Spring Mattress Vs Memory Foam

Published On August 7, 2018 | By Clare Louise | Home Improvement

Yes, there is a difference between spring mattresses and memory foam mattresses and you’d be surprised to know just how much they differ. Join us as we take a look at the biggest differences between these two iconic mattresses.

Spring mattresses

These are the beds we all remember growing up with. If you remember jumping on your bed as a kid and hearing those creaky coils you’ll know exactly what we are talking about. These mattresses are made from a basic pocket-coil system wrapped in fabric. They are much cheaper to manufacture than their modern counterparts and therefore they can be sold at much lower prices. It is for this reason that they are still on the market. In fact, I recent bought a 4ft double mattress made with springs for our spare room.

Once your bed reaches its sell-by date you’ll be able to feel one or two coils sticking into you. Spring mattresses and a cheap pocket spring mattress don’t adjust to body heat and contour a shape due to its design. To make up for a lack of comfort when comparing these to other mattresses, many manufacturers add a layer of memory foam on top of the mattress for extra comfort. Without the added memory foam, a spring mattress doesn’t reduce friction on pressure points like shoulders and hips. Having said this, it is important to note that spring mattresses are durable and can last a good 8 to 10 years.

Memory foam

If you get a spacey feeling when lying on your memory foam mattress it is because memory foam was invented by NASA. It’s now the foam of choice for those able to stretch their budget for a new bed. It is designed from layers of foam to create a firm mattress that absorbs or hugs the contours of your body. The special space-engineered foam is made up mainly of polyurethane foam with chemicals added to increase its viscosity and density.

Memory foam mattresses are designed to distribute body weight evenly. This offers you a perfect balance and support system by reducing friction on pressure points on your body. It holds its shape for a long time and won’t sag in places. In fact, the manufacturers are so confident of the foam that many offer a 20-year warranty. Much of a memory foams make-up is comprised of various chemicals.

One criticism of memory foam mattresses is that many of them tended to retain heat and can leave you hot and sweaty. Advancements in the manufacture of these mattresses resulted in the production of gel memory foam which consists of gel particles fused with Visco foam to reduce trapped body heat, speed up spring back time and help the mattress feel softer. One of the key benefits of a memory foam mattress is that it distributes body weight evenly which means there is less pressure on different points of your body. In fact, memory foam reduces the pressure by up to 80% compared to spring mattresses.

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