If your goal is better comfort and sleep quality, a mattress topper can be a solution. But it helps to understand the circumstances where mattress toppers make sense. This article will explain what a mattress topper is, what you should know before using one, and when it might be time to get a new mattress.
What Is a Mattress Topper?
There are so many types of bedding products that it’s easy to get confused. However, they all serve a different purpose.
A mattress topper is a thick layer placed on top of a mattress to create a comfortable sleep surface. If your mattress is too firm or moderately worn, a mattress topper can add a layer of softness. They are thicker than mattress pads, which is a thin layer of material that protects the mattress from moisture and dust mites. However, some come with a quilted layer of padding for added comfort.
Meanwhile, a mattress cover (or mattress protector) is primarily used to extend the life of a mattress. This thin fabric layer is placed on a bare mattress like a fitted sheet. Waterproof mattress protectors keep allergens contained and shield the mattress from moisture. These washable covers also facilitate easy care. If something spills, just launder the cover.
A mattress encasement is similar to a mattress cover except that it encloses the mattress on all sides, including the bottom, and is zippered closed. This type of bedding product is often waterproof and provides the same protection as mattress covers. Encasement mattress protectors provide excellent bed bug protection.
Unlike the average mattress topper, each type of cover above is machine washable.
5 Things to Know Before Using a Mattress Topper
When you’re ready to buy a mattress topper, here are some considerations to help you find the right one for your situation.
The Main Purpose of a Mattress Topper
A mattress topper adds softness and support to enhance the comfort of your mattress. It also brings comfort to a moderately used mattress and extends the life of a mattress. In short, it helps you get a more comfortable, restful sleep without the cost of purchasing a new mattress.
Yet, a bed topper won’t solve every problem. If your mattress is old, lumpy, or worn out, it might be time for a new mattress.
When to Use a Mattress Topper
Depending on what it’s made of, a mattress topper can add softness, firmness, or back support to relieve aches and pains. You may want to use a mattress topper to:
- Modify a hard mattress: If your mattress is too hard, a soft, thick mattress topper can be a solution. Choose from a down alternative or a wool fleece mattress pad for maximum cushioning.
- Improve a worn mattress: When your mattress is worn down in some areas but you aren’t ready to buy a new one, a mattress topper can provide an even layer of comfort. However, a mattress topper won’t revive a very old, saggy mattress.
- Get back support: Mattress toppers cushion and conform to the body for better spine alignment while you sleep. This relieves pressure on the shoulders, hips, and knees. Memory foam cushions the body and latex has more spring so the body doesn’t sink in.
How the Material of Your Topper Affects Comfort
PlushBeds offers mattress toppers in one of four materials: memory foam, natural latex, down alternative, and handmade wool. Each serves a different purpose, so it’s important to understand how each material can affect your comfort.
Memory foam is designed to react to body temperature and adjust to and cradle a person’s body. This pressure-relieving support allows for proper alignment while sleeping. Memory foam responds to and reflects heat. It feels firmer in a cool room or softer in hot weather or when warmed by body heat. As a result, it can be less comfortable for those who get hot in their sleep.
For a cooler sleep, try a gel memory foam mattress topper infused with cooling gel. The benefits of a memory foam topper include relief of pressure points that can cause discomfort. In addition, the foam absorbs movement, so you won’t be disturbed when your partner moves around in their sleep.
A natural latex mattress topper is so durable that it will likely last longer than your mattress. Natural latex resists dust mites, mold, and mildew. Because it’s antimicrobial, it makes a good hypoallergenic choice.
Latex distributes weight and relieves pressure points, but it’s firmer than memory foam. The open-cell airflow design of a topper like the PlushBeds 100% Natural Talalay Latex Topper provides better heat distribution. It also absorbs a partner’s body movement for a cool, comfortable rest. Because of its firmness, latex is a good choice for someone who doesn’t like sinking into the bed.
Fiber-filled or down alternative toppers can turn a regular mattress into a plush pillowtop bed. This ultra-soft topper mimics the coziness of high “fill power” down, but it’s filled with hypoallergenic microfibers. You can also choose a topper with a breathable cotton cover.
One concern with fiber-filled toppers is that the filling can clump or shift over time. This Alternative Down Mattress Topper is made with internal baffle-box construction to keep its fill in place. Fiber-filled toppers are hypoallergenic, soft, and fluffy.
You may equate wool with sweaters and cool weather, but wool toppers are breathable and excellent at temperature regulation. Wool keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Another benefit of wool is its resistance to dust mites and mold. However, a wool topper requires periodic fluffing because it can flatten over time.
This plush handmade wool topper is hypoallergenic, ethically sourced, and chemical- and cruelty-free. Wool toppers are good for those who get warm while they sleep, like a durable mattress topper, and don’t mind paying a bit more for comfort.
Choosing the Right Mattress Topper Thickness
In general, mattress toppers range from 2 inches to 4 inches thick. However, some might be up to 6 inches deep. To choose the right thickness, consider your needs and the current state of your mattress.
- 2 inches thick: If your mattress is newer or the manufacturer recommends it, a 2-inch mattress topper will work. It will add softness and comfort to your mattress. However, if your mattress is older, a 2-inch topper may not provide enough support.
- 3 inches thick: Choose a 3-inch topper if you’d like more support, need more cushioning, or have an older mattress.
- 4 inches thick: At this thickness, the topper can compensate for the unevenness of an older mattress. In general, 4 inches is considered to be the top thickness of a mattress topper. While there are 5- or 6-inch toppers, anything deeper than 4 inches is considered to be a mattress.
Finding the Right Size for Your Mattress
The mattress topper lies flat on the mattress below the sheets. You’ll want to match the mattress topper to the size of the bed, which can be:
- Twin size: 38” x 75”
- Twin XL: 38” x 80”
- Full size: 53” x 75”
- Full-size XL: 54” x 80”
- Queen size: 60” x 80”
- King size: 76” x 80”
- California king: 72” x 84”
Find the Best Mattress Topper for You From PlushBeds
If your sleep experience is less than optimal, consider adding a mattress topper to get a better night’s rest.
PlushBeds has a full selection of mattress toppers that can help you stay cool and comfortable. Our mattress toppers are made from the finest materials, such as pure natural latex. The plush fillers are hypoallergenic and any cotton or wool we use is 100% natural and chemical-free. Our toppers come with a five-year warranty and many are Oeko-Tex Standard 100, CertiPUR-US, and GreenGuard Gold certified.
Why wait? Take the first step toward more restful sleep with a mattress topper from PlushBeds.
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