Memory Foam Mattresses A Complete Buying Guide

Memory Foam Mattresses - A Complete Buying Guide

Memory foam mattresses have become increasingly popular among Canadian buyers in recent years. This innovative mattress type offers superior comfort through its ability to conform closely to the contours of your body. Made from viscoelastic polyurethane foam, memory foam mattresses are designed to respond to your body heat and weight, molding themselves around your shape to relieve pressure points and properly align the spine.

If you’re looking to upgrade your sleep experience, a memory foam mattress can provide excellent pressure relief, motion isolation, and personalized comfort and support. At Mattress To Door, we offer a wide selection of top-quality memory foam mattresses at affordable prices, proudly made and shipped across Canada. Read on as we provide a complete guide to finding your perfect memory foam mattress.


Memory foam, also known as viscoelastic foam, was first developed by NASA in the 1960s to cushion aircraft seats. Since entering the consumer market in the early 1990s, memory foam has become one of the most popular mattress materials due to its ability to conform closely to the body, alleviate pressure points, and provide superior motion isolation.

Memory foam mattresses consist of layers of memory foam on top of a support core, which is usually high-density polyurethane foam but can also be pocketed coils in a hybrid mattress. As you lie on a memory foam mattress, your body heat causes the foam to soften and mold to your shape. When you change positions, the mattress re-forms itself around your new shape. This close contouring provides excellent pressure point relief and minimizes motion transfer, making memory foam ideal for side sleepers and couples.

The key benefits of memory foam mattresses include:

  • Exceptional pressure relief - Memory foam cushions areas like the shoulders, hips and lower back, reducing tossing and turning. This makes it ideal for side sleepers.
  • Minimal motion transfer - Memory foam absorbs movement rather than transferring it across the bed. This allows couples to sleep undisturbed if their partner changes position or gets in and out of bed.
  • Conforms to body shape - Memory foam softens with body heat and takes the shape of your body for customized, cradling comfort and support.
  • Quality spine alignment - By cushioning protruding areas, memory foam encourages proper spinal alignment, reducing back pain.
  • Durable - High-density memory foam is naturally resistant to sagging and indentations, allowing mattresses to maintain their shape and performance over years of use.

With these stellar advantages, it’s no wonder memory foam mattresses have become a top choice for Canadian sleepers seeking improved comfort and support.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Memory Foam Mattress

Factors to Consider When Buying a Memory Foam Mattress

If you’ve decided that a memory foam mattress is right for you, there are several factors to consider as you select the perfect model. Here are the key features to keep in mind:

Your sleep position and preferences

Your preferred sleep position should be a top consideration, as different positions benefit from different mattress structures. Memory foam is excellent at cradling the curves of side sleepers and relieving pressure on the shoulders and hips. Back and stomach sleepers require a more supportive surface to keep the spine aligned - either firm memory foam or a memory foam/coil hybrid.

If you share your bed, you’ll want to choose a mattress suitable for both you and your partner’s sleep positions. Opt for a medium feel that offers a balance of contouring and support. Memory foam also minimizes motion transfer between sleepers, making it ideal for couples.

Firmness level

Memory foam mattress firmness is measured on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. The right firmness depends on your weight and sleep position. Side sleepers and lighter individuals generally prefer softer mattresses in the medium range (4-6). Average weight back and stomach sleepers often favor medium-firm options (6-7). Heavier individuals usually need a firmer mattress (7-8) to properly support the spine.

Many memory foam mattress brands now offer a choice of firmness levels to suit personal preferences. For couples, a medium option around 5-7 can deliver the best compromise. Always test the firmness in person when possible by lying on the mattress for at least 10-15 minutes.

Mattress thickness

Standard memory foam mattress thickness ranges from 8” to 14”. Thinner mattresses usually have fewer foam layers and a simpler design, while thicker options incorporate more complex foam layering with enhanced contouring and motion isolation. Most sleepers do well with a 10” to 12” mattress thickness. If you desire a super plush feel, consider a 14” option. For kids or teens, an 8” mattress may be adequate.

