Mattress toppers come in many different materials, thicknesses and sizes. Finding the perfect mattress topper will depend on your personal sleeping habits and your needs. The more you know about the different types of mattress toppers available, the better prepared you are to choose the one that meets your needs.\r\n\r\nBefore diving in, though, it\u2019s a good idea to understand the difference between mattress pads, mattress protectors and mattress toppers.\r\n\r\n\r\nMattress Pads \r\nWhile the term mattress pad and mattress topper are often used interchangeably, they have different meanings. Both offer features that protect your mattress and extend its life. Mattress pads, though, are outstanding choices for preventing dust mites, and providing a moisture barrier against spills between the pad and the mattress. This means you don\u2019t have to worry about stains and moisture becoming problems for your mattress. However, mattress pads do little to extend the life of your mattress from a comfort perspective. Which is where mattress toppers excel.\r\n\r\nOne of the biggest differences between mattress pads and mattress toppers is the care and cleaning. Most mattress pads are machine washable. This means you can toss it in your washer to clean, whereas you can only spot clean mattress toppers, which are typically much thicker.\r\nMattress Protectors\r\nMost mattress protectors are zippered mattress covers that surround the entire mattress. They provide protection from dust, dust mites, moisture, and more. They are thin layers of fabric that do little to offer additional support or comfort for the mattress. Some mattress protectors are water resistant, though that isn\u2019t a requirement. The primary purpose of a mattress protector is to protect the mattress from things that may stain or discolor the mattress.\r\nMattress Toppers\r\nFrom a comfort perspective, it is difficult to top a mattress topper for relieving joint pain, and extending the life of your mattress. Even if you\u2019re currently sleeping on a mattress well past its prime, the right mattress topper can extend the life of your mattress by a few extra years. It will add comfort and support in all the right places. The key lies in choosing the mattress topper that addresses the specific problem you are having with your existing mattress.\r\n\r\nIn some instances, you may need to choose a firmer mattress topper that offers additional support. In other cases, though, you may need to choose a mattress topper that offers more cushioning comfort to provide relief for aching joints and pressure points. The materials, used in the mattress topper, will have an enormous impact on the firmness and support or cushioning comfort your mattress topper delivers.\r\n\r\nCommon materials found in mattress toppers include:\r\n\r\n \tNatural Latex\r\n \tMemory Foam\r\n \tCool Gel Memory Foam\r\n \tNatural Wool\r\n \tFeathers\r\n \tPolyester Blends\r\n\r\nEach type presents its own issues when it comes to strengths, weaknesses, and functionality. PlushBeds offers four main types of mattress toppers:\r\n\r\n \tNatural Latex Mattress Toppers\r\n \tMemory Foam Toppers\r\n \tCool Bliss Gel Toppers\r\n \tHomemade Wool Toppers\r\n\r\nThis guide will help you make sound buying decisions when you\u2019re in the market for an effective mattress topper for your bed.\r\nNatural Latex Mattress Toppers\r\nPlushBeds Natural Latex Mattress Toppers offer a wide range of features and benefits you\u2019re sure to love. It is one of the firmer mattress toppers, offering outstanding support, and extending the life and functionality of tired, older mattresses by years.\r\n\r\nNatural Latex Mattress Toppers from PlushBeds are available in the following levels of firmness:\r\n\r\n \tSoft\r\n \tMedium\r\n \tMedium-Firm\r\n \tExtra-Firm\r\n\r\nShoppers have the option of buying the mattress topper in thicknesses of 2 or 3 inches, and may choose from a variety of mattress sizes, including:\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tCal King\r\n\r\nYou may even choose to purchase an Organic Cotton Cover for your mattress topper.