A Memory Foam Topper for Your Dorm Room Mattress

Every year around this time, we get inquiries from parents and grandparents looking for memory foam toppers for students going off to college in the fall, usually for the first time. (Funny how it is rarely the student we hear from, but we do know who is usually paying the bills, don’t we?)  Sometimes the colleges even recommend bring a memory foam topper to school when the student arrives.  Despite what the colleges may recommend, we do not recommend this. Here’s why…

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Why a Memory Foam Topper Can’t Fix a Worn Out Mattress

Occasionally, we talk to people who are looking for a memory foam topper to “fix” their old, worn-out mattress. Unfortunately, a memory foam topper isn’t a magic wand that can fix a mattress that is past its useful life. A mattress that is worn-out and has dips, sags, or lumps should be replaced. So what is a memory foam topper for then?

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The Saga of the 4″ Memory Foam Topper

On occasion, someone asks us why we do not sell a 4″ memory foam topper and just offer 3″ and 2″ versions of our Healthy Foundations Memory Foam Topper.  I had a question like this recently.

What we have found over the years, is that if someone thinks they need a 4 inch memory foam topper, they likely need a new mattress.  A topper is meant to make a mattress that is too firm more comfortable, softer, reduce pressure points, etc.  It is not meant to “fix” a mattress that is past its useful life or turn a standard mattress into a memory foam mattress.  For most people who have a mattress that is too firm, our 2″ topper works well.  The 3″ topper is for those who want a very plush feel.  If you are looking to put our memory foam topper over an existing memory foam mattress, we suggest the 2″ topper.

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Memory Foam Mattresses: Forget the “Sleeps Hot” Issue!

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.

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Protecting Your Memory Foam Mattress with a Cover

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.

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Memory Foam and Odor

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?

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Memory Foam Density

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.

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Memory Foam Mattresses: Just Say, “No!” to Mold

More often than I would like, I hear from sad people with some other brand of memory foam mattress who look underneath their mattress and discovered that it is covered in mold! This is an unfortunate event that can be prevented. Memory foam mattresses need air to circulate so that they can breath. If memory foam is not allowed to breath properly, mold can be the unfortunate result.

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Memory Foam and Electric Blankets

From time to time, we get questions about the use of electric blankets and electric mattresses pads with our memory foam.

If someone would like to use an electric mattress pad with their memory foam mattress, we suggest just to turn it on for a while to warm up the bed, then turn it off. We do not recommend leaving it on all the time as it is unclear whether long term use of an electric mattress pad will harm the memory foam or not.

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Memory Foam in the Freezer – Boys Will Be Boys

Memory foam in the freezer?? What on earth does that mean? It means that when you have two boys at home who are 11 and 13, they like to do science experiments and see how things work. Perhaps they didn’t believe me when I told them about the time I accidentally left my memory foam pillow in the car during freezing temperatures and took it out to find it was hard as a brick.  Perhaps they were just curious and wanted to see if memory foam is truly temperature sensitive.  Perhaps the older brother wanted to use it as a weapon on the younger one.  (He did.)  The good news is that I intercepted the memory foam pillow weapon and returned it to its rightful place — my younger son’s warm bedroom.  Problem solved, but I probably should get some more food in that spare freezer!

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