WHAT IS THE BEST MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS?
Looking for the best memory foam mattress? I can help.
It’s not bragging, it’s a fact – I have extensive experience testing mattresses and insight on manufacturers and brands. You see, some models have manufacturing flaws and some manufacturers use poor quality materials to minimize the production costs. I know what they are hiding from you and I will openly state that in the reviews I publish here.
Can I do that?
Simply because I am in no way affiliated with any of this manufacturers, I have no interest in promoting any of the brands, I simply share my findings here.
Long story short, I plan to transform this website into the go-to guide for people that are looking to make an informed buy.
You’ll find recommendations of the best mattresses here. You can easily check out their features, pros and cons. Also, in the full reviews, I include customer opinion and ratings, video presentations and tests on the mattresses and other helpful resources like infographics.
The highlight of each review is my personal score – I named it the “Model for Rating Mattresses” and it’s the most complex system for rating mattresses in the market today. Because of the sheer number of parameters I input into the algorithm and the time I spent tweaking and improving it, the Model for Rating Mattresses will ensure unbiased results – no doubt about that. Lean more about it and the parameters I input on the About me page.
Let’s get back to the mattresses now.
Following are the best mattresses in each category and their respective mini reviews.
If you are in a hurry just pick one of the following 5 and rest assured you have bought a quality product and you will fully enjoy it!
Signature Sleep 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress – “best foam mattress for the money”
Signature Sleep 12-Inch Memory Foam MattressIn case you want to get the best value for your money, then this mattress should certainly be at the top of your list. It is highly functional and offers the ultimate level of comfort in your every sleep. Coming in a queen size, this mattress is roomy enough to comfortably accommodate you and your partner.
Like all memory foam mattresses, this unit features a layered construction. The top layer is made up of a 4-inch thick 9 ILD memory foam while the base incorporates 8-inch thick high density foam. And you will be more than happy to know that this mattress offers you a remarkable 4-pound density.
It does not distort under weight and offers a more balanced support that serves to relieve your pressure points. I should point out that this unit is an excellent choice, especially for a couple. The reason behind this is its tremendous ability to isolate motion transfer between two sleeping partners. This means that you won’t feel a thing even when your partner moves or has a restless sleep.
It is designed to meet the federal flammability standards, something that you can only dream of in the conventional models. And let us not forget the 1-year limited warranty that guarantees the best quality for your cash. It is often quoted as one product that gives great “bang for your buck”. This is certainly one mattress of a kind.
It score 47 out of 50 points in the Model for Rating Mattresses.
Signature Sleep 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress – rating score
Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel-Plus 10-Inch Queen Size Memory Foam Mattress – “best luxury foam mattress”
Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel-Plus 10-Inch Queen Size Memory Foam MattressWhen I say luxury mattress I mean it will offer heavenly sleep – if you can afford to spend the extra buck just get this one and enjoy sleeping on a cloud.
It offers exceptional quality and comes in a stylish design that provides a touch of elegance to any bedroom setting. I know its high price tag of approx $450 may somehow be an inconvenience to most individuals, but what if I tell you that this model offers almost the same level of comfort as those priced at over $1000. As you can see, you will be able to get the same level of quality at half the price.
Since its a luxurious model, most of you may be keen on knowing the specific features it incorporates. Well, just to give you an overview, this model incorporates a 3-layered design. This may come as a surprise to many since most of us are just familiar with the 2-layered models.
As you can now see, its not only a luxurious model but it is also unique in its own way. Its one of the few mattresses that incorporate double air flow. This advanced technology offers you with a more temperature-neutral sleep.
As we all know, technology usually advances with time. And being one of the latest models (released in 2015), you are definitely guaranteed of more innovative features. You may be wondering if the 25-year warranty incorporated in this mattress is for real.
Yes, it definitely is. And you will be more than glad to know that the company honors its warranty. This is one of the attributes that has made this model a great success in the global market. The extended warranty is the best proof of the exceptional quality that went into its construction. And above all, you do not need to break into a bank in order to get one since it is quite affordable.
It scored 48 out of 50 points in the Model for Rating Mattresses.
Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel-Plus 10 Inch – rating score
Signature Sleep Contour 8 Inch Twin Mattress – “best cheap foam mattress”
Signature Sleep Contour 8 Inch Twin Mattress is definitely the ideal foam mattress if you are looking to spend the smallest amount of money. With it, you wont have to dig deeper into your pockets in order to achieve that ultimate sleeping experience.
