Memory Foam Mattresses: Why the “Cons” Are Old Myths

I found an article recently on Web MD entitled, Memory Foam: Pros and Cons, expecting some insightful information.  It is Web MD, after all.  What I read instead was conjecture and misinformation.  It is true that comfort is subjective and no mattress works well for everyone (which is why we give our customers 365 days to try their mattress and get their money back), but based on research, memory foam is the highest rated mattress for comfort, with natural latex a close second.  Traditional inner spring mattresses are ranked the least comfortable by consumers.  (See for details.)

The “cons” part of the article is where the misinformation comes into play.  Kathy R. Gromer, MD, sleep specialist with the Minnesota Sleep Institute in Minneapolis states that memory foam can sleep hot and can also produce an odd chemical smell.  These are two “cons” that can be avoided with the right memory foam mattress.  For example, our memory foam mattress has an open cell construction that increases air flow 95% over traditional memory foam and wicks away heat and moisture three times faster than traditional memory foam.  It also has a Coolmax cover, which wicks away heat and moisture.  The result?  Our returns for heat are less than 1/2 of 1%.

If you want to stay away from the odd smell that some memory foam mattress are known for, look for foams (base foams included) that are CertiPUR-US certified.  Foams that are CertiPUR-US certified are:


  • 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)

So before you believe all the old-time hype about memory foam, do a little bit of homework and research about today’s top quality memory foam mattresses which provide comfort, as well as a cool, odor-free sleeping environment.  To learn more about memory foam and memory foam mattresses, check out our Guide to Memory Foam.



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