Visco elastic memory foam mattress: The basics

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Nowadays any customer that comes into a shop looking for information to renovate his sleeping equipment usually wonders: Is this a visco elastic memory foam mattress? This question is very common nowadays even though, visco elastic memory foam became a trend long time ago. This post will help us to explain the characteristics of these visco elastic mattresses in order to solve all the usual doubts around this type of material.

What is visco elastic?

Visco elastic memory foam is basically foam that reacts to pressure and heat that has also has the ability to recover its original state once pressure and heat is liberated. This kind of foam technologically more improved than previous mattresses gives name to visco elastic memory foam mattresses. The use of this foam on this types of visco elastic mattresses is due to its ability to perfectly adapt to your body, giving the customer a rest free of pressure adding a weightlessness sensation.

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Do 100% visco elastic memory foam mattresses exist?

Visco elastic memory foam mattresses made only with this material don’t exist. This is a very important fact that must be stressed especially when we are talking about visco elastic mattresses. This type of foam is included as a comfort layer (more or less thick) but it’ll always need a support, either with sprungs, HR foam or even latex,  this last one being the least common one. This way we’ll be able to ask more precisely about this mattress.

What affects the density of the foam on the visco elastic mattresses?

The density of the foam is measured in kg/m3. It basically tells us about the quantity of material per volume that is on the mattress, in this case in kg. The price range changes hugely on shops depending on the density of the visco elastic memory foam. The more density, the more material quality, which translates into a higher material durability without losing its attributes. However, visco elastic memory foam mattresses with a very big layer of very dense visco elastic will increase its weight, which complicates its handling being the case of a double face mattress. One of the other myths surrounding visco elastic mattresses is that the denser they are, they’ll be more comfortable and soft they’ll be. They’re firm or soft visco elastic memory foams depending the density they’re made of. On the other hand, visco elastic mattresses made of great density foams lose their transpiration properties, one of the key points to have in mind when buying a mattress. If we join adaptation to the body so characteristic of the visco elastic mattresses with a low transpiration degree we’ll feel the heat which a con to a lot of people. In conclusion, we’ll say it’s important to have in mind the density but we shouldn’t focus only on it. Foam that guarantees an acceptable durability for 10 years and the ideal transpiration degree would be around 50 kg/m3.

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Are visco elastic memory foam mattresses better for my back?

Certain brands specialized on visco elastic mattresses are associated to the medicine or health industry, but it’s only about marketing and image. Visco elastic mattresses are not prescribed for any disease of physical pain and they have no healing powers. However, minimizing the pressure and the weightlessness sensation can offer some relief in some cases. But be careful, because what is good to others may be damaging to others. We must always put our doctors recommendations before anything.

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