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How To Find The Best Mattress Topper

A good mattress doesn’t come cheap – but it is nonetheless an important requisite for a restful sleep. Unfortunately, not everyone is in the financial condition to dole out cash on a high end mattress if their current one begins to show signs of degradation.

You may not know this, but there’s a less expensive (if temporary) solution to the predicament: a mattress topper (or its closely related cousin, the mattress pad) is your go-to solution for modifying the comfort / support level of your present mattress, if you can’t afford to get a whole new one.

Just as there are many ways in which a mattress’s performance can be modified, there is a wide variety of toppers that helps you achieve these modifications. I’ve written this guide to help you sift through all the different kinds of toppers and pads on the market, so you can find the best mattress topper for your intended use.

Top 5 Mattress Topper Specifications

Name

Materials Used

Available Thickness (inches)

Warranty

Special Features

Our Ratings

Memory foam [plus HD support foam for thicker models]

1.5” – 4”

5 years

Green tea extract, natural oil, CertiPUR-US certified

Gel memory foam

2”

3 years

Ventilated design

Gel memory foam

2”

3 years

CertiPUR-US certified, Made in the USA

Pure natural latex

1” – 3”

5 years

4.0 lbs./cu.ft., 20 ILD, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, dust mite resistant, temperature regulating

Fabric: 35% bamboo, 65% polyester;Filling: 100% polyester

~1”

30 day money back guarantee

Pillow-top / fitted sheet style construction; Machine Washable

Top 5 Mattress Pad Specifications

Name

Materials Used

Available Thickness (inches)

Warranty

Special Features

Our Ratings

Cotton top with down alternative filling

2”

Money back guarantee

Deep Pocket Fitting, Machine Washable

American virgin wool on pure cotton backing

-

1 year warranty / 30 day money back guarantee

Deep Pocket Fitting, Machine Washable, Made in the USA

Brushed 1800 Microfiber / Velvet Microplush surfaces; down alternative filling

2”

Money back guarantee

Dual surface types, Machine Washable, Deep Pocket Fitting

Polyester top, Olefin bottom, polyester filling

-

30 days

Deep Pocket Fitting, OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified

Memory foam

3”

3 year warranty

Made in the USA

Who Should Get A Mattress Topper?

People On A Budget

It goes without saying that everything a topper does, a dedicated mattress can do better – but as I said before, it isn’t always within one’s reach. So if you’re dissatisfied with how your bed feels at the moment but can’t change it full-time, you may want to get a topper to make your sleep more tolerable while you save up for a better bed.

People Who Want To Enhance A New Mattress

Sometimes, you get a new mattress that feels very good initially, but after using it for a few weeks, it settles into a somewhat firmer comfort level than what you were expecting. Now most manufacturers won’t let you exchange this purchase for a softer one just because it feels different from what you had expected. For instance, you miscalculated the firmness of a latex mattress which initially seemed quite plush but became somewhat hard after a while. You can remedy this on the cheap by getting a memory foam topper.

As another example, your brand new memory foam mattress is making you sweat – instead of turning up the AC (if you have it!) you can get a cooling gel mattress pad that dissipates heat away from your body without changing the conforming feel of your bed. On yet another related note, if your budget has compelled you to get a sofa bed / foldaway bed instead of the real deal, you may be able to make the sleep experience more palatable by putting a relatively inexpensive topper on top.

People With Shoulder / Back Pain

Back and shoulder pain can often result from an improper / insufficiently supported sleeping position – and is a frequent complaint with side sleepers sleeping on unyielding beds. If you’re hesitant about getting a latex / memory foam mattress to solve your problem, why not try out a mattress topper made from the same materials and see if the problem goes away.

If it does, you’ll be certain about what you need to save up for next, and if not, it wasn’t a big investment risk that you took!

Mattress Pad vs Mattress Topper

These two products bear plenty of overlap in their design and functionality, but they address needs which may be somewhat different, here’s a comparison to help you decide which is for you:

Mattress Topper

A topper is thicker, pricier and comfier than a pad. Its primary purpose is to enhance the comfort / support level of your bed.

