Using a mattress topper is an effective way to improve your bed, and is usually much less expensive than replacing the entire mattress.
If you need to breathe new life into your aging mattress, make it softer or have better support for your back or pressure points, there’s a topper for the job.
At the end of the day, choosing the right topper is a subjective matter, much like picking a new mattress would be.
So below are suggestions for excellent mattress toppers that should improve both your bed and your sleep. You’ll find my recommended low-cost option first, with the more expensive brands further down the list.
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1. Sleep Innovations 4 inch dual layer
Two distinct layers that combine to soften your bed, for a reasonable price
If your aim is to increase the softness of your bed with a mattress topper, the Sleep Innovations dual layer offers exactly that, while still providing a good level of support for your body.
It’s important to note that it’s not just one topper that’s four inches thick; it consists of two separate toppers, combining to provide the support you need.
The bottom layer is memory foam, probably best described as medium firmness, and molds well to your body. For this layer, you can also choose between enhanced support and ultra soft support. The enhanced is a bit denser than the ultra soft, so you can decide just how soft you want the surface to be.
The top layer is quilted and filled with plush fiberfill that’s neatly separated into boxed sections.
I really like how the two layers combine, resulting in a lovely soft layer of gentle padding on top with a layer to sink into underneath. It perhaps won’t be right for people who like a very firm surface to sleep on, but if softness is your preference, you’ll get that with this topper.
Here are the key points to consider:
- The materials are CertiPUR-US certified.
- You can experiment with using just the memory foam or fiberfill layer, or combine them for maximum effect.
- The combined four inches is more than enough to completely change the feel of your current mattress.
- It’s an effective way to soften the feel of a firm mattress.
- The memory foam molds quickly to your body, providing some support for pressure points.
- The top cover also acts as a fitted sheet, stretching tightly over the foam section and mattress to keep both layers in place.
- The top cover is machine washable.
- Reasonable price.
- It comes with a long 10 year limited warranty.
My main criticism is the promise of gel cooling. It might be better than some memory foam mattress toppers in terms of heat retention, but in hot weather you’ll still need to tackle the room temperature with air conditioning or other methods.
That aside, the core idea with this topper is to soften your mattress, and it does that effectively. The fact that you can choose between different styles (memory foam, fiberfill, or both) means you can experiment with the layers to find what works best for you.
The main reason I’ve put this at number one in the list is the balance between price and quality. All five sizes can usually be found for between $100 and $200, depending on the time of year.
Overall, even though it’s not as breathable as the latex toppers coming up next, it does its main job of adding softness to a mattress very well. So if your preference is for a softer surface to sink into at night, it’s a good choice for a reasonable price.
2. Plush Beds natural latex topper
A 100% natural latex topper that’s breathable and provides excellent cushioning
There are three main factors that stand out for me with the Plush Beds company and their latex topper. Firstly, they have excellent production standards, with OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and GreenGuard Gold certifications.
There are very few mattress companies that attain both of those. And it’s reflected in their ethos of producing their 100% natural latex toppers in the U.S. rather than outsourcing to other countries, and being mindful of the materials they use.
Secondly, they have five firmness options, as well as two thickness choices – two inch and three inch. This allows more flexibility to find the right combination for your sleeping position, and your preference for a softer or firmer surface to sleep on.
I chose the three inch medium firmness, and was very happy with how much support it provides, while still feeling like a comfortable surface to sink into. The cushioning the latex provides is excellent, and I liked how it allowed me to sleep comfortably on my side or back.
Here are some of the key details to consider:
- It feels comfortable to sleep on in any position.
- There are five firmness options to choose from: soft, med-soft, medium, med-firm, extra firm.
- They offer two thickness options – two inch and three inch.
- It has excellent pressure point relief and cushions the body well.
- It’s breathable and doesn’t sleep hot.
- It’s made to a high standard in the U.S. with certified 100% natural latex that’s sustainably farmed.
- It comes with a five year warranty, with the claim that it should last 20 years.
The only potential downside is that it might be beyond some people’s budget. For example, it’s over $300 for a queen size two inch, and over $400 for a queen size three inch. I have no complaints about the craftsmanship of the topper itself though.
