Time to clear out the closet, do some spring cleaning and replace your mattress. But in these uncertain economic times, tighter budgets don’t allow many families to do so. Enter mattress toppers. When your mattress doesn’t provide the same comfort and support it used to and a new mattress doesn’t fit into your budget, a mattress topper is the perfect way to extend the life of your existing mattress. Trouble is not all mattress toppers are ideal for folks suffering from seasonal allergies. Here are some things to keep in mind.
The most common choice for mattress topper overlays are memory foam pillow tops because it provides the feel of a memory foam mattress but at a fraction of the cost. Memory foam mattress toppers conform to the contours of the body and minimize motion making it less likely that a tossing and turning sleeping partner will disturb you. By molding to the body, memory foam mattress toppers provide more support for joints than any other mattress topper, alleviating pain and allowing for a comfortable night’s sleep.
This is what makes memory foam mattress toppers ideal for those suffering from arthritis and other aches and pains. And for allergy sufferers, several memory foam manufacturers offer mattress toppers that are hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial with a cotton or similar cover that can be laundered. Memory foam mattress toppers are affordable and available for all mattress sizes. They come in various thicknesses ranging from 2 to 6 inches.
Another mattress topper choice is latex foam. Like memory foam mattress toppers, latex foam molds itself to the body and reduces movement that can disturb sleep partners. But because latex is a natural product derived from the milky liquid of rubber trees, latex mattress topper materials breathe easier than memory foam mattress toppers and are the ideal choice for severe allergy sufferers. Latex foam is naturally hypoallergenic and anti-microbial, resisting mold, bacteria and dust mites.
Natural latex is 100% biodegradable, making it an eco-friendly choice. Unlike memory foam mattress toppers, latex foam mattress toppers are virtually odorless with no harmful offgassing. Latex foam mattress toppers are available in all mattress sizes and synthetic blend toppers can last up to 20 years. Thicknesses range from 2 to 4 inches with many customers finding them equally as comfortable as memory foam mattress toppers.
If you find your old mattress is too firm and you aren’t in a financial position to buy a new one, a feather mattress topper is a good way to add cushioning rather than supplemental support.
Feather mattress toppers made from geese and duck feathers offer a cozy and enveloped feel while you sleep. Feather mattress toppers breathe easy, keeping the body cool in the spring and summer while providing warmth in the winter. If you are an allergy sufferer, look for mattress toppers backed by the Allergy Free Warranty. Such a warranty means that the feather and down filler has had a thorough cleaning. Also look for allergy-proof covers which are available. Feather mattress toppers come in all the typical mattress sizes.
If sleeping on wool sounds itchy, wool mattress toppers are surprisingly plush and cozy and also another good choice for allergy sufferers. Wool mattress toppers are made with a variety of wools and wool blends. Made from lamb’s wool as well as alpaca, wool mattress toppers are resistant to dust mites and mold. Wool mattress toppers naturally absorb moisture and breathe easily making them ideal for regulating body temperatures while you sleep. Wool dries quickly, wicking away sweat when it’s hot and resisting various allergens that prefer moist environments. Wool mattress toppers are affordable and durable, lasting many years, with some machine washable and others dry clean only.