(2021 Update) 10 Best Pressure Relief Mattress Toppers and Pads (for Bed Sores)
Pressure sores, also known as decubitus ulcers, are areas of injured skin and tissue that are often caused by sitting or lying in the same position for extended periods of time. When a change in position doesn’t occur often enough, the blood supply becomes diminished, causing a sore. It has also been noted in recent years that the heated seats that are a feature of some vehicles can cause pressure sores in people with paralysis.
The seriousness of a pressure sore depends on how much of the skin and tissue has been damaged. A slight discoloration of the skin usually indicates the beginning of a sore and should be checked right away. If it’s not attended to immediately, a sore can go deep enough to expose the bone. These are the most dangerous types of pressure sores because they are more open and extremely susceptible to infection, as illustrated by the unexpected death of Christopher Reeve.
Pressure sores can be treated in a number of ways, the most important of which is to keep pressure off the sore. This can be achieved by using special mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, foam wedges or seat cushions. You can read more about bedsores in this article here.
Different toppers can increase or decrease the firmness of your sleeping surface depending on what you are looking for. For some people, a topper combined with a mattress can be a long-term solution if their comfort requirements have been met.
If you are happy with your mattress and want it to remain free from dust, allergens, and stains, going for a mattress pad is a good idea. They are cheaper than toppers and most use hypoallergenic material. Further ahead, we will look at the differences between a pad and a topper in more detail. In this review article, we have not included alternating pressure relief toppers but will create a separate review on that later.
Below, we will discuss the difference between the topper and pad in detail.
What’s the Difference between Mattress Toppers and Mattress Pads?
Although many people often use the terms “mattress pad” and “mattress topper” interchangeably, they are distinct products with different uses.
- In terms of size, toppers are thicker while pads are comparatively thinner. The topper can go from 2 inches to 4 inches in thickness. Pads are usually about an inch or less in thickness.
- Toppers are meant to add an extra layer of comfort to your mattress. Pads are meant to protect from stains and contaminants.
- Materials like memory foam, wool, latex, fibers or feathers are used to make toppers. Pads are usually made from cotton, polyester or a blend of both.
- Some memory foam and latex toppers come in varying thicknesses to suit different preferences. Pads do not have many options in terms of thickness. Most pads are fairly thin.
- You can place a topper on top of the mattress or tuck it beneath the sheets. Pads do not rest freely on top of mattresses. They are meant to be tucked under the sheets.
- A topper’s durability depends on its material composition. Memory foam and latex tend to last longer than wool, fiber or feather. Most pads have below-average durability and wear out over time because of machine cleaning.
- The price for toppers varies depending on the brand and the material used. Most pads are priced quite low, below $100.
Now we will review some of the best topper and pads that are out there.
Best Pressure Relief Mattress Toppers (for Bed Sores)
1. Best Price Mattress 4″ Memory Foam Mattress Topper
The Best Price 4” Memory Foam Topper measures exactly 4 inches as advertised and comes in secure packaging. It will be delivered to you in a beautiful circular vinyl bag and will begin expanding as soon as you pull it out from the packaging. If you have not seen it, it can be hard to believe that the entire topper could fit into such a small bag. While it is usually the norm for mattress type products to have a slight odor when they are new, the smell on this topper is minimal. The odor will disappear after a few days if you let it air out.
There is no gel infusion involved as it is filled with CertiPUR-US certified memory foam. This means that there were no harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing process that can cause allergies. Using this topper will do wonders for your lower back and neck pain as it provides just the right amount of support.
This is a dual-sided topper so you can use the dense memory foam or the regular side as you like. The top 1.5 inches is filled with memory foam while the other 2.5 inches is made of high-density base foam. The foam will begin to mold to the shape of your body as soon as you lie down. Since there is no gel infusion, cooling down will be relatively slower which can be an issue for some users.
The cover is a polyester mesh. The quality could have been better. It is thin and will lose some of its structure after washing.
