With the many kinds of mattresses in the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. Most mattresses either contain innersprings, memory foam or both. Here’s a helpful guide to the differences.   

Memory Foam Mattress

As the name suggests, a Memory Foam mattress is made of high-density foam, and these mattresses usually do not use springs or coils like Innerspring mattresses. Memory foam is usually made of viscoelastic polyurethane foam, which is dense and viscous.

Memory Foam mattresses have a unique, adaptable, and supportive feel. It was developed first by NASA to be used as cushioning in spacecrafts. Owing to its versatility, memory foam material is now used in shoes, mattresses, and various other applications. 

When you sleep on a Memory Foam mattress, the heat and pressure produced by the body contours the sleeper’s body offering excellent support and a snug feel

 

Tempur Pedic mattress

 

Pros Cons
Excellent conforming Off gassing for 1-3 days 
Great motion isolation properties Some mattresses sleep hot
Soft but still provides great support Does not have much bounce
Good pressure relief  Luxury models are expensive
Great for side sleepers

 

Innerspring mattress

An Innerspring mattress contain metal coils at the mattress’s core that offer support. The coils are then covered with comfort layers of foam and cloth at the surface and sometimes also at the base. 

Innerspring mattresses have been popular among American households for more than 100 years. This design was developed in the 70s and has been popular ever since. These mattresses are affordable and come in many models.

 

Kingsdown luxury mattress

 

Pros

Cons

Affordable Less motion isolation
Responsive Springs can make some sounds during movement
Provides great bounce Visible sagging after years
Provides excellent firm support
Great for heavy sleepers

 

The difference

Both these mattresses perform differently due to their make and construction. 

Feel

  • Memory Foam mattresses offer no bounce, which sometimes can offer a stuck-in-the-bed feeling. However, they offer excellent motion transfer for sleepers with partners. 
  • Because of the buoyant nature and the lift of the Innerspring mattress, it easily offers sleepers easy movement.

Body Contouring

  • Memory Foam adapts to the sleeper's shape, offering excellent body contouring. When a memory foam is exposed to body heat and pressure, it responds by making an impression that gives a body-hugging feel to the sleeper.
  • On the other hand, since Innerspring mattresses are relatively even on the surface, it offers very little or no body contouring.

Pressure Relief

  • Thanks to superior body contouring abilities, Memory Foam mattresses support pressure points that help relieve aches and pains. The mattresses offer great spinal alignment and targets pressure points at the neck, shoulders, and hips for side sleepers.
  • Innerspring mattresses have a thin comfort layer and are made firmer; the pressure relief offered is less when compared to a memory foam mattress.

Temperature Regulation

  • In the temperature category, Innerspring mattresses offer better temperature control when compared to Memory Foam mattresses. The space between coils encourages great airflow regulating the temperature throughout the night. They maintain a cool and comfortable sleeping temperature. 
  • Memory Foam mattresses have a bit of an "overheating" reputation. Because of the foam layers, heat is trapped in easily. This can be a total bummer for hot sleepers. Well, the good news is that folks at Memory Foam companies are trying to mitigate this issue by incorporating cooling elements like gel to dissipate the trapped heat.

Motion Isolation

  • If you are sharing the bed with a partner who tosses and turns a lot, a Memory Foam might be the right choice for you. Memory Foam mattresses absorb movements, so you don't feel anything on your side of the bed. 
  • Innerspring mattresses have a nice bounce each time you move, resulting in zero to little motion isolation that can cause sleep disturbances.
Parameters Memory Foam Innerspring
Support material High-density Foam Metal coils
Comfort layer Memory foam Fabric or polyfoam
Firmness Soft to medium Medium firm to very firm
Motion Isolation High Low - Moderate
Temperature Regulation Sleeps hot Sleeps cool
Edge Support Low High
Pressure relief High support Moderate support
Body contouring Soft and body-hugging with great contouring Firm, flat surface with minimal contouring
Average Lifespan 6-7 years 6-8 years
Recommended For Side and back sleepers and those who share a bed with a partner. Combination sleeping positions.
Types
  • Traditional memory foam
  • Gel memory foam
  • Plant-based memory foam
  • Latex Rubber Foam
  • Pocketed coils
  • Continuous coils
  • Open coils

 

Can't Decide Between a Memory Foam and an Innerspring mattress?

No one thing is better than the other; it boils down to personal preference. The memory Foam mattress is the latest innovation in the mattress industry, offering immense support and pressure relief. 

Whereas Innerspring mattresses have been around since time immemorial, offering excellent spinal alignment and pressure relief. 

Hybrid Mattresses 

Many brands now feature hybrid mattresses which contain both layers of memory foam and an innerspring core. This can provide the best of both worlds with excellent comfort and superior support. 

While hybrid mattresses can seemingly provide the best of both worlds, your best bet is to try the various types in-store.

We strongly recommend picking the mattress that suits your body type and sleeping position. 

Not sure what your body type is? 

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