Foam Mattresses Vs Spring Mattresses: How Do They Compare?

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Memory foam mattresses are created from a high-density foam that was developed by NASA in 1966. They are firm and soft at the same time, adjusting and moulding to body heat but return to their regular shape after usage. They became popular in the 1990’s for people suffering from joint pains and back aches. Typically considered one of the most comfortable types of mattresses, foam mattresses provide a cushiony feel and added support for the body. Spring mattresses were invented in the late 19th century and are made of many steel coils sewn into the fabric. The springs provide a bouncy and supportive feel for the body and are excellent shock absorbers.

They are undoubtedly the two most popular types of mattresses on the market, but how do they compare? During this article we’re going to take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both spring mattresses and foam mattresses.

Comparing Spring Mattresses to Foam Mattresses

  • Durability – When it comes to durability, foam mattresses are as good as you can get. A good quality foam mattress can last up to 10-15 years with proper care and maintenance. Although a spring mattress can last up to 10 years with regular maintenance, it will often start to sag within the first 3 years. In fact, you can expect a spring mattress to lose 16% of its support by the end of the first year.
  • Comfort and Support – Both types of mattress offer their own unique benefits when it comes to comfort. Foam mattresses have gained a reputation for being extremely helpful for those suffering from back or joint pain. The open-cell structure of memory foam mattresses allows for moulding and adjusting to the sleeper’s body, relieving painful pressure points and distributing the sleeper’s weight evenly. Unfortunately, this is an area in which spring mattresses fall short in. Poor back support and painful pressure points are a common complaint with spring mattresses.
  • Price – Spring mattresses have retained their popularity largely due to the cost advantages they offer. If you’re on a tight budget, go straight to the spring mattress aisle. On the other hand, if you’re willing to spend a little more to guarantee a quiet and comfortable night’s sleep, a good quality foam mattress can usually be purchased for less than $600. The cost of the mattress is directly related to quality because it is the materials within the mattress that you are paying for.
  • Temperature SensitivityFoam mattresses tend to feel a bit warmer than your average spring mattress. They are also harder to shift around in and can sometimes develop an unpleasant smell over time. Spring mattresses are unaffected by temperature change and therefore, are a bit cooler to sleep on.
  • Maintenance – Spring mattresses requires slightly less maintenance than foam mattresses. Memory foam mattresses require rotating every 3 months for optimal benefits, and they should not be bent or folded at any time. Spring mattresses only need to be rotated every 6 months, which makes them a little easier to maintain.


Now you know a little more about spring and foam mattresses, but remember, only you can know what mattress is right for you. Before making a purchase, you should always explore your options and speak with a salesperson about which mattress is ideal for your needs. Most brands will give a 10-year warranty on both types of mattresses. Some suppliers, like TonFurniture in Toronto, offer a full manufacturer’s warranty and let you try out the mattresses at their warehouse before you buy a mattress online. If you are serious about getting a good night’s sleep and finding the perfect mattress to do it on, then it’s best to speak directly with your local supplier before purchasing. Call 647-839-5672 or visit our website at to browse through our wide selection of bedding and mattresses. We serve the Greater Toronto Area and offer free delivery for orders over $300!