\r\nBenefits of Natural Latex Mattress Toppers\r\nThere are a few impressive benefits to consider when it comes to buying Natural Latex Mattress Toppers, including these:\r\n\r\n \tAntimicrobial\r\n \tOutstanding joint support\r\n \tDurable\r\n \tMotion isolating (so your partner doesn\u2019t keep you up at night)\r\n \tDesigned for maximum airflow, allowing them to sleep cooler\r\n \tMade without fillers, additives, toxins, and petrochemicals\r\n \tMade in the USA\r\n\r\nPurchasing a natural latex topper allows you to experience many of the benefits latex mattresses deliver, at a fraction of the cost. Remember, the medium-firm and extra-firm Natural Latex Toppers feel supportive and firm. So, if you prefer a softer mattress, choose the soft or medium firmness.\r\nWhy Buy a Natural Latex Mattress Topper?\r\nWith so many different types of mattress toppers on the market today, you might be wondering why shoppers would choose to purchase a mattress topper made of such premium material.\r\n\r\nPeace of mind is a powerful motivator, and you can have this when you purchase PlushBeds Natural Latex Topper made with 100% natural talalay latex. These toppers are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified for purity. They allow you to bring home the luxury of pure, 100% natural latex, at a price the average family can afford.\r\n\r\nThat means you\u2019re also bringing a product into your home that has been tested and certified by independent laboratories, confirming that it contains NONE of the following:\r\n\r\n \tChemical emissions.\r\n \tVolatile organic compounds (VOCs)\r\n \tPBDE flame retardants.\r\n \tProhibited phthalates.\r\n \tMercury, lead, or heavy metals.\r\n \tChlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)\r\n\r\nIt also means you can buy with confidence that you\u2019re bringing a product, into your bedroom, that poses no risks of contaminating the air inside your home. Better yet, you can do so at a fraction of the price purchasing a brand new latex mattress would cost. Some people find purchasing a natural latex mattress topper a great introduction to the benefits of a natural latex mattress.\r\nMemory Foam Mattress Toppers\r\nMade more for comfort and softness than the unsurpassed support natural latex delivers, memory foam offers a comfortable night\u2019s sleep. Night after night.\r\nBenefits of Memory Foam Mattress Toppers\r\nPlushBeds memory foam mattress toppers are available in 2 and 3 inch thicknesses, and 4 or 5.32-pound firmnesses, for exceptional comfort. These mattress toppers are available in a variety of sizes including:\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tCal King\r\n\r\nOne of the benefits of PlushBeds Memory Foam Mattress Toppers is that they are environmentally friendly. They are CertiPUR-US Certified and made without the presence of additive and fillers. This alone should allow you to breathe easier at night with your decision to purchase a Memory Foam Mattress Topper with the PlushBeds name.\r\nWhy Buy a Memory Foam Mattress Topper?\r\nWhen you buy a\u00a0Memory Foam Mattress Topper from PlushBeds, you\u2019re purchasing a product that is free from the off-gassing so commonly associated with memory foam mattresses. More importantly, our Memory Foam Mattress Toppers are made in the USA and CertiPUR Certified - a stringent third party certification for chemical emissions and materials.\r\n\r\nHere is what you won\u2019t find in Memory Foam Mattress Toppers from PlushBeds:\r\n\r\n \tVOCs\r\n \tPBDEs\r\n \tMercury\r\n \tLead\r\n \tOther heavy metals\r\n \tFormaldehyde\r\n \tMethylene chloride\r\n \tCFCs\r\n \tPhthalates that have been prohibited\r\n\r\nYou can rest easy knowing there\u2019s nothing in these mattress toppers to keep you up at night. The price is also right to buy one for everyone in the family!\r\nCool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Toppers\r\nFans of the coolness of latex mattresses might find that memory foam, in general, sleeps hotter than natural latex. The solution is to consider a cool gel memory foam topper, to get the same comfort you expect from memory foam, without the heat often associated with it. If you\u2019re in the market for a mattress topper and want a cooler\u2019s night\u2019s sleep without sacrificing the soft comfort you love about memory foam, then the Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is the way to go.