The Mattress Topper – No Longer Just a Protector
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In the past the mattress topper was a pad or cover used predominantly to protect the mattress from perspiration and other stains, which would often render the warranty on a mattress void. It was necessary to use one either rested on top of the mattress, tied to the corners to keep it in place or as a wrap-around cover completely enveloping it. Nowadays, as you will see from mattress topper reviews online, these items are increasingly being made thicker and more comfortable as a completely separate item of bedding that can be used for sleeping on the floor or on top of an existing mattress.
In Asia mattress toppers are now used almost like an old-style Japanese futon mattress, which would be rolled out to provide a sleeping surface at night and then rolled up and stored away during the day, freeing up the space to be used for something else.
In the west they are more commonly now used as a comfort layer on top of an existing mattress. A word of warning here: a mattress topper can give a new lease of life to an old mattress that is a bit too firm for you but it will not be able to save a badly sagging, out of shape, moth-eaten and dust-mite ridden model that needs replacing. If you are looking to save a little money by buying a memory foam mattress topper, for example, to place on your old mattress , rather than going to the expensive of a whole new memory foam mattress, then fine – but be realistic about what your topper will be able to do.
If you are choosing memory foam for your topper, which seems to be the most popular choice these days, make sure there is enough memory foam used. Anything less than 2 inches of good quality foam won’t make too much difference to your comfort levels, so if you buy a 3-inch or 4-inch memory foam mattress topper then check the exact composition to see if all that thickness is memory foam. Stick with the major manufacturers as no-name makers may not be using good quality foam at all….you are already saving money by not having to buy a full mattress so spending a little more on your topper to ensure good quality is wise.