When it comes to our beds, comfort is key, and one easy and cost-effective way to add a luxury feel to your bed is through a mattress topper. However, keep in mind that a mattress topper and a mattress protector are two very different things, yet often get confused with each other.

Does Your Bed need a Mattress Topper?A mattress protector is a relatively inexpensive addition to your mattress, that is an essential purchase to help extend the longevity of your mattress. These protectors are particularly good for young children’s beds, people who allow pets in their beds and for people with allergies. What your mattress protector isn’t going to do, though, is add much – if any – comfort to your bed.

If you’re looking for added comfort, you need to instead look at mattress toppers, as these are specifically designed to enhance your mattress and, just like mattresses, the higher the quality of topper you opt for, the more comfort it will provide and longer it will last.

Mattress toppers come in a variety of materials, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the most popular on the market:

  • Cotton – One of the most common types of mattress topper. A cotton topper is particularly popular due to its breathability and is generally safe for people who suffer from a lot of allergies. However, a cotton mattress topper will not last long, especially if the bed is used every day.
  • Dacron fibre - Fibre filled toppers offer a touch of luxury and warmth.
  • Natural - Sink into a down or feather and down topper. It's like sleeping on a well filled duvet.
  • Latex – Both latex mattresses and toppers have become popular in the last few years, especially those made from natural latex. Incredibly durable – these toppers will last you for years to come – latex is known for keeping its shape well, making for a very comfortable topper. These toppers can be very expensive though.
  • Memory foam – Generally the most bought form of mattress topper, memory foam is favoured for its ability to contour to our body shape, before returning to its original shape. The main downside to memory foam is the fact that it retains a lot of heat, so in summer it can be quite uncomfortable.

But when should you think about adding a mattress topper to your bed? Well, a lot of people think that adding a topper to a very old mattress is a cheap and effective way to get a new mattress feel, just without the cost. However, people should be wary of this notion. If your mattress is over 8 years old, or has noticeable damage, then no topper is going to provide the support your body needs for a good night’s sleep. Indeed, buying a mattress topper at this point is nothing more than a waste of money for yourself, as only a new mattress will improve your sleep at this point.

Mattress toppers do have their advantages though, especially if you and your partner have different opinions of the optimal firmness of a mattress. It is possible to add a mattress topper to one side of a bed – by adding a single size to one half. Of course, this might be odd to look at but your quilt will easily cover this. Perfect if one of you likes a firm mattress and the other a softer.

Mattress toppers can also be useful for people who bought a mattress that is too firm, have lost weight and found their mattress too firm, or simply fancy a change. In these situations a mattress topper can add a very comfortable layer to your bed that will help you sleep wonderfully.