Updated June 3, 2020People love memory foam mattresses for the multitude of sleep-promoting benefits they offer. Because these beds are so popular, mattress companies across the globe are making and releasing new models every single year. With so many memory foam mattresses on the market, it can be tough to sort through the selection and find a comfortable one for your particular needs.In this post, we review ten of our recommended memory foam beds and offer advice on how to choose the best memory foam mattress for yourself.Our Top Mattress RecommendationView on AmerisleepRead AS3 customer reviewsAS3 Highlights100-night sleep trial20-Year WarrantyDesigned to reduce pain pointsHeat reducing mattress coverComes in King, Queen, Twin, Full, and SplitsOur Runner-UpView on ZomaRead Zoma customer reviewsZoma Highlights100-night sleep trial10-Year WarrantyDesigned for faster recoveryTriangulex™ technology promotes healthy postureComes in King, Queen, Twin, Full, and SplitsBest Memory Foam MattressesMattressHighlightPriceAmerisleep AS3Features plant-based Bio-Pur® to keep your temperature cool and prevent you from feeling "stuck" in the mattress.$1199Zoma Sports MattressContains Triangulex™ technology to promote healthy posture and eliminate pains.$750Bear ProContains graphite and copper-infused foams to combat night sweats.$1090LullBed-in-a-box mattress built to tailor to all sleep styles.$950TuloAvailable in multiple firmness levels, so there's an option for every sleeper.$699Zinus Green Tea 12-inchFeatures foams infused with green tea extract to offset potential off-gassing.$344PlushBeds Cool Bliss®Includes a layer of latex to give the bed a bit of bounce and prevent uncomfortable sinkage.$1849PuffyOffers a cloud-like sleeping experience and contains cooling gels to combat body heat.$1150SleepyheadDesigned for universal comfort and affordable enough for college students.$5001. Amerisleep AS3Amerisleep’s AS3 is not only our favorite memory foam mattress, but it earns our vote for the best mattress of 2020. We like this bed because it’s engineered to have a Goldilocks feel of comfort and support, and is a good fit for back, side, and combination sleepers. In its layers and outside cover, it incorporates sleep-promoting features to help you get deeper, better rest.Let’s talk about how Amerisleep designs their bed to enhance your sleep.The cover of each Amerisleep mattress features a soft, lightweight fabric that helps to circulate air throughout the bed. The airy feel prevents you from feeling hot during the night. The cover is also washable so it’s easy to keep your mattress clean and in good condition.The first layer of Amerisleep’s AS3 is 3 inches of Bio-Pur®, a plant-based memory foam. Amerisleep designs its Bio-Pur® to be more responsive than standard memory foam; it responds to movement in about 3 to 4 seconds, compared to traditional memory foam’s 20 to 30-second response time. Bio-Pur’s® responsiveness prevents you from ever feeling “stuck” in the AS3. Because this foam is plant-based, it boosts the bed’s breathability, too.Bio-Pur® and breathable cover work in tandem to prevent hot nights so you sleep comfortably.Below the layer of Bio-Pur® is 2 inches of Affinity foam with HIVE® technology. HIVE® offers targeted spinal support and promotes healthy sleeping positions. It does this by supporting your feet, torso, and neck while cushioning your shoulders and hips.The third and final layer of the AS3 is 7 inches of Bio-Core® foam. Bio-Core® functions to support the two layers above and extend the bed’s longevity.Every Amerisleep mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.2. Zoma Sports MattressNext on our list is the Zoma Sports Mattress, a memory foam mattress built for athletes. Zoma is designed to help you sleep deeper, recover faster, and wake up feeling more refreshed. Its technologies are designed to help you sleep undisturbed throughout the night, so you can get the healthiest rest.Zoma Sports Mattress is available in one firmness, and reviews state it feels medium to medium-soft. With that in mind, we can safely recommend Zoma to back and side sleepers, but feel it’s likely too soft for most stomach sleepers.Zoma has a stretchy, breathable cover so body heat can escape out of the mattress. The first layer of the bed is 2 inches of gel-infused memory foam with Triangulex™ technology. The cooling gel within the memory foam combats body heat to keep your temperature cool, and the memory foam itself molds to your body and relieves pressure.Triangulex™ technology promotes healthy spinal alignment and prevents uncomfortable sinkage in the bed. It’s firmer under your midsection and softer under your shoulders and hips to offer dynamic support.The second layer of the Zoma Sports Mattress is 2 inches of responsive Reactiv™ foam. Zoma designs this Reactiv™ layer to feel bouncier than traditional memory foam. It