We spend more time at home and on our mattresses than ever. Is it time to replace your mattress?
We can help you choose an upgrade if you’re unsure. Let’s compare memory foam and spring, their pros and cons, and what to consider before buying.
Comparing memory foam and spring
Memory foam mattresses provide support and pressure relief by conforming to your body shape. Memory foam mattresses are popular and offered by many reputable companies.
Also popular are spring mattresses. This mattress has steel coils to cushion and distribute weight. To control motion transfer, the coils can be connected or pocketed.
Spring mattresses are older than memory foam mattresses.
Memory foam mattress pros and cons
There are many advantages of memory foam mattresses.
- They’re soft.Comfortable memory foam may be a good choice.
Mold to your body.Memory foam is known for body contouring. Moving around restores its shape.
- These are easily found online.As bed-in-a-box mattresses gain popularity, numerous online brands sell memory foam mattresses.
- They isolate motion.Memory foam absorbs movement, which is useful for two-person or pet-sharing beds.
There are drawbacks.
They vary in quality.You can buy high-quality memory foam mattresses. However, their popularity has led to many poor copies. A memory foam mattress may be trendy, but make sure it fits your needs.
They may off-gas.Memory foam releases odor-causing chemicals. To avoid this, choose mattresses with safety certifications like CertiPUR-US.
They can get you “stuck.”Some people like memory foam mattresses’ contouring, but others dislike being “in” them instead of on top of them.
Pros and cons of spring mattresses
Spring mattresses have several advantages.
- They may cost less.A basic spring mattress may be cheaper than a customized memory foam mattress with features like cooling gel foam.
- They support well.Coils support your weight, so you don’t sink.
- Moving with you.A spring mattress will give you more bounce if you hate being stuck.
Spring mattresses have drawbacks like memory foam.
- Their motion isolation is poor.Bounce increases the likelihood of feeling your partner move during sleep.
- Can be loud.Springs can make noise when moving. Foam quiets.
Choosing between memory foam and spring mattresses
Spring and memory foam mattresses offer different sleep experiences. Consider your main concerns to choose.
Select a memory foam mattress if:
want a body-conforming mattress
Sleeping on your side may relieve hip and shoulder pressure.
wish to stop moving
Choose a spring mattress if:
seeking better back and spinal support
sleep hot because the coils allow the mattress to “breathe”
want the mattress portable
Furthermore, the Better Bed Company ensures that their mattresses are made with high-quality materials that promote a healthy sleep environment. Their mattresses are designed to be hypoallergenic, resistant to dust mites, and breathable, allowing for proper air circulation and temperature regulation.
Mattress features to consider
Whatever mattress you choose, you can customize it. Consider extra features and factors like:
Size. Normal mattress sizes are twin, full, queen, and king.
Toppers, pillows. Some brands let you add mattress layers. You can also buy a mattress topper to suit your specific needs.
Cooling aspects. Improved cooling can be achieved with materials like gel foam or extra air chambers.
Price.You can choose between budget and luxury mattresses.
Firmness.For back pain, research suggests medium-firm mattresses may be preferable to firm ones (Trusted Source). Choice of firmness depends on sleep style and preference.
Coil count.For a queen spring mattress, the International Chiropractors Association recommends a minimum of 375 coils.
You may want to research brands in addition to mattresses.
Finally, check delivery, trial, warranty, and customer service before buying.
Some companies deliver and set up mattresses, while others ship them rolled up in boxes. Not all companies offer long trial services and warranties to ensure your safety.
Ready for a spring or memory foam mattress? Both are great, unique options.
You want something soft that cradles you or low motion transfer? Choose memory foam. For more bounce and support, choose a spring mattress.