Foam Mattresses (also known as Reflex Foam Mattresses) are often confused with Memory Foam Mattresses. Essentially, both types of mattress share lots of common features and benefits, however there are also a couple of significant differences.
To help you pick the right one for you and ensure a restful sleep, we look at reflex foam mattress benefits and comparisons to help you on your way to a good night’s sleep.
What is Reflex Foam
Reflex foam is made from polyurethane foam which has a high density and a medium firm to firm feel. This type of foam is flexible and supportive and can often be found in orthopaedic mattresses. It springs back faster than memory foam, giving it a bouncier feel.
Reflex Foam vs. Memory Foam
What’s the difference between reflex foam and memory foam? We look at some of the main differences to help you choose the right type of mattress for you.
No Sinking Feeling
Some people are put off choosing a memory foam mattress because of the sinking sensation. It’s not for everyone. The great thing about reflex foam is that you don’t get this feeling. Why? Well …
Memory foam has lots of air pockets in it. When pressure is placed on the memory foam, these pockets release the air, the foam compresses and moulds to your body, and you’ll sink slightly into the material.
Reflex foam is different because of its compact construction. Reflex foam is made up of thousands of bubbles which part when you lie down and then bounce back when you get up. So, you can still enjoy the superior comfort and support of foam – without any of the sinking.
Reflex Foam is Cheaper
Reflex foam mattresses are often considerably cheaper than memory foam mattresses. This is because foam mattresses are simply memory foam mattresses – without the memory foam layer on top. Therefore, they’re cheaper to produce and cheaper to buy!
Reflex Foam Mattress Benefits
Foam mattresses also provide a number of the same benefits as memory foam mattresses, including:
- Full body support
- Comfortable to sleep on
- Hypoallergenic & antibacterial
- Inhibits the development of bed bugs and dust mites
- Compact delivery: compressed & rolled
In addition to these common benefits, reflex foam is also;
- Cheaper than memory foam
- Suits sleepers who prefer a firm mattress
- Extra durable
How Long Does Reflex Foam Last?
Reflex foam is a durable material and can last up to around seven years. If your reflex mattress begins to lose its ability to bounce back in response to your body weight, it’s probably time for an update.
Should I Choose Reflex Foam?
Not sure if a reflex foam mattress is right for you? Here are some of the things to take into consideration;
Your Sleeping Position
Reflex foam mattresses suit most sleeping positions, however they are better suited to front or back sleepers due to the firmer feel of the material.
If you sleep on your front, you will need a firm, supportive mattress to prevent your spine from overarching so reflex foam is perfect. If you suffer from back pain, some reflex mattresses can provide a great solution too.
However, side sleepers may want to think twice about opting for reflex foam as they may find it too hard on pressure points such as hips and shoulders.
Do You Like the Feel of Pocket Springs?
Many people find spring mattresses uncomfortable or too ‘bouncy’. Lower quality spring mattresses don’t have a long life span and can sag over time. This can cause the springs to poke into your back or become sore around pressure points.
If you don’t like the feeling of spring, or the sinking feeling you get from a memory foam mattress, reflex foam is a clever alternative.
Do You Get Hot in the Night?
Some memory foam mattresses can make you feel hotter throughout the night. If you’re prone to feeling hot and stuffy in bed, a reflex foam mattress could solve this.
However, it’s worth noting that modern memory foam technology now features open cell foam and cooling properties to help you feel fresh all night long. For example, our range of 4G Aircool mattresses offer increased airflow for a cooler sleep.
Do You Need Orthopedic Support?
Thanks to supportive properties that promote healthy spinal alignment and spread body weight evenly, reflex foam is often found in orthopedic mattresses. This is sometimes known as medical grade foam. If you struggle with back or joint pain, reflex foam could be right for you. However, it always depends on the individual mattress so be sure to check the features first.
Best Foam Mattress Buys
Before buying, it’s a good idea to check out mattress reviews to make sure you’re choosing a good quality mattress. We’ve picked out some of our favourite reflex foam mattresses from across our range to give you an idea of what’s out there;
Cheap Foam Mattress: Essentials Reflex Foam Mattress
The Essentials Reflex Mattress is a great value foam mattress, manufactured right here in the UK. This firm mattress is made from supportive reflex foam, comes with a washable mattress cover, and a 12-month manufacturer warranty.
Resilient reflex foam reacts to your bodyweight, providing a tailored sleep and a firm feel.
- Firm support
- 15cm mattress depth
- Removable, washable cover
- Affordable foam
- Available in sizes up to king size
- 1-year warranty
Supportive Foam Mattress: Komfi Ikon Sport
The Komfi Ikon Sports Mattress is designed for active people looking for a supportive base to restore their muscles at the end of the day. With a support layer of medical grade reflex foam, this mattress is ideal for those who suffer from back or joint pain. The deep layer of foam provides maximum recovery for tired muscles and joints, while the grooves in the foam offer increased breathability.
- Medium support
- 23cm mattress depth
- Removable, washable cover
- Extra ventilation
- Medical grade reflex foam
- 10-year warranty
A foam mattress is a brilliant choice if you’re not a fan of memory foam. This way you can still experience the health benefits of sleeping on a supportive, hygienic foam mattress – and you’ll save some cash too!
Whether you’re buying a memory foam mattress or looking for alternatives, here at Memory Foam Warehouse we have hundreds of different types and styles to choose from, no matter your taste, sleeping needs or budget!
Start browsing our full range of foam mattresses to find your fit.