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THE GOOD: Fiberbeds (also known as down alternative toppers or pads) are generally affordable as well as effective at softening a mattress and lessening pressure points. They seldom have odor or allergy-causing potential.
THE BAD: Fiberbeds may be too thin and lumpy for some. They tend to provide little support. Shaking / fluffing may be needed to maintain loft and comfort. Machine washing and drying may cause damage.
THE TOPPER: A fiberbed is filled with polyester fiber or down alternative puffball. Despite its name, a fiberbed is not an actual bed or mattress, but rather a mattress topper or thick mattress pad.
The ratings show how fiberbeds / down alternative toppers compare to the average topper. For ratings on individual models, see the following section.
|Price||A-||Prices range from $35-$130. On average, owners pay about $51.|
|Value||B+||High owner satisfaction combined with a relatively low price results in most owners giving high marks for value.|
|Durability / longevity||D+||They will compress / flatten with regular use, losing some comfort.|
|Less pain||b-||About 20% of owners with back pain report their fiberbed helps to reduce it.|
|Supportive||c-||Their ability to improve mattress support is below that of memory foam and latex.|
|Conforming ability||D+||While a fiberbed can soften a mattress considerably, it performs below that of memory foam and latex in providing a cradling, cloud-like sensation due to the ability to contour and mold to one's body.|
|Motion isolation||d||Unlike memory foam and latex toppers, fiberbeds do not reduce your motion from reaching and disturbing your partner.|
|No lumpiness / clumping||c-||Lumpiness and clumping of the inner contents – often due to machine washing – is a significant owner complaint.|
|Easy to move on||b+||Fiberbeds tend to offer little resistance to movement, making them better than memory foam and latex in this regard.|
|No noise||C||Some may make a rustling or crunching noise when moved on.|
|No initial odor||a-||Fiberbeds have fewer complaints on this issue than any other topper type.|
|No sleeping hot||C||About 5% of owners report that their topper acts as a heat trap.|
|Sex friendly||A-||The topper can cause sex to be more comfortable without reducing bounce.|
|Proper fit / secure||c||Fiberbeds may not fit properly to the dimensions of the mattress. And they may not stay secure or keep from sliding.|
|Easy to maintain||D+||Occasional-to-regular shaking / fluffing may be needed to maintain loft and comfort.|
|Easy to lift, move, handle||C||The weight of thicker fiberbeds can be substantial (9+ lbs).|
|Appearance||c||When the bed is made, the topper may cause it to appear somewhat uneven and lumpy.|
|Washable||d+||30% or more of owners report that their fiberbed becomes lumpy or is damaged when machine washed or dried. Dry cleaning may provide better results.|
The following table compares fiberbeds / down alternative toppers that have 85% or higher owner satisfaction based on at least 300 consumer experiences.
|Hospitology Heavenly||Bamboo Mattress Pad||Luxurious Microplush Topper||Pinzon|
|Owner Satisfaction (sample)|
|95% (3209)||90% (3965)||92% (573)||87% (6848)
|Fits Mattress Thickness|
|up to 18"||up to 18"||up to 16"||up to 18"|
|twin, king||twin, full, queen, king||twin, full, queen, king, CA king||twin, full, queen, king, CA king|
|7.8 lbs||8 lbs||7 lbs (estimate)||6.8 lbs|
|100% microfiber polyester||70% polyester / 30% rayon from bamboo||100% polyester||100% polyester|
|30 days||30 days||30 days||30 days|
Ratings are based on 14,000+ fiberbed owner reviews gathered from review sections on various retailer web sites.
– At least 30% of owners report that their fiberbed becomes lumpy or falls apart when machine washed and dried. Dry cleaning may provide better results.
– Occasional-to-regular shaking / fluffing may be needed to maintain loft and comfort.
– Unlike some other topper types, such as memory foam and latex, fiber toppers may give the bed a somewhat lumpy and uneven appearance.
– Durability / longevity is not a strength. They will compress / flatten with regular use, losing some comfort.
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