keeps you lifted in the bed and serves as a nice transition layer between the soft memory foam above and the durable base layer below.Last but not least, is the 7-inch core of Support+ foam, a durable poly-foam. Support+ reinforces the layers and sleepers above it and prevents premature wear and tear.Every Zoma comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.3. Bear ProBear is another mattress brand specializing in beds for athletes. They sell two high-quality memory foam mattresses, Bear and Bear Pro. We recommend their newest Bear Pro bed because it incorporates both copper-infused foam and gel memory foam to prevent hot nights.Unlike Zoma, Bear Pro has a medium to medium-firm feel, so it’s a better option for people seeking a firmer mattress for athletes.Bear recommends this bed for back, side, and stomach sleepers alike, but we feel it may be too soft for stomach sleepers. You’ll notice a lot of the mattresses on our list are too soft for stomach sleepers, as they require very firm beds. To find reviews of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers, check out our other guides.Bear integrates Celliant’s® thermoreactive fabric into the cover of their beds to regulate your temperature and facilitate muscle recovery. Because Celliant® promotes more undisturbed sleep, it’s thought to help your body recover faster.The first layer of Bear Pro is 1 inch of copper-infused memory foam. Infusing copper into the foam creates a variety of benefits. For starters, copper is highly conductive, so it acts like a magnet for your body heat, pulling it away from you and out of the bed. Copper is also naturally antimicrobial, so it fights germs to keep you sleeping clean. The memory foam aspect of this layer contours to your body for instant comfort. Because it’s only 1-inch thick, you shouldn’t expect to sink too far into the bed.The next layer is 1.5 inches of gel-infused memory foam. The gel in this layer creates a cool sleeping surface and prevents night sweats. It complements the copper-infused foam above in regards to temperature regulation. Furthermore, this layer of memory foam allows for deeper pressure relief, so it should effectively reduce and prevent aches and pains.Below the gel foam is 2.5 inches of responsive transition foam, a poly-foam meant to prevent you from sinking too far in the bed. This layer evenly distributes your weight across the mattress and offers balanced support.The final 7-inch layer of durable poly-foam gives the bed shape and support.Bear sells their beds online-only, so they offer a 100-night sleep trial with each mattress— allowing you to shop online and try in-home. They also back their mattresses with a 10-year warranty.4. LullThe Lull is a relatively new bed-in-a-box mattress brand, but they’ve received over 20,000 5-star reviews to date. Their bed is built to suit all sleepers, and reviews of it mention it feels medium-firm, or a 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the firmest).The design of the Lull mattress is relatively simple; it contains three layers and stands 10 inches tall. The uppermost layer is 1.5 inches of gel-infused memory foam. Cooling gels in this layer combat body heat while the memory foam molds to your body and relieves pressure.The second layer is a 1.5-inch layer of poly-foam; this poly-foam layer functions mainly to distribute your body weight evenly across the mattress and promote proper spinal alignment. Lull designs this layer to be quite responsive and durable, so it holds you more on top of the mattress and offers a “lifted” feel.The third layer of Lull is 7 inches of supportive poly-foam acting as the base of this bed. This poly-foam gives the two layers above a strong, stable core and reinforces the bed’s shape.Lull uses polyester and rayon in the cover of their mattress to keep air flowing freely through the bed.Like most bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Lull comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.5. TuloThe Tulo is another memory foam bed in a box. We like this brand because they offer their bed in soft, medium, and firm, so sleepers can choose which firmness meets their needs. Tulo provides one of the longest sleep trials on our list, giving you 120 nights to test out their mattress. Plus, their beds are available at most Mattress Firms, so you can try them in person before you buy.The Tulo is 10 inches thick and contains three layers. These layers are consistent between the soft, medium, and firm models; their differences lie in their firmness. As you can probably imagine, the top layer in the Soft Tulo is going to feel quite plush in comparison to the first layer of their firm model.The cover of each Tulo mattress is a polyester Tencel™ blend to boost this bed’s breathability. The first layer inside the mattress is 2 inches of memory foam with ventilated channels. Because this memory foam