What To Look For When Buying A Memory Foam Mattress

Tempur-Pedic Cloud Prima Queen Mattresses are available from Amazon.com.

Memory Foam is a very difficult product to understand in general. There are so many myths and false truths on the internet that it is difficult to understand the product and how to find the right one for you. There are two key things that must be known before purchasing a memory foam product online. The first is density and the second is ILD (Indention Load Deflection – or FIRMNESS). Most listings don’t even mention ILD and density is very often lied about on Ebay.

Density is a measure of quality which tells you how much one cubic foot of memory foam weighs. Density is a measure of quality and not firmness. The most common density is 5 lb. memory foam and that is where the confusion begins. Tempur material was the first memory foam to come onto the market and its density is 5.3 lbs. per cubic foot. This quickly has become the standard for measuring quality in memory foam products. For a topper, 3 lb. memory foam or better will normally suffice. For a mattress, 4 lb. memory foam or better is recommended. If the density is less than 4 lbs. per cubic foot, the mattress will not last very long. You can easily expect a 4 lb. or better mattress to last you for more than 10 years. There is a new type of memory foam that weighs in at an 8 lb. density. Tempurpedic has a new mattress coming that uses a 7.2 lb. density. These super-high density memory foams are an interesting product that will create new trends in the foam bedding industry.

ILD is a measure of firmness with foam products. It can be extremely confusing to understand how the measuring process works, so I will try my best to explain it in plain english. The easiest way to understand ILD is to use a sliding scale. With memory foam products the most common ILD ratings are from 8-20. 8 is plush and 20 is firm. Tempur material has an ILD of 14 and has a medium firmness level. Memory Foam with an ILD rating of 10 is plush and supportive with a rating of 5 lb. density. ILD is the MOST important thing to consider when buying memory foam products anywhere.

Memory Foam is created in 3 main ways

1. The first way to create memory foam is with a molding process. This is the way Tempurpedic creates their memory foam. The process uses chemicals that all other memory foam manufacturers use, but it is honestly a subpar way to create memory foam that results in inconsistencies to the way each mattress feels. Test this for yourself and you’ll find that some Tempurpedic mattresses that are the same model will feel different when tested.

2. The second way to produce memory foam is in a vacuum sealed chamber. This is the way foamex creates their memory foam and it provides a solid feel and a consistent product.

3. The last way to create memory foam products is perhaps the most disturbing. This is the way most Chinese memory foam is created. They create closed cell foam and then they crush it to create open celled memory foam. This leads to a feel that is fairly consistent and is honestly not as awful as it sounds. Chinese memory foam has improved in quality dramatically in the last few years and can be a decent value at much lower prices than some of the common brand names.

On Ebay, 85% of listings are set up by only two different companies. One company is completely dishonest about their products and the other uses their other IDs to mislead customers into seeing false competition. Be careful when buying memory foam on Ebay and don’t become a victim.

