Mattress toppers generally serve one of two purposes: they may be used purely for protecting a mattress or they may be used to add an extra comfort layer to a mattress. Or they may be used for both. Here we will show you how good toppers will achieve both.
A mattress topper may also be called a mattress protector or mattress pad. If their primary purpose is to protect the mattress then they may be rather thin and be more like a cover or cheap ones may even be as thin as a fitted sheet; they can sit on top of the mattress or encase it completely. Either way they will be completely removable which allows them to be easily cleaned or vacuumed and they will protect the mattress from collecting dust and dead skin as well as picking up stains from perspiration. Some mattress toppers may be waterproof which further protects the mattress from secretions and spills, and which may also protect the warranty on a mattress that can be voided due to stains.
Another function of these protective mattress toppers is to protect the sleeper from allergies, such as dust mite allergies. Some doctors will recommend them to asthma sufferers as another layer of protection between the sleeper and the mattress and this has become more the case with the increasing popularity of foam mattresses, which are generally more likely to harbor dust mites than the older inner-spring mattresses.
The other type of toppers are foam mattress toppers. These will of course also protect the mattress but often people use them primarily for an extra comfort layer. They are thicker than the purely protective pads and are often more like a quilted pillow top. If you are considering a memory foam topper then check how much memory foam is used in the filling as it will vary and the price will vary accordingly. Good quality memory foam of course adds the benefits of excellent body conformity and great heat response to the topper, which can really enhance the comfort level for sleepy bodies.
These memory foam toppers will usually come in thicknesses of around 3 or 4 inches but that won’t necessarily indicate the thickness of the memory foam. 4 inch memory foam toppers may contain 1.5 inches of memory foam and 2.5 inches of another type of foam. 3 inch mattress toppers may contain 1.5 inches of memory foam and 1.5 inches of other foam. It’s always best to read the labels carefully so you know exactly what you’re getting.
They can be used on older mattresses that still retain a good shape or on models that are too firm. They can reinvigorate them completely and add an enveloping softness to a previously uncomfortable sleeping surface; rather than having to buy a completely new mattress this is a way of saving money, but bear in mind that a sagging, tired old mattress cannot be saved by a topper, no matter how comfortable it is.
Cheap mattress toppers can be bought in all the same sizes as your mattresses and in the same bedding centers that stock your mattresses. Nowadays they are even in the large retailers like Walmart and the online stores like Amazon as well as other specialist online bedding sites.
Please note that you may want to air your topper outside or in a well-ventilated room before you use it, as they can have a strong odor.
If your old mattress set is a looking a bit worn and is not as comfortable as it used to be, but has retained its shape fairly well, then you might want to consider a 4 inch memory foam mattress topper rather than replacing the whole thing.
Before deciding whether to opt for one of these items you need to take a long, hard look at your existing mattress, though. If it’s badly sagging and has lost its shape completely then a mattress topper will not resurrect its career – it’s heading for the garbage tip I’m afraid.
However, in the case of an innerspring mattress where the coils are still in pretty good condition and all you want to do is add a level of comfort to the top, a topper can save a lot of money. These toppers are made by most of the leading mattress manufacturers nowadays and are available at a fraction of the cost of a full mattress set. You can simply choose one of the better brands, make sure you get the right size, order online with a reputable retailer and get one delivered to your door.
Memory foam is known in the market for its extra comfort and the way it reacts to both body shape and body heat to provide a very comfortable upper layer to a mattress. The main body of most memory foam mattress sets will not be made from memory foam – only the upper layers – so providing your mattress still has a reasonably shaped body then you will not be missing out on much.
Be careful not to cut corners too much with the 4 inch memory foam mattress topper. You are already saving money from not having to buy a full mattress, so there’s no sense in opting for a 3 inch topper to make extra savings, or opting for a cheaper brand.
The golden rule is to buy from an established maker, as they will use the best materials that will provide the comfort and durability that you are expecting; cheaper manufacturers will use poorer quality memory foam, perhaps of lower density, and in smaller amounts too.
Some makers will provide packages that include covers for your topper. You can check online and you will see that you can get a Serta Queen 4 inch memory foam topper for around $250 or less. This is just a guideline – shop around makes and sizes with different retailers but, again, our advice is to choose a leading brand.
A natural mattress topper is, unsurprisingly, made from 100% natural materials such as cotton or latex. Most people searching for information on this type of product are looking to find out more about natural latex mattress toppers as these are the most widely owned type of mattress toppers made from a natural organic material.
A mattress topper is designed to fit directly on top of your existing mattress or futon. It will add extra thickness to your current mattress making it more durable and comfortable to sleep on. A good quality mattress topper such as a natural latex foam mattress topper is seen as great way to achieve an expensive mattresses level of comfort at a fraction of the expensive mattresses price.
There are some very powerful reasons for choosing a natural mattress topper, some of the main ones a listed here:
- Comfort – a natural latex mattress will conform to your body’s curves and contours so that you will be supported throughout your sleep. It is important that your neck and spine are kept perfectly aligned all night so that any pressure points are minimized. You can achieve this with a natural latex mattress topper, and when you do, you will find that it greatly reduces any pressure points on your body and eliminate many of the aches and pains you can suffer with a cheaper mattress.
- Health Benefits – as well the benefits stated above, natural latex has many health-related properties. It is hypo-allergenic, is resistant to mold and mildew, and will prevent the build up of dust mites that you get with normal coil sprung mattresses. If you are asthmatic or have any type of dust mite allergy, this type of mattress is idealaor your needs.
- Longevity – natural latex is a very durable material, and as long as it doesn’t suffer any external trauma, it should literally last you a lifetime. Unlike conventional mattresses, which have a tendency to sink or sag in the middle over a period of time, a latex mattress will maintain its shape for at least 15 years.
Obviously, if you have a latex allergy, then this type of mattress is not for you, but for anyone else, a natural mattress topper is an ideal balance between extreme levels of comfort and value for money.