Pros

  • A mattress topper can be used to boost the comfort of a worn out bed, resulting in a drastic (if temporary) improvement in sleep quality.
  • Because of its thicker composition, it also muffles some of the movement produced by your partner, resulting in less interruptions in your sleep.
  • Can address a number of comfort related needs.

Cons

  • Decent mattress toppers can get quite expensive.
  • Doesn’t offer much thermal regulation.

Specialized Types

  • Cooling
  • Pillow Top
  • Organic

An organic topper is one that incorporates natural materials e.g. latex / wool / down / bamboo. Obviously, finding a true organic product (one that does not involve any artificial additive in any stage of its production) will be a challenge; most just use a natural material as a filler and call themselves organic.

Mattress Pad

This is thinner than a topper, and while it doesn’t offer much in terms of comfort, it tackles peripheral issues such as temperature regulation. It is cheaper than a topper.

Pros

  • Affordable solution for marginally enhancing comfort / protection.
  • Often comes with thermal regulating capabilities.
  • Low cost means it is an expendable product that doesn’t require a high warranty.

Cons

  • Not recommended for those who want a considerable boost in comfort / support.
  • Not especially durable.
  • Won’t offer much motion isolation.

Specialized Types

  • Cooling
  • Heated
  • Fitted

Mattress pads with stretchable sides, or anchors that affix to the corners of the beds, are available for people who can’t tolerate the pad bunching up under them as they move around in their sleep.

Note that while pads and toppers may offer circumstantial protection, they are not protective products – if your requirement is to secure your bed against threats such as spills, allergens and bed bugs, you’ll need to get a protector / encasement.
Note also that in spite of the differences I’ve underscored above, most manufacturers will use the terms ‘pad’ and ‘topper’ interchangeably.

Factors To Consider

Comfort Level

While this consideration plays a much smaller role where pads are concerned, for a mattress topper, you’ll definitely need to ascertain the level of comfort you require from your purchase. This will largely be dependent on the material used in its construction and the thickness of the material used.

We’ll get into the various materials available to you a bit later, but suffice to say, soft / plush products offer conformity and contour well to the shape of your body, whereas firm products provide support that pushes back on your joints and muscles, which some people find alleviates soreness.

Material

  • Memory foam
  • latex
  • down
  • Fiber
  • wool

One of the most prevalent comfort materials used in mattress toppers, viscoelastic foam conforms to the posture you’re sleeping in, so that even support is applied on your muscles.

Cheaper memory foam toppers may give off a peculiar smell for a few days after unpacking. They may also suffer from excessive heating.

Here's a video comparison of memory foam and latex for better illustration:

Durability

While it is a foregone conclusion in most cases that toppers and pads are temporary solutions that will wear out eventually, you can extend their lifetime by making right choices with regards to the materials used in them.

For example, organic materials such as wool, down and latex will always outlast artificial ones such as polyfoam, memory foam and down alternative. The former can be sprung up with a little maintenance, while the latter will settle down and lose their plushness sooner or later.

The density of material used also plays a role in determining how long the topper will remain supportive. Higher densities will be able to sustain larger weights for longer periods of time:

Warranty

Toppers and pads, by their very design, are supposed to be short term solutions for improving the condition of your mattress. In other words, they aren’t supposed to last you for decades. Therefore, you’ll be hard pushed to find a topper with a warranty that goes beyond 5 years (and this is for the best mattress toppers from the lot!).

Mattress pads, being thinner and less durable even than toppers, may not even come with a warranty at all.

Top Rated Mattress Topper Reviews

Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Memory foam [plus HD support foam for thicker models]
  • Thickness : 1.5" - 4"
  • Warranty:  5 years
  • Special Features: Green tea extract, natural oil, CertiPUR-US certified

The Zinus Green Tea is a seemingly traditional viscoelastic topper that will appeal to health conscious consumers through its odor killing, anti-bacterial and environment friendly qualities.

