When it comes to selecting the best memory foam mattress for a comfortable nights rest, there are many choices to choose from that can make just about anyone confused.  With literally hundreds of different choices to choose from, from dozens of brands and at various price points, you maybe wondering which memory foam mattress you should choose.  Not only are there different thicknesses, but there are different memory foam types and even hybrid memory foam mattresses composed of different types of foams.  That is why we have compiled this comparison of some of the best memory foam mattresses on the market and there differences, so that hopefully by the time you are done reading our comparison’s you will know which memory foam mattress you want to go with.

Top 10 Memory Foam Mattresses For 2017

#ModelThicknessFoam TypeDensityOur RatingPrice
1Brentwood Home Cypress13"GelNot Measured⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
2LUCID Plush 1414"PlantNot Measured⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
3DynastyMattress Cool Breeze12"GelNot Measured⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
4Sleep Innovations Shiloh12"Visco3 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$
5Best Price Mattress Grand12"PlantNot Measured⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
6Leesa Mattress10"PlantNot Measured⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$
7DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams 1313"Gel4 lbs⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
8Zinus Green Tea12"PlantNot Measured⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
9Sleep Innovations Shea10"ViscoNot Measured⭐️⭐️⭐️$
10Signature Sleep Memoir12"ViscoNot Measured⭐️⭐️⭐️$

What Is A Memory Foam Mattress?

memory-foam-mattress-layersYou maybe wondering what exactly are memory foam mattresses and what is the different between a memory foam mattress and memory foam pad or topper?  The main advantage for people sleeping on memory foam mattress is the added comfort they provide and elasticity of the material to conform to your unique body shape.  Not only that but memory foam also is great at redistributing your body weight, so that you don’t have pressure on say your back, neck or shoulders when you sleep.

When it comes to choosing a memory foam mattress, you should keep in mind that most mattresses are not made entirely of memory foam, but instead made up of several layers of different materials.

The first layer is the Uppermost comfort layer, this is the layer most people articulate with memory foam mattresses and is made entirely of memory foam.  They allow the mattress to assume the shape of your body and provide the support in key area’s.  It is also important to remember that not all memory foam mattresses are created equal and it’s important to not only decide on a mattress based on the thickness of the layers but also the makeup.  For example, one of the most common complaints of sleepers on memory foam mattresses is they retain body heat and can be uncomfortable in summer months.  That is why many manufactures are not infusing the comfort layer with gels that will act as a cooling layer and disperse heat away from the body.

The next few layers that makeup most mattresses are refereed to as the middle layers, depending on your mattress there maybe one or multiple other layers between the top comfort layer and bottom support layer.  These layers of foam are also generally of different types and offer additional support and cushioning for the individual.

Finally there is one large highly-dense foam layer that is your base support layer, think of this layer as the box springs of a traditional bed.  The purpose of the base support layer is just to add support and maintain the rigidity of the bed and provide a solid foundation to support the other layers of the memory foam mattress.

 

What To Look For In A Memory Foam Mattress?

A) Mattress Thickness

The first thing you will want to consider when looking for a memory foam mattress is what is the thickness of the mattress.  Not only is this important since it can change the ultimate height of your bed on your mattress frame, but more importantly it is going to determine how much memory foam is in the mattress itself.  There are memory foam mattresses from 8 inches all the way up to 18 inches thick or more and many mattresses have various different levels of layers built into the mattress itself.  When looking for a new mattress you will not only want to examine the thickness of the layers but the overall height of the mattress itself.

B) Mattress Size

This may seem like a no-brainer when looking for purchasing a new mattress, but keep in mind that there are various different sizes of mattresses.  For example there are baby memory foam mattresses, twin size mattresses, twin XL, full, full XL, queen, king and California king mattress sizes.  Making sure you are purchasing the correct size of mattress to fit your mattress frame and also fit in your bedroom space it pretty important.

