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As a mattress salesman I get asked a lot of questions and some seem to come up repeatedly. This is one of those questions.
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First and foremost for those who don’t know Tempur-Pedic the best know brand name in memory foam mattresses. Even more importantly it has become a genericized trademark or proprietary eponym, like Xerox or Kleenex but in this case for memory foam. So when we are talking about Tempur-Pedic understand that we are talking about all the various brands of memory foam mattresses available in retail mattress stores and on the Internet.
The truth is if you are simply feeling the memory foam material used in both Tempur Pedic Mattresses and memory foam mattress toppers you might be hard pressed to feel a difference. In some cases depending on the brand you may only feel a slight difference. In low quality low priced knock offs there really is no comparison they can feel quite different, especially over extended time like years or even as soon as a few months. Feeling a piece of foam in your hand and sleeping on it for 6-9 hours are two different things.
Memory foam toppers are an addition that can be added to any mattress. They are sometimes called an overlay or pad and are usually 2-4 inches in total thickness. Putting one on a mattress with coil springs is a low cost option to buying a Tempur-Pedic type mattress and while it has a similar feel it is not exactly the same as sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic type mattress. The reason being is brands like Tempur Pedic have built and designed the foam layers within the mattress and tested them to work together in conjunction with one another for maximum pressure relief, maximum support, and unmatched comfort. Toppers are more or less an inexpensive solution to achieve a comparable feel that might be acceptable for some people.
Want to learn more about Memory Foam Mattress Toppers? Check out our article called The Poor Man’s Memory Foam Mattress