has these air channels, body heat can easily dissipate out of the mattress. Tulo also infuses titanium cooling gel into this memory foam to give their bed a cool-to-the-touch feel.The second layer is a 1.5-inch layer of responsive poly-foam with an egg-crate shape. The “peak and valley” design of this foam improves airflow and prevents heat retention.Below the egg-crate layer is 1.5 inches of strut reinforced foam to evenly distribute your body weight across the mattress and prevent uncomfortable pressure points from building up.The fourth layer of the Tulo is 4 inches of durable poly-foam, and as the core of the mattress it supports the layers above it.Tulo backs each of their mattresses with a 10-year warranty.6. Zinus Green Tea 12-inchIf you’ve done any searching on Amazon, chances are you’ve run into the Zinus Green Tea mattress. It’s “Amazon’s Choice” for “memory foam mattresses” and has over 29,000 customer reviews. In fact, at the time we wrote this post, Zinus was completely sold out of these beds on their website.Zinus sells several quality mattresses for affordable prices. We like their Green Tea model because they actually infuse green tea extract into the foam to keep your bed smelling fresh.Zinus carries their mattresses in a handful of heights, ranging from 6 inches to 12 inches tall. We recommend buying their 12-inch model as it has an extra layer of contouring memory foam and receives the best ratings across the board.The top comfort layer of their 12-inch model is 3 inches of cushioning memory foam. When you lay down on the Zinus Green Tea, this layer molds to your body and offers exceptional pressure and pain relief. They infuse this layer with green tea and ActivCharcoal to keep the bed smelling fresh and clean.The next layer is 2 inches of pressure-relieving, high-density poly-foam. This layer allows for deeper compression and extra comfort.The final two layers of the Zinus Green Tea are both 3.5 inches of high-density poly-foam for extra support and durability. Zinus fashions these layers into an egg-crate shape to increase this bed’s breathability.Because Zinus uses layers of high-density foams in their bed, you can expect their mattress to be long-lasting. However, because they do use high-density foams, you can also expect it to trap heat, too. Higher-density foams make it harder for heat to escape out of the mattress. If you’re not a hot sleeper, this should cause no problem. But if you’re prone to waking up hot, you may want to pass on this mattress.Zinus offers a generous return policy, allowing you 100 nights to test their bed and decide if it works for you. If you decide to keep their mattress, it’s backed by ten years of warranty coverage.7. PlushBeds Cool Bliss®If you’re looking for a mattress that incorporates both memory foam and latex, consider the PlushBeds Cool Bliss®.The 12-inch Cool Bliss® memory foam mattress is nothing short of luxurious. It contains PlushBeds’ patented gel memory foam, which has been shown to dissipate heat and moisture three times faster than standard cooling gels. Plus, the inclusion of latex in their beds prevents the quicksand or “stuck” feeling some get after sinking just a bit too far into their memory foam bed.Let’s break down the layers of this bed.The first layer is 3 inches of gel memory foam to offer cooling comfort and pressure relief. Next is a 2-inch layer of 100% ARPICO organic latex to give the bed some bounce and keep you lifted on top of the mattress, rather than cradled within.The third layer of the PlushBeds Cool Bliss® is 2 inches of Air Flow foam, a poly-foam designed to be more porous and breathable than traditional foams. This Air Flow foam works with both the latex and gel memory foams above to dissipate body heat and regulate your temperature.The last layer of the Cool Bliss® bed is a 5-inch thick core. PlushBeds uses high-density poly-foam as this layer to give the bed durable support and prevent sagging or indentations.PlushBeds’ Cool Bliss® is one of the 1% of mattresses sold today that has received a GREENGUARD Gold certification, meaning this bed is safe for babies and even elderly sleepers. In addition to its GREENGUARD certification, the Cool Bliss® is CertiPUR-US® and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, so you won’t have to worry about sleeping on a mattress made with unsafe or harsh chemicals.PlushBeds rates this bed a 6.5 or 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, so it should feel medium to medium-firm and be comfortable for side, back, and some stomach sleepers. Every Plushbeds mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty.8. PuffyIf you’re looking for a “cloud-like” feel from your next mattress, Puffy is right up your alley. Puffy makes and sells three beds, their flagship bed is their top-rated model and recommended for all sleeping positions. Plus, we like it because it costs less