Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Mattress topper

Adding an extra layer to your bed can help you get a better night’s sleep.

Bed with blue mattress cover
Mattress covers are great if you’d like to change the feel of your mattress, without having to buy a new mattress.Linenspa

There are many ways to get better rest, from starting a regular exercise routine to eating less at the evening meal or turning off smartphones and tablets well before bedtime. Perhaps the easiest way to achieve sound sleep is to improve the mattress itself. A sleep surface that is too soft or too firm can leave you tossing and turning all night. A mattress topper can help by smoothing out imperfections in a lumpy innerspring mattress or firming up an old mattress that may have lost its bounce. If you are looking for a quick way to improve your sleep without investing in an entirely new bed, think about adding a mattress topper with these features.

Material

Linenspa 2 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Memory foam mattress toppers are popular, especially if you’re trying to breathe new life into an old mattress.Linenspa

There are many varieties of topper material, with the most popular being some form of gel foam, egg-crate foam, or memory foam. But be sure to look at cotton and down products as well. Each has different properties of support, heat retention, and motion absorption.

Thickness

Sleep Innovations Gel Memory Foam 4-inch Dual Layer Mattress Topper
Even a cover that’s just a few inches thick can provide comfort and breathability.Sleep Innovations

Mattress toppers range anywhere from about 2- to 6-inches thick. The most popular mattress toppers are the 2- to 4-inch versions, which offer a good compromise between comfort and breathability.

Price

LUCID 4 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Mattress foam infused with gel can distribute heat and keep you cool while you’re sleeping.LUCID

The most economical mattress topper is egg-crate foam, although each type of material usually has a low-end and high-end product price. Some can cost as little as $15 with others costing as much as a grand, depending on the topper material and its dimensions.