Some manufacturers add clauses into the warranty, things like the owner being responsible for packaging and postage costs. Look for a warranty that covers these costs, they can be expensive.

Always look for a reputable manufacturer. A lifetime warranty from a company that have been around for a year is as good as not having a warranty at all. It is always worth spending a little extra for a well-known brand.

Check for Real Life Reviews

A great deal of manufacturers only test products in laboratories. Memory foam needs human body heat to work properly. The best way of ensuring the product is tried and tested with humans is to look at reviews. Lots of consumers will consider their model to be the best memory foam mattress available, read plenty of reviews and you won’t go wrong.

Comfort Test

There is no better way to see if a mattress is the right one for you than trying it out before you buy. When using a mattress for a ‘test drive’ ensure you leave it in the packaging. There have been horror stories where people have been forced to buy an unwanted mattress because they have pulled the plastic wrapping off. Leaving the plastic on will limit your ability to truly feel the benefits, so bare this in mind when making a judgement.

Manufactures usually allow a cooling off period, giving you the option for a ‘test drives’. Ensure you know the policy before undertaking this option. Will you be able to get a refund of all your money? Or is there a re-stocking fee? Will you be required to “exchange only” with that merchant? If so, make sure they carry a wide variety of products so you’ll have lots of choices.

Online Vs Bed Stores

A high density mattress found on the a site like The Foamy Sleeper is usually around the same price as a low density model found in a store, and will generally offer the same warranty.

A big tip is to only buy from a site that has plenty of information about the science behind memory foam, a ‘cowboy’ site won’t bother with the ins and outs of why memory foam offers a better night’s sleep.

Triple layer

Memory foam mattresses can be constructed of up to 4 layers of different foam, but most models will be made from two or three, with a memory foam topper glued to a foundation layer of urethane foam. The quality of the foundation layer foam, which is used to distribute weight to the frame, also affects the service life of the mattress.

Memory Foam Topper

If you already have a good quality mattress you may be looking for a memory foam topper. It is important to remember that these can be expensive and it may be worth changing the whole mattress, dependant on the condition of your current mattress.

Is It Worth It?

All you need to do to answer this question is to read the customer reviews available. Memory foam isn’t for everyone, but around 95% of people trying memory foam have stated they wouldn’t change for a traditional spring mattress.