What to Look For When Buying a Mattress Pad

No bedroom set is complete without the mattress pad. Mattress pads serve a multi-purpose role to promote extra comfort, provide protection and maintain tidy sheets. Also known as mattress toppers, pads range in various thickness and densities depending on your bedtime needs. Thicker mats promote extra-cushion while thinner mats block out dust mites and soak up oil, dirt, sweat and stains so your mattress can stay squeaky clean. Not all mattress pads are created equal. Keep one eye alert on materials such as cotton, latex, wool, and memory foam.




Cotton mattress pads are generally thinner, quilted and machine-wash friendly. These pads are best used to block stains and daily wear from the mattress and not the most optimal for extra support. Typically, these pads work best with pillow tops mattresses that are already comfortable before the pad.


Wool may cost more, but is perfect to provide extra-warmth and maximum protection. Perfect for any bed, wool absorbs moisture, keeping you dry throughout your dreams. Wool adds softness, comfort and ideal for those who suffer from dust, chemical or mold allergies since wool is resistant toward these allergenic.


Latex is nontoxic, relaxing and long lasting. The natural latex is derived from rubber trees, thus is naturally hypoallergenic and can last up to 20 years.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is lightweight, yet thick, which molds to the body naturally. It does absorb heat, and maybe too hot for some to handle, and is best to sleep in rooms that are around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Down Feathers

Down featherbed pads are lightweight, fluffy and soft. The down regulates body heat, which is ideal for those who have night sweats. These pads keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Aim for a 200 thread count or higher since the quality will be good, durable yet soft.



Mattress Pad Depth

A great mattress pad is only good if it actually fits the bed. Pads come in all sizes to fit King, Queen, Double and Twin beds alike, but it’s the depth that ranges. Measure the depth of your mattress prior to purchasing the pad. The actual pad thickness ranges from one-quarter inch to five inches thick, depending on your sleep requirements. Below are measurements to find compatible mattresses and pads.


A standard mattress ranges between seven to nine inches deep. An ideal mattress pad to fit this depth ranges from seven to 14.5 inches.


A deep mattress ranges between 10 to 15 inches deep. An ideal mattress pad to fit this depth ranges up to 15 inches.

Extra Deep

An extra deep mattress ranges between 15 to 22 inches deep. An ideal mattress pad to fit this depth ranges from 16 to 22 inches.

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