There are numerous factors to consider when making your choice of which gel foam mattress to purchase.
1. High density
The higher the density, the higher the quality.
This is true for all mattresses, including gel foam mattresses.
We recommend looking for a gel foam mattress with a density of at least 50 kg/m³, ideally 60 m3/kg.
A higher-density mattress also generally has a longer lifespan, meaning that you'll be able to enjoy your investment for much longer.
You can use the below table as a rough guide:
|Density in kg/m³
|Up to 25
||Up to 2 years
||Up to 3 years
||5 - 6 years
||6 - 8 years
|50 - 60
||10 years and more
2. Height of the mattress
Gel foam mattresses tend to be softer mattresses.
The wider the gel foam layer, the deeper you will sink into the mattress.
Your new gel foam mattress should thus be deep enough to provide sufficient space to sink into.
We recommend a total height of at least 18 cm for a comfortable sleep.
Higher mattresses also make it easier to get into bed.
This applies to all ages and not only to older people.
We also think higher mattresses look slightly more attractive.
3. Choose the right degree of firmness
Choosing the right degree of firmness is where most buyers struggle to make the right decision.
Admittedly, the information provided by manufacturers is a little confusing.
Degrees of firmness are usually indicated by H (for hardness), followed by a number (to indicate the degree of firmness).
The right degree of firmness generally depends on your body type, weight, and preferred sleeping position.
If you or your partner weigh over 100 kg, for example, you'd need a firmer mattress that offers more support.
This can be difficult to find in a gel foam mattress, so you might even have to choose a different type of mattress, such as a pocket spring mattress.
If a mattress is too soft, then you won't be supported adequately - which can result in an uncomfortable sleep or even long-term neck and back pain.
4. Risk-free trial periods
Since gel foam mattresses may not be suitable for everyone, it's always a good idea to try out a mattress.
That's why we always recommend purchasing from a manufacturer that offers the following:
- Free delivery
- Risk-free trial period
- Free returns
Trial periods usually last 30 to 100 days.
This gives you the time to ensure that the mattress you've purchased really is right for you.
If you're worried that it's too firm or too soft, for example, then testing it for a period of time will help you decide.
After all, it takes the body a few weeks to get used to a new mattress.
If you're not completely satisfied with the mattress, you should be able to return it, free of charge, for a full refund