We recommend that you use the denser side if you are a back sleeper as that is more comfortable. You will be able to distinctly feel the difference in comfort level when compared to a regular mattress. Your body weight will be evenly distributed on the surface so you will be able to feel instant relief if you are suffering from back pain.
The topper does deliver as advertised in most aspects. It will ensure that you will not disturb your partner if you tend to toss and turn too much in your sleep. If you have difficulty falling asleep, you may find using this topper could change that. This is because the memory foam is infused with Green Tea extracts that contain stress-reducing agents. Memory foam is known for retaining heat, but this topper feels surprisingly cool and comfortable the entire night. This means that the ventilation is excellent.
It should be obvious that you should not wash the topper. The cover can be removed and washed when needed. The cover will deteriorate over time with regular washing. The stitching and fabric around the zipper can become loose. We would recommend that you get a better quality cover when possible. You should also wash off a stain immediately because it seeps in fast. Use a clean rag soaked in soapy water to remove the stain. Then use a towel to remove the moisture. To soak up as much moisture as possible keep the towel over the wet spot and place something heavy on it.
Best Price offers a 5-year warranty for this memory foam topper. And in case you are not happy with it, you can return it after thirty days. The return window will remain open till 90 days from the date of delivery and you will get 80% of your money refunded. For the topper to be eligible for a return, it should be clean and undamaged. You should make sure that there are no stains or holes anywhere.
Also, keep the packaging in which the topper was delivered just in case. Squeezing it back into the vinyl bag can be a little tricky since topper expands quite a lot. You can get it done if you have time on your hands. Just make sure to do it as carefully as possible so that you do not tear anything. Just call up customer support to file for a return.
The topper is durable to withstand years of regular use. The surface will stay even and will not bear any permanent impressions. As for the price, for such high quality, the price is quite moderate.
- CertiPUR-US certified memory foam is eco-friendly and safe for us.
- Even surface and adequate support for neck and back pain.
- 5-year warranty.
- Machine washable cover.
- Dual-sided for choice between comfort and firmness.
- Ventilation ensures that it will not heat up even after an entire night’s use.
- It comes in secure vinyl bag packaging.
- Isolates motion transfer.
- Green tea extract-infused top layer for stress reduction.
- The cover is of low quality.
- The odor may be an issue for some people.
2. SleepBetter Conventional Foam Mattress Topper
The SleepBetter Conventional Foam Mattress Topper is available in queen size and full size. The queen size measures 60 x 80 x 3 inches while the full size measures 38 x 73 x 3 inches. Do not let the poor packaging deceive you. The topper comes wrapped in a cheap shrink wrapping and with no label or instructions. But as advertised, it offers 3 inches of support, provides 1-4/9 pounds density per cubic foot and is made of 100% pure foam.
The topper is an excellent choice if you are looking for something super firm and moderately priced. On unboxing the product, we found that the shrink wrapping was so tight that it had contorted the topper into an unsightly shape and because of this, it would not lie flat on the bed.
On first look, it seemed to be a basic piece of thick urethane foam cut out from a larger piece with an Exacto knife to fit into a mattress. But as it settled down and fully expanded, we were pleased with how firm it was. It does not lose its density or thickness and provides support throughout the entire night.
We are glad to report that the topper has not lost its firmness even after 3 months of use. This is great if you are a back sleeper. It may be a little firm if you are a side sleeper though. Your hips could feel a little sore in the morning if you sleep on your side the entire night. To give you an idea of the firmness, it is like the foam that you find in benches.
There is no fabric cover to the topper unlike most foam toppers so it can give a somewhat sticky feeling underneath your sheet. You could add a decent mattress cover under your regular sheets if you want to add a little bit of softness under your body.
The smell of the foam is nothing compared to some of the other foam toppers. This could have something to do with the simplistic design and lack of added components like gel infusion. As for heat retention, it is completely subjective. We would rate it a happy medium. Although it is not explicitly mentioned, we liked how well it can isolate motion transfer. This is great if you sleep with a partner and do not want to be disturbed their movement at night.
