Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Picking the Best Mattress Topper

Ultimately, a mattress topper is used to change and improve your quality of sleep without having to purchase a whole new mattress set. It is a layer of padding placed on top of a mattress to increase comfort and softness. There are many factors to consider when picking the best mattress topper for your bed. Some characteristics to think about for mattress toppers are comfort characteristics, the dollar factor and also if there is any health or allergy concerns.

Mattress toppers can be made out of a multitude of materials. Some common materials used for mattress toppers include poly based foam, quilted cotton, wool, down, latex foam and memory foam. Memory foam seems to be the most popular choice when selecting a mattress topper. It is a soft material that conforms to your neck and back to reduce pressure points.
Latex foam is also popular. It is durable and hypoallergenic. It also is known to have antimicrobial properties. This material allows for more air ventilation and does not retain body heat as much as a memory foam mattress.
Regardless of the material you choose for a mattress topper, it is certain that you get what you pay for. Thickness and density of the material correlate with the amount of comfort that it will provide. The better quality memory foam has a density of 4 lbs or higher. Of course a mattress topper comes in all the regular sizes such as twin, full, queen, king and California king. Price ranges for a mattress topper can vary from $70.00 to $400.00 depending on size and personal preference.
One common thing to remember when purchasing a new mattress topper is that typically you will also need to purchase a new fitted sheet as well. When buying a new sheet set, look for deep pocket sheets that will cover the mattress and topper completely.

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