Some “old wives’ tales” never seem to go away. Let’s get rid of some of them… You do not catch a cold from being cold. Colds are caused by viruses. If you cross your eyes or make a weird face, it is not going to stick that way. Most importantly (for our purposes at least), not all memory foam “sleeps hot.” So where did this pervasive rumor come from? Let’s explore that a bit.
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.
We often hear questions about memory foam and odor. Do memory foam mattresses have an odor? Yes, unfortunately, some do. This is especially true of the cheap memory foam mattresses, especially those from China. I have heard from some people who bought memory foam mattresses with odor so horrific that it actually made them sick. So how do you find a memory foam mattress that does not have an odor? How do you separate the stink bombs from the odor-free memory foam mattresses?
It’s interesting when new start-ups like Casper, Tuft and Needle, and Leesa (to name a few) claim to have revolutionized the mattress industry by selling direct to consumers online with a mattress that is quickly and easily delivered to their home for free and has a money-back trial period. They claim to have “reinvented sleep” and to have recreated how mattress are bought, delivered, and returned. Many of these start-ups have just opened in the last year or two. So why does this seem like old news to me? Because to me, it is old news.
When buying a memory foam mattress (or any mattress), you want to be able to ensure you find the right mattress. That is nearly impossible to do with just a store trial. In order to guarantee you find a mattress that is right for you, make sure you get at least a 90-day money-back trial with any mattress you buy. (We do a 365-day trial, but 90 days is the minimum we recommend.) Now, here is where it gets tricky sometimes. Many companies will offer what they call a “comfort guarantee.” A comfort guarantee is just a tricky way of saying “store credit.” In other words, if the mattress doesn’t work for you, you can exchange it for another mattress in the store. Many stores also allow you only one, maybe two exchanges which really makes this tough. Even if you do get any many exchanges as you want, if the store doesn’t have a mattress that is right for you, you are simply out of luck. We have heard stories like this from our customers and it is very frustration indeed. If you have a comfort guarantee, comfort exchange, or store credit and the store doesn’t have a mattress that you like, you could be out hundreds or perhaps even thousands of dollars and still not have a mattress you can comfortably use.
It is rare that we get this question, but people do have it. (Perhaps they are just embarrassed to ask.) The question is, “How well does intimacy work with a memory foam mattress?”
First of all, I find this question intriguing. Is there really any mattress (or surface) that is going to prevent people from being intimate? Is it really that difficult anywhere? Without going into details of mile-high clubs, the back seats of cars, and millions of other intimacy surfaces or surroundings, my first thought is to say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” but that isn’t even necessary with a memory foam mattress. After many years and many thousands of memory foam mattresses sold, we have not heard this issue from customers or seen it in any reviews, until just now…
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.
When you hear about foams, particularly memory foam, you usually always hear about their densities, but density isn’t the only measurement used in assessing foams. IFD, also called ILD, is the measure of a firmness of a foam. It measures the initial deflection of the foam under a load and is used for all types of foam, everything from memory foam to car seats.
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.
“What is the best memory foam mattress?”
That is a frequently asked question on the web. Of course, some of the answers you get are going to be biased, but some are not. There are some reliable third-party reviews sites that do a decent job sorting through the facts and the fiction to get down to what the best memory foam mattress is. The best known and number one of these sites is SleepLiketheDead.com. However creepy the URL may be, SLTD does do a good job with its mattress research.