Spring And Memory Beds Consumer Report Comparison

Customer opinions are divided between the two-bed types. Understandably, both spring mattresses and memory beds have pros and cons to consider before settling for one or the other. We’ve compiled the most notable pros and cons in an easy-to-read table.

But first, here’s what you must know about home mattress trials and what makes a good foam mattress.

Mattress Prices Comparison

A high quality slow-recovery Tempur-Pedic bed can cost up to $3,000, and the cheapest memory foam mattress is around $800.

Most spring mattresses cost between $300 and 2000, depending on size, type of filling (natural fibers are a bit more expensive) and springs (pocket models are the most comfortable and the most expensive), ticking quality (damask is considered luxurious compared to cotton, for example) and brand.

Which Is Most Popular With Consumers

Definitely the viscoelastic mattress. Spring mattresses were the standard form of sleeping pads for more than 150 years, but they have lost their popularity as soon as more comfortable technologies became affordable.

Though innerspring mattress manufacturers try to keep up with the fast-growing foam industry by introducing new product lines, like the pocket spring and by adding softer toppers, the way coil system works could never offer the same comfort and lack of pressure points that a visco foam mattress can.

Bottom line, innerspring mattresses can’t offer you the back support you need, they cause you to toss and turn all night because they apply pressure on your body and break down quickly.

Memory foam mattresses offer you support, pressure point reduction, great comfort, and a life span of more than 15 years. On the other hand, there are people who prefer the much firmer surface that only a spring mattress can offer. You just have to find out for yourself if you are one of them.

Memory Beds Spring Mattresses
Major Pro Can be very comfortable Initial comfort
Other Pros
  • Very supportive
  • No sagging
  • Your moves don’t affect your sleeping partner
  • No need to be flipped
  • No arm/leg falling asleep
  • Improves circulation
  • Firmness
  • Nice outer ticking
  • Good back support for the pocket spring models
  • Easy maintenance
  • Cost
Major Con Gets hot during sleep Short life span
Other Cons
  • High Price
  • Heavy
  • Difficult to set up and move
  • Takes time to adjust to it
  • Can’t sit up on it
  • Weird smell in the first weeks
  • Too heavy for the regular box spring
  • A feeling of being gripped by the foam, not being able to turn
  • Too firm
  • Sags and gets lumps after 1-2 years of use
  • Needs to be flipped and turned once every few months
  • Causes lower back pain
  • Breaks-in a few months under overweight sleepers
  • Very heavy and difficult to move around
  • Causes lots of tossing and turning
  • In time, it loses its ability to bounce back

Customer Opinions

The deal with a spring mattress is that they have a definite lifespan. Those springs are going to uncoil, and come sticking through the padding at some point. groups.google.com/group/misc.consumers.frugal

The divet in the middle of the bed is like falling in the grand canyon and with having my lowest vertebrae fused to my sacrum I just can’t handle the sinking of the hips (major pain).

The only plain coil mattress and box spring mattress we had was our least favorite. It was a good one, but didn’t last that well, and never was as comfortable as the previous foam, and later waterbed. I would never go to a box spring and coil mattress again. groups.google.com/group/sci.med.transcription

By the way, putting a spring mattress on the floor works much better for me than one on a box spring for some reason. You might try this as a temporary fix if you can’t afford a new bed right away. groups.google.com/group/alt.med.fibromyalgia

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