Buying a mattress depends on the personal tastes and needs. Everyone has a different idea of what feel comfortable and what feels too firm or soft. Factors such as weight, age and medical conditions play a role deciding the best option.
Not all mattresses are created equally as different brands, formulas and constructions have different characteristics. Read here.
The most obvious and common advantages focus on the comfort and durability. The other pros are -
1. Relief of the pressure points - What differentiates memory foam mattress is how it responds to the pressure. It is mainly designed to absorb pressure by moulding to the shape of the person and distributing the weight across the surface. The denser the foam, the more pronounced the effect.
2. Controls the motion transfer - The power to isolate motion is of great help. On other mattresses, a person may roll from one side to the other. But as the material absorbs the pressure limiting motion, the effect is eliminated with the well supported foam mattress.
3. Offers back and joint support - As the weight is evenly spread, it works well to support the body’s natural alignment whereas the other mattresses put weight on heaviest areas distorting the position.
4. Offers Longevity - The memory foam mattress usually outlasts other kinds of mattresses. They have fewer number of complaints and need not be rotated as often as spring beds. Many brands offers warranties for around 10 years of full replacement coverage.
5. Easier to Compare - After knowing the basics, they are easier to shop for. Comparing the density, type and warranty is enough to decide a good deal.
Some most commons disadvantages are -
1. Some types can feel unmanageable - One main con is that since the foam is not a bouncy material, it takes more effort to move around on or get off. The dense and temperature sensitive foams take a little longer to get back to their original shape after you get up.
2. Inferior quality foam lacks longevity - The lower quality and density foams have fairly shorter life spans ranging around 5 years. These are cheaper and have shorter warranties. Hence, density information of the mattress is important.
3. Make you sleep hot - People say that the memory foam products may retain the body heat making them uncomfortable in the warm weather. Sleeping hot is uncomfortable as cool temperature is associated with better sleep. What makes it more likely to trap heat are the high density foams, non-breathable covers and temperature sensitive formulas.
4. Can be a little smelly - Odour is a concern with any mattress using adhesives. These may last for a few days or a couple of weeks. People with strong sensitivities to the odour complain or headaches or other issues but are not linked to long-term health issues. However, looking for foams with natural ingredients, water-based adhesive can lower down the odour.