than $1,000 for a queen, making it rather budget-friendly in comparison to other memory foam beds on the market.The namesake mattress is 10 inches tall and has three layers. The first layer of the bed is 2 inches of Puffy’s proprietary Cooling Cloud Gel memory foam. They design this layer with temperature-regulating microbeads to keep you cool and comfortable. This layer also molds to your body to relieve pressure and offer cushioning comfort.The second layer is a 2-inch layer of Climate Comfort, a poly-foam designed to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This layer feels a bit firmer than the ultra-soft gel memory foam above, so it prevents you from sinking straight through the soft layers onto the firm core. This foam also allows for even weight distribution and deeper compression.The third layer of the Puffy is a 6-inch poly-foam core. It offers sturdy support to the two layers above and prevents premature wear and tear.Puffy is an online mattress brand, so they offer a 101-night sleep trial with each of their beds, allowing you to shop in confidence. They also offer a lifetime warranty with each of their mattresses, backing your investment for as long as your own their bed.9. SleepyheadThe last mattress on our list is the budget-friendly Sleepyhead mattress designed specifically for college students. The founder of Sleepyhead, a former college student unhappy with the university housing-provided mattresses, started Sleepyhead to offer college students an affordable, but still comfortable, memory foam mattress.It costs only $300 for a Twin XL, which is what most college students are sleeping on, and it stands only 8 inches tall. The bed has three layers that each work differently to offer support and comfort.The first layer is 2 inches of gel latex memory foam; this layer contours to your body while dissipating heat out of the mattress to keep you cool. This layer is also designed to distribute your weight evenly across the bed and prevent pressure points from developing.Next, is a 1-inch layer of responsive poly-foam to keep you lifted in the bed and promote proper posture. Below that layer is this bed’s 5-inch high-density poly-foam core.Sleepyhead designs their bed to be “not too soft, and not too hard,” so they should feel like a perfect medium. Every Sleepyhead mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.Read More: Mattress Size and Dimensions GuideWhat is Memory Foam?Memory foam, otherwise known as viscoelastic polyurethane foam, is a poly-foam modified to have both viscous and elastic properties. When you lay on a memory foam bed, the top layer of foam reacts to your body weight and heat, and contours to your shape. Many describe the feel of a memory foam mattress like a “big hug” because it molds so closely to your body and cradles you in the bed.Memory foam’s origins can be traced back to the 1960s when NASA developed the material to make pressure-relieving seat cushions for their rockets. However, due to its immense pressure-relieving abilities, this material was quickly introduced to mattresses to help sleepers combat pain and stiffness.Now, almost every single mattress out there includes memory foam in some way— whether it’s in the pillow top of an innerspring or acting as extra cushioning in a latex bed. For sleepers looking to reap all of the benefits of sleeping on memory foam, we recommend they choose a memory foam mattress instead of another mattress type that merely incorporates the material in a few layers.Types of Memory FoamThere are many types of foams found in mattresses today. During your search, you’ll find most beds include a layer of poly-foam. However, standard poly-foam is not memory foam, and it’s important to understand these differences so you can know what to expect from your new mattress.There are three main types of memory foam: traditional, plant-based, and gel-infused.Many brands advertise selling “open-cell” foams; however, that’s largely a marketing term. All memory foam found in a mattress is open-cell. Closed-cell foams are in products such as yoga mats. They have a very different feel, and you likely will not find closed-cell foams in any mattress. Don’t get too caught up in the “open-cell” marketing or let that impact your decision, because any bed you look at will tote that same feature.Now, let’s break down the differences between the various memory foams.Traditional: Traditional memory foam is the most common and offers that “hug” feeling most sleepers are looking for out of a memory foam mattress. Traditional foam is the least responsive, so it allows for significant sinkage. The main complaint sleepers have with traditional memory foam is that it sleeps hot.Plant-based: A lot of chemicals are required to produce traditional memory foam, and the use of these chemicals often results in the bed giving off an unpleasant smell. While this smell goes