I got this topper in 1995 after I had back surgery. It was a godsend! I've had the same topper for 20 years and it's the same as the day I got it! I love the topper because you can pretty much put it on any mattress aand have a great bed at a much more reasonable price. So bottom line...if you can't afford the bed, get the topper and put it on your own mattress...you'll love it!