Although it sounds modern, gel is not a new material in the mattress industry. Recently, it have become more popular because of its’ unique benefits. Gel materials are best known for their “cooling” qualities. However, gel mattresses provide additional benefits such as better pressure relief, support and durability.
Scientifically, gel falls in between a liquid and a solid. In simple terms, it can be be molded to different body types as well as absorb motion, but it will always return to its’ original form. Gel is very similar to rubber but is usually heavier. Because of gel’s structural qualities, it is an ideal material for mattresses that focus on pressure relief.
Different Types of Gel Construction
There are three common types of gel construction used in modern mattresses. These are gel-infused foam, collapsible column and solid layer gel. Keep reading for an in-depth explanation of each.
Gel-infused Foam Construction
The most common type of gel used in mattresses today is gel-infused foam. This type of mattress construction requires a lower amount of gel when compared to other types of gel mattresses,
Collapsible Column (Honeycomb) Construction
Collapsible column gel construction uses a layer of collapsible gel columns that are inter-connected into a square-like pattern. Because of the honeycomb /square-like appearance, this type of mattress construction is sometimes referred to as “honeycomb” construction. A benefit of this type of gel construction is the strong support it provides. The gel allows for heavier body parts such as hips and shoulders to sink into the gel while lighter body parts are also supported.
Solid Layer Gel
Solid gel layer is a more recent mattress innovation. In this construction, a dense layer of gel (typically less than 1’) is used at the top or near the top of the mattress. Depending on the density of the gel, this can provide a very unique comfort. Additionally, this layer of gel can provide a “cooler” sleeping sensation for those who run hot temperature wise.
How Do Gel Mattresses “Cool” the Body?
Apart from their enhanced support, gel mattresses are promoted as a solution for individuals who “sleep hot”. While scientifically gel is not cooler than other materials, it does feel cooler. This is because of the chemical properties of gel. Gel is a conductor which allows it to pull heat away from our bodies when we sleep. This makes individuals using a gel mattress feel cooler.
The Cooling Benefits of a Gel Mattress
A worthwhile question to ask is, “How much does a gel mattress cool my body?” The cooling benefits of a gel mattress depend on three key elements:
- How close is the gel to your body: The closer the gel is to your body, the more cooling it provides.
- How much gel there is: The more gel there is, the longer it will take the get to reach your body’s temperature. This means mattresses with more gel will stay cool for longer.
- Gel construction: Different gel construction types have different cooling benefits. However, the two previous components will play a larger role in cooling, overall.
Gel Mattress Durability
Gel mattresses are considered to be one of the most durable mattress materials used in mattresses today. Because of the physical properties of gel, it will not lose shape or flexibility over time. However, gel mattress materials can be made from either plastic or polyurethane. When compared, polyurethane gels will be more durable over time.
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Tier 4 Mattresses offers a variety of luxury gel mattresses in stock. The best way to see if a gel mattress is right for you is by trying one out in person. Our store offers a comfortable and welcoming environment to try out your new potential mattress. Our high quality products are offered year-round at a price that beats other retailers. Visit one of our locations or contact us online today!