Mattresses are quite an investment, and that's why you want to protect yours so it can last the longest possible amount of time. While many mattresses boast hypo-allergenic materials and long-lasting cores, years of use night after night will still wear them down. You can help prevent some of that wear by topping your mattress with covers and toppers that will provide added comfort and prevent the need for early replacement.
For comfort, you will want a mattress topper that gives you a little extra softness until your new mattress breaks in. Down, memory foam, latex and regular foam mattress toppers are all great at achieving this goal. A down mattress topper provides all the warmth and plushness of your favorite comforter so you can rest with a cloud of feathers below and above. A foam or latex mattress topper, usually found in an egg crate pattern, can be used to add some extra comfort for those who are worried about allergies. A memory foam mattress topper offers comfort as well as support, since the foam will mold to and support your body. All of these toppers could be used to add some softness to a hard bed and keep your bed from breaking down quickly. The extra top layer is inexpensive to replace and absorbs the greater part of your old skin cells and sweat, so you don't have to worry about all that sitting in your mattress for the next 8-10 years. Plus, these toppers can add a little more support to a mattress that is starting to wear down, giving you more time to find the perfect replacement.