Top 10 Mattress Fillers
The choice of a comfortable mattress directly affects the quality of a person’s sleep, and, therefore, is responsible for our well-being, performance and even mood. In this matter, each of us is guided by purely personal preferences. Someone loves to “sink” in a cloud of soft featherbed, while for another, the most preferred option is a hard surface that allows you to completely relieve the spine. However, a bed should be chosen not only based on a sense of comfort. Very often this aspect has to be sacrificed due to some medical indicators, physical characteristics or other individual nuances.
In any case, a good mattress implies the possibility of an anatomically correct lying position, and this can only be achieved with a suitable filler. Modern industry offers a fairly large range of stuffing materials. These are classic, time-tested batting or synthetic winterizer, and such exotic ones as linen or high-tech memorial foam, capable of «remembering» the shape of a sleeping person’s body.
TOP of the best fillers for a mattress
Batting is the most unpretentious and cheapest natural material in our rating. It is traditionally used in the production of inexpensive demi-season clothing, warm blankets, soft toys and other household items. Despite its simplicity and simplicity, batting as a filler has its undeniable advantages and can still be found in a number of budget mattresses.
Firstly, real batting is almost 100% cotton, which means that the stuffing from it will be hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly. The cotton base quickly absorbs water (while drying quickly) and passes air well, which creates an optimal microclimate that contributes to the durability of the product. Most often, the batting fabric acts as a special layer in models with a spring block or with synthetic stuffing. In an independent version, it is used extremely rarely, so most often all batting mattresses are of the combined type. The disadvantages of this packing include its rapid caking and clumping.
9 Polyurethane foam
The most popular springless mattress filler is, of course, polyurethane foam. Modern material optimally combines accessibility and functionality, which is why both manufacturers and buyers love it so much. The downside is the rapid loss of elasticity, which significantly reduces the service life of the product with PPU. It is also believed that synthetic mattresses are capable of releasing harmful substances into the air. Experts say that these doubts have no basis, and beds with such a “stuffing” are completely safe.
Science does not stand still, and new types of polymer mixtures are constantly being created on the basis of polyurethane foam, which are actively used in furniture production. One of the most versatile and popular options for polyurethane foam can be called OrmaFoam, which differs from its «relative» in higher performance, excellent breathability and hygroscopicity. At the same time, the price of mattresses with OrmaFoam lies in the same budget segment, as a result of which they are bought up with pleasure by people who want to get the best quality at an affordable cost.
Purotex technology has revolutionized the sleep and leisure industry. Its essence lies in the application of probiotics (bacteria friendly to the human body) on tissue fibers in order to neutralize all harmful components at the nano level. At the same time, there are no aggressive binding and gluing substances in the production, which makes Purotex impregnated products the best in their anti-allergic properties.
The method allows you to qualitatively regulate the level of humidity inside the bed, creating an ideal microclimate for people with hypersensitivity. The manufacture of fillers of this type requires significant costs, so products with it are produced mainly by well-known, «promoted» brands. For example, Askona has a whole series of mattresses and mattress toppers made using Purotex. Models are marked with certificates of recognized international organizations, which confirm the high level of safety and environmental friendliness of the material. Suitable for people of all age categories (from birth) and are designed for different degrees of load.
7 Soy foam
Soy orthopedic foam in mattresses is not a very common phenomenon, but has already found its ardent fans. The method for obtaining this unusual material was developed back in the 50s of the last century, but is still considered one of the most exotic packing options. Soybean oil is non-toxic and completely harmless to humans, which is especially important for children and people with reduced immunity.
Most often, this type of filler is imported to us from abroad. For example, the Spanish company Torres Espic, whose products contain 10 to 30% natural ingredients, supplies the Russian market with a very comfortable, but very expensive «stuffing» for orthopedic mattresses and pillows. In cheaper models, rapeseed, sunflower, castor oil and other oil plants can also serve as the basis for mattress foam, which does not affect the consumer properties of the product for the better. Foamed soy «breathes», passes moisture and has good wear resistance. The foam has an excellent anatomical effect, and sleeping on it can serve as an additional prevention of osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases.
Sisal fibers (cactus coir), acting as a mattress filling, are characterized by medium hardness, do not interfere with air exchange, do not accumulate odors and moisture. Such distinctive features of the material made it very popular in the production of children’s sleep products. And the natural base allows people with special sensitivity to synthetics to feel comfortable.
