Between high-end mattresses, high-tech cooling panels, and organic sheets, creating the sleep oasis of your dreams is easier than ever. Mattress toppers are another example of the customizable add-ons available to today’s customer. But what is a mattress topper? Scroll down to find out if a mattress topper is what you need to get the best sleep of your life.
What Is a Mattress Topper?
Understanding Mattress Toppers
A lot of customers confuse mattress pads and mattress toppers – but, technically speaking, these are two different things. Mattress pads have a largely protective function, guarding the mattress below from stains and bacteria. On the other hand, mattress toppers are essentially thicker mattress pads that provide an extra layer of cushion in addition to protecting the mattress. With a mattress topper, you get the protective benefits of a mattress pad – with significantly more comfort and cushion.
Do I Need a Mattress Topper?
It depends. Most mattresses are designed to last for between five and ten years. If your mattress is showing signs that it’s nearing the end of its life – it’s starting to sag, for example – you may be tempted to purchase a topper as a quick fix. However, even the best topper can’t fix an old or ineffective mattress. Generally, toppers are a great solution for new or mid-life mattresses, offering excellent protection to prolong your mattress’s life while increasing your comfort. Mattress toppers are also a solution if you’re unsatisfied with your mattress’s level of support. If you find yourself frustrated by a too-firm or too-soft mattress a few months after purchase, a mattress topper can completely change the game. Finally, a high-quality mattress topper can offer some relief from a low-quality mattress, offering better comfort and overall support.
Types of Mattress Toppers
Today’s market includes countless types of mattress toppers for every sleep style. The wide variety on the market includes different materials, firmness levels, and even special cooling panels. Find out more about the different types of mattress toppers:
- Memory Foam: Memory foam mattress toppers are extremely popular due to their combination of support, comfort, and versatility. Over time, your memory foam topper will mold to your body and evenly distribute your weight, leading to a deeper sleep for you and your partner.
- Cotton/Polyester Blend: If you’re looking for an affordable fix, a cotton or polyester blend mattress topper might be the way to go. These toppers are light, breathable, and excellent for warm climates. However, they do tend to wear out more quickly than other, higher-quality toppers, causing the topper’s filling to shift around in an uncomfortable way.
- Wool: Wool toppers tend to be the most expensive option; however, they are also highly flexible, regulating body heat and keeping you cool in the summer and cozy in the winter.
Mattress Toppers vs. Mattress Protectors
The good news: If you’ve purchased a high-quality mattress, you might not need a mattress topper at all. However, you might still want to invest in a mattress protector. Mattress protectors are thin, inconspicuous covers that slip over mattresses, almost like fitted sheets. Like you might expect, mattress protectors shield your mattress against damage – like spilled midnight snacks or accidents courtesy of children or pets. Mattress protectors can also add a degree of comfort – like our Altra Sub Zero mattress protector. This mattress protector is constructed of a special “Ice Touch” fabric, which feels cool against the skin and helps with overnight temperature regulation. It’s perfect for those hot summer nights.
So what is a mattress topper? These versatile mattress accessories can be the key to a great night’s sleep. Just make sure you choose the right material for your sleep style. And keep in mind that you might not even need a mattress topper if you’ve invested in a top-quality mattress.
Are you looking for a new mattress? Check out the Beautyrest Sleep Gallery website. We provide an extensive selection of top-quality mattresses, including Beautyrest®, Serta iComfort®, Tempur-Pedic®, and Scandinavian Sleep Systems. A family-owned and -operated business that supports local charities, Beautyrest Sleep Gallery offers free local delivery and setup as well as a Best Price Guarantee. Shopping for a new mattress can be overwhelming, but with our wide variety of mattresses and expert sales staff, we can put your worries to rest. If you have any questions, please call our Springfield store at 417-890-5788 or our Branson store at 417-334-9784.