6 Things to Consider When Buying a Mattress Topper

A mattress topper is almost as important as buying the mattress itself. The mattress topper not only covers your mattress to protect it from spills, accidents, pet dander and natural wear and tear damage, it also adds to the overall sleep environment. Mattress toppers can help control the temperature of your bed, reduce movement of the mattress when individuals toss and turn, help physical aches and pains (such as back pain or neck pain), reduce allergies, and add additional comfort to a mattress that is too firm or too soft.

There are many types of mattress toppers that add to the effectiveness of a mattress: memory foam, latex, poly foam, feather, wool, fiber, etc. The number of choices in different sizes, thicknesses, and materials are endless. When choosing a mattress topper, there are several things a buyer should consider such as price, sleep habits, the materials, etc. Outlined below are six of those considerations that will help in making the right decision.

1. Price

The price of a mattress topper can be as cheap as $20 and range well over $1,000 depending on the brand, type, and size of the mattress. Memory foam mattress toppers seem to be one of the cheapest on the market. For example a king size memory foam mattress topper will cost on average $50 to $600 depending on the brand. On the more expensive side, king size latex mattress toppers can cost $400-$800 (again depending on the brand). Feather mattress toppers are usually the cheapest on the market.

2. Function

There are several different functions of a mattress topper. To aid in the purchasing of the right one, first determine what the function will be. Will the topper be used for more comfort? Will it be used for protection? What about temperature regulation? Memory foam toppers are generally used to add softness to the bed as well as aiding in the defense of aches and pains to the neck and back by conforming the individual's body to the mattress topper providing the most effective blood circulation. Latex mattress toppers are best known for being hypoallergenic and temperature regulating. These are perfect for individuals who have allergies because they last for twenty (20) to thirty (30) years and are resistant to mold and mildew that other mattresses can have problems with.

3. Density

The density of a mattress topper is highly important to those with bad back and neck problems. The more dense a mattress topper the better it is for individuals with those types of pains. A firm mattress topper is better because it allows for sustainable posture and position. Density ratings are based on the weight of the mattress topper. Therefore, a memory foam mattress topper might have a rating of 3 pounds because it is classified as ‘low density'. A ‘high density' mattress topper has a rating of 5 pounds and is better for the individuals described with back & neck pains. It is important to understand density ratings prior to purchasing a topper so that you purchase the correct one.

4. Materials

Materials used in mattress toppers range from latex, wool, foam, feathers and more. The material selection will determine what density is available as well as the functions available. For temperature control wool or feather materials are best, for denser mattress topper latex may be the best solution, and for conforming to the body for more comfort a memory foam material might be the best solution.

5. Longevity

The longevity of a mattress topper generally depends on the material type, but other factors should be considered. The suggested longevity of a latex mattress topper is twenty (20) to thirty (30) years while a nice memory foam mattress topper can last as long as seven (7) years. However, it is important to look at the amount of usage, the weight of the individual(s) using the mattress topper, the actual wear and tear of the topper and the material of the mattress topper. These all change the longevity of a mattress topper.

6. Maintenance

Some mattress toppers require the owner to fluff or plump the topper on a regular basis. Feather mattress toppers need to be fluffed and flattened to ensure the feathers are spread out and evened or it will become uncomfortable. Wool may need to be fluffed and shaken if it becomes too flattened. The overall maintenance of mattress toppers will range from none to every few weeks depending on the type of mattress topper purchased. This is something to consider during the purchase.

There are a number of other considerations to think of prior to making the purchase of a mattress topper; however, these six considerations will definitely aid in the selection process. These are highly important and key to choosing the right one.

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