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Difference Between 2 Pound Memory Foam and 5 Pound Memory Foam

Monday, November 17th, 2008

2 Pound Memory Foam and 5 Pound Memory Foam – Difference Between the Memory Foam Densities

If you have been considering a memory foam mattress, I am going to let you in on a little secret…the higher the density, the better quality mattress. Memory foam densities can be a complicated issue. Some consumers don’t bother shopping for memory foam because they get too overwhelmed with the density topic. If you take a little bit of time, you’ll soon understand the difference between memory foam densities.

First, we need to know how density is measured. Density is measured by taking the weight of a cubic foot. In other words, a block of foam is taken and measured and weighed. The block must be twelve inches on all six sides. Once the block is weighed, the memory foam density is known. Higher density foam contains more memory foam than lower density foam.

So, why is it so important to know how much material the memory foam contains? Higher density memory foam directly affects how the products feels, the way it reacts and how long it lasts. U.S. manufacturers don’t typically manufacture cheap memory foam. Low density memory foam is more of an embarrassment than anything.

Memory foam that is 2.5 pounds in density often comes from China. This memory foam is much cheaper to produce, but has far fewer benefits. Low density memory foam is often sold in chain stores like Target, JC Penney, Wal-Mart, Belk, etc. If the memory foam product you are considering doesn’t have a density rating, chances are it is a low density item.

2.5 pound density memory foam has many problems. These problems include:
-It is soft, but not supportive.
-It has a slower recovery time which disables the foam from conforming to your body.
-It is cheaply made.
-It is breakable.
-It gives consumers the wrong impression of the real products.

You are safe when you buy 5 pound density products. The memory foam that was made world famous by Tempur-Pedic is the 5 pound density memory foam. Instead of being cheap, this foam is durable, well-made, and luxurious. Instead of lacking support, 5 pound density memory foam actually retains its recovery time, comfort and support for many years.

You can find memory foam in 8 pound or 12 pound densities, but usually 5 pound densities is the highest quality you’ll find. 5 pound density foam contains more memory foam material per cubic foot. Because of this, it is more expensive. But, it is completely worth every penny. If you really want to enjoy the benefits of real memory foam, don’t waste your time or your money with the 2.5 pound stuff. Stick to the 5 pound density memory foam to enjoy the true memory foam experience.

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