Latex foam mattress toppers are an excellent way to add additional support and comfort to your existing mattress.
A foam latex mattress topper, sometimes referred to as a >mattress pad, is an extra layer that sits right on top of the mattress and provides many of the health benefits of latex without the need to purchase an entirely new mattress.
This natural foam pad is then covered with a mattress protector and a fitted sheet so it's out of sight. Many consumers opt for a mattress topper to enhance the comfort of a mattress that has been around a few years, whereas others get a topper at the same time they buy their mattress.
Why should you consider a mattress topper made from latex foam? Consumers who have them say it's luxuriously soft and cushy and provides relief from achy and painful joints. It's possible that you could prolong the life of your mattress by adding a pad on top. Some manufacturers say that their latex toppers can last up to 20 years! Latex toppers are durable and can help alleviate back and joint pain.
Latex naturally regulates body temperature, so you won't experience the feeling of being extremely hot or extremely cold while sleeping on a latex topper. You'll be comfortable in any season, summer or winter.
Latex is a material that allows for even body weight distribution across the surface area of the mattress. You'll enjoy more support and better alignment. This means you will wake with less pain in your hips, shoulders, neck, and back.
Another reason to consider a latex topper is that latex is naturally hypoallergenic - this is excellent news for those with allergies. Spouses like the latex toppers because they can move about during the night and the spouse won't feel the movement. You'll sleep more soundly and feel better in the morning with a natural latex mattress topper.
Within these categories are other variables such as thickness, density, and materials. Just like latex mattresses, latex toppers can be manufactured using the Dunlop method or the Talalay method. Talalay latex toppers are thicker and more luxurious to the touch. Dunlop toppers are a quality product as well, but will tend to be firmer to the touch.
A mattress pad made from latex can be as thin as 2" or as thick as 5". A few manufacturers may honor custom orders for thicker toppers. The thickness of the topper is important because it ultimately helps determine your comfort level. Heavier people should consider a thicker topper for the best level of support.
A general rule of thumb when looking at density is that the higher the density, the more durable and supportive the topper will be for you. It will likely last longer, but it will also cost a bit more. Some manufacturers don't recommend buying a topper with a density less than 4 lbs - higher is usually better.
Latex foam mattress toppers are primarily made from latex. Some are made from 100% natural latex, others incorporate wool and cotton, some are produced from synthetic materials, and still others combine the natural latex and some synthetic ingredients together to create a mattress topper.
The materials may be important if you suffer from allergies. Natural latex is inherently hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, mold, and allergens, which could be a great choice for allergy sufferers. Wool is a very warm material and is ideal for those in colder climates.
Some consumers say that the toppers made from primarily synthetic materials are the most durable and comfortable, but anyone with allergies would want to steer clear of this type of topper.
Do you suffer from allergies? Does the thought of the chemical off gassing from your new topper make you sneeze? Allergy sufferers or those sensitive to chemical smells or strong smells should consider purchasing a mattress topper that is all natural or organic in lieu of the toppers created from synthetic materials.
Thankfully, there are several manufacturers now who offer the healthier and cleaner alternatives in mattress toppers and bedding. Always look for the terms natural latex or 100% organic on your topper to ensure you're getting one that doesn't contain chemicals.
Organic wool and organic cotton are also materials you will want to look for if you're interested in a topper that won't have a strong smell to it due to perfumes and other synthetic materials being added. You will be able to sleep comfortably knowing you aren't breathing air filled with harmful residues.
Please note that for those who are extremely sensitive to smells (I have lots of personal experience with this!!) that natural or organic wool ... and even organic cotton, has it's own natural scent.
A wool mattress topper does not create a chemical irritation like a conventional mattress outgassing, but some people have complained that their bedroom smells like a barnyard!!
Also, I've heard some people who have purchased imported organic cotton mattress toppers have had strange chemical smells coming from some of the materials.
So, be sure there is a return policy for anything you purchase online, or purchase from a store where you can visit and experience the mattress toppers yourself.
Take the time to feel the latex topper. Quality latex foam mattress toppers will feel good to the touch. Toppers made with inferior or lesser quality materials will feel less luxurious and soft.
Check to see how long the retailer has been selling latex foam mattress toppers. Try to find retailers who have been in business for at least 10 years and have a good reputation. This may come in handy if you need to exchange or return the topper for any reason.
Always inquire about the return policy and get the details in writing.
Latex foam mattress toppers have gained popularity in the mattress topper market as of the last few years. The price range of these toppers varies greatly depending on the type of topper it is, materials used, density, and thickness of the topper.
Some of the higher quality and thicker toppers will cost a bit more, but realistically, there is a latex topper that will fit into just about any budget.
Consumer reviews of latex toppers contain valuable information from a consumer's point of view, so be sure to take time to read several before going shopping.
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