How to Choose Between Memory Foam vs. Inner Spring Mattresses

How to Choose Between Memory Foam vs. Inner Spring Mattresses

Everyone wants to find the right mattress to unlock the restorative powers of a great night's sleep. If you're in the market for a new mattress, one of the first questions you'll probably ask is, "Is an inner spring or memory foam mattress the best choice for me?".  As a memory foam mattress manufacturer, we may seem biased, but from our years of experience in the industry, we think it's important that people really learn the differences to find the best mattress for them. Our guide to navigating this question that will cover aspects of cost, comfort, durability, care, and more that play into the decision as both inner spring and memory foam mattresses have a unique set of pros and cons in these areas addressing different individuals' needs and preferences. Let's consider the differences between a memory foam vs. coil mattress.

Inner Spring Mattresses

The inner spring mattress is the "traditional" mattress style which has been around the longest. As Consumer Reports describes, these mattresses are constructed with steel coils configured in different ways under some padding.

Pros For Inner Spring Mattresses:

  • Cost: Historically, inner spring mattresses are a less expensive alternative and may be ideal for extremely tight budgets.
  • Temperature Regulation: Mattresses with inner springs air out well due to space between the springs, so it may feel cooler.

Cons for Inner Spring Mattresses:

  • Allergies: Inner spring mattresses contain space for dust must so allergy sufferers may not rest well.
  • Motion Transfer: Couples may find that when one partner tosses and turns that the bed ripples and bounces disturbing sleep.
  • Durability: Sometimes sections of coils wear out/break leading to uncomfortable sleeping positions.
  • Flipping/Rotation: While considering whether to buy a spring vs. foam mattress, many find the inner spring mattress requires more maintenance such as regularly rotating and/or flipping the mattress.
  • Buyer's Remorse: According to the mattress buyer's guide from Consumer Reports, customers who buy inner spring mattresses are most likely to feel dissatisfied with their purchase. Customers who buy memory foam mattresses tend to be much happier. Let's learn about how memory foam compares.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are among the latest sleep technology usually made from polyurethane or latex foam.  For a brief history, NASA funded researchers invented memory foam (or viscoelasticity as it was called at the time) to provide comfortable seating for their pilots and now memory foam is now used in furniture, cushions, mattresses, and more! Memory foam conforms to the shape of the body, then it returns to reforms to its original shape when not in use. Costs of memory foam mattresses were a concern several years ago, but with new technologies and the advent of the bed-in-a-box industry that cuts out the high mark up needed to support brick and mortar mattress stores, they have they grown to be extremely affordable and compete directly with inner spring mattresses.

Pros For Memory Foam Mattresses:

  • Cradling Support: Memory foam mattresses are a favorite with people who suffer from aches and pains tend to prefer the supportive, form conforming qualities of a memory foam mattress.
  • Hypoallergenic: Allergy sufferers appreciate that a memory foam mattress is usually hypoallergenic and often antimicrobial
  • Pressure Point Relief: While sleeping on a memory foam mattress, the weight of the body is evenly supported resulting in less pressure on sensitive pain points.
  • No motion transfer: Couples appreciate that when a partner turns, the other doesn't feel the ripples of motion. This may result in a more restful sleep for both parties.
  • Free Trial Period: Most memory foam mattresses now come with a risk free trial period guaranteeing you'll like the bed or your money back.  For example, offers a 200 night trial!

Cons For Memory Foam Mattresses:

  • Temperature: Some feel hot sleeping on some memory foam mattresses, gel options like the Bed though tend to be more cooling and address this issue.
  • Off Gassing: Some customers are concerned about the smell when just opening their memory foam mattress; however, with mattresses made with CertiPUR-US certified memory foam and simply airing out the mattress before use, this is a non-issue.

When choosing a new mattress, the first choice is between memory foam or inner spring. The right choice depends on a variety of factors and as we've seen at, many people find a memory foam mattress results in a better night's sleep.  If you're in the market, we encourage you to give our mattress a try - you'll be glad you did!

Edited: 09/14/2019