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Using a comfortable mattress topper is an effective way to improve your bed, and is often much less expensive than replacing your entire mattress.
If you need to breathe new life into an older mattress, make it softer, firmer, more breathable, 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 one is a subjective matter though, much like picking a new mattress would be. So in this article, I’ll be recommending a range of mattress toppers that have the potential to improve the feel of your bed, and hopefully your sleep along with it.
- Which material to choose?
- Overview of the mattress toppers
- Comparison tables
- The mattress toppers in detail
Which material to choose?
Here are some of the key benefits and downsides of the different materials to keep in mind when choosing a mattress topper:
- Lower density is good for softening a bed, while higher density can increase firmness.
- Excellent support and pressure relief because it contours to your body.
- Comfortable in all sleeping positions.
- Good motion isolation, so couples will disturb each other less.
- The main downsides are heat retention, and the weight if you need to move it.
- The most breathable material, ideal for hot sleepers.
- Excellent support and contouring for the body, but feels more bouncy and responsive than memory foam (i.e. less of the ‘sinking’ feeling)
- Good in all sleeping positions.
- Can add softness or firmness.
- Very durable, lasting 10 to 20 years.
- Naturally antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, and resistant to dust mites.
- The main downside is that it won’t suit cold sleepers in the winter.
Synthetic (fiberfill, microfiber, hollow fiber)
- Usually more affordable than latex, memory foam, wool, or down.
- Adds extra comfort and softness (sometimes giving that ‘sleeping on a cloud’ feel).
- May feel warm, which will suit cold sleepers.
- Lightweight and easier to move from room to room or put in the washing machine (if it’s machine washable!).
- The main downsides are the need to shake it as it flattens, and heat retention.
- Good temperature regulation in all seasons.
- Adds a feeling of plushness, without being too soft or too firm.
- Breathable and moisture-wicking, which can help keep you feeling dry and comfortable.
- Naturally hypoallergenic and more resistant to dust mites than synthetic materials.
- Better for back and front than side sleepers.
- The main downsides are the higher price, and the need to periodically shake it.
- Very plush and soft to sleep on, with a light and fluffy feel.
- Good for regulating temperature, so will suit people who sleep cold at night, but won’t overheat in the summer either.
- Good for any sleeping position
- The main downsides are the need to shake it periodically, and concerns around animal welfare.
With those points in mind then, let’s take a look at the individual mattress toppers.
Overview of the mattress toppers
Price: $$ – $$$
The Sleep Innovations is the most comfortable mattress topper overall if you’d like to soften your bed and are on a small to medium budget. There are two separate layers: two inches of plush fiberfill, and two inches of gel cooling memory foam that improves breathability. They combine nicely to provide a soft surface that still provides good support for your body. They are detachable, so you can also experiment with using just one layer. Even though the cooling gel mitigates some heat buildup, very hot sleepers might prefer the latex or wool toppers below.
The Plush Beds is the best mattress topper for hot sleepers because of the high-quality and breathable latex it’s made from. It provides excellent cushioning for pressure points in the hips, back, and shoulders. It’s manufactured to a high standard, with eco-friendly certifications, and will last for many years. There are five firmness options, from soft to extra firm. That means side, back, or front sleepers of any weight will find it very comfortable to sleep on.
The Layla is the most comfortable memory foam mattress topper overall if you’re not shopping on a budget as it is more expensive than the others. It shapes well to your body, with a medium firmness density that’s especially good for cushioning pressure points in any sleeping position. It still feels warmer than latex, but doesn’t overheat as much as the more basic memory foam toppers. It has excellent motion isolation, so two people will disturb each other less when they change positions during the night.
The Saatva is a luxury latex mattress topper of medium firmness that’s very breathable and has a wonderfully springy feel. It can work well for front, back, or side sleepers, and provides support for pressure points in any position. Like the Plush Beds, it’s manufactured to a high standard and will last the test of time. It is thinner though, so might not be right for heavier body weights. The cotton cover has a soft feel, and it has useful straps to keep it in place on the mattress.
