Memory foam mattresses appear to be all the anger these days. From the early 1990′s when the industry leader, Tempur-Pedic, came out with its space-age foam formula to today, these mattresses have seen an fabulous amount of improvements on the both the cost and quality front. In terms of quality, these mattresses are expected to retain their “natural” shape for much longer than traditional innerspring mattresses (about two times as long, actually) and their “normal sag” is about 1/3 as deep as what owners could expect from a coil product. So quality is definitely present with memory foam.
So, yes, there’s lots of fantastic reasons why today’s consumers have turned what was formerly a very narrow niche in to its own full-fledged mattress market. In fact, this is such a broad market that, as with any market, prices fluctuate from extreme to the other, ranging from value brands that will charge about $500 for a queen size memory foam mattress all the way up to over $5,000 for a full set from the “big names.”
Another giant feature that has improved over the years is support. Today’s foam products offer such fantastic support that some guarantee improvements in lower back and chronic back pain to their customers. Discuss putting their money where their mouths are!
So what is the giant difference between these products (and everything in between)?
In a word: buyer expectations. There’s lots of reasons why so lots of Tempur-Pedic owners complain about their mattress and why so few discount memory foam mattress owners have nothing but praises for their product. (Of work, there’s lots of Tempur owners who love their mattress as well; and likewise there’s always some complaints about the cheaper brands). But ultimately, expectations play a giant role.
Let’s look at it another way. In the event you pick to pay $5,000 for a product in lieu of $500 for something that is virtually the same in terms of longevity, support and comfort, which better last longer? Which better meet your comfort expectations? Which better fix your lower back issues faster? The answer is obvious – cheap double mattress the more pricey had better do a better job of the same things the cheaper can do.
With memory foam, this is not the case. In the finish, the Tempur product will have been better engineered to generate a lasting-comfort experience and will also have better airflow, but consumers always appear to ask: is it0 times as better? In most cases, the answer is no. This leads to complaints, if their mate, neighbor or relative has a less pricey foam mattress that they feel is doing a brilliant job. Because even the pricey mattresses will wear down and require to get replaced, finally (no, they do not last ten times longer!)
For consumers who are looking in to purchasing a memory foam mattress, make definite that your expectations are kept in check. Spending more does not necessarily entitle you to more of a product.