Available in multiple sizes, and thicknesses ranging from 1.5” to 4”, the topper gives you a lot of freedom in specifying the exact degree of contouring support you’ll get from your bed. While the lower thickness models exclusively use memory foam, the thicker (and pricier) models use a layer of memory foam in conjunction with HD support foam for a bit more push.

Zinus uses CertiPUR-US certified memory foam in their product, and replaces some of the usual petroleum with natural oil to give it a touch of environment friendliness. The green tea extract counters bacterial growth and prevents odors. The topper also has activated charcoal which absorbs moisture, helping to keep it fresh.

While the majority of consumers have found the product to be comfortable and conforming – just like memory foam is supposed to be, there have been a few complaints of it being either too firm or too soft. This is likely due to choosing the incorrect thickness, so you may want to exercise caution there.

Issues pertaining to poor quality control are rare but present, but the topper comes with a 5 year warranty which should have them covered.

Pros

  • Affordably priced.
  • Multiple thicknesses of memory foam available to customize support / comfort level.
  • Green tea extract acts as anti-bacterial agent / odor eliminator.
  • Activated charcoal gets rid of moisture.
  • CertiPUR-US certified.
  • 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • Some complaints of excessive plushness / firmness.
  • Minimal QC complaints.
  • Off gassing odor.

Recommended For

A seemingly traditional viscoelastic topper that will appeal to health conscious consumers through its odor killing, anti-bacterial and environment friendly qualities.

LUCID 3-inch Gel Memory Foam Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Gel memory foam
  • Thickness: 2”
  • Warranty:  3 years
  • Special Features: Ventilated design

With a significantly thick and ventilated memory foam structure, this topper is a good pick for people who want plush, contouring comfort without the usual heating concerns associated with viscoelastic items.

The 3” of ventilated gel memory foam have a special formula that results in responsive and airy pressure relief. Hundreds of uniformly spaced miniscule air holes, in conjunction with the gel infused viscoelastic, ensures that the temperature doesn’t shoot up as you sleep during the night.

What the topper lacks in aesthetic appeal (the corners are prominently boxy), it makes up for in its superb comfort – something that has been attested wholeheartedly by existing users. Most (but not all) users have also found it cooler than traditional, low cost memory foam toppers.

I haven’t come across any complaints regarding manufacturing defects, and that makes sense, since the topper isn’t the cheapest product out there. That said, it does come with a 3 year warranty which should take some of the sting off the price tag.

Pros

  • Soft, contouring comfort.
  • Ventilated design and gel infusion ensures regulated temperature.
  • Off gasses quickly.
  • 3 year warranty.

Cons

  • Slightly pricey.

Recommended For

A good pick for people who want plush, contouring comfort without the usual heating concerns associated with viscoelastic items.

DreamFoam Bedding 2” Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Gel memory foam
  • Thickness: 2"
  • Warranty:  3 years
  • Special Features: CertiPUR-US certified, Made in the USA

The extra-soft viscoelastic composition of this topper makes it a good choice for people looking to alleviate their back pain problems on the cheap.

This topper is simply a 2” slab of plush memory foam that is meant to up the comfort level of a firm mattress. Note that when I say plush – it means plush even as memory foam goes:

Several users have reported that the topper did away with their chronic back pain problems (no doubt stemming from a cheap / hard mattress) in just a few weeks, which is indicative of extreme conformity. Conversely, this also means that you can’t count on this product to enhance the supportiveness of an old, sagging mattress.

Even though the foam is called ‘gel swirl’, it doesn’t have a lot of impact on the temperature regulation of the bed. The good news is that the topper is US made, and uses foam that has been CertiPUR-US certified – so you don’t have to worry about inhaling any harmful chemicals during the off gassing period.

A 3 year warranty accompanies the product.

Pros

  • Affordable price.
  • Plush memory foam provides superb contouring and pain relief.
  • CertiPUR-US certified.
  • Made in the US.
  • 3 year warranty.

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer a lot of support.
  • ‘Gel Swirl’ doesn’t have a noticeable impact on thermal regulation.

Recommended For

The extra-soft viscoelastic composition of this topper makes it a good choice for people looking to alleviate their back pain problems on the cheap.

Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Pure natural latex
  • Thickness: 1” – 3”
  • Warranty:  5 years
  • Special Features: 4.0 lbs./cu.ft., 20 ILD, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, dust mite resistant, temperature regulating

With a completely natural latex make-up and a range of thicknesses, this topper offers customized, springy yet conforming support that you can use to alter the feel of both old and new mattresses as needed.

The topper incorporates 4.0 lbs./cu.ft. (20 ILD) of natural Dunlop latex that is completely devoid of any synthetic additives (the manufacturer makes a huge point out of this). This results in a soft but springy feel that offers pinpointed pressure relief without the loose, sinking feeling of viscoelastic.

Furthermore, the natural latex makes the topper inherently hypoallergenic and anti-microbial. The open celled structure allows for free passage of air, so the topper does not raise the temperature of the bed either.

It is available in thicknesses of 1”, 2” and 3”, with the 1” intended to yield a marginal change in feel (e.g. for a brand new mattress), and the 3” meant to drastically improve support and comfort (e.g. for an aging mattress well past its prime).

The vast majority of purchasers seem to be extremely satisfied with the way the topper supports their posture without causing them to ‘sink in’, but there have been those who have found it excessively hard or soft – they may have ended up with a bad batch, but it is more likely that the latex feel did not match their tastes.

In any case, you’ll need to be prepared for the initial chemical smell of latex (which isn’t harmful but irritating nonetheless). The product comes with a 5 year warranty, and I wouldn’t have expected anything less, given its hefty price tag.

Pros

  • 100% natural latex composition.
  • Offers springy yet conforming support.
  • Multiple thicknesses give freedom to customize resulting feel.
  • Inherently hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.
  • Ample airflow.
  • 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Springy feel of latex may not match everyone’s tastes.

Recommended For

With a completely natural latex make-up and a range of thicknesses, this topper offers customized, springy yet conforming support that you can use to alter the feel of both old and new mattresses as needed.

Zen Bamboo Ultra Soft Bamboo Mattress Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Fabric: 35% bamboo, 65% polyester; Filling: 100% polyester
  • Thickness: ~1”
  • Warranty: 30 day guarantee
  • Special Features: Pillow-top / fitted sheet style construction; Machine Washable

The Zen Bamboo mattress topper may be worth consideration if you want to add pillow-top-like cushioning to your bed without breaking your wallet.

Sporting a bamboo fiber / polyester cover that has been double-needle stitched into balanced chambers containing polyester filling, the topper yields plush, cloud-like comfort that should take the pressure off of firm mattresses.

By including bamboo in the fabric blend, the topper achieves a smooth surface feel as well as optimal thermal regulation. An elastic skirt lets it fit onto mattresses as deep as 18”. The product is machine washable for easy maintenance, in spite of its silky appearance.

According to consumers, the topper definitely adds a touch of light luxury and comfort to their beds, and most (but not all) also agree about its heat dissipating capabilities. Some users have found that it flattens quickly, but that has to do with the weight of the sleeper.

That being said, there have been a few complaints pertaining to manufacturing defects, which is why I would advise you to thoroughly inspect the product on arrival, and avail the 30 day money back guarantee if necessary.

Pros

  • Reasonable cost.
  • Bamboo fiber mixed with polyester yields a luxurious finish.
  • Superbly constructed with double-needle stitching and ample filling.
  • Elastic skirt ensures snug fit up to 18” deep.
  • Bamboo fiber ensures adequate heat dissipation.
  • 30 day money back guarantee.

Cons

  • May settle down after a few months.
  • Some complaints of manufacturing defects.

Recommended For

The Zen Bamboo mattress topper may be worth consideration if you want to add pillow-top-like cushioning to your bed without breaking your wallet.

Top Rated Mattress Pad Review

Balichun Down Alternative Quilted Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: Cotton top with down alternative filling
  • Thickness: 2”
  • Warranty: Money back guarantee
  • Special Features: Deep Pocket Fitting, Machine Washable

This low-profile, moderately priced down alternative pad is great for increasing the comfort and / or breathability of your mattress without changing its core feel.

