How to Select a Memory Foam Mattress

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If you wake up with sore shoulders or an aching back, your old mattress is probably to blame. When you upgrade to a memory foam mattress, you'll enjoy comfortable nights on the viscoelastic foam that was originally developed by NASA scientists. To make sure you get the best mattress for your needs, you'll want to consider these factors while you're online shopping for a memory foam mattress.

Memory Foam Mattress Choices:

  1. Find the right size for your bed: Memory foam mattresses come in all the standard bed sizes, so you can easily start narrowing down your search by choosing the size that will fit the bed frame you have. If you don't have a bed for your mattress, be sure to read our bed buying guide.

  2. Choose the foam type that sounds appealing to you: Traditional memory foam is the most popular type of foam, and you'll have the most mattresses to choose from if you opt for this type. It reacts to your body heat, forming to your unique shape to reduce pressure points and give you the most restful sleep you've ever had. However, if you tend to get uncomfortably hot while you sleep, you'll want to choose a gel memory foam mattress. Gel memory foam is infused with gel beads, which allows for better air flow without losing any of the comfort of traditional memory foam. If you prefer a more natural material, you'll want to choose a latex memory foam mattress. As long you don't have a latex allergy, you'll appreciate that this is a eco-friendly choice.

  3. Pick the density based on your sleep position: The higher the density of the memory foam, the firmer the mattress will be. Memory foam bedding generally comes in 2-pound to 5-pound densities. If you sleep on your side, you'll want a less dense mattress that will better curve with your shoulders and hips. Stomach sleepers and back sleepers will want the support of denser memory foam.

  4. Find the thickness that will give you the level of support you need: Memory foam mattresses aren't usually solid memory foam, so you'll need to choose the thickness you want. Because memory foam is so supportive, you'll only really feel the top 3 or 4 inches of it. If you've chosen a lower density, however, you may want thicker memory foam because you'll sink into it a bit more.

  5. Find the mattress top for the way you sleep: As with density, your sleep position matters the most when you choose a mattress top. Side sleepers could always benefit from a little padding on their hips and shoulders, so either a plush top or a pillow top would be a good choice. A Euro top is similar to a plush top but a bit firmer and tighter. A tight top will provide the firmest surface of these, which is best for back sleepers.

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