Here's our seven point guide on what to look for in the best memory foam mattress. We've listed features that the best mattresses should have, so you'll know what to look for.
Mattresses can be very expensive, but this guide should make finding the best mattress at the right price a bit easier.
The lower and middle layers consist of high density polyurethane foam that provides support to your spine. The top layer is the actual memory foam and is there for comfort.
Some mattresses are only six inches deep, which means less memory foam and thinner load-bearing layers.
If your mattress is deeper than eight inches, it may not move with the bed as needed.
If you see a mattress advertised for a very cheap price, double check how much memory foam it actually contains. We've seen mattresses being sold with only one inch of memory foam.
The depth of memory foam on our standard mattress (The Ultima) is three inches. However our most luxurious memory foam mattress (the Ultralux) has 4 inches.
The best memory foam mattress will have Three or four inches of memory foam. Any more than this and you may sink too far into the mattress, which isn't very good for your spine.
The middle and lower foam layers come in a range of densities. Having the correct density for your height and weight is crucial for providing the optimum level of comfort and support.
If your mattress is too soft, you may end up with a curved spine. If it's too hard it will be uncomfortable.
The Best memory foam mattress will have a density of 50+ this is considered good for most people. Anything under 50 may be too soft and might not last very long. For example, a 16 stone person on a 40 density mattress may only last a matter of months.
The very best memory foam mattress is one that's been custom made for your specific height and weight. Double mattresses can be tailor-made to your specification on one side and your partner's on the other side.
Having a mattress made to your height and weight gives it the longest possible lifespan.
The best memory foam mattress foam should be open-celled. This means the foam can breathe naturally, and any build up of heat can escape.
Close-celled foam mattresses trap heat, which is why foam mattresses have the undeserved reputation of being too warm. This can be a sign that the mattress is poor quality, so do make sure it conforms to British fire safety standards.
A lot of companies laminate their mattresses because they think the foam layers may separate. But the texture of the foam means this is very unlikely to happen.
Laminating mattresses has the following negative effects:
counteracts the open-celled nature of the foam, which causes heat retention;
if your weight changes significantly or you become bed-bound, you would need to replace the whole mattress instead of just one or two layers.
Why ruin a good quality mattress with a cheap cover? The best memory foam mattress will have a cover that's non-allergenic and breathable. This will help keep it cool and prove invaluable for those with allergies. All of our mattresses are supplied with a Coolmax cover. Coolmax fabric keeps you cool using unique fibres which allow breathability and also disperses moisture to help keep you cool and dry during the night.
All our memory foam mattresses conform to the above guidelines. You'll spend around a third of your life in bed, so we think it's pretty important that we produce the best beds and mattresses possible.
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