Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines memory foam as: A dense polyurethane foam that becomes more pliable when in contact with heat.
Memory foam is a relatively new idea in sleep technology, but one of the fastest growing segments in the mattress industry. With its visco-elastic material, the memory foam was originally designed to be soft enough to mold around a human body in response to heat and pressure, making it high in absorbency, and quick to return to its original shape once the pressure is off.
Because the promotion of ultimate comfort made for the perfect marketing tool, by the 1990s,
memory foam was a hit and is since used by various companies in making and selling
What is the best memory foam bed? Sleep Metro narrows down five of the best:
Responsive Memory Foam. Comfortable push back. Breathable + cooling.
Soft top. Body contouring. Breathable. Cooling. Good choice for back & stomach sleepers.
Medium-firm to Firm
Uses proprietary Avena. Minimal motion transfer. Pressure point relief. Good bounce. Cooling ability.
Gel Memory foam. Good cooling capability. Body contouring. Relieves pressure points. Great for back, stomach + side sleepers. Available in 6 sizes
Memory Foam. Great comfort + support. Even weight distribution. Relieves pressure points.
Before you bring home a randomly chosen mattress, there are number of factors to consider.
We’ll give you an easy rundown of what you should know before purchasing your new
memory foam bed.
The location of where the mattress is manufactured has more to do with its quality than you may think. Some companies claim to have their products manufactured in certain countries in the United States or Canada when, in fact, they were imported from countries like China. There is no sure way to find out which harsh chemical components are used to make these mattresses, so do not be deceived by poorly made mattresses claiming to be otherwise.
Memory foam mattresses come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s surely one that fits your bed perfectly. Don’t settle for one that’s too large or too small for your body. These mattresses come in all the standard bed sizes, so once you figure out the size of your bed frame, narrowing down your options will become much easier.
First and foremost, let’s clear up a tiny misconception. The foam density does not equate to feel and comfortability. Instead, the foam density of the mattress actually dictates its durability, which means the higher the density, the firmer the mattress. High-end brands usually have a foam density of more than five pounds. However, be cautious, because some brands claim more than five pounds of foam density when, in fact, the durable dense foam only makes up the first inch of the mattress. The subsequent layers may consist of two to three pounds density of weak memory foam.
Believe it or not, thickness also matters when it comes to choosing the right memory foam mattress. You have to consider whether or not you suffer from chronic back, neck, or shoulder pains since the thickness of the mattress will give you the level of support required. Another aspect to consider is the mmHg measurement. The mmHg, in simple terms, is a unit of measurement used to determine how the mattress will react against pressure. A low mmHg aids in blood circulation since it has less pressure points. According to health researchers, 32mmHg or lower is the standard number for relieving pressure, so make sure to ask before you buy!
You may think the size, shape, and materials are the only features that matter. While you’re not wrong, it’s best to also consider your sleeping habit and position. For example, if you tend to toss and turn in bed, it’s good to consider gel memory foam mattresses. If you’re a side-sleeper, you could benefit from a little padding around the shoulders and hips.
Finding the best memory foam mattress doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many affordable and high-quality options from which to choose. As long as it provides your desired support and comfort, there’s no reason to deny yourself a good night’s sleep.