Choosing the correct mattress is vital to your health as well as your sanity. If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, you’ll be exhausted and irritable and possibly in pain. A bad mattress can cause back pain and soreness that is not conducive to a good night’s sleep, leading to a vicious cycle.
There are many types of mattresses on the market and each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Since it’s a big purchase, it’s important to do your homework and find out which mattress will not only fit in your budget but will also which mattress features will give you a good night’s sleep.
Memory foam mattresses use a type of foam, called visco-elastic foam, that molds itself to an individual’s body. The most well-known manufacturer is Tempur-Pedic, but there are many other manufacturers on the market that offer cheaper versions. Many people love memory foam mattresses because of how the foam molds to the body and keeps movement transfer to a minimum.
It can take a little time getting used to a memory foam mattress if you are used to an innerspring, but owners of memory foam mattresses say it’s worth it. There have been complaints that the mattress traps heat, which led to the creation of gel-infused memory foam which creates a cooler sleeping surface.
Most people agree that Tempur-Pedic is a great choice. This brand gets awesome ratings from both users and from professional testing sites. It is a comfortable and supportive mattress and many report having less pain and improved sleep when using it. It is a more expensive mattress than other memory-foam models but it has a great durability rating.
Tempur-Pedic get consistent high ratings from consumers, with many reporting better quality of sleep and that it is great in isolating motion. Many owners do report it is difficult to move on the mattress with several complaining it is hard to change position. It is also reported it traps heat which makes it warm to sleep on and also gives off a chemical smell when you first buy it.
Most consumers say they would buy a Tempur-Pedic mattress again even though it does tend be more expensive than other mattresses. They start around $1,700 and go up to $7,500 for the king-sized mattress plus foundation. Adjustable foundations cost even more. They do come with a full-replacement 10-year warranty.
Consumers tend to keep their Tempur-Pedic mattresses for around 10 years which is longer than average for a mattress. Reports of sagging or softening start to happen after four years of use but the reports number less than those reporting sagging of an innerspring after only three years.
- Contours to your body
- Can reduce your pain
- Motion is isolated
- It’s durable
- It’s an expensive mattress
- Can retain your body heat
Perfect Cloud Ultra Plush Gel Max Mattress
The Perfect Cloud Ultra Plush Gel Max Mattress is a memory foam mattress that is gel-infused to help maintain the optimum sleep temperature. The mattress is 3.5” thick with 2″ of that depth made up of a gel-max memory foam which is body conforming and helps to add comfort – plus, it keeps your body at the perfect temperature. The other 1.5” is an air-infused memory foam that also adds to your comfort level and keeps you cool while you sleep. There is also a third layer of 6.5” HD base support foam that offers a great layer of support for a weightless sleep experience. The price of a Perfect Cloud Ultra Plus queen size mattress runs around $550.
The Perfect Cloud Ultra Plush comes with a removable knitted cover that includes air-transfer technology that provides a cool mattress that is comparable to more expensive brands. This elegant cover matches any bed frame and is completely removable so that it can be washed frequently. The mattress has very little motion transfer and is a medium firm level mattress that is great for those that like to sleep on their backs. It is not a great mattress though for side sleepers.
The Perfect Cloud Ultra Plush does not require flipping like innerspring mattresses. High quality memory foam mattresses do not have the same type of sagging issues; however, it isn’t a bad idea to rotate the mattress between the head-end of the bed with the foot-end every few months. This mattress is also hypoallergenic and doesn’t include poly foam like innerspring mattresses which eventually disintegrates and causes allergies. The Perfect Cloud Ultra Plush comes with a 25-year warranty that is 100% guaranteed and the mattress has a CertiPUR-US certified plus rating.
- No flipping required to stop sagging
- Mattress is hypoallergenic and great for allergy sufferers
- Mattress sleeps cool and has a removable cover that can be washed
- Not great for side sleepers
- Some complaints of it being too firm
Ultimate Dreams Supreme Memory Mattress
Ultimate Dreams Supreme Memory Mattress has 2″ more thickness than the Perfect Cloud and is about $100 to $200 more expensive. It also utilizes a gel foam technology which includes a 1.5” layer of gel-infused memory foam that is used in heat regulation. This model gets very good feedback on its heat regulation and there are very few complaints of anyone sleeping hot.
The Ultimate Dreams Supreme Memory Mattress has a high density of memory foam for a total 4 pounds which often makes a mattress too soft. Not in this case. The 4 pounds is visco-elastic memory foam that is premium quality and made in the USA. This makes the mattress more firm than other mattress with the same density and gets it to a medium-firm level.
- Mattress stays cool so you won’t be sleeping hot
- Nice firm mattress due to the high density 4-pound memory foam
- More expensive than other brands
- Mattress tends to break down within a year