away after a few days, many people are not comfortable sleeping on a material made with potentially toxic chemicals. To address these concerns, bedding brands have begun manufacturing plant-based foams. During the production of plant-based memory foam, a large portion of petrochemicals are replaced with castor bean oil, bamboo, tea, soy, or Aloe Vera. The result is a mattress that’s more breathable, eco-friendly, and better smelling than traditional memory foam.Gel-infused: As we mentioned, many sleepers avoid traditional memory foam because it tends to trap heat. To combat concerns of overheating, companies created gel-infused foams. Brands also infuse their gel foams with with materials such as copper and graphite to dissipate body heat. However, many mattress reviews of gel-foam beds mention the cooling gels only lasting for so long. While they help you stay cool long enough to fall asleep, they don’t usually prevent middle-of-the-night night sweats. If you’re a particularly hot sleeper, you may need to use additional cooling accessories, such as cooling sheets or pillows.Cooling and Temperature RegulationIt’s not uncommon to hear of people “sleeping hot” or overheating throughout the night, and this is especially prevalent amongst memory foam mattress owners. If you’re waking up often in the night to kick off the covers, you’ll want to make sure your next memory foam mattress has the technology to keep you cool.We discussed gel-infused foams above, but there are other things to look for in a cooling mattress.First, look at the cover of the bed. Is it made with a thin, stretchy material, or is it thick and cozy? Thinner, breathable fabrics, such as cotton, let hot air escape and prevent heat retention.Next, check to see if your bed has any ventilated channels. These little “pathways” in the foam give hot air an easy escape route.Lastly, read the product description to see if the brand incorporates any extra or proprietary cooling technologies. Some brands fashion their foams to be more breathable, while others include gel infusions to regulate your body temperature.If a brand has taken strides to offer a “cooling” bed, they’ll be sure to make it known on their website or product description page. Just try not to get too caught up in all the marketing gimmicks.Read More: Best Cooling MattressResponsivenessResponsiveness refers to how quickly foam bounces back to its original shape after pressure is removed. Foam with slow responsiveness allows for more sinking in the bed, while foams that are quicker to respond are bouncier.Traditional memory foam usually has the slowest response time. If you press your hand down into one of these beds, it’ll take about 20 or 30 seconds for the foam to regain its shape after you move your hand. If you’re a fan of a “sinking,” “cradling” bed, then traditional memory foam is for you. But, if you’re weary of feeling “stuck” in your mattress, you’ll want to choose a memory foam bed with more responsive foams.Many brands modify their foams to be more responsive than traditional memory foam, so you won’t have to worry about uncomfortable sinkage.Edge SupportEdge support is, as the name implies, support around the edge of the mattress. For some people, edge support plays a major role when deciding which bed to buy. But for others, it’s not so important.If you’re pressed for sleeping space or tend to sit on the side of your bed to put on your shoes, you might want to find a mattress with reinforced edges to prevent you from sliding off the bed.Memory foam beds with good edge support usually have firmer foams near the sides or include strong foam rails.DensityDensity refers to the weight of the foam; a heavier weight denotes a higher foam density. However, density and thickness are not related— just because a layer is thicker does not mean it is denser.Higher-density foams are the most durable; if you’re looking at a mattress that incorporates layers of high-density foams, you can expect it to be long-lasting. However, the chief complaint with high-density foams is heat retention. For that reason, many sleep specialists recommend looking for a bed with mostly medium-density foams, as they’re durable but breathable.Density is measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). If a foam layer has a density of 3 PCF, that means one cubic foot of that foam layer would weigh three pounds.Below, we break down the three tiers of density:Low: < 3.5 PCFMedium: 3.5 – 5.0 PCFHigh: 5.0 >In most mattresses, the higher density foams are the first one or two layers, while the low-density foams are found in the core and base layers. This is because the first half of the mattress absorbs your weight, and it’s up to those top layers to keep you comfortably supported. The core layers function mainly to reinforce the durable foams above.ThicknessAfter considering the density of each layer, look at the