It features a price tag that is quite affordable by many folks out there. I know the word “cheap” is usually associated with something that is of inferior quality. This is a misconception that does not apply to this particular model.
Despite being cheap in terms of price, the quality that comes with it is definitely not cheap. It features nearly the same functionality as those high-end models. This mattress incorporates a series of encased coils that offer uniform weight distribution. Like most memory foam mattresses, it is designed to conform to the natural contours of your body. This provides exceptional pressure relief on the shoulders, neck, hips, and back. As you can see, its working is almost similar to that portrayed in luxurious models.
Its comes in twin, full, queen and king sizes so it’s easy to choose the one that fits your needs better. The queen and king sizes are especially good for couples.
This mattress boasts of excellent craftsmanship, a feature that sets it apart from other cheap models. It comes in a packaging that makes it much easier to inflate. I must say that it is definitely the best deal you can get for under $160.
It scored 46 out of 50 points in the Model for Rating Mattresses.
Signature Sleep Contour 8 Inch Twin Mattress – rating score
DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams Twin Crazy Quilt with 7-Inch TriZone Mattress – “best memory foam mattress for kids”
DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams TriZone memory foam mattress reviewSeeing that smile on the face of your child as you wake up each morning is something that most parents dream of. This mattress is one of the most inexpensive ways of achieving this. It provides a high level of comfort and comes in a twin size that provides a perfect fit for your child.
This TriZone model provides one of the best supports you can ever get in any memory mattress. The quilted cover is of tough fabric, therefore you do not need to worry of it being torn apart as your kids play on it.
It provides the perfect fit for all types of sleepers. This is one mattress that is designed to adhere to US safety standards. Not only is it comfortable, but it also offers a much healthier sleep for your kids.
…And the best thing of all is that it can fit day beds, bunk beds, trundle beds, and other standard bed setups.
The excellent temperature sensitivity offered by this mattress will always keep your kids comfortable, especially during unfavorable weather nights. It keeps a stable temperature, so no more cold nights or on the contrary hot ones. They will be able to sleep more peacefully and wake up looking more cheerful.
It scored 46 out of 50 points in the Model for Rating Mattresses.
DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams Twin Crazy Quilt with 7-Inch TriZone Mattress – Rating score
Brentwood Home 13-Inch Gel HD Memory Foam Mattress – “best therapeutic foam mattress”
Brentwood Home 13-Inch Gel HD Memory Foam Mattress reviewGetting a mattress that offers that healing feel and relaxing sensation is something that you definitely don’t want to miss. This mattress has constantly gained approval from arthritis organizations. It offers the best solution for patients suffering from arthritis and other conditions that make it difficult for them to sleep more comfortably. It is ergonomically designed to minimize body pains by relieving pressure points. This mattress is designed to conform to the natural curves of your body. It provides proper spinal alignment for a more healthy posture.
Incorporating a depth of 13 inches, it boasts as one of the thickest memory foam mattresses. This is a foam mattress that will save you from having to constantly toss and turn all night long. It eliminates any possible motion transfer, which makes it ideal for two individuals to sleep on. Not only does it serve to relieve pain, but it also provides a perfect resting platform for those suffering from allergies. It is hypoallergenic and provides great resistance against dust mites. It also features anti microbial properties that offers resistance against bacterial infections.
Such excellent features will help you recover faster from those agonizing body pains. It is no wonder that this mattress has already made its way into many hospitals and clinics across the world. It is certainly the best companion for any patient suffering from body pains. Besides being just a pain reliever, this mattress features superior quality portrayed by its 25 year warranty. This warranty is more than generous and shows just how much trust the company puts in its products.
It scored 48 out of 50 points in the Model for Rating Mattresses.
Brentwood Home 13-Inch Gel HD Memory Foam Mattress – review score
So, these are the models that I recommend.
They are subject to change as I keep this top updated and I refresh it every month, including the newer, better memory foam mattresses available.
For those of you that got to this place, and are still reading, following is a section where I give a little insight into a couple of the features that are important in a mattress, what are the best brands and much more…. just keep reading.
What is memory foam and what are it’s benefits?
memory foamMemory foam has a long history that dates back to the early 1970’s. It became one of the most popular materials employed in the production of memory foam mattresses in the 1990’s. But most people usually find it hard to differentiate between memory foam and the traditional foam. Well, unlike the traditional foam (polyurethane foam), memory foam is made up of visco-elastic substance.
