Best Mattress Toppers | Best Mattress Toppers Reviews
An uncomfortable mattress is the enemy of a good night’s sleep, and we all know how important sleep is for physical and mental well-being. Oftentimes, people complain that their beds are too firm or perhaps the padding is starting to wear. Both of these complaints can easily be remedied with a mattress topper. Toppers, or mattress overlays, lay on top of the mattress to provide additional comfort or support that may be lacking. Zeecircle.com has a wide variety of toppers to meet your needs, from foam to feather bed styles.
Selecting the right type of mattress topper involves determining what you want to change about the sleep surface, your preferred material, and of course mattress size.
For mattresses that are too firm, one prefers a soft memory foam topper or feather bed to add a layer of plushness. A bed that is too pillowy may be improved with firmer memory foam or latex topper. Often the pillow tops of spring beds will compress after a few years and older beds that have lost some of their resilience could benefit from all types of toppers depending upon user preference. While toppers can make a world of difference, the underlying mattress must still be supportive and functional as the topper will conform to its shape.
Memory foam toppers of a layer of pressure-reducing foam that contours to the sleeper’s body and improves alignment. Latex toppers provide pressure relief as well, are typically more resilient, and can be ordered firmer. Down feather beds are a long-time favorite featuring various lofts of feather or synthetic down loft to add pillowy softness. We also offer convoluted foam or egg crate toppers that offer an economical alternative. Memory foam and latex materials are considered hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant and most feather beds are treated to be non-allergenic as well. If you are having trouble choosing just one, consider a dual topper that has latex on one side and memory foam on the other.
The other important consideration is the size of your bed and topper. We carry all of the most common sizes including Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King. Many products can also be special-ordered in custom sizes as well, such as Full XL, waterbed topper sizes, or split sizes. Topper height ranges between one inch and 4 inches usually. Optimal support for foam toppers is usually achieved at 2.5″ or higher. Whether you need a drastic change or a subtle one, and firm support or plush will help you determine the best choice for you.
No matter what type of topper you are looking for, Zeecircle.com is sure to have options that meet your needs. We carry all of the most popular materials and sizes, as well as several specialty models to help you achieve the best sleep possible.
Memory Foam Toppers
If you want to improve a sub-par mattress, a memory foam topper is one of the best solutions available. Memory foam toppers remain very popular as many sleepers enjoy the pressure point reduction and back supporting benefits they provide. Memory foam is a special type of responsive foam that evenly distributes body weight which keeps the back in alignment eliminates many of the complaints that stem from spring mattresses.
Memory foam has special properties that allow it to respond to each sleepers’ body individually for optimal comfort. The cells absorb and distribute body weight across the surface and the viscosity adjusts using your body’s temperature to contour to and support your back. Heavy areas like your hips and shoulders are cradled by the bed and the lower back remains supported in its proper position. In a spring mattress, the heaviest part of your body, usually the hips, sinks in and creates a hammocking effect that misaligns the lower back and leads to back pain, neck pain, should pain, hip pain, and other complaints. Using a thick memory foam topper (3” or more) over a spring mattress can help reduce this (although using a spring-free mattress is the only way to totally eliminate it). You should make sure your topper will be thick enough to absorb your pressure points. Many people also like to use memory foam toppers over firmer memory foam and latex beds for added softness, and even over water or air beds to achieve optimal support.
Memory foam toppers come in a wide range of types and sizes. Higher-density memory foams will last longer and provide more comfort than lower-density foams. Low density would be those foams with densities less than 4 lbs. These will feel softer, but will have less resilience, less support, and will degrade quicker. Densities between 4 and 6 lbs are considered optimal because they provide greater support and buoyancy without being too firm and are longer-lasting. Your memory foam mattress topper should be the same size as your bed. You can use a tape measure and our size chart if you are unsure what mattress size you need. Common mattress topper sizes are Twin 38×75, Full 54×75, Queen 60×80, King 76×80, and Cal King 72×84. Twin and Full XL or Long sizes measure 80” long. Specialty sizes are available in most models to accommodate RV sizes, waterbed sizes, and other custom mattresses. The profile height of memory foam toppers can range from 1” to 5”. Larger-framed people will get more comfort from thicker toppers that can fully contour to their shape. Most likely, you will need at least 2” of in a memory foam topper to experience pressure point relief. Toppers over 4-5 inches are typically not recommended because they can become cumbersome and a regular memory foam bed would be more suitable.
