At the Natural Mattress Company VT, we sell three different types of mattress toppers: latex, wool and cotton. Each one of these options will have different benefits.
Toppers in general, add a touch of pillowy, cradling comfort to your mattress. They can be used to alleviate hip, shoulder and back pain if your mattress is too firm. They can also extend the life of your current mattress. If you have purchased a foam mattress and are having trouble with temperature regulation (sleeping hot)! A topper made with natural breathable materials can provide the perfect barrier between you and your memory foam mattress that may be retaining heat.
Natural latex toppers will increase the softness of your mattress while providing pressure point relief and additional support. The topper will contour your body and have a spongier feeling then a wool topper. Latex toppers can vary in firmness and type of latex. Talalay latex is softer than Dunlop. Latex toppers come in different thicknesses such as 2 or 3 inch. If you are looking to drastically change the feel of your mattress you may want to opt for a 3 inch Talalay topper. If you would just like to add a little bit more softness a 2 inch Dunlop topper should suffice. Latex is very durable and a topper can last 10 years or more.
Wool toppers are similar to putting a traditional pillow top on your mattress. Sort of like a thicker blanket that will hold up longer over time. It will add some softness and make your mattress more cozy. Wool has a fluffier feel as opposed to latex which feels more spongy. Wool toppers do tend to compress quicker than latex, however they are at a lower price point. You can add to the life of your topper by flipping and rotating on a regular basis. Just like latex toppers, wool topper can come in different thicknesses. The thicker the topper, the more it will changing the feel of your mattress. A thicker topper will last longer, as it will not compress as quickly. Deciding which topper is best for you depends on how much you want to change the feel of your mattress to a fluffier feel, as opposed to a a conventional mattress which will have more bounciness.
Organic Cotton toppers provide similar benefits to one made out of wool. The cotton topper will most likely feel a little firmer and may not compress as quickly as wool. It is still a good idea to flip and rotate a cotton topper to extend the toppers life.
Mattress toppers are usually not a good option if your current mattress has a dip. They could provide a little extra comfort but will not disguise the dip. If the mattress is dipping to much, it is probably time to replace the mattress, instead of buying a topper.
Latex is usually produced is Southeast Asia, where as both wool and cotton toppers can be made through materials grown in the USA. All three toppers can provide the health benefits of sleeping on natural breathable materials that are non-toxic and can alleviate pain caused by sleeping on a mattress that is not a good fit for you. Usually a mattress that is too firm. Although the toppers tend to make your mattress softer, they still will provide good support.
Take a look at some of the toppers we offer on our website.