It’s hard to resist an attractively priced Visco mattress but before you give in to the temptation, let me explain how expensive Tempurpedic knockoffs really are in the long run (read what makes the best memory foam first).
You Sink In
Cheaper memory foam mattresses are made of low-density viscoelastic foam which has bigger but fewer open cells. The air is spread to adjoining cells much quicker so you sink in faster. This may feel nice and soft, to begin with, but the mattress or bed doesn’t have as much body to provide a proper cushion. In other words, you keep sinking in until you bottom out.
Good quality mattresses like Tempurpedic and other leading brands (see Ergoflex), however, let you sink in but not that much that it’s a chore rolling over. They let you sink in only where softened by body heat while the rest keeps you well-cushioned.
Getting stuck in a hole in the middle of the mattress makes rolling over that much more difficult, to the point where it interrupts your deep, restful sleep. The cost? Over time you actually feel more tired as opposed to fully rested in the morning.
Lower density visco elastic memory foam also wears out much quicker and in time, it stops regaining its original shape. Less dense cell structures crumble quicker than closely knit cells that support each other for a longer period of time. Cheap, low-density memory mattresses can show sagging in the middle in as early as 10 months.
A sagging mattress keeps your spine out of alignment during the whole night. It takes years before high-quality Tempur-style mattresses start to sag. The cost? You may feel pain in the morning as a result of constricted circulation.
While there have been incidents where customers had problems returning brand-name viscoelastic mattresses under warranty, the vast majority are well covered.
Few, if any, knock offs of Tempur-Pedic Swedish mattresses come with a solid warranty that you can rely on. If something should happen to the mattress you are probably stuck with it. The cost? The price of a new mattress you’d have to buy and the lack of restful sleep for as long as you continue sleeping on the old one.
Cheap Memory Foam Mattresses Cost You More Money And Sleep
While the initial cost of inexpensive mattresses is attractive, you’ll find that they last for up to 8 years less than a good quality mattress does. You may find that in the space of 10 years you actually spend more on replacing discount mattresses than you would have spent buying a good bed in the first place.
The cost is not only reflected in the extra dollars you spend but also in the lost hours of restful sleep and frustration.
If you simply cannot afford a good quality, high density, temperature-sensitive memory foam mattress like Tempur-Pedic, then you’re better off buying a non-memory foam, but nonetheless, good quality, mattress.