Pros and Cons: Memory Foam vs. Coil Mattresses
September 27, 2018
When it comes to your mattress, there is one thing that everyone can agree on. It has to be comfortable. But comfort for one person may not be comfort for another. And when it comes to the new memory foam mattresses vs. traditional coil mattresses, does one offer more of that elusive comfort than the other?
The traditional coil spring mattress is one that is made of metal coils wrapped with other materials. These mattresses can be more about support than comfort. Firmness is always a matter of choice but coil mattresses are less capable of dealing with the natural contours of the body and can create pressure points. Because certain parts of the body press harder against areas of a spring mattress, those areas can experience the most “pushback”.
When it comes to the traditional spring mattress, there are multiple factors that lead to its comfort or lack thereof: the type of springs used, the gauge of the metal, the quality of springs used, the materials that the springs are encased in, and any type of comfort layer that is on top, such as a “pillow top”.
When memory foam mattresses first hit the marketplace, they had a reputation for causing the individual to get hot during the night. But there have been new advancements in technology and that is no longer the case with most quality brands.
New, quality memory foam mattresses are made of more than just foam. Typically using multiple layers of materials and densities of foam, memory foam was first introduced at NASA for their seats. It evolved through various incarnations and has finally made its home in household mattresses. The “memory” part of memory foam is its ability to mold around the contours of the body and create support without the pressure point problem of innerspring mattresses.
Pros and Cons
- Weight distribution — memory foam will distribute body weight more evenly. Innerspring mattresses can lead to aches and pains due to pressure points.
- Sagging – innerspring mattresses require flipping and rotation to reduce sagging. Memory foam is more adept at keeping its shape.
- Lifespan – the lifespan of an innerspring mattress is 7 to 10 years depending on care. Memory foam mattresses have a longer lifespan and typically offer 10 to 20-year warranties.
- Convenience – although both innerspring mattresses are available through mattress showrooms, memory foam mattresses are offered online and come in a compact box. Innerspring mattresses require delivery and set up. Returns of online purchased memory foam mattresses are usually without cost and convenient. This varies with innerspring mattresses.
- Trial period – innerspring mattresses seldom come with free trial periods whereas online memory foam mattresses can come with as much as 100 day trial periods after which you can return them with no obligation.
- Price – online memory foam mattresses can cost substantially less without showroom overhead to compensate for.
If you have more questions about the advantages of memory foam mattresses, contact us and we would be glad to talk memory foam with you.