Memory foam is incredibly comfortable and, for some people it’s the answer to getting that perfect night’s sleep. The only real drawback is that memory foam tends to get hot and retain heat, which some people find uncomfortable.
A few years ago gel mattresses and mattress toppers hit the market. Designed to combat the issue of heat, while providing all the benefits of memory foam, these mattresses were a welcome, innovative option.
The question I hear a lot, ‘Is gel memory foam cooler than standard memory foam’?
The answer is, yes. The gel layer makes a huge difference to the overall temperature of the mattress and you.
Will a gel mattress be perfect for you, it might just be. Read on for everything you need to know to help you make an informed decision.
What Are Gel Mattresses?
There are a few different brands that have their own type of gel layers in their mattresses, but the goal is the same – to add a layer of cooling gel to help cool you down a little.
The manufacturers incorporate a layer of gel near or on the top of the mattress or topper. Sometimes it’s poured into the foam and the beads of gel allow better airflow this way.
If you don’t want to replace your whole mattress you can use a gel mattress topper. It’s a more affordable way to get a cooling effect while keeping the comfort you’re happy with using your current mattress.
Benefits of Gel Memory Foam Mattresses and Toppers
Gel memory foam is cooler than standard memory foam but has all the benefits of foam. Here are some of the benefits to a gel mattress:
Good Air Flow
The composition of a gel memory foam mattress is gel beads infused into the memory foam and this results in an open-cell structure that allows more air flow.
This allows the heat from your body to dissipate through the foam quicker. Unlike standard memory foam that traps the heat and causes the temperature to rise.
The best thing about memory foam is its ability to mold to the contours of your body. This gives you great support and can help reduce pain, take pressure off inflammation, and reduce aches and pains.
When selecting a gel mattress pay attention to the density of the memory foam and make sure you’re not neglecting the quality of the foam while getting the cooling gel benefits too.
Spinal Support and Alignment
Our spines relax and stretch out a little overnight when we’re relaxed and sleeping. This is why it’s important to provide the best possible support and sleeping position, which memory foam provides.
Combined with gel infusion it works to keeping cool will help you sleep better and shift around less. Waking up without any aches and pains in your back, shoulders, hips, legs, etc. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Two of the Best Gel Memory Foam Mattresses
Visco GelTech 5000 Memory Foam Mattress
This mattress from Visco uses their GelTech technology to help keep you cool by providing a 5cm layer of LayGel infused memory foam.
There is a total of 20cm thickness to the mattress. With layers of non-slip fabric on the bottom to help keep the mattress in place. Reflex foam, latex, polyester wadding, and a cool touch cover.
You shouldn’t have a problem finding a size and feel to meet your requirements. This mattress is available in single, small double, double, king size, and super king. You also have the choice of either regular or firm feel.
Feedback is that the firm option is very firm, and it’s important to remember this is a no-turn mattress. This mattress is an excellent choice if you find memory foam too hot, it’s also hypoallergenic so allergy sufferers can sleep easy.
Silentnight 1850 Geltex Pocket Mattress
If you’re after a deep, plush, comfortable gel mattress, this mattress from Silentnight is all of that and more.
Using their Geltex technology, this mattress offers all the support and pressure relief you’d have with memory foam, along with 1,850 springs to help distribute and support your weight. With a cool, soft Geltex layer on the top that has an open-cell structure to provide breathability.
It’s hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant to keep allergies at bay. The cover is a soft-knit fabric that’s soft to the touch. The mattress is available in single, double, king, and super king sizes. You can also order the mattress with a complete bed set, duvet, pillows, plenty of options to choose from.
Silentnight manufacture some of the best and highest rated mattresses on the market. This 1850 model is incredibly comfortable, if you’ve never slept on their Geltex technology you’re going to have an enjoyable experience.