Mattress toppers are a quick and (generally) less expensive way to add a little extra cushion to your bed, and memory foam is one of the most popular materials in a topper. But how do you know when it’s right to choose a topper or when it’s time start with a whole new mattress? We’ve got a few tips to help you make a decision in the memory foam topper vs. new mattress debate.
Scenario 1: Your extra firm mattress that you thought might solve your back pain problems still leaves you tossing and turning. The solution here: memory foam topper. If your mattress is just a few years old and structurally sound, but too firm for your ideal comfort level, a topper can add the cushion you need.
Scenario 2: You’ve had your mattress for 10 years or so, and there are some saggy spots. The solution: a new mattress. When your mattress starts to develop indents or sags, a topper won’t solve your problem. Instead, you and the topper will sink into the holes. If budget is a concern, look at the Beautysleep line. They’ve got the high quality and durability you expect from a Simmons mattress, and prices start at a budget-friendly $379.
Scenario 3: Your bed surface is comfortable, but you get overly warm at night. You think maybe a memory foam mattress topper will improve airflow. The solution: a new mattress. Memory foam has come a long way since it first hit the market in the mid-90’s, but you can still experience heat-trapping. New mattress technology, like what you see in the new ComforPedic mattress models, combine gel and memory foam with a design that specifically aids airflow so you won’t overheat at night.
Scenario 4: The mattress in your RV is just not doing the job. The solution: memory foam topper. (Unless you live in your RV.) You’re probably not sleeping in your RV enough to warrant a new mattress. Keep it comfortable for your occasional use with a topper.
Scenario 5: You want a luxury mattress without paying the luxury price, so you’re thinking of combining a bargain mattress with a topper. The solution: a new (mid-range) mattress. The reality is, a quality memory foam topper will cost at least a few hundred dollars, and a bargain mattress’ lifespan is short. So in five years, you’ll be looking for another mattress/topper combo. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get the luxury feel you’re looking for. Plus, a nice, quality, durable mattress will last twice as long as your average bargain find.
Before you decide memory foam topper vs. new mattress, think about the real problem you’re trying to solve. If if you’re simply in need of a little extra cushion, that memory foam topper looks like the right choice. But if you need quality support for night after night, a new mattress is the way to go.