How to Choose a Mattress Topper

Ever feel like you turn into Goldilocks when you’re trying to get comfy in bed? You wriggle about thinking 'too hard!' or 'too soft!', and never quite achieve that 'ahh, just right' satisfaction. Your answer to a better night's sleep may well lie in a mattress topper, but many people are still unaware of the benefits of these super soft additions for your mattress. To give your bed a boost and your mattress a new lease of life, we've put together this handy guide to explain what toppers do, why they're a must-have and how to find the best one to suit your sleep needs. Let's dive in!

What is a Mattress Topper?

Much like the cherry on top of a deliciously cosy cake, a mattress topper is a removable layer that sits on top of your mattress, providing you with additional cushioning and support. Our toppers are available in a choice of natural and synthetic fillings in sizes ranging from Single to Emperor, and all of them will instantly transform your bed into a marshmallowy nest of softness. Fitting it to your mattress doesn't involve any huffing or puffing either as our mattress toppers have elasticated straps on all four corners, preventing them from bunching up or coming untucked as you drift off to dreamland.

Although toppers do offer an extra barrier between your body and your mattress, they shouldn't be confused with mattress protectors which are thin, protective coverings designed to prevent perspiration, allergens and dust mites from penetrating the sleep surface. For the best-made bed, use both!

Why Use A Mattress Topper?

There are two main reasons to splurge on a topper; firstly, to increase the longevity of your mattress and secondly, to bring another layer of luxury to your bed. While it might not be able to restore an old lumpy mattress to its glory days, a top-notch topper can certainly add much-needed plumpness to a bed that's past its best. A spare can also be a blessing for guests kipping on a fold-out sofa bed or students living in university dorms, simply roll up your mattress topper and store when no longer needed.

Even if you've recently splashed out on a new mattress, by regularly flipping it and using a topper, you'll alleviate the amount of direct contact you have with it and prevent unwanted indentations and sagging, keeping your mattress feeling the bee's knees for longer.

Our Mattress Toppers

As with all of our bedding items, our mattress toppers are lovingly hand-filled and made fresh to order here in the UK, guaranteeing a bedtime essential worthy of hallelujahs. Each topper reaches the dizzy heights of 7cm for a thick and cushy feel and is encased in a 100% cotton cover with a 233 thread count to create an incredibly silky exterior. Inside though, our mattress toppers feature a cassette construction, meaning the filling is piped into a series of enclosed pockets to ensure an even distribution, helping it retain its chunky shape for many years to come. To keep your topper in tip-top condition, give it a shake every time you change your bed linen to plump up the stuffing and prevent clumping.

If comfort is what you crave, our feather and down mattress toppers are the best picks for you. Their natural fillings boast a whole host of benefits, including the fact they are brilliantly breathable and help regulate body temperature throughout the night. We have two to choose from, our luxury Divine Duck Mattress Topper filled with 100% European duck down and our Great Goose Mattress Topper made from a combination of Hungarian goose feather and down.

  • Divine Duck Mattress Topper - Made up of two-tiers, our Divine Duck is the top of our toppers. The bottom section has an 85% feather and 15% down filling because, as feathers are bigger and denser than down, they provide bulk and structure, creating a firm base to support your body. The top is a 2cm layer of amazingly soft 100% down (the fluffiest and most insulating feathers) to give you that 'sinking into a cloud' feeling.
  • Great Goose Mattress Topper – Our Hungarian goose feather and down is wonderfully soft with superior lofting qualities. This topper's gentle firmness comes from an 85% feather and 15% down blend that's bliss to nestle into after a whirlwind day.

Our natural toppers are also Downafresh® and NOMITE® certified, meaning their fillings are ethically sourced and fully traceable (the feather and down we use is actually a by-product of the food industry!), and their cases are cleverly sealed to stop dust mites getting in, making them hypoallergenic and suitable for those with asthma (discover more in our Bedding Buying Guide).

If you prefer the easy-clean perks of synthetically filled bedding, our hollowfibre Good as Goose Mattress Topper should be your go-to.

  • Good as Goose Mattress Topper - Offering all the plump, squishiness of goose down, but without a feather in sight, this synthetic topper contains tiny siliconised ball fibres that gather in super-soft clusters, simulating the feel of our natural stuffing while remaining machine washable.

A sure-fire way to instantly enhance your sleep experience, our mattress toppers promise to swap springs in the back for springing out of bed. If you need any more advice, give us a bell, we would love to help you find your match in mattress topper heaven.

Lizzy x

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