September 29, 2017
Gel has certainly taken the mattress industry by storm. Brands like Beautyrest, Sealy, Serta, Tempur-pedic, Novaform, Casper and Englander utilize gel in many of the models they produce. Even an old school design like the Stearns and Foster has jumped on board. One of the number one questions I am asked about gel mattresses and toppers is how do we as an industry know the benefits of gel with it being so new to the mattress world. While the gel material is new to mattresses it is not new to other products. The shoe insole business has used gel for years for many of the same reasons it is used in many of the top brands. I’ll break it down into the two main reasons the mattress industry has adopted the technology.
The first reason for using gel in mattresses is the cooling affect it has. Many people are concerned with some of the newer foams sleeping hot. It is true that early in the memory foam mattress design the foam could trap a lot of body heat. Today’s memory foam products have engineered out the heat issues. However, the test show that even on a temperature neutral mattress a person can still sleep hot. Studies show that the optimal temperature for your surroundings is approximately 68 degrees. Most people sleep hot with or without memory foam. The gel is put in the mattress to provide a cooling affect allowing the user to achieve an optimal sleeping temperature.
The second reason for gel is it has a pressure relieving benefit. This benefit is the main reason for its use in insoles of shoes. It performs so well with the arch of your foot and its pressure points the mattress industry believes that it can have a full body benefit.
The question remains to gel or not to gel. My advice is when purchasing a new mattress, the consumer should take advantage of the modern materials available to them. Do you have to have gel? The answer is no. My question is why not? It can turn a good mattress into a great mattress for a minimal increase in your investment. Everybody could use better pressure relief and studies show temperature can make a big difference in your quality of sleep.