Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

is proud to offer foam mattress reviews and links to help you make an informed decision when buying a memory foam mattress. With the help of Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C., a chiropractor and VP of Development for Relief-Mart (manufacturer of Selectabed, TempFlow, and Snuggle-Pedic mattresses),  we have reviewed the material on the following mattresses and even tested some of them personally. The result: A better understanding of what they are really selling and whether they really offer what they claim. Keep in mind that some of these companies may not give out important information like ILD ratings, but you can and should inquire before making the purchase. If you have any questions regarding any memory foam or other foam mattress types, you can contact Dr. Swartzburg personally.

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    See our reviews of individual models Tempur-Pedic® - The original visco-elastic mattress company.  They recently discontinued their Original Bed, with three inches of 5.3-lb. memory foam over a 5-inch base of high density and high resilient (HR) polyurethane foam and the Classic Bed, which added another half inch of the softer 5.3-lb. memory foam over the HR base (see the Tempur-Contour Select in the next paragraph below).  Tempur-pedic® was the first to make popular the stretchable, thinner material cover that allowed for more of a memory foam feel to the mattress. Our site editor Dr. Swartzburg personally used the Classic Bed for a number of years, as well as testing all the various models Tempurpedic offers.  He found the Classic and Original beds to be very supportive of the spine, but a little too firm for side sleeping at times, especially on cold nights when the memory foam was not warmed up enough to be soft.  The other problem with the 5.3-lb. density and 7.0-lb. (Tempur-HD™) memory foam is that it is so temperature sensitive that, when rolling over at night, the surface does not feel the same as the place your body was finally able to mold to.  It actually takes quite a few minutes to get the area soft again, so he found that it would wake him out of sleep.  Even so, he still believes that this mattress was far superior to any spring mattress that he has ever tried, as all good quality memory foam seems to allow a much higher degree of overall body contouring, and therefore reduced pinpoint pressure on your joints.  In many of their models, Tempur-Pedic talks about their Dual Air Flow System™, but the convoluted foam they use on the base cannot transmit air to the surface of the bed, so this may be of little use as an airflow system.  More specifically, it would seem from Tempur-Pedic's patent filing that they are using this convoluted layer to offer an ideal spring characteristic in supporting the overlying memory foam layer.  Overheating is still the number one complaint heard from Tempur-Pedic® and memory foam mattress users, but new innovations in mattress cover technology and full airflow ventilation systems (see KoolFlow and Tri-Pedic reviews below) offer solutions to this once problematic situation, without compromising the support value that memory foam provides.  In 2014, they divided their 13 models into four categories: The Tempur-Contour™ Collection, the Tempur-Cloud™ Collection, the Tempur- Weightless™ Collection, and the Tempur-Simplicity Collection as described in these reviews: The Tempur®-Contour Collection (Original Memory Foam Material) This collection uses the original 5.3-lb. formulation of the Tempurpedic memory foam in both of their softer and more supportive versions.  The softer Tempur® memory foam will reduce pressure points nicely, but will still have the problems with the hardening of the foam with cooler temperatures. Since the Orignial Bed was discontinued, the Tempur-Contour Select (new version of the previous Classic Bed) is now the firmest of the bunch.  It offers about an inch of the ...
