Spring vs foam mattress: Who won the ultimate battle?

December 7, 2017


Spring vs Foam mattress - pro's and con's

Should I choose a spring or a foam mattress? One of the first things you need to consider when buying a new bed is the mattress. Which type do you want to buy? For many years there where only one choice and that was a mattress with springs. These were and still is really good. We will in no way try to speak poorly of spring mattresses. It is a well know and well-trusted product, but we believe that a modern bed should have a memory foam Mattress. More about this later. Let's start with a closer look at the structure of a spring Mattress.

This is springs inside pockets: bedroompedia

Spring mattress

Depending on the quality you will have between 50 and 200 springs. For sleep quality more is obviously better.

In the more expensive models, the individual springs often lie in their soft bag. This is to reduce noise when turning and it should be this kind of model you should choose if going for a spring type of model.

Spring types

Spring mattresses of higher quality are available with a different hardness of the springs. Not only from bed to bed, but also in each bed. There will be softer springs in the leg and the head end of the bed. In the middle to support your bodyweight, they are a little harder. This is to create an equal distribution of weight and should risk of alleviate back pain. On top of the mattress will often be a topper. They are available in thickness between 5 and 15 cm. Usually, the topper is made of some foam or other soft material. This is an absolute must when having a spring mattress.

Memory foam mattress - the new type of mattress

memory foam mattressAs previously written, we will in no way speak poorly of spring mattresses. They have been the best you could get for many years. What we will like to tell is that now there are new and better alternatives. Initially developed for NASA for astronauts, but currently available to the general public. Memory foam mattress that molds to your body when lying in bed and thereby provide full support. Throughout the whole length of the body and not only at the points each spring is.  A memory foam mattress has an additional advantage caused by the unique memory foam used, which can distract heat and keeps your body temperature stable. It's no more an issue to wake up in a sweat.

No topper on the foam mattress

A memory foam mattress has no topper to equalize the pressure of the springs and is regarded by many experts as the best mattress for back pain. More and more hospitals are beginning to replace the old beds with new foam mattresses since it is proven that better sleep improves restitution and patients thereby recover faster after surgery.

Although we believe that a memory foam is the best for your back and sleep quality in general there are also some disadvantages of it. First of all, it is not a cheap Mattress, and you can not expect the same lifetime as we know from the old beds, as the foam slowly loses its elasticity and no longer provides the same support.  In time there will come like a small indentation in the center, and at that time you will have to replace it. You can expect a lifetime of 5-7 years depending on usage. This, however, is also the only negative thing there is to say about the mattress, and the significant benefits of comfort will more than offset the disadvantages. Bedroompedia.com can tell you more about this.