Memory Foam Mattresses vs. Air Mattresses

Air mattresses are becoming known not just as camping accessories, but as a way for individuals to select their comfort level by using a remote attached to a pump beneath the air mattress. This sounds like a wonderful new invention but there are a few things that should seriously be considered when comparing an air chamber mattress to a memory foam mattress.

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An air mattress by Aerobed

The first thing that should be considered is that the air chamber mattress is usually controlled by a machine beneath the mattress. In contrast, a memory foam mattress does not need a machine, or pump, in order to adjust to your body. Air chamber beds are also much more resilient, or ‘springy’, than that of memory foam mattresses due to the fact that it is air pressure that is providing the selected levels of support. Please note that the pressure causing the ‘springy’ effect is oftentimes what causes discomfort and the need to toss and turn when sleeping.

The air chamber mattress is normally divided in sections. In many of the air mattresses, there are three sections that can be adjusted to the individual’s preferences. Memory foam mattresses automatically will adjust both to your body’s contours, keeping your body and spine aligned, as well as the temperature of your body due to the temperature sensitive memory foam material in the mattress. Other precautions to take when considering an air chamber bed are the warranties.

Since the air mattress sleep system uses a machine, or pump, what happens if the pump breaks down? How much will it cost? How long will the air chamber bed be covered by the warranty if there is one provided?

Memory foam mattressMemory foam mattresses do not require the complexities that air chamber beds require to match the individual’s comfort levels. We have observed many, many sleep systems or all sorts and still believe the memory foam mattress and latex foam (for firmer foam mattress needs) mattresses’ contouring material is the best that is available in the mattress marketplace today.

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