Top Ten Problems With Memory Foam

  1. Memory foam mattresses smell
    This can be true especially with a new mattress out of the bag. Visco Elastic Memory foam does have a period of off gassing. This odor in most cases dissipates quickly in usually days or weeks. Simply airing out will speed up the process. There are extreme cases where a customer’s sensitivity requires a mattress exchange. Most people expect new products just like a new car to have an odor they are not used too.
  2. Memory foam is flammableeco-2-5-300x225It is a polyurethane product which can be flammable. Laws have been put into place requiring all USA beds, including memory foam mattresses to be resistant to open flame. Concerns have been raised that a high level of the fire retardants such as PBDE, are commonly used in memory foam. (Read about the new Fire Law)
  3. Memory foam creates health problems
    Well, this is a tough one. The jury still seems to be out on this one. With the emergence of all natural and organic mattresses (competition) these issues have really been pushed to the forefront concerning products like memory foam mattresses and even other related products. It is a polyurethane foam, a synthetic petroleum based product. We will just suggest this tidbit of information, imagine the repercussions if it is found to be true. Right now there are endless uses for these materials; everything from sofa cushions to car seats. We will simply let the foam industry to defend their use of certain chemicals and how they affect the human body. There are now alternative organic and all natural mattresses on the market to choose from if you are still concerned about possible side affects from synthetic products such as memory foam.
  4. Memory foam mattress prices are too high.
    High cost seems to be the number one issue that holds some buyers back from purchasing memory foam beds, but it is important to remember these mattresses are usually higher quality. There are now some quality less expensive alternative memory foam mattresses on the market to choose from so take the time and compare apples to apples.
  5. Memory foam mattress compressions or body impressions issues
    This is more of a myth than a reality but we thought we would throw it in there. Although all foams eventually break down, Memory foam as a whole out performs and out lasts most of its coiled steel spring competitors. Most stores brag of considerably lower warranty return rates issues with memory foam mattresses and excessive sagging or body impression.
  6. Memory foam mattresses get softer through use and age.
    Memory foam sometimes is said to feel slightly firmer at home compared to the floor sample in the showroom. This is because there is a period of time where the foam actually breaks in that floor displays have already gone through, hopefully the store will point this out in advance.
  7. Memory foam sleeps warmer or sleeps hot
    This is a problem that many manufactures have been able to resolve. Several things have been done to address the foam heat issue. Many companies like Campbell’s Isotonic and Anatomic Global’s Eco Series have designed breathable covers that allow air to properly circulate between the body and the foam. The Eco Series now even promotes breathable foams. Use of breathable cotton sheets over memory foam beds may also improve heat issues.
  8. Cold temperatures can affect Memory Foam mattresses
    The same molecular design that give this mattress its durability advantage compared to the traditional polyurethane foams used in coil spring mattresses can cause the foam to be sluggish in recovery. For example mattresses that are exposed to cool or freezing climates will feel firmer and are slower to rebound or return to their original shape in places like cool basements, cold bedrooms, or even the sleeper or cab of a semi tractor trailer.
  9. Makes turning over in the middle of the night or getting out of bed hard
    Well yes there is real truth to this, which makes for a slight downside to memory foam. The argument is that the good out weighs the bad because the slow recovery foams reduce pressure on the body so much better than other beds you actually sleep less disturbed for the reason of having to turn over less. With that said turning over or repositioning can be trickier with memory foam beds because of the lack of resistance or opposing pressure to assist you position changes.
  10. People don’t believe the claims of memory foam mattresses to be real
    Memory foam is state of the art sleep technology. It’s cutting edge and is different from the norm (The over 100 year old innerspring industry) and we the people have resisted change for years. Just think of cutting edge technologies that were rejected in the beginning, the tractor by horse people, welding in the framework of buildings by the people who favored rivets, and yes computers because they would replace the need for man. A competing mattress company advertises a slogan of better sleep through science. If using the same 100 year coil springs and changing the padding around a little bit really makes a bed sleep better, then we have to assume that visco elastic memory foam must truly be state of the art space age mattress technology.

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Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!