Think mattress pads are just a required cover for your bed? Well, you’re partly right—every mattress does need a cover to protect from typical wear and tear. But the right mattress topper can do more: Some protect mattresses from dust, dander, and spills, some help the bed stay at a comfortable sleeping temperature, some reduce how much the bed moves when a sleeper tosses and turns, and some can even make a so-so feeling mattress a fabulous place to sleep.
If you want to find the right mattress topper for you, this guide can help.
Most people buy a new mattress pad because they either have a new mattress that they want to protect or because they're looking to make their bed more comfortable.
|To protect against...||Consider...|
|Everyday wear and tear||A basic cotton mattress pad|
|Liquids and spills||A waterproof mattress pad|
|Allergens like dust, dust mites and pet dander||A mattress pad enhanced with anti-allergen properties|
|Bed bugs||A mattress protector with bedbug barriers|
What Would Make Your Mattress More Comfortable?
|If you want...||Consider...|
|Temperature control||Mattress pads filled with natural fibers like cotton, wool, or down.|
|A bed that adjusts to my body||A down-filled mattress pad, which is fluffy and comfortable-and will help keep the temperature even while you sleep. (If you're concerned about allergies, you can also opt for a down-alternative mattress pad.)|
A Visco Elastic mattress pad can also conform better to your body-these synthetic pads respond to body heat, getting softer in the spots you press the mattress most, and staying firm elsewhere-so they feel like they're supporting you where you need it.
And if you opt for a cotton mattress pad, look for one with a higher fill count, which will feel softer.
|More firmness||A latex mattress pad or a Visco elastic pad can add more firmness to the mattress for a more supported feeling.|
|Reducing motion||A mattress pad made with Memory Foam or latex will reduce the transfer of motion, meaning one side won't move as much when the other one does.|