Mattress Toppers: Do They Work? What's Best?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
Member
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I bought a memory foam mattress topper (4 in), and it was a dream! It was seriously sooo comfortable. The only thing more comfortable is a memory foam mattress.

Post # 4
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1426 posts
Bumble bee

I think I would be going back to the place I bought the mattress from and explaining what happened before buying a mattress topper.  I don’t think that should be happening a month in, especially with a firmer mattress.  Sounds like its sagging already… would be asking for a refund or a new mattress.

 

Post # 5
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Pocket_Mouse:  I’ve used the memory foam ones that Costco sells and it was pretty comfortable! Do you have any “dips” in your mattress? Most mainstream brand offer a 10 year warranty and you can contact them to measure. Our first mattress dipped within 4 months of sleeping on it and they replaced them with brand new ones!

Post # 7
Hostess
11168 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We have both a memory foam toppers and a five inch down topper and our bed is like heaven. While our mattress itself isn’t firm I am extremely picky and like to sleep surrounded by fluff.

We got our down topper at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Post # 8
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Pocket_Mouse:  Contact the manufacturer anyway? Maybe they can do something for you!

 

Post # 9
Member
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Atrium at the Curtis Center

My husband and I just went mattress shopping this past weekend and I’ll pass along some (hopefully) helpful information the salesman told us: 

An unused mattress tends to wear MUCH faster than a mattress that is slept on regularly. He said the material that is around the coils dries out if there isn’t a source of weight on it regularly, and even if the bed hasn’t been used, it can still be in really bad shape after 10 years. 

Also, a mattress topper will help a too-firm mattress, but it won’t help with the dips in the mattress because it will just conform to the dips that are already there.  

Hope that helps and you get some good sleep soon! 

Post # 10
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253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have a mattress topper and it is so comfortable. However, I wouldn’t get another one like this and have been contemplating getting rid of it – foam is so flammable that even more fire retardant chemicals (which apparently don’t actually help much with fire at all) are added than usual (and they seem to be added to everything). Because flame retardants may be carcinogenic, are already found in decent levels in our blood, and are almost certainly detrimental to unborn children (evidence linking in everything from autism to ADD) I would see if you can find an “organic” or “healthy” version with fewer chemicals.

Flame retardants have been increasingly criticized over the past few years and public opinion has really gone off them following a recent study wherein their efficacy was challenged and their detrimental effects examined.

Post # 11
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1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I hate to say this, but I would start looking for deals on a new mattress instead. A few years ago, Darling Husband bought a new mattress from sleep train and signed up for their cc and didn’t have to pay interest on it for 1 year. The payments for it every month were about $110 or so. Maybe something like that can be an option? 

Post # 12
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2654 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Disclosure: I’ve never had a mattress topper like I’m about to describe, but I have had and LOVED a full on latex mattress.

If you have issues with temperature in bed, a memory foam topper might not be your best choice. Many of them retain heat and can get really hot under blankets. That’s a huge reason I can’t sleep on memory foam. If you aren’t allergic to latex, I would highly recommend giving a natural latex topper a try. I used to have a firm latex mattress but lost it in the divorce. (We had made an agreement that in the case of divorce, whoever initiated the divorce lost the mattress. I’m over the marriage but still mourning that mattress!) They are kind of expensive, though, but they’re so worth it and last forever. When I was looking into information about latex mattresses, I came across quite a few reviewers who said they had latex mattresses passed down to them from previous owners who had owned them a long time, and the beds were still completely comfortable and supportive!

I do have to agree with the PP who said a topper won’t help the dips.

Post # 14
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2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

we have a featherbed topper. it was a gift, and i think it was from a catalog. it’s a 2″ tall topper though. it works wonders on the crappy mattress we have in our apartment.

Post # 15
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930 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had a memory foam topper in college (those dorm beds are not comfy).  And it was a dream!!!  I’m really hoping to buy another one someday.

Post # 16
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453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We have a 3″ topper from Kohls, and its awesome.  You can get great deals from Kohls, we got it for like 70% off using their sales and coupons.

 

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