Mattress Pad vs. Mattress Topper

Mattress Pad vs. Mattress Topper: Understanding the Difference

There are many choices to make when purchasing a mattress. One such choice is between getting a mattress pad or a mattress topper. Both have their own unique benefits, but which one is the best for you? Here is a closer look at the differences between mattress pad and topper so you can make the best decision for your needs.

Should I buy a mattress pad or mattress topper?

1. Mattress pads are thin and designed to protect your mattress from dirt, dust, and stains

Mattress pads are often used to modify the comfort of a mattress. Mattress pads can add a level of plushness to very firm mattress, or they can provide structure for softer mattress. People sometimes turn the mattress pad to protect their beds from spills and other accidents.

A mattress pad is a covering designed to be placed on top of a mattress and under a sheet. Mattress pads provide extra comfort and cushioning to the bed and are usually made of soft, comfortable materials, such as this one from Affairs Living Singapore.

Introducing the Sleepthetic™ ICE COOL Mattress Pad. Our Artic Cool Technology™ super cooling zipper cover helps to regulate your body temperature while you sleep, ensuring a more comfortable night's rest. The 1.5 cm thick Cool Gel Infused Memory Foam also works to capture & distribute heat, creating a cooler sleeping environment.


2. Mattress topper is thicker and add extra comfort and support to your mattress

A thicker topper provides more cushioning, so it is possible for the sleeper to sink lower into the topper, losing some of the support provided by the firm mattress. If you have back issues or need a very supportive mattress, a 2" topper or thinner may be better for you than a 3" or 4" topper.

Buying a mattress topper is the most popular and immediate solution to making your firm mattress softer. The topper sits on the surface of the mattress and provides extra comfort to your mattress. A topper with a softer firmness rating will instantly make your mattress feel more comfortable.


3. Both mattress pad and topper can be made from a variety of materials, including wool, foam, or latex

  • Wool Mattress Pad and Mattress Topper

Wool mattress pad is soft, breathable and moisture-wicking. Wool is made from sheared wool, an expensive natural material. Maintenance of wool mattress pad can be difficult as most are not machine washable. Wool mattress pad also don't keep spills from soaking through.

Wool mattress topper is soft and supportive and does a great job of regulating the temperature. Wool keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer by wicking moisture.

  • Feather Mattress Pads and Mattress Topper

Feather mattress pads contain feathers from ducks and geese. Softer feathers under down are also sometimes used. Feather mattress pads are soft, comfortable, and warm, but are expensive and don't effectively block spills.

If you want the cloud-like fluff of a pillowtop mattress, a feather mattress topper is the way to go. Pillow top mattresses can feel dull after prolonged use, but feather mattress topper can be shaken and fluffed regularly for extended use.

  • Latex Mattress Pads and Mattress Topper

Latex mattress pads contain natural or synthetic latex or a mixture of both. Depending on its thickness, latex mattress pads conform to your body and provide bounce. They can be expensive and difficult to maintain, but provide some protection against spills and wear. Latex mattress pads work best with latex mattresses.

The latex topper is responsive and provides extra support for your bed. Natural latex is hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, bed bugs, mold and mildew - a great option for those with allergies.

  • Memory Foam Mattress Pads and Mattress Topper

Memory foam mattress pads conform to your body and provides comfort to your bed, but is not thick enough to relieve pressure. Their maintenance can be difficult because it's not easy to clean and doesn't effectively block stains.

Memory foam mattress toppers are popular for contouring and relieving pressure points. If you wake up with body pain, a memory foam mattress topper may help you. It can also be used in gel memory foam.


4. If you're looking for protection for your mattress, a mattress pad is the way to go

For those who need protection for their mattresses, mattress pads provide cushioning and more. They come in all different shapes sizes to fit any bedding needs you might have! Some can even be machine washed if necessary so they always stay clean no matter how many times it's used throughout the course of one week or month - these would make great gifts too because anyone would love getting something personalized just like them!!!


5. If you're looking for extra comfort and support, a mattress topper is the way to go

A mattress topper is used to noticeably change a mattress' feel and provide extra pressure relief. Toppers can also revitalize an old mattress or lengthen the life of a new one. A mattress topper can make a bed feel slightly plusher, thick enough to alter the feel of your mattress.

A lot of people don’t know the difference between a mattress pad and a mattress topper, so they just buy whichever one is cheaper at the time. That can be a mistake, because each one has its own benefits.

Mattress pads are designed to increase the comfort of the bed and protect the mattress from accidents and contamination. Mattress toppers are used to significantly change the feel of the mattress and provide additional pressure relief. Mattress toppers can also rejuvenate an old mattress or extend the life of a new mattress. Choosing between a mattress topper and a mattress pad may depend on your personal needs and preferences.

About Affairs Living

Affairs Living is one of Singapore’s leading smart furnishing solutions. Dedicated to helping you create a cosy living space you’d look forward to at the end of the day, our selection of bedding accessories—ranging from quilt covers to fitted sheet sets—can truly provide you with the ultimate sleeping experience. 

Whether you’re looking for an adjustable bed base for the perfect sleeping position or a mattress that can alleviate your back pain, we can be your one-stop solution. Our smart home technology also carries the promise of ending morning grogginess through an AI Function SMART Alarm, head and foot controls, and presetting your favourite positions!

Here at Affairs Living, we have everything you need to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel. Grab the best deals, enjoy same-day delivery services and visit our newest showroom to start the most romantic affair of your homeownership journey. Shop now!

June 20, 2022 — Pamela Chew