Choosing a Memory Foam Mattress Pad
Memory Foam Mattress Pad
Not all Memory Foam Mattresses are the same! There are many different kinds to suit different people. How do you know which one will suit you?
There are two main factors to bear in mind when looking for a Mattress Topper – thickness and density.
The first thing to consider with your mattress topper is thickness. The ideal thickness depends on your weight and requirements.
The minimum thickness to go for in general is 2 inches. The thicker your Memory Foam Mattress Pad, the more comfortable you will enjoy at the cost of some support. However, the heavier you are, the more thickness you will require.If you want the right balance of comfort and support, then a thickness of 2 inches is ideal if you are of modest weight (170 lbs for a woman or 185 lbs for a man).
A 3-inch topper will give you more comfort and is desirable if you don’t need the added support. If you want maximum support, you won’t need anything thicker than 4 inches. Anything more than this will up the cost significantly without any appreciable difference.
If you are a woman weighing more than 170 lbs or a man weighing more than 185 lbs, add an inch to these thickness guidelines to meet your requirements. However, stick to the same limit of a 4-inch thickness and perhaps seek a topper of higher density.
The density of your Memory, Foam Mattress Pad, will dictate how firm it is, as well as how long it will take to mold to your shape. The thickness is described using an IFD (Indentation Force Deflection) rating, which is the amount of force needed to sink a disk 8 inches across downwards into the foam by 1 inch. The softest you can get is around 10, the usual range of density in shops is 10 -20. 20-28 is medium sweet, above that, and the topper will feel quite firm. And IFD of 40 and above will feel very firm to most.
Those that are heavier will probably want to invest in a firmer, higher density product. This ensures that not only will your Memory Foam Mattress Pad not feel too soft, but it will last longer as well.
Mattress Topper Material Comparison
Memory foam is not the only material for your Mattress Topper. There are others for you to choose from.The other most common choices of material for a Mattress Topper are Latex Foam, Feather and Down and Wool. This page aims to set out its advantages and disadvantages.
Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Memory Foam is one of the better choices as it is the most durable. It is much less likely to flatten than with other materials. Memory Foam is best for joint and spinal support when you have aches and pains. It comes in hypoallergenic and antibacterial varieties. Also, many find Memory Foam to be the most comfortable sleep experience.
However, due to these qualities, Memory Foam can also be more expensive than other materials. some memory foam products aren’t all that breathable and can grow quite hot to sleep on. Also, not all Memory Foam Mattress Toppers are hypoallergenic or antibacterial. The solution to these issues is to shop around – it is possible to find a Memory Foam product that is breathable, antibacterial, and hypoallergenic.
Some people also notice a slight odor with their new Memory Foam product. However, this does disappear after 2-3 days.
Latex Foam is similar to Memory Foam and naturally occurring. Derived from tree sap, it is typically antibacterial and hypoallergenic.
However, latex foam is not as durable as memory foam and will not last or remain comfortable for as long.
Wool Mattress/ Feather and Down
Some people find these materials comfortable, but they do have some issues. Firstly they will not provide the support that a Foam Mattress topper would, and so are not effective for preventing the onset or increase of arthritis or other aches and pains. As well as that, these materials are not antibacterial or hypoallergenic. Also, Wool, in particular, can get very hot to try and sleep with.
Perhaps the biggest drawback is that both Wool and Feather and Down flatten quickly and so do not last long. These materials will have to be replaced much more regularly than a Foam Mattress Topper.