Sleep experience is a real thing and we have made it a mission to make that experience a peaceful one for you. While there are many that offer the choicest of bedding accessories, we say, choose wisely as it is easy to get lost in the plethora of options available.

Today, we will explore the difference, functionality, durability and pricing of mattress protectors versus mattress toppers.

What is a Mattress Protector?

A mattress is a personal care investment and it is directly proportional to a sound sleep cycle and in turn overall health. A mattress protector is something that does what it says. It is usually a waterproof thin sheet that protects your mattress from not only spillage but also body sweat, mites, pet fur, dead skin cells and other allergens.

What is a Mattress Protector


The best mattress protector protects the mattress and extends its life significantly. We strongly recommend a mattress protector to increase the longevity of your mattress so that it can serve you and your family better, and for a longer time.


What is a Mattress Topper?

A mattress topper is a cushioned, slightly thick slab of mattress that is made of foam or latex or something soft or firm (depending on your need) that acts as an extension giving the actual mattress a bit of extra cushioning and increasing the height by a few inches.

Mattress toppers vs Mattress protectors


Mattress toppers are usually bought when your mattress is getting older, as it gives that boost of instant comfort and support to the body. A mattress topper can give a new lease of life to your existing mattress noticeably changing the look and feel of it.

If you are still undecided on what to buy and best suits your needs, well, fret not, we are here to point out the key differences between the two.

What really sets them apart in functionality and which one should you choose? So, pour yourself a cup of coffee and curl up with this definitive guide to protectors and toppers.


Parameter Mattress Protector Mattress Topper
Function Considering a brand new mattress, its care and maintenance from the start, a mattress protector is unmatchable in terms of extending its life and protecting it from those pesky stains. Considering a mattress which is getting old but still has a couple of years left in it, you could give it an instant comfort boost by investing in a mattress topper.

Mattress protectors are designed for hygiene and protection.


Mattress toppers are designed for comfort and extra support to your already existing mattress.


Expert tip:

Mattress protectors are essential while a mattress topper is optional and only need-based.

Thickness & density Mattress protectors are thin and in place mainly for the mattresses protection and care from body sweat, mites, pet fur, dead skin cells and other allergens. Mattress toppers are padded and cushioned, offering extra support. Mattress toppers range anywhere between 1 to 4 inches in height, visibly changing the look of your existing mattress.
Cleaning & disinfecting Mattress protectors can take a spin in your washing machine and can be air-dried. Mattress toppers are usually spot treated or cleaned or sunned.
Body support & cushioning Mattress protectors do not usually add to any comfort or extra physical cushioning to your mattress. Mattress toppers add extra cushioning and support for your spine, shoulders and joints.
Price Mattress protectors are inexpensive and affordable.

Mattress toppers are slightly on the expensive side depending on the cushioning chosen.


Expert tip:

In case you are buying for your guest bedroom, you can opt for a budget version, however, if it is something that you will use on a daily basis, it is always better to buy a quality topper which will last longer.


A mattress protector fits like a fitted bed sheet encasing the mattress completely.






*Mattress protectors and toppers are available in multiple sizes to suit your needs

Mattress toppers are usually anti-slip or have strapped cornered edges that rest on your existing mattress.




If you think your mattress is aged and has no hope, you might want to think twice before investing in a topper, as even a topper needs a decent foundation to support your body to the fullest. It is important to remember that a topper is not a substitute for your old mattress

Fabric/material Mattress protectors are made of either cotton or polyester or any other bedding fabric combined with a waterproof sheet to prevent any spillage reaching the mattress. Mattress toppers are usually made of the same mattress material like memory foam, gel, latex or plush hypoallergenic providing that extra cushioning.


Should you buy a mattress protector if you have a mattress topper?

You can use a mattress topper and mattress protector together or on their own depending on your preference. If you plan to use both, place the topper on your existing mattress followed by the protector and finish it off with a bed sheet.

In terms of durability, it largely depends on the materials chosen, however, on an average both mattress toppers and mattress protectors perform optimally between 3-5 years.


To conclude, if you want to transform the look and feel of your existing mattress then go ahead and buy that topper, which will not only offer body support, but also provide relief to your pressure points.

Mattress toppers come in all sizes and thickness that can easily transform your bed to firm or soft, hot or cool. However, you cannot expect a mattress topper to protect your mattress like a mattress protector does.

A mattress protector is a must for a family with young kids negating any chance of food or water spillage or bedwetting. If you are looking for something along these lines, blindly invest in a mattress protector which is not only easier to care for but offers first-in-class mattress protection.

Also a good night’s sleep is a blessing and if you want a stress-free, stain-free, bug-free, allergy-free sound sleep every night, you know what you want.


Where to buy the best mattresses toppers and mattress protectors?

If you are still wondering where to begin, our panel of experts have got you covered for all your bedding needs. Getting your accessories from the right place is essential and we, at Mancini’s Sleepworld bring to you a wide array of mattress toppers and mattress protectors meeting your fit in terms of need and budget. Call us today to book an appointment at the nearest Mancini’s Sleepworld select location as we have 30+ mattress stores.