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White Company Microfibre Topper
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White Company Microfibre Topper
Date: 10/09/13, updated on 01/11/13 (76 review reads)
Advantages: Very comfortable, warm, quilted pattern looks attractive, easy to attach
Disadvantages: Difficult to machine wash and dry due to its size and bulkiness, expensive
My husband is a really poor sleeper and he has tried all manner of methods to improve his sleep, from a reliance on 'over the counter' medication to ear plugs to herbal remedies, with mixed results. One of his ideas to improve his night's sleep was to invest in a good quality thick mattress topper, having decided that our ageing mattress was not helping matters at all. There are inexpensive mattress toppers available but my other half had decided that only a premium quality version was going to do the trick. He chose this microfibre topper from the White Company online which currently costs £85 for the double bed size and is also available in Single, King and Super King sizes.
For anybody unfamiliar with the concept, a mattress topper is essentially a thickened mattress protector that offers the dual function of providing extra cushioning to a mattress whilst also protecting the mattress itself. The mattress topper was dispatched promptly by the White Company but, be warned, this comes packed in a huge great big box with the topper itself fully protected within a large zipped plastic carry bag. The big parcel threw me initially and I got a bit excited wondering what it could be - until I discovered it was the topper!
Once released from its case, the topper is a beast of a thing with 3cm of 'hollowfibre quilting.' I wasn't sure that 3 cm would be thick enough to make much of an impact but the difference is really surprising. The interior padding is really soft, thick and comfortable and I can actually feel myself sinking into the topper and being cocooned within it as it moulds to my body. That first night was amazing - I hadn't been that excited about going to bed in years! The outer covering is pure cotton which is soft and cool to the touch, although I always cover this with a fitted sheet anyway. It also has a really attractive quilted diamond effect which is visible under the fitted sheet and gives me the impression of sleeping in a hotel bedroom. Apparently, this stitching helps to keep the interior filling dispersed evenly so it isn't just there to make it look pretty.
Attaching and securing the topper in position is fairly straightforward as it has fully elasticated sides, in the same way that a fitted sheet has, with cotton sides that are generous enough to allow this to be fitted and tucked around the sides of the mattress without riding up. Only the central piece is padded and it is just slightly smaller than our double bed mattress. The slight gap is no problem, especially at the top of the mattress, as this is covered by the pillow anyway. The topper does have a slight tendency to move a little during the night but not enough to work itself loose or cause any disturbance.
The only real issue with this topper is the difficulty in keeping it clean as the topper is such a brilliant shade of white that any slight staining is really noticeable. The care label does indicate that the topper can be machine washed (at a maximum of 40 degrees) but this is where I experienced difficulties. My washing machine is a high capacity (8kg) model but I really struggled to physically fit the topper inside the drum. Somehow I managed to squeeze it through and shut the door but the end results were pretty poor. I suspect that the topper was so firmly packed into the drum that there was no way that the water (and washing powder) could circulate properly and the machine wash didn't tackle the stain particularly well (despite also pre-treating beforehand.)
After washing, came the difficulty of drying. The topper came out of the machine absolutely soaking wet, to the point of water literally running out of it. I suspect this was partly because the machine couldn't spin very well due to overloading with the sheer size of the topper. On top of that, the microfibre interior is incredibly absorbent so it had just soaked up immense quantities of water. Drying the topper was a bit of a nightmare and it took around 24 hours of being hung outside on a really hot day to literally drip dry! I had to sleep without it that night and really missed its benefits though. I wouldn't attempt to machine wash this again which is perhaps not that bad a thing as the White Company do only recommend 'occasional laundering', so presumably repeated washing will reduce the performance of this topper over time. Spot cleaning will be the order of the day for any future stains, I suspect.
Having bought the topper primarily to improve my husband's sleeping patterns, I do feel that it has helped a little although not completely eliminated his sleeping difficulties. It is certainly a comfortable base for a good night's sleep and has made a massive difference to our mattress; helping to stave off the cost of replacing the entire mattress for a while at least. I sleep perfectly on this topper, although I am generally a good sleeper. I did appreciate the additional warmth that this brought to the bed during the beginning of the year and was a little worried that it might be too hot to use during the Summer months. Actually, this has remained in place throughout the (surprisingly pleasant) Summer and it hasn't become uncomfortable or overly warm at all, so I'm happy to recommend this as an all-year round product for the extra comfort that it provides.
I do think this mattress topper is on the expensive side but, that said, it seems to be excellent quality. After six months of nightly use, there is no real sign of the padding diminishing at all and this continues to provide both extra warmth and comfort throughout the night. The only real drawback is the difficulty of washing and drying this which is a shame as I would prefer to machine wash any items of bedding for hygiene reasons. Despite that, I am still happy to recommend this topper as I am still looking forward to going to bed each night, even six months later!
Summary: A comfortable microfibre mattress topper that provides additional warmth and comfort
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