Buying a new mattress every time is not a well-thought out decision, especially if it affects your finance. As such, making use of toppers and pads remain the wisest way to use your mattress for as long as possible.
Ranging from the thin padded protective types to the thick slabs, mattress pads and toppers offer a lot of benefits to everybody. They help prevent the need to buy a new and more expensive mattress by upgrading the quality of your current one. They also add to the quality of your sleep by providing you with some comfort. They absorb dirt and stains, preventing them from getting to your mattress. Yet, they are quite easier to remove and clean than a mattress. However, buying one can often be as tricky as you can imagine. You have to consider some factors before choosing the right mattress topper or pad for you.
Here, we highlight some of such factors you have to assess before going for a mattress topper or pad.
Price and Budget
Usually, the first thing most people consider before buying anything is the price. Probably a cliché, but it cannot be overemphasized. You have to know your budget and look out for a product that perfectly fits into it. Bear in mind that price is not necessarily a yardstick for quality. The cost of mattress topper or pad might bear no relevance to its durability. Polyester, plain egg crate foam as well as some cotton toppers are often the cheapest while higher quality cotton and feather range around average price. However, memory foam, latex and wool tend to be the most expensive.
Density and Thickness
A typical mattress topper’s thickness ranges between 2 and 8 inches. The thicker and denser it is, the better for you. Memory foam and latex are the materials that have the best range of thickness. They tend to retain body heat more. It should also be noted that the denser and thicker they are, the hotter they feel. Wool, down and feather mattress toppers are also good over the course of a year as they provide extra warmth in winter while they reduce heat in the summer. The density of a mattress topper is equally important in determining how much support it will provide you.
Removal and Cleaning
How easy will it beto remove this mattress topper? How long will it take me to get rid of the dirt accumulated in it? These are questions you need to answer before choosing a mattress topper or pad. Egg crate is the most easily removable and transportable. Feather, down, and cotton are also easier to transport than memory foam or latex but, they are the hardest to clean.
The warranty for mattress toppers and pads ranges between 1 to 5 years with the most common being two years. But the longer it is, the better it is for you.
Getting good, reliable, and durable mattress toppers and pads can be a problem sometimes unless you are quite familiar with the features to look out for.