The best mattress toppers on the market have been designed to improve and enhance your existing mattress.
As the name would suggest, they are pads that sit on top of a mattress that replicate the feeling of a new, more comfortable bed.
They are available in several styles, each with comfort and support in mind.
But do mattress toppers actually work? We decided to research and ask around and compare experiences.
Depending upon the condition of your existing mattress, then yes, they definitely do work.
You should only be considering purchasing a mattress topper under 2 criteria
- Your current mattress is very hard and firm, you need to soften it
- Your mattress is beginning to show slight signs of sagging. A topper may be an option to extend its life.
This could be a relatively inexpensive way to achieve your desired comfort level.
Can a mattress topper rescue an old bed?
Bed and sleep specialists recommend we change our mattress at somewhere between 5 and 8 years.
If yours is much older than this and shows signs of wear and tear, such as sagging or lumpy bits, then no. This would be false economy. You would be wiser to save the money and put it towards a new mattress.
If your bed is just a couple of years old had has a very slight dip or just isn’t as comfortable as it used to be, then yes. You should definitely give a topper a try.
You may find the quality of your sleep vastly improves.
We asked a friend who swears by her mattress topper why she loved it so much..?
“Every night I fall asleep on a bed of marshmallows” was her reply!
Do all mattress toppers work the same way?
They all have the same principal yes, what differs is what they are made from.
Memory foam toppers are designed to mould and cradle the body, giving maximum support. Weight is evenly distributed and your sleeping partner won’t be disturbed as you move.
Cotton and polyester blend toppers tend to cost less. They are light and breathable, give the feeling of sleeping on a feather bed. The filling can tend to move about as you do.
Latex toppers are usually more expensive as they are made from natural fibres. They are great for people with allergies as they are hypoallergenic.
Wool toppers are good for regulating heat. They are not as widely available and are often expensive.
Feather toppers are incredibly soft, perfect for a previously firm bed. As with a feather duvet, the filling can settle in lumps.
Some styles tend to move around the bed, look for a good topper with straps or consider stitching ribbons or elastic on to hook it in place.
Are memory toppers worth it?
If replacing a mattress is an expense that you could do without, then adding a topper to mimic the feel, comfort and support of a new mattress is definitely worth it.
At a fraction of the cost of a memory foam mattress, you could be sleeping in luxurious comfort.
A previously hard mattress can become cushioned and softer. A softer mattress can become more supportive.
Whether you’re looking for a ‘quick fix’ or you want to change the comfort level of your bed, consider a mattress topper.
Varying prices and materials give you lots of choice, but there will be an ideal one for you.
It is difficult to put a price on a quality sleep, but whatever it is, using a mattress topper is definitely less than having to invest in a new mattress.