Memory foam mattress or spring mattress?

26 February 2019

Spring mattresses have been around for decades and it was the undisputed sleeping pad, to some it still is. But with technological advances, newer products in the sleep industry keep showing up. The most captivating of them all is memory foam mattress – a luxurious kind of foam that responds to heat changes to shape itself around your body!

The two types of sleeping pads cannot entirely be compared each other because both have different features that make them stand out among end users in different markets. Majority of users are passive when it comes to traditional or contemporary mattress.

The reason why one looks for a new mattress is because they have a specific thing that they want to meet. We seek to inform you on the pros and cons of each mattress, spring and memory, so that you can make a conscious choice when buying a mattress.

  Spring mattress Memory mattress
What is it made of? Spring mattresses contain pocket coil or bonnell springs system that is wrapped in a fabric. More often, a thin layer of foam is added on top of the springs to add a feel of comfort and luxury that is associated with the bouncy nature of springs. This is a luxurious type of foam mattress which has the ability to conform to the contours of a sleeper’s body based on body temperature. This mattress is made of foam layers with different densities; with luxuriously comfortable top layer and supportive inner layers.
Pros Cheap: when compared to memory foam mattresses, a spring mattress is cheaper because it is easier to assemble. However, cheap is relative to every user  The mattress has one of the best bounce back effect of any sleeping pad ever made because of their springy reactivity. Bonnell springs are one of the best in terms of bouncing back effect. Temperature control: when designing spring mattresses, there is plenty of space left in between the springs. This spaces allow for air circulation ensuring that you sleep cool when temperatures are high. Weight distribution: memory foam mattresses do not push back on your weight rather adjusts to your body weight, shape and temperature. It even adapts to your sleeping style!  Motion isolation: memory foam is made of viscoelastic material which allows it to perfectly isolate motion. Chances of your movements affecting your partner are minimal and vice versa. Durability: memory foam mattresses are highly durable. Depending on its density, it can last for up to 15 years. Constantly rotate the mattress every 4-6 months to minimize wear on one side. When its old, it gets too soft therefore it will not offer the desired support while sleeping. Comfort and pressure relief: memory foam mattresses have the ability to mold itself around body contours. This feature is important because it targets and allows pressure release around pressure points such as spine, neck and shoulders.
Cons Uneven weight distribution: normal spring mattresses have springs that make the bed flat and bouncy but do not contour depending on body weight and pressure areas such around shoulders and waist. It lacks the feature of allowing pressure relief on users’ backs. Actually, it simply exerts repulsive pressure equal to the one you apply while lying on it.  Motion isolation: majority of spring mattresses do not have motion isolation feature, therefore, your partner’s movements are highly likely to disturb your sleep. Only high end range have this feature. Squeaky Squeaky: these mattresses are prone to be noisy a few years at your service. Sagging: spring mattresses are prone to sagging and lose their iconic proper support feature. Does not come cheap: this mattress can sell very expensive because it takes of the amount of technology and materials involved when designing it.  Can sleep hot: memory foam is temperature sensitive in nature hence a user might feel like they are sleeping hot. However, with advancements, high quality mattresses are designed with ventilations that regulate temperature.

You may be expecting us to declare one type of mattress as the ultimate and recommended mattress, but it is impossible to name one because both mattresses have strong attributes that appeal to different users. The end user knows exactly what they need when looking for a mattress. Our work is to feed you with information and make the most of it; an informed decision.

Considering features such as durability, cost, motion transfer, resistance to sagging, weight, pressure relief, firmness and the expectations when you want to purchase a mattress, the information above comes in handy. In decision making, a lot more comes down to purpose, personal preference and the contextuality of every user.


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