Memory Foam vs Spring Mattresses

SPM11If you are considering the replacement of your mattress, there’s a good chance that you have a decision to make that wasn’t necessary when you bought your existing mattress. Namely, whether to choose a memory foam or a spring mattress.

Memory foam has been around since the mid 1960’s since its creation by the NASA research centre. It has taken quite some time for its use to be adopted into mattresses and pillows, partly because its costs were simply too high to make an affordable mattress. New production methods in recent years have made memory foam costs more accessible.

Spring mattresses have been around for a very long time – chances are, the mattress you are replacing will be a spring mattress. Affordability and durability make spring mattresses as popular today as they ever have been.


Spring Mattresses

Spring mattresses have seen vast improvements to the spring unit that provides the support to our bodies. Pocket springs are now commonplace in modern spring mattresses. Pocket springs are individual springs that are covered in material and fitted together into a single rod frame that holds them all together. The cost of a spring mattress largely depends upon the number of pocket springs that it contains.


Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are usually made from a single piece of foam and fitted with an outer protective cover. It’s worth looking for a mattress that has a removable cover that can be machine washes as this will greatly improve the hygiene of the mattress and extend its life. 

When laid down our bodies exert differing amounts of downwards pressure onto the mattress. This is where a memory foam mattresses come into their own. The foam reacts to the pressure applied to it, so at high pressure points it adapts more, at low pressure points it adapts less providing the correct amount of support to the whole body. Spring mattresses usually only springs with the same push back strength which means they cannot adapt to your body pressure.

Memory foam mattresses also remove issues of ‘roll together’ that are common with spring mattresses. The foam distributes weight evenly meaning there’s no dip in the middle of the mattress for you to both roll into. 


Which Is Right For Me?

The bullet points of pros and cons for memory foam and spring mattresses will help you decide which mattress type is right for you.


Spring Mattress Pros

  • Typically a quality spring mattress has a life-span of 10 or more years.
  • Cool sleeping surface
  • More suitable for those who prefer a firmer bed
  • Generally cheaper than memory foam


Spring Mattress Cons

  • Quickly lose their original level of comfort
  • Difficult to keep clean
  • Poor back support – particularly to the lumbar region


Memory Foam Pros

  • No roll together
  • No ‘jiggle’ from springs when you move
  • Even weight distribution
  • Even body support without pressure points
  • Covers are easy to wash


Memory Foam Cons

  • A quicksand feeling – cheaper memory foam mattresses are often slow to respond to movement
  • Can be too warm for sleepers who prefer a cool surface



Perhaps a deciding factor in your choice of mattress will be the cost. Quality memory foam mattresses can be slightly more expensive than spring mattresses. The buying power of Sleepy People can help you save money when shopping for memory foam mattresses online. We have a great choice of mattresses, by leading manufacturers, at prices that you won’t find available on the high street. Of course, don’t forget the importance of a mattress topper as well as a great mattress and, as far as we’re concerned, you simply cannot beat investing in a memory foam mattress topper.