Memory Foam Vs. Traditional Spring Mattresses, What's Right For You?

There aren't many things in life more important than a good night's sleep. It heals, rejuvenates, and revives. A great night leads to more productive days and an overall better mood. Why then do people still think it's a good idea to go with a low-quality option when they are considering new mattresses to buy. My best advice, take an hour or so, do your research and make sure the mattress you are buying is the right one for you. The first decision that every shopper needs to make is what type of mattress should I buy? 


MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES


Memory foam mattresses have a lot of benefits that traditional spring mattresses don't have. That's why for years they've been so much more expensive than their bouncy counterparts. However, as new competitors have entered the market, and the prices have dropped, these new mattresses have become much more accessible to the average consumer. So, what makes them different than traditional mattresses?

  • WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION - Perhaps the biggest selling point for memory foam mattresses is that they distribute weight evenly allowing you to sleep more comfortably throughout the night. More comfortable sleep means less tossing and turning which equates to better overall rest. 
  • MOTION TRANSFER - Because memory foam mattresses aren't built on a bed of springs they aren't bouncy like a traditional mattress. This means less motion transfer when you move which is especially nice if you're sharing a mattress with someone.
  • HYPOALLERGENIC - Memory foam mattresses are hypoallergenic. This means that dust mites can't live inside the mattress like they do for spring mattresses which equates to cleaner, healthier sleep
  • DURABILITY - Traditional spring mattresses can last anywhere from 7-10 years, but many memory foam mattresses have warranties that last upwards of 25 years. Of course, choose wisely because not all memory foam is made equal. 

SPRING MATTRESSES


Traditional spring mattresses are often thought of first for a couple of reasons. They are often cheaper or at least offer cheaper options to choose from, and for many, that's all they've ever used because for years that's all we had to choose from. Here are a couple of reasons why you might choose a spring mattress.

  • PRICE - Spring mattresses can be found at much cheaper price points than a memory foam mattress. That's because they cost less to produce due to their simplicity and price of the materials. 
  • COOLER SLEEP - Memory foam mattresses rely on heat to conform to your body which means they can heat up as you lay on them whereas spring mattresses stay cooler throughout the night. However, there are new memory foam mattresses that incorporate a cooling gel memory foam layer which reduces the heat buildup so you stay comfortable throughout the night.

So, what's best for you? If you're price sensitive and not worried about waking up with a sore back in the morning then a spring mattress might be right for you. With the increased competitiveness of the mattress market, the prices have dropped enough to make buying a memory foam mattress possible for the average consumer. You might have to pay a little more, but it could pay huge dividends later on in your sleep.