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Benefits of foam mattresses

While foam mattresses are a more recent appearance on the market than spring mattresses, they’ve come a long way since the 1970s when memory foam was first developed under contract for NASA (which was looking for ways to keep test pilots cushioned during flights). With more than 50 years of technological innovation behind it, foam has become a popular choice for beds because of the many benefits it offers.

5 benefits of foam


Pressure relief

Foam mattresses are able to contour to the shape of the body, distributing weight evenly and relieving pressure points. Because of this, foam mattresses can help alleviate pain and stiffness, making them a good choice for people with joint or muscle pain.


Motion isolation

Foam mattresses are able to isolate motion. This means if you’re sharing the bed with someone else, if one of you moves during the night, the other person won't be disturbed.



Foam mattresses are typically considered more durable than spring mattresses, as they are less likely to sag or develop lumps over time. While this means they may come at a slightly higher price point, they may last longer and provide better support over time.



Foam mattresses may be a good option for people with allergies, as they are less likely to harbour dust mites or other allergens. There are also specialist types of foam available with anti-allergenic properties.


Customisable firmness and properties

Foam mattresses come in a wide variety of firmness levels, from soft to extra firm, making them a good choice for people who prefer a specific level of firmness or need a customised level of support. There are also specialist foams available for a variety of needs, from temperature management to antimicrobial and moisture-wicking properties.

Innovations in foam bedding

Several innovations in foam bedding in recent years have contributed to improving the comfort, durability, and overall quality of foam mattresses. At Vitafoam, we’re continuously pushing the boundaries of technological innovation.

Hybrid mattresses combine foam with other materials, such as springs or latex, to provide the benefits of both materials. . .

Using different additives, we have created various speciality foams (normally designed as a comfort layer in mattresses and furniture) with specific properties in a wide range of different densities, foam grades and hardness, as well as custom foams to meet our clients’ particular requirements. Some of the innovations we’ve employed in our products include:

Gel-infused foam

Gel-infused foam is created by adding gel particles to the foam material. This helps to improve the cooling properties of the mattress, making it more comfortable for people who tend to sleep hot.

Copper-infused foam

Copper-infused foam is believed to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help promote a healthier sleep environment.

High-density foam

High-density foam is designed to be more durable and to provide additional support compared to traditional foam. This has become increasingly popular in foam mattresses, as it can help to prolongs lifespan while providing better support for the sleeper

Memory foam

Memory foam has become increasingly popular in mattresses due to its ability to conform to the shape of the body, providing excellent pressure relief and support.

Hybrid mattresses

Hybrid mattresses combine foam with other materials, such as springs or latex, to provide the benefits of both materials. In fact, every spring mattress includes some foam too.

Vitafoam is a leading producer of polyurethane (PU) foam in South Africa. Get in touch to find out how we can assist with your foam requirements.