  • Memory Foam Kidz
    MFK1045FeaturesBed not includedPure visco elastic memory foamPerfect for bunk bed safetyMattress covers are: waterproof, removable, machine washable and bacteria and allergen resistantKid friendly color trendsCore Construction: Memory foamComfort Level: Medium DimensionsSize TwinOverall Thickness: 8"Overall Width - Side to Side: 39"Overall Length - Head to Toe: 75"Overall Product Weight: 32 lbsSize FullOverall Thickness: 8"Overall Width - Side to Side: 54"Overall Length - Head to Toe: 75"Overall Product Weight: 45 lbs SpecificationsCPSIA Compliant: YesCPSC - 16 CFR 1633 Compliant: Yes
    $231.99  from Walmart US
  • Memory Foam Kidz
    MFK1046FeaturesBed not includedPure visco elastic memory foamPerfect for bunk bed safetyMattress covers are: waterproof, removable, machine washable and bacteria and allergen resistantKid friendly color trendsCore Construction: Memory foamComfort Level: Medium DimensionsSize FullOverall Thickness: 8"Overall Width - Side to Side: 54"Overall Length - Head to Toe: 75"Overall Product Weight: 45 lbs SpecificationsCPSIA Compliant: YesCPSC - 16 CFR 1633 Compliant: Yes
    $284.54  from Walmart US
  • Memory Foam Kidz
    MFK1044FeaturesBed not includedPure visco elastic memory foamPerfect for bunk bed safetyMattress covers are: waterproof, removable, machine washable and bacteria and allergen resistantKid friendly color trendsCore Construction: Memory foamComfort Level: Medium DimensionsSize TwinOverall Thickness: 5"Overall Width - Side to Side: 39"Overall Length - Head to Toe: 75"Overall Product Weight: 32 lbsSize FullOverall Thickness: 5"Overall Width - Side to Side: 54"Overall Length - Head to Toe: 75"Overall Product Weight: 45 lbs SpecificationsCPSIA Compliant: YesCPSC - 16 CFR 1633 Compliant: Yes
    $238.99  from Walmart US
  • Memory Foam Kidz
    The Memory Foam Kidz Foundation Cover adds the finishing touch to complete your bedding set and coordinates with Memory Foam Kidz pillows, mattress covers, sheets and comforters- The Foundation Cover is also known as a Box Spring Cover and easily fits over your existing box spring or your Memory Foam Kidz Metal bed frame foundation- The Memory Foam Kidz Foundation cover is a decorative element that provides a crisp, tailored alternative to the traditional bed skirt-Features: Fits over your existing twin size box spring or Memory Foam Kidz metal foundation-Easy stretch construction-Hypoallergenic and mite-proof-Machine washable on gentle cycle-Specifications: Pack of - 5-Item Weight - 14 lbs- SKU: 000GRP-KTRC046
    $119.94  from Walmart US
  • Sleep Revolution
    Designed for ultimate comfort, style and durability Frame looks like a box spring with a cover to match the mattress Features a 5" mattress with 1" of memory foam on top of a 4" high-density foam base for support Our memory foam is made from natural coconut oil and is infused with green tea extract to help control odors in a natural way Opens to a twin-size bed: 38" x 75" x 19" (mattress + frame) Solid steel frame with grey powder coating finish Matching black gingham print fabric on mattress and frame made from 95% polyester/5% spandex Folding legs Strap and hook included to keep the guest bed securely closed during storage All our foam is CertiPUR-US certified Meets flammability requirement 16 CFR 1633
    $249.87  from Sam's Club
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    Enjoy the comfort of our premium 3.0 pound density Aerus Natural brand Memory Foam. This special open-cell formulation promotes faster heat dissipation and enhanced airflow, which provides you with a more comfortable sleep experience. The 2" thick mattress topper contours to your unique body type cradling you in comfort where you need it most. Both the mattress topper and the contour pillows come with luxurious knit velour covers which are zippered for easy removal and washing. The TWO included contour pillows are full-size 15" x 20" x 5" contour pillows which provide you with enhanced support and customizable sleep surfaces to suit your sleep style - use the low crown for back sleepers, high crown for side sleepers, and flip it over to the flat surface for stomach sleepers. Our Memory Foam is also made with portions of natural-based ingredients which are environmentally friendlier than traditional methods. We are the only manufacturer in North America who produces our foam in a patented VPF process which ensures that we are utilizing the most environmentally friendly manufacturing process there is. This product is made with pride in the USA. Mattress and bed frame not included. Full size mattress topper dimensions are 54" wide x 75" long.
    $92.38  from Sam's Club
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    In this 12" Ultra-Luxe mattress, you will enjoy the comfort of our premium 4.0 pound density Aerus Natural brand Memory Foam. This special open-cell formulation promotes faster heat dissipation and enhanced airflow, which provides you with a more comfortable sleep experience. The mattress is constructed of our 3" thick layer of premium 4.0 pound Aerus Natural memory foam to contour to your unique body type cradling you in comfort where you need it most, supported by a 9" layer of IntelliForm polyurethane foam to ensure maximum support and stability. Our Memory Foam is also made with portions of natural-based ingredients which are environmentally friendlier than traditional methods. We are the only manufacturer in North America who produces our foam in a patented VPF process which ensures that we are utilizing the most environmentally friendly manufacturing process there is. The premium natural Bamboo fiber cover further compliments the environmentally friendly theme, while providing a luxurious cashmere-like feel. Additionally Bamboo presents a cooler sleep surface which helps to wick away moisture from your body. Our Bamboo cover contains natural antibacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. This product is made with pride in the USA. Bed frame not included. Twin size mattress dimensions are 39" wide x 75" long.