This gives it a “spring” effect that offers a balanced and healthy support to your body. Compared to the traditional foam, memory foam proves to be more durable. As if that is not enough, it offers a more relaxing effect to the body and the mind. Actually, it has worked wonders in eliminating chronic back pain, a very common problem among the elderly.
What is the right firmness?
The medical community usually gives confusing advice. Some say that a softer mattress is better for support while others recommend a firm mattress. However, such advises are too contradictory to be of any help. This is because firmness is not directly related to comfort or proper support. Both soft and firm mattresses have the ability to provide optimal support. So it is up to you to decide which one will suit you best.
Memory foam vs other mattress types – Why is it better?
Memory foam mattresses have greatly revolutionized the mattress industry. Currently, they are preferred by a majority of consumers worldwide. But what is it that actually makes them superior to other mattress types? Well, unlike other conventional mattresses, memory foam provides a perfect fit. This is due to the fact that it is designed to adjust to the contours of your body. It allows for proper spinal alignment by providing a more balanced support. This helps relieve pressure points, which results into a more comfortable sleep.
The visco-elastic properties incorporated in memory foam mattresses help eliminate any unwanted movements. In short, it isolates motion transfer between two sleeping partners. As your partner moves, it tends to “absorb” the movement so that you remain undisturbed.
These mattresses are temperature sensitive. This means that they are able to adjust to your body’s heat depending on the temperature of the surroundings.
They feature unsurpassed durability. Under good care, most of them can even last you up to 15 years without showing any signs of wear or tear.
What are the best memory foam mattresses brands or manufacturers?
Well, this is a difficult question to answer as most of us tend to have different preferences.
That aside, I recommend Signature Sleep, Perfect Cloud or Brentwood Home. I’ve always been impressed by the quality they provide. There are many other that are worth mentioning, like:
- DreamFoam Bedding
- Sleep Innovations
- Sleep Master
You may be asking yourself what criteria I use in selecting these brands. Well, my selection is based upon personal experience and, more important, customer opinion and ratings. One thing you may have noticed is that all these brands are based in the US, which tells you that their products are of high quality. Apart from that, they all offer extended warranties for their products.
Memory Foam vs Other Mattress Types
Memory foam is mainly made of spherical shaped, open cells. It is temperature and weight sensitive. It is superior to other mattresses in several ways.
Here’s a closer look at how this type of mattress fares against its closest competitors (latex, adjustable air, inner spring).
Overall Mattress Thickness
On average, memory foam mattresses are about 75% thicker than cheaper ones.
Thicker mattresses are recommended for people of that weight more. If a mattress is too thin it may bottom out.
What makes the memory foam mattress better is that the have 2 to 5 layers of different foam densities so that it offer proper support. Generally, the thicker foam layer is the one that make up the base and offers increased comfort and support.
Good quality memory foam mattresses distribute body weight evenly, almost similar to what billions of little springs would do.
With foam mattresses you get better pressure points relief. Other mattresses, in comparison, may give an illusion of comfort at first (they may come with fancy pillow-tops) but in the end they do not provide sufficient pressure point relief as they instead tend to push back against your body.
Pressure on the body is measured in mmHg.
The rule is that 32mmHg is the least comfortable standard for a mattress (generally the lower the pressure level, the better).
Memory foam mattresses are in the range of 13mmHg and 19mmHg while other mattress types like the spring ones are in the 30mmHg to 33mmHg range.
Typical memory foam mattress’ lifespan is usually about 10 to 12 years, with an average of 8 years of regular use.
This is way better than futon and inner spring mattresses whose average lifespan is less than 7 years of regular use.
Memory foam’s lifespan is similar to that of latex mattresses although slightly less than air mattresses which clock an average of 9 years of regular use.
Firmness and Body Support
Memory foam mattresses are known for being firm yet very comfortable.
Other mattress types are designed to act as shock absorbers – a trick which only works during the first few years. As the mattresses age, they tend to give in easily to weight and stop providing the proper support (which may lead to back pain).
Body impression, sagging and compression
“Memory” foam comes from the mattress’ ability to resume its original shape once you get out of the bed. As the foam ages, though, it tends to lose some “memory” or resilience. In turn, this can result in sagging and body impression marks which then undermines comfort and support.
