When you’ve decided to invest in a new mattress, there are many things to consider. After all, getting a perfect night’s sleep is so important for your health, so you should make sure you’ve done your research. One of the most significant considerations when looking for a mattress is whether to elect for memory foam or pocket springs.
Both have their pros and cons, and one is not necessarily better than the other. We’ve put together this handy article to help you decide whether a memory foam or pocket sprung mattress is the better option for you.
Benefits of Memory Foam:
The memory foam used in mattresses is viscoelastic, meaning it is designed to shape to the contours of your body and provide support and comfort throughout the night. Memory foam is heat sensitive and is an excellent option if you struggle to retain heat during the night.
They are also designed to be longer-lasting compared to springs, as while springs wear down over time, memory foam bounces back and retains its shape.
Memory foam mattresses are also a popular choice for people seeking more support for joint or back problems, as the foam shapes around your body to provide an optimum level of support during the night. In most cases they’re also hypoallergenic as they don’t collect dust particles, which is a truly standout feature of memory foam when compared to other mattresses on the market.
Alternatives to memory foam are natural materials such as latex, wool, cotton, cashmere, and mohair for example.
Benefits of Pocket Springs:
Pocket sprung mattresses are encased individually to ensure they move independently from one another, ensuring they provide a much more comfortable night’s sleep than more traditional spring mattresses.
When sleeping on a pocket sprung mattress, you will feel like you are resting on top of it instead of the sensation of sinking into it like you experience with a memory foam mattress.
The springs’ encased nature means the mattress feels incredibly smooth as they don’t transfer a great deal of motion, making them an ideal choice for people who are easily disturbed by their partner’s motion during the night. A pocket sprung mattress is a good choice if you’re looking for a more traditional sleep option, as memory foam takes a little getting used to.
Tips on choosing a pocket spring mattress:
- First you want to check the number of pocket springs. Generally a mattress has 1,000 and above, is considered a good number. Also, keep in mind that a the number will vary depending on the size you buy (the bigger the mattress size, the more springs there are inside).
- Secondly, you’ll want to check how long the pocket springs are. For example, the Simba Hybrid mattress has 2.5cm micro springs inside, which are actually made from titanium. On the other hand, the Otty Hybrid has pocket springs which are 14cm long.
Memory foam vs. pocket springs: main differences
While both offer an excellent night’s sleep, there are five key things you should consider as the main differences between memory foam and pocket sprung mattresses, that we introduce below:
- Heat: If you feel cold during the night, memory foam is the better option for you. But you can still find memory foam mattresses that have cooling properties, so you don’t feel too hot in the summer.
- Durability: Memory foam mattresses tend to be more durable than pocket sprung alternatives, and will last you longer.
- Movement: If you move around a lot during the night, a pocket sprung mattress is likely to be the better option for you, since it won’t disturb your sleeping partner as much.
- Support: If you suffer from back or joint problems, the additional support provided by memory foam will benefit you during the night.
- Feel: Pocket sprung mattresses tend to offer a little more bounce than memory foam.
What is a Hybrid Mattress?
Since both memory foam and pocket springs each have their own benefits, many companies have decided to use both materials in the manufacturing process.
Here you can see the layers of a Slumberland Rollo Hybrid mattress.
On top there is a soft quilted cover, below that there is one layer of memory foam and a second layer of Orthopeadic memory foam. At the bottom there are 1,100 pocket pocket springs, plus durable foam on the edges.
Conclusion: which to choose?
When choosing between memory foam and pocket springs, you really need to make an assessment based upon your individual preferences, as each type of mattress can help you have a peaceful night’s sleep. Of if you’re unsure, you could always look at hybrid mattresses which incorporate the best of both worlds.