Bearing a fitted sheet style construction, the pad can fit any mattress in the thickness range of 8” to 21”. Underneath its 100% cotton top is 42 oz. Storm goose down that is plush and breathable, so the pad is able to boost up the overall comfort and airflow of your bed.

While the pad is noiseless and doesn’t interrupt your sleep due to motion transfer, it should be noted that it won’t offer much in terms support enhancement. It is machine washable so you can get it cleaned without going into any complicated procedures.

Consumer ratings are filled with applause about how this pad has breathed new life into years old mattresses, and even improved the pressure relief capability of new ones. In spite of all the praise, there have been complaints from people who ended up with units that were entirely flat and uncomfortable, which points to manufacturing defects.

Fortunately, the pad comes with a money back guarantee so long as it doesn’t have any visible signs of being used upon return.

Pros

  • Balanced price.
  • Comfort and airflow improvement thanks to cotton and down alternative.
  • Noiseless.
  • Machine washable.
  • Money back guarantee.

Cons

  • May be too thin for some people.
  • Limited QA concerns.

Recommended For

This low-profile, moderately priced down alternative pad is great for increasing the comfort and / or breathability of your mattress without changing its core feel.

SnugFleece Elite Wool Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: American virgin wool on pure cotton backing
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty / 30 day money back guarantee
  • Special Features: Deep Pocket Fitting, Machine Washable, Made in the USA

If you’re looking for a mattress pad that can bolster the support and pain relief of your mattress for an extended period of time, without raising its temperature, you may want to consider this one.

The SnugFleece Elite Wool Mattress Pad consists of American virgin wool affixed to a 100% cotton backing. The wool’s naturally crimped fibers result in a cushioned, springy (if a little firm) support that provides ample pain relief - people looking for a middle ground between memory foam and latex may find it right up their alley.

The wool, being inherently thermo-regulating and moisture absorbent, stays at a comfortable temperature all year round. It is stain resistant and dust resistant, as well as hypoallergenic. Even if it does settle down after some months of use, you can easily make it fluffy as new by simply vacuuming it. The pad can be dry cleaned or machine washed as per your discretion.

User feedback has been positive for the most part – but there have been some complaints about an animal-like odor, which can be remedied by machine washing and air drying the pad once. Aside from that, the expensive price tag on this product does put it out of reach of many consumers.

It is worth mentioning that the natural origins of both wool and cotton mean that you don’t have to worry about ingesting harmful chemicals while using it in your bed. A 30 day money back guarantee, as well as 1 year warranty accompany the product.

Pros

  • All natural construction.
  • Wool provides pressure relief, temperature regulation and springy support.
  • Wool is durable and stain resistant.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • 30 day money back guarantee and 1 year warranty.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • May have some animal smell initially.

Recommended For

If you’re looking for a mattress pad that can bolster the support and pain relief of your mattress for an extended period of time, without raising its temperature, you may want to consider this one.

Bare Home Pillow-Top Premium Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: Brushed 1800 Microfiber / Velvet Microplush surfaces; down alternative filling
  • Thickness: 2"
  • Warranty: Money back guarantee
  • Special Features: Dual surface types, Machine Washable, Deep Pocket Fitting

With one surface consisting of a velvet microplush fabric, another of double brushed microfiber, and a 2” thick down alternative pillow-top construction, this pad is meant for people who want to bring affordable luxury to their bed.

The immediately noticeable aspect of this pad is that regardless of the side you choose to sleep on, the surface feel is extremely lavish and comforting. The goose down filling ensures soft, plush pressure relief while also possessing hypoallergenic qualities, so that people with asthma and allergies can use the product safely.

An 18” extra deep pocket enables the pad to fit mattresses up to 20” thick, and the chambers have been end-to-end box stitched to prevent the filling from shifting around as you sleep – both these features ensure that fidgety sleepers won’t wake up during the night.

Most people have found the pad to be extremely comfortable and luxurious, but there have been some who have ended up with defective units, whereas others with shallower mattresses have found that it moves around a lot.

In any case, the mattress pad is accompanied by a money back guarantee, which should get you a refund if you aren’t satisfied with how it performs.

