Foam Vs Spring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses have been around for decades – as a matter of fact, the first mattresses ever made had springs inside them, for extra support and comfort.

On the other hand, the memory foam mattresses are becoming increasingly popular as well, and for a good reason: they are more durable, they are less likely to cause neck and back pain, and they are more likely to retain their shape and design in the long run.

Here you will find an in-depth comparison of these two.

A Closer Look At The Support Offered By Spring And Foam Mattresses

Both mattresses are efficient in terms of support – however, what truly sets them apart is the degree of comfort they offer, as well as the lifespan. Spring mattresses tend to lose their comfort as the years go by, and they slowly fail to provide enough support and pressure point relief. Besides that, innerspring mattresses also push back against your body, and this can interfere with your blood circulation and cause body aches on a regular basis. These mattresses lose more than one third of their overall support capacity during the first year alone!

On the other hand, the memory foam mattresses are an innovation in this industry, as they are especially designed to evenly distribute your body weight, thus reducing the pressure points. Not only are they more comfortable and efficient, but memory foam mattresses also tend to last longer. In addition to this, the foam mattresses are more likely to retain their shape in the long run.

The Benefits

Spring Mattresses

1. The main reason why these mattresses are still on the market is because they are considerably cheaper than their foam counterparts. They come in all shapes and sizes and they are the perfect choice for those who are on a budget and who do not want to spend a small fortune on mattresses;

2. The wide variety of available colors, designs and styles in terms of spring mattresses is yet another notable benefit. They come with different firmness ratings, they can be pillowy or they can be very hard to the touch, depending on the needs and requirements of each user.

3. Innerspring mattresses may be the best choice for people who are slightly overweight, given the fact that they offer a good support. Also, they are a great choice for people with back pain, they are very versatile and they are a good investment for those who want efficient support, yet who know they will have to change their mattress within several years in order to maintain its efficacy.

Foam Mattresses

1. The main benefit is that foam mattresses – and memory foam mattresses in particular – come in many different foam densities that react to the body weight and the body temperature of the user. It is a known fact that foam mattresses shape around your body, thus ensuring a relaxing and comfortable night’s sleep.

Besides this, there are hundreds of different memory foam toppers available on the market as well, some of them are even electrically heated. The particles within the foam mattress are specifically designed to absorb the moisture during the hot summer nights, thus keeping your body cool.

2. Also, as mentioned above, given the versatile shape of the foam mattresses, they are perfect for those with back pain as they are designed to reduce the pressure points while still offering your body an efficient, all-round support.

3. Last, but not least, one of the main differences between the foam mattresses and the innerspring mattresses is the fact that the first ones are very efficient in terms of movement absorption. In other words, they are perfect if you share the bed with your significant other, who uses to move a lot in their sleep. By absorbing the movement, you can get rested without worrying about being tossed and bothered by the movement in any way.
The Downsides

Innerspring Mattresses

1. Innerspring mattresses gradually lose their shape and support as the years go by, and if they are very comfortable the day you buy them, they can become a tremendous burden a few years after that.

2. Spring mattresses do not have any water-absorbing liquids, nor do they have any particles to diminish the movement. These are the traditional type of mattress and they use the same mechanism of action that was implemented decades ago in this industry;

3. Unlike most of the foam mattresses, the classic spring mattresses are usually not designed to be hypoallergenic, therefore they may not be the best choice for those who suffer from chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. Also, the arches within the mattress make it a bit more heavy, thus more difficult to clean, manage and to rotate every several months, as indicated.

Foam Mattress

1. Price can be regarded as a downside, if you are looking for an efficient yet cost-effective mattress to rise to your expectations. It is not uncommon for a king-size or a California King size-mattress to cost 1.5 times more than a spring mattress. Nonetheless, the price-quality ratio is outstanding, as they tend to last significantly more than the spring mattresses. With enough care and regular maintenance, they can last up to 15-20 years.

2. Foam mattresses can emit a specific chemical smell that can be very bothersome for some users. This is precisely why manufacturers recommend you to air the mattress for a couple of days after removing it from its plastic packaging, in order to diminish this unpleasant smell.


The lifespan is certainly one of the most important aspects a buyer must take into account before investing in a mattress, regardless of its underlying mechanism of action. That being said, it is known that foam mattresses have a longer lifespan than the spring mattresses – on average, they last for about 8 to10, even 15 years, while the spring mattresses only last for 6 or 7 before they start to lose their support. However, the type of innerspring coil can determine the lifespan of the mattress as well.


In addition to the material they are made of, another aspect that can influence the price of the mattress is the brand. It is not uncommon for foam mattresses to vary between $1,000 and up to $5,000 in price, although the spring mattresses tend to be slightly cheaper. Most of the spring mattresses can be bought for under $1,000.

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