Written By
Chloe Beaudoin

Looking for the best memory foam mattress in Canada? Read our buyer’s guide first to learn about the most important criteria that you should look out for and see how Silk & Snow compares!

What is memory foam?

Memory foam is made up of mostly viscoelastic polyurethane foam. This technology was invented by NASA in the 1970s as a cushion for test pilots during flights. Thanks to Swedish innovation, this material has greatly improved and is now considered one of the comfiest materials for mattresses . Widely known for its contouring abilities, when you apply force (e.g. your body weight when sleeping) and body heat to memory foam, it sinks and moulds to your shape. When you remove that force, the foam returns back to its regular state.

How to Find the Best Memory Foam Mattress in Canada

It can take a long time to find the perfect memory foam mattress. That’s why reviews and buyer guides can be helpful in your search. But marketers know this, and it’s why most review sites are filled with affiliate marketing tactics. When they often get a commission for ranking a mattress as the “best”. This is why you should be the one to decide which memory foam mattress is the best for you. Here are some tips to help:

  • Look out for affiliate marketing sites: check for a disclaimer or link embedded within the website.
  • Utilize reviews to narrow your search: reviews are still great for finding mattress companies and making the search less overwhelming. 
  • Make your own criteria: figure out what you’re looking for in a memory foam mattress. The best mattress will be the one that most fits your criteria the most.

We’ve created an extensive buyer’s guide to help you find the best memory foam mattress in Canada. Use this guide to help you form your own criteria:

Is the memory foam mattress convenient?

One of the most common questions people ask themselves when buying a new mattress is “How will I get this into my bedroom?” This, along with transportation hurdles has led to a surge in popularity of bed in a box companies. It’s a lot easier to carry a bed in a box versus trying to fit a full-size mattress through your doorframe. Furthermore, the inconvenience of not being able to test the mattress has been mitigated, as more bed in a box companies give long trial periods. Just ensure the company has a good shipping policy!

How we compare: The S&S mattress gets shipped straight to your door free of charge! Our 100 day trial gives you enough time to test out the mattress completely risk-free.

Where is the memory foam mattress made?

Searching for “best memory foam mattress in Canada” doesn’t mean the mattress is made in Canada. Memory foam mattresses are usually made up of multiple types of foams. Each component can be produced by a different manufacturer. The only way to know where your mattress is sourced is if the company is transparent about their manufacturing process. Canadian regulations can differ from the ones from other countries. They generally have higher quality standards, including allowable volatile organic compounds (VOC). Fewer VOCs means less off-gassing, or the chemicals that emit an unpleasant smell. 

How we compare: The S&S mattress is fully made in Canada. Actually, we source everything locally in Toronto, Ontario. We built strong relationships with our suppliers and manufacturers to ensure the highest quality sleep.

What is the memory foam mattress’ density?

Foam density is the mass of one cubic foot of a memory foam layer. Why does density make a difference? It determines the level of support and durability of a mattress, but it also affects its price and breathability. The higher the density, the higher the weight, lifespan, and support. However this comes at a cost. Memory foam mattresses with a density above 5 lb can be quite expensive. Comparatively, low density memory foam, often under 3 lb, is less expensive. However, the lower cost means lower quality in terms of support and durability. For a supportive and durable, yet affordable mattress, look for something between 3-5 lb.

How we compare: The S&S mattress is made with 4 lb memory foam, making it the perfect density balance for a great sleep.

Is the memory foam mattress breathable?

open-cell memory foam vs. closed-cell memory foam

Historically, people have given memory foam a bad rep for its lack of airflow, but it’s actually only one type of memory foam that causes this heat entrapment. Traditional, or closed cell foam, has cells that are tightly sealed off, preventing air from entering the mattress, and making it denser and less breathable. Alternatively, a newer innovation called open cell foam has completely changed the feel of memory foam. This new technology is  more porous, giving it a better airflow. There’s a third type of memory foam called gel-infused memory foam which is a special innovation specifically created for a better cooling effect during sleep. This memory foam is often used in conjunction with other fabrics to create a cooler feel.  

How we compare: The S&S mattress is engineered with open cell and gel memory foam for a cooler sleep. Our combination foam is more breathable while still maintaining memory foam’s great features.

Is the memory foam mattress durable?

Durability refers to the length of time a mattress remains supportive and comfortable before it starts to sag. Its lifespan is how long the mattress can last before it needs to be replaced. Even if the mattress’ lifespan is longer than its durability, you’ll start to experience quality issues once your mattress begins to deteriorate. Memory foam durability is based on its density and thickness. As previously discussed, the higher the density, the higher its durability. But memory foam mattresses are made of multiple layers that all contribute to its overall durability. The bottom layer, aka the foundation, is the key to good support and longevity. 

How we compare: The S&S mattress has a 15 year warranty, longer than the 10 year average of other companies. This is because our memory foam utilizes a high density foam in combination with a strong 1.8 lb foundation for premium support.

Is the memory foam mattress clean/hygienic?

You might not think about mattress cleanliness, but with the amount of dust and germs in your house, you’ll want to start thinking about how easily your mattress can be cleaned. One solution is a zip-off cover, which allows you to quickly and easily remove the first layer of the mattress and throw it in the wash. A preventative feature is silver infused mattress covers, which are naturally antimicrobial meaning it defends against bacteria.

How we compare: The S&S mattress has a zip-off mattress cover that makes it easy to remove and clean. Furthermore, we’ve added an antimicrobial cover woven with silver, an innovative technology that naturally prevents the growth of mold and bacteria.

Does the memory foam mattress have motion transfer isolation?

Are you waking up in the middle of the night because your partner tosses and turns? If so, you’re likely experiencing the unfortunate effects of bad motion transfer; the shift that occurs on one side of the bed when there’s movement on the other side. Memory foam is prized for its motion isolation. It’s able to absorb the motion, so you don’t feel your partner’s movements. Some memory foam mattress brands offer even better isolation due to added support layers. The foundation is just as important as the top, so look out for a durable bottom layer. 

How we compare: The S&S mattress is fully engineered with memory foam, greatly reducing motion transfer. We’ve added a 1.8 lb transition foam that specifically targets motion isolation and support.

Is the memory foam mattress good for back pain?

You might think that this is a small issue, but seeing as 80% of Canadians will suffer from back pain in their lives, this is an important factor you might want to consider during your research. Memory foam is well known for helping back pain because of its contouring effect which helps support your spine. Even so, you should still look for certain features that are best known for improving back pain such as the memory foam’s density, support, and contouring ability. A higher density mattress offers better support and better pressure relief by keeping your spine and hips aligned.

How we compare: The S&S mattress utilizes a strong foundation and high-density memory foam layer for better support.

Best Memory Foam Mattress in Canada | Silk & Snow

Our luxurious S&S memory foam mattress is made with three premium layers for optimal comfort. Sleep soundly on our high-density 4 lb open-cell gel memory foam offering better support, breathability, and durability. Sounds interesting? Test out the S&S mattress risk-free with a 100 night trial period. 

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