A Latex Mattress Topper – A Little Layer of Luxury!
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Mattress toppers serve a couple of functions –both protective and comfort-based – but as they have been developed they have become thicker and more luxurious so that the comfort factor outweighs the protective factor for most people. This is no more in evidence than with the latex mattress topper.
Originally mattress covers, pads and toppers were virtually interchangeable as a protective layer to keep the mattress stain-free and in good condition so that the warranty wasn’t invalidated; sometimes they were also used to keep the sleeper protected from allergies and dust-mites.
As time has gone on the mattress topper has been made with more and more luxurious foams, made into 3 or 4 inch pads that really add a huge amount of comfort to the top of a mattress. Nowadays you will see many memory foam and latex mattress toppers being marketed by the same established companies that make the mattresses and they have become a big business in their own right. They will resemble the plush pillow-tops that quality luxurious mattresses often feature.
In Asia some people now use mattress toppers as a type of futon mattress, rolled out on the floor and ready to go! In the US they can be used on a new mattress or on an old one that is a bit too firm for the owner’s liking but has still retained a decent shape. They will not be able to revive a dilapidated sagging mattress, but a 4-inch latex foam mattress topper will add a natural, super-soft, cushioning layer to the top of a firm, supportive mattress. Some people with bad backs might use a topper to soften up the surface of an orthopedic mattress and make it less firm.
Latex foam toppers may use the natural Dunlop-style latex or the Talalay latex which will usually be a mixture of natural and artificial latex. Both are very breathe-able and provide great cushioning for pressure points on the body, but the Talalay latex has a more open cell structure that makes it slightly less dense and softer than the Dunlop style latex.
Latex mattresses can cost thousands of dollars, which is out of most people’s budgets. Quality latex mattress toppers are available for $300-$400 and are far more widely accessible, so that more people can experience a little layer of luxury without it costing the earth!