Memory Foam: Pros and Cons
Considering a memory foam mattress or similar product? Read what sleep experts say about it.
Few things feel as good as a good night’s sleep. That’s especially true if sleep seems to escape you, night after night after night.
If you’ve heard about memory foam, you may wonder if it could improve the quality ofyoursleep. Some people swear by it. Others are less enthusiastic.
What exactly is memory foam? And what are its pros and cons? Here’s information to help you decide whether memory foam is worth a try.
What Is Memory Foam?
First designed in the mid-1960s for NASA airplane seats, memory foam is made from a substance called viscoelastic. It is both highly energy absorbent and soft.
Memory foam molds to the body in response to heat and pressure, evenly distributing body weight. It then returns to its original shape once you remove the pressure.
In addition to protecting against impact, these properties make memory foam very comfortable. After its "virgin flight" for NASA, memory foam made a foray into other applications. For example, it was used as cushioning in helmets and shoes. Medicine found a use for it in prosthetics and products to prevent pressure ulcers such as seating pads for people who are severely disabled.
Then, memory foam really took off. It’s now well known for its use in pillows, mattress pads, and mattresses, which come in different densities and depths.
What Are the Benefits of Memory Foam?
Could the special properties of memory foam enhance your sleep? Sleep specialist Donna L. Arand, PhD, says that objective studies supporting the claimed benefits of memory foam — or the effects of any particular type of sleeping surface — are lacking.
This is true for a variety of reasons, she says. This type of sleep study can be expensive, if conducted independently. Or it is "chased" by a shadow of bias, if supported by industry.
Also, some sleep technology, such as memory foam, is relatively new, so it hasn’t been well studied. But perhaps one of the more difficult stumbling blocks to testing the health benefits of mattresses such as memory foam is the subjective nature of sleep. It is simply difficult to measure.
Sometimes the brain’s electrical activity, measured with an electroencephalogram (EEG), and other findings recorded during a sleep test don’t always match up perfectly with a person’s subjective experience, says Arand, who is the clinical director of the Kettering Sleep Disorders Center in Dayton, Ohio. "They might say, вЂI had a great night’s sleep,’ but the EEG parameters might not really indicate that."
Sleep is not only subjective, but preferences for sleep surfaces are individual, Arand says. "There’s quite a bit of variability between individuals in terms of what type of surface — whether it’s firm, hard, or soft — they prefer when they’re sleeping," she says. "As far as we know, there is no rhyme or reason for that."
Many of Arand’s patients who use memory foam have offered unsolicited glowing reports like these about memory foam: "I’m sleeping great." "Best sleep I’ve ever had." "I love going to bed at night." Arand says these anecdotal responses may be one-sided. That’s because she and other staff don’t ask all their patients about their sleep surfaces. "We may only be hearing the good stuff," Arand says.
Kathy R. Gromer, MD, sleep specialist with the Minnesota Sleep Institute in Minneapolis, agrees that memory foam may improve sleep. "It can, if it relieves painful pressure points," she says. But Gromer adds that memory foam doesn’t do anything for sleep apnea or other sleep-breathing disorders — and sleep disorders are the primary complaint of most her patients.
"When you lie on the memory foam, the heat from your body softens it in appropriate points," Arand says, "so this helps to support your body along the curves and natural lines of the body." Memory foam manufacturers claim this helps relieve pain and thereby promotes more restful sleep. And, though consumers often believe that very firm mattresses are best, more "giving" mattresses like these may lead to better sleep in people with back pain, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Although there aren’t scientific data to support the hypothesis, Arand wonders whether memory foam sleep surfaces might be especially helpful for older people. For them, minimizing extra movement could reduce the number of times they awaken during the night. Being less aware of a bed partner’s movements might be an extra benefit, she adds. "Without the coiled springs, you feel your sleep partner’s movement less, and that might help, too."
What Are the Disadvantages of Memory Foam?
Gromer says that memory foam products may retain body heat, which could make them less comfortable in warm weather. However, Arand has not heard this complaint from her patients. "In our culture, most people can adjust their thermostats or blankets for the appropriate season," Arand says.
When new, memory foam can produce an odd chemical smell — a phenomenon called offgassing. To minimize this problem, the Sleep Products Safety Council, a sleep products trade group, recommends airing out the mattress or pad for at least 24 hours before putting sheets on it. "If you follow directions, the smell dissipates quickly," Arand says, "But I’ve never heard of anyone having reactions to it."
Are Memory Foam Products Safe for Young Children?
"I would strongly recommend avoiding this and similar very soft materials for use in infants’ beds," Gromer says. "That’s because soft bedding traps [carbon dioxide] and increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths."
NASA Scientific and Technical Information: "Forty-Year-Old Foam Springs Back With Newer Benefits."
Donna L. Arand, PhD, clinical director, Kettering Medical Sleep Disorders Center, Dayton, Ohio; research associate professor, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Kathy R. Gromer, MD, sleep specialist, Minnesota Sleep Institute; medical director, Respiratory Care Program, Saint Paul Technical College.
National Sleep Foundation: "Buying the Right Mattress for You."
Sleep Products Safety Council: "Mattress Odors" and "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome."
