How to Choose a Memory Foam Mattress

How do you choose a memory foam mattress? Very carefully.

Memory foam mattresses are a fast-growing alternative to innerspring mattresses because they contour the body and provide excellent comfort and support.

On today's European market, memory foam mattresses far outsell traditional spring mattresses.

Tips to Choosing a Quality Memory Foam Mattress

Knowing what to look for is key in finding the best memory foam mattress to fit your needs. Here are a few important things to know before buying a memory foam mattress:


1) Foam Density

The misconception... density affects feel. FALSE

Foam density actually has little to do with the feel of a mattress and has more to do with its durability. A 5 pound per cubic foot memory foam mattress will outlast a 3lb memory foam by an average of 10 years.

Most high-end mattresses, including Tempur-pedic, have 5-7lb density foams. See our Tempur comparison.

Buyer Beware: Many mattress companies boast a 5lb memory foam but fail to specify that this dense foam only makes up the 1st inch of the mattress. The following layers are weak 2 or 3 lb density memory foams. 



2) mmHg

mmHg is the unit of measurement used in determining a mattresses reaction against pressure. A low mmHg means better blood circulation, however this is difficult to achieve. Blood circulation becomes an issue at roughly 30mmHg or more.

According to the healthcare industry, a standard of 32mmHg or lower is considered pressure relieving. More pressure relief = less press points = less tossing and turning which is the goal here.

The best rating in the industry is offered by Essentia mattresses with 12.43 mmHg @ 200lbs, .



3) Foam ILD (Indentation Load Deflection)

A mattress ILD, or indentation load deflection, ranges from 6 to 40. Most memory foam mattresses on the market rate anywhere between 10 and 16 ILD. Many of the best memory foam mattresses use multiple layers, each with a different mmHg, which enhances a mattress' comfort because the layers work together.



4) Where is the Mattress Made?

Many mattress companies deceitfully claim that their products are Made in Canada or Made in U.S.A.. To cut costs, mattress components are imported from foreign countries and assembled in Canada or the U.S.A.

Tests are rarely performed on imported mattress components and there is no way of knowing what chemicals are used in the mattress composition. Any harsh chemical odors are masked prior to product exportation with industrial perfumes, or even green tea extracts. 



Natural Memory Foam vs Regular Memory Foam

Regular memory foam, also known as visco-elastic memory foam or visco foam, is made with petroleum based chemicals.

Because memory foam is a synthetic material, it traps in body heat similar to the way nylon and polyester fabrics do. Sleeping hot or heat discomfort as well as chemical odors are the main complaints among memory foam mattress owners. It's all due to the chemical composition.

If you're health conscious, you'll want to consider our natural memory foam mattresses and pillows.

You may have seen us on Dr.OZ, Rachael Ray, O Network along with other media appearances. It's next generation memory foam. Breathable, comfortable, durable all the while maintaining a healthy sleep environment.

You can also learn more by reading the list of chemicals found in mattresses.



Essentia Mattresses Offer: 
- Among the highest foam densities on the market at 6.25lbs. 
- Lowest pressure distribution at 12.43 mmHg @ 200lbs.
- Natural = Breathable.
- Peace of mind knowing it's a fully tested product.
- A Canadian made and manufactured product.


See how Essentia compares to Tempur-Pedic



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