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    Selectabed is a subsidiary of Relief-Mart which makes memory foam mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows. Dr. Rick Swartzburg, a chiropractor, is the chief designer of these sleep products. Significant Selectabed brands are Tri-Pedic, Soft-Pedic, Fibro-Pedic, and Air-Pedic. Related brands are TempFlow and Snuggle-Pedic. Tri-Pedic The original Tri-pedic® memory foam mattress offers a variation on the traditional memory foam mattress, in that it has three different layers, with two different densities of memory foam.  The memory foam structure is designed to avoid the problem that occurs when 5lb. memory foam hardens up on colder nights, due to its extreme temperature sensitivity.  It uses a top-layer of the special 4lb. 10-ILD memory foam layer over a middle layer of the traditional 5lb. 16-ILD memory foam layer. This avoids the problem of rolling on to a surface that is too temperature sensitive, as 4lb. memory foam is more pressure sensitive. Even though the 4lb. memory foam that is made in the USA is a very high quality, it is still not supportive enough to be the only memory foam layer in a mattress.  Therefore, the Tri-Pedic uses the 5lb. memory foam underneath the 4lb. for support. The bottom layer is composed of a HR (highly resilient) and high density polyurethane for support and stability.  Like Tempur-Pedic, the quality HR foam used in the Tri-Pedic mattress offers a higher level of stability, durability and support and consequently, prevents the mattress from being able to ship in a cheaper, small box freight, through shippers like UPS, as this would damage the foam.  The Tri-Pedic was the first three-layer, multiple density memory foam mattress and was recently selected by the U.S. State Department to be used in all the embassies around the world. A recent addition to the Tri-Pedic is the optional add on feature called the Airflow Transfer System™. This patented technology, also used on the KoolFlow mattress as discussed below, is best used for those who run hot when they sleep, like a cooler bed environment or even have specific conditions that require them to avoid overheating when they sleep.  The patented Airflow Transfer System™ allows the cooler air to flow in two directions, even when you are sleeping in the same position throughout the night.  Cooler air will enter through the many small holes that go down through the surface of the memory foam and out through the cut airflow channels on the firmer base foam. It also works in reverse, as air can enter through the sides and up through the surface holes.  By combining the communicating holes and channels, the airflow transfer system fills the missing void found with memory foam mattresses that either have ventilation on the surface that cannot escape out the mattress, or mattresses that have airflow in the middle layer, but no way of ventilating that airflow up to the surface of the mattress (see the Tempur-Pedic® review) The Tri-Pedic mattress line now features three different models, the Gold, Platinum and Diamond. The Tri-Pedic Platinum™ is based on the original design, with 2 inches of ...
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    Sleep Number

    Sleep Number is the top-selling brand of adjustable air beds. Started as Select Comfort by the founder of Comfortaire, Sleep Number/Select Comfort now owns the older company. For those who like the idea of adjusting the overall firmness of their mattress, Sleep Number now offers the m7 memory foam series with 3 inches of their gel-infused memory foam over their dual air chamber system. Following this is the m9 with 5 inches of memory foam. The x12 is Sleep Number's highest level mattress that uses 5 inches of total foam, with 3 inches of a layered memory foam that is softer and springier than that in the M7.  They do not list the density of the memory foam or the origin, which means that it is not possible determine the overall quality of the foam. With the m7, m9 and x12, the air replaces the foam support system found in traditional memory foam mattresses.  According to Dr. Swartzburg, VP of Product Development at Relief-Mart, the mattress does feel like a very firm memory foam mattress when it is on the firmest setting, and when the air level is reduced it does achieve the feeling of a softer mattress.  However, reducing the air pressure also allows the air to be displaced by the heavier mid-section of the body and transferred to the lighter legs and shoulder areas, thereby creating a hammock effect. The solution for those who want an adjustable memory foam mattress, but want to avoid the loss of low back and hip support would be to go with a tri-zone air system where the chambers are partitioned and prevent air from displacing from mid-section to the head and foot sections of the mattress (see the Air-Pedic and Tempur-Choice models above for more info on these types of systems). 2018 Update Read the 2018 Update of our Sleep Number review. Reviews of Sleep Number Beds  i10 Legacy i7 Bed    ...