Which Memory Foam Mattresses Do Not Contain Fiberglass?
I contacted a bunch of the “Bed-in-a-Box” companies selling memory foam mattresses on Amazon and asked them these questions:
What I found regarding which Memory Foam Mattresses contain Fiberglass
On September 16th, 2019, I contacted all of these memory foam mattress manufacturers and allowed more than two weeks for responses. Most replies came in a day or two, a few took up to 5 days, and the rest didn’t even bother to respond. Blank rows in the table below denote a memory foam mattress manufacturer that ignored me and didn’t respond to my questions.
Click column headers to sort columns – Manufacturer column contains affiliate links that may earn me a commission.
|Manufacturer||Fiberglass?||Modacrylic / Silica / Rayon / Polyester||FR Chemical Spray?||Countries of Origin|
|AmazonBasics||n/a||n/a||n/a||Various – China, Malaysia, etc|
|Best Price Mattress||Yes||Silica||No||China, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam|
|Casper Sleep||No||Yes||No||USA, Canada, or Europe.|
|Dreamfoam Bedding||No||Silica, Rayon, Polyester||No||USA|
|Eco Terra||No||No||No||Sri-Lanka, USA|
|Sunrising Bedding||No||No||No||China, Malaysia|
|Tuft & Needle||No||Polyester||No||USA|
Based on what I found the best Memory Foam Mattress brands on Amazon that do NOT contain fiberglass are Sunrising Bedding, Tuft & Needle, Nectar, and while not technically a memory foam mattress Eco Terra would be another good choice if you don’t mind a Latex mattress.
To see more memory foam mattress information and the actual responses to my questions made by Memory Foam Mattress manufacturers, see below.
AmazonBasics memory foam mattresses are made by various manufacturers so it would be hard to track down who made what, and even If I did it could change at any time. I would just play it safe and just always assume that an AmazonBasics memory foam mattress could contain fiberglass.
Best Price Mattress
Best Price Mattress’ response:
“Our memory foam mattresses contain a silica based fire sock that encases the foam inside the mattress. Our materials are globally sourced in countries such as Thailand, Spain, Serbia, Vietnam, China and South Korea.”
A bit shady – Best Price mattress dodged the fiberglass question and stated their memory foam mattresses only contain silica when I contacted them, however their Amazon reviews show they do indeed contain fiberglass. Also, their website says mattresses are “Designed in USA” but fails to mention that it could actually be constructed in Canada, Europe, or USA.
Casper Sleep’s response:
“None of our mattresses contain any of the materials you listed in your question above, nor do our mattress covers. Our mattresses are designed in the USA… Due to how we function, many of our products are manufactured locally per the domain… We operate in Europe, Canada and America currently, so it’s dependent upon where you purchase our mattress to an extent.”
However, Casper Sleep’s website FAQ clearly states:
“The Casper mattresses do not contain any flame retardant chemicals. Our flame retardant is a proprietary woven silica sock that’s just under the cover. In the event of a fire, the sock melts on itself and suffocates the oxygen needed for the fire to burn.”
It appears that Dreamfoam Bedding is owned and/or operated by Brookyln Bedding because that’s who responded to me via email after using the contact form on Dreamfoam Bedding’s website.
Dreamfoam Beddings’s response:
“We do not use any chemical fire sprays or chemical retardants in our mattresses. Brooklyn Bedding only uses the highest quality fire-retardant socks, made of Non-Woven Silica/Rayon/Polyester/Cotton Blend. For more information regarding our fire retardant fibers, you can research Jones Fiber. Our mattresses are made here in the U.S. in Phoenix, Arizona.”
While Eco Terra is technically a manufacturer of Latex mattresses and not memory foam I still decided to see what they had to say.
Eco Terra’s response:
“We source our latex in Sri-Lanka, but the mattress is assembled and handcrafted here in our warehouse in Camarillo, CA. The mattress does not contain any fiberglass, etc. It’s made of all natural latex, organic wool and cotton. We only use organic wool as natural fire barrier.”
“There are no harmful chemicals or fire retardants used in the manufacturing of the product. The only one with the fiberglass fire retardant and that is the 5″ gel memory foam mattress. The rest have a non removable cover… They are a treated cotton”
I must note that lots of Amazon reviews for Linenspa beds have complaints about bedbugs arriving in the package..
“Here is a list of mattresses that have a treated cotton fire-retardant cover instead of a fiberglass fire retardant:
5 inch Gel Infused Memory Foam, 6 inch Gel Infused Memory Foam, 8 inch Gel Infused Memory Foam, 10 inch Gel Infused Memory Foam, 10 Inch Plush Gel Infused Memory Foam”
“The inner cover of our memory foam mattress contains fiberglass… In addition, we are a large mattress manufacturer in China and our mattresses are also made in our factory in China.”
“None at all… NECTAR does not contain any flame retardant chemicals. Rather a proprietary sock that’s just under the cover. In the event of a fire, the sock melts on itself and suffocates”
Amazon reviews contain photos off Nectar’s memory foam mattress tags showing Rayon and Polyester in the used materials.
“Sealy mattresses are designed and built in the U.S.A.”
