About Memory Foam
An Introduction to this Visco-Elastic Foam
Memory foam history
Memory foam was developed in sixties by NASA to improve the safety of aircraft cushions.
Later in the early 1980s, when NASA released it to the public domain, sweddish company Fagerdala Foams started working with memory foam.
In 1991 they released Tempur-Pedic and since then, memory foam matresses have become the fastest growing segment in the mattress industry.
What is it? How it works?
Basically, memory foam completes the need for a soft, comfortable mattress and a hard, supportive one. It means that a memory foam matress is usually denser and heavier than other mattresses.
Memory foam matresses or covers are usuallys recommended by doctors for people suffering from back pain.
And nothing compares to memory foam when it comes to conforming to your body and reducing pressure points.
Memory foam is temperature sensitive – at lower temperatures it is firmer, and at higher temperatures it is softer and more conforming.
When new, the foam emits an unpleasant smell. This smell decreases with airing.
Memory foam manufacturers
In recent years, many manufacturers have begun producing memory foam, so the prices dropped. But you should be aware that memory foam is not a commodity. You should not consider just prices, rather quality. Take a look at our Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide
Each memory foam mattress is a combination of its height and density. Foams with density of 5 lb/ft3 or greater are considered high quality, although most standard memory foam has a density of 1 to 5 lb/ft3. Foams with density over 5 lb/ft3 are rarely made.
You can find a lot of memory foam mattress reviews here. And also memory foam mattress benefits and memory foam mattress types.