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Foam Beds vs Air Beds

When it’s time for sleep, it’s time for sanctuary. Our heads hit the pillow, we drift off into dreamy wonderland, and chalk up a much-needed recharge for the day ahead. But is that eight hours you spend sleeping hot and restless, or do you wake up with a contorted back? Is your bed throwing your mind and body out of alignment?


A third of our lives are spent sleeping, and it’s important to understand precisely what we’re all hibernating on and what’s best for our individual bodies and comfort levels. Your mattress should be replaced every eight years, and if you’re looking for a celestial upgrade, there are two types mattresses to evaluate. Let’s review these popular sleepy time apparatuses—gel memory foam beds and airbeds.


Gel Memory Foam: Cool Alignment


Memory foam mattresses took the mattress world by storm with Tempur-Pedic, a beloved (and expensive) brand that based their beds on NASA research. Memory foam is built for smart sleeping in mind with viscoelastic material, allowing your back and body to sink slowly into alignment and remain there as you slumber. Innovative companies built upon Tempur-Pedic’s tech and have found ways to offer lower-priced solutions with the same benefits. But a relatively new phenomenon is viscoelastic beds infused with gel bead technology, forging innovative gel memory foam mattresses.


Pros of Gel Memory Foam Mattresses


Keep it Cool: For those that sleep hot, gel memory foam beds are meant to improve circulation with gel bead technology, helping to release heat that builds up as you slumber. While wicking away heat, gel beads also add to the density of the bed, adding support without being too firm.


Pressure Relief: Gel memory foam beds are constructed for comfort and spinal alignment with even support across your body. Many customers praise them as the most comfortable beds available, and they come with high user satisfaction rates.


Price: While gel memory foam mattresses can range on the expensive side, they are typically much cheaper than airbeds, latex beds, hybrid beds, or even many spring mattresses. They also last longer or as long as many of those mentioned—it depends on the density and quality of the foam being used.


Ease of Shipping and Setup: Gel memory foam beds have become increasingly easy to purchase. Many bed businesses offer bed-in-a-box strategies where gel memory foam beds are shipped directly to the customer.


Cons of Gel Memory Foam Mattresses


Longevity: Depending on the manufacturer and how the mattress was made, the gel can break down in the bed after a while, lessening the cooling effects of the mattress.


Varying Gel Levels: Manufacturers have a large part to play in the amount of gel within gel memory foam mattresses. If there isn’t enough gel in the memory foam, there will be little to no difference from a typical memory foam mattress.


Ease of Moving: Your first few nights on a memory foam mattress can seem a little awkward, as you’re meant to slowly sink into sleeping position. If you roll over, it may take the bed a moment to adhere to your shift.


Airbeds: Are They Really Like Sleeping on a Cloud?


Airbeds may bring to mind the cheap air mattresses that are meant for temporary use or more commonly, for a more comfortable camping experience—but they are quite different. Airbeds are permanent-use beds fashioned with internal air chambers that can be inflated or deflated with an electric pump based on the sleeper’s individual firmness preferences. Older models have manual adjustment features, and newer models can be adjusted remotely with a portable controller—or now, even with smart bed apps.


Pros of Airbed Mattresses


Adjustable Comfort: The main feature that draws in consumers to airbeds is its adjustable comfort. For those with backs or bodies that change their minds about how they want to sleep often, an airbed can provide an easy way to flip between firmness levels.


Longevity: On average, a good airbed lasts around 8 years, which is on the higher end of the average mattress lifespan. After eight years, the peak functionality of an airbed may start to dissipate.


Built for Two: Airbeds are built with a minimum of two chambers, and larger airbeds meant for two sleepers have personalized adjustment on either side. If you like a firm bed and your partner likes a soft bed, airbeds may be a good option for you.


Cons of Airbed Mattresses


Sweaty Slumbers: If you’re a hot sleeper, you may not like an airbed. Your body can heat up the air you’re sleeping on, causing the air inside the mattress to end up absorbing the heat your body causes through the night.


Price: Because of the technicalities of the airbed and the cost of construction, the average price for a queen airbed costs a whopping $2,400, and they range from $450-$4,500. Airbeds on the cheaper side have a high rate of customer dissatisfaction, where more expensive airbeds are praised—but at a high cost.


Technical Breakdowns: Because there are a lot of literal moving parts that make up an airbed, they have a tendency to break. While warranties can cover some costs, about 25 percent of customers that have owned airbeds for a period of time report that they’ve had to shell out hundreds of dollars for replacement parts.


About Trinity Sleep


Trinity Sleep has over 30 years’ experience in the mattress industry and wants to help you rest better. For more effective breathability and cooling, our gel memory foam beds are also made with Avena Foam—a new, more durable foam that’s long-lasting, hypoallergenic, more comfortable, and won’t crumble or crack. Our team has engineered our beds to not only be supportive and relieve pressure; they’re meant to help our customers sleep at an optimal temperature so they can doze comfortably all night long. And our long-lasting, high-density foams mean a good night’s sleep for years to come.


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