Want a mattress that is not only insanely comfy but also takes care of your aches and pains?
What am I saying?
Of course you do!
Then you need a memory foam mattress.
It’s the best thing for getting a great sleep but the problem with getting one is the amount of information that’s out there. So many pros and cons. Choosing one can be really hard work!
So I’ve put together this guide. This will be your one-stop-shop for choosing a memory foam mattress! I’ve included some great recommendations, as well as links to where you can buy them online.
|Name||Trial Period||Guarantee||Firmness||Best For||Price|
|Emma Mattress Original||100 Days||10 Years||Medium-Firm||Comfort and Cooling||££|
|Nectar Sleep||365 Days||Forever Warranty||Medium-Firm||Value And Comfort||££|
|Silentnight 7-Zone||N/A||5 Years||Varies across the mattress||Budget||£|
|Dormeo Hybrid Octaspring Mattress||N/A||5 years||Medium-Firm||People Unsure About Memory Foam||£££|
|Studio By Silentnight||N/A||5 years||Firm||A firmer Feel||££|
What actually is memory foam?
A good place to start.
Memory foam is a viscoelastic material (say that five times faster).
This basically means that memory foam will get softer when it’s exposed to heat. What this means for you, is that when you lie on a memory foam mattress, it will soften and mould to the shape of your body.
A memory foam mattress is usually made up of a thin layer of memory foam on top, with a firmer foam underneath it. This is great because it means you won’t sink too far into your mattress and you’ll get the support you need.
Who is memory foam good for?
It’s particularly good if you sleep on your back or your side.
This is because the foam allows your hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress, which keeps your back nice and straight.
If you tend to sleep on your tummy, a memory foam mattress might not be for you. You might be better with a pocket sprung mattress.
Sleeping on your stomach on one of these mattresses means that while your body sinks, your head gets pushed up by your pillow and this might give you neck pain. However, if you’re heart-set on getting a memory foam mattress, you can compensate for this by getting a thinner pillow.
What are the drawbacks of a memory foam mattress?
These problems usually happen if you go for a cheaper memory foam mattress, so it’s good to be aware of them.
1. Trapped Heat
Old memory foam mattresses were really bad for keeping heat in. You’d wake up way too hot and really sweaty. Not ideal.
Memory foam mattresses are now designed with multiple layers, which solves this problem, since the air can flow. If you add a breathable mattress cover, then you have a winning combo.
2. Getting Stuck!
If you had an older memory foam mattress, then you probably know exactly what I’m talking about already.
Older memory foam wasn’t as responsive as it is now, so after getting comfy to fall asleep, you might have found yourself being stuck in the spot all night.
Fortunately, if you roll over on a memory foam mattress now, you aren’t going to feel like you’re rolling uphill!
3. The Smell
Unfortunately, all brand new memory foam mattresses have a weird smell when you unpack them.
However, the good news is that this is easily fixed! All you need to do is air it out for a few hours and the smell will go away.
What are the benefits of memory foam?
1. It’s great for joint and back pain
I mentioned it briefly already, but memory foam is brilliant if you suffer from joint or back pain.
It’s designed to mould around your body while you sleep, which means you’ll sink deeper around your shoulders and hips but not your middle. This means your back will be completely aligned and stop pressure building up there.
2. It’s so comfortable!
Memory foam hugs your body and makes you feel almost weightless.
It takes the pressure off your joints which will keep you super comfy all night long.
3. It’s hypoallergenic!
If you’re an asthma sufferer or troubled by allergies, then this is for you.
Memory foam is naturally resistant to dust mites and germs so keeps much fresher and cleaner than other mattresses.
4. You don’t have to turn them!
I’m a huge fan of convenience, so this is a big positive for me.
Because memory foam mattresses are usually made up of lots of layers, you don’t need to flip them. No one needs the memory foam to be on the bottom.
What Should I Look for in a Memory Foam Mattress?
Now that you know everything you could need to know, here’s what you should be looking for in your perfect memory foam mattress.
This is arguably the most important feature of a memory foam mattress.
Proper layers are what make sure you don’t sink too far into your mattress and are what stop you from getting stuck in the same spot all night. They also let air flow through the mattress, which’ll keep you cool.
The layers are usually made of memory foam, regular foam or latex.
You could even opt for a hybrid memory foam mattress, which is a mix of foam and springs. I think these are great, since you get the support from the foam and the bounce from the springs.
2. Cooling Features
Make sure you find out if your mattress has some kind of cooling feature, since without it it’s likely you’ll overheat.
The most common features are usually related to the layers or sometimes the cover that has been designed for the mattress.
3. A Guarantee
Some of the best mattress companies in the UK will offer you a 10-year guarantee. Does your mattress do that?
You should also check the trial period that your mattress comes with. Some online retailers will give you a whopping 100-night trial, so you have just under three months to test out your mattress before committing to it.
Although a worthy investment, mattresses can still be a big spend, fortunately, many of the UK online mattress companies have easy 0% financing options so you can order and pay it off in smaller monthly instalments. And 0% interest means you’re not paying any more than if you’d bought it all at once.
5. Is it 100% foam
Like I said before, quite often memory foam mattresses are a combination of springs and foam, normally called a hybrid mattress. These are great offering a firmer and more traditional feel for those who are perhaps worried about going for 100% foam.
Should I buy my mattress online?
This is something that I know trips a lot of people up, since many are wary of buying big things online.
However, the online mattress business is booming, with some companies dealing exclusively online. Doing this and offering large trial periods means that these companies can keep their prices low.
