Memory Foam Mattresses
Some people swear by memory foam mattresses, but they don't suit everyone. If you're tempted, you'll need to think about which type you want and how much you're willing to spend. Otherwise you might end up a dud that you'll wish you could forget.
Memory foam mattresses, also known as memory mattresses, are topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material (memory foam). This type of mattress is good at relieving pressure on painful joints, but is usually pricier than sprung mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses feel very different to lie on than regular sprung mattresses. This means memory foam mattresses aren’t for everyone – some of you have said that you find memory foam mattresses too hot. But those who like memory foam seem to love it – as one owner told us: 'my memory foam mattress is the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever had.'
Memory foam moulds to your body shape
Memory foam is affected by room temperature, so you might find the memory mattress
cold and hard when you first go to bed. As it reacts to your body heat, it moulds to your
shape - this can make it more difficult for you to move or get out of bed compared to other
Memory foam also reduces air circulation around your body, which makes the memory foam
mattress feel warmer. Many people find this helpful in winter but you may feel too hot in summer.
If you usually use an electric blanket, it's important to note that many manufacturers say not to use one with memory foam, as it's a potential fire hazard. But as a memory foam mattress is warmer, you shouldn't miss it. If you do, go up a tog on your duvet or add an extra blanket.
Memory foam mattresses generally can't be turned over. But you can turn them around, and some mattresses have handles which make this easier to do.
Memory foam mattresses are the second most popular type of mattress among Which? members. Nearly a quarter of the members we surveyed about their mattress had bought a memory foam one.