What is a Geltex Mattress?

What is a Geltex Mattress?

When you come to buy a new mattress, you will discover a whole range of memory foam, pocket sprung, gel-based, and hybrid options available. 

Choosing the right sleep surface for your needs isn’t easy, as there’s a lot to think about. 

And one type of mattress technology that has gained in popularity in recent times is Silentnight’s Geltex mattress collection.

So, to help you decide if a Geltex is right for you, we run through some of the properties and benefits of a Geltex mattress below. 

What is Geltex?

A Geltex Mattress is composed of an elastic gel that provides advanced pressure relief and body temperature regulation. This gel layer is infused with tiny air capsules, allowing for increased airflow and ventilation throughout the mattress.

This design helps to regulate temperature and prevent overheating during sleep, ensuring a cool and comfortable sleeping environment.

Overall there are three main benefits that you’ll experience from sleeping on a Geltex mattress:

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  • Enhanced breathability and increased airflow. You won’t overheat during the night.
  • Soothing pressure relief for the key areas of your body (back, shoulders and hips).
  • Optimal body support and better spinal alignment when you lay down.

Geltex mattresses are a common feature of Silentnight’s range and have been selling on the UK market for several years.

How is it different? 

When compared to memory foam mattresses, Geltex promises to enhance breathability, improve pressure relief, and enable free and easy movement. 

Geltex mattresses can deliver on these promises because of their elastic profile and open cell structure that responds to the contours of your body and your movements throughout the night. 

geltex layer in mattresses

Following a study conducted by the University of Central Lancashire, Geltex was shown to outperform memory foam in comfort, pressure relief, firmness, and even spinal alignment. 

As such, some people view Geltex as a better alternative to memory foam and other traditional mattress compositions (such as latex) and are delighted with how a Geltex mattress enhances sleep. 

What are the benefits of a Geltex mattress? 

While mattress comfort is ultimately subjective, the popularity of Geltex in recent times is a direct result of the myriad benefits that come with it. 

While memory foam mattresses are still undoubtedly popular, Geltex bridges the gap between memory foam and more traditional sleep surfaces and provides the following benefits: 

  • Geltex mattresses are more breathable than memory foam, and the improved heat dispersal suits those who tend to overheat during the night.
  • Furthermore, Geltex mattresses are designed to be durable and long-lasting. You don’t need to worry about Geltex mattresses dipping or sagging in the middle, as the gel helps the foam return to its original shape. 
  • You’re less likely to be disturbed by partner motion during the night, and Geltex contributes to a more peaceful night’s sleep. 
  • Geltex mattresses feel firmer than memory foam products and offer additional support throughout the night to those who need it.

As people have come to realise the many benefits associated with Geltex, it’s little surprise the mattress technology is increasing in popularity.

Alternatives to Geltex:

Some alternatives to Geltex mattresses include:

  • memory foam, known for its contouring properties and pressure relief;
  • latex, offering durability and responsiveness with a buoyant feel;
  • innerspring mattresses with coil systems providing support and airflow;
  • hybrid mattresses blending materials like foam and pocket springs or coils for balanced comfort;
  • polyfoam mattresses offering affordability and various firmness levels;
  • mattresses with natural fibers like cotton and wool for breathability and moisture-wicking.

Each alternative has its unique characteristics, catering to different preferences for support, comfort, and temperature regulation, allowing consumers to find the best option based on their needs and sleeping habits.

Just like Silentnight Bensons for Beds has developed their own line of mattresses with an iGel layer inside.

iGel Advance 1600i mattress layers

The iGel Mattress Collection has 4cm-7cm of gel, which regulates body temperature and provides body pressure relief. 

They are priced £1,100-£1,800 for a double size. 

Another alternative would be Dream’s TheraPur Mattress collection (shown below).

TheraPur ActiGel Glacier 1600 Mattress 2
TheraPur ActiGel Glacier 1600 Mattress layers

They have a layer of ActiGel, with an open cell structure.

This helps keep you cool at night and offers comfort and support. They are priced £700-£1,500 for a double size, depending on the model.

Bottom Line:

Ultimately, a Geltex mattress is suitable for anyone who’s looking to improve their night’s sleep. 

The advanced technology ensures you benefit from the comfort associated with memory foam, as well as the additional support offered by pocket-sprung mattresses.

The result is a comfortable and supportive mattress that will help you enjoy a more restful night’s sleep.