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FAQs On Our Memory Foam Mattress Topper Pads

The Healthy Foundations Topper Pad: all you ever wanted to know and more.

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In addition to our written FAQs below, check out our new, in-depth audio conversations on our most frequently asked questions on our Memory Foam Topper Pads -- all the ones we get daily on the phone, including do the Topper pads sleep hot, how do you chose between a 2" or 3" topper, etc. It is my attempt to get your important questions answered in a full, straight forward way -- so check them out.

  1. What makes this type of foam, memory foam, so special?
  2. What are mattress topper pads and overlays ?
  3. Is 2" or 3" of this material enough to cushion my body and relieve pressure points?
  4. Will your topper help alleviate my arthritis, relieve my back pain, reduce my tossing and turning, or just help me sleep better?
  5. Is it any different than those eggcrate foam pads?
  6. Does memory foam feel different than ordinary foam pads?
  7. How long will it last?
  8. Is the Healthy Foundations memory foam topper pad hot to sleep on?
  9. My bed is pretty old. Will the Healthy Foundations topper pad make it more comfortable?
  10. Will my current sheets fit over my bed if I use an Healthy Foundations topper pad?
  11. How does the Healthy Foundations topper pad compare to the overlays made by Tempur-Pedic ®?
  12. How does the Healthy Foundations pad compare to the inexpensive memory foam pad I saw on television?


  1. What makes this type of foam, memory foam, so special?

    I get this question a lot, and it is such an important question that I've spun it off into its own section on the site - my Guide to Memory Foam. In it you will find sections on: a brief history of memory foam, what makes memory foam unique, not all memory foams are created equal, density - the real story, can I get by with just a topper or do I need a whole new mattress, and what thickness of topper you should look for.

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  2. What are mattress topper pads and overlays?

    Our topper pads and overlays are 2" thick and are made of a special therapeutic foam memory foam that goes right on top of your mattress. Our pads come in 2" and 3" thicknesses. I really prefer putting one of these pads on top of a standard mattress rather then buying a pillow top mattress. Unfortunately, most pillow tops use fairly inexpensive foams and other materials that compress fairly quickly. Then you are stuck - because the pillow top is attached to the bed and now it is compressed. But if you buy a topper like ours instead, you get a high quality cushioning layer - and all in all it will end up costing you less than the pillowtop. And years down the road, if your topper does need to be replaced, you can simply replace the topper with a new one rather than buying a whole new bed.

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  3. Is 2" or 3" of this material enough to cushion my body and relieve pressure points?

    I was skeptical too, at first, that a 2" or 3" pad could make much of a difference. But these topper pads and overlays are very different from ordinary foam pads. In the first place, a twin size weighs about 15 - 25 pounds and a queen around 25 - 35 pounds. That's because the material is 4 to 10 times denser than ordinary foams - so you get a lot more material in these pads than in an ordinary pad. In fact, to get the same amount of cushioning, you would need to have 8" - 15" of ordinary "eggcrate" padding. These visco-elastic pads were originally used in the medical industry, because they are very dense, serious pieces of comfort equipment. That's the reason we can give such outstanding warranties on our products (10 years for Healthy Foundations toppers).

    What depth pad should you choose?

    After trying out a number of pads and thickness, I really feel that the 2" thickness is the sweet spot. It really gives most people the benefits of a memory foam pad (better sleep, less aches and pains, etc). The 3" pad is somewhat more luxurious, but there is a trade-off in that you sink in deeper and lose some support for your back. I would suggest a 3" for someone who is a bit heavier, or if you are really looking for a soft, luxurious feel.

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  4. Will your topper help alleviate my arthritis, relieve my back pain, reduce my tossing and turning, or just help me sleep better?

    Nothing is a panacea, of course, but the vast majority of my customers have told me that these topper pads and overlays have helped them with their pain or sleep problems. Often they had tried other pads, such as "eggcrate" pads, without much relief. Finally, with these toppers, they tell me that they have been able to get some relief. I've been told by customers that they sleep longer, awaken fewer times during the night, and their backs hurt less. Others just like it because it's so comfortable. A few have even taken to packing their topper pads in duffel bags to take along on trips. The only way to know if either of these pads will work for you is to try one out on your own bed. That's why I offer a 365 day free trial period on Healthy Foundations topper pads. That way you can try one for yourself and then let me know how it works for you.

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  5. Is it any different than those eggcrate foam pads?

    Yes, it's very different. This type of foam is very dense - from 4 to 10 times denser than the ordinary eggcrate pads. This means much more cushioning for your body and a much longer life for your pad. You would need 4 - 10 times thicker eggcrate pads to equal the cushioning found in these pads - and probably a stepladder to get into bed once you put them all on top of your bed. The extra density of these pads is the reason that offer a 10 year warranty on all our topper pads. Compare that to a standard "eggcrate" pad which often starts to breakdown after just a short time. And this type of foam is the only foam that also molds to your body - to support it correctly and reduce painful pressure points. That is why this special foam, memory or visco-elastic foam, has been used in hospitals not only help prevent patients from getting bed sores but also to heal their bed sores. "Eggcrate" foam is an inexpensive way to try to make your bed more comfortable. But if you want to find a pad that will actually help ease your painful back and joints or help with sleep problems, the Healthy Foundations Topper is a much superior way to go and is very effective.

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  6. Does memory foam feel different than ordinary foam pads?