Research however shows that memory foam mattresses have few complaints of impression/compression/sagging compared to other mattress categories. The innerspring, futon and latex mattresses have the most complaints.
Absorbing body movements
Research shows that the average person turns and tosses as much as 60 times per night.
And while some are not bothered by these movements at all, others are quite sensitive to their partners’ tossing and turning.
When it comes to absorbing movement, memory foam performs great (with a score of 5/5), followed by latex and adjustable air variants (3/5 rating). Inner spring mattress score 1/5 (quite poor).
Ease of transport
Memory foam mattress can be vacuumed and wrapped in a small package for long distance shipping.
Latex and inner spring mattresses are quite difficult to transport.
Considering all of these facts, memory foam mattresses clearly stand out as the best choice for comfort, longevity and more.
Latex come second, followed by adjustable air mattresses and inner spring.
Memory Foam Heat Retention And How To Enjoy Cooler Nights
Memory foam has many benefits – it improves sleep quality, it’s good for your overall health, it’s often considered the best value for money, etc…
However, there is one drawback with the otherwise perfect mattress – heat retention.
What Causes Heat Retention?
One of the reasons of these mattresses getting too hot is the structure of the foam used in it’s manufacturing. Memory foam is naturally a dense substance that does not allow air to penetrate through it. As such, without proper ventilation, the mattresses can turn into a warm sleeping surface especially if your body heat is trapped between a duvet and the foam.
Another reason is that, by design, memory foam reduces pressure points improving blood circulation throughout the body which, in turn, makes your body warmer during the night.
- Choose the Best Mattress
Consider choosing a mattress that features a ventilation system.
In particular, pocket sprung mattresses with memory foam layers are less hot due to the air being able to circulate freely throughout.
Look for one that has a breathable cover and or for a visco-elastic type.
Note: Different memory foam brands have different foam densities. Those with stronger foam density have almost twice the rate of heat retention reports than those of lower density foam.
- Sleep Light
Go for a lighter duvet, especially during the warm summer months. You will actually be grateful for the warmth memory foam brings during winter.
In addition, ensure your pillow covers and bed sheets are made from a breathable material e.g. high quality cotton. Avoid polyester, which although soft, can lead to heat retention during the night.
- Wear Light
Avoid materials such as synthetic or fleece as they tend to cause the body to heat more.
Ditch those pajamas for thin, breathable cotton ones, to ensure you feel the right temperature and get a good night’s rest.
What is important to remember is that everyone is different.
In fact statistics show that only 9% of memory foam users report sleeping hot.
The majority of people don’t complain of heat retention in memory foam.
Why is a good mattress so important?
If you’re not sleeping comfortably, you need to make some changes. The sooner the better as this thing directly influences your overall health. If you’re waking up tired despite laying in bed for 9 hours, it might be the case that you have a restless sleep or even waking up during the night.
One of the reasons of sleeplessness is discomfort, so you need to make sure that it offers you the right environment to rest properly. A lack of sleep can raise stress levels, cause headaches, affect concentration and much more. Additionally, using the wrong mattress can cause back and neck pains.
Choosing the right mattress is a big thing, so take your time and consider all available options.
What is memory foam?
Memory foam was developed by NASA scientists, so you’re bringing home space-grade technology. 🙂
The material is specially designed to mold according to the shape of your body, adapting to its heat and weight. There are plenty of different applications for memory foam as well, but bedding has become an important one.
Memory foam is recommended for people who need extra support and doctors approve it for mobility issues, joint pain, lumbar pain and other such health problems.
Why choose a memory foam mattress?
Memory foam is perfect for anyone who suffers from allergies. It is the ideal material for children and elderly people bedding.
Which mattress is right for you?
Memory foam has a lot of advantages, but it may have some disadvantages too. It is pricier than traditional mattress, and some cheaper models tend to get very hot during summer nights. If you want to try memory foam but you’re struggling to find one within your budget, you could also consider a memory foam mattress topper. These can be placed on top of your existing coil mattress to give you all of the benefits of memory foam, without the expense of replacing the whole mattress.
Budget-friendly options also include spring mattresses with a built-in memory foam layer.
I continue reviewing more memory foam mattresses I will update the above list and add more brands to it.
Ok, I guess this is it.
I hope I’ve made your quest in finding the perfect mattress easier.
Please use the comment section below to give your feedback and suggestion and also your experience with the above recommended models.