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- Mattress Buying Guide
- Review of the 5 Top-Rated Gel Memory Foam Mattresses
Getting quality hours of sleep every night is probably one of the biggest challenges that any busy, grown person encounters every day, every night. A good night’s sleep is just as important as physical exercise and eating healthy. Medical researchers have agreed that poor quality sleep is closely related to hormonal problems, weight gain, poor exercise performance and delayed responses in brain functions such as reading, writing, doing mathematical operations, etc.
A good bed to sleep on is a key element for our daily rest. Mattresses have been evolving over the years and we are lucky to have the opportunity to choose among brands and types of state-of-the-art modern mattresses that will improve our quality of sleep.
Lately, gel memory foam mattresses have become increasingly popular in the market, as many of them offer the sturdiness of a box-spring coiled mattress, the softness of a memory foam mattress, and the breathability that gel memory foam offers.
In this article, we have put together a buying guide for you to discover the advantages that a memory foam mattress can bring into your life, plus a detailed review of our editor’s favorite gel memory foam mattress picks for you to take a look at!
Mattress Buying Guide
What is a Gel Memory Foam Mattress?
Memory Foam is a common polymer made of polyurethane that is used to layer mattresses that are either coiled (hybrid) or just made of fabrics and that need a spongy, yet firm material to be filled with.
Memory Foam was initially developed to be used in NASA expeditions, in the ’70s. Funnily, the material was never used by them and instead, this innovative foam that has a ‘memory’ (keeps the shape of a hand-molded on it for some seconds) ended up being of great use in the car and furniture industry. However, the soft moldable material is produced now in different categories or types of Memory Foam.
High-density memory foam for example is used by manufacturers as a sturdy base for some of their mattresses’ models; gel memory foam contains the properties of normal memory foam but they have a more open cell structure that is infused with millions of tiny liquid gel beads that make the layers cooler and fresher than high-density foams or regular memory foam fillers. Gel memory foam mattresses become ideal for hot sleepers or allergic customers that need more breathability in their mattresses.
What Is a Good Price for a Gel Memory Foam Mattress?
Depending on the brand, the size, (King, Queen, Full, Twin, California King), thickness, and the special features the mattress may offer, the price can go from $300 to $2000 dollars. Some brands give you special prices if you buy a mattress alongside a box spring or framed base of the same brand, for example, some other promotions may include free pillows with the mattress.
Haggle a bit if you visit a physical store, and if possible, test the mattress with your own hands and body! It is well known that exhibit mattresses at stores allow customers to lie on top of them for some minutes to test the overall comfortability of those.
Unfortunately, times have changed and the worldwide pandemic that hit us last year has seriously modified the way we purchase things. Therefore, if you are up for an online ‘hunt’ for your next gel memory foam mattress, make sure you check Amazon for good deals and delivery prices. Do not forget to read the reviews of your desired product as a ‘research guide’, as we can learn from the experience of previous customers that already own, the mattress you desire.
How Do I Get a Gel Memory Foam Mattress Delivered to My Door?
Times have also changed and the days of wrapping a heavy box spring mattress on top of your parent’s 80’s chevy are gone. Memory foam mattresses are nowadays vacuum packed, which means your next gel memory foam mattress will arrive rolled up and hygienic compress-sealed in its delivery box and will expand (fully inflate) once it’s placed on a bed slat base, within 72 hours. Not only do you need your mattress to fully expand, but also, vent the area where it will be placed for the chemical odors to dissipate.
Some brands that excel at memory foam manufacture have to be, Zinus, LUCID, Beautyrest (Simmons), Novilla, Sealy, Serta, Iyee Nature, Molblly, Classic Brands. And lastly here are our top 5 gel memory foam mattresses.
Review of the 5 Top-Rated Gel Memory Foam Mattresses
Manufacturer, color, available sizes: The popular Iyee Nature brand presents the Cooling-Gel Memory Foam mattress bed in a box, a very comfortable breathable mattress that relieves pressure points in your body, it cradles your shape, giving you great support at night, its airflow memory foam shape layers provide you coolness and breathability, it is suitable for side sleepers and back sleepers, it is available in Full, Queen and King size in elegant bicolor white/grey.
Dimensions, Weight, and Thickness: The standard thickness of the Iyee Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress is 12 inches, measuring 75 x 54 x 12 inches, weighing 54.3 pounds. Its firmness is medium, this mattress can also be chosen with a thickness of 8, 10, 14 inches in Queen, King, Twin, and Full sizes. This mattress has been reviewed to support over 250 pounds of weight.
