Memory Foam Beds vs. Spring Mattresses

Memory Foam or Visco Elastic foam beds are made from a composite material which uses visco elastic a polyurethane or soy based foam with high compression and low impact density. The Memory foam beds have a number of significant advantages over the traditional spring mattress beds.

Declare Independence

Independent movement, by now most people have seen the advertisement of the girl jumping on a bed while a glass of red wine stays motionless. The Memory Foam mattress allows each sleeper to move freely without disturbing the other. The open cell design of the memory foam does not provide spring back or bounce back, like a spring mattress. This means that the movements are not rippled to the other side of the mattress. Rather, the movement creates a compression dip in the mattress which conforms to the shape of the sleeper, as the memory foam warms, the compression mark smoothes out, allowing for effortless movement during the night.

Support and Relief

Memory foam mattresses provide a contoured sleep shape that conforms to the sleeper’s position, with the ability to align the spine and support the bones and joints of the sleeper. This means that a memory foam sleeper will have relief from pressure point contact common in spring mattress beds.

Where the spring makes contact with the skin or joint areas of the body, pressure ulcers or bedsores can develop if the sleep has difficulty in moving, has a disability or injury or is suffering from a more substantial medical condition such as severe burns. Bedsores can be fatal if let untreated as serious injury from infection can result. Spring mattresses can be especially painful for patients suffering from injuries, fibromyalgia or arthritis conditions. Memory foam will provide more relief from chronic pain, injuries and health conditions as the support without pressure allows the sleeper to sleep through the night, or rest for longer periods of time without contact point injury or pain.

Allergens and Dust Mites

Unlike the spring mattress, the memory foam mattress is both hypo-allergenic and allergen free. It is also resistant to dust mites. In the case of memory foam created with soy, the VOC emission in new mattresses has been minimized and the eco-friendly construction is less irritating than the traditional polyurethane composition. This makes the Memory foam mattress a far better choice for the sensitive sleeper, asthma or sleepers with severe allergies.

Life Expectancy

The traditional life expectancy for the spring mattress averages about 5-7 years, the Memory Foam mattress is warranted from most manufacturers for at least 20 years, Select Foam® warranties its memory foam beds for a limited lifetime warranty.


For shoppers’ undecided about the switch from traditional spring mattress beds to memory foam mattresses, a memory foam topper may provide a great and inexpensive entry into the memory foam world. A 5 pound or 5.3 pound density memory foam pad topper will have many of the same benefits of memory foam beds and will allow the consumer to add it on top of a traditional bed. It will not restore a bed that has been overly worn or where the structure has been compromised.

Overall Comparison

Memory Foam mattresses offer a supportive, contoured and comfortable sleep, free from the pressure points of the spring mattress bed. For chronic pain sufferers, those recovering from injury or medical conditions the memory foam mattress may provide a more comforting night’s sleep. For those with mobility issues the memory foam mattress may prevent skin ulcers or bedsores. Price/value ratios for memory foam beds run in a wide range, check a competitive manufacture such as Select Foam® which offers high value construction and benefits in Memory Foam beds without the high price of Tempur-Pedic.