Overall, I highly rate the Plush Beds latex mattress topper, and the company itself too. It’s one that will effectively soften or firm up your bed, and won’t need replacing for many years.
So if you’re looking for a comfortable mattress topper that doesn’t sleep hot, and provides exceptional support for the entire body, the Plush Beds latex topper is an excellent choice.
3. Saatva latex mattress topper
For those with a bigger budget who want a luxury latex topper
The Saatva latex mattress topper was the first latex topper I bought when I moved to the United States. It had just the right balance of support and comfort, and it was still going strong after three years before I had to make room to test other toppers.
As a side sleeper, I need good support for my hips, back, and shoulders in particular, which are usually the first to complain if a mattress or mattress topper is too hard. I’m also a perennially hot sleeper, so I was very impressed by how little heat retention this latex topper had compared to the memory foam toppers I’d tried.
If you’ve never slept on a latex topper before, it’s hard to describe the difference in how it feels compared to memory foam. For me, it’s the comfortable springiness that stands out. It conforms to the shape of your body like memory foam, but it feels like you’re cushioned rather than simply sinking in.
The fact that it’s only 1.5 inches thick but still managed to fully support me from head to toe, absorbing all the key areas where my weight needs extra support, says a lot.
Here are the key points to consider:
- It feels very comfortable to sleep on.
- The pressure point relief is superb, no matter which position you sleep in.
- The latex is all-natural.
- It’s hypoallergenic.
- It’s encased in a breathable organic cotton cover that feels very soft.
- The latex is durable and will last for a very long time.
- It’s more breathable than most memory foam toppers.
- It has corner straps to fit it to your existing mattress and keep it in place.
- Made in the U.S. by a responsible company that supports its local community.
- 45 day money back trial period and long warranty.
The Saatva is an impressive mattress topper; it’s constructed and finished to a high standard with excellent materials and provides effective support for the length of the body.
My only caveat is that like the Plush Beds topper, it’s considerably more expensive than some of the more budget-friendly brands on this list. Having said that, I think the price is still reasonable for latex, which can be notoriously expensive. As always, the size dictates the price somewhat. It ranges from just under $300 for the twin to $650 for the split king.
On balance, if you’re looking for an upgrade to your bed and a very comfortable surface possible to sleep on, the Saatva latex topper is one I highly recommend.
4. Molecule Triple Zone Pro topper
A memory foam topper you can sink into and is more breathable than most
As a hot sleeper who needs a good level of support for my body, the Molecule Triple Zone Pro is my personal favorite of the many memory foam toppers I’ve tried, both for breathability and comfort.
You can really tell the difference in quality when you compare Molecule mattress toppers with generic memory foam. The more basic ones might be cheaper, which is great. But they tend to be chunks of generic memory foam that feel too warm or just aren’t as supportive for the body as you’d hoped for.
The Triple Zone Pro is the second of Molecule’s toppers I’ve used. Previously, I had the AirTEC which was slightly more breathable. However, the Triple Zone Pro is still very breathable compared to standard memory foam while providing better support for your body. And since I have intermittent back pain and a long-term shoulder injury, comfort is my number one requirement now.
There are two main layers of foam in the topper. The top layer is one inch thick and has an open cell structure that allows for better airflow, which helps reduce heat build-up.
The bottom layer is two inches thick and has three zones (hence the name) with the middle being denser than the head and foot zones. The end result is a surface you can sink into at the end of a long day, feel comfortable and in my case sleep well on.
These are the key points to consider:
- It conforms well to the body and provides pressure relief for the hips and shoulders.
- It feels cooler than other memory foam toppers due to better airflow.
- It comes with a machine washable cover that looks good aesthetically and feels soft and cool on the skin.
- The base layer helps with body support and to disguise an uneven mattress.
- It’s made in the U.S. from CertiPur-US certified foam.
- The company has a focus on eco-friendly manufacturing.
- There’s much less off-gassing than cheaper brands.
- It’s made from durable materials, with a five year guarantee.
- There’s a 30 day money back trial period, and they donate returns to a charity.