For optimal comfort, select a topper that is composed solely of memory foam with base or support layers. Some manufacturers and these to reduce costs, but they will lessen the life of the topper and reduce the beneficial effects. Your mattress will provide support for the topper, so a support layer will not be necessary. There are also several different types of memory foam. Imported foams are often less expensive and can be high-quality, but many shoppers prefer models made from American foam for their greater reliability and consistency. If you have any questions about our memory foam toppers or other mattress products, please let us know!
Latex toppers are made using latex rubber which creates durable and resilient foam. Latex offers many benefits for sleepers, and in its natural state, is also environmentally friendly. The primary considerations when selecting a latex topper involve the type of latex and the foam processing method.
Latex foam does provide contouring, ergonomic support for backs, but is not temperature-responsive like memory foams. The difference is with memory foam, the material will soften and warm in higher-pressure areas to create the contouring effect, but with latex foam, there is immediate contouring which does not change with body heat. Like Visco foams, latex foam evenly distributes body weight across the surface to relieve pressure points. Many people prefer latex toppers to memory foam because latex naturally sleeps cooler, an effect enhanced by the pinholes (a result of manufacturing). A latex topper is naturally dust-mite resistant and hypoallergenic making it a good choice for those with allergies. The natural resilience of latex means a quality topper will last many years.
Latex is available in both natural and synthetic forms. Natural latex comes from a liquid under the bark of the hevea brasiliensis tree. This liquid is tapped without harming the tree’s growth and is a renewable resource which makes it eco-friendly. Synthetic latex is similar but is lab-engineered, usually from petrochemicals. Natural latex toppers are preferable for those that want all-organic or ‘green’ bedding but are expensive to manufacture. Latex blends that mix natural and synthetic latexes are common because they cost less and are long-lasting, so shoppers on a budget may prefer a blend.
The way the foam of the latex topper was created also impacts the feel. The Dunlop process is the original processing method in which the foam is whipped, poured, and heated to set. The Talalay process vacuum-pressurizes the chamber before heating which results in a more even and consistent foam. Dunlop process is cheaper to produce, though its results tend to be denser, firmer, and can be less consistent. Dunlop latex is usually considered best for mattress cores are those who prefer a firm feel while Talalay is considered best for mattress toppers.
Most latex toppers are available in different firmnesses from firm to soft which is determined by the foam processing method and pinhole placement and may be described as in ‘ILD’ or Indentation Load Deflection which tells how much pressure compresses a foam. The lower the ILD, the softer the feel. A soft range is usually between 14-20, medium 20-28, firm 28-36, and extra firm 36-44. Thicker toppers will offer a more supportive feel while thinner toppers will have more subtle effects. Toppers of 2-3 inches will be suitable for most sleepers.
We offer a wide range of latex and other mattress toppers and are happy to help you find the perfect solution for your needs and budget. Please contact us if you need help picking a topper or have questions about our products.
Down Feather Beds & Feather Toppers
Perhaps the original mattress toppers, feather beds have remained popular for ages as a way to create a more comfortable sleeping surface. They consist of varying thicknesses and feather types sewn into an overlay that is placed on top of the mattress. They are often used to make aging mattresses more comfortable or to provide added softness on a bed that is too firm. Featherbeds are typically placed above sheets, but deep pocket sheets may accommodate the topper and the mattress.
Differences between different feather bed models usually involve the stitch design, fabric, and type of fill. Some feather beds are completely open within and feathers move freely. More advanced models feature quilting and baffling to keep feathers in place and increase the loft height to anywhere from 1” to 5”! Higher lofts will provide plusher surfaces. Fabrics can range from synthetic blends to cotton, to organic materials in various thread counts with higher-end models featuring feather-proof barriers. Fill type also can range from feathers to down, and many brands feature allergen-free fill as well. Down is the soft, inner plumage of birds that is lighter and more breathable. Feathers provide a firmer loft. Many people prefer down-feather combinations for a soft feel with some firmness. Models are also available as all down feather beds for maximum softness. The fill power of the feather topper refers to the density, usually referred to as cubic inches per ounce. Higher fill is denser, warmer, fluffier, and typically longer-lasting.
Proper care for mattress toppers involves occasional fluffing and rotating for even wear. Most feather toppers are either dry clean or spot clean only as machine cleaning will ruin the loft of the feathers, so be sure to pay attention to labels. Using special protectors to seal the mattress protector can help protect your investment from liquids and dust as well.