Memory foams and adjustable air mattress are the two most common mattress being used in most homes with both mattress having similarities in that they provide softness, firmness relief from pressure points in the body and good support conformability.
When it comes to choosing between Memory foams and adjustable air mattress this becomes difficult for most consumers. This is an outline of the major advantages and disadvantages of this two types of mattress using some important criteria.
Memory foams are made usually from polyurethane with comfort layers which increases its viscosity and density this allows for the mattress to quickly conform to the shape of the warm body within minutes and revert to its original shape after usage.
Adjustable air mattress (air beds)
Adjustable air mattress are made from variety of materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), reinforced plastics or rubber, they contain air chambers which can be inflated or deflated to ones desire this enables its firmness to be adjusted which reduces the pressure on the body.
Firmness and Durability
Memory mattress have long term durability and come in various types from soft to firm and this settings cannot be changed after which is a disadvantage but due to its viscoelastic properties it is very adaptable and will conform to the shape of the sleeper and revert to its original shape after use, while air mattress have high durability due to the hard nature of the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and ability to reverse impressions made on it increases the durability drastically but because of the mechanical nature of the built in pumps this tend to wear off after some time and needs to be replaced from time to time.
Motion and Noise
This is an important aspect in choosing between adjustable air mattress and memory mattress with regards to motion memory mattress retains motion rather than transfer it, this is helpful and stops one partner movement from disturbing the other partner sleep. Air mattress does a fairly good job in this aspect, but there is still more motion transfer than memory mattress also because air mattress makes use of pumps to inflate or deflate there is tendency for noise to be produced.
Portability and maintenance cost
Air mattress are more portable than memory mattress because it can be deflated and folded up this is ideal for camping and other leisure outdoor activities while memory foams are not portable but in terms of maintenance costs memory foams are easy to maintain and clean with the occasional vacuuming the only major maintenance whereas air mattress have more maintenance cost with periodical changing of pumps and cleaning of internal parts to prevent accumulation of dusts.
This is a very important aspect because at the end of all analysis the price available to the consumer will determine which of the two products is preferable air mattress costs 450-4000 dollars depending on size and brand while memory mattress is relatively cheaper costing between 300-3800 dollars depending on size and brand.