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    Serta iComfort

    The iComfort® Sleep Systems by Serta® marks this sleep industry giant's big push to gain traction in the memory foam mattress arena.  The iComfort uses insightful marketing to address areas of memory foam concern, such as heat buildup and durability.  Unfortunately, the mattress technology has not caught up with the hype. There are six models in the iComfort sleep line and they all utilize one layer of a MicroSupport™ gel that infuses tiny gel beads in memory foam with the thought that it will provide a cooler experience, along with more support to the body.  However, this is where insightful marketing and real life experience can differ.  When Dr. Swartzburg felt the foam, it did not have the high-quality memory foam feel like what would be found on the heavier density, more true-to-form memory foam products. It seems as though Serta may have also realized that this is the case, since they put a more dense memory foam layer above the gel beaded memory foam layer in their top 3 models and only 1 model out of the 5 models uses the beaded gel memory foam layer on the surface.  This would have been a concern with regards to the cooling effect proposed by Serta, since a layer of memory foam is a denser foam. However, it is not likely that that much cooling of temperature would come from tiny gel beads that have not been chilled to begin with.  In fact, it should be noted that gel has conductive properties that will actually cause it to heat up more than other types of materials when exposed to a heat source like the body. With that said, Serta has managed to put together what Dr. Swartzburg believed to be overall nice feeling and fairly good quality mattresses.  However, he also feels that they are not in the same category as Tempur-Pedic and the other high density, traditional-feeling memory foam designs and wouldn't be expected to offer a much cooler sleep, contrary to the marketing campaign (if heat is a concern with memory foam, see the Tri-Pedic and KoolFlow mattress reviews to learn more about the patented Airflow Transfer System. Additionally, the iComfort Series uses an edge support that is unnecessary with mattresses that have firmer and more resilient core layers like the Tempur-Pedic and other comparable mattresses, as the more resilient cores will not create an edge weakness.  It should also be noted that the mattress edges are always what holds up the best over time and that added edge supports can deform over time and cause more problems than they were intended to prevent. In 2013, the five models in the iComfort mattress series in order of least to most expensive were the iComfort Insight Mattress, the iComfort Genius Mattress, the iComfort Revolution Mattress, the iComfort Prodigy Mattress and the iComfort Renewal Refined.  Since then, Serta has been making several changes to the iComfort Collection, including dividing it into three series, iComfort, iComfort Directions and iComfort EFX. In 2016 Serta brought ...
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    The Sleep Fit memory foam mattress offers three inches of 4lb. memory foam with a 1.5-inch quilting, over an eight inch base. The quilted cover will take away some of the memory foam contouring, but some buyers may be happy to find a memory foam mattress with more of a traditional look and feel. GoMattress offers a 20-year limited warranty and a 30-day trial period. For their standard memory foam mattress, GoMattress uses a lower quality imported foam from China, but they do use 100% U.S.A. produced foam for their Sleep Fit quilted memory foam mattress. Therefore, their Sleep Fit memory foam mattress has been certified as a 100% U.S.A. manufactured product. In 2016, the GoMattress store disappeared from business listings and their website shut down ...
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    Back Be Nimble

    By Accident Back Be Nimble is owned and operated by Dr. Brad Lustick, a chiropractor. After severe injuries in an automobile accident ended his active clinic practice, he and his wife started Back Be Nimble in 1994 to help others deal with back pain. This includes research and advice, as well as selling products they have found to ease back pain. Now the Mattress Among the many products sold by Back Be Nimble is the Nimblepedic memory foam mattress. For 13 years, Lustick studied how Tempur-Pedic mattresses work, as well as their limitations. Along with studying materials for foams, he designed a mattress to equal or exceed the Tempur-Pedic’s performance – the Nimblepedic – which could be sold for less. He offers two models of their Nimblepedic™ memory foam mattresses: the 8-inch high Traditional Nimblepedic and the 11-inch Deluxe Nimblepedic. Traditional Nimblepedic The Traditional Nimblepedic has a 3⅝-inch top layer of 4-lb. density memory foam with a slightly lower ILD than Tempur-Pedic and a bit less on the mattress cost.  The base is 4” of a high resilient 32-ILD foam with edge support.  