April 15, 2019

When it comes to achieving the ultimate comfort with our mattresses, we are often faced with the decision of purchasing either a pad or topper. They both have the same goal but what’s the difference between a mattress pad and a mattress topper?


What’s the difference?

The main goal of any mattress pad is to add a comfortable layer over the surface of our bed. They can be constructed with a variety of fabric types, such as cotton or wool. This makes it especially helpful with the changing seasons as people will generally transfer their cotton to wool during wintertime. A mattress pad provides an extra (thinner) layer of comfort to any mattress by using a fitted sheet design, or straps, to secure the pad to your mattress.


Mattress toppers are a more luxurious choice and at Warm Things, we offer them in the form of a feather bed. Mattress toppers also provide an extra layer of comfort, however are typically thicker and sit on top of the mattress, opposed to being fitted. Since they’re on the thicker side, they can be filled with a variety of materials like down, foam, memory, or gel.


What’s on the inside?

One of the biggest ways to decipher the difference between a pad and topper is the material each one is produced with. Here are some of the most common types you will discover when shopping for either design:

  • Cluster Fiber: looks and feels like down and is a great choice for those that suffer from allergies
  • Down Filling: can last a long time as they don’t break down
  • Feather Filling: naturally light and a great source of insulation
  • Memory Foam: forms to the position of the body and provides great support
  • Latex: durable and beneficial for those with aches and joint pain
  • Feather & Down Blend: lightweight and breathable with enhanced comfort


Benefits of a Pad vs. Topper

Each product, whether it be a mattress pad or topper, offers their own benefits, making either one a great choice for your bedding needs:

Mattress Pad

Mattress Topper

Waterproof: they often feature a breathable cover and will protect against stains and moisture

Thicker: most mattress toppers will add additional thickness to your bed for extra comfort

Bug Prevention: many varieties of pads prevent bed bugs and dust mites from entering

Extra Support: many of the materials used in production of toppers provide great pressure relief

Easy Care: they are typically easily machine washable

Spot Clean: to care for your topper, you only need to spot clean it

Health: mattress pads can reduce the effects of allergies and asthma

Health: mattress toppers can help to alleviate the pain of joint discomfort


Which should you choose?

Ultimately, the choice is yours. It is all dependent on how much you want to change the surface of your bed. If you’re looking to change the entire feel of your mattress, a topper would be your best bet, however, if you enjoy your current mattress situation and just want just a little extra support, a pad will do.

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