Published on 13 July 2017
The bed is the centrepiece of your room, the one place you make a beeline for at the end of a long day. For many, it’s even the highlight of their day!
That’s why it really makes sense to make your experience as comfortable as possible. If you own and old thrifty mattress and the money it tight the best way to freshen it up is adding a good mattress topper. Toppers can also be great if your bed is a little too hard for comfort or if you’d like some extra warmth in the winter.
A mattress topper is an extra layer you roll onto your bed for added comfort. They provide additional support and help keep you nice and cozy during cold weather.
Just to be clear, a mattress topper is not the same thing as a mattress protector – the latter being a thin cover meant to keep out moisture, mildew, allergens, dust, and pests.
It’s also not quite the same as a mattress pad. Pads are usually thinner and perform much the same function as the mattress protector while still providing some comfort.
This is the first decision you’ll have to make – which of these is the best option for you, a topper or a pad? We found the dilemma clarified in detail in this topper and pad guide on TheSleepStudies.com who have worked with us to help create this expert guide on choosing the best topper for your bed.
At any bed store, you’ll find hundreds of mattress toppers to choose from. They come in all shapes and sizes, which can often be quite daunting to tackle.
To save time, effort, and money on your part, let’s address the advantages and shortcoming of each type.
A form of rubber, latex can either be synthetic or natural Talalay (made from Hevea Brasiliensis tree sap).
This chemically-enhance polyurethane returns to its shape after use. Because it conforms to your body it provides ample support and comfort. It also comes in a variety of densities and, opposed to what most people think, it’s very different from latex.
Also known as fiberfill, this is a synthetic material but feels like feather or down.
These are much like feather duvets, and while they are incredibly soft they do not offer much support.
Made from the fleece of sheep, wool toppers are rarer but provide an outstanding level of comfort.
While purely optional, mattress toppers are a great way to bring additional comfort to your bed. Hopefully this list gave you an idea of what topper best suits your taste. It’s a relatively small expense for the essential need of a good night’s rest.
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