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How to Choose the Right Mattress Topper

by Mitchell Chitiz

The average person spends one-third of their life sleeping. That’s why having a comfortable bed is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Fortunately, getting a good night’s rest doesn’t mean replacing your entire mattress.

Mattress toppers are the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve your mattress and reduce sleep problems. From temperature regulation to pain relief, mattress toppers offer a variety of benefits that could revolutionize the way you rest, leading to a longer, healthier life.


Why You Need a Mattress Topper

When choosing a mattress topper, the first thing you should do is assess your needs. Why do you need one, and what outcome are you hoping for? Do you want it for pain relief, comfort, or do you just want to refresh your old mattress? Choosing a mattress protector based on your needs is the best way to ensure overall satisfaction and a comfortable night’s sleep.

These bedding essentials can help alleviate a variety of sleep issues. The benefits of a mattress topper include pain relief, spine alignment, reduced pressure points, temperature regulation, cleanliness, and even allergy relief.

Regardless of what your sleep needs are, there are dozens of mattress protectors and toppers available. Evaluating your needs first is the best way to narrow down your search.


What Type of Mattress Topper You Need

After assessing your needs, the next step to purchasing a protective, cozy layer for your mattress is to figure out what materials suit your needs best. There are quite a few options for mattress topper materials, but the most popular products are made from memory foam, gel, and Down or Down-Alternatives. Each material has its own list of benefits.

If you are looking for extra comfort, you should try a Down or Down-Alternative topper. These mattress toppers are known for their luxurious quality and for making your bed extra cozy. Our Microgel Mattress Topper is designed with a breathable 200 thread count 100% cotton shell and is generously filled with microgel filling for added support. This Down-Alternative topper provides hypoallergenic benefits making it perfect for allergy sufferers.

Once you know what type of material is best for your needs, you’re one step closer to finding the perfect product for you.


What Thickness of Mattress Topper Should You Get

Next, you should ask yourself: what thickness of mattress topper should I get?

Mattress protectors typically range from two-inches to six-inches thick. The thickness of your mattress topper will depend on what you discovered in the first two parts: your overall needs and the best materials for them.

A common misconception is that thicker mattress toppers are more comfortable than thinner ones. However, your comfort will rely heavily on your individual needs.

If you’re someone who overheats at night, a thin mattress topper will help keep you cool. If you get cold, a thick mattress topper can help warm you up. Matching the thickness of your mattress protector to the right material will guarantee a much more restful sleep.

The thickness of your mattress topper should also depend on your current mattress. If you find your mattress comfortable, a thin topper can add an additional layer of support. However, if your mattress is unbearable, but you aren’t ready to replace it, you should consider a thick topper for maximum effectiveness.


The Best Mattress Protector and Topper Brands and Reviews

Before purchasing, be sure to read customer reviews, especially if you aren’t able to test it out in person.

A great way to find the right mattress topper is to read reviews from customers who have purchased the product recently and more than six months ago. Trusted brands will have higher ratings and good customer service skills.

If you read a negative review about a product, see if the brand replied or solved the customer’s issues. This is a great way to ensure that you’ll be happy with your purchase and have support from the brand even after your purchase.


How Much Do Mattress Toppers Cost?

Lastly, you’ll need to assess your budget. Once you know why you need a mattress topper, what type is best, and the size, you can set an ideal budget.

Take a look at the most reviewed mattress toppers with your specifications and note the price. Compare that price to the second, third, and fourth most popular mattress toppers. From there, you should be able to determine what the average price is and what you’re willing to pay. 

It’s always best to go with a highly rated and reviewed product rather than an expensive one, so make sure you do your research and ask questions if you have them.


Sleep Solutions by Westex

Here at Westex International, we offer an exclusive range of Down-Top Featherbeds and Microgel mattress toppers.  

Our Sleep Solutions Luxury Down-Top Feather Bed features four inches of comfort, with dual-layer support, and high quality, white duck Down and feather fill. As a proud member of the Canadian Down Association for over 20 years, our products carry the DOWNMARK label, and offer a level of comfort that can’t be beaten.