What to Consider When Shopping for a Mattress Topper


1st April 2023

A good bout of sleep is one the most important things you can do for your physical and mental well-being every night, and it's easier done with the right array of bed linen products. A mattress that’s lumpy, uneven, too soft, or too firm can ruin that experience and instead lead to discomfort, pain and interrupted sleep.

The solution? A mattress topper.

A mattress topper is an extra layer, both for your comfort as you rest and an added layer of protection for your mattress. It is a great option to invest in if you are looking to maintain and protect the longevity of a brand-new mattress, but also a great solution to a worn mattress that has lost its support. Mattresses tend to be expensive and the right topper can sometimes be an affordable solution.


Mattress toppers come in various materials. The best option is the one that meets your needs. Read on for the different types of mattress topper fills and how what they can offer:

Polyester Blend

Polyester blend, also called fiberfill, is soft and fluffy. It is made with synthetic fibres that trap heat but is great at inhibiting dust, mites, and mildew. It is very affordable but has a luxurious feel.
This may not be the best option if your body requires greater support.

Bamboo Cotton

Bamboo cotton has thermal regulating properties, which are excellent for those who overheat while sleeping. It also has a firmer structure to it, the fibres bounce, meaning it keeps its shape.


This is a very luxurious and expensive option. Breathable, mildew-resistant, and biodegradable wool mattress toppers provide fantastic cushioning.

Wool toppers are not typically plush or lofty like other fill types, and are best for adding warmth and providing a softening layer for electric blankets to trap heat effectively.

Feather and Down

If you have purchased a mattress that feels too firm at home, instead of going through the hassle of making an exchange, a feather & down topper is a great way to soften the surface. Evenly distributed filling and all-natural fibres make feather and down a great option.

Pain Relief and Body Support

A good mattress topper should prevent discomfort or pain from lumpy or less supportive mattresses.

Comfort and Softness

Opt for the right degree of softness - some mattresses require added support, and some require a surface layer for additional cushioning.

Thermal Balancing

If you tend to overheat whilst sleeping, opt for naturally breathable fill types, like cotton and bamboo toppers. Some toppers are also created with new technology that allows for optimal thermal balancing in their design.

Loft and Size

Mattress toppers are usually 1 to 4 inches thick. Thickness does not equate directly to support but can certainly affect how warm the bed gets and always adds height to your mattress, so make sure you get the right size sheets and consider the required sheet wall length for your mattress. When it comes to bed sizes, we offer cot size, double bed mattress toppers, through to super king size toppers.

Hypoallergenic Features

If you have allergies or sensitivities, choose a mattress topper that’s resistant to your triggers, like mildew, mites, and bed bugs. Some organic fill types are naturally antimicrobial and dust resistant, but other fill may be chemically treated or manufactured in a way that reduces the risk of allergens.

Ease of Cleaning, Storing and Moving

Choose a mattress topper that is easy to install and wash. Fiberfill or feather material is typically lightweight and not especially hard to maneuver. For beds of bigger sizes, it’s usually easiest to remove or dress a mattress topper with two people. Always check if the mattress topper can be machine washed via the care label, and ensure your machine is equipped to handle the load weight.


The average lifespan for mattress toppers is around 3-5 years. How well you take care of your topper can affect its longevity, so we recommend following the care label instructions and regularly airing.

Manchester Warehouse Mattress Toppers

Manchester Warehouse carries various mattress topper brands that provide the utmost comfort, support, and convenience. Our range of double bed mattress topper products in various styles is perfect for individuals and couples craving a satisfying sleep.

Shop with us and find the ideal mattress topper for you!
Enhance your sleeping experience by pairing your new mattress topper with our collection of cushions, which will add the perfect finishing touch to your bed setup.