You should note that urethane material is flammable. It is not machine washable. Stained spots can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild soap. As long as you use a mattress cover, it should last for a long time. There is no manufacturer’s warranty for the product though. If you are not happy with it, you should return it within 30 days if you are purchasing from Amazon. There is little to no customer support for the product.
If you are a side sleeper we would suggest that you go for a different topper. If you are a back sleeper and prefer a firm surface, this will not disappoint.
- Firm support.
- 100% urethane foam.
- Very low odor.
- Isolates motion transfer.
- It takes a long time to expand and straighten out after unpacking.
- No warranty.
- Poor packaging.
- No cover.
3. SleepJoy ViscO2 Memory Foam Mattress Topper
The SleepJoy Visco2 Memory Foam is available in multiple sizes and styles. The sizes available are Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. The styles you can pick from are 2-inch, 2-inch ventilated, 3-inch, and 3-inch ventilated. For this review, we have picked the queen-sized 2-inch ventilated model. At just 12 pounds, this topper is lighter than its competition.
This topper will add the much-needed support that is missing from your traditional mattress. The ViscO2 memory foam enhances comfort levels and relieves pressure points. The ventilated and open-cell construction allows greater airflow so you can have a cooler, more refreshing sleep. The gentle contouring cradles your body perfectly allowing for deeper relaxation. I
f you are the type of sleeper who throws off the cover or wake up hot and sweaty, this topper is just right for you. The memory foam has been enhanced with plant-based ingredients. Any leftover chemicals or foam smell has been removed through an odor-neutralization process.
If you are looking to add not only support but a touch of comfort to your existing mattress, this topper does the job pretty well. It works well on both old and new mattresses. If you are a back sleeper, 2 inches should work fine for you. Side sleepers should opt for the 3-inch model.
Sleep Joy claims that their topper is an inexpensive solution for buying a new mattress. They also claim to have reduced odor considerably by using plant-based materials and the odor-neutralization process. The open cell construction helps to keep it from getting stuffy under the sheets. We did not find any noticeable smell when we first unpacked the topper.
The topper will hold some heat in the areas which are directly in contact with your body. When you move to a cooler spot, the heat releases pretty fast due to the open cell construction.
There was no information on how to maintain or clean the topper anywhere in the packaging.
It needs to be looked up online. You should use a protective cover mattress or else it will soak up dirt, sweat and body odor. You can clean spots with a damp cloth and mild soap. Make sure to air dry it completely before covering it up.
SleepJoy offers a 2-year limited warranty for this topper. Though no paperwork is sent with your order, the information is available online. Limited means that the warranty will apply as long as you have not machine-washed the product and have taken measures to protect it, the company will replace it if there are any deficiencies. If you do happen to get a faulty piece, you can return it for a full refund or replacement.
- Open-cell construction keeps the topper cool.
- Gentle contouring enhances comfort.
- The use of plant-based ingredients reduces odor.
- 2-year limited warranty.
- No instructions for maintenance given.
4. LUCID Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper
The Lucid Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper looks pretty well built in the pictures available online first and foremost. So we had pretty high expectations when we placed the order.
The topper arrived rolled in a standard packing bag. The packaging was neat and professional. Some may think it is a little overkill but we appreciated it. Inside the shipping box, there was another box from the manufacturer inside which the topper was neatly wrapped in plastic. Unboxing is an easy task and the topper will start taking shape as soon as you pull it out of the bag.
There was a noticeable odor when the topper was fresh out of the box but it disappears after a couple of days of air drying it. There is no cover included with the topper though. Memory foam tends to feel a little sticky when in direct contact with the skin so we recommend that you get yourself a nice breathable cotton cover that is machine washable.
At just 2 inches thickness, the Lucid Ventilated Memory Foam Topper is a good choice if you need a thin and light addition to your mattress to make it more comfortable. For added pressure relief, this topper will help.
