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; first, 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 in tip top condition 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. Our mattress toppers all reach the dizzy heights of 5-7cm for a thick and cushy feel and are 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 and rotate it every time you change your bed linen (we recommend every 10-14 days) to plump up the stuffing and prevent any clumping of your natural or synthetic fill.

If comfort is what you crave, our 7cm deep 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.

These feather and down 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).

Great Goose Mattress Topper

Our Hungarian goose feather and down has wonderful 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. Unlike a 100% down topper which is chosen for softness, a topper containing a high ratio of feathers will offer a supportive layer of comfort.

Grand Goose Mattress Topper

This topper is made up of two layers; the bottom section is a perfect blend of 85% feather and 15% down for plenty of support, and the top layer is 100% down for the softest sleep. Sweet dreams guaranteed.

Baa Baa Bedtime Finest Organic Wool Mattress Topper

Our wool toppers are a great choice if you want something a little less lofty but with some fabulous moisture wicking and temperature regulating properties.

This topper is 5cm deep and is filled with layer upon layer of finely spun organic wool. Read more about the benefits of wool bedding here.

Good as Goose Mattress Topper

If you prefer to avoid feathers and like the easy-clean perks of synthetically filled bedding, our hollow fibre Good as Goose Mattress Topper should be your go-to.

Offering all the plump, squishiness of goose down, but without a feather in sight, this 7cm deep 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.