Best Selling Mattress Toppers

Can mattress toppers really rejuvenate your mattress? In order for us to have a decent night’s sleep, our mattresses need to offer us the right amount of support. One that is too hard or too soft could just make things uncomfortable or at worst give us a bad back. A tired or sagging sleeping surface is just as bad, some support is better than no support at all. With the cost of a good mattress these days being upward of a £1000.00 or more it makes sense to try a luxury mattress topper for a fraction of the cost. But just like buying a mattress, toppers offer just as many options and fillings and no one product can suit us all. So what do we choose and which is best? Well this is very subjective, so we have offered you some information on the top 5 most popular products. All mattress toppers lie on top of your bed and are firmly attached using four elasticated straps at the corners to hold it securely. Most of them are filled with sumptuous natural down or man made fibres up to 3 inches in thickness. The different filling will give you an idea which will be the most adequate for the sleeping style you require.

Superdown Mattress Toppers

Natural Goose Down Down Toppers
The original toppers were made from goose down and feathers in a 50/50 mix, designed for hotel use to offer a greater degree of softness and comfort. Pure down mattress toppers are sumptuous and are designed to give a luxurious feel to a hard or orthopedic mattress, although they offer a good level of posture control they are not as effective when used in conjunction with a soft or tired mattress. The recent invention of the two chamber superdown mattress topper from Euroquilt overcomes this problem by giving a bottom chamber of posture controlling firm duck feathers and combined with the soft pure duck down upper chamber which allows you sink into the down, a truly amazing sleeping experience. For those of you who require a more cost effective solution you can opt for the Hotel Quality Toppers, they can aid with posture and a firmer mattress, the down and feather mix combines to help with that all important good nights sleep.

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
A relatively new invention, memory foam was developed by Nasa to aid their astronauts to get a good quality sleep. The revolutionary posture control foam moulds itself to the user and offers support without the pressure that naturally occurs when we lie down. Good quality foam is not cheap so beware of cheaper imitations that offer all sorts of health benefits, the quality of the product is not as good and cannot achieve all that they claim. These toppers aid with posture related issues as they support the lower back and the upper areas of the neck and nape, following your natural curves they assist in aligning the spine for a more natural sleeping angle. Good for all ages, weight and sizes of people and especially good for a overweight users as the pressure relieving properties are more important than with average users.

Pure Wool Mattress Toppers

Wool Mattress Topper
Wool has been around for centuries, not as popular as goose or duck down toppers, but the benefits are just as good if not better. New organic ranges from Devon Duvets offer hypoallergenic products that are manufactured using sustainable and ecologically sound farming practices. Wool is excellent at providing good levels of warmth and comfort, we would advocate this topper for us with a medium firm type of mattress because this is purely for those who want a sumptuous and soft sleeping experience where you just sink in the wool for that top hotel level of quality. Wool is naturally breathable and is extremely good at regulating heat, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter, a good all rounder and is both kind to the environment and kind to you. Devon Duvets have been selling a range of duvets and mattress toppers for many years, they are the leaders in natural wool products and all their ranges are accredited to the National Soil association.

Latex Mattress Topper
Made from the natural sap of the rubber plant, these toppers are not nearly as popular as they should be. They breathe naturally and aid heat regulation as well as offering good levels of posture control. They are superb for people who suffer from heat and night sweats as they help wick away excessive moisture keeping you cool even in the warmest of climates. Like memory foam they mould themselves to the body’s natural shape removing unwanted pressure points therefore easing the joints and muscles for an effective sleep. Ideal for hard to medium/firm mattresses, they will make the bed feel a like a place you want to spend more time and these toppers are much thinner than others so there is no need to buy extra deep fitting sheets.

Cotton Mattress Protectors

Cotton Mattress Topper
Not the most popular choice of topper as cotton is not as soft as other products when used in large qualities. The thicker layers can compact more and become lumpier after time. Cotton is best used as an enhancer or mattress protector. In this form they are very comfortable, fully breathable and machine washable.

