There’s just nothing like a good night’s sleep. It improves your alertness, your skin texture, your general mood and this can have a significant knock-on effect for your quality of life. A new mattress can make a big difference to your sleep, but there are several reasons you might want to look at a mattress topper instead.
Not everyone will want or need to change their mattress entirely. If you already have a new mattress or one that's still in good condition, you may find it's simply the firmness that's bothering you or the material it's made of that's impacting your overall comfort.
You may even just want something to protect your current mattress, if you've managed to find the perfect one. Also, it’s a big investment to replace a mattress, so adding a topper can be an affordable option.
People often think of mattress toppers simply as functional 'add-ons', but they can add a luxurious element all of their own to your bed.
Does a mattress topper really help?
You might think: What’s the point of a mattress topper? Well, they have several uses including protection, comfort and warmth, and many will be purposefully designed to fulfil one of these needs specifically.
For example, a thinner microfibre topper would be perfect for protecting your mattress, while something with modern technology like Outlast(R) can be fantastic for regulating temperature. Or, for something more luxurious, you could look at silk which is both stylish and elegant while being naturally hypoallergenic and incredibly comfortable.
The toppers that have hypoallergenic properties can be really useful if your normal mattress is causing you discomfort. It’s worth trying an anti-allergy topper, pillows and sheets to see if that curbs your allergies before replacing the mattress itself.
Which thickness mattress topper should I get?
One of the most common questions about mattress toppers is about the thickness. The answer to this really depends on the quality of your mattress. If it’s a good mattress and you’re happy with the texture then you won’t need to worry about the thickness. If it’s too firm or the material bothers you, you’ll want to go for a thicker topper.
If you’re weighing up your options, generally speaking, people find that the topper material is often much more important to their comfort levels than the thickness.
Which mattress topper is the best?
When it comes to choosing a mattress topper, remember to identify which of the three requirements matters most to you: warmth, improved comfort, or better protection for your existing mattress. There’s a range of protectors and toppers made from both modern and traditional materials.
Probably the best for basic use, microfibre is good value, comfortable, protective and warm. It’s the material used for most duvet and pillows and it’s the top choice for simple but effective protection.
This is a polyester/cotton combination that’s treated with Hygiene Plus, a product that cleverly inhibits dust mites and certain mould bacteria — it’s also completely odourless. A top choice if you suffer from dust allergies.
Incredibly advanced modern materials can actually help regulate your temperature and absorb moisture to optimise your sleep. Climasoft uses Outlast(R) technology that was actually developed by NASA to keep astronauts a comfortable temperature and dry. If it’s good enough for astronauts...
It may seem simple but cotton is extremely resistant and hard-wearing. It’s also the natural alternative to those moisture-wicking fabrics. A good choice for a balance of protection and comfort. Sometimes nothing beats fresh cotton for bedding.
Where cotton excels at wicking moisture away from the body to keep you cool and dry, the properties of silk are equally impressive at regulating temperature — and it has some anti-allergy properties thrown in. Long associated with luxury and comfort, silk is even touted as being great for your skin and hair too.
These are the main material options you can choose from, but you’ll also find combinations and blends out there too. Take a look at our full range for natural or synthetic options to see which one would suit your sleep — whichever topper you choose, they have the power to transform your current mattress and your sleep.