The Linenspa is a low-cost memory foam topper that’s simple in design, yet still effective in providing cushioning for the body. It’s comfortable, soft, and will work for any sleeping position, conforming to your body and providing good pressure point relief. It’s available in six mattress sizes and a choice of two or three inch thickness for extra support. The memory foam may feel a little warm, which some people will like, but it’s not the best choice for hot sleepers.
The Pure Green is the best latex mattress topper for those on a tighter budget as it’s considerably less pricey than the Saatva or Plush Beds. It’s made from organic latex imported from Sri Lanka and is also breathable to sleep on, which hot sleepers will appreciate. There’s a one, two, or three inch version, so you can make a subtle or more drastic change to the feel of the existing mattress. It’s comfortable to sleep on and provides good support for the entire body.
Sleep & Beyond
The Sleep & Beyond is a wool mattress topper that provides a wonderfully cozy surface to sleep on throughout the whole year. It doesn’t overheat in warm weather, while still feeling snug in the winter. It feels comfortable to lie on and will add softness to the mattress. It won’t shape to your body like memory foam or latex, and won’t provide as much pressure point relief either. But it will make a hard mattress feel more comfortable and will suit those who are sensitive to down or synthetic fibers.
If you’d like a low-cost way to add some extra padding to your bed, the Exceptional Sheets might suit you. The boxed sections contain plush fiberfill that will add a layer of soft cushioning to your bed. The bamboo cover feels cool to touch and has a silky soft finish. It won’t match memory foam or latex when it comes to body support and cushioning, but it will still add softness to a bed and feel comfortable to lie on if you enjoy a soft surface. It will also add a little warmth, but not as much as memory foam.
In the table below, you can compare the materials and prices for a queen size mattress topper on the day I last updated this article (March 24, 2023). Please note that they may fluctuate over time, so this is just to give you an idea of the price range for different brands, materials, and thickness options.
You can also see which ones are likely to feel warmer, cooler, or neutral in temperature.
|Sleep Innovations||Memory foam|
2 Inch (medium)
3 Inch (medium)
In the next table, you can see which mattress sizes, thickness options, and firmness options each topper is available in.
The mattress toppers in detail
1. Sleep Innovations 4 inch dual layer memory foam topper
Two layers of memory foam and plush fiberfill combine to provide softness and cushioning for your body
If you’d like to increase the softness of your bed with a mattress topper while still having good support for your body, the Sleep Innovations dual layer is one to consider.
It’s the best low cost memory foam mattress topper I’ve tried in recent times, so I decided to discuss it first for those who are shopping on a tighter budget.
What I particularly like about the Sleep Innovations is that it isn’t just one topper that’s four inches thick. Instead, it consists of two separate layers that were designed to work in unison.
The bottom layer consists of two inches of medium density memory foam that will support your body well, conforming to your body shape and cushioning pressure points.
The top layer is also two inches thick, quilted, and filled with plush fiber fill that’s neatly separated into boxed sections. This layer feels like a soft pillow and provides additional padding that you can sink into.
I found that the two layers combine to cushion your body really well. It perhaps won’t be right for people who prefer to sleep on a very firm surface. But if you need a soft/medium surface to sleep comfortably, you’ll get that with this mattress 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 conforms to your body effectively, providing support for pressure points.
- It has good motion isolation, so partners will disturb each other less when changing positions.
- 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.
- The price is reasonable.
- 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 you’ll still feel it’s a relatively warm surface to sleep on. Some people will appreciate that warmth, but if you’re a naturally hot sleeper, a latex mattress topper might suit you better.
That aside, the core idea of this topper is to soften your mattress and provide cushioning for the body, which it does well. The option to 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 it so high on 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 extra cushioning to an existing 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 mattress topper
A 100% natural latex topper that supports the body well and is ideal for hot sleepers
The Plush Beds latex mattress topper was the final topper I bought when I was living in New York, and it ended up being one of the most comfortable and breathable toppers I’ve ever slept on. New York summers are sweltering, so it was great to have a cooler surface to lie on.
