Wide ranges of mattress varieties are now available in the NZ market, which make selection very tough. In this article, we aim to provide you an in-depth comparison of a spring mattress and the popular memory foam mattress.
Pros and Cons: Spring Mattress
- Pros of Spring Mattresses
1) Less Costly: You will be glad to know that spring mattresses are not costly and you can find them at bottom dollar prices.
2) Long Lasting: These mattresses can last between 7-10 years.
- Cons of Spring Mattresses
1) Poor Support: These mattresses usually sag after 1-2 years. Surprisingly 16% of their support is lost in the 1st year alone. Moreover, the innersprings do not offer proper back support to your spine.
4) Painful –These mattresses do not evenly distribute the body weight. Pressure points are inevitable, because each spring pushes back with the same force.
5) Not Hypoallergenic – A perfect nesting ground for dust mites is created because of the fluffy polyester top and the empty space in-between the springs.
Pros and Cons: Memory Foam Mattress
- Pros of Memory Foam Mattress
1) Inexpensive – You can get a memory foam mattress for under $950.
2) Pressure Relief – The memory foam mattress relieves pressure better than any other mattress type.
3) No Bounce– No bounce means that no transfer of movement will occur that can wake up or your partner.
- Cons of Memory Foam Mattresses
2) Stuck in the Mattress Feel– A memory foam mattress adjusts to the contours of a persons’ body, the foam takes very less time to contour to the body shape and bounce back to its original shape as well. This may create a feeling like a person is stuck in the mattress or they are sinking into swamp.
3) Temperature Sensitivity – Most of the memory foam mattresses rely on your body temperature to be able to contour it, but because of the lack of proper air flow through it you can wake up as a sweaty mess.
4) Odd Smell – Some of the memory foam mattresses are made with foams of poor quality and they can have a pungent or unpleasant smell.
Spring mattresses managed to remain popular even after most people think that spring mattresses should have died in the 80’s just like leg warmers and parachute pants. This is because they are inexpensive and have high profit margins. They need to be replaced after every 3-10 years, which makes them a reoccurring source of income for Serta, Sealy, Spring Air and Simmons etc.
According to the Better Sleep Council, a good quality mattress should provide 8-10 years of proper support and comfort. The importance of a healthy and supportive mattress cannot be ignored, with an average person spending 30% of their life sleeping. A good quality mattress may be expensive, but it will certainly keep your body comfortable and well supported.
We hope that you now have developed a better understanding of the difference between a memory foam and a spring mattress. Now, it is your decision to choose wisely. Because a wrong decision will not only waste your money but also affect your health.