Memory Foam vs. Feather Mattress Toppers

If your mattress is coming toward the end of its life, instead of investing in a new one, why not opt for a mattress topper instead? A topper will cost you a fraction of the price and will breathe new life into your existing mattress for an altogether better night’s sleep.

However, there are a couple of factors you will need to bear in mind before making your next purchase, one is the material.

We’ve taken a look at two of the most popular options, memory foam mattress toppers and feather mattress toppers, to help you make your decision.

Memory foam mattress toppers

Memory foam is our most popular material for pillows and the same goes for toppers.

It is a spongy material which softens in reaction to your body heat, allowing it to mould perfectly to the contours of your body, and spring back to its original shape.

They are so popular because they are supportive and comfortable, although this also means they can be the more expensive options – but so worth it! 

On the other hand, a memory foam mattress topper can give you the benefits of a mattress, but at a much lower cost. Our favourite? We love the Impress Memory Foam Mattress Topper by Silentnight. It has been designed to offer both soothing pressure relief and ultimate comfort to your double bed. 

This medium firm mattress topper features soft and reactive 2.5 cm deep memory foam that moulds to your unique body shape. It can help to reduce pressure points on your spine, giving relief to the muscles and reducing aches and pains.

Pros of memory foam toppers

Here are the pros of memory foam toppers:

  • Sink into the memory foam for optimum comfort
  • Provides ample support to your upper body
  • Prevents and improves neck or back pain
  • Quiet due to lack of springs 
  • Choose from a firm or super soft option
  • Lasts longer than other materials

Cons of memory foam toppers

Here are the cons of memory foam toppers:

  • Needs to be aired for a couple of days before use
  • Chemicals used can emit an unpleasant odour at first.
  • They can get quite warm as they hold in your body heat, so if you find yourself overheating at night, you may want something a little more breathable.

Goose and duck feather mattress toppers

If you want a slightly more luxurious mattress topper, why not try out one filled with goose or duck feathers? These toppers are super soft and comfy, although they don’t quite offer the same firmness and support as memory foam alternatives. 

We recommend the Hungarian Goose Down Topper by Silentnight. This thick mattress topper is designed to protect your mattress and bring it back to life by adding an extra layer of silky smoothness and comfort. It is filled with clusters of wonderfully soft Hungarian goose feathers and down which provides a luxurious layer of comfortable support.

Here are the pros and cons of goose and duck feather mattress toppers:

Pros of natural feather toppers

Here are the pros of natural feather toppers:

  • The very best option for softness and comfort 
  • Very durable and should last you a couple of year
  • Sink in and stops you from moving around while you sleep
  • Keeps you warm during winter and cool during the summer

Cons of natural feather toppers

Here are the cons of natural feather toppers:

  • More soft and firm
  • Individual feathers may start to poke through 
  • Fluffs them up now and then if they get out of shape

Which topper is right for you?

All in all, which mattress topper is right for you depends on your personal preferences. If you suffer from any form of neck or back pain, we recommend memory foam. But if you’re after a slightly more luxurious and softer option, goose or duck feather may be the way to go. 

A blissful sleep sanctuary is not complete without a mattress topper. There are many health and wellness benefits of sleeping on a topper as it can reduce back pain so you wake up feeling more rested. 

It is a great way to breathe life into your existing mattress by adding another level of comfort to your sleep, so you can relax and drift off in cushioned bliss.

Here at Sleepy People, we offer the following sizes as part of our collection:

  • Single mattress topper
  • Double mattress topper
  • King size mattress topper
  • Super king mattress topper

Shop our curated range of toppers from best-loved bedding brands now.