Guide to Mattress Toppers & Mattress Pads: What's the Difference?

Guide to Mattress Toppers & Mattress Pads: What's the Difference?

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At SHEEX®, we believe that nothing can beat a replenishing night of sleep, but sometimes you might find that you need a little extra support depending on your mattress and sleep position. A high-quality mattress pad or topper may just help you get the sleep of your dreams. If you’ve always wondered what mattress pads and toppers do and how they work, read ahead to find out!

The Difference Between a Mattress Pad vs. a Mattress Topper 

The mattress takes the front and center stage when it comes to bedding. But what about mattress pads and toppers? Well, they’re somewhat the unsung heroes of bedroom essentials. Both mattress pads and toppers will act as barriers between you and your mattress. Both are pretty versatile — they regulate your sleep temperature, maintain the longevity of your mattress, and protect your mattress against stains. Still, what’s the difference between them? Here’s what you need to know.

What Is a Mattress Pad?

A mattress pad resembles a fitted sheet with padding filled with a down or down alternative fiber. It adds a modest layer of padding to protect your mattress and gives you extra soft support and comfort. It also keeps your mattress clean if you have the occasional accidental spill. While you can't wash your mattress, you can usually wash a mattress pad. Plus, you won't need to worry about it moving around — SHEEX Original Performance 5-Sided Mattress pads have elastic around its sides and corners to secure it onto your mattress. 


Original Performance 5-Sided Mattress Protector

Original Performance 5-Sided Mattress Protector


Description Details Care Performance fabric protection with superior air flow, without compromising the comfort or feel of your mattress.The Ultra-thin SHEEX PERFORMANCE® mattress protector features a breathable, smooth performance stretch fabric surface that sleeps comfortably and will not change the… read more

What Is a Mattress Topper? 

A mattress topper also goes on your bed, but it's often a few inches thicker than a mattress pad. It’s usually meant for changing how your bed supports you, whether that means making it firmer or more cushiony. It can also help prevent wear on your bed, but it may not be as effective against stains as a mattress pad, depending on its material — mattress toppers can be made from a variety of different things, from cotton to memory foam. 

Shop SHEEX Mattress Pads 

At SHEEX, the Original Performance Mattress Pad uses our proprietary moisture-wicking fabric on the surface with hypoallergenic CoolX™ fiber fill technology to keep you cool for a good night’s sleep. The hollow CoolX™ technical fibers specifically prevent heat from accumulating so that you can enjoy cool comfort all night long. Plus, the mattress pad is washable — we recommend using a large capacity washer and dryer to clean it!

Original Performance Mattress Pad

Original Performance Mattress Pad


Description Details Care Stocking Soon!  Sign up for a Back-In-Stock Notification to be the first to know when these arrive!Technology and performance were top of mind when designing our Original Performance Mattress Pad. Starting from the surface, we combined our… read more

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If you're looking for foolproof protection for your bed, consider a mattress protector, which is often considered a “cousin” to the mattress pad and topper. Without changing the feel of your mattress, the Original Performance 5-Sided Mattress Protector uses a liquid-proof membrane to keep your bed clean from allergens and dust mites. Good news for light sleepers: it won’t create any distracting bulk or noise through the night. You also won’t need to worry about heat build-up, since this mattress protector keeps liquids out while letting air flow through for ultimate breathability. 

However you supplement your mattress, you can rest easy knowing that with SHEEX bedding, you can SLEEP COOL. SLEEP DRY. SLEEP COMFORTABLE™.

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