Memory foam mattresses smell
This is reported by consumers most frequently after purchasing a new mattress. Visco Elastic Memory foam does have a period of off gassing which can be affected by chemical composition and packaging and is most notable right after being removed from the bag. Potency of the smell determined by how long the mattress was allowed to cure and how quickly it was packaged after being manufactured. NOTE: Odor strength can vary from brand to brand. The odor typically dissipates quickly in days and sometimes weeks. Simply airing out will speed up the process. There are extreme cases where a customer’s sensitivity to smell requires a mattress exchange. Most people expect this from new products just like purhasing a new car or a newly built home.
Memory foam is flammable
It is a polyurethane product and is petroleum based making it flammable. Laws have 0been put into place requiring all USA beds, including memory foam mattresses to be resistant to open flame. Serious concerns have been raised about mattresses containing high levels of the fire retardants such as PBDE’s. Polybrominated diphenyl ethersare is commonly used in a wide variety of products, including building materials, furnishings, plastics, polyurethane foams including memory foam. (Read about the new Fire Law)
Memory foam creates health problems
Well the jury still seems to be out on this one , but what we can tell you is that memory foam is a type of polyurethane that has added to it more chemicals to increase its density and viscosity. This is just another ingredient in the chemical soup that is a memory foam mattress. While there is virtually no independent research on the topic the complaints are piling up on Internet websites and should be only a matter of time before the industry must address the issue with more transparency. Another fact is with the emergence of natural and organic mattresses (competition) people are becoming educated and enlightened about the ingredients used to produce today’s sketchy mattresses, pillows, and other related products. This is a a synthetic petroleum based product. Our advise? Educate yourself and consider the repercussions if claims are 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. Just know that there are alternative organic and all natural mattresses on the market to choose from if you’re concerned about possible side affects from synthetic products such as foam.
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, with that said it is also important to remember these mattresses are typically 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.
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 products including polyurethane foams eventually break down, memory foam while it does tend to soften with use, on the whole seems to out perform and out last most of its coil steel spring competitors. Retail stores like myself do take comfort in considerably lower warranty return rates, excessive sagging issues, and body impressions with memory foam mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses get softer through use and age.
Memory foam is gaining a reputation for feeling slightly firmer at home compared to the floor samples in store showrooms. This is because there is a period of time where the foam actually softens and breaks in, most showroom floor displays have already gone through this period of time. Honest sales people should point this out in advance.
Memory foam sleeps warmer or sleeps hot
With the tremendous popularity of these mattresses this is a problem that manufactures are attempting to resolve. Several things have been done to address the foam heat issue. Many companies like Serta’s iComfort with Cool Action™ and open cell air structures, and breathable covers claim that that allow air to properly circulate between the body and through the foam. Use of breathable cotton sheets and mattress pads over memory foam beds may also improve heat issues.
Cold temperatures can affect Memory Foam mattresses
The same molecular design that give this mattress its durability advantage over traditional foams found in coil spring mattresses can also cause the them to be sluggish in recovery. Example: mattresses that are exposed to cool or freezing climates will feel firmer and slower to rebound, respond, and return to their original shape after turning over. This is particularly a problem in places like cool basements, cold bedrooms, or even the sleeper or cab of a semi tractor trailer.
Makes turning over in the middle of the night or getting out of bed hard
Definitely some real truth to this one, which makes for a slight downside to memory foam. Many find that the good out weighs the bad, this is because the slow recovery foams reduce pressure so much better on the body than most other beds. Most owners report actually sleeping less disturbed due to turning over less and reduced motion transfer from their partner. With that said newer fast response foams are making it less tricky and easier to turn over and re-position throughout the night. This is due to the lack of resistance and opposing pressure of stiff slow recovery foam, instead it seems to assist sleepers in position changes.
People don’t believe the claims of memory foam mattresses to be real
Memory foam is modern state of the art sleep technology. It’s cutting edge and very different from what we have become accustomed to. (Traditional mattresses) It’s ashamed how we resist change, consider the cutting edge technologies that were rejected in the beginning;
- Tractors by people who favored farm-work with horses
- Welding in the framework of buildings by the people who favored rivets
- Computers because we feared it would replace the need for man.
All mattresses have their down side, but consider this; A major competing mattress company advertised a slogan of “better sleep through science”. If continuing to use 100 year old coil springs and changing the padding around a little bit really makes “better sleep” imagine the possibilities of NASA designed and inspired visco elastic memory foam. Is it what they say it is? Is it truly state of the art space age mattress technology?
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