A mattress topper is used to enhance the overall sleep experience. Mattress toppers can provide support and comfort to those with back pain, neck pain, or other arthritis type issues by adding firmness to the mattress. A mattress topper may also provide couples with the ability to implement their own personal sleep preferences. For example, some mattress toppers allow each side a different level of firmness. Plus, some of the mattress toppers allow for temperature regulation, whether that is cooling or heating allowing your body temperature to regulate better at night.
The original purpose of mattress toppers was to protect the mattress itself from damage, spills and to protect the individual(s) sleeping in the bed from dust mites, bed bugs and other allergies. Mattress toppers also add to the effectiveness of the mattress itself and come in variety of material. The best rated mattress topper is made of bamboo cover. However according to your need and comfort you can also choose other types of mattress toppers as well. Out of which, the top four types are briefed below.
Bamboo Mattress Toppers
Bamboo mattress toppers are one of the softest mattress toppers on the market. The top material of the mattress topper is a combination of polyester and rayon making it a silky texture, ensuring it is soft and comfortable. It is made with a synthetic cluster fiber that houses air inside the topper allowing its longevity to increase. Bamboo is also one of the best mattress toppers for temperature regulation. It is really great for reducing body heat and reducing body moisture. The price of a bamboo mattress topper is around $100 making this a very attractive seller. A couple of disadvantages are the size of the mattress toppers and the inability to protect them against accidents. Unfortunately, they do stain quite easily.
Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
Memory Foam mattress toppers come in a variety of styles. It is important to understand what density you may want. Those with chronic back and neck problems will want to use a four (4) pound density mattress topper, while most individuals will be sufficient with a three (3) pound density mattress topper. The denser the mattress topper the more firm it is providing more stability and support. There are also different thicknesses of memory foam from one (1) to four (4) inches thick. To determine what thickness you might want, think about the position you sleep in. Those that sleep on their stomach and back will want a three (3) to four (4) inch thick memory foam mattress topper, while those that sleep on their side will be more comfortable on a one (1) to two (2) inch thick mattress topper. Often times, you can get half inch increments as well.
Most of the good memory foam mattress toppers will be hypoallergenic as well, so check to make sure the one you are looking at is in fact hypoallergenic, to reduce the chance of allergic reactions. A couple of disadvantages to memory foam are the fit and durability. At times the memory foam mattress toppers do not fit to the exact measurements as your mattress; therefore, it is recommend that you stretch it by pulling on it to make it fit a little bit better. Obviously, the better value you buy the less risk you have of this happening. Also, it tends to break down a little bit faster than other types of mattress toppers.
Fiber Mattress Toppers
Fiber (Down Alternative) mattress toppers are incredibly soft and comfortable, more specially for firm mattresses. The outside material is typically cotton which is easy on the skin of most consumers. This type of mattress topper conforms to the body taking the pressure off of any bad joints or painful areas such as the neck or back. It is also hypoallergenic helping those with allergy issues and is one of the cheapest on the market making them one of the most common options available. A few disadvantages are the fact that they may simply be too thin for some people and possibly even too lumpy. The longevity fiber holds is not nearly as good as some of its other counterparts.
Latex Mattress Toppers
Latex mattress toppers are all natural and environment friendly. One of the most notable advantages of this type of mattress topper is the durability and longevity. Most latex mattress toppers last over twenty (20) years. Latex mattress toppers conform to the individual reducing pressure points and helping with back and neck pain. The level of firmness or softness can be specified by the consumer: soft, medium, firm, extra firm and the thickness can also be selected from one (1) to four (4) inches making this type of mattress topper extremely specific to the individual’s preferences. Another advantage is the ability to toss and turn at night without bothering your partner. The lack of motion sensitivity is great for couples. There is couple of disadvantage, the most notable being the price difference compared to other mattress toppers. It is typically the most expensive type of topper available on the market. Also, these are quite heavy mattress toppers. Depending on the size, they can weigh up to fifty (50) pounds making the moving process a burden.
There are pros and cons to each of the four types of mattress toppers described above. Any one of the four is suitable, but based on your specific needs the right one is out there. Look at your sleeping habits and what features you need the most before purchasing your next mattress topper.