C) Foam Density or Mattress Firmness

In a traditional spring mattress you often hear people refer to how firm or soft the mattress is.  Since memory foam mattresses don’t have spring and instead are made up of foam, the overall firmness of the mattress is measured in density.  Most typical memory foam mattresses are going to be around 2-5 pounds.  A lower density means that the mattress is going to be soft, while a higher density foam reading is going to mean that the mattress will be more firm and are going to generally be better for people that have back pain and need a really hard and solid or firm feeling mattress.

The other measurement you will often come across when looking at memory foam mattresses is an IFD rating.  Which is just another way to describe the firmness of the mattress.  Measurements can vary widely but most are between an IFD 10 or super soft mattress and IFD 12 or semi-rigid mattress firmness.  Most of the memory foam mattresses that you will find are going to generally be between an IFD of 12 to IFD 16 and are considered firm mattresses.  However if you want a more softer mattress, then by all means try to go for an IFD rating of 10.

D) Foam Type

The final thing you will want to consider when choosing a memory foam mattress is the foam type.  There are several different foam types on the market and it is going to be important to choose the correct foam type to ensure yourself a comfortable night sleep.

Viscoelastic Memory Foam- Viscoelastic memory foam mattresses are the most popular types of memory foam mattresses.  They were first developed by NASA back in the 1970’s as an insulation material, but never used commercially in the space program.  The benefit of viscoelastic memory foam, is the fact that it provides great support and can conform to your body’s shape and still retain the beds natural shape once you are off of it.  There is one drawback to viscoelastic memory foam, that is that it retains heat quite well.  The same heat that helps mold the material to your body, also can get trapped in the mattress and lead to an uncomfortable night sleep, on especially hot summer months.  As mentioned earlier, it is important to remember that not all viscoelastic memory foam mattresses are created equal, so you really want to spend some money and get a good quality mattress with several layers.  There are some really cheap mattresses on the market, advertised as memory foam mattresses which offer little way in support and you literally sink into the other layers.

 

gel-memory-foam-mattressGel Infused Memory Foam – Gel infused memory foam mattresses are still traditional viscoelastic foam mattresses with the addition of millions of gel beads that are infused in the mattress.  The gel beads allow additional air flow in the mattress and allow for heat to dissipate from the body and generally allow for a more restful night sleep.  One of the biggest issues with memory foam mattresses are the fact that they can retain body heat, this newer technology effectively solves that problem.

 

 

 

Plant Based Memory Foam Mattresses – Which brings us to the eco friendly plant based memory foam mattresses, which have become more and more popular.  Plant based material are not only better for the environment, since they don’t use petroleum in the creation of these mattresses, but they are also shown to be better at addressing heat retention.  The other main benefit to plant based memory foam mattresses, is they do not give off any odors or off-gassing that can often times be found in viscoelastic memory foam mattresses.  It is important to remember that off-gassing is just temporary and goes away after a few days or a week at the most.  But if you have especially bad sinuses or other nasal conditions or allergies, then you may want to consider purchasing a plant based memory foam mattress, since you won’t have to deal with this issue.

 

 

Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

Brentwood Home Cypress Gel Mattress

brentwood-mattress-gelThis 13 inch mattress comes with a full 3.5 inches of gel memory foam to provide a comfortable nights sleep.  It is made in the USA and manufactured in Los Angeles, California and comes vacuum sealed so that you can easily get it into your bedroom and it unrolls effortlessly.  The mattress comes with an impressive 25 year limited warranty and also has a New Zealand wool cover liner which you can remove for easy washing.  The bed itself is made of CertiPUR-US foams that are free of flame-retardants, formaldehyde, heavy metals, and phthalates.  Overall we consider this particular mattress one of our top picks for 2017.

