A mattress topper is a great way to add a new lease of life to a tired mattress. But will a mattress topper save an old mattress?
It’s important to note that a topper will not fix a bad mattress. Your existing bed must be in fairly good condition, without tears, lumps or sags, for a topper to have a beneficial impact on your sleep.
Find out if you need a memory foam topper or a new mattress to improve your sleep.
Do I Need a Topper or a New Mattress?
Consider the following points to decide if you need a memory foam mattress topper or to buy a new mattress altogether.
When a Topper Is the Answer
If your mattress is in fairly good condition but isn’t quite as comfortable as it once was, then a mattress topper could be the answer. A memory foam mattress topper is a cost-effective way to add a little luxury and extend the lifespan of your mattress.
When a Topper Isn’t The Answer
It seems that many of us grow attached to our mattresses – probably because we spend so much time on them. But an old, unsupportive mattress can have serious health implications, causing back pain, muscular aches, sleep deprivation and more. If any of the following is true about your mattress, then it’s time to let go:
- It has a lumpy, uneven surface
- Exposed springs/ interior
- Dipping or sagging
Do Mattress Toppers Make a Difference If...?
Find out whether a memory foam bed topper could save your existing mattress issues.
I Can Feel the Springs Through the Mattress
If you can feel the mattress springs poking you through the cover, it’s a sure sign you need a new mattress. While a thick memory foam topper will help to mask the discomfort with a cushioning layer, your mattress will not be providing the right level of support for your body.
If it’s time for an upgrade, choose a pocket sprung mattress over innerspring or coil as it’s more supportive and hard-wearing.
My Mattress is Lumpy
Lumps and bumps in your mattress? It’s time for an update. Lumps are an outward sign that the inner construction of the mattress is failing and is unlikely to provide full support.
A topper can provide an extra layer of comfort while you wait for your new mattress, but it isn’t a long term solution.
My Mattress Is Too Firm
If you’re longing for a softer sleep surface, this is where it pays to invest in a mattress topper.
A cushioning memory foam topper can add extra comfort and softness to a firmer mattress. This gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to comfort and support.
My Mattress Is Too Hot
If you find your mattress makes you too hot in the night, a cooling topper can be a cheaper alternative to changing your mattress.
The technical fabrics and fibres used in cooling memory foam mattress toppers help to increase airflow and regulate body temperature. Our Coolmax memory foam collection also comes with breathable covers you can pop in the washing machine to help keep things fresh.
Will a Mattress Topper Help a Sagging Mattress?
Once your mattress starts to sag, it’s unlikely you will be able to fix it with a topper.
Adding a topper to a sagging or dipping mattress only adds more weight and could make the problem even worse.
Check your bed frame for any missing slats which could be causing it to dip before looking into purchasing a new model.
Are Mattress Toppers Worth It?
Yes! As long as you’re using a topper for the right reasons, and not trying to fix an unfixable problem, a mattress topper can provide high levels of comfort, extend the life of your mattress and help you enjoy a great night’s sleep.
Healthy sleep is vital for our wellbeing, so it makes sense to invest in bedtime.
A memory foam mattress topper is an affordable way of injecting a touch of luxury into your bed and can help you save money in the long run.
Best Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
Memory foam mattress toppers are a brilliant choice. They’re supportive, comfortable and durable – just like a memory foam mattress, the foam moulds to the contours of your body and ensures you sleep peacefully every night.
We have a range of memory foam mattress toppers available to suit all budgets. The three main things you need to decide when choosing a topper are:
- Foam Density: the higher the density, the greater the support. We stock 45kg/m3, 60kg/m3 and 75kg/m3
- Topper Depth: the deeper the topper the softer it will feel. We offer 5cm, 7.5cm and 10cm
- Cover: We offer budget mattress toppers without a cover, or temperature-regulating mattress toppers if you often feel too warm in the night
Take a look at some of our top picks;
Best Mattress Topper for Back Pain
Our luxurious 4G Aircool memory foam mattress topper features pressure-relieving memory foam to help soothe aches and pains.
Mattress features include;
- Cooling open cell foam
- Full body support
- Available up to super king size
Best Mattress Topper for Hot Sleepers
Do you often toss and turn at night due to overheating? The Coolmax memory foam mattress topper range offers;
- Breathable, moisture-wicking Coolmax fibres
- Machine washable cover
- Dust mite resistance
Best Budget Mattress Topper
Our Essentials 5cm memory foam mattress topper offers supportive foam at a bargain price. This great value topper is ideal for spare rooms, students and rentals.
- 5cm of medium density memory foam
- Hypoallergenic materials
- 1 year warranty
How To Use a Mattress Topper
Follow these tips to get the most out of your topper.
1. Remove all bedding from your mattress, including mattress pads and protectors
2. Place your mattress topper so it sits on top of your mattress, ensuring there is no overhang. An overly large topper can become quickly damaged so make sure sits comfortably
3. If you have a mattress protector, fit this over the mattress and mattress topper
4. Remake your bed as normal
How Can I Make My Old Mattress More Comfortable?
If you’re not ready to fork out for a new mattress, there are plenty of ways to make it more comfortable;
- Add a memory foam mattress cover for extra padding
- Top your bed with sumptuous memory foam pillows
- Upgrade to softer bedding and quilts
- Fix broken bed slats
- Flip or rotate your mattress