Spring Mattress Vs Foam Mattress Comparison

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written by sleep expert Lauren Hall

Often when choosing a new mattress, the cost is a big part of the equation. However, it is not the only factor and considering how long a mattress will last these days, you need to ensure you are choosing wisely.

In this ‘Spring Mattress vs Foam Mattress’ comparison, we look at the 8-key elements you need to consider.

Spring vs Foam on Comfort

Spring Mattresses

When it comes to the issue of comfort, we all probably know who the ‘Winner’ is, but this isn’t always apparent at first glance.

Spring mattresses can look just as comfortable as their foam counterparts, but the trouble is they don’t have the same comfort-related features as foam mattresses.

The reason for the lack of comfort associated with spring mattresses is due to the fact that they don’t offer very much [If any] pressure relief.

All of your body weight will be concentrated on your spine and your lower back. Your arms are also likely to be affected too, simply because your weight is not distributed throughout the mattress.

Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses have been made to be as comfortable as possible. The layers of memory foam, followed by layers of comfortable materials are there to give us the best nights’ sleep possible.

This type of mattress has been designed to distribute our body weight and make us feel as if we’re floating on a cloud, or something close to that in any case.

This type of mattress is typically one of the most comfortable you will come across, regardless of the price. If it’s comfort you’re looking for, then you need to be on the hunt for a memory foam mattress.

Spring vs Foam on Pain Relief

Spring Mattresses

When it comes to the issue of pain relief, you may already be aware that spring mattresses offer little back support, which isn’t ideal if you suffer from back pain.

A restful nights’ sleep is likely to be the answer to some of your pain, but if your spring mattress isn’t offering you a lot of support, you may not get the nights’ sleep you’re looking for.

During the first few weeks, your new spring mattress may offer you a bit of pain relief, but after a while, it’s likely that the springs will begin to sag and stretch.

When this happens, you will no longer receive optimum support, which means you’re not likely to get the pain relief you need either.

Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses can offer you quite a lot of pain relief if your pain is associated with sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t support you.

Back pain and pain in your joints can also be relieved when using a mattress such as this. Memory foam mattresses are unlikely to take all of your pain away, but the support they offer can and often does help.

Spring vs Foam on Price

Spring Mattresses

If it’s the price that’s important to you, then a spring mattress is usually the clear ‘Winner’. Low in price, this type of mattress can be considerably cheaper than its foam counterpart.

The reasons for the low price probably comes down to the fact that they just aren’t as popular anymore. Spring mattresses were at one point, the only type of mattress you could buy, but things have changed, and now they are the ones that have been left trailing behind.

This isn’t to say that you cannot pay a lot of money for a spring mattress, there are so expensive ones out there, but when you compare them to the foam mattresses, nine times out of ten they are far cheaper.

If it’s a cheap mattress that you’re looking for, then a spring mattress may be the right one for you.

Foam Mattresses

You’re probably aware that foam mattresses can and often do come with a high price. The higher price is usually due to the amount of memory foam that has been used in the mattress, along with other materials to help it last longer, and stay cleaner [Think, green tea, and aloe vera].

While you can buy some foam mattresses for less than $100, they won’t be at the top of the range ones, and they certainly won’t offer you an excellent level of support. Be prepared to pay at least $400 for a very good memory foam mattress.

Spring vs Foam on Durability

Spring Mattresses

The issue of durability can throw things up in the air slightly. Spring mattresses can last up to 10 years, meaning that they could appear to be great value for money.

If you want a mattress you last you up to a decade, then you either need to pay a lot of money for a foam mattress or a lot less for a standard spring one.

Spring mattresses by their very nature are more durable, simply because they contain springs, and even if they have lost their new mattress shape and comfort, they will still keep going for quite some time

Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses simply don’t tend to last as long as spring mattresses do. They may last up to 5 years, some may last longer, but it all depends on the brands that you buy.

A great way to check how long your foam mattress is likely to last is to take a look at the warranty. This will give an indication of how long it will last, but you shouldn’t take the manufacturers word for it.

If you would like your new mattress to last a long time, you will need to pay top dollar for it. Otherwise, your new mattress could last up to 5 years.

Spring vs Foam on Warranty

Spring Mattresses

Truth be told, the warranty on spring mattresses are not great. There seems no reasonable explanation available as to why there seems to be a distinct lack of warranty, but maybe the manufacturers think there’s no need for one that lasts more than a few years.

Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses come with varying warranties, from 1 year, up to 25. As always, please check the conditions of the warranty, as you may be covered for some things, and not others.

Warranties typically cover manufacturing defects and any problems caused by them. A mattress with a 25-year warranty indicates the product is of a high standard, and you shouldn’t have any issues with it.

Spring vs Foam on Health Benefits

Spring Mattresses

If you need to be positioned as high as you can in bed, then a spring mattress may be the best option for you. If you have difficulty getting out of bed, or you tend to roll around as you sit up, this is where a spring mattress could come in handy.

There seem to be no other obvious health benefits to using this type of mattress, so if you have a bad back, or you’re simply wishing to relieve aches and pains, you may need to look at a different type of mattress instead.

Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses come with a lot of health benefits, they spread your body weight across the mattress, and therefore put less pressure on your joints and spine.

This means that your body is likely to get more rest while you sleep, and you should feel more refreshed when you wake. A lot of people, especially those who are bed-bound, can fall victim to bed sores.

Memory foam mattresses help to lower the incidences of bed sores, because the body’s weight is spread throughout the mattress, and you’re therefore supported.

Another benefit of using a memory foam mattress is that there’s less motion disturbance. When someone in the bed with you moves, you’re less likely to feel that movement. This can result in a better nights sleep, which is ultimately what we’re all looking for.

Spring vs Foam on Life Span

Spring Mattresses

Spring mattresses can last up to 10 years, which is quite a long time. Mattresses such as these have metal innards, which can help with the longevity. If you want a long-lasting mattress, this is the type you should opt for.

Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses can and do last up to 10 years, but you may have to spend quite a bit more cash than you planned. The usual life of a foam mattress is about 5 years, for those that cost around the $500 mark and have someone sleeping on them every night.

Spring vs Foam on Ease of Cleaning

Spring Mattresses

Because of the way that spring mattresses are made, they can be a great place for dust mites to live. While this may not necessarily bother you, it can affect those who have a lot of allergies.

Mattresses can potentially be cleaned now and again, but you will have to use the manufacturer-approved ones, and ensure they are allowed to dry properly.

Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses are really hard to clean, some brands simply cannot be cleaned at all, whereas others come with a removable cover that can be cleaned with no problem.

If you would like a very clean memory foam mattress, you will need to keep it covered at all times, and perhaps use a vacuum on it now and again.

Wrapping Up The Spring Mattress vs Foam Mattress Debate

As you can see, there are a few differences between spring mattresses and their memory foam counterparts. When we consider the two types of mattresses, it’s clear to see there’s a ‘Winner’.

Memory foam mattresses seem to support the body so much more than spring mattresses do, and they come with a lot of health benefits, in addition to being hugely comfortable.

This type of mattress can be a lot more expensive than a spring mattress, and they may not last as long, but it’s likely you will get a better nights’ sleep, and wake up with fewer aches and pains.

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