The story behind memory foam goes all the way back to the 1960s, when researchers for NASA were looking for ways test pilots could keep cushioned during flights. They came up with memory foam, which would not only cushion the pilots but also find its way into the helmets of the American football team the Dallas Cowboys during the 1970s and 1980s. Who knew!
Today, we see memory foam more commonly in mattresses, couches, chairs, cinema seats and more, but you might have also noticed a slightly newer kid on the block in the bedding industry: memory gel. What’s this all about? What are ‘memory gel’ mattresses? Well, we’re glad you asked because we’ve produced a short guide for you.
What is a memory gel mattress?
Just like memory foam, memory gel mattresses offer extra comfort and support; have a sprung or foam base; and are made from viscoelastic. The difference is that their manufacturers have also incorporated memory gel into them – this could be in the form of gel beads, gel particles, gel layers, thermal gel or phase-changing gel (a type of gel that changes from solid to liquid when it detects body heat) – so that the user can stay cool at night.
Like memory foam, memory gel mattresses mould to the shape of the person’s body while they’re sleeping, rather than ‘fight back’ against the pressure the way a normal mattress would. The foam in the mattress returns back to its normal shape when the person gets up off of the mattress. It’s because of these features that they’re so comfortable.
The problem is memory foam tends to get warm because the air gets trapped in the foam, which is why manufacturers came up with memory gel. These mattresses are as comfortable as their memory foam siblings, but the infusion of the memory gel into the mattress helps it to stay more breathable, keeping the person sleeping on the mattress cooler during the night. It’s like having a gel ice pack in the mattress.
Does memory gel affect the mattress’s durability?
Memory foam and memory gel haven’t really been around long enough to make more general statements about their durability. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible at all to gauge it. The key to estimating memory foam durability lies in the density.
This is because of the way the mattresses are manufactured. Whereas a high density of 1.5 to 1.8 lbs per cubic foot would suggest a good quality polyfoam mattress, in the case of memory foam, a density of 4 to 5 per cubic foot would be a better indicator of whether a memory gel or memory foam mattress is good quality. Choose one with this level of density and it would be reasonable to expect the mattress to last a good while.
Note that as time goes on, the coolant effects of the mattress may start to wear off, although this shouldn’t make a difference as it’s good to replace a mattress, in general, every 7 to 10 years.
What type of mattress is best?
Only you can make the decision of whether to buy a memory gel mattress or not, but when you’re choosing your mattress, you may want to consider the following things:
- Are you buying the mattress because of the comfort factor? If your current mattress is plain uncomfortable, you may prefer a hybrid mattress that combines memory gel and pocket springs so that you get plenty of comfort and plenty of support when you sleep.
- Are you sensitive to the temperatures? A memory gel mattress might be the solution so that the temperatures are no longer a factor in keeping you up at night.
- What’s your budget? How much are you willing to spend on a new mattress? Is it within your price range and is the spend worth it for you?
- What size is it? Will it fit the bed?
- How firm is the mattress? Will it provide the right level of comfort and support you need?
Careful consideration of these factors will help you make the right decision. If you’re still not sure, you can talk to the retailer, who can offer you advice and help you decide which type of mattress is best for you.
How much do memory gel mattresses cost?
At Bedstar, if you’re in luck and order a mattress during a sale, depending on the size, type and brand you order, you may be able to pick up a mattress for as little as £349. Outside of the sales, you can expect to pay from approximately £436.00 up to anything over £1 000. It all comes down to your requirements and budget.
Remember, we offer financing options, too, so if you do fancy investing in a memory gel mattress after reading this post, but don’t think your budget will allow it, chat to one of the Bedstar team first. You can discuss payment plans with the company so that you don’t have to rule out that extra comfort you desire when you buy a memory gel mattress.