As mentioned previously, we do not feel that edge support is necessary in a well-built memory foam mattress. The cutaway view shows a “⅜” poly-foam air barrier.” From this label, it seems this would stop any airflow to the lower layer, which limits cooling the mattress, even with open-cell memory foam. However, according to Dr. Lustick, this allows air to flow between the layers, so the cutaway may have been mislabeled. Deluxe Nimblepedic The memory foam layer on top of the Deluxe Nimblepedic is 4” high with 5.7-lb. density. The ILD is not given by number on the BNB website, but is called “Plush Touch Advantage” (Back Be Nimble responded to a request by My Foam Mattress and provided the ILD of their memory foam: 13). Back Be Nimble says this ILD lower than Tempur-Pedic’s 15 gives the mattress a feel that is “softer” and “luxurious.” Beneath the visco memory foam is a 3” layer of latex. It has the same support core as the Traditional Nimblepedic. Since the top layer is ⅜” higher than in the Traditional model, it appears that it does not have the “air barrier” (see note above). This would allow the memory foam to breath into the latex, providing some cooling. But without positive horizontal airflow, it would not have the same degree of cooling as a Tri-Pedic mattress with the Airflow Transfer System option, Cover The cover fabric of both Nimblepedic models is a silk blend velour labeled as breathable and cooling.   Back Be Nimble offers a 60-day trial period and a 20-year limited warranty. Reviews We calculate our ratings in accordance to our Verified Review Policy. Both the Traditional and Deluxe Nimblepedic models are available only on the Back Be Nimble website. The Nimblepedic has 9 reviews,  by customers and one by a chiropractor. These reviews range from 2004 to 2008. Eight of the ratings are 5 stars, and one is ...
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    A. H. Beard

    As one of the largest bed manufacturers in Australia, A.H. Beard produced the KoolFlow® mattress (licensing Selectabed’s and TempFlow’s Airflow Transfer System™). The KoolFlow used the latest innovation in memory foam mattresses designed to dissipate heat through a new, patented airflow transfer system technology, as discussed extensively in the Tri-Pedic review above. This mattress was manufactured by A.H. Beard, the oldest family-owned mattress maker in Australia, but was discontinued due to pressure on retailers by a competitor ...
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    Canadian Maker of Latex Mattresses Essentia, based in Laval, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec, makes latex mattresses. The founder and CEO is Jack Dell’Accio. Mattresses are not the only products made or sold by Essentia. The product line includes Mattresses, Pillows, Kids’ Bedding, and Accessories. The Start Why latex? To avoid toxic chemicals. When a relative received a cancer diagnosis, Dell’Accio studied the role of carcinogens. He realized that most mattresses have toxic materials, from noxious volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to chemical fire retardants, which are potential carcinogens. The VOCs are from the process of manufacturing polyurethane foam, and the retardants from meeting US flame resistance requirements. One natural material without VOCs was latex foam, made from hevea milk, a fluid from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Jack’s father, who supplied latex foam to mattress manufacturers, connected him to a latex foam manufacturer in Italy. Dell’Accio researched and experimented. The goal was to make latex foam with the properties of memory foam, but without the toxins. He developed one by adding select organic essential oils to the liquid latex during processing. Back home in Canada, he adapted latex foam making equipment to produce his new foam, which he labeled “Natural Memory Foam.” Then he began making mattresses with this material. By now, Essentia has several variations of latex. Is It Memory Foam? Essentia advertises their mattress as the only natural memory foam mattress. But this is a misnomer, as it is not based on the original NASA derived formulation, and it is really just a latex mattress that does have a slower recovery time than the usual bouncy latex designs. This is an important distinction for customers looking for a true memory foam experience, and it is also important to note for those who suffer with latex allergies, as this particular latex is not the composite type that has been so popular because of its hypo-allergenic nature. In a 2016 interview with Kate Harrison of Forbes, Dell’Acchio said persons sleeping on Essentia mattresses are not exposed to latex allergens (the proteins that trigger allergic reactions). Ironically, controversy over whether Natural Memory Foam (which is latex with some memory foam properties) is really memory foam is a mirror echo of the controversy over whether “engineered latex” (which is polyurethane foam engineered to have latex-like properties) is really latex. The Mattresses Essentia currently has eight mattress models in three series listed on its site, ranging from their basic model called the Bionda, starting at $1,524, to their top-of-the-line model called Dormeuse Fior, starting at $4,215. All of the mattresses and latex foam are reportedly made in Canada. These mattresses (with the Twin size prices) are:  -    Lifestyle mattresses Bionda ($1,524.00) Stratami ($2,090.00) Tatami ($1,740.00) -    Performance mattresses Classic 8 ($2,661.00) Energie Opus ($3,322.00) -    Wholebody recovery mattresses Beausommet ($3,919.00) Dormeuse ($4,215.00) Dormeuse Fior ($4,804.00) The former entry level and top models were Pure and Unity. The current Classic 8 and Energie Opus hearken back to the former models Classic Skinny ...