thickness of each layer. Many memory foam beds contain anywhere from two to five layers. The thickness of these layers plays a major role in the overall feel of the bed.If you’re comparing two 2-layered beds, and one has a 2-inch top layer while the other has a 4-inch top layer, you can expect the one with a 4-inch top layer to offer more cushioning comfort. That’s because you’ll sink further into the 4-inch layer, as it has two more inches for you to sink into.Just because a bed has more layers doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. If you’re looking at two 10-inch mattresses, and one has three layers while the other has five, you can expect the 3-layer bed to be more comfortable. Why? Because the bed with five layers contains thinner foams in comparison to its counterpart, and thinner foams equal less comfort and more firmness.A good rule of thumb is to look for a mattress with less than five layers and ensure the bed has at least 2 inches of memory foam in the uppermost layer.Off-gassingOff-gassing refers to the chemical-like smell some new foam beds give off and is a common complaint associated with memory foam. Usually, this off-gassing scent is not long-lasting and dissipates after only a few days.However, if the scent does not fade away, it’s a clear sign you’re sleeping on a bed full of chemicals. Should you ever find yourself in such a situation, return your mattress. Sleeping on a bed of harsh-smelling chemicals can take a toll on your health.Many brands aim to prevent off-gassing altogether by using plant-based, eco-friendly foams. Because these foams only contain a fraction of the petrochemicals found in traditional memory foam, they’re a lot less likely to off-gas.Sleeping Positions and FirmnessWhen browsing mattresses, you’ll see they’re carried in a variety of firmness levels and often compared on a “firmness scale.” This firmness scale ranges from 1 to 10; 10 is the firmest, and 1 is the softest. Most beds fall between 3-8 on this scale.If you’ve never bought a bed before, it can be tricky to determine whether you’d be more comfortable on a soft or firm mattress. However, you can narrow down your ideal firmness options rather quickly by reflecting on how you sleep.Side SleepersSide sleeping is the most common position, and because it’s so prevalent, many brands design their beds to be comfortable for side sleepers, meaning side sleepers should never be short of mattress options.When you sleep on your side, your hips and shoulders take on all of your body weight. If your bed is not soft or pressure-relieving enough, this weight can create pain points in those major joints. However, side sleepers still need spinal support to prevent their torso from dipping too far in the bed. For that reason, the best mattresses for side sleepers are medium in firmness.Medium mattresses offer an even balance of comfort and support. These beds will cushion your hips and shoulders while you sleep on your side, but they’re still equipped to maintain neutral spinal alignment and prevent lower back pain.Back SleepersSleeping on your back allows your spine, hips, and pelvis to relax in a neutral position. If you’re prone to back pains, back sleeping can promote better posture and prevent future discomfort.Back sleepers have a little more freedom when choosing how firm their mattress should be. Since they’re already resting in a healthy position, they just need a bed that’ll hold their body in proper alignment from head to toe.Depending on body weight, the ideal mattress could be medium, medium-firm, medium-soft, or firm. Back sleepers should take caution when considering overly soft mattresses. If your mattress is too soft, it can cause your hips to sink too far and throw your spine out of alignment.Stomach SleepersSleeping on your stomach is rather unhealthy, as it puts excess pressure on your spinal column. Considering how common back pain is, it’s best to avoid putting extra stress on your spine. If you’re a stomach sleeper, we recommend switching to side or back sleeping to avoid chronic pain.If you do choose to sleep on your stomach, you’ll need a very firm bed to hold your body in a neutral position and prevent your torso from sinking too far.Pros and Cons of Memory FoamThroughout this article, we’ve briefly mentioned some of the benefits and downsides to owning a memory foam mattress. In this section, we break down those pros and cons so you can decide if one of these mattresses will work for you.Pros of Memory FoamPain and pressure-point relief. Because memory foam contours to your body, it reduces pressure on your joints and spine. Memory foam’s pressure relief helps eliminate current pains and prevent future discomfort. Many of the best mattresses for back pain relief are memory foam.Evenly distributes body weight. Memory foam responds to your body’s heat and pressure to offer all-over comfort and evenly