What is a Mattress Topper?
A mattress topper is a soft pad that goes on the top of your mattress, underneath the bottom sheet. Unlike mattress pads, which are designed to protect mattresses, mattress toppers are designed to improve the sleeper’s comfort level.
Why Do I Need a Mattress Topper?
Mattress toppers are an easy and inexpensive way to improve the comfort level of a mattress. They can be used to make a firm mattress softer, to extend the life of a mattress or to make a bed more comfortable for couples with different sleep preferences.
What Types of Mattress Toppers are Available?
The most common types of mattress toppers include: fiber, latex, memory foam, poly foam and feather.
Fiber mattress toppers, which are typically made out of cotton, silk or polyester fibers, are very common and inexpensive. They offer good comfort and are odor-free, but they typically have a shorter lifespan.
Latex toppers for mattresses offer comfort, support and durability. They require little maintenance and are easy to move on, but they are also more expensive and some find the odor and warmth off-putting.
• Memory Foam
Memory foam toppers for mattresses also offer good comfort and support at a more affordable price. However, they do tend to break down faster than latex, and some people are bothered by the warmth and smell of memory foam.
• Poly Foam
Poly foam toppers for mattresses are an inexpensive solution that is ideal for short term use. They offer moderate comfort at an affordable price, and they are widely available. However, the amount of support they offer is limited and their lifespan tends to be shorter.
Feather toppers for mattresses offer a fair amount of comfort and support, and they do not give off an odor or heat like other mattress toppers can. However, they easily transfer movement and they can be difficult to clean thoroughly.
For people interesting in improving the comfort of their mattresses, a mattress topper is often an easy and affordable choice.