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How to Choose a Mattress Topper, Pad, or Cover

Find the best option for your bed.

Protect your mattress (and its warranty!) by adding a layer between it and your sheets. What type is best for you? Here are your three options, from purely practical to added luxury.

Mattress Cover

Waterproof, hypoallergenic, or bed bug prevention
Not padded
Fitted to the mattress or zipperedOften machine washable

This no-frills option protects your mattress against daily wear-and-tear.

Mattress Pads

Lightly padded top, often quiltedFitted to the mattressCan be hypoallergenic or waterproofOften machine washable
This middle-ground style protects the mattress with a bit of added comfort.

Mattress Toppers

Thick padded top layer (memory foam, gel foam, down alternative, etc.)Sits on top of the mattress, sometimes secured like a padCan be hypoallergenic or occasionally waterproof
Memory foam is not machine washable
This comfort-first choice can change the feel of your bed for a better night's sleep—for a lot less than a new mattress.

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