The best mattress topper for your particular needs is not always the most expensive, the most luxurious or the most popular. Even though there are common standards for what makes a great bed topper, that doesn’t necessarily mean a particular one is right for you.
For example, five star resorts and hotels commonly choose high end down bedding because it is known for its superb luxury and maximum comfort that is sure to please the most discriminating guest.
However, some people cannot sleep on down fibers for various reasons such as allergies or sensitivities to the products and sometimes because of body support issues.
There are many types of bed toppers available today, but the most common are made from synthetic foam, down, natural cotton and latex. If you aren’t sure how to choose the best one, here are some great pointers that can help you select the one that is good for your health.
Tips for Choosing Your Mattress Topper
1. Consider your health first
Since you will spend at least 1/3 of your life in bed, doesn’t it make sense to sleep on the best bedding for your health that you can possibly afford?
Absolutely! That’s why you should prioritize your health concerns and needs first. Do you have allergies or chemical sensitivities? Do you have back problems? Do you have arthritis or fibromyalgia? These are all very important considerations when choosing any type of bedding.
Be sure to choose a topper that provides you with the most allergy free bedding you can find, if you’re dealing with allergies to mold, dust, and chemicals.
Two of the best toppers for those who suffer from allergies is generally organic cotton and natural latex. Both products do not have chemicals laced through any of the materials.
Cotton bedding is extremely breathable and free from allergens. However, you will need to keep the cotton material clean because dust mites can invade even organic products if not maintained properly.
In the case of natural latex, it is the only material that surpasses down, memory foam, and cotton in resisting dust mites, mold and mildew. The cells are so dense, that dust mites cannot set up residence.
Mold and mildew cannot grow in the material. The only possible negative is the initial odor that is sometimes apparent right after the purchase of a new latex. You will need to let it air out a little while and the natural odor should dissipate.
Many people who suffer from allergies sleep well on organic natural latex bedding.
Wool bedding is also often used by those who have allergies to chemicals as well as sensitivities to down or other materials. It is naturally flame retardant, and also resists mold and mildew.
The main prohibitive for many people in selecting a wool topper is the high cost. But there is no question, it is one of the best choices available today.
Body support and pain relief
Natural latex provides exceptional support to the body, especially for those who suffer from back or skeletal problems.
On the other hand, if you have no other concerns except for perhaps alleviating pain associated with fibromyalgia or arthritis, you may benefit from a good quality down topper which can provide you with an envelope of soft, cushiony material on which to sleep.
Many people with these conditions do well with quality goose down to help soothe painful pressure points.
Some people prefer memory foam because of the lost cost and body support that it can provide. However, keep in mind that memory foam is made from synthetic materials and does have some toxic off-gassing.
The material also tends to retain body heat and some users complain of getting too hot.
2. Consider durability and price last
Of course, the next issues to consider are the quality and cost. There are various levels of durability from which to choose.
Again, natural latex bedding is one of the most durable of all and can last for many years even if only basically maintained.
Down bedding can also last for many years, especially if you choose a good quality item. Wool is also highly durable. The least durable is cotton, but will still last for a reasonably long time if you select a topper with a high thread count cover and good quality fibers.
When it comes to price, remember to choose the best mattress topper for your health, irregardless of cost if possible, since it is an investment in your long-term health.