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Memory Foam VS. Spring Mattress – A 2022 Comparison

June 6, 2022   By Clarisa Mcdonald

What is a Memory Foam Mattress?

Let’s talk about the most popular type of mattress for pressure relief and motion isolation. 

We all know that the memory foam mattress is a relatively recent popular innovation. But did you know that it was initially invented in the 1960s for improved NASA spaceship seat cushioning and crash protection? Amazing!

It’s designed for motion and shock absorption to protect the body from impact.

Memory foam is made to respond to body heat. As body heat warms the mattress, the foam becomes softer, and it sinks, cradles, and hugs the body. As it cools, the foam returns to its original shape.

Memory foam makes you feel like you are lying on a fluffy cloud. And after you get up and no longer put weight on it, it returns to its normal state. 

True to its nature, the memory foam is exceptionally popular for its pressure-relieving feature; hospitals eventually adopted it for use in wheelchairs and beds of immobile patients. 

Eventually making its way to the mass market in the 20th century, it is considered today a staple of the mattress industry, garnering high customer satisfaction ratings.

There are three different types of memory foam:

Standard Memory Foam

This is the traditional type of memory foam that’s soft yet supportive. Standard memory foam is comprised of several layers of foam of different densities. It’s made from polyurethane foam with added materials to increase its density and viscosity. 

Cutting a memory foam mattress is actually tricky because of how dense it is. That’s why memory foam beds are generally more expensive than typical polyfoam.

Open-Cell Memory Foam

The open-cell memory foam combats the heat retention of the traditional variety. It is designed with tiny openings that allow better airflow. Thanks to open-cell memory foam, hot sleepers can enjoy a bed that will help them sleep cool on warm nights.

Open-cell memory foam feels a bit softer and lasts shorter. This is why it is good to pair this foam with other layers of foam that will help the mattress last longer. 

The Ecosa Mattress is actually comprised of other layers of high-density foam, including the ECO-Tex Memory Foam, an open-cell foam layer that is bouncy like latex, and yet more durable and breathable than typical open-cell memory foam.

Gel Memory Foam 

Combined with the open-cell design, the gel memory foam mattress has tiny gels, often in beaded form. It has natural cooling properties that help regulate body temperature.

Want the best qualities of these different types of memory foam? Wait till we discuss the Ecosa Mattress, the best memory foam mattress that combines open-cell and gel materials. Plus, it provides an Ergonomic Support Form that heightens spine alignment and support for pressure points. It’s undoubtedly the best mattress that will please any sleeping style.

What is a Spring Mattress?

Traditional spring mattresses dominated the market for many years since their invention in 1871 by Heinrich Westphal.

Spring or innerspring mattresses are made of spring coils or metal coils of various lengths and thickness and acts as a core layer. It helps promote airflow and is suitable for hot sleepers.

Spring mattresses are also often good for heavier people, who may benefit more from the coiled spring support system than a foam base.

It is, however, ideal to note the coil count and firmness levels because most quality beds have around 400 coils or more in a queen-size mattress. But this does not always mean a higher quality bed, as there are many factors to consider.

Coil mattresses are made of 3 parts: 

  • The comfort layer prevents the sleeper from feeling the spring coils underneath. It’s made of foam or layers of wool. 
  • The corehouses the spring coil system. Its number and types of springs vary.
  • The foundation features a sturdy material usually made of wool or foam.

Here are the different types of spring mattresses on the market: 

Bonnell Coils

Bonnel coils are the original design of the traditional spring mattress. It’s shaped like an hourglass that springs with a thin middle (responding to soft pressure) and a thick end for overall support.

It’s simple, cost-effective to produce, and generally cheaper. 

Bonnell coil wires are either soft or firm, depending on the wires. Generally, it can hold relatively heavyweights. But these coils have a short lifespan as they tend to break quickly and don’t offer the same support as modern coils. 