Type of Fabric and Fill material: This mattress includes a 2.5 inches Iyee certified Cool Gel Memory Foam layer, for a coolness sensation during your sleep, a 2.5 High-Density especial comfortable foam layer that relieves back pains, and a 7 inches Support Base Foam Foundation that gives you the firmness you need at night and helps the mattress to not deform over time. Also, it includes a soft-skin friendly Poly Jacquard Cover that is washable. Warning! Do not remove the inner cover of the mattress as it may contain fiberglass in it.
Safety: It is important to note that The American US NFPA (The National Fire Protection Association) advises mattresses manufacturers to add components such as fiberglass as a fire stopper or a fire-retardant measure in commercial Memory Foam mattresses. For your safety, never open a mattress that does not have a zippable washable cover.
Other features: This mattress holds 3 important certifications, it is CertiPUR US, OEKO-TEX STANDARD, and ISPA certified for being low in VOC emissions (Volatile organic compounds that can cause chemical unpleasant odors), plus, this mattress comes conveniently rolled up in a box for easy delivery. Allow at least 72 hours for it to properly expand before sleeping on it.
Manufacturer, color, available sizes: Novilla, the mattress brand that proudly announces their products are made out of environmentally conscious materials, presents the Novilla Full, Gel Memory Foam Mattress, a fresh mattress that offers you a cool sensation in your sleep. Its memory foam and gel memory foam layers absorb motion, you would not know your partner is sleeping beside you! It is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes in white color with an egg-crate top surface that is soft to the touch.
Dimensions, Weight, and Thickness: The Novilla Full mattress has a thickness of 12 inches, measuring 54 x 75 x 12 inches, (standard size) weighing 57.2 pounds. Its firmness is medium. It can also be ordered in all the available sizes mentioned above with a thickness of 10 inches.
Type of Fabric and Fill material: This super fresh mattress has a 4-layer composition, it includes 3 inches cooling gel-infused memory foam layer, a 2 inches airflow comfort foam layer, a 3.5 inches air circulation foam for extra breathability, and a sturdy base of supportive high-density foam of 3.5 inches. It includes a skin-friendly cover made of rayon & bamboo breathable fibers.
Safety: Novilla openly informs us that their products are environmentally friendly and that this mattress model is free from harmful off-gassing chemicals/substances such as formaldehyde, mercury, and other heavy metals that may cause you allergies and sleep discomfort.
Other features: This mattress is moisture-wicking, absorbs moisture while you sleep, drawing hotness away; its cover is zippable, removable, and washable. Plus, Novilla offers a 30-day money-back return policy and 10 years of warranty.
Manufacturer, color, available sizes: Molblly, who are expert manufacturers in the Memory Foam mattresses line, feature their Molblly Memory Foam Mattress in a box, a mattress of sturdy composition and cooling sensation that realigns your spine as its no-sink support foams efficiently conform to your body shape for an optimal pressure/pain relief and reduce motion transfer from your partner. It is available in Full and Queen sizes in white color/navy blue bicolor.
Dimensions, Weight, and Thickness: The Molblly Full mattress is 12 inches thick, measures 75 x 54 x 12 inches, (standard Full size), it weighs 53.9 pounds. Its firmness is medium. The mattress is delivered rolled up in a vertical box, allowing at least 72 hours for it to fully expand.
Type of Fabric and Fill material: This mattress is composed of a 3 inches gel memory foam layer that helps heat to dissipate giving you breathability and freshness; 3.5 inches of conforming memory foam layer that provides you with non-sinkable support, and a 5.5 inches thick high-density base support foam for firmness.
Safety: Molblly informs us that although their mattresses contain fiberglass thin layers in them, their mattresses have passed the flammability tests of the NFPA. This mattress in particular meets the requirement 16CFR of the Federal Flammability Standard for commercial mattresses, therefore this is a mattress that should not be opened beyond its washable removable top cover.
Other features: This mattress includes a soft Poly Jacquard Cover made of breathable fabrics that are removable and machine washable. Also, Molblly gives you a 30-day money-back return policy, in case you dislike their products, they completely refund the cost of it.
Manufacturer, color, available sizes: Classic Brands the leader company in furniture manufacture and sleeping products release their Classic Brands Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress. A very comfortable luxurious mattress that offers you orthopedic support, its inner layers of gel memory foam help heat dissipation and self-ventilating, and its overall composition absorbs the motion. It is available in King size in an elegant white with dark grey edges design.
Dimensions, Weight, and Thickness: The standard size of this elegant mattress is 80 x 76 x 14 inches, (King) it is a sturdy heavy mattress that weighs 94 pounds. It can be chosen with a firmness of plush or medium. It elevates 14 inches when fully expanded.