Aside from revealing the country mattresses are manufactured in, Sealy dodged the other questions and didn’t reveal any info about Fiberglass use or Modacrylic/Silica/Rayon/Polyester.
Signature Designs (by Ashley)
Signature Sleep’s response:
“Ashley’s upholstered furniture is designed and labeled to comply with California’s TB 117-2013, and we are committed to designing our upholstered furniture with the goal of meeting the requirements of TB-117-2013 without the use of flame retardant chemicals. To that end, Ashley is pleased to announce that after working closely with our supply chain, upholstered furniture manufactured by or for us as of January 1, 2015 does not use flame retardant chemicals. In addition, all our upholstered furniture, no matter where it is shipped in the US, includes a label that complies with the requirements of California’s SB-1019”
Signature Designs by Ashley basically just dodged the questions and gave me the brochure copy/paste treatment. 🙄
Signature Sleep’s response:
“Our Signature mattresses are manufactured in China… The FR barrier sock is made with a knitted process with 50% Modacrylic/50% Glass yarns (+/-10%). The Glass and Modacrylic yarns are used in the thread form on a small rolls and the final product is a kind of knitted (or woven) fabric.”
Signature Sleep was perhaps the most forthcoming of all the memory foam mattress manufacturers, they didn’t try to dodge questions and were the only manufacturer to give the amounts of Fiberglas and Modacrylic used based on percentages.
Sunrise Bedding’s response:
“We don’t have any fiberglass or chemical materials in the cover. Sunrising Bedding 8 inch and 10 inch mattress cover is made of pure Cashmere wool. Our mattress is manufactured in Malaysia.”
However, Sunrise Bedding’s website FAQ clearly states:
“The mattress is made in China. But it is CertiPUR-US certified that means it is made of safe materials and qualified for physical performance. We ensure it the same quality as U.S. mattresses.”
Tempur-Pedic completely dodged the questions and replied to me with a cookie cutter cut-n-paste reply that revealed no information about the country of origin nor materials used in their memory foam mattress manufacturing processes. They basically said it’s all a proprietary secret and that it’s legal and safe according to state and federal regulations.
Tuft & Needle
Tuft & Needle’s response:
“We manufacture our mattresses here in the US and do not use fiberglass, modacrylic, or silica in any components of our Original T&N or Mint mattress models… Our firesock is actually crafted with a polyester/cotton blend knit fabric, treated with a food grade salt.”
“All our mattresses contain glass fiber.”
Regarding where Zinus mattress are made their website states:
“Right now, our product designers are based in South Korea and our manufacturing factories are in Xiamen, China.”
Popular brands from Amazon that were skipped due to not having a website are: Olee Sleep, PrimaSleep, Ssecretland, Vesgantti, Vibe, and YiiYYaa. Nightsbridge by Corsicana was skipped because they’re not sold on Amazon like Corsicana’s other brands.
20 thoughts on “Which Memory Foam Mattresses Do Not Contain Fiberglass?”
i am from Italy hello. Can you help me translate? /rardor
I’m sorry, I only speak English. Have you tried Google Translate??
I think you should read some of the reviews and questions again. There are some reviews that I have checked on Amazon where they show that there is indeed fiber in their mattresses. Both Nectar and Sunrise Bedding use polyester.
You are correct regarding Nectar using Polyester and Rayon, I have updated the article/table. Thank you! However, although I’m not surprised at Nectar for neglecting to tell me about the Polyester/Rayon on their website’s chat feature, either through deception or ignorance – I highly doubt they’d use fiberglass without listing it on the mattress tags like some of the Amazon reviews are eluding to. That would be a lawsuit waiting to happen. I did notice some of the materials listed on the tags say “polyester fiber” which is not technically fiberglass but would still sparkle as if it were though.
Also, I could not find any mention of polyester in the description or reviews of the Sunrise Bedding product you linked to. I will look at some of the other Sunrise Bedding products to investigate further.
Are “glass fibers” the same as “fiber glass?”
This is very helpful research. Regarding Best Price mattresses, someone posted on Amazon a photo purportedly of a Best Price mattress tag that lists fiberglass. The poster wrote a long post about how he/she became physically sick because of this. I’ll post link to it. Other mattress buyers posted similar complaints in reviews and Q&As on that page. On this link, scroll way down to customer photos. I’m looking for low-price mattress and this scares the heck out of me.
You’re right, that is scary! I have updated this article to highlight their deception.
I’m wondering why you failed to mention Indigo Sleep? Their mattresses are environmentally friendly! You can literally take apart their mattresses and flip the comfort layer! When this part wears out you simply buy a replacement of the comfort layer instead of a whole new bed! I can say their older model from 2018 did not have fiberglass in any form. They used the material used in firemans clothing. So sadly since they are a startup they had to change this or go out of business. They will happily explain their process. Which covers the fiberglass with other material and makes it much safer. It seems most people worry more about cost than safety. They do go the extra mile and use an expensive process to make sure it’s as safe as can be! They also have a 100 night sleep trial. I highly recommend them. On a last note, even though the cover is actually removable which is astounding, do not attempt to wash it in the machine. Pretty sure it would cause serious damage. One last thought the fire safety standards are pretty crazy a blow torch has to be held to the mattress for a certain amount of time, I believe close to 2 minutes without it catching fire. Pretty extreme. I do think this bed with its safer method of continuous filament fiberglass yarn, is a really good deal! Queen mattress ready to sleep on after unboxing is $499! They even have a model where each side of the bed has it’s own comfort layer, perfect for couples with different sleep needs! I do not work for Indigo Sleep, I simply love how hard and passionate they are about a great product!