There are three main factors that stand out for me with the Plush Beds company and their latex mattress 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 mattress toppers in the United States rather than outsourcing to other countries, as well as 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, as well as your preference for a softer or firmer surface to sleep on.
I chose the three inch, medium firmness, as I’m quite heavy and wanted the extra inch to support my weight. I slept on it for nearly a year before I moved country, and was very happy with how well it supported my hips and shoulders. The cushioning the latex provides is excellent, and I liked how it allowed me to sleep comfortably on my back, side, or front.
Thirdly, the mattress topper is clearly manufactured to a high standard, with a robust design that should last the test of time.
Here are some of the key details to consider:
- It feels comfortable to sleep on in any position.
- There are five firmness options: soft, med-soft, medium, med-firm, extra-firm.
- They offer two thickness options: two inch and three inch.
- It’s available in six bed sizes.
- It has excellent pressure point relief and cushions the body well.
- It’s very breathable, especially compared to memory foam and other synthetic toppers.
- It’s made to a high standard in the U.S. with certified 100% natural Talalay latex that’s sustainably farmed.
- It’s robustly made – the company claims it should last up to 20 years.
- It comes with a five year warranty.
The main downside is that it might be beyond some people’s budget. It ranges from around $233 for a medium firmness two-inch twin size up to $449 for the California King. However, latex provides good value for money in the long run because it’s so durable and doesn’t lose its form or flatten as quickly as other styles of mattress toppers.
Another downside is that they don’t accept returns, which isn’t uncommon for mattress topper companies. It is backed with a five year warranty though. If you haven’t slept on latex before and are unsure if it’s the right material for you, perhaps consider the Saatva (below) instead as they offer a 180 day trial period.
As for the craftsmanship of the mattress topper itself, I have no complaints at all as it provides excellent support for your body and I’ve had many nights’ good sleep on it.
Comparatively, memory foam toppers also offer great support for pressure points, but I personally prefer the springy feel of latex and find it cushions my body equally well, while feeling cooler to sleep on.
Overall, I was a fan of the Plush Beds latex mattress topper because of how breathable and comfortable it feels. You can use it to add softness or firmness to your existing mattress depending on the level of firmness you choose, and it won’t need replacing for many years.
3. Layla memory foam topper
A soft memory foam mattress topper that cushions the body well
Not only does the Layla look stylish with its hexagonal patterned cover, but it goes a long way to giving you the fabled ‘sleeping on a cloud’ feeling.
It’s comfy, cozy, more breathable than standard memory foam, and provides superb support for pressure points. As a side sleeper, I found it allowed me to lie comfortably without too much pressure on my hips and shoulders, which is where I usually feel it.
On my back, it cushioned my body nicely and I never woke up with a sore lower back when sleeping on it. When lying on my front, I didn’t feel like I was sinking into it too much or creating an arch in my back as it conformed nicely to my body rather than creating a dip.
The memory foam contains copper-infused gel, which is intended to make it more breathable. While I couldn’t tell you how much of a difference it makes related to the general design and type of foam used, what I can say is that it doesn’t overheat as much as basic, dense memory foam does.
I didn’t feel that it was as cool as any of the latex mattress toppers in this article, but it’s breathable enough to notice the difference if you’ve had memory foam in the past.
Here are the main points to consider:
- The combination of 2 inch thickness and 3.5 lbs density provides excellent cushioning for your body.
- It feels soft and comfortable to lie on, whether on your back, front, or side.
- It comes encased in a soft and stylish cover that’s 66% polyester, 30% viscose, and 4% poly/lycra.
- It has excellent motion isolation, so two people can sleep without disturbing one another.
- It feels more breathable than basic memory foam.
- The antimicrobial copper-infused gel helps reduce bacteria growth.
- It’s well designed and manufactured, with a robust look and feel.
- It’s available in six sizes, from twin to cal king.
- You’ll get a 120 night money back trial and five year warranty.
