by Dylan Bowen March 22, 2022 4 min read
A mattress topper is placed on top of your mattress and provides support that can increase a mattresses longevity by decreasing pressure on the springs and postponing any sagging or overall wear and tear. The combination of both a mattress topper and regularly flipping your mattress you will see your mattress deliver full support for extended period.
There are four main types of mattress toppers:
Amemory foam mattress topperis made of temperature-sensitive material, memory foam reacts to your body heat and contours to your shape, this is a quality that manufacturers claim to help relieve painful joints. This mattress topper should spring back to same height each time it is used unlike the microfibre which needs to ruffle up.
Pros:The pros of the memory foam mattress topper are that it absorbs motion of a person who tosses and turns throughout the night, this is said to reduce pressure on arthritic or sore joints. This mattress topper can also help to make a firm mattress feel significantly softer.
Cons:The cons of the memory foam mattress topper are that it can make it hard to turn over or shift around in bed. These types of mattress toppers are also known to be more expensive than microfibre and down and can have a synthetic smell.
Feather and down mattress toppershave a more traditional feel and are cheap, you can find a down mattress topper for as less as £50. The best feather and down mattress toppers are made from Hungarian goose down but of course can be very expensive. These natural options can tend to compress down quickly and will need to be regularly fluffed so they can keep their shape.
Pros:The pros of the feather and down mattress topper is that it is usually cheaper than memory foam or latex and it won’t trap as much heat as memory foam. This mattress topper will not hinder the sleeper’s movement in bed which is always a positive.
Cons:The cons of the feather and down mattress topper is that they do generally compress over time and will need someone shake and fluff them back to life. They are not hypoallergenic, and the feather quills can poke through the fabric. The fabric can also start to gain an odour which is obviously not pleasant.
Microfibre and hollowfibre mattress toppersare made of a synthetic material, that is frequently used in pillows and duvets, this mattress topper is the most affordable of all the mattress toppers out there. The microfibre and hollowfibre mattress topper is a good basic option if you need an affordable mattress topper.
Pros:The pros of the microfibre and hollowfibre mattress toppers is that they are the cheapest option that provide softness and have no visible odour. They are also offered in anti-allergy options.
Cons:The cons of the microfibre and hollowfibre mattress topper is that they are not as breathable as the other options out there. They can also become uneven over time and they will become compressed which will then shorten their lifespan.
Thelatex mattress toppersare made of rubber tree sap or synthetic rubber. Latex mattress toppers are generally cooler and more breathable than memory foam mattress toppers. These mattress protectors also contour to the shape of a person’s body, but the elasticity of the mattress topper means that it will regain its original shape quickly.
Pros:The pros of the latex mattress protector that they are said to be very sturdy, they also are known to absorb movement if you move during the night. They are also antimicrobial and non-allergenic unless you have a latex allergy.
Cons:The cons of the latex mattress topper are that they have a distinct smell when they are new, and some people find them to be to firm. They also have a different feel to the tractional feather and down mattress toppers.
There are some premium mattress toppers that can cost around £200 such as The White Company’s goose down toppers. However, there are others available for under £30, though premium down and latex toppers will generally cost more than a memory foam or a microfibre mattress topper. If a more supportive night’s sleep is what you are looking for, then I would recommend for you to opt for buying a Best Buy mattress topper as they have excellent ones for less than £200.
I think the latex mattress toppers are best overall because they are the most breathable mattress toppers, so they won’t start to smell and they form to the contours of the body which makes it a more comfortable sleep. They are also antimicrobial and non-allergenic which means they can cater to most people.
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