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Gel Foam Vs. Memory Foam: Which Mattress Is Ideal For You?

Looking for a new mattress, but can’t decide what to choose? Here are some of the facts surrounding gel and memory foam mattresses so that you can make an informed decision that is right for you.

Getting a new mattress is one of those unexpectedly exciting purchases as an adult. Finding the right mattress that is perfect for you and your sleep habits makes a huge impact on the quality of your sleep which carries over to how you perform in daily life. However, it can be overwhelming deciding on the perfect bed. After all, what criteria should a mattress be judged on? Some principles you may want to consider in your ideal mattress include:

  • Comfort
  • Support
  • Durability
  • Allergen-free
  • Temperature

Keep reading to learn about how you can decide between two of the most popular mattress types: gel foam and memory foam.

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Memory Foam Mattress

Since being developed in the 1960s by NASA to be used in their aircraft, memory foam has been one of the most popular sleeping materials worldwide. Up until NASA released the product to the public in the 1980s, the most popular mattresses were heavy innerspring mattresses. Over the next few years following its release, people began to catch on to the many benefits of memory foam over their ancient counterparts.

Body-Contouring Comfort

What memory foam is most known for is its body-contouring properties. When you lay on a memory foam mattress or mattress topper, you can feel the material giving a gentle hug around the curviest and boniest features of your body. It goes without saying, it is beyond comfortable and may even help relieve body aches and pains.


Probably the most under-appreciated aspect of memory foam mattresses is that they are significantly more lightweight in comparison to their innerspring counterparts. When they were first developed, they became well known as the go-to mattress to get if you planned on moving places frequently because of their lightweight.


Although there have been many new developments in the mattress industry, old-school memory foam has continued to be a popular option; Why is that? One of the most likely driving forces is its affordable cost. For individuals looking for comfort on the cheap, memory foam is an excellent choice! However, selecting memory foam over some newer counterparts, such as the IntelliBED® gel mattress, means that you are accepting to live with some of the drawbacks too. 

Gel Mattress

While most of us have probably heard of memory foam mattresses, presumably because they have been around for nearly fifty years, you may have never heard of a gel mattress before. This is because, compared to memory foam mattresses, they are the new kids on the block, with the technology only being developed in the last decade. But what exactly is the gel foam used in a mattress?

Think of gel foam mattresses as the next level of development after the memory foam mattress. While memory foam mattresses made great strides in comfort from old innerspring and feather mattresses, they still lacked comfort in some key areas. Gel foam mattresses have been developed to fill in some of the gaps that memory foam mattresses missed.

Cooling Technology

One of the most significant drawbacks to a memory foam mattress that has been known about since they were first incepted was how hot they made you feel. With cooling gel technology, you can get the same body-contouring comfort as a memory foam mattress without overheating throughout the night.

Non-Toxic Materials

An unfortunate fact about memory foam mattresses is that they are almost always made of toxic, allergen-causing materials. When first invented, the only way to make a memory foam mattress waterproof was to treat the material with Propylene Oxide, glue, and TDI. However, over the years, technology has advanced to the point where these toxic materials are no longer required to create a quality, comfortable foam mattress. This is where gel-based mattresses such as the IntelliBED® come in.

Improved Durability

Since memory foam has been around for so long, we can safely say that we have lots of data on the material. What has been shown is that, on average, memory foam tends to breakdown by around 25% within the first two years of use. You don’t need to be a mathematician to know that is not very good.

While not all Gel mattresses are a bastion of durability, the iGel IntelliBED® gel mattress comes with a 20-year product guarantee. Not only will it blow you away with its comfort, but it will also blow you away with savings.

What’s The Verdict?

While memory foam mattresses have been popular for decades, and rightfully so, the time has come for the next generation of mattresses. Gel mattresses offer some new, incredible benefits that are just too tempting to pass up on. If you are looking for a top-of-the-line bed to help you sleep peacefully, a gel mattress, such as the IntelliBED®, is the choice for you.

Related Reading:

7 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a New Mattress Topper

3 Reasons to Opt For an IntelliBed® Mattress Over Memory Foam


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At iGel Bed Co, we have developed mattresses and mattress toppers that have been scientifically proven to improve sleep, lessen pain, and keep you cool throughout the night. We are so confident in our mattresses that we back them up with a 20-year guarantee.

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Are gel mattresses good for back pain?

A high-quality gel mattress such as the IntelliBED® has been designed to provide support for the back to help alleviate back pain. Additionally, an adjustable bed base will relieve back pain, allowing you to sleep more comfortably.

Will a memory foam mattress sag over time?

One of the more substantial drawbacks of memory foam mattresses is their lack of durability. With enough use, memory foam mattresses will start to sag and change their shape.

What does the term “Offgassing” mean in regards to memory foam mattresses?

Offgassing is a term used to describe the process of a material releasing harmful fumes over time. Because memory foam mattresses are coated in flame-retardant petrochemicals, they go through the process of off-gassing, releasing toxic fumes over time.

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