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    The Futon Shop

    Green washing is getting popular these days, including claims of “soy-based foam” being environmentally friendly. So it is worth mentioning that in the case of the Futon Shop’s former Natural Organic Soy mattress (and other of their soy foam products) there is no such thing! For more on this, see our article “What About Organic or Green Memory Foam?” The Futon Shop does state that their Bio-Foam is partly soy oil. It is true that a very small percentage of soy has been added to certain memory foams, but this amounts to less than 10%, and even that amount currently distorts the memory foam feel. We hope in the future that this may become a reality, but for the present time it is not, and we want consumers to be aware of the real truth behind this new trend. With that said, the mattress they offered was a coil/fiber filled/memory foam combination. It did have an organic cotton cover. Current Futon Shop models with soy memory foam are Natural Rest, Divine Ice, Soft Viscose, Theta Celliant Performance, Delta Celliant Performance, and Lucid Snow. As already mentioned, the memory foam has very little soy, but it may be a better Futon alternative than the usual Futon mattress compositions. However, keep in mind that any well-layered memory foam mattress with a firm enough base can be placed on a Futon ...
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    While not a mattress manufacturer, Costco is constantly featuring memory foam mattress and toppers that are made exclusively for them. If you are in the market to buy something with memory foam in it and don’t want to spend much, Costco has just that. They offer 10 and 12 inch Novaform™ and Sleep Science™ mattresses*, but the 3 inch memory foam layer in both are lower in density and the feel is more spongy than in major brands. Overall, don’t expect a high quality, but at least it is priced accordingly. *Novaform is made by Sleep Innovations. Sleep Science is made by South Bay International, maker of the Blissful Nights brand, ...
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    Mattress Hero

    We had quite a number of requests for us to review this mattress, since an offer was sent so widely across the internet via There can be no doubt that the pricing was very low for a memory foam mattress, but Mattress Hero products like Nature’s Dream, have some definite longevity and specific warranty concerns. For instance, they do not cover “shrinkage” as long as the top can still be zipped on (presumably from the compression and rolled state the mattress comes in when it arrives), and they allow normal body impressions of up to 1½ inches. There are some inconsistencies with what they list for this mattress on the site description and what their diagram shows, so it may be difficult to give a proper review. For instance, both diagrams show a two-layer mattress, but they list a “large comfort layer” of “a more thicker layer of memory foam” in their site description. The Nature’s Dream mattress uses a 4-lb. memory foam with some soy replacement additives that have not yet been proven in terms of longevity but add some environmentally friendly soy, as well as the necessity for the less desirable toluene diisocyanate (TDI). Our research and experience has led us to prefer the higher quality and environmentally friendly methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), but their memory foam is an improvement over the previous generation of TDI memory foams. The base foam they use for the mattress is not listed as highly resilient (HR) and is, therefore, less dense than the more durable HR foams used for better support and longevity. As of mid-2016, the Mattress Hero website has been down, saying only, “Coming soon,” and their Facebook page has not been updated since 2009 ...
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