Remember the first time you laid down on that new mattress? Do you remember how soft it felt, how perfectly it cradled you, how restful you sleep was? Yeah, me neither. In fact, it's been (shhh) almost fifteen years since I last purchased a mattress. When my husband walks across the floor, I can actually feel the mattress move and sway. When he rests his hand on it to set an alarm or a foot on it to put on his socks, I feel it. When he rolls over in the night? When he comes to bed after I do? Yep, I feel that, too.
Well, I did anyway. I feel it much less now. The solution wasn't a new mattress - yet - but instead a new mattress topper I received for review. The Sleep Innovations mattress topper is a two inch gel memory foam topper that you place atop your mattress. For me, it's meant that my husband can roll over in bed without disturbing me, which is a huge feat given how lightly I sleep. When I lay on it, it is incredibly comfortable and supportive, and I am less likely to be tossing and turning all night myself.
When the package arrived, I was shocked by how heavy it was. For some reason, it didn't dawn on me that the mattress topper would be quite so heavy, but that's not a bad thing. In my mind, the fact that it is heavy means that it has enough material making up the foam topper that I will enjoy the comforts of my "new" bed for a long time to come. Opening it up was similarly daunting. The topper comes rolled up in a tight little package, and I was nervous cutting off the wrapper that I would accidentally cut the topper, too, but fortunately I did not!
Actually getting it onto my bed was both more complicated than I had initially expected (naive me, I thought I'd just put it on my bed and voila be done) and much better than I had thought it would be. The mattress topper itself is actually encased in what is essentially another fitted sheet, which means that it won't move around on the bed and instead stays in place. That meant I had to take my bed completely apart to put on the mattress topper, which wasn't really a big deal but did make me wish I'd procrastinated a few hours on changing my sheets! Once you have the cover in place, the mattress topper goes atop that and then there is another layer that zippers the sheet fully together to protect the mattress topper and keep it in place. That also means that the cover is completely washable, which I love!
Once I got my bed put back together and made again, I laid down on the mattress the first time. I was tempted to not move again. I had forgotten how nice it feels to be comfortable and supported when resting. This was nice. This was very nice. I could feel myself slowly sink into the mattress topper, but when I moved I didn't feel any resistance from the impression I'd made where I was first laying, which was one of my concerns. More than once since then, I've taken my laptop upstairs to sit on my bed to work because it's simply so soft and comfortable and not what I'm used to. Given how much the mattress topper expanded when I first removed it from the packaging, I was mildly concerned that it would be comfortable for a week or two but then slowly lose its support. Three weeks later, it's as firm and supportive as the first day I laid on it.
The only real downside to the mattress topper is also one of the benefits of the topper. It's gel foam itself is two inches thick. Placing the sheet above and below it to secure it plus my mattress pad warmer before I get to my regular fitted sheet means that I probably need to buy new sheets. They are absolutely stretched to the max to get to the base of my mattress, and it doesn't stay there well. Granted, it's just an excuse for me to get new sheets, but I'd rather it were my decision. If the mattress topper were thinner so that my sheets fit well, the mattress topper probably wouldn't do its job.
All in all, I'm thrilled with my new Sleep Innovations mattress topper. It's making my nights - and some of my days - a whole lot more comfortable, and the price for the mattress topper is significantly cheaper than purchasing a brand new mattress!
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a foam mattress pad as described above for review purposes only. I was not compensated for this campaign. That said as always, all opinions expressed remain my own.