Type of Fabric and Fill material: The inner composition of the Classic Brands Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress is, a 1-inch layer of Cool Gel Memory Foam, a 2 inches layer of open-cell conforming foam that increases airflow for a freshness sensation, and a 3 inches high-density base for firmness and durability. It comes with a knitted thick cover that is soft to the touch.
Safety: Classic Brands joins other brands that have decided over fiberglass as the most effective fire-retardant in their sleeping products, therefore, for your personal safety and the safety of your loved ones, do not open this mattress beyond its top cover. Do not puncture or allow kids to jump on it. Not only the fiberglass can escape from the mattress, but also, the internal layer composition of the mattress can be irremediably damaged.
Other features: Classic Brands offers us a great and fun bonus of 2-Shredded Memory Foam Standard Pillows, included with the mattress package. Do not allow any seller to remove the pillow promotion from this product!
Manufacturer, color, available sizes: LUCID, a sub-company of the renowned ZINUS specializes in creating sleeping products of great quality that are also affordable. They present their LUCID 10 Inch 2020 Gel Memory Foam Mattress, a cooling mattress of great comfort that offers you overall point pressure in key areas of your body, making it ache-safe for all kinds of sleepers: back, side, and stomach sleepers. It is available in a wide array of sizes, Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, Short Queen, King, Split King, and California King sizes in white color with dark grey edges.
Dimensions, Weight, and Thickness: This practical mattress has a thickness of 10 inches, measuring 80 x 60 x 10 inches, (standard size), it is a lightweight mattress that weighs 46.5 pounds. It can be ordered in all the sizes mentioned above in plush, firm, or medium firmness.
Type of Fabric and Fill material: The LUCID 10 Inch 2020 is made with 3.5 inches cooling gel-infused memory foam layer, a 2 inches transition foam that absorbs motion, and a 4.5 inches thick Bamboo Charcoal infused base foam that absorbs odors and gives durability to the overall composition of the mattress, it is compatible with adjustable bed bases.
Safety: Usually, mattresses that are composed of memory foam layers have an ordered structure that makes them a one-side only product that will be more or less useless if flipped over. LUCID advises us to not try to wash the mattress with strong detergents that could be absorbed by the inner layers of it, causing unpleasant chemical odors as a result. Gently wipe the cover of the mattress with a clean cloth and mild soap if it gets stained.
Other features: This is a Bamboo charcoal-infused mattress. Bamboo charcoal is a popular component used in furniture manufacture (mattresses, car seats, and sofas for example) as it is ‘odor’ absorbent in case of leaking accidents. Mattresses that contain bamboo charcoal infusions will efficiently reduce bad smell buildup and will keep your mattress smelling fresh thanks to its hypoallergenic properties.
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Make sure you check for certifications on your desired mattress before purchasing it. Usually, certifications like CertiPUR-US and Oeko-Tex tell us that the mattress in question has already been tested for low VOC emissions, that it is safe to use, and environmentally friendly. Too, check the refund policies of the brand and the warranty clauses in case you receive (by bad luck) a defective or damaged product. Never ditch a damaged delivery, it is your right to ask for a full refund of your purchase. Take photos or videos of the faulty product if necessary. The customer service of any company that may have sold you the mattress will have to respond to your complaint.
Unfortunately, many brands that manufacture memory foam mattresses have opted for including thin layers of fiberglass as fire stoppers in their mattresses’ compositions, like mattresses, pillows, car seats, and couches are highly flammable under critical conditions if a fire-retardant chemical hasn’t been added to those.
The good news is nonetheless that such layers are buried deep in the mattress and should not be a problem if you never open /cut the mattress or try to remove the inner cover that is below the usual removable washable one. It can last for many years without causing you any problems.
Here’s the part in which you’ll have to carefully read the specs of the gel memory foam that will adapt to your needs and not otherwise.
Check for thickness, firmness, the kind of sleeper that the mattress is meant for, (side, back, stomach sleeper) the size of the mattress, and the fabrics it is made with it.
It is well known that gel memory foam mattresses not only help hot restless sleepers to have a good night sleep but also, many customers have claimed that this kind of mattress has helped them overcome post-operatory pain, some others praise the back pain improvement that resulted from sleeping on top of a gel memory foam mattress for months.
Hip, neck, leg pain can also be relieved by choosing the right model that will suit all your sleeping, craving needs. Try a gel memory foam mattress and see how your sleeping hours improve. You won’t regret it!