Pros

  • Reasonable pricing.
  • Choice of velvet microplush and double brushed microfiber in one product.
  • Overfilled, box-stitched pillow-top design ensures luxurious comfort.
  • Extra deep pocket fit.
  • Money back guarantee.

Cons

  • May not snugly fit shallow mattress.
  • Limited complaints of defective units.

Recommended For

With one surface consisting of a velvet microplush fabric, another of double brushed microfiber, and a 2” thick down alternative pillow-top construction, this pad is meant for people who want to bring affordable luxury to their bed.

Pinzon Microplush Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: Polyester top, Olefin bottom, polyester filling
  • Warranty: 30 days
  • Special Features: Deep Pocket Fitting, OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified

The Pinzon Mircoplush Mattress Pad is a low cost solution for anyone looking to increase only the softness of their bed surface without adding anything to the overall support.

The pad is overfilled with pure polyester filling, and end-to-end box stitched into chambers to prevent the filling from moving about. Combine this with a soft microplush fabric surface, and you’ve got an inexpensive yet remarkably comfortable add-on for improving the feel of your hard mattress.

That said, don’t expect any improvement in the support of an old, sagging bed. The pad has been made in a factory that adheres to the rigorous OEKO-Tex Standard 100 rating. It has elastic sides that let it fit up to 18” thick mattresses.

While users have been quite happy with the amount of plushness it adds at such a low asking price, it is neither especially cool nor durable; you’ll have to dry clean it if it gets dirty, and there’s only a 30 day return policy for it.

Pros

  • Extremely cheap.
  • Adds a lot of comfort to bed at low cost.
  • Conforms to OEKO-Tex standard 100.
  • End-to-end stitching keeps filling in place.
  • 30 day return policy.

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer any support.
  • Retains heat.
  • Requires professional laundering.

Recommended For

The Pinzon Mircoplush Mattress Pad is a low cost solution for anyone looking to increase only the softness of their bed surface without adding anything to the overall support.

iSoCore 3.0 Memory Foam Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: Memory foam
  • Thickness: 3”
  • Warranty: 3 year warranty
  • Special Features: Made in the USA

This no-nonsense mattress pad is geared towards consumers in need of a low-cost solution to considerably enhance the conformity of a firm bed.

It comprises of a simple 3” thick slice of memory foam that adheres to the contours of your body, providing support and relief to your pressure points regardless of the posture you sleep in. The slow-response nature of the memory foam also eliminates motion transfer.

Because it is open celled, the viscoelastic foam used in this pad does not noticeably raise the temperature of your bed. Still, if you’re extra sensitive about heat during your sleep, you may want to look into a higher end gel memory foam model.

Note that the foam used in this product is low density, so it may require frequent rotation when used by bulkier individuals. However, for as long as it retains its initial shape, you can expect ample pain relief and comfort.

To ease the concern regarding durability, the manufacturer really does stick to their 3 year warranty backing this product, as pointed out by one consumer whose purchase began to lose shape after some months.

Pros

  • Cheap.
  • Offers the contouring support that memory foam is known for.
  • Open cell structure doesn’t retain a lot of heat.
  • 3 year warranty.

Cons

  • Low density viscoelastic may not last long for bulky individuals.
  • Still not the coolest viscoelastic product out there.

Recommended For

This no-nonsense mattress pad is geared towards consumers in need of a low-cost solution to considerably enhance the conformity of a firm bed.

Conclusion

You’ve reached the end of my guide, and hopefully, you will be better informed now as to which topper will best suit your needs. Based on the many factors that I’ve discussed, you will also have deduced that there is no simple, singular way to answer the ‘what mattress topper is best’ query.

A lot depends on your specific requirements e.g. comfort and/or support, durability, budget, temperature tolerance and so on. With that in mind, I’ve tried to suggest suitable candidates for the most common requirements that I’ve come across in my market research:

Best Mattress Topper For Back Pain

Back pain can be caused by a mattress that is unable to adequately support your posture (either because it got old, or because you made a bad choice), but like I said before, it isn’t always feasible to throw the current one out and get a new one.

