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Is a Two-Inch Mattress Topper Enough?

Updated January 3, 2020

Have you ever purchased a mattress that eventually turned out to be firmer than expected, but missed your return window and ended up stuck with it? Has your mattress lost its fluffiness and you feel like you’d want to postpone buying a new one because it’s not the time for a new investment just yet? There are chances that a mattress topper can help you in such a situation.

Materials

A good, thick memory foam mattress topper is basically like adding another layer on top of your existing mattress. Naturally, these toppers can be made from different materials, each one with its ups and downs. When you know the properties of each possible material that can be used to make a mattress topper, you can also prioritize them to see which one would suit you best:

Image natural latex that is perforated and already cut into rectangles

  • Latex is always a favorite, because it gives the bed a nice and bouncy feeling, while also facilitating movement (both when you’re looking to switch from one sleeping position to another, as well as when you’re trying to get in and out of bed). Latex is also one of the most durable materials out there, so if these characteristics interest you, then a latex topper will surely be the right choice in your particular case.

Picture of an aerated topper

  • Memory foam toppers are a customer favorite, and people who already own a memory foam mattress will understand why without any further explanations required. Foam is a very soft material and one that is known for having superior contouring properties. One of the reasons why people love memory foam so much is because the material uses the heat of the sleeper’s body to contour around the curves, basically creating a “personalized” spot for your body to rest comfortably in for many nights to come. Mattress toppers that are made from the foam will basically add another soft layer on top of the bed, but if you know you’re a hot sleeper, look for a topper with some cooling measure, like maybe a gel-infused memory foam fill.
  • You can also find toppers that are made with natural down but take note that these can be quite expensive. While down has a natural fluffiness to it, you will most likely find yourself in a position where you need to fluff the topper frequently because it adds the illusion of thickness without actually being supportive. So, what is the best memor foam mattress topper thickness? Read on!
  • There are also other choices of materials when it comes to mattress toppers. Cotton toppers are also pretty popular, but they are not as durable as other choices on the market. You can also find more “unusual” materials used to make mattress toppers, like alpaca fibers or wool.

Thickness

When you’re on the market looking to buy a mattress topper, there is one thing that you have to know from the get-go: what thickness you should opt for. The best memory foam mattress topper thickness depends on a few things. The basic rule is this: the thicker the topper is, the most cushioning it can provide. While it might sound tempting, don’t just go out and buy the thickest mattress topper that you can buy.

Since the topper is basically one additional layer on top of the mattress, you should keep in mind that most of the upper layers in a good mattress has one or two inches in height, which means that a two-inch topper should be a wise choice in the majority of cases. Of course, it also depends on how much you want to soften your bed. If you feel that your mattress is way too firm compared to your comfort level, you should consider buying a thicker one. For other scenarios, a two-inch mattress topper is enough.

For instance, one category of sleepers that could benefit from a topper thicker than two inches is represented by people who weigh more than 250 pounds. Keep in mind that the thickness of the topper will also influence the thickness of the entire bed, which could cause alteration in how the materials and layers inside the mattress are triggered underneath the weight of your body.

As you can see, the best thickness for a memory foam mattress topper depends mostly on you, so it is wise for you to invest money in a fitted sheet either way. There are high chances of the topper sliding off the surface of the bed, and a fitted sheet can help hold the entire bed in place.

Weight

The thickness of the topper isn’t the only thing that’s important, but also its weight. Consider that a great of mattress toppers will require periodical fluff and rotate, and this could put some extra strain on you if you’re topper isn’t lightweight or if you lack the physical strength to do so. If you want something light, you should definitely opt for a cotton topper. Latex is the heaviest option of all, and memory foam can also be quite heavy as well, but that depends on the density of the memory foam used.

But when you’re paying attention to the weight of a topper, you can’t disregard your own weight either. That’s because the thickness of a topper can also determine how easy people of a certain weight can move around, as well as how much cushioning they will benefit from.

When you’re looking at a mattress topper with two inches of thickness, know that it can provide cushioning for light people, but those who weigh over 165 pounds for women and 185 pounds for men will need a thicker topper, preferably a three-inch one. Furthermore, people who have over 250 pounds in weight should opt for a mattress topper of four inches.

Conclusion

A two-inch mattress topper is enough, but only in a limited number of scenarios. Your weight plays a very important role in determining the thickness of your future topper, but don’t disregard important aspects, such as the materials and construction.

Before buying a new topper, carefully look at the construction and materials so that you can determine if said topper has the qualities and benefits you’re looking to obtain. Also remember that when you exceed a certain weight threshold, you want to look for thicker mattress toppers.