The main benefit of gel cushions is that they’re more effective at distributing pressure than foam. This means that they’re able to provide more cushioning to the bony parts of your bum, making sitting down much more comfortable.
They’re also advantageous for wheelchair users, as when a person moves, so does the gel on the cushion. This help to protect the skin at the back by reducing friction.
Furthemore, maintaining an uncomfortable sitting position for a long period of time can result in the growth of ulcer. Gel cushions help prevent this by providing a comfortable sitting, which is especially important for people whose job involves sitting for long periods of time, for example, office work or driving jobs.
Finally, as gel cushions have air vents, this helps to prevent the spread of microorganisms making them a hygienic option, while the air circulation this allows helps to keep the user cooler than with a foam cushion..
However, gel cushions do come with their set of disadvantages. For one, they do have a tendency to bottom out. They have vents which means that they can leak and are sometimes not the most effective cushions on bumpy roads as they don’t compress as easily as foam cushions do.