What's the Difference Between a Mattress Cover and a Mattress Topper?

    How to Decide if a Mattress Cover or a Mattress Topper is Best for You

    It can be hard knowing what to believe when it comes to products that you know nothing about. Shopping on the internet can be a lot trickier because if you read that a mattress topper is essential then you’ll want to buy one without really knowing what youre buying. Sound familiar? Here at Memory Foam Warehouse, we aim to take away the smoke and mirrors of online upselling and allow you to make an informed decision regarding whether a mattress cover or a mattress topper is suitable for you.

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    What is a Mattress Cover?

    But first we need to clarify what a topper and mattress cover actually are. You’d be right in thinking that they both go on top of your mattress but that is where the similarities end. A Mattress Cover is also known as a mattress protector as it will protect your mattress. Mattress covers act as a barrier between you and your mattress to keep your sleeping environment healthy and clean.

    As a child you may have come across plastic mattress covers which were primarily designed to keep ‘night-time accidents’ from damaging your mattress however it is encouraged that everyone should use a mattress cover now, but thankfully adults ones are fabric as opposed to plastic.

    Mattress covers are used to keep your mattress in a new condition as any spillages will be absorbed before entering your mattress but the protection doesn’t just work one way, this is a two way street. Mattress covers stop dust or allergens from irritating you during the night and the vast majority are washable so if you keep it clean, your mattress and sleeping environment will remain spic and span.

    Benefits of a Mattress Cover

    • Shield your mattress from stains, spillages and soiling
    • Protect you from irritation from dust mites or allergens
    • Improve the lifespan of your mattress
    • Easy to remove and wash for a clean sleeping environment
    • Extra comfort and support

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    What is a Mattress Topper?

    A Memory Foam Mattress Topper is a way to add a little bit of luxury to your sleeping environment. Memory Foam Mattress Toppers have a layer of memory foam, usually between 2cm and 10cm deep which you place on top of your existing mattress to offer an additional layer of comfort and pressure relief.

    Where some people get confused when it comes to Mattress Toppers is thinking that it is a solution for a bad mattress, this is wrong for many reasons. If you have had your mattress for a long time and it is starting to sag or become lumpy, placing a mattress topper on top will only enhance the problem. If this is a problem for you then consider purchasing a new mattress as a good rule of thumb is that your mattress should be replaced every 7 years.

    A mattress topper is ideal to use for those who have a firmer mattress as a topper is a quick and easy way to soften up your sleeping surface. Alternatively if you’ve had your mattress for a couple of years but you feel it needs freshening up then a mattress topper would be the perfect accompaniment.

    Benefits of a Mattress Topper

    • Great way to make your current mattress last longer (depending on its current condition)
    • Supportive
    • Eliminates aches and pains from your current mattress
    • Extra comfort
    • Choice of thicknesses to suit your needs
    • Cheaper way of enjoying Memory Foam without having to purchase a new mattress
    • Temperature sensitive and will mould to your body’s natural shape

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    Which is Best for Me?

    When deciding which is best and most suitable for you, you must first look at your current sleeping surface and its condition. A mattress topper is a great way to add a little luxury to your mattress without having to buy a brand new mattress. However if your mattress is looking a little worse for wear than a mattress topper will only extenuate these issues.

    On the other hand, a mattress cover is deemed essential for every bed in the household. A mattress cover will keep your mattress in clean and protect it from any stains whilst protecting you from dust, allergens and other related irritations. It is important to remember to care for your mattress cover and wash on a regular basis - roughly every other week or at least once a month. As with most things, mattress covers don’t last forever and should be changed annually or just use your initiative, if there are holes or it is becoming very worn, consider replacing it.

    If you would like any additional advice relating to Memory Foam products then feel free to have a read of our blog where we discuss new product ranges, health benefits of memory foam and answer all of our customer questions. Alternatively contact Memory Foam Warehouse directly for some specialist advice on choosing the correct Memory Foam products for you.