Mattresses

Sealy
Stearns & Foster
Simmons
Serta
Spring Air
Optimum
Tempur-PedicRegistered
Memory Foam
Latex
Air Mattresses
Adjustable Beds
Mattress Only
Box Spring Only
Shop by Size
Custom Sizes
see more mattressesview all

Bedroom Furniture

Beds
Daybeds
Headboards
Bedroom Sets
Futons
Nightstands
Dressers & Chests
Media Storage
Office & Study
Seating
Mirrors
Bedroom Accessories
Kids Furniture
Clearance
see more bedroom furnitureview all

Bedding & Linens

Sheets & Pillowcases
Bedding Sets
Comforters & Duvets
Mattress Protection
Pillows
Blankets & Quilts
Bed Skirts
Futon & Daybed Covers
Shams
Decorative Pillows
Window Treatments
Kids Bedding
Clearance
see more Bedding & Linensview all

Sale

Mattress Coupons Financing
Deal of the Day

Mattress Research

Customer Reviews
Expert Advice
Shopping Tips
Mattress University
Videos









Mattress Research Center > Mattress 101 > Memory Foam Mattress Types

Memory Foam Mattress Types

Traditional, AirCool, and Gel Memory Foam

Traditional Memory Foam Mattresses

As made famous by Tempur-Pedic in the 1990s, traditional memory foam is the most popular type. And there's good reason for this.
  • Memory foam has a substantially different feeling than a typical innerspring mattress. The traditional memory foam mattresses reduce pressure points and conform to the body. Less pressure increases blood circulation and enables better sleep.
  • Traditional memory foam promotes a healthier sleep environment since it is anti-dust mite and anti-microbial. This is especially important for people suffering from allergies since a mattress plays a big role in how well they breathe the next day.
  • Memory foam mattresses drastically reduce motion transfer. If you are in bed next to a restless sleeper, the memory foam mattress will limit how much of his or her motion gets transferred to your side of the bed.
  • Lastly, memory foam is very durable. The majority of warranties on mattresses require a 1.5 inch body indentation before they are labeled as defective, whereas most traditional memory foam mattresses only need .5 inch indentation.
  • Traditional memory foam mattresses aren't for everyone. Some sleepers feel that they retain too much heat, as traditional memory foam tends to store more body heat than other kinds of mattresses. Also, since traditional memory responds slowly, some customers experience what they call a "quicksand" effect. Be sure to keep in mind these minor drawbacks when deciding which memory foam type is right for you.

AirCool Memory Foam Mattresses

AirCool (Formerly known as NXG) foam shares a lot in common with traditional memory foam: It's great at reducing pressure and motion transfer. It is anti-microbial and anti-dust mite. It also carries a fantastic warranty, (Some as high as 25 years!), but that is where the similarities end.
  • AirCool memory foam responds much faster than traditional memory foam, and thus, virtually eliminates the quicksand feeling reported by some customers.
  • Also, the open cell structure of AirCool Memory Foam enables better airflow and less heat retention.
  • AirCool is a little softer than traditional memory foam, so it's perfect for those who like a lofty comfort level.

Gel Memory Foam Mattresses

Like its predecessors, gel memory foam mattresses reduce pressure and diminish motion transfer. Gel mattresses are anti-microbial, anti-dust mite, and also include an unbeatable warranty. Gel memory foam mattresses differ from traditional memory foam mattresses because they are infused with the same kind of gel often found in shoe sole inserts and sports equipment. Gel foam mattresses are great for a number of reasons.
  • Gel memory foam is more durable than traditional memory foam.
  • Even though all varieties of foam mattresses are great for decreasing pressure, gel-infused foam is often thought to be even better.
  • Gel foam mattresses are often known for having a very solid, supportive feel.

Shop for Memory Foam Mattresses by Type



Learn More About Memory Foam Mattresses


Done with your research?

Shop Memory Foam Mattresses

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you're not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.
comments powered by Disqus

Our Most Popular Articles

mattress size info

Mattress Size Information

Compare mattress sizes and decide which is best for you. King, California King, Queen, Full, Twin XL, Twin, Crib, read summaries on them all.
sleeping on side mattress

Best Type of Mattress For a Side Sleeper

If you're a side sleeper, then it's important that you choose the right mattress. Otherwise, you may find yourself tossing and turning through the night and waking with aches and pains.
best pillow top mattress

Best Pillowtop/Euro Top Mattress

Our mattress experts have hand selected the best pillow top and euro top mattresses in our collection.
recharge by beautyrest

About Beautyrest Recharge

Beautyrest created the Recharge series by not just considering the way customers will sleep on the mattresses, but also how that sleep will affect the way they spend their waking hours.



Free Delivery
No Sales Tax Except MI, UT & NC
Your Comfort Guaranteed