 

LUCID 14 Inch Plush Memory Foam Mattress

lucid-plush-memory-foam-mattressThe Lucid 14 inch plush memory foam mattress, is quite unique in the fact that it has a 1 inch bamboo charcoal memory foam layer that helps eliminate odors.  The bed itself comes vacuum compressed for easy transport and has a top plush gel infused memory foam layer that helps to eliminate heat.  Not to mention that the mattress comes with an equally impressive 25 year warranty.  It has a ventilated design also to help with increased airflow and to cut down on heat absorbed in the mattress. And has dual memory foam comfort layers on top of the supportive base layer, to give you added comfort and a well rested nights sleep.

DynastyMattress Cool Breeze Mattress

DynastyMattress-Cool-Breeze-memory-foam-mattressThe DynastyMattress cool breeze includes dual 2 inch airfloam foam and an impressive 5 inches of high density foam for the support base.  The mattress itself includes 4 layer construction with CertiPur US certified materials.  It boasts a nice soft plush white cover on the top and brown suede on corners and a machine washable cover.  Not to mention the mattress comes with a 30 year limited warranty, so you are sure that it will hold up for a long time.  Though the best feature of this particular mattress has to be the 3 inch gel memory foam top, which allows for a cool nights rest.

Sleep Innovations Shiloh

sleep-innovations-shilo-memory-foam-mattressThe sleep innovations shiloh mattress offers over 12 inches of cushioning for a restful nights sleep.  The mattress itself has a deep support bottom layer that is over 9.5 inches tall and 2.5 inch Suretemp memory foam top layer.  The mattress itself comes with a 20 year warranty and arrives vacuum packed for easy shipping and transporting to your bedroom.  Not to mention that it has a custom fitted mattress cover that is easy to wash.  Overall if you are looking for a good quality mattress, from a manufacture that has been around for quite some time, then this should be a top contender.

Best Price Mattress Grand

best-price-mattress-memory-foamThe best price mattress is an overall great buy, it’s priced reasonable considering you get a full 12 inches of padding.  The mattress also has a full 1 inch of coal foam and micro fiber layer to reduce heat buildup and is made of eco-friendly materials.  For example, it uses charcoal to help eliminate odors from being trapped in your mattress and it’s second layer is a full 2 inches made up of a blend of natural castor oil’s and green tea, that are a great environmentally friendly alternative to traditional petroleum based chemicals. And the cover is made of of natural bamboo fibers, which are not only extremely comfortable to sleep on but also better than wool and other petroleum based fibers.  Not to mention the bed has a full 5 inches of high density foam base, to help provide a comfortable nights sleep.  If you are looking for an environmentally friendly alternative, that is also fairly affordable then this is a great option for you.

Leesa Mattress

lessa-mattressThe Lessa Mattress is a triple layer 10 inch high natural plant based memory foam mattress.  It has 2 inches of Avena foam on the top layer, allowing for better airflow and a cooler nights sleep.   The 2″ Avena® foam top layer provides airflow for a cooler night’s sleep and enough bounce for freedom of movement.  Followed by another layer of 2 inches of memory foam, which allows your body to effortlessly sink into the bed.  And finally the bedding layers sit on a 6 inch dense core foam layer.  The bed is made in the USA from quality materials and each mattress is backed by a 10 year warranty.  While the mattress might be a bit more costly than some of the other mattresses we have reviewed, in terms of comfort and support you really get what you pay for.  So paying a bit more for a mattress that you are going to sleep on each night, in the long run really pays for itself.

 

DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams 13″ Gel Foam Mattress

dream-foam-mattressThe dreamfoam mattress is made of up of 3 inches of gel memory foam, providing a quality nights sleep.  The bed itself has three different layers, 8 inches of foam base, 2 inches of 5lb memory foam middle layer and 3 inches of 4lb gel memory foam.  The bed is proudly made in the USA and is made from USA sourced materials. If you are looking for a quality bed from a US manufacture, then this should definitely be one of your top choices.