I chose my brands to cover in this article simply by searching “memory foam mattress” on Amazon and then writing down all the brands that showed up on the first 3 pages or so, there must have not been a listing for Indigo Sleep when I did that! I will be updating the article with new memory foam mattress manufacturers and information so I’ll add Indigo Sleep when I do! Thank you!
John-I was just on Amazon, memory foam mattresses, and read reviews…in particular the LUCID brand.
OH DEAR! Some people are experiencing horrible HEALTH issues after removing the cover.
Fiberglass particles flying through the air, under the bed, causing itching, BREATHING it,
gets in your clothes, affecting a child’s health, can’t get rid of fibers after MULTIPLE WASHINGS AND CLEANING THE ENTIRE HOUSE. HORRIBLE.
Yes, it is terrible! There are some people that have actually had to move out of their homes because the fiberglass had gotten all into the ventilation systems and couldn’t be cleaned… You can also watch some videos on youtube of people who are dealit with the ramifications of removing the inner cover on their memory foam mattresses. Some of these people didn’t even remove their mattresses’ inner cover on purpose – instead there was a hole created by wear or by accident/kids/pets. Very bad, and very sad..
please share, which mattress you have chosen?
I went with a Tuft & Needle for my own bed first but then I also replaced my guest bedroom mattress with a Sunrise Bedding mattress and I’m happy with both! A family member of mine went with a Zinus hybrid coil/foam mattress that was fiberglass-free and it’s actually pretty decent as well, I was impressed with it for the price.
I don’t see additional comments below the chart regarding Signature Designs. Also is Signature Designs related to Ashley Signature Designs?
You’re right, the response from Signature Designs seems to have slipped through the cracks and didn’t get added to the article! And yes, it is Signature Designs by Ashley. I will add their response to the article now!
The bad news is that they basically dodged the questions and gave me a cookie-cutter response obviously copy and pasted.
This is a great article and very helpful. I’m confused as to why Dreamfoam has fiberglass, what am I missing?
Best Mattresses in Canada: Top Picks, Recommendations, and Some Extra Tips and Tricks
I don’t know about you, but I see Canadians as warm-hearted, kind, smiley people. They justseem happy.
And Iwant them to be even happier.
The thing is, this can be easilyachieved by a better sleep. So simple, right?
Today, we are going to look at 8 best mattresses in Canada and see which one will allow for your heavenly restful sleep.
|Name||Type||Warranty and trial||Rating|
|Novosbed||Foam||120-night trial, 15-year warranty|
|The Douglas Mattress||Foam + gel||120-night trial, 15-year warranty|
|Logan & Cove||Hybrid||120-night trial, 15-year warranty|
|Endy||Foam||100-night trial, 10-year warranty|
|Saatva||Hybrid||120-night trial, 15-year warranty|
|Loom & Leaf||Foam + gel||120-night trial, 15-year warranty|
|Bear Mattress||Foam||100-night trial, 10-year warranty|
|Helix Midnight||Hybrid||100-night trial, 10-year warranty|
Top Mattresses Made in Canada
Best Mattress in a Box (Editor’s Choice)– Novosbed
Being a truly Canadian product, Novosbed offers a combination ofall the good thingsyou might want in a mattress. It is supportive, comfy, and very nicely made. Additionally, this model is very flexible in use: you can pick among three firmness levels and even get free firmness adjustments after sleeping on it at home.
Novosbed is a memory mattress. It includes the followinglayers:
TheTencel coveris breathable, soft, and even machine-washable.
The coolest thing about this model is how versatile it is. This mattress is perfect for people who don’t really know what they need. Novosbed comes in three firmness levels, so there’s an option for everyone. And if you don’t feel too comfortable sleeping on it, the company offers free firmness adjustments.
The worst thing about this mattress is the fact that it might sleep hot, especially if you are a heavier user and sink in deeper into the foam.
Nicely made and durable
Three firmness options and free adjustments
Great motion isolation
Supportive with a good amount of cradling
Removable and washable cover
Might sleep hot
Mediocre edge support
Despite some minor flaws, this model deserves to be among the best mattresses made in Canada . It is very well-made and offers great comfort levels.
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Best Budget-Friendly Mattress –The Douglas Mattress by Novosbed
The next item on our list of the best mattresses in a box made in Canada is Douglas. This medium-firm model is one of the mostbudget-friendlyoptions on the modern market. It combines a smart design, great comfort levels, and a rather reasonable price.
This foam mattress includes the followinglayers:
TheCoolSense coveris made from eucalyptus fabric and helps with temperature regulation.
The absolute best thing about the Douglas mattress is, of course, its price. For just 749 CAD (which is around 580 US dollars), you get a great bed, which is nicely made and has an effective layer composition. For such money, this mattress is a real steal.