In mattresses, sisal is used in the form of slabs. To give the desired shape and volume, the fibers from the leaves of the agave cactus are treated with latex, which increases the elasticity of the fabric, and also makes it more wear-resistant and durable. In order to give the product the desired density, the manufacturer “dilutes” natural fibers by combining them with softer fillers — holofiber or polyurethane foam. The most common type of sisal packing is its combination with a spring block. This approach gives the surface the necessary orthopedic qualities and greatly increases its ability to withstand increased loads. An ideal choice for overweight people.
Hollcon is a modern springless filler made from polyester fiber. The main difference from most similar non-woven materials is the unusual spiral structure of the threads, which helps the mattress to instantly return to its original shape even after an increased load. In addition, harmful microorganisms do not start in such a stuffing, so asthmatics and people prone to allergies to house dust can sleep on it without fear.
Manufacturers often use Hollcon not in its pure form, but combine it with cotton, wool, bamboo or coconut coir. This technique allows you to add to the sleeping place all the advantages of natural ingredients: hygiene, environmental friendliness, excellent heat transfer and even some healing properties. Mattresses with hallcon are convenient for transportation. They weigh very little and fold easily. Another interesting feature is the siliconized web’s inability to sustain combustion, making it one of the most fireproof on our list.
4 Coconut coir
Mattress with coconut coir is the best choice for babies from birth to 3 years. Eminent Russian and foreign pediatricians often recommend such filling of the crib, explaining this by the excellent orthopedic properties of the material. Coconut fiber not only ensures the correct position of the child’s spine during sleep, but also removes excess moisture, is well ventilated and creates a harmonious microclimate that is completely suitable for delicate baby skin.
The basis of this filler is the fibers of the coconut fruit, fastened together in various ways. Depending on how the canvas was formed, there are 3 types of coconut mattresses: with latex coir, pressed by needle-punched method and a mixture of coconut with polyester raw materials. For children’s needs, the first option is preferable. In the union «coconut-latex» the balance of comfort and rigidity is optimally expressed, which provides a perfectly flat surface and pleasant sensations during sleep. The disadvantages of products with coconut content include their high cost and mandatory replacement after the recommended service life.
Natural latex from the foamed juice of the hevea tree rightfully belongs to the category of elite fillers. Mattresses with a similar filling combine all the characteristics required for an exemplary bed. They are quite elastic, perfectly restore their shape, completely anti-allergic, hygienic and durable. According to the technology, stabilizing and antibacterial components are necessarily added to the latex fabric, which prevents the material from deforming and prevents the reproduction of dust mites.
However, not everyone can afford to pay for products with such an unusual internal device. Therefore, to reduce the cost of their products, many manufacturers use an artificial analogue of latex — a highly elastic type of polyurethane foam, close in properties to natural raw materials. Due to their porous structure, air circulates well in latex mattresses, which allows them to dry quickly and not absorb odors. Another undoubted advantage is the noiselessness of synthetic latex, so such models are often chosen for a family bed. A more affordable cost will be another argument in favor of the purchase.
Flax is a plant with a pronounced pharmacological effect, so all products of its processing also have the ability to have a beneficial effect on the human body. Natural linen fabric as a stuffing for mattresses is considered one of the best in terms of its hygroscopicity, antistatic and ventilation. Moreover, it has a number of unique properties: it can have a bactericidal effect, helps regulate body temperature, blocks the development of inflammatory processes and restores the health of the epidermis.
In the furniture industry, heat-treated linen is most often used. The technology involves the combination of a natural base with hollow siliconized polyester fibers, followed by bonding by needle-punching and hot pressing on special machines. As a result, a fairly rigid and durable layer is obtained, which is installed as an elastic layer in mattresses with springs inside. Compared to common coconut coir, linen fabric is more plastic and comfortable in terms of tactile sensations, which is why many enterprises use it to produce premium class baby beds.
Memoryform (memoryfoam) is the development of American scientists and was originally intended for use exclusively in the space field. However, the ability of the material to “remember” the shape of the human body made it not only an excellent support for astronauts in flight, but also made it possible to launch products with a unique ability to reduce back pressure on the soft tissues of the lying person.
Especially this property turned out to be in demand in the field of manufacturing orthopedic mattresses for medical and sports areas. A sleeping place with such a foam filler will be most welcome for people who have been bedridden for a long time or those who are undergoing rehabilitation after an injury. There is practically no risk of bedsores on a bed with memory foam, so it can be called the best in terms of its therapeutic and preventive qualities without exaggeration. Mattresses with «smart» foam are quite expensive, but their excellent performance and long service life (at least 15 years) fully compensate for the money invested in the purchase.Метки: fillers, mattress