When we built the Aviya Mattress, our goal was to create the perfect balance of luxury and comfort without having to charge people an arm and a leg. We leveraged over 75 years of experience in the mattress industry to design the very best mattress possible. With the recent fad of all memory foam mattresses, we would have been doing a disservice to both our company and our potential customers if we failed to investigate this phenomenon, so we truly left no stones unturned.
After all, if memory foam mattresses delivered a superior sleeping experience, we would be obligated to offer them to our customers. Remember, our goal was to provide the very best mattress possible, regardless of how that mattress might be constructed, or what materials would be used to do so. We were more than willing to throwout convention if it resulted in a superior mattress.
The simple truth we learned is that while an all memory foam mattress can be an affordable alternative to a "real" mattress and might even be a practical choice in certain circumstances, they simply can't compete with the support that a sophisticated and well-engineered innerspring system provides. While an all memory foam mattress might be a decent temporary solution, if you take your sleep seriously you should really be considering a mattress that incorporates an innerspring support system. When you consider the fact that many of us spend more than one third of our life in bed, if you don't take your sleep seriously, you're simply missing out on a better quality and more restorative sleep.
That being said, please do not misinterpret our stance on all memory foam mattresses as an all out declaration of war against the use of foam in mattresses. It's not that we don't understand the comfort that foam can provide in a mattress, it's just that we know that an all foam mattress simply cannot offer the same comfort and, more importantly, support you'll find with an innerspring mattress. The result of our search to build the perfect mattress led us to incorporate a comfort layer of high-density upholstery grade foams that sit atop our sophisticated independently wrapped coil innerspring system, which provides support an all memory foam simply can't compete with.
The 1.8 pcf foam we use in our mattresses are much more dense (about 150% more dense, actually) than anything we've seen in a hybrid mattress and are typically only found in upscale upholstery products. This high-density foam coupled with our incredibly robust innerspring system allows us to offer our customers with what we feel is the best mattress sag warranty online. This is important, as mattress sag is considered to be one of the biggest reasons customers end up replacing their mattress.
Additionally, there were some alarming problems with memory foam mattresses that also strenghthened our case to build a bed that combines the tried and proven conventions of the innerspring system with the modern innovations of the industry. Below are some of the cons of memory foam mattresses we discovered:
Disadvantages Of Memory Foam Mattresses:
Body Heat Retention
Due to the nature of the viscoelastic materials that comprise memory foam, memory foam mattresses are notorious for "sleeping hot". There is much anecdotal evidence in the form of online reviews of people having heat related sleeping issues such as night sweats which are often attributed to the way the memory foam encompasses the body. While you can try to adjust the thermostat or your blanket strategy, the way the memory foam surrounds you can still cause body heat issues for many people. Your mileage may vary, of course.
In our experience, memory foam simply can't provide the right type of support your body needs. Memory foam is designed to contour your body, and even dense memory foam will not provide the same type of support you get from a high quality innerspring system.
Offgassing of Toxic Fumes
Memory foam mattresses are also notorious for problems with what is referred to in the scientific and mattress industries as outgassing, also known as "offgassing". There are certain chemicals that are present in memory foam that will literally "leak" off the mattress in the form of fumes. This can be especially noticeable upon opening a memory foam mattress, as they are shipped vacuum sealed in a box much smaller and designed to expand to full size several hours after the vacuum seal is broken. The toxicity of these chemicals is a highly debated subject, and not one that we specifically qualified to make. However, you should know that all of the foams used in our mattresses are tested under the strict not-for-profit organization known as CertiPur-US. Learn more about what CertiPur-US means here.
Safety For Young Children and Infants
One other problem with memory foam mattresses is also related to the body heat issue. The way memory foam is designed to respond to your body's contours can actually be troublesome for young children and infants. According to WebMD.com, memory foam mattresses pose an increased risk for carbon dioxide poisoning as carbon dioxide can essentially become trapped in the mattress. WebMD also goes on to suggest that memory foam mattresses increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Now we're not trying to be alarmists, but this is clearly an issue that one should take seriously. No matter what type of mattress you buy, always exercise extreme caution with infants and young children and the bedding you choose for them.
At the end of the day, only you can decide what mattress is best for you and your family. We only ask that if you are in the market for a new mattress, please take a look around our site. We have worked extremely hard to create a mattress that we can be proud of and stand behind. With our 100 day trial program, you literally have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Thank you for reading this and if you have any questions about our Aviya Mattress, this article or you just want to talk about beds, give us a call. We look forward to earning your business.