In this article, we are going to guide you on buying the best foam mattress for your needs. Many people are unsure what foam mattress to purchase, as foam mattresses and foam mattress toppers are available in a wide range of foam qualities and firm nesses. As such, choosing the right foam mattress may seem like a daunting task. Hopefully, this article will help with your next foam mattress purchase.
The first thing to do is to judge the foam quality by its density (weight per cubic ft.). Normally, the heavier the foam is, the better the quality.
- Lightweight foam such as Commerical Grade Polyurethane foam at 1.2 lb. per cubic foot is a cheap quality foam.
- Medium weight foam such as Industrial Grade High Density foam at 1.8 lb. per cubic foot is medium quality foam.
- Semi-heavy weight foam such as Lux foam at 2.2 lb. per cubic foot is good quality foam.
- Heavy foam such as High Resilience foam at 3.0 lb. per cubic foot is great quality foam.
- Heavy foam such as Memory foam at 3.2 lb. per cubic foot is excellent quality foam.
- Very heavy foam such as Latex foam at 5.6 lb. per cubic foot is excellent quality foam.
The first four foam types described are Urethane-type foam. This means that the foam weight determines foam quality, comfort, and longevity. Urethane foam is good for a reasonably priced foam mattress or foam mattress pad. The heaviest foam type, Latex Foam, is high-end foam with a foam rubber base.
Let’s go into more detail regarding the foam types described above to better guide you in buying the best foam mattress.
Commercial Grade Polyurethane Foam Mattress
A Commercial Grade Polyurethane foam mattress at 1.2 lb. density is what you would provide to guests so they do not stay too long… It is the least expensive and lowest quality foam mattress. It will begin to break down in a short period of time, around 1-2 years. This foam mattress will flatten out over time, leaving sink areas. It will not return to its original shape. The foam mattress will also lose its firmness and become softer within a short amount of time. A Polyurethane foam mattress can be used as a temporary mattress if you do not need it to last long or as a mattress topper. We sell this foam in a medium-firm firmness.
Industrial Grade High Density Foam Mattress
An Industrial Grade High Density foam mattress at a 1.8 lb. density is a medium-quality foam mattress. High Density foam will return to shape after compression at a medium pace. It will soften as it ages, creating a Hammock effect. This means the edges remain firm and the area used becomes softer over a few years time. There is a misconception that the name “High Density” means the foam is firm. In fact, High Density foam is available in all firmnesses, from very soft to extra firm.
Lux Foam Mattress
Lux foam at 2.2 lb. density is a good quality foam mattress. It will provide comfort for quite some time before it begins to soften. This foam mattress is good for the long haul and will provide comfort for several years. A Lux foam mattress provides good support and comfort. We sell Lux foam in a medium-firm firmness. As such, if you want to start out with a firmer foam mattress and have it soften to a comfort level you like after a couple of years, this is the foam mattress for you.
High Resilience Foam Mattress
High Resilience foam at a 3.0 lb. density is a very good foam mattress. Whereas lower quality foam types are slower to return to shape and feel less pliable, High Resilience foam is fast to return to shape when pressure is applied and released, making it good for any application. This foam type lasts a very long time before it begins to get softer over the years. However, if you rotate the foam mattress you can get a longer lifespan as well. A High Resilience foam mattress can take a beating and still return to its original form. That’s why it has the name High Resilience. A High Resilience foam mattress is excellent in a four to five-inch thickness. It is available in most firmnesses.