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ILD of memory foam vs. talalay 22 Apr 2013 02:34 #1

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Phoenix,
Select foam has a 5 lb talalay foam topper which they say is "28 ILD, which is medium-soft firmness and tends to be the sweet spot for most people."
They also sell a "5.34lb gel-infused SELECT Foam for durable and cool pressure-relief. Medium firmness,13-14 ILD the "sweet spot" for most people.
When I called and asked how toppers with such different ILDs could be described so similarly-"medium-soft firmness" for 28 ILD and "medium firmness" for 13-14 ILD(for talalay this is ultra soft), I was told some things which had to do with the differences between mf and tal., which I couldn't understand or remember. I then asked what ILD in talalay terms would their memory foam be and was told "about 26."
Can you help clarify this? It seems to me that the way ILD is defined that a similar number would be comparable regardless of the material. The weight required for compression of 25% ..... should be the same an d result in the same firmness. No?

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ILD of memory foam vs. talalay 22 Apr 2013 05:08 #2

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Hi church11,

For some reason ... comparing latex to memory foam in terms of ILD / IFDhas been a popular question on the forum over the last few days.

ILD / IFD @ 25% is really only one measure of a foam's softness and by itself is best for comparing the same types of foam. Other measures include IFD at different percentages of compression and compression modulus (which measures the ratio between 65% compression and 25% compression or how quickly a foam gets firmer with deeper compression which may be an even more important a "softness" measure in many cases than ILD / IFD). Even using 25% ILD to compare latex to polyfoam or Talalay latex to Dunlop latex can be misleading (see post #6 here ) partly because of their different compression modulus but partly as well because of the different methods of testing IFD between different materials and even in different areas of the world.

With memory foam ... IFD is really a meaningless number (except perhaps as a rough comparison between memory foams) because the method of measuring IFD is not really suitable or meaningful for memory foam (see under "resolving testing procedures" here ) and because IFD with memory foam can change in response to temperature, humidity, and the length of time the memory foam is compressed. The firmness of a memory foam layer will also depend on its response time and temperature sensitivity as well as its thickness. You can see more of my replies about the comparison (and another manufacturers guess about how their memory foam may subjectively compare to latex) in post #2 here along with post #2 here . Overall ... IFD comparisons between different foams and especially between memory foam and other types of foam is a very subjective and not particularly accurate or meaningful exercise.

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