As for the drawbacks, the most noticeable one is the absence of firmness options. I know, this isn’t such a huge issue, especially given the fact that Douglas comes with a trial period. Still, I realize that because of this small flaw, Douglas might not be suitable for many users, and that’s quite upsetting.
Great for pressure relief
Good motion isolation
Doesn’t sleep hot
Has a very gentle, softly hugging feel
Only one firmness option
The edge support could be better
To be honest, this mattress managed to pleasantly surprise me. It is very comfortable and feels supportive and cradling at the same time. For such a price, it’s a real treasure!
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Best Luxury Mattress –Logan & Cove by Novosbed
Another cool model by Novosbed, Logan & Cove belongs on the list of top-rated canadian mattresses for a reason. Thispillow-top mattressfeatures a combination of support and heavenly soft filling. It feels like a cloud while keeping your body in a correct, neutral position.“Oftentimes, when shopping for a mattress, you might be advised to buy a new box spring as well. However, if your old one is structurally sound, you can use it with any new mattress (just make sure the size is appropriate). Keep in mind, though, that some manufacturers require you to buy a box spring from them to receive the full warranty coverage.”
Let’s take a closer look at itsconstruction:
Theeucalyptus fiber coverfeels smooth and silky while being breathable and great at moisture wicking.
The coolest thing about this mattress is its feel. Thanks to the pillow-top + coil system combo, you get a very comfortable bed. It is supportive and can keep your spine properly aligned. At the same time, the pillow-top is soft and cradling, which makes the whole construction feel more balanced.
What might disappoint you the most is the fact that Logan & Cove isn’t the best option for side sleepers. You see, this is a medium-firm mattress. And while the top feels quite soft, side sleepers might sink deep into it and hit that supportive base, which probably won’t feel too comfy.
Effective construction, supportive with a decent amount of cradling
Reasonably priced (for a hybrid bed)
Great edge support
Good motion isolation, perfect for couples
Might be too firm for side sleepers
Potential noise from the coils
If you are a back/stomach sleeper who wants a luxurious feel for a reasonable price, then Logan & Cove would be a perfect option for you.
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Best Motion Isolation –Endy
Being an all-foam mattress, Endy hasa lot to offer. It is cradling, great for pressure relief, and comfortable. Additionally, it is perfect for couples! This mattressabsorbs motion like no other model.
Now, theconstructionof this mattress includes:
Thecoveris micro-quilted for improved breathability and removable for an easier cleaning process. The material of the cover is a polyester + lycra blend.
What might impress you the most is the motion absorption this mattress is capable of. Even if you and your partner have a large difference in weight, you will not feel a thing during the night, even if one of you tends to toss and turn a lot.
The worst thing about Endy is that it might be too plush for some users. If, for example, you are a stomach sleeper, a heavier user, or simply prefer sleeping on firmer mattresses, Endy will probably be too soft for you.
Excellent motion isolation
Cradling and pressure relieving
Perfect for side sleepers
Might be too plush for some users
Only 1 firmness option
Overall, Endy is a great mattress. Being Canadian-made, it is durable and reliable. Additionally, it is heavenly comfy!
Curious to test it out? Click here to order!
Top Mattresses That Can Be Shipped to Canada
Best Hybrid Mattress –Saatva
Even though this is an American-made item, Saatva belongs to the top-rated mattresses in Canada . And there are many reasons for that. Thisluxurious modelfeatures a combination of the most popular (and the most comfortable) materials, which work together to deliver that heavenly comfort to every user.“A quick tip: do not accept delivery without checking the mattress and its condition. Of course, this rule doesn’t work for bed-in-a-box options. If you get a mattress in a box, unroll it right away and check for any stains or damage. If you found one, call the customer support right away. Thus, you have more chances to prove that the stains weren’t made by you (since you’ve just received the mattress and haven’t had the time to use it yet).”
There are three firmness options available: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. Each of them has the sameconstruction(but a different foam feel):
Theeuro pillow-top and cotton coveradds some extra padding for your improved comfort. It is soft, smooth, and pleasant to the touch.
The absolute best thing about Saatva is definitely its construction. This is a hybrid model, which means it combines all the best materials for the most comfortable feel. You get the strong support from the coils and that pleasant cradling from the foam. To me, that’s a perfect combo.
As for the drawbacks, the biggest one is probably the motion transfer. This mattress is quite bouncy. Therefore, it doesn’t absorb the movement that well, which means it might not be suitable for couples.
Great value for money (given its smart construction and the quality of the materials)
Very supportive and responsive
Three firmness levels available
Excellent edge support
Mediocre motion isolation
Quite heavy and hard to move around, which might make the delivery process more challenging
Not suitable for sleepers who want a more hugging feel
I personally love hybrid mattresses, and Saatva isn’t an exception. This supportive mattress is very comfortable and works well for different sleeping positions thanks to its smart construction.
Feel like this would be a great option for you? Order here!
Best Firm Mattress – Loom & Leaf by Saatva
The next item on our list is anotherpopular American mattress. Loom & Leaf is a foam model, but don’t think that it sleeps hot. In fact, this mattress hasgreat cooling propertiesthanks to the smart material blend.