It is available in multiple sizes like twin, full, queen, king, California king, full X-large and twin X-large. Gel-infused memory foam topper serves two purposes- to help your body retain its natural alignment when sleeping and to prevent your sleeping surface from overheating. Any overheating caused by the memory foam is countered by the cooling effect of gel infusion.
The topper is priced moderately so it can be afforded by most people who do not wish to shell out a lot of money for a topper. Because of its ventilation and gel infusion, it is great to use during the warmer months of the year. And since it is quite thin and light, you will not have any trouble placing it over your mattress.
The memory foam is CertiPUR-US certified so no harmful chemicals have been used in the material like harmful phthalates or formaldehyde. It has a low VOC (volatile organic compound) count as well. You need not worry about the topper catching mold, allergens or bacteria since it is antimicrobial. Do not let the initial odor put you off. It will disappear completely once it has been sufficiently aired out.
In terms of comfort, it is not as luxurious as a full-size memory foam mattress but you will be able to feel the difference when you use it on an old mattress. The topper is good for back sleepers. It is firm enough so that you will not sink in completely. As a side sleeper, the mattress is not thick enough to provide complete pressure relief. You will still be able to find comfort in your shoulder and pelvic region. The 2 inches does have some contouring capability.
The manufacturer claims that the mattress will not bear permanent impressions regardless of how much you use it. Although only time will tell if this is true, we have one unit which has been with us for a couple of weeks and there have been no indentations on the surface so far.
You should take note that getting an encasement for the topper is important if you want it to last long. Try to get something that can be easily washed. The topper is not water-resistant. You can use a damp towel to rub off any stains and then remove moisture with a dry cloth.
The manufacturer offers a 3-year warranty. You can get it replaced or repaired during this time if the product you received was faulty in any way. We recommend that you send them photos of the damage to speed up the process. Returns can be requested by contacting customer support via phone or email. You can return it for a full refund or replacement within 120 days from the date of purchase.
- Gel infusion keeps you cool during your sleep.
- 2-inch thick memory foam relieves pressure in the pelvis and shoulder areas.
- 3-year warranty.
- Lightweight so it can be set up easily.
- CertiPur-US certified memory foam.
- No cover.
- The initial odor may be off-putting for some people.
- Heat dissipation may not be rapid enough for some people.
5. Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress
Pure Green is a soft, queen-size mattress topper made from pure natural latex. It has several advantages over memory foam mattress toppers. For one, cooling layers are not necessary as it has a perforated surface for better ventilation. This does not mean, though, that the Pure Green natural latex mattress is not without its own set of disadvantages.
- GOLS Certified Organic natural latex mattress
- 20 ILD firmness rating
- It may be too soft for back sleepers
- Needs delicate handling
The Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) is the foremost certifying body for organic latex products. GOLS certification means that a mattress is made with certified pure organic raw materials without any chemical additives or fillers. Aside from the GOLS certification, Pure Green also has Greenguard Gold and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certifications. The Greenguard Gold certification indicates that the mattress has low VOC emission while the Standard 100 label by Oeko-Tex certification indicates the textile (and other sewn-in components) meet the standard thresholds for specific chemical substances.
The Pure Green mattress top is 2 inches thick with a firmness rating of 20 ILD, placing it between plush and soft. It offers comfort and support, adjusting according to the contours of your body while simultaneously relieving pressure points. This does not mean that this natural latex mattress topper will be comfortable for everyone, though. There are complaints of the latex topper being too soft or having too much give especially for back sleepers. The topper also needs delicate handling, especially when unpacking from the box. The latex foam may flake or tear off when mishandled.
Best Pressure Relief Mattress Pads (for Bed Sores)
1. Newpoint Home Deluxe Mattress Pad
The Newpoint Mattress Pad has a quilted top and claims to provide year-round comfort in addition to the hypoallergenic mattress pad protecting your mattress. The sides are stretchy so it can fit into some of the thicker mattresses as well. It should even be able to handle a hefty pillow top.
