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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 19 Aug 2018 21:19 #1

Hello,
I need some clarity about toppers and pads please.
Are mattress toppers and mattress pads something that is bought with a new mattress, or to extend the life of an older mattress? Do they act like an additional layer of the mattress that is simply outside of the mattress itself?
I'm in the process of shopping for a new mattress (my first ever) and want to know if toppers and/or pads are something I need to be shopping for at the same time so I can factor them into my budget and try them on mattresses if possible.
Thanks for your help.

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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 20 Aug 2018 06:47 #2

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Hi InfoSeeker,

Mattress toppers are mostly used to restore a tired mattress, or fix the problem of a new one.
Most pillow top mattresses have a build in topper (non removable) that is usually made of low density polyurethane foam and collapses within a few years of use. Customers then decide to buy a topper to refresh the surface of the mattress and extend its life.

The other situation we see lately are customers who just bought a new mattress and are still not satisfied with the comfort. They deplore the poor quality, the sleep issues and the deteriorating comfort of their new mattress. The surprising fact is, that most bought them from a store that had a 90 day trial period! Yet they remain unhappy with the choice they made. It just goes to show that a 90 day sleep trial is no guarantee of a comfortable nights sleep. The reason is simple, most comfort issues appear after the break-in period and once the poor quality comfort layer begins to deteriorate. So a mattress topper is a great way to improve the comfort of a new mattress that has become too firm. Unfortunately if your coil spring mattress is too soft, there's not much you can do to firm it up.

Some contact us to save a Tempur-Pedic that is too soft. They buy a 2" medium latex layer to place on top of their mattress, which will prevent them from sinking into the viscoelastic polyurethane foam top.

Our most popular Mattress Toppers are memory foam, latex and HR foam

Did I answer all your question?
Please let me know if you need any further information.

All the Best!
Mario

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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 20 Aug 2018 08:17 #3

Hi InfoSeeker,

You are right, mattress toppers and pads have two different purposes.
As mentioned by MFC Memory Foam, a topper is an extra layer which adds comfort to the feel of a mattress. A topper can be added to an older mattress, making for a great solution for those shoppers who are not quite ready to make the plunge on a new one. Toppers can also be purchased with the new mattress, giving it that cloud-like feel. Many traditional mattress have attached pillow tops or you can look for a mattress that has a detachable pillow top. Some of Dormio's mattress's have the removable pillow top option, and this is so the topper can be flipped, rotated or replaced should you need to.
I would recommend testing out both pillow top and non pillow top mattresses so you can decide on the type of feel you prefer.

Mattress pads are a form of protection, whether the lining is polyester, cotton, down, vinyl or washable wool, the main purpose is to protect against spills or accidents. I would recommend exploring the many options and the pros and cons of each. Regardless of your choice, I would say this is a must in protecting your new investment.

Please let me know if you have further questions and good luck on your search!
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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 21 Aug 2018 10:47 #4

Thank you Mario @MFC and Laura @Dormio for your help in understanding mattress toppers and pads.
In the case of a customizable mattress (foam or latex) would a latex or foam topper layer be a viable substitute for a layer within the mattress if a layer needed replacing in the future or is there a difference in the makeup of a foam or latex topper versus a customizable mattress layer?
It sounds as though mattress pads and mattress protectors are the same thing is that correct? Can certain kinds of pads or protectors (the type of fabric etc used in them etc) negatively affect a mattress's inherent benefits or enhance them?
Thank you again for your help.

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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 22 Aug 2018 08:38 #5

"In the case of a customizable mattress (foam or latex) would a latex or foam topper layer be a viable substitute for a layer within the mattress if a layer needed replacing in the future or is there a difference in the makeup of a foam or latex topper versus a customizable mattress layer?"

Even if there is no difference at all in the cushioning itself, there may be a difference in the encasements. I'm currently in the trial period with a 10" latex mattress encased in a cotton + wool cover. I was feeling pressure points so the vendor sent me a 1.5" topper. The topper does provide some pressure relief, but its cover has no wool, and according to the law label is a cotton-poly blend.
I am feeling a difference. The topper tends to sleep hot. This may be due to a less breathable encasement, or (also) due to the topper's tendency to pillow up slightly around one's body (more than if it were held in place by a quilted mattress cover). Your Mileage May Vary. I'm not suggesting a topper can't be a good solution, just that, even if the foam/latex is the same material, placing it in a separate encasement may feel different than putting it inside the mattress.

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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 22 Aug 2018 08:47 #6

Hi InfoSeeker,

Your question regarding a topper versus a customizable mattress layer - I'm not sure I understand what you mean but let me answer with what I think you mean.

Please let me know if you need further clarification.

A customizable mattress if latex will be made using Firm, Medium and sometimes even Soft densities. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, the topper will usually be made with Soft density latex, since the main purpose is to add overall comfort to the feel of your mattress.
If you are not requiring more comfort on top and are trying to make your mattress feel firmer, you may want to replace one of your Soft internal layers with a Medium or Firm layer - therefore the topper would not necessarily be the solution.

Yes, mattress pads and mattress protectors are both meaning the same thing. When recommending pads for latex mattresses or also for people who sleep hot, the most breathable materials are cotton and wool. Latex mattresses have an open cell structure, therefore, do not retain heat. The moisture from our bodies are able to travel through the mattress, so using a mattress protector that breathes will definitely enhance the overall benefits of the mattress.

My pleasure to help :)
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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 30 Aug 2018 20:28 #7

Thank you Cloud999 and Laura at Dormio for answering my questions.
I've ordered a customizable latex mattress that has a stretchy Tencel top to its case/cover and want to be sure to choose a protector to go over that that will not interfere with the benefits of the latex and Tencel. I'm assuming I'd need another stretchy but breathable type fabric in the makeup of the mattress protector and ideally with waterproof protection if that combination is even possible. When I tried a wool topper on top of the latex mattress in one store and a mattress (all Talalay latex layers) in a cotton/wool case/cover I did notice a difference in the feel of the mattress; it was less springy with those materials on top of the mattress and wonder if having bamboo or another layer of Tencel in the mattress protector's materials would be the way to go. Any suggestions?

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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 31 Aug 2018 10:09 #8

HI Infoseeker, Your best bet is to avoid a poly-laminate style protector and go with something that has a bit of stretch, is absorbent, and fits relatively loosely. A two ply cotton protector with some cotton fibres in between the layers for absorbency would be great - if you are able to forego 100% waterproof protection. Most adults are fine with this kind of protection, but be wary for children.
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Purpose of Mattress Toppers and Pads 04 Sep 2018 00:54 #9

A mattress pad, on the other hand, can extend to a topper, however, is a much thinner type of padding which is attached to your mattress like a fitted sheet. Mattress pads can be used for comfort, but sometimes also used as a mattress protector. Which can also expand the life of your mattress for a longer period.
You can try and start off by buying a mattress pad, and then, later on, buy a mattress topper. I honestly think it depends on your use for it really.

I suggest if you want to buy a mattress topper to buy one that is made from memory foam. It's durable provides significant support and comfort. Memory foam alleviates tossing and turning, helps relieve pressure, adjusts to your sleeping position, and doesn’t create allergies. I bought mine on this online shop www.themattresswarehouse.co.za/product-category/accessories/mattress-protectors/ and the best part is they offer free delivery nationwide which didn't cut into my budget.
There are many other online bed shops you can choose from, and compare prices with to suit your budget needs.

I hope this bit of information helps you.

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