Let’s take a closer look at itsconstruction:
Theorganic cotton coveris breathable, soft, and pleasant to the touch. And it gets better: it is natural, which means it’s suitable for allergy-prone people.
What you might love the most about this model are its cooling properties. That gel layer is a real game changer. While being hugging and cradling, the mattress doesn’t sleep hot. In fact, it might even help you cool down during a warm summer night.
The worst thing about Loom & Leaf is its weak edge support. Therefore, if you share your bed with a partner and need a larger sleeping area, you might want to go with a larger size when buying this great mattress.
Great cooling properties
Two comfort level options
Good motion isolation
Nicely made and durable
Mediocre edge support
Might be too expensive for some users
Loom & Leaf definitely has a lot to offer. This memory foam mattress has the potential to alter your sleep for good and serve you for many years.
Want to see for yourself? Click here to order!
Best Value for Money – Bear Mattress
The last item on our list of the best mattresses in a box in the US and Canada is Bear. This particular model is a real steal if you ask me. Featuring a smart andeffective construction, it is sold at a rather reasonable price, which makes it an awesome option for people who are looking for the best value for money .
Let’s look at theconstructiona bit closer:
The Celliantcovermakes for better air circulation.
Now, what you will love the most about this Bear mattress is the value for money it offers. I know you might think, “$900 for a Queen isn’t such a great deal…” However, given this mattress’s quality, comfort levels, and the fact that this price includes shipping to anywhere in Canada (plus taxes and customs fees), I think you’ll agree that this is the best value for money you can find on the market these days.
Want to know the worst part too? Well, the biggest drawback of this mattress is the absence of different firmness options. This means Bear is suitable for a certain group of people and cannot be considered a universally comfortable mattress.
Great value for money
Innovative cover technology
Doesn’t sleep hot
Cradling and contouring but doesn’t make you feel stuck in the foam
Minimal to no off-gassing
Only one firmness option
Mediocre edge support
To be honest, this mattress managed to impress me. It is comfortable and offers a balanced combo of support and cradling. And don’t forget about the value that it offers!
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Best Edge Support – Helix Midnight
Helix features a wide lineup of mattresses in a box that are suitable for almost everyone. But I’ve chosen the Midnight for my review of the best mattresses in Canada because of itsoutstanding edge support. This mattress ensures that you get the desired level of comfort even if you love sleeping closer to the side, and both you and your partner will have enough space to get comfy during the night.
Now, let’s take a peek at the layers:
All this goodness is encased in theHelix Soft Touch coverthat enhances the cooling effect and is incredibly pleasant to the touch.
The most prominent feature of the Helix Midnight is definitely its sturdy perimeter. The pocketed coils work really well here and give you the uniform surface that can support almost any sleeping style.
The drawback, however, also lies in the coils. Although the foam layers above can absorb some shock, the mattress is still pretty bouncy and may not be a good pick for active sleepers.
Great edge support
Good balance between cradling and support
Soft and hypoallergenic cover
Suits almost any sleep position
May be a bit too bouncy
Might feel firm for petite users
Overall, I enjoyed sleeping on the Helix Midnight. I think it can be a decent purchase for couples and thosewho want to have the entire mattress surface at their disposal.
Factors We Look At
With new mattress companies emerging in both Canada and the USA, the amount of info and marketing claims is overwhelming. Luckily, we know how to sift through all that info. Here are the mostimportant aspectswe pay attention to:
How Does Your Mattress Affect Your Life?
Without proper sleep, we lose energy, concentration, and eventually, our health .And without a good mattress, we can’t get a healthy, restful sleep. Sounds pretty logical, doesn’t it?
But do you want to knowhow exactly a mattress might affectyour sleep and well-being in general? Here are some interesting facts, which might inspire you to start looking for a new bed right away:
Buying a Mattress in a Box in Canada
If you feel a bit stressed out when shopping for a new mattress, that’s okay.
It’s a serious investment, which involves a lot of thinking and doing a thorough research. And I’m here to help you with that.
If you don’t know where to begin orwhat steps to take, here’s a simple buyer’s guide for you:
“If you are buying a mattress, which is going to be delivered in its full size, don’t forget to measure your living space first. You need to make sure that your doors and hallways are wide and tall enough to fit a mattress. Otherwise, the delivery process can turn into a real headache.”
Don’t hesitate to ask questions. If you need to specify some aspects, you can always contact customer service. Their job is to help you, so don’t feel hesitant. Sometimes it’s better to talk to a real person and ask them about the product than just read the specs on their website.
We can talk about mattress materials for hours. But I know that you don’t have that much free time. So, let me share the most important points concerningeach type:
Picking the Right Mattress Size
As I’ve said before, the bigger the mattress, the more it will cost. So, if you don’t want to spend more than needed, you should find the perfect size for yourself. Here are the main modern mattress sizes:
Benefits of Buying Mattresses Online
Buying online can be risky.
But when it comes to mattresses, there’s not much to worry about these days. Modern manufacturers do everything they can to ensure a fuss-free shopping process, even if you order from the US or buy from canadian mattress makers, which doesn’t have any physical stores.
