Shopping for a bed in today’s market is akin to attempting to understand rocket science: Memory foam began its life as a NASA developed technology that leaked into the mattress world in the Nineties. Since then, memory foam mattresses have exploded into myriad versions of their ancestral selves. Most new beds come with quasi marketing blurbs claiming medical benefits but memory foam mattresses have proven their mettle in clinical settings. Patients who use them suffer from less pain and enjoy deeper sleeps. If Goldilocks’ three bears came to visit, they’d find contemporary brands ‘just right.’
Are You Frugal or A Spendthrift?
Mattresses have short life spans, so if your bed is seven years old, it has passed its sell by date. Those with shallow pockets can benefit from the snug, sinking feeling of memory foam mattresses more economically if their current beds are still young and nubile. Memory foam mattresses spread body weight over a greater surface area, eliminating pressure and providing that perfect balance between too soft and too hard. Those with dwindling bank accounts and hardy beds can use memory foam topper pads. The best memory foam mattress doesn’t come cheaply. Low density foam cannot provide the same benefits as quality products, but a topper pad is the thrifty way to buy all the advantages without the financial concerns, provided it is dense and plush enough to offer support. A minimum of three inches and four pounds is ideal. Topper pads are simpler to replace than beds, which gives the prudent additional value long term.
Are you baby, mother or father bear?
A clinical consensus about bed stiffness has yet to emerge, although too soft a mattress is known to lack back support. Within the realms of healthy support, there is a vast range of suppleness and plenty of room for individual preferences. Memory foam mattresses imprint against your body to take your weight without sagging. Mattresses that are bonded to the core of the bed need to be particularly durable, which means their density should be above five pounds. Hardier sleepers prefer memory foam mattresses that are built in layers as they offer superior support. Those who enjoy that sinking feeling can gain enough support from a medium density foam. Low density options offer a reduced price but few other advantages. Those with chronic pain will benefit from a density of ten pounds or more.
How industrious are you?
It’s impossible to use memory foam toppers to perfect a bed that’s too soft, hard or sagging. Beds with high quality inner springs can be covered with toppers. The truly industrious can build a bed from the ground up, using a supportive base, high density mattress and topper. This is not an option for the feint hearted: plenty of dedicated time is needed to assess options.
Are you too hot or too cold?
Memory foam mattresses are made from either petroleum of plant based material. Polyurethane is usually oil based and will keep you warmer. Plant based foams dissipate heat more efficiently, keeping you cooler.
How sensitive are you?
Some memory foam mattresses contain volatile organic compounds which may produce emissions and odors. Flame retardants made of wool or rayon are not toxic, and plant based materials free of VOCs will not produce side effects.
When choosing your memory foam mattress king size may seem to be a superior option, but couples are often comfier with two separate toppers suiting their different preferences. Memory foam mattress reviews will help you choose a bed that even the fussiest three bear families would find perfect.