\r\nBenefits of Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Toppers\r\nPlushBeds offers a Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper that sleeps 30% cooler than traditional memory foam, without sacrificing an ounce of the cloud-like comfort memory foam is famous for. If your mattress is starting to develop a couple of uncomfortable spots, or needs a little extra padding to help you sleep uninterrupted throughout the night, this mattress topper will work nicely for you.\r\n\r\nPlushBeds\u00a0Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is available in 2 or 3 inch thicknesses, and comes in a variety of sizes, including:\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tCal King\r\n\r\nIn addition to the outstanding comfort and coolness you get with the Cool Gel Memory Foam Topper from PlushBeds, you can also buy with confidence, knowing that you\u2019re getting a product made with the PlushBeds commitment to planet in mind.\r\n\r\nHere\u2019s what you can expect when you buy the Cool Gel Memory Foam Topper from PlushBeds:\r\n\r\n \tNo off-gassing and harmful odors\r\n \tOutstanding pressure-point relief\r\n \tMotion isolation\r\n \tNo toxic fillers\r\n \tHypo-allergenic\r\n \tAnti-microbial (helps to reduce odor transfer to the mattress as well)\r\n \tA cooler night\u2019s sleep\r\n \tMildew resistant\r\n \tNo sagging\r\n \tDurable\r\n\r\nWhy Buy a Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper?\r\nWith the outstanding prices of our mattress toppers, not to mention the fact that they extend the life of your existing mattresses by years, it\u2019s an investment worth making for every bed in your home. Whether you\u2019re looking for a comfortable place to rest your head at night, or something that can help you keep your cool while sleeping, the Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is a great place to begin.\r\nNatural Wool Mattress Toppers\r\nIf you\u2019re looking for a sleep experience unlike any other, then the PlushBeds Handmade Natural Wool Mattress Topper is a perfect choice.\r\nBenefits of Natural Wool Mattress Toppers\r\nMade of 100% premium eco-wool fill, the wool fibers in this mattress topper offer year-round comfort, providing cooling effects in the summer, and comforting warmth during the cold nights of winter.\r\n\r\nThe fibers work by wicking away moisture, while providing abundant insulation. While this mattress topper works with any kind of mattress, it is exceptionally suitable for PlushBeds organic latex mattresses, as well as for the people who prefer natural and organic materials for their homes.\r\n\r\nOur wool toppers are suitable for the entire family and available in all standard bedding sizes, including:\r\n\r\n \tTwin\r\n \tTwin XL\r\n \tFull\r\n \tQueen\r\n \tKing\r\n \tCal King\r\n\r\nWhy Buy a Natural Wool Mattress Topper?\r\nThe PlushBeds name is one that is dedicated to safeguarding the planet and everyone who calls it home. Our Natural Wool Mattress Toppers are no exception. We pride ourselves in being good stewards of the planet, and operating in manners that are sustainable and cruelty-free. These are the things you will not find in our wool products:\r\n\r\n \tScouring Agents\r\n \tDyes\r\n \tHarsh chemicals\r\n \tIrritating detergents\r\n \tToxins\r\n \tBleaches\r\n \tStrong acids\r\n\r\nCombine all these things with the added luxury of handmade quality, and you will have quite a challenge matching the superiority in materials and craftsmanship of our luxurious Natural Wool Mattress Toppers.\r\nGet Your Mattress Topper from PlushBeds\r\nPlushBeds offers a variety of high-quality mattress toppers, suitable for meeting all of your needs. Whether you need additional support, cushioning comfort, or you are simply looking for ways to extend the life of your existing mattress, our mattress toppers offer the best of all worlds with luxurious, high-quality, planet-friendly mattress toppers, at attractive prices.\r\n\r\nFeel free to contact us today with any questions you may have, and for assistance in choosing the best mattress toppers to meet your unique needs.\u00a0\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More About Going Green at the <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/mattress\/mattress-topper-buyers-guide\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.