The only downside as I see it is that it’s more expensive than a lot of generic memory foam toppers. For example, the queen costs around $250. It’s around $200 for the smallest size, the twin, and just under $300 for the large California king.
If you don’t mind paying a bit extra for improved breathability, comfort, and support, the Molecule is the memory foam topper I would recommend. It’s much more breathable than basic memory foam, and it feels very comfortable to sleep on.
5. Linenspa gel infused memory foam
A reasonably priced memory foam mattress topper
The Linenspa gel-infused memory foam topper offers an opportunity to try out memory foam at a considerably lower price than some of the more luxury toppers.
With a choice of either two or three inches thickness (I would go with three inches if you need more body support), this is a topper that will cushion your body, feel soft and still provide support for your body.
That cushioning means you can drift off to sleep safe in the knowledge that you won’t be bothered by the pain of pressure points. And if you have an old mattress that’s become uncomfortable, it will help hide lumpy parts and reduce the firmness a notch or two.
Here are some key points to consider:
- It molds well to the shape of your body, both cushioning and supporting you.
- It provides support for your back and joints to ease pain and pressure points.
- The foam is CertiPUR-US certified for quality.
- It’s available in two inches or three inches for maximum body support.
- It comes in eights sizes, so there’s one for most bed sizes.
- Affordable price for a memory foam topper.
- It has a three year warranty.
For such a reasonable price, it’s hard to complain about the Linenspa mattress topper. All eight sizes cost between $62 and $120, which is significantly cheaper than some of the others in this comparison.
However, it’s a visibly basic memory foam topper and does have noticeable heat build-up, especially in warmer months and if you’re a naturally hot sleeper.
If your aim is to add some extra padding to your bed without spending too much, you will get that with the Linenspa. In a hot bedroom in the summer, you’ll need additional methods to tackle the heat though.
Overall, this is a good option for adding some extra comfort and body support. If heat is an issue though and you have a bigger budget, it’s worth considering one of the latex toppers instead.
6. Pure Green latex mattress topper
If you’d like to try latex and are on a tighter budget
Latex mattress toppers are notoriously pricey and the cost can increase significantly if it’s thicker, natural latex, and accompanied by a luxury cover. So the main reason I’m including the Pure Green is its reasonable price.
The three inch version is cheaper than other latex topper brands I’ve looked at recently. And you can choose a one or two inch version instead of the full three, which will bring the cost down even more. At the time of writing, a basic one inch twin is around $110, and the one inch California king is $175.
They also have soft, medium, or firm versions, which gives you more choice. Personally, I like the soft version as I’m a side sleeper and it helps make the bed feel more comfortable. If you sleep mostly on your back, you might prefer the medium or firm instead.
Essentially, this is an opportunity to try out latex without breaking the bank. It’s made by a company in Sri Lanka, which perhaps explains the lower price than some American-made toppers.
Here are some of the key details:
- It’s made from 100% natural latex, with no synthetic materials.
- It has good durability.
- You’ll have a temperature neutral and breathable sleep surface. It won’t actively cool you, but it won’t feel as hot as memory foam either.
- It’s available in all bed sizes.
- You can choose one, two or three inch thickness.
- There’s a soft, medium, or firm version, so you can combine thickness and firmness.
- It feels very comfortable to sleep on, with the soft version both supporting the body and making a hard mattress feel much better.
I think the only real downside is that it’s a little confusing working out which size to choose. Personally, I think one inch is arguably too little unless you already have a soft enough bed and just want a little extra support.
I think two inches is enough, but three better if you’re a heavier person or have serious issues with pressure points. As for softness, I think that’s a purely personal preference. I went with the soft two inch king size and liked how it breathed new life into my mattress.
7. Sleep & Beyond organic merino wool topper
A wool mattress topper that gets the right balance of comfort and temperature regulation
If you’re not keen on synthetic materials such as memory foam or polyester, wool deserves a close look when selecting a mattress topper.
With an organic cotton jacquard encasement and filling of organic merino wool, the Sleep & Beyond mattress topper embodies both quality design and materials.
The result is a satisfying balance of luxurious feel, additional body support for your mattress, and good temperature regulation in both the summer and winter.