distribute your body weight. Because it helps distribute your weight evenly, memory foam can prevent pressure points from forming.Little maintenance. Some mattresses can be a hassle to maintain because they need to be rotated or flipped every so often, but not memory foam! Many memory foam mattress brands actually advise against rotating or flipping their beds because they’re designed to support your body a certain way and must be used on the proper side for the best sleep.Hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant. Because memory foam is so dense, it’s naturally dust-mite resistant. Memory foam is also hypoallergenic, so it’s great for allergy sufferers.Motion isolation. If you share your mattress with a restless partner, then memory foam is for you. Because it adapts to your body, it limits motion transfer throughout the bed, meaning if you change sleeping positions on your side of the bed, the foam underneath you will adapt to your changing movements, but it won’t create a ripple effect through the rest of the foam. This allows your partner to sleep soundly on the other side of the mattress.Cons of Memory FoamTraps heat. Because memory foam does mold so closely to your body, it tends to trap body heat within its material. However, heat retention shouldn’t be an issue with more advanced foams.Heavy. Memory foam beds are quite heavy. But as we mentioned earlier, they don’t need to be rotated or flipped. So their weight only poses a problem if you need to move the mattress from one bedroom to another or house-to-house.Not waterproof. A memory foam mattress is practically one giant sponge, so if you spill a drink on your bed or your pet has an accident, that liquid is just going to be absorbed into the mattress. To protect your bed, buy a waterproof mattress protector. However, if the day comes where you ever spill on your mattress and the protector isn’t enough (or you don’t have one) to save your bed, carefully blot up the liquid and use gentle cleaners to freshen up the affected area.Potentially expensive. We all know a new mattress isn’t necessarily a cheap purchase, but if you’re working on a tight budget, one of these beds may not be practical.Off-gassing. Because the production of memory foam involves a number of petrochemicals, these beds can have an unpleasant, chemical-like scent when you first sleep on them. Most off-gassing smells dissipate within a few days, and many brands use plant-based, eco-friendly foams in their beds to eliminate off-gassing.Bed in a Box Mattresses vs. In-store BrandsAfter you’ve done some research, it’s time to determine where to buy your next bed. Should you shop online or go to your local mattress retailer? The answer to this largely depends upon your personal preferences.Bed in a box mattresses and the ones you’d buy in-store really only differ in their method of delivery. A bed in a box is shipped to your doorstep while mattresses from retailers are delivered white glove, or you’re responsible for transporting them home.If you prefer to shop in-store and have the extra funds to pay for white glove delivery or the means to haul your mattress home yourself, then you’re probably better off heading to a local retailer and shopping for beds the old-fashioned way. Doing this allows you to try the bed before you buy it and address any questions or concerns in person.However, if you’re more of an online shopper, you’ll likely enjoy shopping with a bed in a box brand. Because these online brands sell direct-to-consumer, you can usually save a couple of hundred dollars by buying online— as many mattress retailers hike up the price of their beds to ensure all parties make a profit. The only downfall to buying online is not having the opportunity to feel the bed before you buy, but many brands mitigate this concern by offering extensive risk-free sleep trials.Mattress TypesIf you’re to the end of this article and feel like a memory foam mattress may not be for you, consider some of these other mattress types.LatexLatex beds are great for people who want the pain-relieving benefits of memory foam without all the softness. Latex is more responsive than memory foam, so it holds you more on top of the bed. Many reviews of latex mattresses mention these beds feel firmer than memory foam options.If you’re interested in a latex bed, choose a bed made with all-natural latex instead of synthetic blends. Synthetic latex is not very durable and is made with a lot of chemicals, so it usually has a pretty unpleasant smell.HybridIf you like the bounciness of an innerspring mattress or are a particularly hot sleeper, consider a hybrid. Hybrid mattresses combine foam layers with an inner coil system to offer the benefits of both all-foam and innerspring beds while eliminating their downsides.The foam layers in a hybrid offer the cushioning comfort and pain-relieving perks of an all-foam bed, but