Innerspring Vs Memory Foam

Whats the difference?

Innerspring Vs Memory Foam
Innerspring Vs Memory Foam

Which is better: innerspring or memory foam? If you’ve arrived here, it’s likely the question you’re pondering on and I understand why, these are two of the most common materials used in mattresses today. That being said, each mattress comes with its own set of pros and cons. While some may argue that both make excellent beds, what you really need is a mattress that best aligns with the way you sleep. 

For the average person, the majority of our lives has been spent sleeping on a standard innerspring mattress. To figure out which mattress is perfect for you, we plan to go in depth to help you learn what each of these mattresses has to offer. We know that mattress shopping can be a stressful time so here at SleepCity we want to make sure you get the mattress that will give you the sleep you deserve.

Brief History

Innerspring mattresses, which date back to 1871, are one of the oldest form of mattress on the market. Innerspring mattresses are said to have been used by Jesse James, Theodore Roosevelt, and Steve McQueen. While sleeping pads were around as early as feudal Japan, the modern mattress as we’ve come to know is a relatively new invention. Memory foam is a much more recent mattress material. In 1966, Charles Yost developed memory foam as part of a NASA study. The technical term for it is “viscoelastic polyurethane foam,” although it’s more widely known as “memory foam.” Its original purpose was to protect astronauts from the effects of strong G-forces. It has been used to reduce pressure for millions of Americans since then. While few of us will ever experience the sensation of flying out of the atmosphere, we can all appreciate the softness of memory foam.

Innerspring Vs Memory Foam – What Are The Main Differences?

Innerspring and memory foam mattresses differ in a number of ways according to their construction. To begin, the feel of these two types of mattresses will be vastly different. In general, innerspring mattresses have a lot of bounce. Furthermore, when sleeping on an innerspring mattress, one is more likely to sleep “on top” of the mattress rather than sinking into it. On the other side, memory foam has very little bounce. It is frequently slow to react, allowing sleepers to sink deeper into the mattress. We like to refer to this as sleeping “in” the mattress which some it find to feel more natural. It should be much easier to move around and change positions at night when sleeping on an innerspring mattress. It is easy to feel trapped by the mattress when sleeping on a memory foam mattress. Finally, an innerspring mattress will be more breathable than a memory foam mattress in most cases. The fundamental reason for this is that coils allow a lot of air to pass through them. There is frequently little to no room for air to travel through an all-foam mattress.

What Is inside of a mattress? Innerspring Internal Breakdown

What Is inside of a mattress? Memory Foam Internal Breakdown

What Is inside of a mattress?

Is Innerspring Right For me?


  • Use a solid support structure that’s been an industry standard for over 100 years

  • Many innerspring models now incorporate some memory foam in them

  • Usually have a lower cost than comparable memory foam models

  • Every comfort type there is can be found in an innerspring model

  • Often a longer lifespan than memory foam models, as coil systems are very durable
  • More responsive – good for those who prefer the traditional feel (easier to move around)

  • A great choice for those on a budget


  • The sleeper may feel the springs if the bed is not a good match for their body type and sleep position

  • Some models require flipping and rotate to extend the life of the mattress

  • Not as good at reducing motion transfer (although pocketed coil systems and memory foam layers on top have improved this aspect quite a bit)
  • Cleaning them is particularly difficult, can’t usually remove the cover

  • Hybrid models are phasing out a lot of innerspring models

Is Memory Foam Right For me?


  • Memory foam is very hypoallergenic – prevents dust mites from building up
  • Many different comfort options for a wide range of preferences

  • Excellent at motion isolation- you won’t feel your partner’s movements

  • Many memory foams are incorporating cooling technology to control the temperature

  • Excels at minimizing pressure points, preventing pain
  • Most come with a removable cover that can be laundered


  • Some memory foams can sag over time, particularly around the edge

  • Certain foams trap heat

  • The off-gassing smell can take a while to dissipate

  • Not everyone likes the lack of responsiveness

  • They tend to be a bit more expensive than innerspring models
Innerspring Vs Memory Foam

Final Thoughts

Investing in a new mattress is a can be a difficult decision. When comparing types of mattresses make sure to take your time and find what best works for you. With multiple brands and styles to chose from SleepCity is ready to help you with all your mattress needs. If you are interested in learning more about the innerspring and memory foam mattresses SleepCity has to offer then please click here.

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Innerspring vs memory foam

Innerspring vs memory foam


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