The mattress pad itself is well padded, but, most are. The difference, for me. is the elasticized 'skirt'. A year ago, I purchased a mattress pad for $15+, and, as I was putting it on my bed, my hand went through the flimsy skirt, not once, but twice. It tore like paper, and, I had to throw it away. This mattress pad is well-constructed, with a generous padding. I shopped in many places, and, was unable to find anything less than $42. I saved a great deal through Walmart, and, received an excellent item.