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Mattresses Made With Memory Foam

Memory foam, also known as visco-elastic foam, is a relatively new and increasingly popular development in the foam mattress market. Originally developed by NASA to protect astronauts against extreme "g-forces," memory foam is known for its ability to mold itself to your body and support it evenly. By making contact with more of your body, the pressure of the mattress is spread over a greater portion of your body's surface area, thereby reducing stress on your shoulders, hips, and other "pressure points." It is called memory foam because it is very slow to return to its original shape, thereby "remembering" the shape and contours of your body.

How Memory Foam Works

Made from polyurethane, memory foam consists of billions of little air-filled cells. Like a tiny balloon, each cell contains a small amount of air. However, unlike some other foam cells, memory foam cells actually decompress under pressure, particularly if the pressure is accompanied by heat. Thus, when you lie down on a memory foam mattress, the foam cells closest to your body slowly release their air, creating a unique melting effect and allowing the mattress to conform to the shape of your body. Similarly, when you get up, the foam cells slowly refill with air, which is why it takes a few moments for the mattress to return to its original shape.

Memory Foam Mattress Construction

Memory foam mattresses can differ from one another in a number of ways, most importantly in the density and depth of memory foam used in the mattress' construction. With memory foam, density can be a determinant of feel, durability, and cost. In general, higher-density memory foams last longer and cost more, and sometimes (but not always) feel firmer. Memory foam density is measured by the weight of one cubic foot of the material — i.e., pounds per cubic foot (lbs/ft3). In mattresses, memory foam can most commonly be found in densities ranging from 2 to 6 lbs/ft3, with most high-quality manufacturers using memory foam with a density of 4 lbs or greater. Most mattresses have a core, or bottom layer, of regular polyurethane foam covered with a top layer of softer memory foam that is anywhere from 2 to 6 inches thick. In general, the thicker the layer of memory foam, the deeper your body will sink into the mattress, which is a matter of some personal preference. Conversely, the denser the memory foam, the less your body will sink into the mattress. Higher-end manufacturers tend to use a thicker top layer (e.g., 3-4 inches or more) of high-density memory foam (e.g., 5 lbs or greater) in such a combination that the greater firmness of the high-density memory foam is offset by the greater depth of the memory foam layer. This approach enables them to create a well-balanced, supportive feel, using foam of the highest durability, albeit at a relatively higher cost.

Memory Foam Mattress Manufacturers

Although there are now many manufacturers of memory foam mattresses, the most well-known is Tempur-Pedic, the Swedish mattress company that first figured out how to adapt NASA's technology for use in beds. To find the right memory foam mattress brand for you, please browse our extensive list of memory foam mattress manufacturers and product lines below.

Rating Summary

226 people recommend mattresses made with memory foam. Read the reviews.


Top Brands for mattresses made with memory foam


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Available Brands Mattresses made with memory foam

Spotlight Brands:

  • Tempflow

  • Comfortaire Advanced
    The Comfortaire Advanced Series offers the same improved design as the Preferred Series and has the added benefits of the OUTLAST technology. This NASA certified ...

  • Comfortaire Original Comfort

  • REM Sleep
    REM Sleep offers lifetime warranty and a satisfaction/comfort guaranty policy Currently A+ rated on Better Business Bureau Founded in 2001 Exhibits nationally and in Canada ...

  • Saatva
    Saatva (which means "truth).  Our belief is that people can make an intelligent mattress buying decision without high pressure or a phony sale. Our extremely ...

  • TEMPUR-Cloud Collection
    The TEMPUR-Cloud product line is a collection of mattresses released in 2009 that is manufactured by Tempur-Pedic.

  • TEMPUR-Simplicity Collection

  • Serta iSeries
    Interested in the benefits of gel memory foam but looking for the support of a traditional innerspring? Serta’s new iSeries technology combines our revolutionary Cool ...

  • Serta iComfort
    Introducing the new iComfort Sleep System by Serta, featuring our Cool Action™ Gel Memory Foam - the world’s first memory foam infused with the support ...

  • Serta Perfect Sleeper
    Serta’s best-selling mattress, the Serta Perfect Sleeper®, has set the standard for a great night’s sleep for over 75 years. Now Serta has joined forces ...

  • Carolina Mattress Guild Nature's Image
    The Nature's Image product line is a collection of mattresses that is manufactured by Carolina Mattress Guild.

  • TEMPUR-Contour Collection
    The TEMPUR-Contour product line is a collection of mattresses released in 2011 that is manufactured by Tempur-Pedic.

  • TEMPUR-Choice Collection
    The TEMPUR-Choice product line is a collection of mattresses that is manufactured by Tempur-Pedic.