This is especially good for the elderly and younger children, they are also hypoallergenic and most come with anti dust mite backing to aid allergy sufferers. Cotton toppers can be used in conjunction with the other types of toppers as a protective barrier, they are easier to look after and are much less involving to remove for washing and hygiene reasons.

Good Quality Bedding

Good quality bedding from major luxury bed linen manufacturers such as Belledorm, Peter Reed, Nimbus and Sheridan last for an extremely long time. This is very important as we spend an awful lot of time in bed so getting the most out of your sheets and duvet covers is a must. Research shows that we sleep an average of 8 hours a day, couple this up with one or two hours spent resting before we sleep and this is well over a third of the whole day in bed, wow are we really this lucky? So if you live to be over 75 you will have spent roughly 25 years in your bed, so now you know why it is important to buy the best bedding you can.

Sheridan Bedding

With the above in mind it is surprising that the vast majority of customers still troll the web in the search of cheap bedding as their first choice on the search engines such as Google and Bing. Do we really think about what we are buying or is price the first thing that enters our head? We are in a recession at the moment so now should be a better time to stop and just think about what we are buying and what is the best value for money in the long term. Cheap sheets are only good for a few years so you will be replacing them very soon. If this is done more than three times in five years it is more expensive than buying better quality bedding from Belledorm or Sheridan. Their sheets last well in excess of this time and you also get the quality and comfort from sleeping on premium quality luxury bed linen. You do actually get what you pay for, cheap bedding is normally made from a low grade cotton and polyester blend whereas the branded sheets are normally made from quality linen such as Pima cotton and Egyptian cotton.

Peter Reed Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Much is said about the source of the fabrics used in your cotton bedding, thread count, ply and finish are all important when it comes to the final outcome. We all want a bit of quality and opulence so paying that little bit extra for sheets that come with the hotel quality assurance is well worth it. Luxury bedding is woven using the latest technology as the higher the thread count the finer the cotton yarns, this means that the linen is made from long staple fibres that are stronger and last for longer. Peter Reed are at the pinnacle of the luxury bedding market, they produce exceptional linens that have be processed using craftsmanship that has been passed down through the years. Their knowledge of textiles is second to none and they only make bedding that is fit for royalty. Made entirely in the UK you can be rest assured of a premium product that will last for over 10 years or more. You will pay for the quality but once you have tried their sheets and duvet covers you will not want to sleep on anything else.

So next time you are looking to buy some luxury bedding, remember that the cheapest is not always the best value for money. Look at the brands you can trust as they will have luxury, quality and longevity built in. They have a name and reputation to protect so you know that they only produce the finest linens for you to enjoy. Some companies such as Belledorm go as far as to give you a full manufacturer’s guarantee on their Egyptian cotton bedding, this is currently seven years from the date of purchase. With such a promise you cannot go wrong, buy with confidence and trust your instincts.

Goose Down Duvet Buying Tips

Luxury Goose Down Duvets

Where do we start, there are so many fillings and brands to choose, how do you know which is the best duvet for you?

We will try to answer a few questions for you with our top 5 goose down duvet buying tips, read on below to see what may be right for you and wrong for others.

Not all duvets are the same, some natural fillings are better than others whereas man made fibres can be better for allergy suffers and children.

1: The outer cover

Some companies rave on about the fillings but not much emphasis is placed on the outer cover, this is extremely important as this is the barrier between you and the down or feathers.

Most covers are made from strong and robust cotton cambric, the better quality duvets have a high thread count such as 250 to 300 threads per square inch.

This tightly woven fabric helps prevent the fillings from escaping through the weave, some cheaper duvets use feathers with sharper quills that can protrude through the cotton and leak into the bed. You may sometimes see the odd stray feather when you get out of bed.

Most brands of duvet manufacturers such as Die Zudecke and Nimbus use the best quality cover. They feel soft and silky to the touch but play an important part in the longevity of the product and this is why they can safely offer a full 10 year manufacturers guarantee against defects and leakage.

