All memory foam mattresses aren’t created equal. One big difference is the quality of the foams used in making the mattress. In this FAQ I look at what sort of densities to look for in the core and memory foams used in the mattress to make sure it lasts. Click Here to read How Long Is The Expected Life Of A Memory Foam Mattress — Will It Last?
With all the new options that are out there, it can seem overwhelming when trying to choose a new memory foam mattress. To help you sort through the confusion, I’ve put together a new FAQ – Click Here To Read How to go about comparing memory foam mattresses (both online and in a store)?
This is the most frequently asked question we got on our memory foam topper pads. In this FAQ I address why we only carried 2 and 3 inch toppers, and not 1 or 4 inch, and also how to choose between a 2 and 3 inch topper. Click here to read FAQ on how to choose between a 2 or 3 inch memory foam topper pad.
A few years ago my family went to a big Renaissance fair where we saw this amazing hypnotist.
We had experienced this sort of thing personally a few years before when my wife volunteered to be in a hypnotists show, and while she had been skeptical darned if she didn’t end up participating in all sorts of craziness on stage. And I have the video to prove it, although she would kill me if I did post it on the site — sorry.
On occasion, someone asks us why we do not sell a 4″ memory foam topper and just offer 3″ and 2″ versions of our Healthy Foundations Memory Foam Topper. I had a question like this recently.
What we have found over the years, is that if someone thinks they need a 4 inch memory foam topper, they likely need a new mattress. A topper is meant to make a mattress that is too firm more comfortable, softer, reduce pressure points, etc. It is not meant to “fix” a mattress that is past its useful life or turn a standard mattress into a memory foam mattress. For most people who have a mattress that is too firm, our 2″ topper works well. The 3″ topper is for those who want a very plush feel. If you are looking to put our memory foam topper over an existing memory foam mattress, we suggest the 2″ topper.
If you are looking for a memory foam mattress, it is likely that you are doing your homework, learning about memory foam, shopping for quality memory foam, and even price shopping. While you are doing that, you may be briefly thinking about the foundation for your memory foam mattress. What used to be called a “box spring” is now a foundation. It is the base that your mattress sits on. Box springs, which actually have springs in them, have been replaced with what is now known as a “foundation.” Foundations are generally made of wood and fabric and give a firm, supportive foundation for the memory foam mattress.
IFD (Indentation Force Deflection), also known as ILD, is the measure of the firmness of a foam. It is used in everything from memory foam to car seats. IFD/ILD measure the deflection of a foam under a load. The specific IFD test gives the foam a numeric IFD value. The higher the number, the firmer the foam. This means, for example, that memory foam will have a much lower number than a base foam for a mattress and a car seat will have a higher number than mattress base foam.
All mattresses, including memory foam mattresses, need to be protected with some type of mattress cover, also known as a mattress protector. This cover goes between the mattress and the sheets and protects the mattress from sweat, dirt, etc. For our purposes, we will call this protective barrier a “mattress protector.” You will also see it called a variety of other names, but the basic purpose is to protect the mattress so you are not putting your sheets directly on a bare mattress.
Most people looking for a memory foam mattress want to learn about density and what that means. Quite simply, density is how much one cubic foot (length x width x height) of foam weighs. So does that mean that all memory foam with the same density is exactly the same? If only it could be that easy. Unfortunately, it’s not.