As compared to some of the other pads on this list, this one provides medium level support but does the job of protecting the mattress. If you are going to be on bed rest for a long period, the quilted surface will be easy on your skin so you do not get bed sores.
The outside is made of 100% cotton and the interior is filled with polyester. The stitching has a tight quilted pattern and will hold up for a long period. It looks a little stylish because of the slight damask pattern on the white fabric. 250 thread count is not the best but decent enough to last quite a while.
Newpoint claims that their mattress pad is made for providing comfort as well but we have not found any difference in the level of comfort after setting up the pad over the mattress. It should not be an issue if you are a back sleeper though. However, the thickness is enough to smoothen out the surface of the mattress completely. If added support is what you are looking for there are better choices out there, especially if you are a side sleeper. It is great if you just want to improve the quality of your lumpy mattress.
The pad is hypoallergenic and it is good for those who suffer from dust allergies. The heat retention is pretty good and you may feel a little warm at night. The stiff cotton layer may have something to do with it. If you prefer to sleep cool, this pad is not the best choice.
There is no manufacturer’s warranty apart from the standard 30-day money-back guarantee from a third party seller. You would probably not need it because of its affordable price and decent quality. Maintenance is pretty straightforward. It is machine washable. Use warm water and gentle cycles. Avoid strong detergents. Do not iron or dry clean so that it can last a long time. It is better to hang it out to air dry instead of tumble drying. If you have to machine dry, do it for a very short period or it will ruin the pad completely.
As verified by many users, this mattress pad is quite durable. The sides are quite thick, unlike some pads where the sides tear after a while. Washing it without following the mentioned instructions will quickly damage it, however. Since it is mostly made from cotton, there is not much to say about odor. There was a slight smell on unboxing the pad which disappeared after the first wash.
In all, this is a great choice if you are looking for a budget-friendly option to cover up your mattress, be easy on your skin and smooth out your bed. If you are looking for something to provide extra support and to keep you cool at night, read on further.
- Thick stretchable sides are durable.
- The cotton exterior is gentle on your skin.
- Machine washable.
- 250 thread count.
- Hypoallergenic polyester filling.
- It does not work well with memory foam mattresses.
- It does not provide much support.
- Not helpful if you want to stay cool.
2. Bedsack by Perfect Fit
Most people use mattress pads for covering and protecting their mattresses and even out any small bumps. The Bedsack mattress pad does this pretty well. On opening it, we found that it is thick and seems to be pretty well made.
As claimed by Perfect Fit, the Bedsack will rejuvenate your mattress, provide a hypoallergenic layer to protect you from allergens. If you do not have the time or money to opt for a new mattress, the Bedsack is a great way to spruce up your old mattress till you get a new one.
The material used is what Perfect Fit calls “Perfect Puff” polyester which holds up pretty well when compared to other mattress pads.
The Bedsack comes in a plastic bag with a convenient little handle so you can take it on the go if need be. If you are worried about allergens in a hotel bed, you may want to carry it with you when traveling.
There are many negative reviews along with the positives but this is mostly because people mix up pads and toppers. They expect the support and comfort of a topper and are disappointed to find that the pad does not hold up to their expectations. As far as protecting the mattress and providing a dust-free sleeping experience, this pad does the job. It does lose some of its quality after washing it though.
The stitching is not like the wide, loose square pattern found on some of the other pads. The stitching creates a unique design that covers over 70% of the surface so it holds up pretty well. The sides have been constructed well. It is common to find pads that have two distinct parts. The part that covers the mattress and thin, stretchy sides. This is not the case with the Bedsack. There are no flimsy, see-through sides that develop holes over time. It is a 100% pad. It may be a little tricky to make fit to a thick mattress because of this though.
The comfort level is quite subjective. It is slightly stiff and may feel a little rough under your sheets. Users have reported that it will soften up after washing. While it does soften up, it also shrinks a little and loses some of its quality. Even though it has been branded as machine washable, we recommend that you avoid doing so if you want it to last longer.
