Memory Foam Toppers

A memory foam topper is a great idea for people interested in getting some of the benefits of a memory foam mattress without having to take on the high price tag of the bed.  These are only a fraction of the price and usually pretty easy to find.

Memory foam can get pretty expensive, so a lot of people opt for these mattress alternatives for that reason alone.  Others get them just because of their conveniences and other uses.

What is a Topper?

You might remember those “egg carton” tops that people used to, or still do, put on top of their mattress.  These egg crate toppers would make a stiff bed feel a little softer.  Rather than going out and buying a brand new, expensive mattress, you could spend a few bucks and throw one of these under your sheets to almost feel like you have a new bed.

Now, there are other options to the egg grate foam toppers.  The most common alternative to an egg crate topper would be memory foam.  Memory foam is a little more expensive, but provides more benefits and is more versatile.

The topper simply goes on top of the mattress then stays in place under your fitted sheets.

What is Memory Foam

This topic is covered at length in the memory foam buying guide.  Simply put, memory foam is a viscoelastic foam that responds both to your body heat and gravity, molding to your body when you sit or lay on it.  Memory foam has been known to help people who have bad backs, fibromyalgia, allergies to dust mites and insomnia.

Other Uses for a Memory Foam Topper

Camping

Say you don’t feel like sleeping on the ground or bringing a blow up mattress with you to camp.  You can roll up a memory foam topper, stuff it in a box and have a soft cushion to sleep on, while outdoors.  The material is dense enough to give you support.

Hotels

You might not trust a hotel mattress.  I sure don’t.  Too many times I have been stuck with a stiff bed that left me hurting in the morning and not feeling rested enough.  You can stuff a topper in your suitcase and bring it along with you to throw on top of your hotel bed.

4 Top Rated Mattresses

There are a few well known names in mattresses that you may have heard of.  Most of the popular brands are quality mattresses, but with the popular name often comes a hefty price tag.  Most of the top rated mattresses can be found at your local mattress store or furniture shop.

With that being said, just because you may not have heard of a particular brand does not mean it is an inferior product.  Lots of new brands have been popping up lately with the ease of selling mattresses online, and a lot of them often use the same manufacturer to make similar quality beds.

At the end of this article I have a great tip on saving money to get cheaper mattresses that are comparable with brands like Sealy, Tempurpedic and Simmons.

Top Mattress Brands

1. Tempurpedic

You might remember seeing commercials for Tempurpedic beds.  This is the first company to successfully sell memory foam mattresses, usually through mail order.  They were advertising how you can sleep with another person without disturbing them, shown by jumping on the bed and not spilling a glass of wine on the other side.  The memory foam has been known to help with many ailments like insomnia, bad backs and chronic fatigue.  Now, there are plenty of competitors offering mattresses of a similar durability and quality for a fraction of the price. – Tempurpedic Mattresses

2. Sealy

You can find Sealy mattresses at most local mattress stores.  They also have all of their products available online so you can buy directly from them if you find the bed you want while shopping in a store.  Sealy has a few brands under their flagship name.  Each brand has their own qualities.  The regular Sealy brand has the most affordable mattresses that many people will find comfortable and reliable.  Sealy Posturepedic are designed to give you better back support.  Mattresses under the Optimum brand name are the Sealy brand of memory foam mattresses, like Tempurpedic. - Sealy Mattresses

3. Stearns and Foster

Stearns and Foster is actually part of the Sealy company, but worth mentioning on their own.  This is a high luxury mattress type that costs a decent amount, but has a lot to offer.  The beds incorporate latex foam or memory foam depending on which you find more comfortable.  The covers are infused with luxury silk to make for a great rest.  Luxury latex mattresses start at $1, 999 and memory foam gel mattresses prices start at $2,999. - Stearns and Foster

4. Simmons

Simmons is most comparable to Sealy.  Simmons beds and mattresses are most known for the line of mattresses known their Simmons Beautyrest line of mattresses.  The mattresses use what Simmons calls their “Recharge Technology” to help you get the best sleep possible.  Upgrades are available to add memory foam or latex if you don’t want to have an innerspring/coil mattress. – Beautyrest

Choosing a Cheaper Mattress Alternative

One thing you can do is find which of these mattresses above you like the most.  Go to a mattress store like Sleepys and lay down on every mattress in the store until you find the one you want.  When you pick one, ask for a spec sheet on it.  This will tell you how thick the mattress is, how dense the memory foam is, the coil count, etc.  Now, take that and go online to find some other mattress brands that are less expensive, but have the same specifications.  If the price is a lot cheaper, they have the same specs and they offer a sleep trial you should order that mattress.  Give it a week or two and then decide if you want to keep it or send it in for your sleep trial refund.

What is the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

Were you aware that bad mattresses are one of the most common causes of back pains?  Having a worn out, damaged or just the wrong type of bed for an individual can cause both upper and lower back pain.

Older beds were designed simply for the purpose of giving a place for somebody to lay down and relax.  It used to be the softer the better for most.  Now, we’re finding out that those plush mattresses are a major problem.  Newer technology has given us mattresses made out of materials like memory foam and latex that can prevent back pain from beds.

