Mattress topper FAQs
How to buy a mattress topper
Choosing the right mattress topper to sleep on depends on your body and budget. There are four main types of mattress toppers: memory foam, feather and down, microfibre and hollowfibre. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and it’s all about finding the mattress topper that best meets your needs, so before purchasing make sure you know what it is you’re looking for in your topper.
What type of mattress topper is best?
Memory foam provides ample amounts of support so if you suffer from back pain, it can ease discomfort. They can absorb the motion of tossing and turning bed partners too which can typically wake up a light sleeper, but can also be expensive. They should spring back to the same height each time you use it, so you don’t need to fluff it up to keep it looking and feeling as comfortable as possible, but they do tend to be on the warmer side.
Feather and down toppers tend to be cheaper and don’t retain as much heat, so they can help cool you down on warm nights. They will also compress over time, so you will need to fluff it up to keep it soft and your bed looking plush.
Microfibre and hollowfibre are the most affordable type of mattress toppers, so if you’re shopping on a budget, these are your best bet. They add an additional layer of cosiness and can soften a firmer mattress, but they can become lumpy over time, therefore having a shorter lifespan than other types.
What’s the difference between mattress pads, toppers and protectors?
Mattress pads provide a thin, extra layer to your bed, whereas mattress toppers are much thicker and plusher, designed to maximise your comfort, with some made in fabrics that are cooling, so ideal if you find yourself often too hot to sleep.
Mattress protectors are thin coverings that keep your mattress clean, protecting them from stains, dirt, moisture, irritants and allergens. Many are waterproof too and can often be easily cleaned in a washing machine.
What thickness of mattress topper should I get?
If your mattress is relatively new, you won’t need too much extra layering and a topper of about 5cm should give it some extra comfort and a luxurious feel. For an older, tired mattress that needs reviving, we’d recommend opting for a thicker topper, such as the ones from Simba or The White Company featured in this round-up.
Can you wash a mattress topper?
Before washing your mattress topper, be careful to read the label to see if it’s safe to put in the washing machine. If it’s not, you will need to hand wash it to remove any stains.
Sprinkle baking soda onto the topper and leave for 30 minutes before vacuuming it to get rid of odours, dust and grime. Then, if there are more persistent stains, take a damp cloth and stain remover to gently lift the stain.
The verdict: Mattress toppers
We loved M&S’s comfortably cool mattress topper, and although our testing took place during a particularly hot week, it wasn’t simply this topper’s breathability which bagged it the top spot – it was fabulously comfortable, with a depth that provided support in all the right places. And yes – we can confirm it definitely kept us cool, too.
The second spot (and it was an incredibly close tie) goes to the Dormeo octasmart plus mattress topper, which is worth every penny of its slightly higher price point. We’ve yet to come across a mattress topper which feels this supportive, and we loved how this aspect didn’t compromise its breathability.
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