Finding the best memory foam mattress can be quite daunting with the range of options that are available. However there's no need for any more sleepless nights with our top tips for finding the best memory foam mattress for you and your partner. There are few things you need to consider before purchasing your memory foam mattress including:
When finding the right mattress, take note of its firmness rating as this will affect how soft/firm the mattress surface will feel. The firmness measurement takes into account how much ‘give’ the mattress allows when weight is applied to its surface. To put it simply, a softer mattress will have a more malleable feel whereas a firm mattress will take much more weight to compress and change.
A medium soft mattress is ideal for those who tend to sleep on their side, as the softer memory foam will allow the hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress surface for a more supportive sleep.
Medium memory foam mattresses are the most popular choice for customers and the ‘best of both worlds’ in regards to firmness. Depending on the depth of the layers, a medium mattress will feel comfortable for the largest proportion of sleepers. Some research also indicates that a medium firmness helps reduce back pain more effectively than a firmer mattress. A medium rating offers great support without feeling too firm.
A medium firm mattress is perfect for the indecisive sleeper. If you like to change position whilst you sleep, from your side to on your back, then a medium firm memory foam mattress responds to your movements with a firmness that still offers comfortable support.
Finally, a firm memory foam mattress provides the least amount of ‘give’ when pressure is applied therefore can provide good support for sleepers who adopt a front or back position. If you require a mattress of orthopaedic quality, then a firm mattress offers an optimum level of comfort which eliminates joint pain and muscle aches.
When upgrading to a memory foam mattress, considering the best size for you and your partner is important. If you are a lone sleeper and have limited room space then choosing a single memory foam mattress is the most affordable and logical solution. A single sized mattress is also a great way for your child to experience the luxury of memory foam or if you would like a comfortable space for an overnight lodger to stay in your guest bedroom.
A small double memory foam mattress is the next size up and is the ‘halfway house’ between single and double. It is the ideal choice if you have limited space or need a mattress for a smaller guest room. They are 4ft wide, compared to the 4ft6 width of a regular double, giving you the space for two people but without taking up too much floor space in your room.
A double memory foam mattress is a popular size as it provides enough space for two sleepers without causing each other disturbance during the night. You can upgrade the size of your mattress to king size or even super king size if you prefer to spread out whilst you sleep and you have the budget and floor space to accommodate a luxuriously large sleeping space.
There is also the option of a euro size memory foam mattress. The euro memory foam mattress range is the same size as IKEA king size mattresses. So if you have recently purchased your new bed from IKEA or abroad you will need the euro size mattress to provide a perfect fit.
It’s often hard to know the market-leading brands in memory foam mattresses and the best choice for specific sleeping needs. Each brand often has a particular selling point which sets them apart from their competitors.
For example, an outlast memory foam mattress will balance your body temperature and prevent overheating during the night. The unique design is the outlast fabric works by drawing out heat as you begin to get too hot, and then stores the heat energy ready to be released for when you cool down. This means you’re much less likely to wake from overheating.
Alternatively, a 4th generation memory foam mattress promotes effective dispersion of body heat and moisture due to the gel particles infused in the foam’s structure. The distinctive structure of the 4G foam creates a breathable pathway for heat to pass through the non-compressed memory foam ensuring your mattress maintains aeration during the night.
Whatever mattress you opt for, ensure it ticks all the boxes for you. Read our guide to the best memory foam mattresses for helpful advice on how to combat common problems many sleepers suffer with on a night.