What Is A Mattress Topper?

A mattress topper is a covering that has been designed to improve the comfort and texture of the surface of your mattress in order to facilitate an enhanced quality of sleep. It also provides an additional layer of protection that will extend the life of your mattress in the event of spills or other events that might stain your mattress. Here’s a look at the facts around mattress toppers to give you a better idea of how they can help you.


Your mattress is such an essential contributor to your health and wellbeing that anything that might enhance or protect it, promoting your quality of sleep and extending the life of your mattress, has to be worth considering. Toppers come in a variety of materials to suit your preference and can be found to fit most common sizes of mattress – single, double, queen and king.


The materials used in mattress toppers provide significant enhancements in comfort and protection, offering you a good choice to suit your needs.

  1. Memory foam. Designed to adapt to the contours of your body, memory foam toppers are great for anyone suffering from back pain, aligning the spine and offering relief for pressure points.
  2. Latex. Either natural or synthetic, latex toppers offer durability and support and have a cooling quality for those who get hot while they sleep.
  3. Feather. Feather or down toppers offer extra comfort, but no additional support.
  4. Wool. Wool toppers are good regulators of temperature, warm in winter and cool in summer, and are also naturally hypoallergenic.
  5. Cotton and polyester blends. More affordable, these toppers are often machine-washable and hypoallergenic. But they do compress in time, meaning their comfort and support is reduced with wear.


  1. Comfort. Mattress toppers allow you to modify the surface of your mattress to soften it or, if you prefer, to firm it up.
  2. Pressure point relief. Latex or memory foam toppers contour your body and distribute your weight more evenly, providing joint relief and reducing pain.
  3. Enhanced hygiene. Mattress toppers are removable and therefore easy to clean, increasing both the protection and hygiene of your mattress.
  4. Cost-efficient. A mattress topper can put off the time when you need to buy a new mattress by improving your comfort and extending the life of the mattress.


Choosing the mattress topper that is most appropriate for you is dependent upon you understanding your own needs and preferences. For example, a latex or memory foam topper, being hypoallergenic will suit someone who suffers from allergies. But memory foam or latex will provide enhanced support for anyone seeking pain relief. A topper’s thickness is the key to enhanced comfort, whatever your other needs.

To sum up, anyone seeking to enhance the comfort of their mattress or to extend its lifespan will find a mattress topper to be a wise investment. Just choose the kind most appropriate to your needs.