September 2018

Mattress Care: Should I Buy a Mattress Topper?

We know that details matter when it comes to your mattress. After all, every aspect of your mattress should provide you with the most comfortable, soothing night’s sleep possible. One such aspect is mattress protection, which comes in the form of mattress toppers.  

But what exactly is a topper? Should you invest in one?

Are they necessary or simply a luxury?

At John Ryan, we want to explain why they can be both.

What are mattress toppers?

mattress topper

Don’t worry, this isn’t the moment where we start to come out with some overly complicated jargon, because we like to keep things simple in regards to sleep quality.

To put things into perspective, most mattress retailers will generally use pillow top pads to offer an extra bit of protection or ‘showroom theatre’ to a mattress. However, when it comes to mattress toppers, these separate items of bedding are designed specifically to not only provide protection, but to completely enhance the level of comfort you experience from your mattress.

Toppers can be added to your mattress at any time to help increase its level of longevity and to supply you with a separate layer of comfort and support, tailored to suit your exact requirements. The right mattress topper can transform a good new mattress into a great one, breathe new life into an old one, and make a bad bed more bearable.

What benefits can a mattress topper offer?

John Ryan Latex MattressTopper

As time passes your mattress may flatten out, lose the comfort it once had, or just simply  degrade. This is more so with the cheaper entry level mattresses with low GSM fillings. These changes will be so gradual you may not even notice. Before long though, your mid-range mattress might become uneven and compacted in certain areas, putting a strain on your pressure points and leaving you with chronic pains in the morning. This is where a mattress topper can make for a great investment, for both adding an additional comfort layer, and for extending the lifespan of your mattress.

When you sleep directly on your mattress without a topper, there’s no extra layer in place to combat the main issues that any mattress will face. A high quality mattress topper can prevent sweat and perspiration from reaching the core of the mattress, keep dead skin and other bacteria away, and can be easily replaced should any sagging occur over time. A topper is also far cheaper to replace than the entire mattress. It’s essentially an insurance that your mattress will last and feel newer and more comfortable for far longer.

When your mattress feels a little too firm adding a topper can allow your mattress to take on a different feel. With so many different types of mattress toppers out there, each one can be designed to help you find the perfect balance. Especially in allowing harder mattresses to be softened. A topper can also be used on just one side of the bed when there’s two sleepers. Especially if one sleeper prefers a softer comfort layer. Preventing any disturbance caused by the motion of one person, by restricting their movements to one side only.

How do I know if I really need a mattress topper?

If you’ve already purchased a brand new expensive mattress, which already has adequate comfort layers, you may be asking yourself if adding a mattress topper will be necessary. It’s advisable to wait for at least 30 days, to give yourself enough time to get used to the feel of your new mattress before deciding whether a topper is required.

Our advice is to consider your topper alongside purchasing your new mattress, as this way you can ensure the two can work effectively together. Keep in mind, your body weight(s) will always play an important factor when deciding on the spring tension of your mattress to begin with, before you start taking extra comfort layers into consideration.

BodyweightSpring tension
Upto 16 Stone / 50-101kgMedium (1.4mm)
16 Stone / 101kg UpwardsFirm (1.6mm)
Available in Bespoke Products (Please Call)Soft (1.2mm)

Once you’ve chosen your mattress, it’s then all about finding that perfect topper to match. You need to ensure that the topper complements the bed you have chosen. The right topper ideally needs to replicate the primary layer within your mattress, but ultimately it comes down to your personal preference. It is an extra expense, but it could save you from having to get another new mattress down the line, extending the life of your mattress. While also giving you that extra beneficial boost of comfort and support, to help you easily drift off into a tranquil and serene night’s sleep.

What mattress toppers do John Ryan offer?

John Ryan Hybrid Mattress with topper

At John Ryan, we specialise in individually matching our mattress toppers to our entire range of Luxury Mattresses. Plus, we have a range of stand alone Hybrid foam and Natural Latex mattress toppers, which you can use to fine tune your existing mattress.

We have tried and tested the combinations of mattresses and toppers that work well together, in order to provide the absolute best level of progressive comfort, and tailored support. Whether it’s an Artisan Luxury mattress combined with a simple microfibre topper to create a cloud-like softness, or an Artisan Bespoke Mattress 004 with a extra wool topper for a firmer level of support. We can work with you to tweak the elements and find you the combination of mattress and topper that fits your exact requirements.

Our bespoke range of contemporary single and double mattress toppers can all help your mattress feel new for longer. Also, our high-quality Latex mattress toppers can provide that perfect soothing sink to the bed, and prevent you from getting too hot, leaving you to sleep soundly every night.

For more information on mattress toppers you can simply ask us a question. Or get in touch with us today on 0161 437 4419.

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