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Mattress pads and mattress toppers have become increasingly popular in the last few years. With the rise in stress levels, hypertension and the overall pace of life, people are resorting to all sorts of things for better sleep. Mattress toppers are nothing but thin mattresses, placed on top of the primary mattresses. They are known to prolong the life of existing mattress, protect from stains and are even inexpensive ways of rejuvenating existing mattresses.

Mattress toppers also enhance the quality of sleep by leveling the surface of the primary mattress. They also impart softness to uncomfortably firm primary mattresses. Thus, if you have spent oodles of money on a mattress that does not provide the right kind of comfort, just buy a mattress topper and solve your problem. However, which is the best mattress topper available? The choice available is wide as with mattresses!

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

Like memory foam mattresses, memory foam mattress toppers are also the most popular choice today. The best part about these toppers is that if your memory foam mattress has started sagging, or is too firm for your liking, placing a memory foam mattress topper will solve your comfort problem, without having the need to replace the mattress. This saves a lot of money as well. 4lb memory foam mattress toppers are among the best mattress toppers for back pain. The memory foam mattress toppers conform to one's body shape, thereby giving the most comfortable sleep possible. Soft mattresses can cause problems for people suffering from joint pain, arthritis or back pain, however, this can be solved by placing a firm mattress topper, which will help ease the tension by reducing pressure points.

Besides providing the necessary firmness, these memory foam mattress toppers also help minimize movement while sleeping and are perfect for light sleepers. No more tossing or turning in agitation while sleeping! People with allergies can also buy hypoallergenic and/or anti-bacterial memory foam mattress toppers. While purchasing these toppers opt for the 4.0 lb. to 4.5 lb. density toppers because they provide the most comfort and also last longer. The disadvantage of memory foam toppers is their odor, moreover, they harden at temperatures below 65ยบ and take some time to regain their shape.

Let's have a look at some of the memory foam mattresses available in the market these days.

Sleep Innovations Gel Foam Mattress Topper

This 3 lb, 2 inch memory foam gel mattress topper is the latest in the memory foam category. It contains gel beads in it, which help distribute bodyweight even more evenly. Available at around $140, it comes with a ten-year warranty. It is known to conform to the body's shape and also helps the person sleep better, by evenly distributing the heat. Its luratex customwave layer of foam is designed to provide maximum airflow for best sleeping experience.

Isotonic Ultimate Memory Foam Mattress with Velour Cover

Manufactured by Sleep Better, this one inch memory foam mattress is available at about $70. This mattress is great for people suffering from backaches, spinal problems, etc. It also features an incline, which makes the topper adjustable according to one's sleeping needs. This 'incline' feature makes it suitable for people suffering from nasal congestion. This topper comes with a Velour cover, that can be zipped on and can also be removed and washed.

Double 3" Deep Memory Foam Mattress Topper With A Washable Removable Cover

Manufactured by Serenity, this three inch memory foam mattress topper is thicker than other toppers available in the market. It is known to conform to the body's contour. It also features a washable cover that comes with elastic straps on the edges, for keeping the topper in position on the mattress.

Natural Latex Mattress Toppers

Natural latex mattresses can be really expensive, and natural latex toppers are inexpensive ways to enjoy the comfort of latex mattresses. Made from 100% natural latex and no synthetic additives, the latex used in these mattress toppers are obtained from the sap of the rubber tree. These latex toppers will last longer than memory foam ones and also lack the funny odor that the former has. Moreover, since latex mattress toppers breathe easily, they do not absorb heat as memory foam ones do.

Latex is resilient and enables one to sleep comfortably without conducing to back pain. The pinholes in the mattress readily absorb body weight and spread it evenly, adding to the comfort while sleeping. It is also the best mattress topper for side sleepers, because side sleepers require a more firmer surface to sleep comfortably on. While latex toppers are soft and contour to body shape, they are also firm at the same time, giving a more semi-firm surface for side sleepers to comfortably sleep on.

Slice of Heaven Eco Green latex mattress

Manufactured from handcrafted latex, free from chemicals and toxic additives, this latex mattress topper comes with the claim of lasting for about 20 years. It comes in a natural cotton topper cover. This mattress is great for people who sleep hot because it is designed with many holes to provide ventilation, giving the sleeper cooler a pleasant sleep experience.

Latex Foam Mattress Topper

Manufactured by Northern Naturals, using the Dunlop process, this latex mattress topper also comes with a claim of lasting for about 20 years. The topper cover comes in two varieties: white terry cloth and bamboo cloth. Its structure is such that it keeps the sleeper warm in winter, but cool during the hot summer months.

All Natural Latex Non Blended Mattress Topper

Manufactured by Organic Textiles (Well Living Shop), this 2 inch thick mattress topper also comes with no chemical additives or petroleum fillers. Comes with air ventilation for cooler sleep and also claims to be anti-microbial and hypo-allergenic. The topper is available in all sizes.

While purchasing mattress toppers, it is important to remember that with mattresses toppers, what may work for one person may not work for another. Thus, before purchasing it is important to peruse through the different mattress toppers available and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type. All the best!