How to Choose the Best Memory Foam Mattress

The best memory foam mattress is one that makes you feel wonderful after a full night’s sleep — and won’t keep you up at night worrying about the expense.

The first step in choosing the best memory foam mattress for your needs is to fully acquaint yourself with what such a mattress can do for you and how it feels. If you are thinking of changing from an innerspring to a viscoelastic foam mattress (the technical name), expect an adjustment period. Any time you switch from one type of mattress to another, it will feel different for a few days even if the new mattress is the bed you’ve been dreaming about for years.

Some Important Facts About Sleeping on This Mattress

Support and Body Impressions

Viscoelastic material compresses under pressure and warmth, so you will sink into it while the foam conforms to your shape, filling in every nook and cranny, flowing into the “gaps” to support the curve of your spine and limbs.

This does leave an impression in the mattress that will not immediately spring back to its original flat surface, as an innerspring mattress would do, when you change positions. It will re-adapt to your new position, but some people find this time-lag takes getting used to. Those who change positions frequently will notice it the most.

The best memory foam mattress will spring back quickly and flow with your movements but the cheap ones will not be so responsive. That is why price does matter. If you are truly considering buying a cheap version, you may want to go with a topper or pad to put on top of your existing mattress to try it out.

Temperature and Warmth

You might have heard that memory foam can build up heat while you’re sleeping. The best models offer an aerated design that allows heat and moisture to dissipate quickly. Many companies claim to have solved the hot-mattress problem, but some memory foam mattress reviews reveal this is still a problem even with state-of-the-art scientific designs.

If you are naturally warm blooded and/or a hot sleeper, any foam mattress may feel warmer to you than an innerspring. Some people are definitely cold sleepers with a cooler metabolism in general. Not surprisingly, these are the people who love viscoelastic mattresses and toppers.

Pressure Points

Eliminating pressure points is where memory foam stands out. People who have experienced pressure points in their hips, back, shoulders and legs from the coils in an innerspring know how painful that can be. Often you can’t detect the coil itself, you just know it hurts.

People with joint pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and general muscular pain and stiffness may benefit from the cradling type of support this mattress provides.

Mattress Comparisons

In the end, as always, you must decide which type is the best mattress for you personally. If you are unsure of how your body will respond to this type of sleeping experience, you may want to try a mattress topper to begin with.

Nearly all big name mattress companies now offer viscoelastic mattresses. There are plenty to choose from now.

If you want to try one out for “90 nights,” Tempur-Pedic is the place to go.

Price Ranges

You can get a cheap memory foam mattress for less than $500. Or you pay up to $7000 to get the best available model from Tempurpedic or other big name brand. You see there is a wide range, but quality of the foam does make a difference. Try each one carefully, but avoid the lowest-price models.

Warning — read this if you’re concerned about getting the best value and avoiding misleading advertising that’s rampant in this industry!

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