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Buying Tips

How thick should a good memory foam mattress be?

An average mattress should be at least 16cm thick but I prefer thicker ones. In principal a thicker mattress offers more comfort than a thinner one.

The memory foam part should be at least 6 cm but 7 or 8 cm works better especially for hips and shoulders (pressure points of the body). With 4 cm memory foam you literally will feel almost no effect from the memory foam. It is important therefore that you understand how it works. Its important that the material underneath has a high resilience and gives good progressive pressure whilst at the same time feeling flexible. This means that no polyether should be used for the underneath foam, a far better one is cold foam. Cold foam alone already provides a high level of comfort but with a layer of memory foam on top of it you then create a mattress of unparalleled comfort.

Should we not put a diagram with the two layers of how it is made. Cold foam and memory foam with an arrow pointing to each so customer undersatands what we mean by saying memory foam part should be 6 to 7cm and what we mean by the underneath part.???? i.e That there are memory foam mattresses with polyether,cold foam and inner springs as underneath parts.

2 pics open n closed cell structure

When buying a new mattress

Ask what the density is and how the mattress is built; is it made up of a cold foam underneath or a polyether or inner springs? How is it glued together, is it water based? How much does the mattress cover weigh per square metre, the best is above 250g. It would also be good to know how long this specific mattress has been produced for and what reactions the customer satisfaction has been like. Is it flexible or is it firm? Is it warm or is it cold? Is it easy to move around on? And finally what percentage comes back from trial periods. I doubt it will be easy to get all these questions answered from an average bed salesman in a store. I have tried it several times and it was sad to see how much the salesman know or should I say didn’t know. Sometimes it is that a shop has perfect products but the personnel know very little about the actual products.

The best thing I can recommend is to do your “homework”, if it was me I would also like to know what kind of qualifications the specific foam has or if the fabric is working on ISO9001 and if the foam is medically qualified. I would also like to know where it comes from, what foam factory and how long has this foam been on the market. I would like to see test reports, I would like to see comparisons tables and if it could be used for medical purposes and if it is CFK free, (no smell or gas released) and if it is anti-bacterial and latex free (many people suffer from allergies to latex).

In summary, most of what I have just outlined is not necessary for you as a consumer unless you are looking specifically for a medical product but then this information wouldn’t be significant enough either. These are just good bits of knowledge to know so that you are able to make the most informed decision.

Another aspect is the warranty; how is the bed put together, is it fully guaranteed or is it a limited guarantee, what exactly is the guarantee on, for example is it on the foam or is it also on how it is glued together? You must be wary of people trying to pass off poor guarantees; sadly in many cases they make you have to prove something is wrong with the bed rather than that it is just not the right choice for you.