  • Serta Trump Home
    Trump Home™ by Serta Trump is a name synonymous with the upscale lifestyle, superior quality and success of Donald Trump and the Trump Empire. Now, ...

  • Aireloom Handcrafted
    The Handcrafted product line is a collection of mattresses that is manufactured by Aireloom.

  • Restonic ComfortCare
    Restonic does more in the center third than other mattresses, increasing body support, mattress durability and resiliency. Our ComfortCare mattresses concentrate more coils in the ...

  • Serta Dr Greene
    Serta introduces an exclusive sleep system designed with input from a leading orthopedic surgeon to help provide the individualized comfort and support features that can ...

  • Aireloom Hybrid
    The Hybrid product line is a collection of mattresses released in 2009 that is manufactured by Aireloom.

  • Aireloom Kluft
    The Kluft product line is a collection of mattresses that is manufactured by Aireloom.

  • Aireloom Organic Hybrid
    The Organic Hybrid product line is a collection of mattresses that is manufactured by Aireloom.

  • Carolina Mattress Guild Cool Coil
    Fall into refreshing, supportive sleep with Cool Coil! Cool Breeze Gel Memory Foam meets Individually Wrapped Comfort Coils in a hybrid mattress line that provides ...

  • Carolina Mattress Guild Fresh Touch
    The Fresh Touch product line is a collection of mattresses released in 2012 that is manufactured by Carolina Mattress Guild.

  • Comfortaire Clear Comfort

  • Comfortaire Elite Comfort

  • Comfortaire Exclusive
    Exclusive Series – With Comfortaire’s Modern Air Bed Technology™ Comfortaire’s Box-Top Air™ with Edge-to-Edge Air™ designs are not available from Sleep Number Bed®.  The heart ...

  • Serta Perfect Elements
    The Perfect Elements product line is a collection of mattresses released in 2013 that is manufactured by Serta.

  • Serta Pro Comfort
    The Pro Comfort product line is a collection of mattresses that is manufactured by Serta.

  • TEMPUR-Weightless Collection

Brands Making Mattresses Made With Memory Foam:

Brand Support Type Tags Price Reviews
Tempflow
Foam Bio-Based Foam, Factory Direct, Memory Foam 0 5.0
(6 reviews)
Novosbed Memory Foam 0 5.0
(4 reviews)
Symbol Kingsbury Foam Gel, Latex, Made in the USA, Memory Foam 0 5.0
(3 reviews)
AH Beard Innerspring Coil on Coil, Hand Crafted, Innerspring, Latex, Made in the USA, Memory Foam, Pocket Coil 4 $$$$ 5.0
(1 review)
Alfa Airbeds Air Air Bed, Memory Foam 0 5.0
(1 review)
Cantwell Therapeutic Foam Memory Foam 0 5.0
(1 review)
Comfortaire Advanced
The Comfortaire Advanced Series offers the same improved design as the Preferred Series and has the added benefits of the OUTLAST technology. This NASA certified ...
Air Air Bed, Adjustable Comfort, Latex, Memory Foam 4 $$$$ 5.0
(1 review)
Comfortaire Original Comfort
Air Air Bed, Adjustable Comfort, Latex, Memory Foam, Natural Materials 3 $$$ 5.0
(1 review)
Design Within Reach Foam Memory Foam 0 5.0
(1 review)
Englander Lifestyle Gel, Gel Memory Foam, Latex, Memory Foam, Pocket Coil 3 $$$ 5.0
(1 review)

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Available Models Memory Foam

Below is a list of available Ultimate Hybrid models.
Model Line Brand
Simmons BeautyRest Legend Firm Beautyrest Simmons
Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Classic Sanderling Luxury Firm Pillowtop Beautyrest Simmons
Ortho Dr. Preferred Regency Plush Ortho Dr. Preferred Ortho
Simmons BeautyRest World Class Devonshire Beautyrest Simmons
Symbol Comfortec Carlton Firm Symbol Comfortec Symbol
Ashley Sleep iAshley Gel 1400 Ashley Sleep
Bed Boss Visco Heir Bed Boss
Beautyrest Legend Plush Beautyrest Simmons
Simmons BeautyRest World Class Amur River Firm Pillowtop Beautyrest Simmons
Five Star Alexandrite Euro Top Five Star

