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Best Memory Foam Mattress

By: Kelly Burgess on June 19, 2018

Memory foam mattresses conform to the body

Although memory foam mattresses have not been around nearly as long as innerspring mattresses, which we cover elsewhere in this report, they are rapidly gaining in popularity. The leading name in memory foam is Tempur-Pedic (Est. $1,300 and up), which easily earns our Best Reviewed nod.

Founded in 1992, Tempur-Pedic, which is now owned by Sealy, pioneered the production of luxury memory foam mattresses and is generally among the top-rated brands. The line features a wide range of models. While all conform to the body, some offer surfaces that vary in firmness and cover materials, as the brand aims to address a wider range of consumer preferences. In particular, Tempur-Pedic's Breeze line aims to address the issue of heat retention, which is the main complaint we see with memory foam.

Tempur-Pedic gets an 81 percent owner-satisfaction rating on Sleep Like the Dead, based on 1,956 owner comments. Durability and resistance to sagging are among its chief strengths, according to site editors. Many users also find that it's great at isolating motion, so partners don't disturb one another when they change positions during the night, and some find it better than other memory-foam models at contouring to the body.

On the downside, in addition to the heat retention issue we mention above, some find fault with the relatively high price of Tempur-Pedic mattresses. If cost is an issue, there are several lesser-known brands that offer memory foam mattresses that are significantly less expensive than Tempur-Pedic. The best rated of these is Bed in a Box (Est. $400 and up). This line is sold online, and earns a satisfaction rating of 83 percent on Sleep Like the Dead, based on its analysis of 281 owner comments. While this is a higher rating that the Tempur-Pedic brand, it's also based on far fewer reviews, and we have found that ratings tend to go down as more reviews accumulate. Still, owners give Bed in a Box mattresses high marks for comfort, value and customer service, but the brand scores slightly below Tempur-Pedic for durability. Users also say it gives off a bad odor when new, though that is a common complaint with all memory foam mattresses.

Although Bed in a Box is sold only online, the company offers a 120-day, full money-back guarantee with return shipping costs covered -- provided that owners give the mattress a full 60 days to get used to it before deciding it's not right for them. If you do decide to keep it, though, it comes with a 20-year warranty; years 11 through 20 are pro-rated by various percentages depending upon the age of the mattress. Customer service gets unusually high ratings.

Cheap memory foam mattresses just as popular as pricier models

Memory foam mattresses have traditionally been the priciest type, but thanks to the proliferation of online-only mattress shopping, you can get a great memory foam mattress at a great price. One example is the Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress (Est. $145 and up). The Zinus line of Green Tea memory foam mattresses includes 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-inch thicknesses, as well as a standard range of size options to fit any bed.

Zinus earns a customer satisfaction rating of 80 percent at Sleep Like the Dead, and that's after 1,549 reviews, which places it among the highest-rated memory foam mattress at that site. Editors there praise Zinus' high value and good selection; however, thicker models tend to get higher satisfaction overall, with the 12-inch mattress earning the highest rating. Wirecutter names the 12-inch Zinus memory foam mattresses their "budget pick," saying, "We didn't think it was quite as comfortable as our other picks—its top layer has a squishier memory-foam feel, its core layers seem stiffer, and some people may find it warmer to sleep on—but a lot of people find this to be a perfectly comfortable, supportive mattress." They go on to recommend it for a child's or guest room.

Owners commenting at retail sites are generally pleased with their Zinus memory foam mattress. From shipping to unboxing and expansion (the manufacturer recommends a 24 to 48 hour expansion period), to first use, thousands of owners say this is one of the most satisfying mattress purchases they've ever made. And, while comfort is always subjective, most say the Zinus is the most comfortable mattress they've ever slept on. The few outliers to that opinion find it too hard or don't like the feeling of "sinking" into a mattress -- both common complaints with memory foam. However, we did note a few people who said that, instead of returning the mattress, they gave it time and it softened up, or, that they got used to the "sinking" and came to appreciate the support that offers.

Zinus mattresses are sold through Zinus, Amazon, Walmart and a few other online retailers. Zinus allow returns within 100 days, and warranty coverage is 10 years.

You can get a terrific deal on a foam mattress with included foundation

Mattresses are expensive, there's no getting around that fact, and memory foam tends to be one of the more expensive options. However, it does not have to be that way. The Best Price 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress and Frame Set (Est. $300) gets is praised by owners for its incredible value. For the price you get a queen-sized mattress and a bed frame. The frame 14-inches high, which also provides under bed storage options.

Users love this deal, especially those who just need a mattress setup for a guest bedroom that gets occasional use. Most say this memory foam mattress is comfortable and seems very sturdy and durable. They also say it's extremely easy to set up. Some bought it because they wanted to try a memory foam mattress without shelling out the big bucks, and are very pleased with how it feels -- although a few say it took some time to get used to.

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