On top of all that, mattresses bought online are super convenient because they can be shipped to your door, vacuum-packed.
The Three Best Memory Foam Mattresses
Here we have it: the three best memory foam mattresses. With each one, you’ll find a short review and a link to where you can buy them online.
Buying a mattress is a big decision, so if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me using the comment box at the bottom of this post!
1. Emma Original Mattress
- 100-night Trial
- 10-Year Guarantee
- Medium-Firm Feel
- Great Back Support
- Breathable Cooling Layers
The Emma mattress is the one I’m currently sleeping on so can tell you that it offers a fantastic nights sleep!
It’s got a nice medium firm feel to it with layers of memory foam, cooling aerogel foam and supportive cool foam. The result? A highly supportive mattress that bounces back quickly and doesn’t trap you in place.
It has free delivery and if you don’t like it you have a free return as well within the 100-nights you get to test it for.
The cover is soft and breathable so you’re kept comfortable all night long, I’m personally a very hot sleeper so need the cooling features, and they’ve been great! I tried it through the hot weather of summer and didn’t overheat once.
I also tried it on the floor and a slatted bedframe and it worked perfectly on both.
An excellent investment in your sleep.
2. Nectar Sleep Memory Foam Mattress
- 365-Night Trial
- Medium-Firm Feel
- Cooling Layers
- 7 Zone Support
Nectar sleep raised the game for memory foam mattresses, they offer a 365-night trial, A WHOLE YEAR!
You can test this for a whole year before fully commiting to it, luckily you’ll try it out and absolutely love it.
7-Zone support offers nice medium support under your shoulders and knees where you need it then softer around your knees and middle, and firm at your head to give you all the support you need up and down.
What does that result in?
A super comfy night sleep of course!
A memory foam mattress to be enjoyed and snuggled into.
3. Silentnight 7-Zone Memory Foam Mattress Review
- 3 Layers
- 5 Year Guarantee
- Good Budget Mattress
- Varied Firmness
The seven zones in this mattress mean that it’s firmer in the middle and softer at the ends, which gives you the right support in the right places.
While this mattress is an absolute bargain, I should say now that it won’t be suitable for everybody.
For people who are around 100kg, the 20cm thickness may be a problem because you might be able to feel the bottom of the bed beneath you. However, most people shouldn’t experience this.
This mattress is really squishy and comfortable and has a plush cover.
The guarantee that comes with this mattress is a bit strange, here’s how it works:
Year One:Standard warranty, including labour and transportation cost included.
Year Two:Almost the same as after one year but if you get a replacement mattress, you have to cover the transportation cost.
Year Two-Three:This is the beginning of a sliding scale of charges. If you claim, then you pay 40% of the current retail price.
Year Three-Four:You pay 60% of the current retail price.
Year Four-Five:You pay 80% of the current retail price.
With this in mind, if your mattress has a defect you’ll know about it straight away. You shouldn’t need to use the warranty anyway.
This mattress comes rolled up in a vacuum-packed bag, so when it arrives, leave it unrolled so it will regain its shape. There will be a smell for the first little while but that will disappear.
4. Dormeo Octaspring Hybrid
- Medium-Firm Support
- Foam Octasprings
- No Turn
- Hybrid SPring And Memory Foam
The Dormeo Octaspring mattress is quite a unique memory foam mattress because it has these foam “Octasprings” in it.
These are octagonal springs made out of foam that provide mroe firmness that normal foam while still being softer and more malleable than a traditional metal spring.
They’re also much more breathable than foam allowing air to pass through the whole thing to stop you overheating through the night.
And these octasprings are on top of a layer of traditional metal springs giving you, even more, bounce and feel than traditional memory foam making this the ideal choice for someone who’s not quite ready for a full memory foam experience.
5. Studio By Silentnight
- Firm Feel
- Comes Vacuum Pakcd And Rolled
- Trusted Brand
- 5 Year Guarantee
Once again Silentnight are doing it right, their Studio mattress is a perfect mattress for anyone wanting a firmer feel. It comes rolled up in a box similar to the Emma mattress so you can easily maneuver it into the right room and set it up.
This mattress comes in three different firmnesses, a soft a medium and a firm, I’ve linked to the firm one as we’ve got a lot of great memory foam mattress for medium feel so thought a firm one was due!
But if you don’t want the firm one then just click through and there are links to the other ones there.
A nice feel across this whole mattress with plenty of support for back and front sleepers.
6. Kayflex Plus 5000
- Great Price
- Hybrid Pocket Spring And Memory Foam
- Comes Vac Packed
- Medium Feel
Kayflex have nailed the budget memory foam mattress.
This Hybrid mattress combines memory foam and pocket springs to give you a nice responsive mattress. It’s a medium feel so great for side sleepers and a really great price to boot!
The meory foam stops roll together and is of course hypoallergenic so you can’t go wrong.
A really great budget choice.
How do I clean my memory foam mattress?
Prevention is definitely easier than trying to clean a mattress!
If you want to look after your mattress, I would consider getting a mattress protector to keep it clean and fresh.
However, if the worst has happened and the end is nigh, use a damp cloth (no wetter than a baby wipe) to clean the area.
Different manufacturers have different recommendations though, so make sure you check what they say.
Can I get my child a memory foam mattress?
You can even get memory foam mattresses for cribs, so memory foam mattresses are totally fine for kids.
They might even sleep better!
I’m really confused about this! What should I do?
Like I said before: buying a mattress is a big deal. If you aren’t sure or want some more advice, please leave your questions in the comment box below. I’ll be able to get back to you and help you out!