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.

Our natural memory foam mattresses are some of the best ranked in the world so we know a thing or two memory foam.

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) Ask About the Foam Density

The misconception... density is what dictates the feel of a foam. That's not entirly true.

Foam density actually has more to do with the foams 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 Essentia and Tempur-pedic, have 5lb+ density foams. See our we compare to other memory foam.

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.


machine that tests the density of foam

2) What is the mmHg?

mmHg is the unit of measurement used in determining a mattresses reaction against pressure.

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.

A low mmHg means better blood circulation, however this is difficult to achieve while maintaining the density of the foam. Blood circulation becomes an issue at roughly 30mmHg or more.

The best rating in the industry is offered by Essentia mattresses with 12.43 mmHg.


3) What is the 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?china and the flag

Mattress components are imported from foreign countries like China and assembled in Canada or the U.S.A. Many mattress companies deceitfully claim that their products are Made in Canada or Made in U.S.A. when in reality they are just assembled in that country.

Tests are rarely performed on imported mattress components and there is no way of knowing what chemicals are used to make them. 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.

This type of memory foam is synthetic so it sleeps hot because it traps in body heat similar to the way nylon or polyester fabrics do.

Sleeping hot and chemical odors are the main complaints among memory foam mattress owners. It's all due to the chemical composition of that foam.

If you're not a fan of sleeping hot and are 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 which sleeps cool, is comfortable and durable all the while maintaining a healthy sleep environment. See how they're made.

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


Essentia Mattresses Offer:
- Among the most durable mattresses at a whopping 6.25lbs density foam.
- Among the most comfortable mattress, measuring pressure relief at 12.43 mmHg.
- The only natural memory foam = Breathable.
- Peace of mind knowing it's a fully tested product.
- A Canadian made mattress.

See how Essentia compares to other memory foam mattresses.

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