Memory Foam or Innerspring: Which Mattress is Better?

What's the best kind of mattress? What is most comfortable? What lasts the longest? Don't memory foam mattresses sleep too hot? Will I feel the springs over time?

So many questions. At the end of the day, mattresses work differently for different people. But, knowing the trends of what other people are saying and learning about the newest technologies can only help in the decision making process.

Below, we've taken a study from Sleep Like the Dead, an unbiased and independent sleep research blog, and summarized the results. The images and data points below have not been changed. The data is compiled using over 25,000 mattress reviews from over 1,000 sources. 


There are plenty of details to dive into, but let's start with a broad overview. What is the overall satisfaction rating of each style of mattress?


This is actually pretty surprising. Innersprings are widely considered the most purchased mattress type, and yet carry the lowest satisfaction rate of any mattress on the market.Conversely, Memory Foam mattresses are rated a whole 16 points above traditional Innersprings in satisfaction. In fact, even Foam mattresses that don't contain any kind of memory foam are listed among the most satisfying types of beds. 


No matter what kind of mattress you get, it needs to last. Whether you spend $300 or $3,000, a mattress should not be a regular purchase. So, what's the data on that?


Once again, Innerspring mattresses do not do well. Foam and Memory Foam mattresses both come out above average, each with an average life span of over a year longer than Innerspring. If longevity is the main objective in a mattress purchase, and you can afford the premium price, Latex and Air mattresses are the best option. 


No mattress will totally cure pain problems that need medical support, but mattresses can certainly affect a person’s pain levels.


This chart is not quite as surprising. Memory Foam was developed for pressure relief and comfort in the same ways that Air mattresses are used in the medical industry. However, seeing Innerspring mattresses testing so closely with Futons is concerning.


It's true that Memory Foam mattresses have more issue with heat retention than Innerspring mattresses do, with about 9% of Memory Foam mattress customers reporting heat issues, versus about 6% for Innerspring users.


However, what's interesting is that despite the broad view that Memory Foam "sleeps hot", it's only 3% worse than Innerspring reviews.


As we mentioned in the beginning, mattress satisfaction is totally dependent upon the person. You cannot one-size-fits-all a mattress. At least not if you want to provide quality sleep. However, based on the research conducted by Sleep Like the Dead, it is easy to see that the broad base of mattress users prefer Memory Foam over Innersprings.

The most common complaints with Memory Foam mattresses are 1) that they sleep hot, and 2) that they are not customizable. 

Here at Comfort Option, we provide tangible solutions to both complaints:

1) We provide multiple materials that are new to the industry and engineered for cool sleep. From extremely high air flow to heat conducting additives, there are no foam mattresses available that offer cooling capabilities equal to the Comfort Option mattress program.

2) We customize mattresses for individuals based on who they are and what they need. With a simple 6 question Comfort Test, we will tailor make a mattress using the best foam materials available, and hand-picking those which are most suited to our customer's specific needs. And we don't stop there. If we get it wrong, we'll bring other materials out to your house and make sure that the desired level of comfort is achieved.

Are you ready to start sleeping better? If so, come visit us at our showroom, our Circle Centre location, or — if you don’t want to leave your house — schedule an appointment with our Mobile Showroom and bring the store to your door! Whatever you need, we’d love to make a mattress that works just right for you.