    Yes, this is one of the first things people notice. When you squeeze this type of foam, it feels so different - as though there were a gel in the foam. If you press your hand in the foam, it leaves an imprint that slowly disappears as the foam returns to its normal shape. And when you lie down on the foam, it molds to the curves of your body and cushions you in a very pleasant way. Some say it feels almost like you are floating on water. Back sleepers often tell me that they love how it fills in and supports the curve in their lower backs.

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  7. How long does it last?

    Because this foam is so dense, it lasts for years. That is why all out topper pads come with a 10 year manufacturer's warranty. ( Click here for more information on the the topper pad warranties)

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  8. Is the Healthy Foundations memory foam topper pad hot to sleep on?

    Foam, in general, is hotter to sleep on than cotton. But the our memory foam has small holes in its cells that allows heat to dissipate. The result is that memory foam tends to sleep a bit hotter than cotton but less hot than standard closed cell foam. For most people who keep their houses at a comfortable temperature year round, our memory foam pad seems to be comfortable.

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  9. My bed is pretty old. Will the Healthy Foundations topper pad make it more comfortable?

    It depends on the problem you are having with your bed. If your bed is still "O.K.", just a bit hard, then our topper pad will probably do the job and make it much more comfortable. However, if your bed is getting soft and mushy, then you should probably look into getting a new bed first and then see if you still feel you need the topper.

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  10. Will my current sheets fit over my bed if I use a topper pad?

    It really depends on how thick your bed is and how deep your sheets are. If your sheets are really snug now, you may have to buy deeper sheets. They are generally available at linen stores and department stores. However if you have some room to begin with, your sheets may be just fine. In fact, most people tell me that they are able to continue using their current sheets. For those who can't, and want to try the topper pad first before they invest in new sheets, I suggest placing an extra sheet just around the topper pad or overlay and then placing it on top of your mattress as it is. That way you can at least try one without having this additional expense.

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  11. How does the Healthy Foundations topper pad compare to the overlays made by Tempur-Pedic ®?

    The initial difference that most people notice is that Healthy Foundations toppers pads, as well as the pads without a cover, are a fraction of the cost of the more expensive memory foam overlays made by Tempur-Pedic ®. There is some reason for the price difference in the thickness and density of the pads. The memory foam pads made by Tempur-Pedic ® are an inch thicker (3" vs. 2") and a bit denser (a cubic foot of the memory foam material made by the Tempur-Pedic ®, that is a cube of this foam, one foot on each side, weighs about 5.35 pounds, while a cubic foot of our memory foam weighs about 4 pounds). Note: ordinary foam pads often weigh from 1/2 to 1 pound per cubic foot, making these visco-elastic foams a truly different class of foam products. I should say that some stores do carry a thinner Tempur-Pedic ® pad, but I use their 3" pad for comparison because this is the thickness they use in their mattress.

    In terms of feel, the memory foam made by the Tempur-Pedic ® is also a bit stiffer initially, which may make it a better product for those who need extra support, e.g. those with serious back conditions or pain issues. The memory foam made by Tempur-Pedic ® is also much more temperature sensitive - this means it becomes stiffer when the weather is cold or when the humidity is low. Turning over can also be a bit more difficult for some older people since the memory foam made by the Tempur-Pedic ® pad may remain stiffer around your body. I've found that the Healthy Foundations foam is more user-friendly - as the texture stays basically the same at a wider variety of temperatures and people have no problem turning over or getting used to it.

    So what's the bottom line? I know people who love both types of this memory foam. They both seem to do the job in terms of reducing pressure, alleviating common back or joint pain, and allowing for a more comfortable, and deeper sleep. Since the price difference is so great, many of my customers who are simply looking for greater sleep comfort try the Healthy Foundations topper pad and find that does the trick. Other customers who have serious back problems, who are bedridden, or who just enjoy the feel of the memory foam made by the Tempur-Pedic ® may instead choose to go with the more expensive memory foam made by the Tempur-Pedic ®.

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  12. How does the Healthy Foundations pad compare to the inexpensive memory foam pad I saw on television?

    Recently, I have seen a very inexpensive memory foam pad advertised on television, magazines, etc. It is very difficult to compare these pads to the Healthy Foundations topper pad since they come in so many densities, thicknesses, and cuts (cut flat like our pad, cut in an eggcrate cut, or cut in a zone pattern). Many of these pads aren't as dense as our pad, and this can make a big difference in comfort and durability. And what is worse, many of these less dense pads actually cost more (the cost of advertising really drives up the costs of these lower quality pads). Further, I really believe that a flat cut pad is preferable to a zone cut or eggcrate cut pad. Memory foam is naturally conforming and pressure relieving, and there is just no need for an eggcrate or zone cut (whose sole purpose is to soften certain areas of foam).

    Given these considerations, I would caution you about buying a memory foam pad that is very inexpensive. You really do get what you pay for when you buy memory foam, and less costly pads are almost always lower density pads. You may also want to stay away from eggcrate or cut memory foam pads - you will get more value from a comparably priced flat cut pad since it will have more memory foam, and usually at a higher quality. That leaves you with flat topper pads, and I really believe our pads are of a very high quality memory foam and are at the sweet spot at 4 lb density. Lower densities just don't give you the same memory feel, and a 4 lb density does give you the comfort and pressure relief you look for in memory foam at a much more affordable price than higher density pads. I believe so strongly in the quality and value of our pads that I offer a 365 day money back trial on all our pads. This gives you the opportunity to see for yourself if the pad really will work for you - and this is the real bottom line.

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