Mattresses that Cause Back Pain

Damaged and Worn our Beds

Usually, the cause of back problems from a bed are due to a person sleeping on an old mattress or a cheap flimsy one that can cause the spine to rest out of alignment while they sleep.  When you lay in bed at night, you want to keep your spine straight throughout your slumber so you wake up without any aches or pains.

Older coil spring mattresses will sag in the middle from continued use.  Broken or damaged box springs can also cause this to happen, which ultimately leads to you sleeping in a curved position.  Your spine is twisted and you wake up feeling the effects of it.

The Wrong Mattress

Different people require different mattresses for the best spine positioning.  Inner-spring mattresses don’t provide the ability to contour to your body weight nearly as well as memory foam, latex or some air mattresses.  Even if you have a memory foam or latex mattress, you may have the wrong firmness.  Heavier people or those with joint problems should get denser mattresses while lighter people in good health don’t need the high density beds.

Back, Side and Front Sleepers

The way you sleep will also lead to back pains.  There is nothing majorly wrong with sleeping in a certain position.  We all have a natural position that we feel the most comfortable with.  What you want to do is find the right mattress for the position that you sleep in.  There are better mattresses for side sleepers than there are for people who lay on their stomachs.

The Best Mattress for Back Pain

This, for the most part is dependent on the person.  Like I said earlier, you should avoid inner spring mattresses.

When it comes to choosing between memory foam or latex, it is totally a matter of preference.  You can check my memory foam buying guide or the latex mattress buying guide for more information to figure out which bed you’d want.

If you share a bed with somebody, the best mattress would most likely be an adjustable air mattress.  These beds let you adjust an air chamber below each half of the bed so that you and your partner can both select the best firmness for your individual sleeping habits.

Memorial Day Mattress Sales

Memorial Day Weekend is one of the biggest sales events of the year in most retail stores.  Besides Black Friday, it could be the most universally used time of the year for stores to heavily discount their prices to get customers in the door.

Furniture stores and mattress retailers will drop the price to one of the lowest levels of the year on Memorial Day Weekend.  Your newspaper is probably full of those tacky ads with an American flag built into the layout advertising “The lowest prices of the year.”

This is the best time of the year to get the cheapest mattress, but you should still do some homework on the products before you make any purchases.  Make sure wherever you buy your mattress offers a sleep trial if you need to buy something quickly for whatever reason. If you find out the mattress isn’t the one you wanted or it doesn’t give you the best rest possible, you would be able to trade it in for a full refund or an exchange.

Sometimes mattress retailers will try to offload their inferior products on Memorial Day to try and make a sale.  If you have a smart phone on you, you can quickly look up a particular bed by the model number to find customer reviews of the mattresses.  Don’t settle for anything less than you need to.

You’ll also be able to find a lot of discount mattresses online, not just in retail stores.  All of the major brands like Sealy, Sleepys and Tempurpedic along with smaller companies have sales going on for the holiday weekend.  From my experience, you will usually find more discounts and cheaper prices from smaller companies.   Do a Better Business Borough check on the smaller companies to make sure they have a reliable product.  Also make sure they have the 30, 60 or 90 day sleep trial as well.

Compare Memory Foam Mattresses

Not all memory foam mattresses are created equal.  There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing your mattress including density, topper, material and upholstery.

You’ll also have to compare memory foam mattress companies.  Some companies are more respected than others, some are way overpriced and some offer exceptional products and customer service.

Different Brands

There is a growing number of brands of memory foam mattresses.  With these products becoming more popular and more affordable, you are getting more options.

The major brands all have great products, but usually are not worth the price.  You’ll see when visiting most websites that the mattresses on their sites are compared to the major brands models, like Tempurpedics models.  The mattresses are usually made of similar materials and have the same density as those they are being compared to.

When choosing a brand you should do research from the BBB and compare their prices with the leading brands.  You’ll usually get a huge discount for an equal quality product.

Density

You should head into a mattress store to actually feel what different density means.  You can explain it on and on through words, but it is something you will have to feel yourself to know what you prefer individually.

Once you have decided on the density that works for you, then you can start comparing mattresses of the same density.  There are usually two layers of density with the higher number being the core of the mattress and the other being the topper.

The topper will be much less dense to give you immediate cushioning and provide softness to the bed, while the core will be much more dense and be what supports you when you are laying in bed all night.  Higher density mattresses are generally better for heavier individuals and those with joint pains.

Green Mattresses

This is a matter of preference.  You can choose green memory foam mattress now that are made of eco-friendly materials like soy.  These mattresses will be better for your own health and won’t take up a mattress sized space in a landfill forever when you are done with it.

Comparing Prices of Mattresses

Once you have found a list of the best mattress companies and decided on your density, you can now start to compare the price of memory foam mattresses.  This is the easy part.  Pull up all of the websites for the companies that you decided you liked.

Get to the pages with the mattresses you like and then compare the prices.  Some of these companies are negotiable, so call up and see if they can give you a discount.