The first downside is that it’s probably not the best choice for people who like a firm surface to sleep on.
Secondly, if you’re an especially hot sleeper or sleep in a very warm bedroom, memory foam might not be the best choice in general, no matter how comparatively breathable it is. I’d consider latex instead if you tend to feel too hot in bed.
As for the price, the Layla mattress topper is one of the more expensive memory foam toppers I’ll be discussing. They currently range from $199 to $359, depending on the size you need.
The copper-infused gel, cover, and high-quality materials used are what bumps the price up when compared to more basic memory foam brands.
If you’re on a tight budget, this might not be the one for you. But if you do have a bit more to spend, and would like a high-quality memory foam topper that cushions your body well, the Layla is an excellent choice.
4. Saatva latex mattress topper
A springy and breathable topper with a cotton cover that will suit hot sleepers
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 eventually made room to test other mattress toppers.
As a side sleeper, I need good support for my hips and shoulders in particular, which are usually the first to complain if a mattress or mattress topper is too firm. I’m also a perennially hot sleeper, so I was very impressed by how little heat retention the latex had compared to the many 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 and still managed to support my body well, absorbing a lot of pressure in the key areas where my weight needs extra support, says a lot.
Here are the key points to consider:
- It’s medium density, feeling comfortable and luxurious to sleep on.
- The pressure point relief is superb, no matter which position you sleep in.
- It’s breathable, especially compared to memory foam.
- It’s encased in a breathable organic cotton cover that looks stylish and feels soft.
- It’s made from natural latex, is durable, and will last for many years.
- It’s available in six bed sizes.
- It has corner straps to fit it to your existing mattress and keep it in place.
- It’s made in the U.S. by a responsible company that supports its local community.
- You’ll have a 180 day money back trial period and one year 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 entire length of your body.
Having said that, my main concern is that the 1.5 inches might not be quite enough thickness to support the heaviest of bodies. So if you are a bit heavier, I’d recommend trying the Plush Beds topper instead (above).
My other caveat is that it’s more expensive than some of the more budget-friendly toppers in this review. Having said that, I think the price is still reasonable for a latex topper, which do tend to be expensive.
As always, the price will depend on the size of your bed, with a range from $325 to $650. As a comparison, the queen is more expensive than the two inch Plush Beds topper, but less expensive than their three inch version.
Saatva has a generous 180 night home trial period, with a money back guarantee. This is one of the longest trial periods I’ve seen for mattress toppers.
On balance, if you’re looking for an upgrade to your bed, and a comfortable and breathable surface to sleep on, the Saatva is a great choice among the latex mattress toppers.
5. Linenspa gel swirl memory foam mattress topper
A reasonably priced memory foam mattress topper with good body support and cushioning
The Linenspa gel swirl 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 you, feel soft, and still provide support for your body.
The cushioning of the memory foam means you’ll hopefully be able to drift off to sleep with less bother from pressure points. 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 the key points to consider:
- It conforms well to the shape of your body, providing cushioning and support along the length of your body.
- The foam is CertiPUR-US certified for quality.
- It’s available in two inches or three inches for maximum body support.
- It comes in six mattress sizes, so there’s one for most bed sizes.
- It’s an affordable price for a memory foam topper.
- It comes with a three year warranty.
For such a reasonable price, it’s hard to complain about the Linenspa mattress topper. All of the three inch thickness mattress sizes cost between $70 and $135, which is significantly cheaper than some of the others in this review.
The main issue I have is that it feels quite warm to sleep on, especially in the summer or if you’re a naturally hot sleeper. They have tried to mitigate the heat buildup with the gel infused design and the open cell structure, but it will still feel warmer than a latex mattress topper. If you like sleeping on a warm surface, that won’t be an issue; if you’re a hot sleeper, it might be though.
Overall, if your desire is to add some extra cushioning to your mattress and to try to create some support for pressure points in areas like the hips and shoulders, you will get that with the Linenspa, and for a good price.