    $317.00  from Sam's Club
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    In this 10" Plush mattress, you will enjoy the comfort of our premium 4.0 pound density Aerus Natural brand Memory Foam. This special open-cell formulation promotes faster heat dissipation and enhanced airflow, which provides you with a more comfortable sleep experience. The mattress is constructed of our 3" thick layer of premium 4.0 pound Aerus Natural memory foam to contour to your unique body type cradling you in comfort where you need it most, supported by a 7" layer of IntelliForm polyurethane foam to ensure maximum support and stability. Our Memory Foam is also made with portions of natural-based ingredients which are environmentally friendlier than traditional methods. We are the only manufacturer in North America who produces our foam in a patented VPF process which ensures that we are utilizing the most environmentally friendly manufacturing process there is. The premium natural Bamboo fiber cover further compliments the environmentally friendly theme, while providing a luxurious cashmere-like feel. Additionally Bamboo presents a cooler sleep surface which helps to wick away moisture from your body. Our Bamboo cover contains natural antibacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. This product is made with pride in the USA. Bed frame not included. Twin size mattress dimensions are 39" wide x 75" long.
    $272.94  from Sam's Club
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    Enjoy the comfort of our premium 3.0 pound density Aerus Natural brand Memory Foam. This special open-cell formulation promotes faster heat dissipation and enhanced airflow, which provides you with a more comfortable sleep experience. The 3" thick mattress topper provides an extra plush layer of material to contour to your unique body type cradling you in comfort where you need it most. Both the mattress topper and the contour pillow come with luxurious Knit Velour covers which are zippered for easy removal and washing. The included contour pillow is a full-size 15" x 20" x 5" contour pillow which provides you with enhanced support and customizable sleep surfaces to suit your sleep style - use the low crown for back sleepers, high crown for side sleepers, and flip it over to the flat surface for stomach sleepers. Our Memory Foam is also made with portions of natural-based ingredients which are environmentally friendlier than traditional methods. We are the only manufacturer in North America who produces our foam in a patented VPF process which ensures that we are utilizing the most environmentally friendly manufacturing process there is. This product is made with pride in the USA. Mattress and bed frame not included. Twin size mattress topper dimensions are 39" wide x 75" long.
    $88.46  from Sam's Club
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    Enjoy the comfort of our premium 3.0 pound density Aerus Natural brand Memory Foam. This special open-cell formulation promotes faster heat dissipation and enhanced airflow, which provides you with a more comfortable sleep experience. The 3" thick mattress topper provides an extra plush layer of material to contour to your unique body type cradling you in comfort where you need it most. Both the mattress topper and the contour pillows come with luxurious knit velour covers which are zippered for easy removal and washing. The TWO included contour pillows are full-size 15" x 20" x 5" contour pillows which provide you with enhanced support and customizable sleep surfaces to suit your sleep style - use the low crown for back sleepers, high crown for side sleepers, and flip it over to the flat surface for stomach sleepers. Our Memory Foam is also made with portions of natural-based ingredients which are environmentally friendlier than traditional methods. We are the only manufacturer in North America who produces our foam in a patented VPF process which ensures that we are utilizing the most environmentally friendly manufacturing process there is. This product is made with pride in the USA. Mattress and bed frame not included. King size mattress topper dimensions are 76" wide x 80" long.
    $144.56  from Sam's Club
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    Enjoy the comfort of our premium 3.0 pound density Aerus Natural brand Memory Foam. This special open-cell formulation promotes faster heat dissipation and enhanced airflow, which provides you with a more comfortable sleep experience. The 2" thick mattress topper contours to your unique body type cradling you in comfort where you need it most. Both the mattress topper and the contour pillows come with luxurious knit velour covers which are zippered for easy removal and washing. The included contour pillow is a full-size 15" x 20" x 5" contour pillow which provides you with enhanced support and customizable sleep surfaces to suit your sleep style - use the low crown for back sleepers, high crown for side sleepers, and flip it over to the flat surface for stomach sleepers. Our Memory Foam is also made with portions of natural-based ingredients which are environmentally friendlier than traditional methods. We are the only manufacturer in North America who produces our foam in a patented VPF process which ensures that we are utilizing the most environmentally friendly manufacturing process there is. This product is made with pride in the USA. Mattress and bed frame not included. King size mattress topper dimensions are 76" wide x 80" long.
    $116.62  from Sam's Club
  • Sleep Revolution
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    $199.00  from Sam's Club