Memory Foam Mattress vs Spring Mattress
Did you know that the only reason springs are still in use in mattresses is because of their low cost?
You can buy a pocket coil spring system for $30 which means manufactures make HUGE profit margins on spring mattresses.
So how do you make your way through the gauntlet of mattress salesman and false advertising? Very carefully. Or do you just go with a top rated mattress that's all about health and comfort.
Comparing spring mattresses and memory foam mattresses in terms of comfort is an easy one. Just keep reading.
Mattress Support Comparison
- Spring mattresses may give the illusion of comfort at first, with those fancy pillow tops, but as the image shows they do not offer sufficient pressure point relief. To your right is a pressure point test from a leading spring mattress indicating pressure points.
- A spring mattress relies on a varied number of springs which push back against your body, all with the same force. Proper support is impossible because your body does not push evenly. This results in pressure points leading to poor blood circulation, tossing and turning, aches and joint pain.
- Fact: Spring mattresses lose 16% of their support in the 1st year alone.
Memory Foam Mattress
- Good quality memory foam mattresses distribute body weight evenly, like having billions of little springs supporting you. Pressure points are significantly reduced, up to 80%, which only memory foam can provide. Tossing and turning is the leading cause of a poor night's sleep which is drastically reduced with a memory foam mattress.
- Pressure is measured in mmHg. 32mmHg or lower is considered to be pressure relieving according to the healthcare industry.
The lowest mmHg on the market is provided by Essentia memory foam mattresses at 12.43mmHg @ 200lbs.
- Spring mattress drawbacks
- Spring mattresses begin to sag after 1-2 years. In fact they lose 16% of their support in the 1st year alone.
- Spring mattress warranties allow up to 1.5 inches of normal body impression. Many have been affected by this as it usually means the foam is no longer recovering or pressure relieving. This "normal" body impression often occurs just 3-6 months into ownership.
- Spring mattresses come with a maximum 10 year warranty.
- Innersprings have no support for back or spinal alignment.
- Spring mattresses do not spread body weight evenly. Because each spring pushes back with the same force, pressure points are inevitable.
Memory foam mattresses drawbacks
- Top memory foam mattresses are expensive due to the quality of materials used. Cost is typically directly associated with quality because the materials are costly, not the labor.
- Because they adjust to your body some foams take longer than others to conform and recover.
- Some memory foam mattresses are made with poor quality foams and may have a pungent unpleasant smell when new.
- Spring mattresses act as a shock absorber and reduce the wear and tear of the mattress. Coil gauges determine firmness and support. The less coils there are, the thicker the springs. Coils which are 1.63mm to 1.37mm in gauge give in easily to pressure while a 1.94mm gauge coil feels firm.
FACT: a coil system only costs just $13.
- Memory foam mattresses can be firm to supple. Since they distribute your weight evenly, a good firm memory foam mattress should give you a firm feeling without compromising your back, hips and joints. Some memory foam mattresses become more supple with body heat, therefore offering you the cradling support your body requires.
- Memory foam mattress is known for being temperature sensitive. This is a negative as it takes time for the foam to adjust to your body. This delayed response is a complaint among memory foam mattress owners. If you like a cooler room you'll notice the foam taking more time to adjust and recover. At freezing point the foam is rock hard. The only memory foam that remains consistent in average room temperatures is Essentia's natural memory foam.
- Spring mattresses don't adjust on body temperature unless they come with a memory foam topper. The top layer will add comfort and support if made with enough quality memory foam.
- Spring Mattresses must be rotated once every three months to even the wear. Avoid folding or bending spring mattresses.
- Memory Foam Mattresses do not have to be flipped or rotated. There is no maintenance required.
Spring sleep systems are old technology. They remain popular because of their low cost and high profit margins (100%+). They also need replacing every 5-10 years which is great for the billion dollar/year industry.
The Better Sleep Council suggests that a quality mattress should provide 8-10 years of good support and comfort. With an average person spending 30% of their life sleeping, the importance of a healthy and accurate mattress cannot be ignored. A good quality mattress is important for healthy living and this applies to adults, the elderly, young children and babies.
A quality memory foam mattress may be pricy but will certainly contribute to your health for over 20 years with the best support and comfort known to sleep technology.
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