Just got done posting the last of 5 new FAQs. These ranged from whether you can use a box springs with a memory foam mattress (and what types of support surfaces work well with a memory foam bed), whether a memory foam bed works well for folks over 250 lbs, do memory foam mattresses sleep hint (hint some may, others using latest generation memory foam not so much), are memory foam beds good for back and/or side sleepers, and finally whether memory foam beds work well for those with back pain.
The most popular pages of our website are our Memory Foam Buyer’s Guide, Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide and Checklist, and the Memory Foam Topper Pad Buying Guide and Checklist where I share the insider’s tips I’ve gathered from my 20+ years selling memory foam. I recently updated all these and added new content, which I hope will give you the information you need to find the right memory foam mattress or topper for you at the right price.
Memory foam’s density is expressed by the weight of a cubic foot of that particular material. So, for example, the memory foam we use for our topper pad has a 4 lb/cubic foot density (or more generally referred to as 4 lb memory foam). This simply means that a cube that is a foot in each dimension made of this particular foam would weight 4 lbs.
Over the years, mattresses using memory foam have become known as “memory foam mattresses”. But I’ve found that there is a lot of confusion over what exactly this means.
What this doesn’t mean, to many people’s surprise, is that the mattress is made completely or even mainly of memory foam.
Instead, memory foam mattresses typically have a basic “core” of standard polyurethane foam (often 5 – 6″ thick) that serves as the support layers of the mattress. And then on top of this is put layers of memory foam (from 2″ to 4+”, depending on the feel the mattress manufacturer is going for).
Memory foam mattresses need to allow air to circulate. This helps prevent mold. Some companies, including “leading brand,” sometimes fail to explain this and I talk to many sad people who lift up their mattress and find it covered with mold because no one told them they shouldn’t sit their memory foam mattress on solid wood. Here’s the lowdown on keeping any memory foam mattress mold-free:
There is a saying that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” That is true not just for beauty, but when is comes to memory foam mattress firmness, or any mattress’ firmness for that matter. What that means is that what one person thinks is a mattress that is too firm, another may think is too soft.
Unfortunately, shopping for a mattress is one of the worse shopping experiences a person can have. That’s too bad, because it doesn’t really have to be that way. Shopping in a retail mattress store, the ones you see in the shopping centers yelling “SALE!” all the time, can be a dreadful experience. Ads are constantly running on TV, in print, and in front of the stores. Can there really be a “sale” all the time? (That’s a whole other issue…)
Every now and then, we get a call from someone who thinks they have been sent the wrong size memory foam mattress because they lay it out on the foundation (still in the plastic) and it is too short and too narrow to be the size they ordered. I assure the customer to open it up and they will find that it does come back to size very quickly. In fact, our memory foam mattress is at 90% of its full size and ready to use in just one hour. You can put your mattress protector and sheets on it and use it at that time. It will take an additional 24 – 48 hours for the mattress to be at 100%, but it will not harm the mattress (and you won’t know the difference) one hour after opening it.
I hear from a lot of people who are concerned about odor and memory foam. Some have even shared stories about memory foam odor that was so foul and strong that it made them sick. Not surprisingly, the memory foam mattresses with the horrific odor usually come from China. As you may know just from the news stories about problems with children’s toys, China simply does not have the quality control that we have in the United States, Canada, or Europe. Our advice to memory foam purchasers, no matter where they buy, is to stay away from any memory foam product made in China.
We get a lot of questions about whether or not memory foam sleeps hot. Some people even stay away from memory foam because they think it sleep hot. Memory foam is temperature sensitive. The heat of your body helps it conform to your body’s shape and reduce pressure points, making it extremely comfortable. Memory foam will be firmer in a cooler room than it will be in a warmer room. Leave a memory foam pillow in a cold car overnight and it will feel like a brick. (I have done that.)