It does not hold as much heat as the Newpoint Mattress Pad. Like most pads, it is recommended that you wash in cold water, use a mild detergent and gentle cycles if you are using a washing machine. While the 100% padding can make it difficult to fit your mattress, it can be even more difficult if you wash it in a washing machine. As far as the odor is concerned, we did not find any.
There is no warranty offered by the company other than the standard 30 days return policy. You should keep the original packaging for this purpose. The Bedsack is so affordable that if you are not happy with it, you can just use it for a guest bedroom rather than troubling yourself with repacking it and mailing it back.
- The packaging is convenient for portability.
- Well constructed sides.
- The material feels a little stiff.
- Quality deteriorates after washing.
- The sides are also padded so it may be difficult to fit a thick mattress.
3. The Grand Twin Mattress Pad
The Grand Mattress Pad has been offered by Mastertex to provide stretchable sides that fit some of the thickest mattresses (up to 20 inches). It is a decent mattress that will keep dust and dirt off your bed. It does not offer too much support as it is quite thin.
The build of this mattress pad is of fairly low quality when compared to the other pads listed here. The fabric is itchy and the stitching is loose in places. The surface is 50% cotton and 50% polyester while the back is completely polyester. The fitting is good though. Generously sized corners and deep pockets will ensure that the pad remains securely on the bed without bunching. Putting it on and taking it off is quite easy, unlike the Bedsack. The fitting is good for both the gel and memory foam mattresses as well as extra-large mattresses.
The fabric is quite breathable so you will not feel too warm at night. The thinness may also be a contributing factor in keeping one cool at night. Older mattresses can feel more comfortable with the addition of this pad. The polyester surface may not be the material of choice for many as it is slippery and not so good for your skin. It can protect your mattress from sweat, dust, and dirt pretty well though.
The mattress pad is hypoallergenic so you need not worry about catching any allergies from the pad or your mattress. There is not much you need to be mindful of when it comes to maintenance. Removing it is hassle-free and you can use a washing machine if needed.
Like all toppers, it is always best to wash by hand, using cold water, mild detergent, and air drying if you want it to last long. The thin material and poor stitching may result in the pad getting torn easily if you are not careful with it. A standard 30-day return policy applies to this product if you are getting it from Amazon.
- Breathable fabric helps to stay cool.
- The fitting has been made easy for even very thick mattresses because of generously sized corners.
- Hypoallergenic material.
- Poor stitching can become loose easily.
- Polyester may not feel very comfortable to sleep on.
4. ExceptionalSheets Bamboo Mattress Pad
The Bamboo Mattress Pad by ExceptionalSheets is a display of quality American craftsmanship. It is available in multiple sizes- twin, twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, Olympic Queen, King, and California Queen. For the review, we will be examining the Queen sized one that measures 60 x 80 inches.
A good addition to your mattress to revitalize your sleep, this pad will fit mattresses up to 18 inches thick. The mattress pad has been tested and certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission 16 CFR Part 1632.
The cover is made using a plush rayon from bamboo and if filled with down-alternative cluster fiber to make the mattress pad hypoallergenic. The backing is made using a blend of 30% cotton and 70% polyester. The pad features a stretchable skirt that allows it to snugly fit mattresses up to 18 inches thick. The skirt is made of 8% spandex, 16% nylon, and 76% polyester. If a soft, comfortable, breathable, high-quality mattress pad is what you are after, the ExceptionalSheets Bamboo Mattress Pad will not disappoint.
Revoloft is a state-of-the-art fiberfill that feels like an authentic goose and duck down without the poking, feathers or allergies. It feels smooth under your skin. Revoloft has been used as a filling in this mattress pad so you can be guaranteed to feel cozy. Be it mattresses with latex, memory foam or innerspring, this pad works great with all of them.
As far as durability is concerned, the smooth feel might make it seem delicate but the cover uses a 160 thread count with double-needle baffle box stitching. This ensures that the filling inside will not move around.