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. The two inch topper, for example, ranges from $155 for a twin to $265 for the king.
So this is an opportunity to try out latex without stretching your finances too far. It’s made by a company in Sri Lanka, which perhaps explains the lower price than some American-made toppers.
They have soft, medium, or firm versions, which gives you more choice. Personally, I like the medium version as I’m a side sleeper and it provided the right level of comfort for my hips and shoulders when on my side, though the soft option would probably have been fine too. If you sleep mostly on your back, you might prefer the firmer style instead.
Here are some of the key details:
- It’s made from 100% natural latex, with no synthetic materials.
- It’s robustly made and will last for many years.
- You’ll have a temperature neutral and breathable sleep surface. It won’t actively cool you, but it shouldn’t feel as hot as memory foam.
- It’s available in six bed sizes.
- You can choose one, two or three inch thickness.
- There’s a soft, medium, or firm version, so you can combine the thickness and firmness to create the surface you like.
- It feels very comfortable to sleep on. The soft and medium versions will support your body and make a hard mattress feel softer. The firm version will suit those who don’t like to sink into their bed so much.
If I had to nitpick, one criticism is that it doesn’t seem to be manufactured with quite the same precision as the Plush Beds or the Saatva. It looks slightly more basic, but really, once you’ve got covers on it’s not such an issue.
Another small issue is that it’s a little confusing working out which size to choose without clear guidance from the manufacturer. Personally, I think one inch is arguably too little unless you already have a comfortable mattress and just want a little extra support.
I think two inches will be right for most people, but three is perhaps better if you’re a very heavy person or have serious issues with pressure points. As for softness, I think that’s a purely personal preference. I’ve slept on the medium firmness two inch king size and found it worked really well, with my heavier body and tendency to sleep on my side.
7. Sleep & Beyond wool mattress topper
A topper that gets the right balance of comfort and temperature regulation with a wool fill
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 a 270 thread count cotton cover and filling of British Shropshire 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 British Shropshire wool. The exterior encasement is 100% natural cotton percale, 270 thread count.
- At 1.5 inches thick, it adds extra padding while allowing easy movement in bed.
- It provides firm, yet comfortable support for your body.
- It’s made in six bed sizes.
- It’s designed to be hypoallergenic and more resistant to mildew and dust mites than most topper materials.
- You can machine wash it.
- 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 a little extra 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 feeling like you can’t easily change positions as you’ve sunk into the surface too much. And unlike most memory foam toppers, it won’t sleep too hot in the warmer months of the year, yet will still feel cozy in the winter.
At $249 for the 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 $329.
Overall, the Sleep & Beyond topper will suit those who would like a comfortable, temperature neutral surface to sleep on and who prefer to avoid synthetic materials.
8. Exceptional Sheets down alternative mattress pad
A low-cost way to make your mattress feel softer
The bamboo and fiber fill 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 very soft and comfortable, with a generous fill of revoloft fiber fill. This is sometimes used as a goose or duck down alternative, and while it doesn’t feel quite the same, it’s still very cozy to sleep on – and you won’t have feathers poking you in the night!
It won’t support your body in the same way that a memory foam or latex topper will, but it still does a pretty good job because of all the soft padding that you’ll sink into.
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 a fluffy padding feel.
- 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.
- It comes in six different bed sizes.
- 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, ranging from $80 for the twin up to $110 for the king. The fact that it’s a pad rather than a denser topper helps keep the price down.
If your goal is to add an extra layer of softness and comfort, this is a good option to consider. It should noticeably increase the softness of your current mattress and feel comfortable to lie on.
Just be aware that it’s not one to add lots of support for your body or pressure points, and might not suit heavier body sizes as much as some of the previous mattress toppers would.
This is a long article to scroll through, so here are some links to jump back to previous sections in case you’d like to read them again:
- Which material to choose?
- Overview of the mattress toppers
- Comparison tables
- The mattress toppers in detail
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If you’re still unsure which style of mattress topper would suit you best, you might find it helpful to read my guide to choosing a mattress topper.