Various types of memory foam mattress are available, one popular variant is gel infused memory foam mattress.
Memory foam is a product of polyurethane after treating it with additives and chemicals. Memory foam is also known as viscoelastic foam due to its conforming and springy properties.
However, it cradles body contours more than its spring action that is slower than other materials like latex.
What is gel infused memory foam?
Gel infused memory foam is simply urethane gel imbued into the foam structure. Mostly this gel is a bluish colour that is part of the top layers of a mattress.
Latest inventions have allowed for different versions of memory foam to suit different preferences and needs. Adaptations of traditional memory foam are gel memory foam and air cool memory foam.
Some companies infuse the gel into the mattress to create a blend while other use a bead method that inserts tiny particles of gel into foam forms.
The blend method is known to be more comfortable than the bead method. However, many companies use patented formulas and methods to either infuse or insert gel beads to produce the most comfortable and cool mattresses.
The action of gel infused memory is foam is a thermal conductor to pull heat away from the body. In comparison, gel memory foam has better temperature regulation to other foams.
This gel-based technology also further opens out cell structure for much better airflow. While memory foam has an open cell formation anyway, most gel-based foams have 2 to 3 better open cell construction. Companies are constantly using technology to better their gel-based products and thus produce better mattresses.
Pros and Cons of Gel Infused Memory Foam
Consider the plus points of gel memory foam mattresses and whether it would suit your needs before making a decision.
Does gel infused memory foam actually work to cool you down?
With some people reporting that gel mattresses heat up more than traditional memory foam, it is worth knowing if there is an actual difference.
It does all come down to the manufacturer’s method and quality of materials used. Besides, gel mattresses with a full top layer of the infused gel are better than a thin surface layer of gel.
Some companies use newer technology that works better than others. For example, one the use of graphite gel is touted to be superior thermal conductor than ordinary gel.
These mattresses that contain an entire top layer of graphite gel work to separate body heat from the lower layers of memory foam. This lessens the amount the rate of heat-trapping through the night.
Newer technologies also replace the petroleum content in gel foams with natural plant-based oils. These more natural gel foams are also advertised to regulate temperature more effectively, maximize airflow and enhance user experience.
Other manufacturers claim to use gel technologies with higher than 20% temperature regularity than other gel mattresses. These mattresses can reduce heat accumulation and reduce the temperature of the surface by a good 1 to 2 degrees thus enhancing the quality of sleep.
To conclude, gel-infused memory foam mattresses may seem like a fad, as per reviews. However, manufacturers are constantly working on technology to further lower the temperature of mattress tops and enhance their performance.
Many regular quality memory foam mattresses or hybrids are known to sleep cooler and offer other benefits at reasonable rates. It is best to read reviews and choose a reputable brand before making a choice.