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What is a Gel Foam Mattress?

A 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!

The surface of a gel foam mattress
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

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

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 Geltex works:

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:

  1. Response rate
    Gel foam bounces back to its original shape much quicker than memory foam providing extra support and easier movement.
  2. 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? Check out our guide to find all the answers you're looking for!

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.

What's important to you?Gel foamMemory foam
Support
Comfort
Breathability-
Pressure relief
Faster bounce back rate-
Less transfer of movement
Ease of movement-
Natural temperature regulation-
Good for allergy sufferers
Lower in price-

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!

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 five of our best-selling gel foam mattresses.

Studio by Silentnight Medium Mattress
1. Studio by Silentnight Medium Mattress

  • Mattress type: gel foam and memory foam
  • Firmness: medium
  • Awarded a Which? Best Buy
  • Also available in soft or firm
  • From only £399.00

Silentnight 70th Anniversary Miracoil Geltex Mattress
2. Silentnight 70th Anniversary Miracoil Geltex Mattress

  • Mattress type: Geltex and Miracoil springs
  • Firmness: medium to firm
  • Sumptuous pillow top
  • From only £329.95

Sealy Posturepedic Pearl Geltex Mattress
3. Sealy Posturepedic Pearl Geltex Mattress

  • Mattress type: Geltex and standard springs
  • Firmness: medium
  • Endorsed by Allergy UK
  • From only £389.95

Sareer Gel 1000 Pocket Mattress
4. Sareer Gel 1000 Pocket Mattress

  • Mattress type: gel foam and 1000 pocket springs
  • Firmness: medium to firm
  • Delivered rolled up for easy maneuverability
  • From only £204.95

Sealy Royale Geltex 2200 Pocket Mattress
5. Sealy Royale Geltex 2200 Pocket Mattress

  • Mattress type: Geltex and 2200 pocket springs
  • Firmness: soft to medium
  • Luxury pillow top finish
  • From only £539.95

Need more advice on gel foam mattresses? Feel free to give us a call! We are happy to provide the answers you're looking for and help find the perfect gel foam mattress for you.

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