Just check out the benefits of the online mattress shopping:
Caring for Your New Mattress
Obviously, a mattress isn’t your ordinary household item.You can’t just throw it into the washer and make it sparkly new. Taking care of your mattress requiresspecial steps.
But here’s the thing:
Those steps aren’t difficult to follow.
Just don’t forget to:
These simple rules will keep your mattress fresh and intact. And you will be able to enjoy your restful sleep for many years!
This is crazy, but there areso many good Canadian and US-based mattress companiesthese days that it might be hard to pick just one model. If only mattresses were cheaper, I would sleep on a new one every month!
But for now, let’s talk about ourtop picks. Want to know, which models impressed me the most?
Well, if you want to buy from a Canadian company, I highly recommend theNovosbed Mattress. It is nicely made, doesn’t cost too much, and has a very pleasant, gentle and cradling feel. It is perfect for pressure relief too!
As for the American mattresses, my all-time favorite isSaatva.
And it gets better:
This mattress is very comfortable! It has a bit firmer feel and even features a new innovative cover technology.
So, have you already picked your personal favorite? Do you prefer buying from Canadian mattress makers or are you ready to order from the US? Let us know in the comments!
Toxic Materials in Foam Mattresses? Are We Safe?
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Their incredible popularity seems to be unstoppable. Seeing how most of the homeowners are switching to foam mattresses – we have to stop and ask ourselves.Are these synthetically based mattresses safe for human use?
This question is sound and logical. Especially, since the materials used in making memory foam mattresses (learn more) are artificially made. And by themselves can be harmful to human health.But, the reality is not that gloomy.
High-quality, foam-based productsare now available for way less moneythan before and with “green” andeco-friendly manufacturing process. We do not recommend that you opt for any mattress that’s below $400 or pillow that costs less than $50. But, in order to learn why cheap products can be harmful, we have to get to the bottom of this issue.
Most of the cheaper memory mattressescome from polyurethane foam. This substance is not safe for use in the U.S. since 2004 due to health concerns. Even the more expensive brands contain some of the most toxic substances. The health concerns are great. Given no testing was conducted only time will tell on how effects of their use impact human health.
In this article, we will explain the main components of cheap foam mattresses. How do they exactly affect human health? We will question their safety and expose possible concerns about their use.
How Was Memory Foam Invented?
The nature of the process of using compounds to make memory foam is troublesome. We can hardly say that it is meant for use as a mattress. Or any type of product where humans would be longer exposed to it, for that matter. Memory foam was first designed for NASA space program.
Its primary function was to keep astronauts safe during missions in space. As it is,memory foam is an excellent shock absorbing material. It offers safety in helmets, pads and plenty of other equipment. This is because of its design to prevent serious injury to humans.
The structure of memory foam displaces under pressure or applied force. The small cavities inside of it compress and change shape. This works great for spreading the force throughout its surface area.
This fact is often used for marketing purposes. Mattress companies advertise memory foam mattresses as being great for pain relief. We agree that it does work wonders for those that experience pain. This ability to spread pressure over entire its surface helps people with back pain.
It alsohelps people with injuryto sleep with great comfort.
But, this doesn’t change the fact that it contains compounds which are unfit for human use. Let alone long exposure over time.
What Is Memory Foam Actually Made Of?
The main ingredient of memory foam is polyurethane. This compound comes from petroleum as a byproduct. Extracted during the refinement process of crude oil.
During the process of making a memory, foam polyurethane is often mixed. The number of other toxic chemicals include many harmful compounds. Polyvinyl chloride, formaldehyde, boric acid, antimony trioxide and different types of petrochemicals.
Since 2004, by law, the U.S. requires all mattresses to be fireproof to a specific temperature point and ever since the toxicity levels in foam memory mattresses have increased. This makes foam mattresses very harmful.
All memory foam comes from using various heavy industrial chemicals. It is no wonder it is unfit for human use.
A lab in Atlanta analyzed several mattresses made of memory foam material. It found them to emit 61 different types of chemicals. Some of these materials were carcinogens including benzene and naphthalene.
This was first announced by Walter Bader, the author of the book “Toxic Bedrooms”. It is remarkable that no one is actually letting the public know about this information.
As for the main ingredient polyurethane, its use isn’t monitored at all. It was not regulated by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administrations), even though it is well known that it can be dangerous when combined with other chemicals.
Some of the isocyanates found in memory foam mattresses can cause harm to the skin. These can also cause respiration problems. Isocyanate compounds irritate skin and are harmful to human health.
Toxic compounds make toxic products
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)findings confirm the toxicity of these materials. These volatile organic compounds make their way in almost all manufactured household products, including carpets, furniture and of course mattresses and even pillows. Go figure.
Duke University completed clinical evaluations researched certain components used in memory foams. Those included isocyanates. The isocyanate compounds researched were acetone, benzene, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, methylene chloride and 1,1,1 -trichloroethane. What they discovered was that even the brief exposure caused damage. Even the minimal amount of toxicity of these compounds causes asthmatic attacks.
