Memory Foam Mattress vs. Premium Air Bed

Memory Foam mattresses and Air Beds are two of the most popular mattresses available to consumers in the bedding world right now. Although both are comfortable and supportive, how do you know which one is right for you? This depends on a number of variables.

Is motion transfer a problem?

Motion transfer is very limited in an air bed due to its dual air chambers. However, the only way to feel no movement at all by your sleep partner is with a memory foam bed. Air Beds are far greater than innerspring mattresses when it comes to not feeling your sleep partner move in their sleep, but due to the cells in memory foam that absorb movement, motion can not travel from partner to partner in a memory foam bed.

Although motion transfer is reduced and very unlikely in an air bed, if motion transfer is your main area of concern other than comfort and support, a memory foam bed would be the route to go.

Do you and your sleep partner have the same comfort and support needs?

Like innerspring mattresses, memory foam beds come in different firmness levels, ranging from very soft to very firm. Therefore, if you and your sleep partner require and prefer the same level of comfort and support a memory foam bed could be a great choice. However, if one of you needs a soft bed and the other a firm bed, the air bed would be the perfect mattress choice.

Air beds offer individual comfort and support with just a touch of a button. Taking it even a step further, Thomasville Air Beds offer six chamber technology allowing each person to not only adjust their own side of the bed to their preferred firmness level, but even allows you to adjust your lumbar area separately from your head and feet. Air beds are the clear winner if you and your sleep partner can not agree on the comfort level of a bed.

Do you have temperature issues?

One of the biggest complaints people have about their quality of sleep is that they get hot during the night. So, should you choose a memory foam bed or an air bed to remedy this problem? The answer could go either way. There are different types of memory foam beds, ranging from entry level ones with just a small amount of memory foam in them to ones with gel, infused gels and even an ice fiber fabric.

If you are a person that sleeps hot, a memory foam bed infused with gel or cooling technology will help regulate your body temperature and prevent you from sweating or sleeping hot. Memory foam is a temperature sensitive foam that takes the heat from your body so the foam contours to you to reduce pressure. Because of this there were complaints about sleeping hot when memory foam beds first came out. However, technology has come a long way. Now not only can a memory foam bed reduce pressure for a good night’s sleep, but keep you cool as well due to the gels and cooling agents that are now being added to them.

Therefore, if temperature is an  issue for you, a memory foam bed with cooling technology would be a perfect choice.

However, some air beds can help you sleep cool as well. Just as there are different qualities of memory foam beds to choose from, there are different quality air beds as well. While many air bed manufactures do not put gel in their beds or offer a temperature sensitive fabric cover, one does. For instance, Thomasville Air Beds offer both gel infused memory foam in their beds and also IntelliTemp Phase Change Temperature Regulating Technology in the mattress cover. The micro capsules in this cover fabric react to your body temperature to keep you from getting too cold or too hot.

With this information in mind, if you have temperature issues while sleeping just remember all beds are not created equal. Either a memory foam bed or an air bed can keep you cool, you just have to make sure to choose the right one.

Which is best for pressure relief?

Once again, you could go either way with this one. Memory foam molds to your body to reduce pressure. Because it reduces pressure on one’s hips and shoulders, this is especially great for someone that sleeps on their side. It is also helpful with arthritis, osteoporosis and everyday aches and pains.

However, with an airbed you have the ability to adjust your bed night after night depending on how you feel. It is as easy as adding air to your bed when you are feeling that you need more support, or letting air out when you are feeling like you need more pressure relief. Therefore, both beds are great for pressure relief.

Will a memory foam mattress or an air bed last longer?

A good quality memory foam bed that is well taken care of, can easily last a person up to ten years. Because memory foam is dust mite resistant, it is going to stay clean much longer than a traditional mattress allowing it to last you longer. However, keep in mind with an air bed each component is replaceable. Therefore, instead of buying a new bed you can replace parts such as the air bladders or pump, over the years. Also, unlike a memory foam bed where the firmness level always stays the same, you can always adjust the air bed. As your body changes over the years, you can always change the firmness level on an air bed. Obviously with a memory foam bed, as your body changes over the years you are “stuck” with the same firmness level.

All in all, either a memory foam bed or an air bed can be a long lasting, pressure relieving bed. In the end, the choice depends on what features and benefits each has to offer that are most beneficial to you.