Continuous Coils

Continuous coils provide very firm support. First, a single wire is used to construct an entire row of coils. Then, it is twisted into hundreds or thousands of coils to form the network of coils that act as a support layer.

This design is durable and sturdy and is usually the firmest coil type. It is linked together by a helical lacing which improves its lifetime compared to Bonnell. However, while generally more supportive, it still cannot match the contoured support of memory foam.

Continuous coils also tend to have a lot of motion transfer because the entire support layer is well connected, which couples might not prefer.

Offset Coils

Offset coils are made of individual coils set closer together and linked by hinged wires. The individuality of offset coils allows the bed to offer better support.

While it’s pretty stiff, it is favoured by some patients who experience back pain as they prefer reactive force for their joints. In contrast, some sleepers find it too firm. 

Offset coils are not that popular. And similar to continuous coils, the connected coils transfer motion, which does not make it a good option for couples or families sleeping in one bed. 

Pocketed Coils

Pocketed coils are metal coils individually wrapped in fabric sleeves, such as wool or cotton, and have a uniform width from top to bottom. 

Pocket springs are generally the most expensive among all other spring mattresses. It is designed to be on par with a memory foam mattress as it is made to conform to our body shape. 

Some pocketed coil mattresses with a targeted support system give firmer support to the back and neck and softer support to the hips and shoulders, providing a more buoyant feel overall.

The plus side of individualized wrapped coils is their ability to eliminate movement. However, this type of mattress won’t automatically be more durable as independent springs are not as hard and sturdy.

How Sleeping Positions may Change Purchase Preference

Your sleeping style helps determine the type of mattress for you.

Side Sleepers

Memory foam mattresses with a soft to medium firmness are good for side sleepers as this firmness allow more cushioning for the joints and around the shoulders and hips. In addition, side sleepers require a mattress that moulds itself to these body parts to help keep the spine aligned. 

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers can enjoy a medium-firm mattress, so they don’t sink in the bed, and the spine stays aligned without arching the back. In addition, since they don’t tend to exert much effort on their pressure points like side sleepers, a pocketed coil mattress is suitable as it offers minimal conforming support. 

Back or Combination Sleepers

You always need to make sure that your back has enough support. Unfortunately, back sleepers have to avoid mattresses that are too soft to do that.

Good quality, hybrid mattresses such as the Ecosa Vital Mattress will give you the proper support of pocket springs with the comfort of gel memory foam.  In addition, it will provide plenty of stability and pressure relief. The best of both worlds!

The Ecosa Pure Mattress is another great option as it is the most luxurious and sustainable mattress comprised of thousands of micro coils, 7-zone pocket springs, and premium latex foam for maximum comfort.

What if I have Back Pain?

Mattresses in the firmer range are ideal for back pain and spine alignment.  

Firm mattresses can help maintain the appropriate sleeping posture. And since spring mattresses are typically firm, people tend to recommend them for back sleepers and those who suffer back pain.

However, there are high quality, medium-firm memory foam mattresses with the right firmness and quality for back pain. It supports a sleeper’s back without sacrificing comfort levels. 

An article in the Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences suggests that memory foam mattresses can prevent back pain by:

  • supporting the natural curve of the spine
  • responding to pressure points
  • evening out the distribution of bodyweight
  • reducing stress and fatigue in the body
  • increasing comfort

Ecosa’s high-quality memory foam mattress has an adjustable firmness without skimping on comfort. Whether you’re a side or back sleeper, the Ecosa mattress has flexible layers of firmness for everybody. The foam moulds fit your body’s natural curves without skimping on firmness for your back problems.

Which Should You Buy?

Hybrid beds combine the advantages of the two different types of mattresses. While enjoying the cradling and comfort of memory foam, you can reap the benefits of a firm and sturdy mattress due to the pocket coil layer.

Purchase the latest innovation that prioritizes your needs without compromising quality and the environment. Go for Ecosa.

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