How to Choose a Memory Foam Mattress

June 04, 2021

How do you choose a memory foam mattress? Very carefully.

Memory foam mattresses are a fast-growing alternative to innerspring mattresses because they contour to the body and provide excellent comfort and support.

We know a thing or two about memory foam, our natural memory foam mattresses are some of the best ranked in the world.

4 Tips to Choosing a Quality Memory Foam Mattress

Knowing what to look for is key in finding the best memory foam mattress to fit your needs. Here are a few important things to know before buying a memory foam mattress: 

1) Ask About the Foam Density

The misconception... density is what dictates the feel of foam. That's not entirely true.

Foam density actually has more to do with the foams durability. A 5 pound per cubic foot memory foam mattress will outlast a 3lb memory foam by an average of 10 years.

Most high-end mattresses, including Essentia and Tempur-pedic, have 5lb+ density foams.

Buyer Beware: Many mattress companies boast a 5lb memory foam but fail to specify that this dense foam only makes up the 1st inch of the mattress. The following layers are weak 2 or 3 lb density memory foams. 

2) Know the mmHg!

mmHg is basically how comfort is measured.

It's the unit of measurement used to determine a mattresses reaction against pressure.

According to the healthcare industry, a standard of 32mmHg or lower is considered pressure relieving.

More pressure relief = less press points = less tossing and turning which is the goal here.

A low mmHg also means better blood circulation, however, this is difficult to achieve while maintaining a higher density.

The best rating in the industry is offered by Essentia mattresses with 12.43 mmHg.

3) What does ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) Mean

A mattress ILD, or indentation load deflection, ranges from 6 to 40. Most memory foam mattresses on the market rate anywhere between 10 and 16 ILD. Many of the best memory foam mattresses use multiple layers, each with a different mmHg, which enhances a mattress' comfort because the layers work together.

4) Find out Where the Mattress is Made.

Mattress components are often imported from foreign countries like China and assembled in Canada or the U.S.A. Many mattress companies deceitfully claim that their products are Made in Canada or Made in U.S.A. when in reality they are just assembled in that country.

Tests are rarely performed on mattress components that are imported and as such there is no way of knowing what chemicals are used to make them. Any harsh chemical odors are masked prior to product exportation with industrial perfumes or even green tea extracts.

Natural Memory Foam - vs - Regular Memory Foam

Regular memory foam, also known as visco-elastic memory foam or visco foam, is made with petroleum-based chemicals including those fake plant-based memory foam mattresses.

This type of memory foam is synthetic (man-made) so it sleeps hot because it traps in body heat like nylon or polyester fabrics do.

Sleeping hot and chemical odors are the main complaints among memory foam mattress owners.

It's all due to the chemical composition of that foam.

If you're not a fan of sleeping hot and are health conscious, you'll want to consider natural memory foam mattresses + pillows.

You may have seen us on Dr.OZ, Rachael Ray, O Network along with other media appearances. It's next generation memory foam which sleeps cool, is comfortable and durable all the while maintaining a healthy sleep environment.

You can also learn more by reading the list of chemicals found in mattresses.

Curious on what size mattress to purchase? Check out our Mattress Size Comparison Guide. 

Essentia Mattresses Offer:
- Among the most durable mattresses at a whopping 6.25lbs density foam.
- Among the most comfortable mattress, measuring pressure relief at 12.43 mmHg.
- The only natural memory foam so it naturally sleeps cool.
- Peace of mind knowing it's a fully tested product.
- A Canadian made mattress.