Zinus 12″ Green Tea

zinus-green-tea-memory-foam-mattressIt goes without saying that buying a new mattress can be quite expensive, however considering you spend hours each night sleeping on it, you still want a comfortable nights sleep.  The Zinus 12 inch green tea mattress, offers a quality built memory foam mattress at a price that is not going to break the bank.  The Zinus green tea mattress, has over 2 inches of gel infused memory foam, three inches of comfort foam, 3.5 inches of high density airflow foam (allowing for heat to easily dissipate between layers).  And finally 3.5 inches of super high density base support foam, not only that but the bed is infused with natural castor seed oil and green tea extract that both work extremely well at eliminating odors.  Each Zinus mattress is vacuum compressed and shipped to your door, allowing you to easily haul it into your bedroom and roll it out.  And with a 10 year warranty you are sure that this particular mattress will last you a fairly long time.

Sleep Innovations Shea With Quilted Cover

sleep-inovations-shea-quilted-cover-mattressOne of the first things you will notice about the sleep innovations shea mattress is the luxurious quilted cover.  This bed has two different layers, a 7 inch deep support bottom layer and a 3 inch suretemp top layer that helps to eliminate heat transfer that can occur in some memory foam mattresses.  This bed is ideal for side and back sleepers, with proven pressure point relief and the ability for the foam to conform to your body’s natural shape.  For a bed that is made in the USA and comes with a 20 year manufactures warranty, this can be the perfect mattress for side and back sleepers.

Signature Sleep Memoir 12 Inch Memory Foam Mattress

signature-sleep-memory-foam-mattressThe signature sleep mattress is a full 12 inches thick, with a 3.5 inch top memory foam layer followed by an 8.5 inch high density base layer.  The mattress itself is made of low VOC CertiPUR-US certified foams, so while it is one of the more affordable mattresses we have reviewed, it’s still manufactured well.  The downside of this particular mattress is the fact that it doesn’t have a lot of foam layers to dissipate heat and doesn’t have a gel foam layer.  The plus side to this mattress is it’s extremely affordable for a memory foam mattresses and is made of of high quality certified foam materials.  The mattress itself is vacuum sealed and ships in a box for easy transport and the ability to get it into your room without needed a second person.  Even when fully set-up and unpacked the great thing about memory foam mattresses is the fact they are fairly light weight and can maneuver around walls, much easier than a traditional coil spring mattress where you might need another person.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a comfortable nights sleep, then memory foam mattresses provide some of the best nights rest that you will find over traditional spring mattresses.  The only time we would not recommend a memory foam mattress to someone, is if they have back problems and really need as firm of a mattress as they can find.  All of the memory foam mattresses we have reviewed are under $1000, and generally come with at least a 10 year warranty, but check with each manufacture before ordering.

Out of the ten (10) memory foam mattresses we have reviewed for 2017, our number one pick was the Brentwood Home Cypress, the bed itself is made in the US of certified CertiPUR materials and it comes with an impressive 25 year warranty.  It is fairly reasonably priced in terms of memory foam mattresses and consists of 3.5 inches of gel memory foam, 2 inches of airflow foam and a fairly impressive 7.5 inch high density foam base.  When reviewing memory foam mattresses, one of the big things we look at is the number of layers and whether or not they infuse gel into mattresses.  On a hot summer evening, the last thing you want to do is crawl into bed and find it’s uncomfortable and hot.

In terms of overall best value or most affordable memory foam mattress, that would have to be the signature sleep memoir  mattress.  For a queen size mattress that is under $300, and still has over 12 inches of memory foam it’s not a bad value.  That said, for just a hundred dollars more you can go with the Sleep innovations Shea mattress which has a suretemp top that will help to eliminate the heat transfer that you would get from the signature sleep bed.  For us, the cost difference is fairly minor considering the fact that you will likely have your mattresses for 10 or more years.  Though if you are looking for a fairly affordable and inexpensive mattress for a guest room and only using it occasionally, then you can certainly get by with the signature sleep memoir mattress.