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Mattress Pads vs. Mattress Toppers: What Should I Choose?

An example of an aerated latex foam layer.

Is your bed a little less comfortable than it used to be, but you’re not in a position to buy a new mattress? Or, is your new Mattress not as comfortable as you had hoped but returning it isn’t an option? In either scenario, you might find that a mattress pad or a mattress topper is a solid short-term solution to your bed-based problems.

But which one to choose? Mattress Pads and Mattress Toppers serve similar purposes, and yet are very different. Keep reading for a breakdown.

Mattress Pads
You might have seen people use the terms “mattress pad” and “mattress protector” interchangeably. This is because many mattress pads fit over the sides of the mattress, just like a mattress protector does, and because they can help protect a mattress to a certain degree. But where mattress protectors tend to be thin and often resemble a fitted sheet, mattress pads—as the name suggests—contain a few layers of padding. This padding might be very thin, but could also be very plush, as in a pillow-top mattress pad.

Mattress pads not only provide some insulation between you and your too-old or too-hard mattress, but they can also provide the added benefit of hygiene to your bedroom. Because mattress pads can be laundered with your linens (and it’s very hard to clean a mattress), they’re a great option to keep beds that see a lot of different occupants—like a heavily used guest room or the space you let out on Airbnb—both comfortable and sanitary.

Mattress Toppers
Like mattress pads, mattress toppers go on top of your mattress to make it more comfortable. Though they may feature straps to keep them in place on your mattress, mattress toppers will not cover the sides of your mattress like a mattress protector, nor indeed will they offer your mattress much protection against spills. For this reason, you’ll want to use a mattress protector between your mattress topper and your fitted sheet. Mattress toppers are significantly thicker than mattress pads (usually from 1–5 inches) and are most commonly made from foam or gel foam, though they may also be filled with down or a synthetic material. (If you’re of a certain age, you may remember when everyone used “egg crate” foam toppers on their beds. These are still made, too, although the trend seems to be moving away from this style topper.)

Because of their size, mattress toppers are usually not machine washable—especially if they’re foam-based. For that reason, they may not be as attractive as a mattress pad in terms of guest accommodations—but could be very helpful in your own bedroom.

What Do I Want ?
There’s no right or wrong answer to the mattress pad vs. mattress topper question. If you want something lightweight that protects your mattress and can easily be laundered, a mattress pad might be your best bet. But if you’re looking to add maximum padding to your bed and you’re willing to trade washability for comfort, a mattress topper (covered by a mattress protector, of course) could be the solution you’re looking for.

If you’ve settled on a mattress topper but need help deciding which one to buy, see Sleepopolis’ reviews of mattress toppers here.

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