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Mattress Guide: Memory Foam vs Innerspring vs Latex

June 4, 2019
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Are you getting a good night's sleep? Maybe it's time to change your mattress.

To help you make an informed decision, we’ve gathered essential information on three of the most common mattress materials sold in Malaysia. Read on and don’t forget to try before you buy!

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1. Memory Foam - great for a cradle-like effect

Memory foam mattresses have been around for decades but have only gained popularity in Malaysia relatively recently. The memory foam mattress’ claim to fame is that it conforms and contours to your body, creating a cradle-like effect.

It is generally considered a more premium choice and manufacturers often “guarantee” restful sleep. However, scientific evidence is not available to support the latter (too many variables/subjectivity). Rather, memory foam is more likely to provide better sleep for those who appreciate softer mattresses.

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Cost: High-quality memory foam mattresses can be pricey. For instance, a high-density queen size memory foam mattress ranges upward (on average) from RM2, 000. But the cost also depends on the type of foam, additional treatments, and core materials.

Durability: High core density memory foam mattresses can last approximately eight to ten years depending on usage. It is the second most long-lasting type of mattress on our list.

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Best suited for: People who prefer plush mattresses instead of firmer, harder ones. Couples, as these mattresses provide ‘motion isolation’ – you won’t feel your partner tossing and turning as you would when compared to a spring mattress. You may want to avoid memory foam for infants as it could pose serious risks like suffocation and SIDs.

2. Innerspring - the cost-friendly option

Spring mattresses remain a common choice in Malaysia due to its relatively cost-friendly reputation. In addition, spring mattresses can be topped with latex, memory foam, cotton or others to suit different comfort preferences and needs.

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Cost: Depending on its comfort layer material (top layer), brand, and coil construct, among others; the price range for innerspring mattresses can have a broad range. For instance, medium-to-high quality queen-sized innerspring mattresses range from RM850 to RM5, 000 (on average).

Durability: These mattresses rank as one of the lowest in terms of durability when compared to latex or memory foam. High coil gauges (14 to 15) do last longer but can be too firm, whereas lower coil gauges (12 to 13) while softer, are also less durable. The average lifespan for medium-quality innerspring mattresses can last just five to six years (depending on usage) before significant sagging is felt. To get better bang for your buck, make sure your spring mattresses come with good warranty plans.

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Best suited for: This mattress does not absorb motion very well when compared to latex or foam materials and thus is better suited for people who sleep alone or are not easily awakened with movement. Also, innerspring mattresses are generally cooler (the coils allow air to circulate) and might be a good fit for people who complain of heat when sleeping.

3. Latex - great for couples and last for years

Made from natural rubber sap, latex mattresses are one of the most environmentally-friendly options available. In addition, its open-cell structure allows for air circulation that keeps the mattress cool and comfortable. It also happens to be allergen-free and furthermore, organic latex grown without pesticides is safer and considered a good choice for younger children.

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Cost: Natural latex mattresses are generally rather expensive. The price range on average, for a queen-sized natural latex mattress, is from RM2, 800 all the way to RM8, 500, or more, depending on its thickness and support core. Hybrid mattresses, with spring and latex are a slightly more pocket-friendly option.

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Durability: High-quality natural latex mattresses are incredibly resilient and can last up to 15 years, depending on use. Synthetic latex mattresses are less costly but also not as durable.

Who it is for: This mattress material has excellent motion absorption, so just like memory foam; it’s great for couples. It’s also a good option for those who suffer from allergies and certain respiratory illnesses (e.g. asthma), as natural latex is resistant to dust mites and mold.

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