Mattress type: all-foam vs. hybrid

While all-foam mattresses consist purely of foam layers, hybrid mattresses combine memory foam on top with an innerspring coil support core. The coils provide bounce, improved airflow, and strong edge support around the perimeter. However, coils may transfer more motion than solid foam cores. Hybrids with pocketed coils minimize this effect.

For the closest body contouring and motion isolation, choose an all-foam memory foam mattress. If you prefer some bounce and airflow, or require extra support as a heavier individual, a hybrid could be the right pick.

Cooling technologies

One common complaint about early memory foam was heat retention, as the dense foam tended to absorb and trap body heat. However, today’s best memory foam mattresses incorporate advanced cooling technologies to help you sleep cool and comfortable:

  • Gel-infused foam - Gel beads are swirled into the memory foam to draw heat away from your body.
  • Open-cell structure - Open-cell memory foams have porous walls that allow for more airflow through the mattress core.
  • Phase change material (PCM) - Tiny capsules of PCM in the foam absorb and dissipate heat.
  • Copper/graphite infusion - Small particles of conductive metals like copper or graphite whisk heat away.
  • Coil support core - The innerspring layer of a hybrid mattress promotes airflow to keep the surface cooler.

Always check for these types of cooling components if sleeping hot is a concern for you.

Warranties and return policies

Given the significant investment a new mattress requires, it’s important to understand each brand’s fine print. Most quality memory foam mattresses come with at least a 10-year warranty protecting against manufacturing and material defects. Better warranties are partially prorated instead of fully prorated over time. Be sure to review what's covered in the warranty and the process for making a claim.

Many top brands also offer 100+ night sleep trials. This gives you ample time to test out the mattress in your own home. If it’s not the perfect fit, you can return it and receive a refund of the purchase price. At Mattress To Door, we offer a 90-night comfort guarantee and a 10-year warranty to ensure your satisfaction.

By keeping these key considerations in mind, you’ll be equipped to select your ideal memory foam mattress for enhanced comfort and support. Next let’s explore some of the best memory foam mattress options available in the Canadian market.

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Top Memory Foam Mattresses in Canada

At Mattress To Door, we proudly offer some of the top-rated memory foam mattresses on the Canadian market. Our quality beds provide exceptional comfort and support at affordable price points. See the key features of our best-selling memory foam mattresses below:


Key Features

Alice - Extra Firm Mattress


$299 CAD

Alice - Extra Firm Mattress

● 7-8 inch thickness


● Pure high density foam construction


● Thick, hard feel for back support


● Highly durable and long-lasting

Cozy Memory Foam Mattress


$299 CAD

Cozy Memory Foam Mattress

● 8 inch thickness


● Medium firm comfort feel


● Innovative cooling gel foam regulates temperature

Sweet Sleep - Affordable High Density Orthopedic


$249 CAD

Sweet Sleep - Affordable High Density Orthopedic

● 9-10 inch thickness


● Foam Euro pillowtop for plush comfort


● Pocket coil support core for durability


● Lumbar support and double fiber pad

Our wholesale direct business model allows us to offer luxury hotel-grade mattresses without the premium markups. We truly believe quality sleep comfort should be accessible and affordable for all Canadians. 

Memory Foam Mattress Buying Tips

Once you’ve narrowed down the ideal memory foam mattress specifications for your needs, keep these expert buying tips in mind:

Try before you buy - If possible, visit local mattress stores to test out memory foam beds firsthand. Lie down on the mattress for at least 10-15 minutes to evaluate the firmness and whether it properly supports your body shape and sleep position. Don’t feel shy - testing is an essential part of the process!

Read customer reviews - Check independent mattress review sites like Sleepopolis and Mattress Clarity to see real customer experiences with different memory foam mattress models. This can further help determine if a bed will meet your needs and preferences.

