Buying a Mattress Topper – What to Look Out For
The first mattresses were constructed of grass and leaves and were held together with animal skins. We have come a long way since those times, and the variety of mattresses and mattress toppers is wide. Although mattresses and toppers are now being made from modern materials, they are still made with natural materials as well.
Selecting and purchasing a mattress topper can be very confusing. What seems to be a straightforward process has many different dimensions to it. A mattress topper may be desirable for many various reasons. They can help add support and comfort to the individual, and they can also help improve hygiene by either protecting the mattress or by protecting the individual with hypoallergenic materials. There are even mattress toppers with magnets in them. There are many things to consider when buying a mattress topper; just a few are cost, type, size, cleaning of topper; firmness or softness.
- Cost of mattress topper: Mattress toppers can run from as little as 10.00 pounds into the hundreds. This is especially important when selecting a topper. How much are you willing to pay? The saying “You get what you pay for” is pretty much right when choosing a quality product, but you do not have to break the bank. When determining how much you are willing to pay, remember that pillow-top mattresses start at about 1,200 and can sell for thousands.
- Types of toppers: There are many different types of toppers to choose from, with many different uses for each. Some parents of young children like to purchase mattress toppers when transitioning their children from the crib to their first bed. The topper can be used to prevent accidents from soiling the mattress. Others select toppers for their comfort, some like soft (feather) and some like more firm (lambswool), others like memory foam, which conforms to their body shape and weight. There are “fitted” mattress toppers, mattress toppers with elastic straps, and mattress toppers that lay on top of the mattress; it is just a matter of preference. You can see examples at www.mattresstime.co.uk.
- Mattress topper materials: Mattress toppers are made from of a variety of materials. There are mattress toppers made with down and feathers covered in cotton; there are toppers made from lambswool and natural fibres (hypoallergenic); toppers made from synthetic material. There are toppers made with vinyl or plastic layers (to prevent soiling of mattress); toppers made with plastic and vinyl can be very noisy and hot, but they protect the mattress. There are also water-proof mattresses available for hygiene reasons that are of remarkably high quality.
- Size of Mattress topper: Mattress toppers come in all sizes, which of course affects the price. They range from crib size to California King size, and there are also specialty sizes that are more difficult to come by and increase the cost (e.g., twin-long).
- Cleaning of mattress topper: When selecting a mattress topper, it will be essential to account for the ease of cleaning. Is the topper dry clean only, or is the topper so large that it requires a Laundromat sized washer to clean? How much space will it need to store when it is not being used?
- Firmness of the mattress topper: How firm do you want the topper? There are all firmness levels; if the topper is for a single bed, you only need to think about the individual’s desire for firmness or softness. If the mattress topper is for a bed where more than one person shares, you need to keep in mind both parties’ wishes.
- Steps to Selecting a mattress topper: First, determine what the topper will be used for (protecting the mattress, comfort, or hypoallergenic materials). Second, what size mattress topper will you need? Third, how much are you willing to spend (remember, you do get what you pay for)? Fourth, do you want it right away, or can you wait for it.
I feel that it is important to spend a bit more and get quality, especially since the bed is probably the one place that we spend the most time. If you can test the mattress topper at a nearby store, I would suggest doing so; you can buy the mattress topper there or then look online for a better price. The worst thing is to feel stuck with a wrong choice. Many large department stores, or specialty bedding stores, have a bedding section where you can try out or at least feel the topper you are looking to purchase (I would highly recommend this). If that option is not available, there are reviews online that you can read to help determine if the choice is right for you. When purchasing online, you should look up reviews not only on the mattress topper you are looking at but also the company. After reading reviews, it is evident that customer service is as essential in the purchasing decision as to the actual product you receive.