Mattress wars: memory foam vs pocket spring

As we spend over 16 years of our life in bed, a good mattress is an essential investment – but which type of mattress is best? Nowadays, pocket spring and memory foam mattresses are generally considered the cream of the crop with other mattress types including open coil, orthopaedic and latex mattresses.

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Image: Americana Bed Frames

If you’re unsure which option is right for you and your bed then read on to discover who comes out on top in the mattress war between memory foam mattresses and pocket spring designs.


Pocket-sprung mattresses have a reputation for being luxurious as they feature individual springs (available in a number of counts) designed to provide tailored support for any body type. As you can see in the picture below, they also boast extreme density as they are filled with natural materials like lamb’s wool.

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Image: Astoria Wool Pocket Spring Mattress

By contrast, memory foam is a man-made material developed from viscoelastic cells which respond to your temperature and weight, moulding to the sleeper’s body and reducing pressure on the joints. Memory foam is designed to distribute weight and pressure more easily for unbeatable comfort.

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Image: Essential memory foam mattress


Pocket spring mattresses should have a lifespan of 8-10 years, although you may need to replace them a little earlier to enjoy the best levels of comfort. Pocket spring mattresses should also be flipped regularly to prevent compressions and dips.

Good quality memory foam mattresses can enjoy a lifespan of 10-15 years although it is generally recommended to replace it earlier (approx every 7 years) to maintain optimum comfort and support when sleeping. Memory foam mattresses should not be flipped but rotated every 6 months. General care requires no more than regularly vacuuming and the use of water or cleaning fluids is strictly advised against.


Given the independent movement of the springs, a pocket-sprung mattress is great for couples of different weights or support requirements. They feature natural, odour free materials and are reassuringly solid in their construction.

Memory foam is particularly good for those with joint pain, although the unique feel may take some adjustment.

Durable, hardwearing and impervious to dust mites, memory foam mattresses are also good for allergy sufferers who want to create a cleaner sleeping environment.


No matter what mattress design you have in mind, always do your research by reading consumer reviews to get an idea of what style is most likely to suit your needs.

Once you have narrowed down your choice, you should always test the mattress in person by popping in to your local store. Pay close attention to its support, comfort and durability and if you are looking for a new mattress to share with your partner, take them with you.

Look for trusted brands and good quality items which will extend the lifespan of your mattress. Long warranty options will also add peace of mind too.

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