Like feathers, wool is another material for mattress toppers that has been used for a long time. If you’ve ever owned anything that is made from real wool then you know how wonderful this type of material can be. So it’s not surprising that it has remained a popular choice for mattress toppers throughout the years.
Wool has long been known to be a warm material so it’s great for insulation. However, it does not just produce heat. If you pick a wool mattress topper you will notice that it will not only keeps you warm but it’s very breathable.
Many fear that using something made out of wool will make them feel too warm during hotter seasons. However, aside from having insulating properties, this natural material also has excellent breathability and absorbency.
This means that when summer and spring come around you should be able to stay cool while keeping your bed soft and comfortable.
Being a material has that has been used for years for all sorts of things, wool has proven just how durable it can be. This type of mattress topper will last you for years to come, especially if you maintain it properly. If you go the extra mile to care for your wool topper then it will be an investment that will serve you well over time.
Care and Maintenance
As mentioned above, proper care is essential for keeping your wool topper in tip top condition. Contrary to popular belief, the care and maintenance that this type of mattress topper needs is no more than average.
It is not quite as difficult or tedious to clean as latex and memory foam, but a little more delicate than cotton, feathers and egg crate toppers.
In fact, some wool mattress toppers can actually be put in the wash, making them easier to clean while others may require a trip to the drycleaners.
Ease of Movement / Lack of Noise
Modern day materials such as latex and memory often contour to your body making these difficult to move on. Wool on the other hand is soft without being hard to move on. Moving to another side of the bed or simply getting up is not a problem at all since the material does not sink in around the body.
At the same time, the soft fibers of wool do not make any noise when they are compressed. There’s no squeaking or rustling. If you are a light sleeper easily bothered by noise, this is a plus since your partner can toss and turn without waking you.
Keeps Allergies at Bay
You would think that wool would bring about issues with people who have sensitivities, but it is quite the opposite. If you have sensitivities to chemicals, rubber or latex, or you are allergic to dust and the like, wool is the way to go.
This material does not contain any chemicals or industrial materials. Neither does it attract dust, pollen and other allergy causing components. This makes it generally safe for people with sensitive skin or who are susceptible to allergies.
The Bed Bugs Won’t Bite
Again, most people think that a material like wool would be breeding ground for bed bugs, mites, fleas and more since it comes from an animal. However, these bugs are not particularly attracted to wool mattress toppers and stay away from it.
This is unlike foam and other materials which can become infested with pests during the years if not properly cared for, wool generally stays clear of things like these.
The Disadvantages of Wool Toppers
Wool is not the cheapest material around. It can be pricier than feather mattress toppers on average. You can expect to spend close to a hundred dollars or a little over this on the low end. High quality wool mattress toppers will run you at least a few hundred dollars. Wool is pricey due to the source it comes from and the work that goes into obtaining it.
Nowadays manmade materials such as latex and memory foam are cheaper to produce than more labour intensive than those made of natural fillers such as feather and wool.
Like other natural materials, wool can get compressed or flattened quite easily. It does not have the ability to go back to its old state once it has been flattened or clumped together since it is not elastic.
This means you will have to regularly fluff your wool mattress topper for best results. Failing to this on a regular basis will result in reduced comfort when you sleep.
Some wool mattress owners find that fluffing once a week is enough for the topper to maintain its quality. Others prefer to fluff daily for optimum comfort.
This can be extra work to do for you and does require some effort, especially with heavier, thick wool toppers.
Like other traditional materials used for filling mattress toppers you will find that wool does not provide the same kind of support that newer materials do.
While it is soft and provides ample comfort while sleeping it lacks the elasticity and ability to contour that latex or memory foam has.
As a result of this, a more supportive memory foam topper is recommended if you have joint, bone and back problems.
Little Movement Isolation
Although wool toppers do not cause any noise when moving, it does not do such a good job with movement isolation. If you have a bed partner who is particularly active while sleeping this could be a problem. When you move on a wool mattress topper, the movement can be felt throughout the entire topper.