Mattress toppers are designed to serve various purposes. You can use them to soften up an existing mattress that’s still in good shape. It can increase the functional lifespan of a mattress, improve the feel of an uncomfortable mattress, and it can make a good mattress even better.
The bottom line is that latex mattress toppers can be used on any type of mattress. However, a topper won’t be much help when a mattress is already past its lifespan or is already too soft.
If you’re planning to buy your first ever latex mattress topper (or any kind for that matter), you’d be happy to know that you’re on the right track. This guide will introduce you to the world of latex mattress toppers so you’ll be better informed when you decide to buy one.
When it comes to the different mattress topper materials, latex types top the list.
Polyester-based or synthetic mattress toppers tend to be cheap but have a very short lifespan. Mattress toppers made from wool or other natural fibres are more expensive and have a longer lifespan but don’t offer any additional support benefits.
Mattress toppers made from natural latex have the longest lifespan. Just like their mattress counterparts, latex mattress toppers tend to be a bit pricey. But the fact that they are durable makes the investment well worth it.
Ideally, a mattress topper should match or complement the bed, so a latex mattress should also have a latex mattress topper. A latex mattress topper provides the following benefits:
Organic latex mattresses are well-known for providing superior support at just the right firmness and bounce. They are also cool and comfortable.
By using an organic latex mattress topper with your latex mattress, you’ll be increasing the softness of the comfort layer and, ultimately, making your bed a more relaxing haven.
Natural latex is a durable mattress material, and the same can be said for latex mattress toppers. But by using a latex mattress topper to protect the core of your mattress, you’ll be combating three types of enemies:
All in all, investing in a natural latex topper is a wise decision as it is not only tough enough to withstand natural wear and tear. It also protects your more expensive mattress from the need for replacement in the long term.
There are soft and medium mattress toppers. However, since organic latex is an elastic material, even those with medium softness or firmness won’t have the same level of stiffness normally found in other mattress toppers.
At Nature’s Embrace, we’ve found that soft natural latex mattress toppers tend to be the most popular. Still, even medium mattress toppers can work well with very firm mattresses by providing a better transition from the topper to mattress. A medium mattress topper can also feel functionally softer on a very firm mattress. If the mattress isn’t very firm, a soft mattress topper is generally the better choice. Of course, as always, personal preference and comfort requirements ultimately play a role in your buying decision.
The level of thickness you should go for depends on several factors. These include your sleeping position or style, body composition, and how much are you looking to change the comfort level of your existing mattress. The thicker you go, the more the topper is going to change the comfort profile of the mattress.
For side sleepers, a thicker, softer mattress topper is highly recommended. The reason for this is that side sleepers need a thicker surface that will provide adequate support to the side of the body, allowing for the shoulder and hip to sink in a little for optimum comfort and lumbar support.
When it comes to back sleepers, a thinner topper works fine. Back sleepers need to lie down on a surface that allows their spine to achieve a natural position (similar to when they are standing), so a thinner mattress topper tend to work the best.
All of our toppers are made of GOLS-certified organic Dunlop latex and encased in GOTS-certified organic cotton sleeves, making them supremely supportive and comfortable, as well as eco-friendly.