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Choosing the right mattress topper can be a bit daunting if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Just the sheer number of options could be overwhelming, let alone all the nuances and quirks of each individual topper. On that note, let’s learn how to make it easier.

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Define your needs

Before you even begin browsing for a mattress topper, there is one thing you must absolutely do, and that defines your needs. The first step towards your new mattress topper is knowing what you need.

For instance, if your bed lacks some additional cosiness and softness, you might go for a soft, memory foam topper; but if you’re struggling with backaches, you might consider getting yourself a mattress topper for back pain.

As you can see, your personal needs are a vital part of choosing the right mattress topper. Listen to your body, and it will help you!

Consider pain relief

If backaches are the pain of your existence, you might need a high-quality topper, preferably one that adds to the overall support of the bed but also manages to release some of the stress and pressure from your lower back.
A memory foam mattress topper will usually do the trick here.

Think of firmness for your mattress topper

Keep in mind, your mattress will still play a significant role in how firm your bed feels, but a topper could make a noticeable difference. Feel out the mattress, and if you find that it is too firm for you, maybe go for a plush, fluffy feather and down topper?

Don’t forget the support

Those struggling with back pain usually have insufficient support to blame. Fortunately, a good, supportive mattress topper will help keep your spine and your body in perfect alignment. Once you finally start sleeping with your spine in a neutral position – the pain will simply drift away.

Types of mattress toppers

As you know, just like mattresses, there are different types of mattress toppers. As expected, each of these types will have some advantages and disadvantages compared to the other ones, which is precisely why we have said you have to identify your needs first.

Mattress toppers are categorised primarily based on the material they’re made of. As you’re about to see, there are four main types of mattress toppers. What we’ll try to do is briefly explain every one of them to you, list some of their strengths and weaknesses, and hopefully help you identify the best topper for your needs.

The foam memory mattress topper

Memory foam mattress toppers are inarguably the most popular out of the bunch. They’ve become synonymous with a good night’s sleep, primarily because of the comfort, contouring and support they provide. A foam topper can be both firm and soft, depending on what you need, but the thing that never changes is that unparalleled pressure relieving feeling of lying on top of a new memory foam topper.


  • Very comfortable and supportive
  • Pressure-relieving
  • Motion isolating


  • Retains heat
  • Off-gassing
  • Non-washable

Feather & down toppers

Feather and down toppers were the most popular out of all toppers back in the days, but the love for the all-natural filled toppers has died down in recent years. However, don’t let the lack of popularity fool you. If you want to find out what it is like to sleep on a cloud, all snuggled up in fluffiness and comfort – feather and down topper is what you need. You won’t find any support with these ones, but that’s a trade-off some are willing to make.


  • Fluffy and soft
  • Affordable
  • Temperature regulating


  • Often non-hypoallergenic
  • High-maintenance
  • Non-supportive

Microfibre & hollow fibre toppers

Microfibre and hollow fibre toppers are virtually synthetic, hypoallergenic copies of feather and down toppers. They are often the most affordable out of all, but they are also the worst of the bunch.

Microfibre toppers will offer some form of cushioning and softness to your mattress, but that is pretty much all you’d get from it.



  • Often low quality
  • Retains heat
  • Non-supportive

A latex mattress topper

Latex toppers are arguably the most expensive of the bunch, but for a good reason. Toppers made from

natural latex are firm and supportive, very durable, anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and, to top that off –

often eco-friendly. They are a good option if you’re in need of an orthopaedic topper or if you’re dealing

with some back pain, and you aren’t afraid of spending a few extra quid on a high-quality topper.


  • Firm and supportive
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Durable and long-lasting


  • Expensive
  • Might retain heat
  • A known allergen

Are there any differences between a mattress topper and a mattress pad?
Although these terms are often used interchangeably – pads and toppers are not the same things. A mattress pad is a much thinner piece of bedding and can often be found as a part of a fitted sheet, whereas a topper is a considerably thicker standalone product.


In the end, we have one final piece of advice for you. Arm yourself with knowledge and listen to your body – that is the absolute best way to find a perfect mattress topper. We can only hope you’ve found this mini-guide helpful for you to choose the best mattress topper for your life.

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