Mattress Topper Options – Gel Memory Foam, Feathers, Down

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Mattress Toppers seem to be all the rage over the last few years.  I purchased a new mattress a few years ago and it came with a pillow top, so I’ve never actually tried a Mattress Topper.

I’ve done some research on different mattress toppers and I found some information you may find useful.

You have options when it comes to materials that are used to make a mattress topper. Are you looking for a memory foam mattress topper, or maybe a gel mattress topper would be a better fit. Do you go with down (feathers) or man-made materials? These are all questions to ask yourself. If you want support, you may want to go with the memory foam, since it won’t move around as much.

Gel memory foam is a new version of memory foam. Still durable, comfortable and resists motion transfer. Gel beads are infused into the memory foam, which promote air movement. The gel memory foam also provides a firm, yet comfortable sleep surface.

Feathers are soft and fluffy, but if you have allergies and/or asthma like me, that may not be an option. Feathers are more resilient than down when it comes to a mattress topper, although feathers clump more often and need to be shaken in the topper.

Down may be an option for you, but may get matted down rather quickly because that is the nature of down.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are lots of factors to take into account when buying a mattress topper. Price, allergens, comfort, and durability.

I hope this gets you started thinking about the different choices you have when deciding which mattress topper to buy.

Enjoy your mattress topper and sleep well!


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  1. I would definitely stay away from down, unless you can afford to replace it frequently.

  2. I have one that is has heat coils… I had heard that was good for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. It does feel good, but I am a little leary of leaving it on all night afraid it will get too hot or something.

    1. Sherri,

      Living in Florida, I didn’t know that they sold mattresses with heat coils. I’m not sure I would trust it not to get too hot. I’ll have to look at the reviews.

      Thanks for your comment,

  3. I like that you laid out the basic differences and benefits and drawbacks of each. It has really helped e narrow down what type of topper I will get for my son’s bed