Thinking of a Mattress Topper for Comfort or Protection?
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Originally the mattress toppers were sold largely to protect the mattress from stains, damage, wear and tear and anything else that could affect the longevity of a mattress or render the warranty invalid (a stained mattress will not be replaced by any manufacturer.) Still nowadays many people use a simple mattress pad that will top the mattress, made of cotton for breathe-ability and either tied to the corners, elasticized at the edges to fit over the mattress or zipped to completely contain the mattress. They may also serve a secondary function as protection to the sleeper from allergies brought on by dust-mites or other potential allergens.
However mattress toppers have taken on much more the look and feel of the pillow-top finishes of plush mattress sets, these days. Of course they will still serve the protective function but sometimes they are made quite thick nowadays – 3 or 4 inches – because as well as protecting they offer great comfort benefits to an overly firm mattress. They are able to add an extra comfort layer to an old mattress, rejuvenating it.
Of course if the old mattress in question is sagging, moth-eaten and worn out then a mattress topper won’t help much, no matter how thick it is. But providing the mattress has retained its shape well then well-made cheap mattress toppers are good options, as they can be a great way of getting extra comfort without having to go to the expense of replacing the mattress completely.
Those toppers that use memory foam and latex are probably the most popular nowadays and can be bought in most standard bedding centers as well as online. A 3 or 4 inch mattress topper in queen size, made from good quality memory foam, will probably cost between $150 and $300 online, so it is a significant saving over having to buy a whole new mattress. Do not skimp on price though and go with an established manufacturer – there are plenty of toppers from companies like Serta that will use a decent memory foam – as there are cheaper brands available that may use less memory foam of a poorer quality or density than is needed to provide good comfort levels.