Updated: November 2017
Pillow Top Memory Foam Mattress Reviews:My wife and I have had our Simmons Beautyrest Classic Pillow Top Mattress for almost 8 years now and it's beginning to sag in the middle. When my wife had some back trouble recently we decided it was time for the mattress to go and look for something new. We like the pillow top feature on the mattress and we actually have bought sheets that fit the pillow top mattresses so that is what we are sticking with. The question for us was - Do we want to switch to a memory foam mattress? Many of our friends and family members have either memory foam mattress toppers or actual memory foam mattresses that are rather expensive. They all say how comfortable the mattresses feel and that they would never go back to traditional firm mattresses. We started our search online and found some great reviews from experts as well as real consumers who have made the switch. The price ranges are crazy - you can get a Tempur-Pedic queen memory foam mattress for about $1900 while the less expensive brands like Bergad are roughly $800. A few listings on Amazon.com showed similar mattresses for less than $700 - yes all with 100 percent Viscoelastic memory foam.
Buying Guide - The hardest part is to determine which memory foam mattress is the best of the bunch. Even Consumer Reports, who does extensive tests and survey in regards to mattresses, has yet to come up with a "rating" system that makes sense. With personal comfort being the main variable with mattress buying, CR leaves the ratings up to the consumers and gives only a buying guide with references to features and quality along with prices. We found some good reviews listed on Amazon.com and Epinions and a well written article done by Will Robertson (he owns a specialty mattress shop) which helped us in making an informed decision. Many of the mattresses offer 10" to 12" in height, not all of which is made with memory foam. Of the 12 inches in the mattress, only about 2 to 6 inches near the top is actually memory foam while the rest is base foam. The foam density in Tempur Pedic beds is measured at 5.3 pounds per cubic foot and the firmer polyurethane foam base often is rated between 1.8 and 2.5 pounds of foam density. Don't let the less dense bottom fool you. It's certainly not less durable than the memory foam at the top and it will support you just fine. Memory foam, also called Viscoelastic, is the most durable and most expensive foam on the market. You will find it in brands like Tempur-Pedic and Bergad Isoform beds. A good foam density for a mattress is between 4 to 6 pounds (Tempur Pedic beds have 5.3 pounds of foam density as a comparison). Also, the Bergad Isoform Classic has 5.5-pound viscoelastic foam density. A Tempur-Pedic is priced around $2000 while the Bergad is under $1000. An even better bargain are brands like the Dynasty Mattresses listed on Amazon for under $800 and with very similar features to the more expensive brands. The new plush pillow top memory foam mattresses are as large as 16", but keep in mind that doesn't equate to more comfort. Often a 12" mattress will do just fine. You can browse the top selling memory foam mattresses online here.