Since the cover uses bamboo, it is more effective in transferring heat away from your body as compared to many other polyester-based pads. As soon as you jump onto your bed, you will immediately notice the difference in how cool your bed feels. This coolness lasts throughout the night.
For back sleepers, areas prone to bedsores are the head, buttocks, and feet. ExceptionalSheets has tested their product to ensure that prolonged use will not cause bed sores to users.
A very popular product on Amazon, ExceptionalSheets claims that they have sold over a million of these. They back their product with a 100% money-back guarantee. There seems to be over an overwhelming number of positive buyer reviews online that indicates the good quality of their product. All this luxury comes at a higher price above $100 though. We also recommend that you avoid washing it frequently if you want it to last a long time.
- The bamboo cover ensures that you will enjoy a cool sleep.
- Revoloft fiberfill feels cozy and comfortable.
- Stretchable sides allow the pad to easily fit onto a mattress up to 18 inches thick.
- Sides are a little thin so they may tear up over time if you are not careful.
5. Utopia Bedding Padded Mattress Cushion (Queen)
This fitted and quilted mattress pad fits mattresses that are between 15 inches to 16 inches thick. The cover can securely wrap around the mattress with an elastic edge. Made from 100% polyester brushed microfiber with vinyl backing, this quilted mattress pad promises excellent durability. The construction, especially the sewing, is high-quality.
The padding is not too puffy and the elastic edge ensures that the mattress cover will stay flat and taut. The mattress cover owes its ultra-soft texture to its fiber cushion filling. This padded cover is not only for comfort but also for better body contour and shape retention.
- Durable brushed microfiber construction
- Machine wash and dry
- Fitted with elastic all around
- This quilted mattress cover is not waterproof
- Thinner than similar quilted mattress covers
Though Utopia promises that this product will protect the mattress from stains, the manufacturer recommends the use of extra protection for the mattress pad, especially from water and beverage spills. It’s easy to clean this mattress pad, though. It’s machine washable and can be machine dried (at low temperature) or air-dried.
One common complaint on the Utopia Bedding Quilted Mattress Cushion is that it is thinner (especially the padding) than what most expect on a padded and quilted mattress cover. But for its price, you’ll need to adjust your expectations of this product.
Factors to Consider when looking for Mattress Toppers and Pads
They are some key aspects you should pay attention to when getting yourself a mattress or pad.
- Material: Memory foam and latex toppers conform to the contours of the body so you get better spinal alignment and pressure relief. Feather and wool toppers do not mold themselves so easily but they can be cooler.
- Thickness: Toppers range from 2 to 4 inches in thickness. There are a few toppers that even measure one inch. A thicker topper is needed to adjust the comfort level if the mattress is too firm for the user. If the change you are looking for is minor, a thinner topper might do the job. Memory foam and latex models are usually thicker and tend to retain more heat than thinner models.
- Density: High-density memory foam toppers offer better edge support than low-density foam toppers but also tend to have produced more odor and retain more heat.
- Firmness: Softer toppers work on making overly firm mattresses comfortable while firmer toppers can balance out mattresses that are too soft. Topper can also be used to enhance the firmness of an older mattress.
- Durability: The lifespan of the topper depends on the model. Wool, latex and memory foam toppers are considered quite durable. They will last for many years without sagging too much. Feather and fiber toppers tend to wear out quickly.
- Allergy Potential: Most toppers use hypoallergenic material these days. Some latex or feather topper may trigger allergies for some users. Materials like fiber and wool are hypoallergenic.
- Motion isolation: Foam and latex toppers can absorb movement well and tend to isolate it to certain areas of the mattress. This can prevent your sleep from getting disturbed if you sleep with a partner. Materials like wool, fiber, and feather offer minimal isolation in comparison.
We hope that this guide has been able to help you understand the importance of mattress toppers and pads and their differences. The features to look for when buying a topper should be able to help you make a good decision. The products mentioned here have been handpicked by us after thorough testing and buyer feedback.