Memory Foam Mattresses: Myth Versus Fact

As memory foam mattresses become more and more popular, there are more and more “facts,” or should I say myths, surrounding them. Let’s separate a few of the facts from the fiction and the myths from the reality.

Myth – All memory foam “sleeps hot.”

Fact – Although memory foam has a reputation for sleeping hot based on “leading brand’s” reputation for this, some newer more high tech memory foams have turned this to fiction.  Our memory foam has an open cell construction that increases air flow by 95% over traditional memory foam and wicks away heat and moisture three times faster than traditional memory foam.  In addition, the Healthy Foundations 10″ Memory Foam Mattress is also encased in a CoolMax cover.  CoolMax is a unique cloth by Invista that is on everything from athletic wear to bedding and wicks away heat and moisture.  Since our returns for heat are less than 1/2 of 1%, sleeping hot is simply not an issue for this memory foam mattress.

Myth – Memory foam mattresses are expensive.

Fact – “Leading brand” is expensive, but don’t you feel good about paying for its millions in advertising?  It works, doesn’t it?  You do know who the leading brand of memory foam is.  If you don’t, I’ll give you a hint… its initials are “TP.”  You don’t have to pay TP prices to get a quality memory foam mattress.  In fact, our memory foam mattress is less than half of a comparable TP and rates even higher in customer satisfaction.   (This is according to unbiased third-party review site SleepLiketheDead, which compiles and analyzes thousands of reviews.)

Myth – Memory foam is comfortable at first, but it develops dips and cavities over time.

Fact – Cheap, low quality memory foam does this.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of cheap memory foam on the market right now, much of it coming from China.  Quality memory foam should not develop dips and cavities and, if it does, this should be covered under the warranty.  Look for a 10-year non-prorated warranty without a minimum sag requirement designed to negate any warranty claims.

Myth – Memory foam “off-gasses” and has a foul odor.

Fact – Once again, it is the low quality, inexpensive memory foams that do this.  For the purest, highest quality foams, look for those that are Certi-PUR US Certified.  Certi-PUR US Certified means the foam is:

  • Made without ozone depleters
  • Made without PBDE flame retardants
  • Made without mercury, lead and other heavy metals
  • Made without formaldehyde
  • Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)

To learn more facts about memory foam, check out our Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide.


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