Here are the key points to note:
- The inside fill is organic merino wool. The exterior encasement is 100% organic cotton.
- At 1.5 inches thick, it adds some extra comfort while allowing easy movement in bed.
- It provides firm, yet comfortable support for your body.
- Hypoallergenic and more resistant to mildew and dust mites than most topper materials.
- It’s durable and should last for many years.
- The breathable materials will help keep your temperature at a comfortable level.
The main downside is that the topper is only 1.5 inches thick. So although it will add some comfortable padding and support, it won’t fix a significantly lumpy mattress. And it might not be thick enough if you’re looking for as much soft padding as you can possibly squeeze into one topper.
A wool mattress topper of this size is a good choice if you need to add some extra body support and comfort without creating too thick a surface to sink into. And unlike memory foam, it won’t sleep too hot in the warmer months of the year, yet will still feel cozy in the winter.
At just under $250 for a twin, it’s one of the most expensive twin sizes I’ve seen. However, the cost of the California king doesn’t rise relative to the twin when compared to some other brands, at around $330. So I’d perhaps skip this one for smaller bed sizes, but definitely consider it for a queen and up.
Overall, this is a carefully made topper with high-quality natural materials that will improve your sleeping surface and hopefully your sleep along with it.
8. Exceptional Sheets bamboo mattress pad
A low-cost way to make your bed feel softer
The natural bamboo topper by Exceptional Sheets is technically advertised as a pad rather than a topper. However, the terms pad and topper are often interchangeable, with the end result being what really matters.
The pad is particularly soft and comfortable, feeling like goose down and very popular due to this. It won’t mold to and support your body like a memory foam topper, but it does a pretty good job of providing the fabled ‘sleeping on a cloud’ feeling.
Here are the key features:
- The inside of the pad is filled with Revoloft cluster fiber. It has the gentle feel of down, but without the feathers.
- It has a silky bamboo blend cover, which makes it feel even softer under your sheets.
- It’s a good alternative if you’re allergic to down, but enjoy that feel and softness.
- It can be used on top of either a mattress or a firmer topper such as memory foam or latex.
- It’s designed with individual boxes of fiber to keep an even shape.
- It’s easy to clean and machine washable.
- Low price compared to memory foam, latex or wool.
- You get a 30 day return and one year exchange warranty.
One point to bear in mind is that if you need to hide large lumps or dips in your current mattress, you’ll need a thicker topper than this. It will probably disguise some minor signs of usage, but not if the mattress is in particularly bad shape.
The price is good, with all six sizes from twin to king hovering between $83 – $120, depending on the time of the year and any sales during holidays.
If your main goal is to add an extra layer of softness and comfort, this is a good option to consider. It will definitely boost the softness of your current mattress and feel cozy to sleep on. Just be aware that it’s not one to add lots of support for the body or pressure points, and might not suit heavier body sizes as much as the previous toppers would.
Material and price comparison
In the table below, you can see all the mattress toppers and their prices in the queen size. I’ve added a couple of options for three of them as the price changes according to the thickness you select.
And I’ve put the Plush Beds as a range rather than a fixed price because they have multiple firmness options, each of which affects the price.
Please note that these prices were accurate on January 11, 2002. The companies change their prices sometimes, so my intention with this table was to give you an idea of the price range on one day.
|Sleep Innovations||Memory foam 2″|
+ fiber fill layer 2″
|Plush Beds||Latex 2″||$359 – $409|
|Plush Beds||Latex 3″||$469 – $589|
|Molecule Triple Zone Pro||Memory foam 3″||$249|
|Linen Spa||Memory foam 2″||$59.99|
|Linen Spa||Memory foam 3″||$107.99|
|Pure Green||Latex 1″||$155|
|Pure Green||Latex 2″||$200|
|Pure Green||Latex 3″||$275|
|Sleep & Beyond||Wool 1.5″||$299|
|Exceptional Sheets||Fiber fill 1-2″||$109.99|
Not sure which type of mattress topper will suit you?
If you’re unsure which material, thickness, or firmness to go for, you might find it helpful to read my guide to choosing a mattress topper.