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How Long Do Mattress Toppers Last?

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Written By Anđela Rajković

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1 April 2024 8 min read

How long do mattress toppers last? Well, it depends!

But, before we start talking about this ‘it depends', let us first explain what a mattress topper is. Namely, a mattress topper is a kind of extra layer that goes on top of your mattress. We put it there for two reasons – to prolong the longevity of our beloved mattress and to provide our beloved bodies with more comfort and support. Thus, it is safe to say that they are a smart investment.

So, now that you know what a mattress topper is and now that you know how this extra cushioning layer can prolong the lifespan of a mattress and contribute to sleep quality, let us get down to business. That is, let us tell you how long mattress toppers usually last and what you can do to prolong their average lifespan.

What is a mattress topper?

As previously said, a mattress topper serves as an extra cushion that you put on your mattress (any regular mattress).

If you invest in a good quality mattress topper, it will, without a doubt, protect your mattress underneath (from dirt and from wear and tear) and it will enable you to finally have that good night's deep sleep.

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Nowadays, there are many different types of mattress toppers. They are made of different materials, and thus, they have different functions. So, let us mention a couple of the most common mattress topper types. Who knows, maybe this helps you decide that you need to replace your mattress topper and get yourself a new one – one that will suit the needs of your entire body.

Latex mattress topper

In the past, latex topper was not that popular. Most people avoided it because it was made of synthetic materials. However, as years went past, we all learned that latex is actually not that bad. Quite the contrary – it is resilient, durable, flexible, and hypoallergenic.

If you decide to go for a latex mattress topper – ask your bedding dealer for either Dunlop latex toppers or Talalay mattress toppers.

Moreover, if you ask us, if you decide to buy this kind of mattress topper, you will be in for a treat. Why? Because this mattress topper lasts long! It will serve you between 12 and 14 years. If you think this is not much, well, let us tell you that all other mattress toppers typically last 5 years less.

Feather mattress topper

For all the posh people out there, we have feather mattress toppers. These are filled with feathers or downs of geese and ducks and they are great if you are looking for something that will soften your firm mattress.

However, if you decide to go with this mattress topper, bear in mind that it can be quite expensive. Moreover, its lifespan is not that long either. If you care for it properly, it can last between 8 and 10 years, but, eventually, all the feathers will come out of the fabric and poke you like crazy.

Wool mattress topper

Maybe the best mattress topper in the UK market (and the most expensive) just has to be the one made of wool. But there is a good reason for that. Namely, wool mattress toppers are extremely breathable – they will keep your bed cool during summer and warm during winter. Moreover, these toppers guarantee a comfortable sleeping surface and a lifespan of over 12 years.

But, this topper comes with some cons as well. Since it is on the thicker side, taking care of it can be tricky. And, you must take care of it as wool, as you know, is a high-maintenance material. If you don't clean it regularly, you can easily shed some years of this topper's lifespan.

Memory foam mattress topper

Memory foam mattress toppers are definitely a favorite amongst all sleepers. Why? Because they have a soft and contouring nature that appeals to pretty much everybody. This soft and contouring nature they have is great for people who have certain health conditions such as pain in the back, neck, and joints, excessive snoring, etc. In other words, they are very supportive.

The best part about memory foam toppers is that they can transform your hard mattress into a soft one, and your soft mattress into a hard one. Moreover, if you are a hot sleeper, you can go for a memory foam topper that is infused with a kind of cooling gel – a gel that cools the topper, and thus, you. And, if you are a cold sleeper, you can for thick memory foam, a foam that will warm your night up.

Of course, these toppers made of memory foam are easy to care for, they are low-maintenance, quite affordable, and if you care for them well, they will last you anywhere from 7 to 10 years. Moreover, memory foam mattress toppers are also hypoallergenic, so, if you are an allergy sufferer, this is the topper you need.

Fiber mattress topper

Fiber mattress toppers are also popular – but they are not popular because they are good. Rather, they are popular because of their low-price tag and because of the quick fix they provide. Namely, these types of toppers are made entirely of fabric which, after using it for some time (a year or so), flattens and loses all of its ‘topper' features. Also, because of their ‘thinness', these types of mattress toppers are easy to clean.

How long do mattress toppers last?

As you have seen, the average lifespan of a mattress topper depends on many factors. But, in general, the topper you buy will last you anywhere from 5 to 15 years. If you want something that will last you longer, be prepared to pay more and care for it more. And, if you don't really care about longevity, get something on the cheaper side and something that you can throw into your washer when needed.

Factors that affect the lifespan of a mattress topper

We can't just tell you that the longevity of the mattress topper depends on many factors and then not tell you those factors. That just wouldn't be nice, would it? Of course, it wouldn't. Thus, without further ado, here are some factors that affect the lifespan of a mattress topper:

Tips to increase the lifespan of your mattress topper

If you invest in high-quality mattress toppers, it would be a shame not to do your best to increase their lifespan. And, if you invest in toppers that are not of that quality, it would be a shame to let that ‘investment' go to waste. Thus, maintain them – don't be lazy.

In most cases, to ensure the longevity of your mattress topper (and to ensure that the mattress topper is giving you that restful night's sleep it promised), you have to take it out, to your yard or balcony and shake it out. This will get rid of dust and dirt and it will fluff it a bit.

However, if your mattress topper has stains (from spills, for example), you should clean it, of course. But, before you do that, take a look at the label. Some mattress toppers can be washed and dried in your machine, but some can't. If you have one that is not machine-washable and dryable, just spot-clean it and let it air dry. Moreover, once a week, when you are vacuuming your home, make an effort to vacuum your topper as well. This will also get rid of dust and fluff it up.

And, of course, don't forget that you need to flip your mattress topper every once in a while too! Once a month would be perfect! This will help your topper wear and tear more evenly, and, thus, it will extend the life of your topper.


To sum up, mattress toppers are a great thing if you want to have restful sleep and a protected mattress underneath. But, how long your mattress topper will do these two things, depends on many factors. The most important ones are, as we mentioned, the materials you go for and the maintenance you do. So, if you want to buy a perfect topper and if you want that topper to last a long time, you know what to do.

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Anđela Rajković
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant and well-practiced sleep enthusiast, I find a lot of joy in bringing my expertise to our readers – preferably those who love to sleep. With a background in the English language and literature and a love of research, I'm always seeking new ways to share the latest sleep science and bed-related findings. And, when I'm not connecting with my readers, you can find me exploring the great outdoors, or, well, curling up in bed.
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