A memory foam mattress is made from synthetic material while a coir mattress is made from coconut fibres, which is a natural product. Common sense says that a natural product is better for our health than a synthetic product. Is memory foam mattress an over-hyped product? We have chosen two excellent mattresses, one a memory foam mattress and the other a coir mattress in this memory foam vs coir mattress test and did a comparison to find out which one you should buy.
The Memory Foam Vs Coir Mattress Test
Memory foam mattress is made by adding some additional chemicals to polyurethane foam. A memory foam mattress is more elastic and responsive to body weight. It is also called viscoelastic foam.
A coir mattress is made from coconut coir. The coir mattress is firm and not responsive to body weight.
The main difference between a memory foam mattress and a coir mattress is that, a memory foam mattress is a synthetic product while a coir mattress is a natural product.
The other difference between a memory foam mattress and a coir mattress is the responsiveness to body weight.
A memory foam mattress moulds to the curves of the body, giving support to the pressure points.
A coir mattress is not responsive to the body weight and remains firm.
Although there are differences as above between a memory foam mattress and a coir mattress there is one similar feature too.
Both memory foam mattress and coir mattress have good air circulation.
The cells in a memory foam mattress are open. The memory foam has a matrix of open cells through which air can pass easily.
The coir fibres in a coir mattress has plenty of gaps too through which air can pass.
In this memory foam vs coir mattress test we will compare two mattresses, one made of memory foam and the other made of coir to find out which one is good for us.
The memory foam mattress we have chosen for this test is the Flo Ergo mattress. The coir mattress in this test is the Cozy coir mattress.
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Comparing Memory Foam Mattress And Coir Mattress
We already described above the differences and similarities between a memory foam mattress and a coir mattress.
But in order to find out which one is best for us, it is necessary to test the two mattresses in same parameters.
The six parameters in our test will be material quality, comfort level, availability of sizes, strength and durability, warranty and last but not the least customer support.
So let us start testing the Flo Ergo mattress and the Cozy mattress on these parameters and find out which one is the best for us.
Flo is a new mattress company based in Mumbai.Launched in 2018, the people behind Flo have 20 years of experience in the mattress industry. The Flo Ergo mattress is made of two types of foam. The base of the mattress is made of their proprietory responsive foam. The top layer is made of memory foam which has cooling gels inside. The mattress has an external cover which is also infused with aloe vera gels. The quality of the foams and the cover are excellent.
Cozy Coir is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. It is based in New Delhi. It’s mattresses are BIS certified. It is nearly a 30 year old company. The Cozy Coir mattress is made of 2 layers of high density coir. The fabric is made of twill polyester fabric. The mattress can be used on both sides.
Both the mattresses have excellent material quality.
The Flo Ergo mattress is more comfortable.
The winner is Flo Ergo mattress as it has good thickness levels.
Flo Ergo wins this round as it have external cover.
The clear winner is Flo Ergo mattress.
There are some customer service issues regarding returns and delivery. But considering the fact that the company is new, we are willing to give it a benefit of doubt. The complains itself are minimum in number.
The score is a tie again.
The Flo Ergo mattress wins this memory foam vs coir mattress comparison test by a good margin.
Pros And Cons Of A Memory Foam Mattress And A Coir Mattress
Coir Foam Mattress
Analyzing The Results
What are the “3 clear truths” that we found in this memory foam vs coir mattress test?
The first truth is that, a memory foam mattress gives better body support than a coir mattress. So rather than buying a coir mattress for back pain you should buy a memory foam mattress.
There is also a confusion about “coir foam orthopaedic mattress”.
A coir mattress is thought to be an orthopaedic mattress. An orthopaedic mattress should be mattress as recommended by orthopaedic doctors.
Orthopaedic doctors recommend using a medium-firm mattress. A coir mattress is a firm mattress. So a coir mattress is not an orthopaedic mattress.
Another common myth is about rubberised coir mattress. The word “rubber” has nothing to do with a coir mattress in general. A rubberised coir mattress simply means that the coir fibres acts like rubbers or springs.
Very few mattresses which are marketed as rubberised coir mattresses are made by mixing coir and latex.
The second truth is that, a memory foam mattress will have a longer warranty than a coir mattress.
Coir, being a natural product do not have a long shelf life.
The third truth is that, a memory foam mattress gives an opportunity to try the mattress first before buying it.
As we can see see from the test above, there is little or no difference regarding material quality, comfort and strength. But the 3 truths above makes all the difference when deciding which one is the best for us.
Some may argue that a memory foam mattress is a synthetic product and may cause health problems.
But there are no scientific evidence to prove that a memory foam mattress has caused a health problem. In fact the responsive nature of memory foam is actually good for avoiding back pain.
A coir mattress is made from natural coir fibres. Coir is not very durable material. A coir mattress, although being firm, may sag in future due to body weight.
Let us answer a very common question – Is a memory foam mattress good for back pain?
Yes, a memory foam mattress is good to avoid back pain as it is a responsive material which gives a good support to the body. A good support to the body helps in maintaining a good balance to the spine, thereby reducing back pain.
Hence, considering the advantages, you should buy a memory foam mattress.
The Flo Ergo mattress is an excellent memory foam mattress.
It is excellent in terms of material, comfort, strength, thickness and warranty.