How Long do Mattress Toppers Last?

Do you wake up in pain? Are you thinking its the old mattress topper you have on your bed? Did you know mattress toppers are only expected to last 3 to 5 years?

Yes, 3 to 5 years is the lifespan of a good mattress topper. Not this 10 years I keep hearing about. (cheap and crappy toppers will only last a year or two.)

Let me explain reasons why and when you should replace your mattress toppers.

When to Replace You Mattress Topper?

You should replace your mattress topper every 3 to 5 years, or if it’s causing pain, or if you get a new mattress.

This whole idea of a mattress topper or even mattress pad lasting for 10 years is just crazy. Especially when mattresses are only lasting 5 to 7 years before you need a new one.

If you do get a new mattress, then you need a new topper as the old topper is worn into the style of the old mattress and will feel odd on your new bed.

What Toppers Last The Longest?

The toppers that usually last the longest are also the ones that cost the most. The old saying of “you get what you pay for” plays very true for mattress toppers.

Some of the best mattress toppers I have ever used were made with wool. Wool is a fantastic product for regulating body heat and sleeping very comfortably. Here is a Wool Mattress Topper/Pad that I like using myself.  (Amazon Link Ad)

Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Many people will go with a memory foam mattress topper which will work fine for most. Usually, the thicker the topper, the longer it will last. The thickness also plays a role in the comfort,  the thicker ones being softer.

The reason why the thicker memory foam mattress toppers last longer as they take longer for the foam to break down over time. So a 1.5-inch topper will need to be replaced sooner than a 4-inch topper.

Latex Mattress Topper

Latex mattress toppers are one of the nicer toppers you can buy and offer one of the best supports too. Like wool toppers, they can be more expensive than a memory foam topper but they do last longer in my experience.

I’ve always had the best luck with latex toppers over memory foam when it comes to lifespan and comfort, but sometimes the price of memory foam keeps people going back to it.

If you have the money I would look into latex, it is not that much more and is light years better if you ask me.


Lifespan Overall

No matter what you get, don’t expect a mattress topper to last over 10 years. That is not rational to expect out of a topper.

Only expect 3 to 5 years out of a mattress topper. Replace your mattress topper when you get a new mattress because the old topper has shaped to the old mattress and will feel odd on your new one.

I’ve seen some mattress toppers only last 18 months, but those were you really think and cheap ones you get at the department stores. I would avoid department stores that sell mattress toppers as they’re the worst.

And replace your topper if you have pains, you might want to try a different topper if the current one is giving issues. If you have hip or joint pains, you ought to consider a thick wool topper or thick memory foam topper.

If you have pains and you have a new mattress topper, then it might be your mattress that is the issue. If your mattress is over 7 years old then its time for a new one. The reason why mattress and toppers only last so long is because people can spend 6 to 8 hours a night on them and that’s a lot of pressure on one object for a long time. Combine that over the years of doing that, and anything will wear out.

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