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Memory Foam VS. Spring Mattress – A Comparison

May 8, 2023   By Jennifer Cook

The age-old debate on the better mattress between memory foam and spring is still ongoing. With the interest of helping you decide which works best for you, here’s a quick rundown of the two!

Comparing the Traditional Spring and the New-Technology Memory Foam Mattress – Who’s Going to Win?

Spring Mattress

Spring mattresses have been present since the 1800s, and for a good reason. The spring model contains metal coils within its frame and is then wrapped in fabric. Despite being a ‘dated’ mattress, it’s still a popular choice amongst mattress buyers who like going for a more traditional (bouncy) feel with their bed.

The Pros

Inexpensive: Spring mattresses are pretty easy to make, so they usually sell lower prices. Sleeps Cool: The spaces between the coils and fabric allow air to flow freely in the mattress.No Break-in Period: Since spring mattresses don’t contour to the body, they also don’t require a break-in period to study your unique contours and sleeping style.

The Cons

Prone to Sagging: Spring mattresses are known to lose support in their first few years alone. Distributes Weight Unevenly: This is not the mattress for people with chronic back, shoulder, and neck pain. It tends to push against the body with the same force you put onto it (hence the bounce). High-maintenance: It’s recommended to flip and/or rotate the mattress every 3-6 months to avoid just placing pressure in one area. Can Get Noisy: Spring’s bounciness can contribute to loud, squeaky sounds that come with every movement.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam rose to popularity not long after its inception in the late 60s as NASA’s test pilots initially used it as a cushioning inside the spacecraft due to its pressure-relieving properties. If it’s suitable for astronauts, it’s good for us!

Memory foam mattresses mould to the body’s shape; it responds to heat and pressure in just a few minutes. A mattress is usually made with several layers of foam comprised of different densities – with a comfortable top layer and a supportive bottom layer.

The Pros

Supportive (Even Weight Distribution): Memory foam mattresses relieve pressure points by letting the body sink a little and moulding to it. Bodyweight distribution is even, so sleepers won’t fall in that deep in the mattress. Anti-Microbial: The compactness of memory foam mattresses prohibits dust mites and bacteria from travelling further down the bed. Durable/Low-maintenance: Memory foam mattresses can last between 10-15 years. There’s no need to rotate or flip the mattress. 

The Cons

Can Get Pricey: Some memory foam mattresses will sell for a higher price due to the cost of technology and materials to design them. Can Sleep Hot: Since memory foam responds to body temperature, some mattresses will feel ‘hot’ to sleep on. High-quality mattresses will have remedied this by using cooling technologies or mechanisms. (e.g., gel memory foam) Requires a Break-in Period: Memory foam conforming to your body will take time (as all other great things do) because it needs to study your body shape and sleeping style.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Mattress

1. Sleeping Style and Bodyweight 

The perfect mattress should be able to adapt to your preferred sleeping position. It tells you which pressure points you’re most likely to hit. Side sleepers prefer slightly softer mattresses to avoid excessive pressure on the hips and shoulders. Stomach and back sleepers love a firmer mattress for the tremendous support it can give. Knowing what position works best for you should be your starting point.

Your body weight plays a part in how much you sink into any mattress. The heavier you are, the more pressure you put on the bed. Generally, lightweight sleepers will be fine on a low to medium-density mattress, while heavier sleepers need a medium to high-density mattress.  

2. Firmness Requirements

Memory foam is a no-brainer if you suffer from chronic pains or sore pressure points. A spring mattress, while comfy in its own right, can be dangerous and unsupportive when it comes to bad backs, shoulders and necks. The best mattress is one that can keep your spine in a neutral position all night long. More than 70% of Ecosa customers noticed improved back pain after sleeping on the 3-in-1 adjustable memory foam mattress. Try one out today!

3. Mattress Quality

Low-quality mattresses more often skimp on comfort for cheaper pricing. Do your own research – dig up a few brands, compare their features and customer reviews. Buy from a brand that you know you can trust.

While we’re on the subject of reliable brands, the Ecosa Mattress, with its multi-layer foam core and waterproof inner cover, is proven to have your back on a nightly basis!

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Worried about comfort and feel? That mattress will have you sleeping like a baby with no need to fret about night sweats, thanks to built-in temperature stabilisation. Bugs won’t bug you either, courtesy of our advanced micro-filament technology!

Ecosa prides itself on our products’ craftsmanship, and our ability to deliver the best sleep money can buy. Speaking of buying…

4. Budget

How much you’re willing to spend on a mattress is entirely up to you. Find the Goldilocks Zone – not too cheap and not too expensive – because an expensive mattress doesn’t always mean it’s good quality. Pay for a mattress that gives both value for money and a good night’s sleep.

Investing in yourself, especially your sleep quality will always pay off. There are few things better than waking up refreshed and well-rested. You deserve to feel that every day!

Do Some Research, Then Sleep On It

Our best advice is to research well after this article – think of your sleeping needs and wants each time. Are you going for traditional, or are you more into new technology?

Speaking of research, there’s data suggesting that poor sleep quality can be traced to inferior bed essentials like lumpy pillows or an unforgiving mattress. Do yourself and your sleep a favour and pick the correct mattress to snooze on!

Bottom line, your needs dictate what mattress works best for you. That said, a memory foam mattress offers more features and improved comfort that’ll you definitely be thankful for.

The verdict is in your hands now – we’ll let you sleep on it.

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