What is a Gel Foam Mattress?

gel foam mattress is a mattress that combines gel foam with a sprung or foam base. Gel foam is a viscoelastic foam mixed with gel beads that provide extra support and help to reduce heat build-up. Gel foam is designed to satisfy the desire for ultimate comfort and rival the popularity of memory foam.

There are many different types of gel foam, the most popular being Geltex, sold by brands such as Silentnight and Sealy. This guide covers all you need to know about Geltex and gel foam mattresses. Read on to find the answers you're looking for!

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Gel foam mattresses offer incredible support, breathability and pressure relief

Benefits of a gel foam mattress

Gel foam mattresses offer an incredible sleeping experience. Here are nine key benefits of a gel foam mattress:

  1. Full-body support
  2. Optimal pressure relief
  3. Excellent spinal alignment
  4. Healthy weight distribution
  5. Temperature regulation
  6. Naturally hypoallergenic
  7. Great durability
  8. No roll-together
  9. Suitable for all sleeping positions

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Read on to find out how gel foam and Geltex delivers all of these benefits and more.

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What is Geltex?

Geltex is an innovative fusion of gel beads, foam crystals and air-filled cells. It delivers the ultimate in comfort and support by offering triple benefits:

Incredible body support

The elasticity of Geltex offers immediate spring-back, providing perfect spinal alignment and tailored body support.

Optimal pressure relief

Geltex has a highly flexible and responsive structure. By distributing body weight evenly, Geltex prevents pressure point build-up, yet offers support where you need it most.

Unrivalled breathability

The open-cell structure of Geltex allows air to pass through easily, enhancing breathability and reducing the risk of overheating as you sleep.

Here's a video about how Sealy Geltex works:

Silentnight also explain how their unique geltex works in the video below:

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Gel foam vs memory foam mattresses: what's the difference?

Both gel and memory foam mattresses offer great support and pressure relief. The key difference between the two lies in the foam-making process. Gel and memory foam are both made of viscoelastic foam. However, gel foam is infused with gel beads during production. This causes gel foam to feel different in two ways:

  • Response rate

Gel foam bounces back to its original shape much quicker than memory foam providing extra support and easier movement.

  • Temperature regulation

Gel foam mattresses offer greater air circulation allowing you to stay cool in summer and warm in winter.

Want to know more about memory foam or how to keep your mattress cool? Check out our guides to find all the answers you're looking for!

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Gel foam vs memory foam: which should I choose?

Here's a quick guide to help you choose whether gel or memory foam is right for you.

Pressure reliefyesyes
Faster bounce back rateyes-
Less transfer of movementyesyes
Ease of movementyes-
Natural temperature regulationyes-
Good for allergy sufferersyesyes
Lower in price-yes

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Gel foam mattress reviews

Gel foam mattresses continue to grow in popularity. Our gel foam mattresses have great reviews and ratings! Here's what some of our customers said about their gel foam mattress:

"Incredible comfort and support with no temperature issues."

"Very comfortable, no pressure points. Deep sleep. Wake up feeling refreshed."

"The Geltex is fantastically cool. Best thing I've bought in years!"

This is just a handful of positive reviews from our gel foam mattresses. Check out our full range of gel mattresses to find more!

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Gel foam mattresses: best sellers

We offer a wide range of gel foam mattresses from famous brands such as Silentnight and Sealy, so we're sure you'll find what you're looking for. To help get you started, we've listed our best-selling gel foam mattresses.

Sealy Winslow Geltex Enhance Mattress

1. Sealy Winslow Geltex Enhance Mattress

  • From £659.96
  • Mattress type: Geltex and pocket springs
  • Firmness: medium to firm
  • Breathable layer to keep you cool
SleepSoul Heaven 1000 Pocket Gel Mattress

2. SleepSoul Heaven 1000 Pocket Gel Mattress

  • From £206.36
  • Mattress type: Gel foam and pocket springs
  • Firmness: medium
  • Sumptuous pillow top
Silentnight Geltex Ultra 3000 Mirapocket Medium Mattress

3. Silentnight Geltex Ultra 3000 Mirapocket Medium Mattress

  • From £679.95
  • Mattress type: Geltex and 3000 pocket springs
  • Firmness: medium
  • Also available firmer
  • Endorsed by Allergy UK

If you're interested in learning more about the Silentnight Geltex Ultra, check out the video below.

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