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Memory Foam Mattress Types

Traditional, AirCool, and Gel Memory Foam

Traditional Memory Foam

Made famous by Tempur-Pedic in the 1990s, memory foam is a popular mattress material for the following reasons:
  • Memory foam mattresses reduce pressure points and conform to the body. Less pressure increases blood circulation for better sleep.
  • Memory foam promotes a healthier sleep environment since it is naturally anti-dust mite and anti-microbial. This is especially important for people with asthma or allergies.
  • Memory foam mattresses drastically reduce motion transfer, which is important for couples.
  • Memory foam is very durable. The majority of mattress warranties require a 1.5-inch body indentation before they are labeled as defective. Most memory foam mattresses require only a 0.5-inch indentation.

AirCool Memory Foam

AirCool Memory Foam (formerly known as NXG Foam) shares all of the benefits of traditional memory foam, as well as some improvements:
  • AirCool Memory Foam responds much quicker than traditional memory foam, eliminating the "quicksand" feeling some people dislike.
  • The open cell structure of AirCool Memory Foam allows for better airflow which reduces the heat retention issues some people complain about with traditional memory foam.
  • AirCool Memory Foam is a little softer than traditional memory foam, so it is perfect for those who prefer a higher Comfort Scale rating.

Gel Memory Foam

Gel memory foam shares all of the benefits of traditional memory foam, and is infused with gel for the following advantages:
  • Gel memory foam is more durable than traditional memory foam.
  • Gel memory foam is even more effective at reducing pressure.
  • Gel memory foam mattresses tend to be denser, which is nice for those who prefer a lower Comfort Scale rating.

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