because they have a coil system inside, these beds are very breathable, and you won’t ever have to worry about hot air being stuck inside the mattress.Furthermore, these beds give you all the bounce you could ever want out of an innerspring, but because they have foam layers, you don’t have to worry about feeling the durable springs below you.Because hybrids aim to offer the best of both worlds and integrate many high-quality materials, they often come with a hefty price tag.InnerspringInnerspring mattresses are as old as the mattress industry itself but have stood the test of time because they’re both comfortable and supportive.Innerspring mattresses have an inner coil system inside, but they lack an abundance of foam layers. Any cushion these beds provide comes from their soft pillow top. If you like a very bouncy bed and aren’t worried about pressure-relief or motion isolation, an innerspring is likely for you.However, if you’re seeking a bed to promote healthy sleep positions or prevent pain, a hybrid or all-foam bed is better.Frequently Asked QuestionsIs a memory foam mattress comfortable?Memory foam mattresses are comfortable for those who prefer a cushioning or cradling feeling from their bed. We suggest these mattresses for those with aches and pains, too, because they’re so pressure-relieving.Memory foam beds come in a variety of firmness options, so you can easily find one to fit your needs and sleep preferences. Hot sleepers may find these beds uncomfortable, though, so if you’re a hot sleeper interested in a memory foam mattress, it’s best to look one for cooling technologies.Are memory foam mattresses good for back pain?Memory foam mattresses are some of the best for alleviating back pain. These beds mold to your body to alleviate pressure and eliminate discomfort. Many memory foam beds are built with zoned technologies, too, which is especially helpful for those with back pain because they facilitate healthy spinal alignment and offer deeper pressure relief.Do you need a box spring with a memory foam mattress?We actually recommend against using box springs with memory foam beds because these foundations can damage foam and cause premature sagging. Box springs typically consist of a wooden frame with an inner coil system, these coils work to absorb shock and offer extra bounce. While they’re great for innersprings, their bouncy support can cause foam mattresses to wear unevenly.Instead, memory foam mattresses should be paired with solid or slatted foundations (slats in slatted foundations should be no more than 3 inches apart). Memory foam mattresses work great on platform beds, adjustable bed frames, and plain ol’ mattress foundations.If you have a box spring that you wish to keep using, we suggest placing a ¾-inch piece of moisture-resistant plywood or a bunkie board across the top to create a solid surface for your memory foam mattress.Should you flip or rotate a memory foam mattress?Unless labeled as “dual-sided” or “flippable,” memory foam mattresses should not be flipped. Most often, these beds are designed with a specific construction, with comfort layers on top and support layers on the bottom. When you flip one of these beds, you end up sleeping on the sturdy core, which isn’t very comfortable.Memory foam mattresses should be rotated periodically, though. Typically, it’s best to rotate these beds every three to six months. Rotating these mattresses evens out wear and tear so you don’t experience sagging.To rotate these beds, move all furniture out of the way, lift the mattress and turn it so it’s parallel with the headboard. Then, turn it again so the head of the bed is now where the feet go and vice versa.How long do memory foam mattresses last?Memory foam mattresses, like all beds, do break down over time. They have a longer lifespan than innerspring and hybrid mattresses, though, lasting approximately 7 to 10 years before needing to be replaced. Latex mattresses are the longest-lasting, with an average lifespan of 15 years.You can gauge the quality and lifespan of your bed by looking at its materials, too. If a foam bed is made with nothing but low-density foam layers, chances are it’ll break down sooner. If a bed has a mixture of high and low-density foams, you can expect it to last a while.ConclusionWe hope our guide has helped you decide whether or not a memory foam mattress is right for you. If you’re ready to start your search for a new memory foam bed, don’t forget to keep our pointers in mind while assessing your options. However, if you’re still unsure about what bed is best for your needs, read our other guides to compare other brands and learn about different mattresses.This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional. Comments Cancel replyLeave a CommentYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Name Email I agree to the Terms and Conditions of this website.