Orthopedic Mattress or Pillow tops are inner-spring that have a top layer of another material, such as feathers, memory foam or latex, to provide a luxurious cushion, which they undoubtedly do at first. The problem with pillow tops is the upper layer tends to wear out faster than the mattress.
Consider buying a separate pillow top, known as a mattress topper or overlay, and fitting it onto your mattress if this is the way you want to go. Pillow-top mattresses are not to be confused with memory-foam ones, which are designed to have two layers and will wear evenly.
These are the most common Orthopedic Mattress sold in Australia. It’s the spring system that provides support, so it’s important to check the quality of the springs and the way they’re arranged.
Pocket spring systems, where the springs are independent of each other, are generally considered the best. It’s the padding surrounding the springs that supply the comfort.
Many manufacturers will use the same spring system and then vary the padding to provide a range of different mattresses. Confusingly, a particular model produced by a manufacturer may be listed under different names at various retailers, making it hard to compare prices.
MEMORY FOAM ORTHOPEDIC MATTRESS
Also known as viscoelastic foam, memory foam was originally by NASA to be used in astronauts’ seats to soak up g-forces. It’s made from polyurethane and conforms to the shape of your body. It takes about 15 minutes to fully respond to your body’s warmth and doesn’t spring back like regular foam.
Some this is updated texts have reported lying on this type of mattress felt like floating, as it supports high-load areas such as hips and shoulders, while others said the experience was more like being bogged in wet sand.
There is a concern that memory foam may retain too much heat to be comfortable, but some companies like Windsor Furniture are incorporating new, ‘temperature neutral’ materials into their designs.