Memory Foam v Pocket Sprung

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The two most popular mattresses on the market are pocket sprung and memory foam, but what are the differences, how do you choose and which is the best for you?


Construction – Pocket Sprung

A pocket spring unit will incorporate between 1000 and 2000 springs and unlike coil springs they move independently of each other. These mattresses also contain layers of various materials including lamb’s wool and cotton. Look for a mattress with allergen free fillings and surface.


Construction – Memory Foam

Originally developed by NASA in the seventies, memory foam now has a myriad of uses in hospitals and care homes because of the extra support needed by recovering patients and the elderly. The dense structure of memory foam makes it an inhospitable place for dust mites and because it is made with safe chemicals you can be sure it is hypoallergenic.


Temperature – Pocket Sprung

The construction of pocket sprung mattresses allows a natural flow between your body and the material which makes them extremely breathable. This helps keep the body cool and helps with the overall quality of sleep.


Temperature – Memory Foam

Memory foam has a reputation for being hot but new technology has allowed companies to produce cooler memory foam. This is achieved by including cooling cells which regulate and improve the temperature. The foam creates a mould around the natural contours of the body and softens up in reaction to warm temperatures allowing good ventilation.


Motion – Pocket Sprung

Because a pocket sprung mattress contains individual springs rather than coils the pressure can be contained in each spring unit so other parts of the mattress are unaffected by movement. This makes a pocket spring mattress a better option for motion separation than its coil sprung counterpart.


Motion – Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses are designed to accommodate the user’s weight by enveloping their natural contours to provide support and joint relief. This creates a mould around the persons shape to provide a distinct outline and prevents the feeling of rolling to the other side of the bed.


Sleep – Pocket Sprung

This is best for people who would prefer a springy feel as opposed to a sinking one. Any sleeping position can be accommodated by a pocket sprung as it allows for proper weight distribution and muscle and joint relief. Generally the firmness of the mattress will be determined by the number of springs with more springs providing a firmer mattress.


Sleep – Memory Foam

The material can transform into the natural shape of the body making it an ideal choice for people suffering with back conditions. It is best for relieving joint pain and aching muscles because it replicates the natural shape of the body. It will also keep the spine straight which alleviates back pain whichever position you sleep in.


Lifespan – Pocket Sprung

The lifespan of a pocket sprung mattress would be typically 10 years with the longevity improved by occasionally spinning the mattress by 180 degrees to improve its shape and avoid faster wear.


Lifespan – Memory Foam

A memory foam mattress can preserve its quality throughout extensive usage and will last around 12 years. Through time the memory foam will become softer but this will not necessarily affect the performance. As with the pocket sprung mattress, switching the head and foot round periodically will allow it to relax and adapt to new shapes.



Both mattresses have their strengths and weaknesses and ultimately it comes down to which factor is most important to you as an individual.

Having said that, we do have a third option named the hybrid which combines the qualities of both mattresses. A pocket sprung memory foam mattress is the most advanced and allows the user to reap the benefits of both technologies to get the best comfort and relaxation possible.

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