If You're Not Getting Great Sleep, Should You Buy a Mattress Topper or New Mattress?

Mattress Topper or New Mattress

Let's not beat around the bush. A new mattress is expensive.

If you want a mattress that will last more than 2-3 years and still be comfortable, you're likely going to spend at least $500. At least.

With this being said, many people jump to the idea of purchasing a new mattress topper in lieu of buying a new mattress.

In some cases, this can be a great call that can save you a ton of money, but in other scenarios, doing this can end up costing you more money in the long run.

So when it comes to a mattress topper vs. new mattress, what should you do? We are here to offer some valuable insight to help you choose between buying a new mattress or getting a mattress topper in the meantime.

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Overly Firm Mattress

If you're a stomach sleeper and bought an overly firm mattress, then decide later that it isn't right for you, you could be stuck with an uncomfortable mattress for years. After all, you aren't just going to throw out such a large investment.

In this case, getting a mattress topper can make your mattress softer and more comfortable. Underneath the mattress topper, your mattress still has a lot of life left.

In this case, go with the mattress topper.

I Want An Upgrade (But I Don't Want To Pay Much)

If you're looking to add an extra layer of comfort to your existing mattress but aren't prepared to shell out $500-$1000 for a new, premium mattress, buying a comfy mattress topper can be appealing.

Well, as long as your current mattress isn't sagging, and isn't more than 5 years old, investing in a top-quality mattress topper can be a great way to bring a bit of luxury back to your sleep.

In this case, go with the mattress topper.

Mattress Older Than 7 Years Or Is Sagging

One of the tell-tale signs of an old mattress is indentations and sagging. This happens when you have a mattress that you can't rotate, and when you sleep in the same position consistently for years.

If your mattress is sagging, a mattress topper isn't going to help. In fact, purchasing a mattress topper will cost you more money. Once you add the mattress topper, you'll realize it hasn't solved your problems and will be at least $100 in the hole. This money is better spent on investing in a new mattress.

In this case, invest in a new mattress.

Mattress Is Too Hot

If you're a hot sleeper and find yourself waking up in the middle of the night sweating, your mattress isn't keeping you cool enough.

Some memory foam toppers claim they are cooling and can prevent night sweats, but that is only true if they can get enough air themselves.

If underneath your mattress topper, you have a mattress that retains heat, your mattress topper is going to have issues keeping you cool.

Some people are hot sleepers and need to-quality sleep products to help. If this sounds like you, investing in a cooling mattress is the best thing you can do for yourself.

In this case, invest in a new, cooling mattress.

Wrapping It All Up

When it comes to mattress topper vs. new mattress, there is a lot to consider. There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer.

In fact, whether or not a mattress topper or new mattress is best for you is entirely dependent on your specific situation.

When it comes to a long term solution, when considering a memory foam topper or a new mattress, the mattress will win in terms of durability every time. A high-quality mattress can last 10-15 years, whereas a mattress topper will only last around 5.

Which option is better for you? Let us know in the comment section below!

6 thoughts on “Mattress Topper or New Mattress”

  1. My mattress hasn’t been very comfortable lately, and I’m not sure what to do about it. It makes sense that getting a brand new mattress might be a good choice! That seems like a good way to completely change up how my bed feels.

  2. I have an expensive adjustable bed and mattress. The mattress is too firm I can’t seem to get comfortable in any position. I toss and turn all night. I have had four back surgeries I feel exhausted. I saw the reviews for a high end wool mattress topper all the reviews raved about the decision to invest, &500 + dollars for the topper OR $2,399 for a fabulous Sterns & Foster mattress? I am so tired

  3. I’ve been sleeping on a Serra Vantage firm hybrid for 8years. I weigh 118 lbs so the mattress is like new, no sagging and very firm. I’ve always had a protective cover on it. I’ve had lumbar back problems for years and just had surgery.
    Just bought a latex hybrid online for about $1500 and a platform bed frame for $250, as recommended. Sleeping on it for about 6 weeks now and not finding it helps. Actually doesn’t seem to keep my spine aligned as promised.
    Thinking about returning it and getting a 2 inch latex topper for my old mattress instead. Thoughts? No one’s doing Spine replacements.

    1. Hi Fred. Sorry for your predicaments. Normally mattresses work for some people but not everyone. Therefore you should browse for a solution that fits you and read guidelines from several mattress testers like us to get an idea of what would work. Depending on the topper you get, it may just be the solution (and a cheaper one) to spinal alignment; but first make sure the pillow you use and your sleeping style are not the issue. Browse around our blog for some sleeping tips for pain and after surgery. All the best and full recovery!

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