Don’t be fooled by some claims of ultra high thread count covers, some are not as strong and offer very little resistance to dust mite penetration. Look out for brands that have been supplying quality duvets for many years as this is a good sign of quality and reliability of the duvet.

2: Quality of the down

Die Zudecke Canadian Goose Down Duvets

The quality of the down is very important, the cleaning and drying of the down clusters and feathers is where the real benefit lies.

Fill Power was designed as a genuine scale of quality and loft, this measures how good the fillings are in terms of their lightness and cleanliness. You can read more about it on Wikipedia here.

A high fill rated duvet is not just good at keeping you warm but is equally as good at releasing trapped warm air which helps maintain a healthy night’s sleep.

The range of quality duvets starts at around 450 fill power rising to over 800 for the better quality duvets.

Siberian, Canadian and Hungarian downs all fall in to this premium quality range, normally these duvets have 100% pure down but some in order to get a better price point have a blend of 90% pure down and only 10% feathers, this is the lowest mix we would recommend for a first class all round performance.

It is important to remember than the higher fill power rated duvets are much lighter than others, so if you want a heavier and more snug duvet go for a lower rated products or try a goose feather and down duvet with a 50/50 mix or a 30/70 mix.

3: Construction and engineering

Siberian Goose Down Duvets

Construction and engineering is vital in getting the best out of your luxury duvet, the more expensive the item generally is the more you get in terms of unseen benefits.

The vast majority of the science behind the duvet is hidden inside.

Cassette construction is where the item is zoned into individual cells, this is vital to maintain an overall total coverage without the filling bunching up in the corners, making pat of the quilt very warm and leaving cold spots in other areas.

On top of this, you also benefit from internal baffle walls, this is where extra pieces of cotton fabric are sewn into the side wall of the internal cells, acting like large internal sails they redistribute the down back into the middle of the cell every time you move during the sleep cycle.

This effectively maintains even distribution over the entire length and breadth of the duvet. Try to avoid channel construction, this is one of the cheapest ways to products duvets, the fillings are normally cheap wadding and they cannot be relied upon to give the right heat and cooling conditions.

This type of stitching is normally found on more decorative pieces such as comforters and bedspreads where the design is more important than the function.

4: Cleaning

The Fine Bedding Company Siberian Goosedown Duvet

Cleaning is always paramount in anyone’s mind when looking for a new duvet.

Many manufacturers claim that their products can be machine washed but do not guarantee them to be safe if you use a high street or commercial laundry due to the fact that these machines can be quite overly mechanical and can destroy the filling with too much water and heat.

So if you do not have a washing machine at home with a large drum size then do what you can to keep the duvet clean?

Washing your bedding every week not only helps keep dust mites at bay but this will also help reduce any need to wash the goose down duvet you have.

If you can air out the duvet once a month with a good shake this will help revitalise and oxygenate the down making it feel just as good as new.

For better results, every few months put the duvet out on the washing to give it a good airing out, you will be amazed at the results. Just bear in mind, keep them away from tumble driers and water and they will last you for many years to come.

5: The right bedding

Belledorm 400 Thread Count Luxury Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Luxury Bedding is essential to create the ideal sleeping conditions, there is no point investing in your new duvet and covering it with a cheap duvet cover.

This also needs to be made from a quality cotton with a good thread count, the better the fabric the better it will breathe and allow your goose down duvet to do its job properly.

If you use a heavier weight cover this will affect the overall effectiveness of the pure down. Also good quality duvet covers and sheets can be washed more often helping to keep the duvet clean.

Hygiene is a key part in using a duvet or quilt cover but comfort and quality is the best way to enjoy your sleeping experience. Keep your investment protected from life’s little accidents and it will give you years of healthy and uninterrupted sleep.

So where to buy a proper goose down duvet?

Well obviously with us! We stock the highest quality goose down duvets so you don’t need to “buy cheap, buy twice”