Diisocyanatesare also found as ingredients that increase flame resistance in foam mattresses. They are highly reactive compounds. In their raw forms, these can cause respiratory and skin damage. And if that alone isn’t bad enough they are carcinogenic to humans. During the manufacturing process, many compounds mix together. Diisocyanates react with polyols to produce the flexible memory foam. Polyols are binding compounds that are essential to creating the polyurethane foam.
Buying a Mattress Made in USA: The Ultimate Source List
Is buying a mattress on your list of things to do this year? A good mattress is an investment in your comfort and health, but it is also a good opportunity to buy American from a company you can trust. There are a surprising number of options. Don’t miss this list of American made mattresses to get you started on your search for the perfect one!
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Buying a Mattress Made in USA
Aslan: 365 Night Trail, Infinite Warranty
Aslanis the only mattress company that offers a full 365 night trial with free returns on a product that is 100% made in the USA. They also offer an Infinite Warranty and will match other mattress warranties. Aslan medium-firm mattresses are made of 3 layers of state of the art CertiPUR-US Foam and offer ideal comfort and support for all body types. The top layer is made of beaded GEL Memory Foam, which provides temperature regulation and helps keep the body cool. Aslan mattresses also have great edge support, and are Zero Off-Gassing.Save 10% on Aslan mattress and pillow orders with promo code USALOVE.
BedInABox.com: The Original Mattress in a Box
For 12 yearsBedInABox.comhas been offering affordable luxury mattresses online. It is the oldest direct sale mattress company in the business. All BedInABox is the only box mattress company that manufactures it’s own foam cores in the USA and they are CertiPur-US® certified. Choose from mattresses for every sleep style and budget. BedInABox.com offers 120-night sleep trial. You pay nothing if you are not satisfied with a money back guarantee, just contact our onsite customer service center. Every mattress is covered with a 20 year warranty as BedInABox stands behind all products with an exceptional warranty. Get your new BedInABox mattress in only 2-5 days in the contiguous US as it is shipped right from the facility where every product is inspected for quality. Free shipping on all orders!15% off all BedinaBox.com orders (and an additional $25 off the Azul and Tranquillium mattresses) with discount code USALOVE through March 6, 2020. Valid on all Queen Size Mattresses and higher, with the exception of the PacBed Lite Mattress.
CRāVE: Luxury Foam and Spring Hybrid Mattresses
The CRāVE team knows that one mattress does NOT fit all which is whyCRāVEoffers four mattress styles to choose from. Two of CRāVE mattress styles are foam and spring hybrid mattresses- mattresses that provide comfort and support equal to traditional luxury spring mattresses, but at a lower price.CRāVE mattresses are Eco-friendly. All foams used are CertiPur-US® certified. Made in North Carolina, all materials used in CRāVE mattresses are sourced with in a 200 mile radius, reducing their carbon footprint. Receive the good night’s sleep you crave on an affordable, Eco-friendly, luxury mattress. CRāVE mattress offers free shipping too!
My Green Mattress: Non-Toxic Mattresses
My Green Mattressnon toxic mattresses are handcrafted in Illinois. All My Green Mattress mattresses are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which considers safety factors for individuals with sensitivities and allergies. Instead of chemical laden flame retardants, My Green Mattress uses American Eco Wool as a natural flame barrier on it’s mattresses. The wool is sourced from California and Oregon. For its latex mattresses, My Green Mattress uses 100% GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) Certified Organic Dunlap latex. Dunlap latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree. My Green Mattress even offers a 100 night sleep trial.MyGreenMattresss discount code USALOVE saves you $125 off.
Factory Direct Mattresses
Did you know that you can get high-quality mattresses sent right to your door? I honestly had no clue until I started doing research for this list! Purchasing a mattress from an online-only retailer usually means that the mattress comes to you directly from the factory. This lowers the cost of the mattress by cutting out retail store costs. To make shipping easier, these mattresses come rolled up in an easy to handle box. I have to admit, I was a little wary about purchasing a mattress this way.
BearMattresssent me a twin size mattress to review. BearMattress gel memory foam mattresses are uniquely designed for optimal cooling, comfort, and healing. The mattress arrived right to my door via UPS.
The box was easy for me to move without the need of another person and contained easy to follow directions on how to remove the mattress. With the help of my kiddos, we removed the mattress from the box, followed the directions, and had the mattress ready to use in no time. Once we unrolled it, there was no evidence at all that the mattress had previously been rolled up.
BearMattress was specifically designed for those with an active lifestyle as it’s engineered with four layers of foam to promote healing, cooling and to increase energy levels. Active, I am not, so this review is limited on that aspect. However, the day that the mattress arrived I had been on a hike with the hubby that included going up and down a large hill which normally would have resulted in sore muscles the next day. Coincidence or not, after sleeping on the BearMattress that night (and having a great night’s sleep), I did not have a spot of soreness.
My daughter is the one who has been sleeping on the mattress since. She is the person in the family who is always hot, and she would often wake up during the night from being too hot (even in the winter). This has not been happening since she has had this mattress. For our first online mattress experience, BearMattress has set the bar high!
Buying a Mattress Made in USA: Ultimate Source List
Many of the companies on this list are online only stores. This list is always growing, so check back often. If you have a favorite American made mattress company that you don’t see on our list, let us know in the comments and we will add it.
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