Compare policies - Look into each brand’s fine print. Many top memory foam mattress companies offer perks like 100+ night sleep trials and 10+ year warranties. These policies demonstrate the brand’s confidence and allow you to test out the mattress thoroughly. Mattress To Door provides a 90-night trial and 10-year warranty.

Watch for "bargains" - Super cheap memory foam mattresses may cut corners on quality. Aim for established brands selling quality materials. At Mattress To Door, we maintain excellent comfort and components while keeping costs low through our Canadian-based manufacturing and wholesale direct model.

Care for your mattress - Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on rotating or flipping your memory foam mattress to maximize its lifespan and performance. Protect your investment with a mattress protector to prevent stains.

Memory Foam Mattress FAQs

Memory foam mattresses have some unique characteristics that many first-time buyers wonder about. Here are answers to the most common memory foam mattress questions:

How long do memory foam mattresses last?

High quality memory foam has a lifespan of around 8-10 years when properly cared for. Rotating and protecting the mattress helps prevent excess wear. Look for dense, durable foams and a 10+ year warranty.

Do memory foam mattresses sleep hot?
Earlier memory foam retained heat, but current materials like gel infusions, open-cell foam and hybrid coils allow for cooler sleep. Look for mattresses with advanced cooling components to sleep at a comfortable temperature.

Do new memory foam mattresses smell?

Some temporary off-gassing odor can occur. Let the mattress air out for 24-48 hours after unboxing. Using a mattress protector can also minimize smell. Off-gassing is non-toxic for most people.

Is motion transfer reduced?

Memory foam absorbs rather than transfers motion. This isolation makes it excellent for couples, so you won’t feel your partner moving next to you. Memory foam provides superior motion isolation compared to other mattress types.

Will I sink into the mattress?

You’ll experience gentle contouring rather than deep sinking. Firmer, high-density memory foams offer more pushback for easier movement. Latex or hybrid options also reduce excessive sinkage.

Can I flip or rotate a memory foam mattress?

Most memory foam mattresses can only be rotated but not flipped due to the comfort layers on top. Follow your manufacturer’s guidance on rotating to promote even wear. Rotating 1-2 times per year is typical.

Reach out to the Mattress To Door customer service team at 1-877-2BUY-MTD if you have any other questions about our memory foam mattress policies, materials, longevity or performance. Our Canadian team is ready to help!

Why Choose Mattress To Door for Your Memory Foam Mattress?

When it’s time invest in a new high-quality memory foam mattress for your home, look no further than Mattress To Door. Here’s what makes us the top choice among Canadian buyers:

Unbeatable prices - Our wholesale direct business model cuts out the middlemen so we can offer luxury mattresses at budget-friendly prices. Memory foam mattress prices start at just $249.

Canadian company - From our manufacturing facilities to customer service team, we proudly operate exclusively within Canada. Our mattresses ship free coast-to-coast.

Quality materials - Every mattress incorporates high-density, durable memory foams built to maintain their shape and performance over years of use.

Generous policies - We offer 90-night comfort returns, completely free delivery and old mattress removal, and 10-year warranties – one of the best policy bundles in the industry.

Rave reviews - See thousands of 5-star mattress reviews from verified customers on our website and independent review sites. We take pride in keeping customers satisfied.

For the finest memory foam mattresses Canada has to offer, without blowing your budget, the choice is clear: Mattress To Door. Discover the sleep you’ve been dreaming of!


Memory foam mattresses remain a favorite among Canadians for their pressure relieving properties and tailored comfort. When shopping for a new memory foam bed, carefully consider your sleep needs and research each brand’s quality, specifications and policies. Focus on finding a durable mattress with sufficient firmness and support for your sleep position and body type. Advanced cooling technologies will also promote a refreshing and comfortable rest.

Opt to buy your new memory foam mattress from the leading experts at Mattress To Door. Our selection of high-quality, Canadian-made mattresses provides excellent comfort and support starting at just $249. Count on us for a first-rate sleep experience, 90-night trial, free shipping, 10-year warranty, and outstanding customer service. Investing in an elite-level memory foam mattress has never been more affordable or rewarding.

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