Do memory foam mattress toppers really work?
It’s a fair question that is probably on the minds of many people who have looked into the cost of purchasing a memory foam mattress and recoiled some in shock when confronted with the average price tag. No argument, buying a memory foam mattress is a significant investment that could run upwards of $1,000 or more. And who wouldn’t want to cut into that cost with a cheaper version if possible? Memory foam toppers offer a significantly scaled down version of a memory foam mattress that attempts to offer similar benefits but in a two-inch-thick supplementary package.
Based on personal preference and knowledge of memory foam and its potential for creating positive lifestyle change, some people will find memory foam toppers to be sufficient while others will settle for no less than the full memory foam mattress experience.
It can be successfully argued that a memory foam topper is an improvement over a plain innerspring mattress. After all, anything that offers any degree of relief from the painful pressure points that are endemic to traditional mattresses is an improvement. But memory foam mattress toppers can only blunt the negative attributes of innerspring mattresses to a certain extent.
A memory foam mattress topper may provide a couple of inches of body absorbing buffer between user and mattress, but its effect is going to be stunted by the fact that hard metal springs still reside just below. So, the answer to the question is, yes, memory foam mattress toppers do work to a degree; however, the product’s overall worth is debatable.
Less uncertain, is the answer when applied to memory foam mattresses. These innovated sleep systems have taken the world market by storm due to the unrivaled ability to provide total support and comfort without a metal framework or springs.
Memory foam mattresses are a solid mass of millions of open cells derived from a polyurethane or plant-based mixture. The cells collapse under body weight and when warmed by touch to evenly support the user in a body-contouring effect.
Bottom line: Using a memory foam mattress toppers goes some ways toward improving the sleep experience, but it can’t compare to the overall support and comfort provided by a high quality memory foam mattress.