Dedicated: What to Consider When Buying a Mattress Topper

Many people decide to buy a mattress topper in order to get the extra level of support and comfort they need without having to spend large amounts of money on buying a new mattress. The type of mattress topper you decide to buy will usually depend on exactly why you are buying the mattress topper and how much money you want to spend.

The first thing you need to think about is why you are buying a mattress topper; do you want extra support when you sleep or are you looking to soften your mattress a little? Once you know what you want from a mattress topper then you can get some help from the experts at the Sleep Judge to help you decide which is the best mattress topper for you. In the meantime we have some tips on what you may want to think about when you are buying a mattress topper.

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The Best Mattress Topper for You

One important fact that you need to be aware of is that different types of mattress topper are best suited to different uses. If you want a mattress topper that is going to give you a high level of support then a memory foam mattress topper may be a good option. The memory foam moulds to your body by using your body heat as an indicator. Wool mattress protectors are an excellent choice if you suffer from allergies as they are made from natural not synthetic products.

They are generally made from lamb’s wool, but other types of wool can also be used. One thing you need to be aware of is that many wool mattress toppers need to be dry cleaned or steam cleaned; always remember to check the label or instructions. If you are looking for an extra level of softness in your bed then a feather down mattress cover can provide it.

They are not cheap to buy but they are very soft and long lasting. The cheapest type of mattress topper is the egg crate. This is the traditional type of mattress topper that is most commonly found. It may be all you need to get that extra bit of comfort or support you need.

Photo: Ed Gregory
Photo: Ed Gregory

The Importance of Foam Density and Indentation Force Deflection (IFD)

If you decide to buy a memory foam mattress topper then you need to be aware of the importance of foam density and IFD. Generally a high foam density suggests that the mattress topper is more durable and supporting. One word of warning is that a density measurement of over five pounds can sometimes cause the product to overheat and lead to problems when you are turning in bed, resulting in interrupted sleep. The IFD reading of the foam relates to how much pressure is required to compress it. If the IFD reading is high then the firmness level will be too.

You should take all of this information into consideration when you are going to purchase a mattress topper, to help you decide which topper will give you the level of support and comfort you need.