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…)
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.)
We get the question about the firmness of memory foam quite often. Memory foam mattresses can be super soft, where you sink way in and may even feel like you can’t roll over. Memory foam mattresses can also be firm, where you sink in just slightly and have firm base foams for support.
If you do not want to sink into the foam at all, then a memory foam mattress is not for you. Memory foam is supposed to sink in and conform to your body’s shape. That is what makes it so comfortable and reduces pressure points. (Look into 100% all-natural latex if you want a comfortable mattress that you do not sink into.)
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 SleepLiketheDead.com for details.)
I recently had a question asking for a comparison of our memory foam mattress to Saatva’s memory foam mattress, the Loom and Leaf.
Some basic differences:
We do not use any gel-infused memory foam as it is stiffer and less comfortable than pure memory foam.
We have 2 layers of pure memory foam – 2 inches of 4-lb memory foam followed by 2 inches of 5-lb memory foam. Our memory foam has an open cell construction that increases air flow 95% over traditional memory foam and wicks away heat and moisture 3x faster than traditional memory foam.
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.
Memory foam mattresses can come in many different firmness levels. When you are shopping for a memory foam mattress, it is important to know what type of feel you like. Memory foam can be very soft and marshmallow-like or very firm, just sinking in slightly when you lie on it. There are multiple factors that determine how firm or soft a memory foam mattress will feel and not all of those factors are determined by the memory foam itself. All memory foam mattresses are made in layers. Memory foam is the top layer(s) and base foam are the bottom layer(s) that form the foundation of the mattress. No memory foam mattress is made of just memory foam. There is always some type of base foam beneath the memory foam.