Memory foam mattresses need to allow air to circulate. This helps prevent mold. Some companies, including “leading brand,” sometimes fail to explain this and I talk to many sad people who lift up their mattress and find it covered with mold because no one told them they shouldn’t sit their memory foam mattress on solid wood. Here’s the lowdown on keeping any memory foam mattress mold-free:
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…)
Every now and then, we get a call from someone who thinks they have been sent the wrong size memory foam mattress because they lay it out on the foundation (still in the plastic) and it is too short and too narrow to be the size they ordered. I assure the customer to open it up and they will find that it does come back to size very quickly. In fact, our memory foam mattress is at 90% of its full size and ready to use in just one hour. You can put your mattress protector and sheets on it and use it at that time. It will take an additional 24 – 48 hours for the mattress to be at 100%, but it will not harm the mattress (and you won’t know the difference) one hour after opening it.
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.)
Some people have asked us to compare and contrast our Healthy Foundations Memory Foam Mattress with the new start-up foam mattress made by Casper.
Our mattress is a top-rated memory foam mattress. The Casper mattress has some memory foam, but it actually what is commonly known as a “hybrid,” meaning it has one type of foam combined with another type of foam. In the case of Casper’s mattress, the top layer of the mattress is synthetic latex (as opposed to 100% all natural latex, which is more desirable) and the second layer is memory foam.
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.