Memory Foam Mattress vs Spring Mattress
Did you know that the only reason springs are still being used in mattresses is because they're inexpensive?
It's hard to believe that mattress companies buy pocket coil spring systems for just $30. They make BIG money off your back. Are memory foam mattresses any better?
So how do you make your way through the gauntlet of mattress salesman and false advertising? Very carefully. Or do you just go with top rated mattresses designed for both 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.
See all that red? That's the pain you'll feel from the lack of blood circulation.
- Spring mattresses 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. You don't want that.
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 whopping 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. Memory foam is in the teens, spring mattresses are in the 30's +... ouch.
- The lowest mmHg on the market is provided by Essentia memory foam mattresses at 12.43mmHg @ 200lbs.
Spring Mattress PROS
- The Low Cost. It doesn't get any cheaper than a spring mattress...well maybe a futon or a hand-me-down.
- Durability. A good spring mattress can least 10+ years. The firmer the better.
Memory Foam Mattress PROS
- The Low Cost. You can still get a durable foam mattress for under $650.
- Pressure distribution. It relieves pressure better than any other type of mattress.
- No motion transfer. No jiggle means no transfer of movement / waking up your partner.
- Hypoallergenic. A solid block of foam means dust mites can only live on the surface and not inside.
Spring Mattress CONS
- Loss of Support. Spring mattresses usually begin to sag after 1-2 years. In fact they lose 16% of their support in the 1st year alone.
- Sketchy Warranties. Spring mattress warranties allow up to 1.5 inches of normal body impression. It usually means the foam is no longer recovering or pressure relieving. This "normal" body impression often occurs just 3-6 months into ownership.
- Poor Back Support. Innersprings have poor back support and do not address spinal alignment.
- Painful. Spring mattresses do not distribute your body weight evenly. Because each spring pushes back with the same force, pressure points are inevitable.
- Not Hypoallergenic. The fluffy polyester top, the empty space in-between the spring means a nice nesting ground for dust mites.
Memory Foam Mattress CONS
- Price. Top memory foam mattresses can be expensive depending on quality and brand name. Cost is typically directly associated with quality because the materials are costly, not the labor.
- Quicksand Like Feel. Because they adjust to the contours of your body, some foams take longer than others to conform as well as bounce back to their original shape.
- The Smell. 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.
- 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. Memory foam mattresses become more supple with body heat, therefore offering you the cradling support your body requires.
- Memory foam mattresses are known for being temperature sensitive. This is a negative as it takes time for the foam to adjust to your body. This delayed response / quicksand-like feel is a complaint among memory foam mattress owners. The colder the bedroom the longer it will take for the foam 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 topped with memory foam. The top layer will add comfort and support if made with enough quality memory foam.
- Spring Mattresses must be rotated once every three months for even wear. Avoid folding or bending spring mattresses.
- Memory Foam Mattresses do not have to be flipped or rotated. There is no maintenance required.
Spring mattresses should have died in the 80's, like parachute pants and leg warmers, but they have remained popular because of their low cost and high profit margins (100%+). They also need replacing every 3-10 years which is great reoccurring income for Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Spring Air etc.
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 in sleepdom, the importance of a healthy and supportive mattress cannot be ignored. A good quality mattress is important for healthy living and this applies to adults, the elderly, young children and babies.
How you feel and act is directly affected by how well you sleep. A quality mattress may be pricey but it will certainly keep your body well supported and comfortable for close to 20 years. It may even help you keep your cool what the going gets tough.
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