While other factors affect our good night’s sleep, having a comfortable bed is certainly one of the basics. A new mattress is ideal, but it can also be expensive. That’s where a mattress topper comes in. With the right one, you can have the upgrade you need for your mattress at a lower cost.
But what is a topper, exactly? How is it different from a mattress pad. In this article, you will learn the basics of a mattress topper. Hopefully, in the end, it will help you with your decision-making.
Importance Of Comfort
I think you would agree with me when I say that sleep is valuable. It’s one of the treats we get as we become adults. We can get so caught up with work, family, and other responsibilities that we tend to get less sleep than we ought to.
It’s important to get a good amount of sleep to help us function better. That said, what we sleep on could affect not just the amount of your sleeping hours but also the quality of your sleep. Comfort is important because it improves the overall quality of sleep. However, it is something that is subjective. Every person is unique and has a different idea of what is comfortable. Therefore, the choice is still yours to make.
Instead of telling you what’s good and what’s not, I will give you facts that will hopefully help you.
What Is A Topper?
A topper is something you put on top of another thing. In this case, we are talking about a mattress topper. It is a removable bedding that you place on top of your mattress. A good topper supplements your mattress. It can add support to a mattress that is too soft or adds softness without compromising the support from the mattress.
Mattress Topper Vs. Mattress Pad
Technically speaking, a mattress pad is a sort of a mattress topper because it’s something that you add on top of the mattress. However, a topper is for more cushion and comfort, while a mattress pad is for protection from wear and stains. A topper is typically much thicker than a pad at about 3 inches or more.
What To Look For In A Topper
First, decide what you want or need from a topper. Then, you can look into the different types to see if they meet what you need. Here are things you can consider to help you find a good topper.
Softness, Firmness And Support
But if you’re looking for softness, wool, feather and down, and some high-quality cotton can provide the comfort.
How much are you looking to spend? Mattress topper price ranges from thirty to a thousand bucks or more. The price depends on the quality, the availability, and the material as well. Some synthetic foams, polyester, and some cotton toppers are the cheapest. Higher quality cotton, feather, and down are right in the middle. While wool, memory foam, and latex are the most expensive ones.
Durability And Cleaning
Some materials last longer than others, considering, of course, how you care for them. Some materials might require more cleaning because of dust mites and fungus. You need to consider that before your purchase.
Do you want something that’s easy for your allergies? Wool and Latex, being all natural, are more hypoallergenic than others. They also resist dust and molds.
Other Qualities Of Topper You Might Be Interested In
Anchor straps to hold your topper down could be useful especially if you think you move a lot. You might also be interested in stain resistance and water resistance. Ask your retailer if these qualities are available in what you’re looking for.
Types Of Mattress Toppers
Toppers come in all sizes, from twin to king, with a thickness that varies from two inches to five inches. They also come in different natural and synthetic materials, as would a mattress.
Latex can be all natural or synthetic. Natural latex comes from the sap of a rubber tree, while synthetic latex uses chemicals. Latex is naturally hypoallergenic and resists dust and mold. They are one of the most durable materials, and it’s also excellent in providing support.
Memory Foam Toppers
Memory foam toppers are probably the next best thing to a memory foam mattress. The mattress can cost over a thousand bucks so a topper can give the benefits at a lower price. Unfortunately, it retains heat, which can become uncomfortable.
Feather And Down Toppers
Toppers that use feather and down are one of the best in terms of softness and plushness. While they are very comfortable, it’s not very supportive. They should be paired with a more supportive mattress. On the down side, they might require fluffing because it tends to flatten.
For good reasons, wool toppers are probably the most expensive. They are the hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites and fungus. Wool is good for keeping warm in winter or cool in summer. It’s also durable, lasting for many years.Wool toppers are naturally soft so don’t count on it for support.
Cotton And Polyester
The price is quite dependent on the quality of the cotton or polyester. It can also be synthetic or all-natural. Unfortunately, it’s not as durable as latex, wool, and memory foam. It also seems to compress faster over time.
There is a wide variety of toppers out there so it’s best that you familiarize yourself with them before buying. You have to know what you are looking for because your needs and preferences are the ones that matter most. Only you can truly decide what’s best for you. If there are any special considerations, for instance, your spine health, then, consult a doctor for more information.