5 Myths and Facts about the Memory Foam Mattress

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So, you are in the market looking for a memory foam mattress. Yes, adverts do sound enticing, but you are confused if you should be investing thousands of rupees on a memory foam mattress. And, then there are those myths that bother you. You aren’t alone. There are scores of people who are faced with a tough choice when they have to buy a new mattress. Finding the right mattress can be a bit of a struggle. To help eliminate some of the conflicting information, we are about to expose 5 common memory foam mattress myths.

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Myth 1: Memory foam “sleeps hot.”

Fact: Memory foam did have the reputation for sleeping hot. But, this is a story of the past. Today, newer high tech memory foam mattresses have turned this to fiction. Companies such as Wakefit, manufacture memory foam mattresses that have an open cell construction which increases air flow by 95% when compared to traditional memory foam. A good quality memory foam mattress has the ability to wick away heat as well as moisture about three times faster than the traditional tempurderic mattress. Most memory foam mattresses are also encased with breathable covers, which means sleeping hot is no longer an issue with memory foam mattresses.

Myth 2: A memory foam mattress is mighty expensive

Fact: Yes, a few leading brands may be expensive. However, you can find a number of newer companies that have forayed into the mattress industry, and make equally good mattresses at affordable price points. You can easily get a memory bed for half the price you will pay for a big brand, if you do your homework right. Many of these companies also allow you to buy the mattress online and ship your mattress right from the warehouse to your home, which cuts down overheads such as showroom rental. This benefit is passed on to the consumers and you can walk away with a really good deal.

Myth 3: Memory foam is very comfortable and cozy at first, but it develops dips over time

Fact: Yes, when you buy a cheap, low quality foam mattress, this is the inevitable truth.  Unfortunately, there is indeed a lot of cheap memory foam on the market, a lot of it coming from China. That said, quality memory foam does not develop dips and cavities, and if it does, it’s usually covered under warranty. So, what do we learn from this? Look for a mattress that comes with a 10-year non-prorated warranty that doesn’t have a minimum sag requirement listed to negate warranty claims.

Myth 4: Memory foam “off-gasses” and has a foul odor.

Fact: Most people opt for a spring mattress, as they believe that memory foam emits a foul odor. This, again, is limited to low quality and inexpensive memory foams. When you shop for memory foam, you must ensure that it is not-

  • Made from ozone depleters
  • Made from PBDE flame retardants
  • Made with mercury, lead and other heavy metals
  • Made with phthalates
  • Made with formaldehyde

Also, be sure that it has low VOC emissions for better indoor air quality. The count must be lower than 0.5 parts per million.

Myth 5: The more dense the memory foam, the more firm it will be

Fact: The firmness of the memory foam entirely depends on how it is made. For instance, two different companies can make a foam bed with the same dimensions, but one can be firmer than the other. So, be sure to try out the mattress you plan on buying. And, if you plan on buying one, check out their return policy, in the event that you do not like the feel of the mattress.

Those were 5 of the many myths that surround memory foam mattresses. Do not shy away from a memory foam mattress. You can be rest assured you can find a good one that will give you years of support and comfort.