Are Mattress Toppers Worth It?
Not all mattresses we sleep on are perfect. Some find them too soft while others feel them too hard, just like Goldilocks.
Since getting a bed with the right firmness will add to your expense notebook, why not just get a mattress topper, especially if you experience body aches when sleeping at night.
In this article, we’ll be considering if getting a new mattress topper is worth it. We’ll delve into what they are, what they do, the different types available, and how you can maintain them.
So scroll down to see our guide!
What is a Mattress Topper?
A mattress topper adds a soft layer on top of your existing mattress. It provides added comfort and support for the person’s body, as well as protects the mattress surface from dirt, sweat, and oil.
It can either have sheet straps to secure to the bed or not, depending on the topper brand you buy. Not having any form of anchor or lock can make it slide off the bed if you move around a lot in your sleep.
Like bedsheets and mattresses, mattress toppers are available in all bed sizes ranging from crib to California king. Also, they can be made of different materials and have varying thicknesses to suit the sleeper.
What are the Different Types of Mattress Toppers
Here are the different types of mattress toppers you can get:
- Egg-Crate Mattress Toppers
Aptly named, these mattress toppers have soft concave egg-box shapes spanning the bed. They’re great for people that suffer from shoulder and upper back pain while they sleep as these body parts are supported.
Another benefit of this classic mattress topper is it can easily be rolled when not in use or to take with you on your trip. What’s more, it’s more affordable than memory and wool mattress toppers.
- Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
Memory foam mattress toppers adapt to the shape of your body as you sleep. They feel extremely soft and comfortable.
However, some people dislike them as they feel as though they were in quicksand. In other words, they feel that instead of lying on the mattress, they are sinking in the mattress.
Getting a memory foam topper is a great, affordable way to improve your firm bed’s support and comfort. That saves you from the huge price tag of buying a new memory foam mattress.
- Wool or Fleece Mattress Toppers
Have an allergy? Then, wool or fleece mattress toppers might be for you as these wick away moisture from the body and release it from the bedding to stay dry, thus, preventing dust mite presence.
In addition, this topper adds a whole new level of comfort to your bed. The drawback of getting this mattress type is they are rather expensive to buy.
How to Clean and Maintain Mattress Toppers
Since mattress toppers are removable and replaceable, they are very easy to wash and clean. Just make sure to read their care label to know the best way to care for them.
Foam toppers can’t be machine-washed, but fabric ones like wool and fleece can be. In general, they should be washed in cold or warm water with a mild detergent and run on a gentle cycle.
To keep both your mattress and mattress topper clean, you can get a mattress protector too. This will keep them from being stained and spilt on accidentally.
Washing your topper should be done at least once or twice a year. To keep it even and extend its life, shake and massage its filling regularly and rotate the topper 180° once a week.
Also, remember to take out the bed covers slightly and air them to let them to breathe and dry, which will avoid mould and mildew growth. Turning on the dehumidifier will also help with this.
Are They Worth It?
For just a fraction of a new mattress price, a mattress topper is worth it to support your pressure points and spine. It lends a softer feel to a hard bed instantly while protecting it a bit from stains and grime.
But if your bed is already soft, there’s no need to get a mattress topper. The reason is your back won’t be kept straight, which can lead to injuries or lower back pain, even if you use a pillow under (for back sleepers) or between your knees (for side sleepers) to support your lumbar.