How to Pick a Mattress Topper

A good night's sleep is critical to your health and vital when it comes to waking up feeling your best each and every day. While comfortable sheets and quality bedding can help you get your beauty rest, your mattress and the support it offers is one of the most important elements.

Use this guide from west elm to learn more about choosing a mattress topper for your mattress and why you should consider adding one if you're going without right now. The right mattress topper could help you wake up feeling rejuvenated, revitalized and ready to take on any tasks the day has in store.

What is a Mattress Topper?

A mattress topper is designed to go on top of your existing mattress and mattress protector to provide more comfort, support and cushioning when you're in bed. Mattress toppers are typically very soft, which is a major benefit for those who use them. This is different than a mattress pad, which is generally thinner and barely noticeable.

Mattress topper and mattress pad are often used interchangeably, but when you're shopping, it's important to remember that they're actually two very distinct items.

Mattress toppers offer these features:

  • A thicker layer of cushioning. This is often between two-inches and eight-inches thick. This makes your bed feel much softer and can even change the texture of your mattress.
  • A heavier fill material. Mattress toppers often feature down or down alternative fill to provide cushioning.
  • More support for your body when you're sleeping. Mattress pads are too thin to provide any real support even if they add a layer of softness to your bed.

Are There Different Types of Mattress Toppers?

Adding a mattress topper to your bed can help you sleep better at night and refresh your old mattress. With a variety of different options on the market, finding the mattress topper that's right for you is easy.

  • Down feather fill mattress toppers. These are often incredibly soft and come in overstuffed and thinner varieties depending on your needs.
  • Down alternative mattress toppers. These are often better for people dealing with allergies who still want a soft, down-like option.
  • Latex mattress toppers. Cost-effective and durable, these are excellent options for some beds in your home.
  • Memory foam. Many people enjoy the added support and unique cushioning provided by memory foam.
  • Wool and polyester or combination blends. Soft and often extra warm, these are ideal for fall and winter.

Take a look at the pros and cons list below to learn more about the potential benefits and drawbacks of each mattress topper type before buying.

Pros and Cons of Mattress Toppers

All mattress toppers provide support and cushioning to your bed. If you've got an older mattress that can use a little help, every type will get the job done. There are pros and cons to every type of mattress topper out there, though.

Down Mattress Toppers

Pros:

  • Very soft
  • Won't bunch
  • Won't retain heat

Cons:

  • Can be loud or crinkly
  • A common allergen
  • Feathers can poke through lining
  • More difficult to clean

Down Alternative Mattress Toppers

Pros:

  • Very soft
  • Will not bunch
  • Won't retain heat
  • Hypo-allergenic options available

Cons:

  • Can be noisy
  • Sometimes difficult to clean

Latex Mattress Toppers

Pros:

  • Anti-microbial
  • Unlikely allergen
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Can get hot
  • Will compress over time
  • May be too firm
  • Initial odor may be unpleasant

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

Pros:

  • Soft, yet firmer than down
  • Provides maximum support
  • Helps reduce motion related disturbances

Cons:

  • Can be hot
  • May make movement more difficult
  • Initial odor may be unpleasant

Wool Mattress Toppers

Pros:

  • Cool during summer, warm in winter
  • Durable
  • Anti-microbial and allergy-resistant

Cons:

  • More difficult to find
  • Often harder to clean

Polyester Mattress Toppers

Pros:

  • Provides softness and moderate support
  • No odor when new

Cons:

  • Can get hot in summer
  • Can compress or retain lumps

What Should I Look For?

Personal preference is the name of the game when shopping for a mattress topper. In general, if you like the feel of down bedding, it could be an ideal choice for a mattress topper. The same is true of other materials like memory foam or wool.

Adding a mattress topper is a simple way to improve your sleep situation every single night. After all, we all know how important a good night's sleep is when it comes to our health and happiness.

Use these tips from west elm to find the mattress topper that helps you get to sleep without counting quite so many sheep.

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