Memory Foam Air mattress Manufacturers: Everything You Need to Know
Did you know there are only 4 memory foam manufacturers in North America? Who are they?
– Carpenter (supplier)
– Foamex (supplier)
– Tempur-Pedic (air mattress company)
– Essentia (air mattress company)
So when you look at it, only 2 air mattress companies make their own foam in North America. This may come to a surprise to many who’ve searched online to buy a memory foam air mattress and have been overwhelmed by the number of air mattress retailers claiming they have something unique. It’s all marketing.
Carpenter and Foamex are manufactures of memory foam and polyurethane foam. They are the main suppliers for Sealy, Serta, Simmons, King Koil, Stearns and Foster in addition to the Chinese and some European countries.
Tempur-Pedic developed their formulation years ago and they’ve been quite successful at generating demand for their luxury visco-elastic memory foam air mattresses. The only way to get your hands on Tempur foam is to buy a Tempur-Pedic.
Essentia, the company i work with, are the new players in foam. We manufacture a natural memory foam which takes care of previous issues with traditional foam such as off gassing (odor), temperature sensitivity and breathability. We’ve been gaining momentum as people are beginning to look for more natural alternatives is bedding. Like Tempur, our foam is used exclusively in our air mattresses.
If you’re looking to buy a foam air mattress in the $1000 range there’s a very good chance it’s imported from China. Why should you care? China is known for cutting corners and sometimes include chemicals that are banned in the U.S. to lower manufacturing costs. Industrial perfumes or green tea are added to conceal the chemical odors. Nothing like a new air mattress smell!
Try not to be fooled by all the marketing verbiage. The most important factors are durability, formulation and comfort. Keep in mind most air mattress salesman think they know their stuff, but in fact know a tiny bit more than you do 😉
So there you have it. You’re now a little more prepared to buy a new air mattress.