What is a mattress pad?

What is a mattress pad? And why do you need one? We’ve created this guide to help you learn everything there is to know about mattress pads – including how to choose the right one for you.

What is a mattress pad?

A mattress pad is a soft, padded layer that can be added on top of your mattress to make your bed more comfortable. They’re ideal if you want to make your mattress feel softer, or if you find that you’re sensitive to the lumps and bumps in the surface of your mattress.

It’s important to note that a mattress pad is different to a mattress protector. Mattress protectors are a thinner layer that can be added to your bed to keep your mattress fresh and clean. We recommend that you use both to maximize the comfort of your bed.

Mattress pad or topper? What’s the difference?

Essentially, mattress pads and toppers are the same thing! You’ll find both words used to describe this type of bedding item. They can sometimes also be called mattress enhancers too.

How to use a mattress pad

Want to know how to use a mattress pad to make up your bed? It’s easy! When making your bed, you simply need to remember to add the mattress pad on top of the mattress, but underneath your mattress protector. Most mattress pads come with elasticated straps that can be fitted over each corner of the mattress to hold the pad in place.

Once your mattress pad and protector layers are in place, fit your bed sheet as usual. You’re then ready to add your duvet and pillows for the finishing touch.

What to look for in a mattress pad

Want to choose the right mattress pad for you? We’ve put together some tips to help you find the one that works for you:
  • Cover fabric: Look for natural fabrics when it comes to a comfortable, breathable mattress pad. Cotton covers provide a cooling surface to sleep on. For an even softer surface, look for a fleece-topped mattress pad.
  • Filling: Just like the outer fabric, look for natural filling materials for your mattress pad. Wool, in particular, is a good choice if you want to keep cool and comfortable at night. This fiber is naturally temperature-regulating, keeping you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s not, so you can sleep on in comfort. What’s more, it also absorbs moisture from the body, before releasing it into the atmosphere – this can help to relieve the symptoms of night sweats.

What is the best mattress pad for allergies?

If you struggle with allergies at night, getting the right mattress pad could help. Look for an all-natural mattress pad filled with wool – this is because wool is naturally hypoallergenic, keeping allergens such as dust mites and fungal spores at bay. In turn, this can help to alleviate your allergy symptoms at night.

What is the best mattress pad for night sweats?

There’s nothing worse than waking up feeling hot and sweaty at night. The good news? A wool mattress pad can help to ease the symptoms of night sweats, by helping to keep you cool and drawing moisture away from the body. So you can wake less and sleep better.

What is the best wool mattress pad?

So you know that you need a wool mattress pad – but how do you make sure you choose the right one for you? Not all wool bedding products are the same – so make sure that you look for a few key things to be sure that you’re buying a high-quality mattress pad:
  • 100% wool or alpaca filling: Only fillings that are 100% natural will give you all the heat-regulating benefits of wool
  • 100% natural outer: Look for cotton, fleece or merino wool outers, but avoid synthetics such as polyester, as these aren’t breathable and will prevent the wool filling from working effectively
  • Free from synthetics: Look at the label – if your wool mattress pad contains any synthetics, these could stop it from regulating your temperature or combating allergens effectively – choose 100% natural instead!
  • Naturally flame retardant: Wool is a naturally flame retardant fiber, so there’s no need to treat it with harsh chemicals
Pssst… Looking for an easy-care option? Choose a machine washable mattress pad like our Deluxe Wool Mattress Topper.

Ready to increase your comfort and sleep better? Shop our range of wool mattress pads online today.
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