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Mattress Pads, Protectors, and Toppers: Deciding Which is Right for You

Mattress PadMany people use the terms "mattress pad", "mattress protector", and "mattress topper" interchangeably. In truth, these items each have distinct variations from one another, and each offers different advantages depending on your needs. In order to receive the greatest benefit and enjoyment, it’s important to use the correct product for your specific lifestyle and personal preferences.

Mattress Protectors

A mattress protector’s name explains its primary purpose: to protect the mattress. A mattress protector should protect against spills (which can void your mattress’ warranty) and liquids. Some mattress protectors are completely waterproof, to provide the highest level of liquid protection. A mattress protector may also protect the sleeper, from things such as bed bugs and dust mites. This is an excellent purchase to protect your mattress’ warranty, to extend the life of the mattress, and for those who have allergies.

Mattress Pad

Similar to a mattress protector, a mattress pad will protect your mattress from wear and tear. However, mattress pads are typically designed to protect against lighter forms of damage. This is balanced out by additional comfort, as mattress pads are usually slightly softer than protectors. Depending on the exact style, a mattress pad may also be easier to install and remove. A mattress pad is an excellent option if you’re not concerned with allergens and don’t expect any major spills.

Mattress Topper

A mattress topper is designed to provide added comfort to your mattress. Mattress toppers are typically a soft, plush layer of additional fabric. While nearly anyone can appreciate the luxurious feel of a mattress topper, these are especially helpful for those who would like to cushion pressure points, such as shoulders and hips. Many people prefer a down, or down alternative, version, as this provides resilient support and extra warmth. While a mattress topper will also provide mattress protection, this is not its primary purpose.

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