Mattress Toppers Buying Guide
Types of Mattress Toppers
Toppers provide a variety of comfort and cushion options. They differ from a pad in that a topper is meant to cover just the top surface of the mattress. Thin elastic straps snag the corners of the mattress to hold it in place. This makes a topper an easily removable option. You can use it to enhance a guest bed, or place it on your own mattress for a seasonal option. Here are the different types.
If you like a little extra warmth in the winter months, add a down-filled topper to your mattress. It has pockets or channels filled with down, a down-and-feather blend, or a polyester substance that mimics down.
These toppers are nice if you like the feel of memory foam but don't want an entire mattress made of it.
A cozy option, wool fleece is a topper that adds several inches of plushness to the top of a mattress.
A foam mattress topper, which can range from 2 to 4 inches thick, adds cushion to the top of a rigid mattress. It can provide a softer surface for someone with sensitive skin or tender muscles.
A gel-filled topper absorbs body heat and cools the surface of the bed.
Before you buy a mattress topper, give these points some thought.
Similar to a feather bed, these toppers are lofty and warm. They are best used during the cool seasons or in cold climates.
Memory foam conforms to your body shape, hugging its curves and contours. It also absorbs vibration, making it a stable sleeping surface. If your partner tosses and turns, a memory foam topper can lessen the impact on you.
This is a warm and snuggly mattress topper that may not provide enough support to someone with back or neck issues.
You can buy foam toppers with different texture zones, meaning you can place massaging bumps under your lower back. You can also choose from a variety of thicknesses, adding more or less cushion as needed.
The gel coolant inside these toppers is a toxic substance, so check the warranty information to know what to do in case of a leak.