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Stores

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Bedmart
Portland OR Tempur-Pedic 4.0
(1 review)
Better Back Store
New Port Richey FL Tempur-Pedic 0
Mattress Warehouse
Lenexa KS Boyd 0
Bedding Plus
Covington LA Tempur-Pedic, Sealy Optimum 0
Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Gallery
Springfield MO TEMPUR-Cloud Collection, ComforPedic, TEMPUR-Contour Collection 0
Ashley Furniture
Hollidaysburg PA Tempur-Pedic, Ashley Sleep Advanced Memory Foam 0
Bed Store
Athens TN Tempur-Pedic 0
Grand Home Furnishings
Roanoke VA TEMPUR-Cloud Collection, Kingsdown Blu-Tek, TEMPUR-HD Collection, TEMPUR-Simplicity Collection, Serta iComfort, Serta Perfect Sleeper, ComforPedic, TEMPUR-Contour Collection, Stearns & Foster Estate, Kingsdown Sleeping Beauty, Sealy Brand 0
Sweet Dreams Mattress
Denver NC Comfortaire, TEMPUR-Cloud Collection, TEMPUR-HD Collection, TEMPUR-Simplicity Collection, Serta iSeries, Serta iComfort, ComforPedic, TEMPUR-Contour Collection 5.0
(10 reviews)
Sweet Dreams Mattress
Mooresville NC Comfortaire, TEMPUR-Cloud Collection, TEMPUR-HD Collection, TEMPUR-Simplicity Collection, Serta iSeries, Serta iComfort, ComforPedic, TEMPUR-Contour Collection 4.875
(8 reviews)

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Reviews

Mattresses made with memory foam are recommended by 226 of our 307 reviewers. Do you have something to say about your mattress? Write a review!

Review Summary

Based on 307 reviews

Overall Rating:
Recommended by: 226 of 307 reviewers

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    “Too hot”

    Posted by Donna C from La Pine, OR on March 23, 2013
    I will never purchase any mattress again that has memory foam no matter the hype of "cool gel technology"...it just doesn't work! I need to get up 1-2x a night to let it cool off before I can get back to sleep on it again. My room temp is between ...

    “In Love”

    Posted by Cyndi H from Madison, WI on March 21, 2013
    This was the best shopping experience I have ever had. Are new bed is located at our vacation home, soon to be only home and I can't wait till Friday arrives! I want one for all our rooms. We are not wealthy by any means but our backs hurt and ...

    “Great Value - Great Sleep”

    Posted by Nick H from Richmond, VA on March 19, 2013
    My wife and I got this mattress about 6 months ago, and we were on the edge about buying an all foam mattress. However, after we did some research and laid on ALOT of beds - we saw the advantages to foam over innersprings at our budget. I travel a ...

    “Returning a Bed for Credit”

    Posted by Sandie Kay P from Sausalito, CA on March 18, 2013
    We order the Rapsady Breeze at the recommendation of the Temperpedic Sales Rep, he said it was the best for people with back issues and cooler than the other beds. It was hard as a rock, when I called tempurpedic they said to walk on it, knee it and then ...

    “APlusPlus”

    Posted by Judith S from Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on March 17, 2013
    Fantastic service and attitude toward the customer. Needed to make an exchange and the company executives called me personally to explain why the full size I ordered was slightly smaller than I thought it would be. It was too short for my 6ft husband and they explained that they allowed ...

    “The Best Mattress Ever”

    Posted by Rob P from Rahway, NJ on March 13, 2013
    Just got our new mattress delivered Saturday. We bought it at the Philly Home Show. Trish was the best, most knowledgable mattress salesperson I have ever experienced. We were a little skeptical about a memory foam mattress. But I have to say, I can not tell you the last time ...

    “Love,love, love this bed!!!”

    Posted by Rosanna E from Durham, NC on March 11, 2013
    We've had our bed now for about 5 days now and we have to say we LOVE it :) We were not looking forward to going to a bed store to "try" out beds. I've heard to many "horror" stores about the sales pressure from the salesman, the fancy words ...

    “Very nice for 2 years”

    Posted by Daniel P from Longmont, CO on March 10, 2013
    Great mattress until it starting getting huge indentions where my wife and I sleep at night. We rotated this mattress every month and now that we have had it for almost 3 years the mattress is very worn in where we sleep. It is a king size but now only ...

    “Pianfree sleep”

    Posted by Melissa U from Potwin, KS on March 5, 2013
    My experience with my mattress is ongoing. Going from a king to a queen was a drastic change. First night my leg was hanging over the side and my husband actually fell! The kids would all sleep on our bed before and when they tried to with our new bed, ...

    “Awesome make me sleep early”

    Posted by Joselita B from Buena Park, CA on February 23, 2013
    Very comfortable, wonderful all my family and friends they love it,,,,,, and even my dogs they love to play laying on it,,,,very relaxing specially when I'm dead tired from whole day standing and walking. So when I got just elevate my feet and turned on the massager oh fell great ...

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