What are Mattress Pads?
A mattress pad is a layer placed on top of a mattress to alter its feel or protect it from liquids, accidents, and dirt. They are typically 1 to 2 inches thick and may make a bed feel more plush, but they don’t drastically change a bed’s firmness level. Mattress pads can be made from synthetic or natural materials or a combination of both, and their performance depends on the style and type of material used in their construction.
Mattress pads are commonly used to modify a mattress’s comfort level by adding a level of plushness to a very firm model or giving structure to a softer design. They can also help protect a mattress from spills, dust, mites, and other allergens, providing a quieter and more comfortable alternative to noisy waterproof mattress protectors.
There are different types of mattress pads designed with different goals in mind, from protecting a mattress from wear and tear to keeping sleepers cool. The performance of a mattress pad depends on the materials used to make it.
Feather mattress pads, made from duck or goose feathers, offer a plush feel, making them suitable for people looking to soften a very firm bed. They are also breathable, so heat buildup is unlikely to be an issue. However, the feathers may clump and result in an uneven surface unless the pad is regularly fluffed.
Wool mattress pads, sourced mainly from sheep, naturally wick away moisture and keep heat from building up. They are often used in mattresses and mattress pads because they act as a natural fire barrier. Wool mattress pads can make a stiff mattress feel cosier without retaining too much heat.
Fibre mattress pads, consisting of polyester fill, are often suitable for people sensitive to down feathers. They are lightweight, soft, and machine-washable, making them a good choice for sleepers looking to add some extra cushioning without inhibiting movement. Temperature neutrality can vary based on construction, but most fiber pads are fairly breathable and more economical than other types of mattress pads.