If that is the case with you, I’d recommend the Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper with its all-natural Dunlop latex construction.

The 4 lbs. density and 20 ILD makes it superbly accommodating regardless of the posture you sleep in, and the point elastic nature of latex ensures adequate responsiveness to your movements. Furthermore, you won’t have to deal with the ‘sinking-in’ feel that is customary of memory foam products designed for similar purposes.

Additionally, you can choose from thicknesses of 1”, 2” and 3” – depending on the amount of alteration in surface feel you require. A 5 year warranty is included with topper, but given the general degree of user satisfaction, you probably won’t have to use it.

Best Cooling Mattress Pad

Getting a pad that is comfortable and durable requires considerable market research, but finding one with these qualities which also stays at the right temperature all year round is quite rare. Fortunately, the SnugFleece Elite Wool Mattress Pad offers such a solution.

If you’re willing to put up with a slight animal odor initially, the pad offers springy, slightly firm support that goes according to the tastes of most consumers. The American virgin wool is inherently durable, temperature regulating and moisture wicking, so it works well even if you’re sleeping in a tropical climate that makes you sweat.

The best part? Even if the pad gets flattened by continuous use, you can puff it up readily using a vacuum! Of course, it is expensive, but that is the price you pay for excellence.

Best Mattress Topper For The Money

High-end toppers’ prices can go up in the hundreds, but for many of us, the main reason for getting a topper is to spare ourselves from splurging a huge amount of cash. The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress Topper is one product that gives a lot of bang for the buck:

Priced well under 100, the Zinus is packed with features that will enhance your sleep experience. For starters, it is available in variable thicknesses, so that you can specify the exact degree of comfort and support you require.

The memory foam used in the Zinus topper is CertiPUR-US certified, so you won’t have to worry about breathing in harmful chemicals, and is augmented with green tea extract and activated charcoal – these counter odorous bacterial growth and moisture, respectively.

To top it off, the product comes with a 5 year warranty, which is about as high as it can get for a topper – quite surprising, considering the cost. There have been a few complaints about manufacturing defects, and you’ll have to put up with off gassing smell, but these are necessary compromises when your budget is limited.

The Best Mattress Toppers for Back Pain – Reviews

Having a husband working in the IT department initially meant him complaining about his back pain every single night. While it may not seem dangerous to many people, sitting in the same position all day long, crouching over his computer put a lot of stress on my husband’s back.

After a hectic day at work, people rely on sleep to rejuvenate themselves. But with constant tossing and turning due to the discomfort caused by the back pain, my husband never really felt well-rested. Surely, we needed the best mattress topper for back pain.

Interested in memory foam toppers? Take a look at our recommended list.​

Best Mattress Topper for Back Pain Comparisons

Brand

Special Feature

Weight

Warranty

Prices

Our Ratings

Zinus

BioFoam memory foam

30.1 pounds

5 year limited warranty

$$$

Sleep Innovations

Gel memory foam

24.1 pounds

10 year limited warranty

$$$$

Lucid

Memory Foam

2.2 pounds

3 year warranty

$$

Exceptional Sheets

Bamboo Fabric

9.8 pounds

1 year warranty

$

Ultimate Sleep

Pure “Green” Latex

Not Provided

30 day trial period

$$$$$

Mattress Pad and Mattress Topper: There Is a Difference

A mattress pad generally fastens to the mattress with some form of elastic band or skirting. While it does provide protection, most of the mattress pads don’t necessarily provide as much as pressure relief as mattress toppers do.

A mattress topper goes on top of the mattresses to provide extra support and comfort. It is usually thicker than a pad and it can include foam toppers, featherbeds etc. Firm mattress toppers can be made out of several types of materials, with each material enriching your sleep experience in a different way.

Types of Mattress Toppers

There are different types of mattress toppers that you’ll find in the market, with each catering to your different necessities.

Memory Foam

This type of topper is one of the most popular ones in the market. This type of topper offers adequate support and pressure relief for people with lower back pain and back problems. It can also come with different types of inner layers including gel and visco; offering more choices than other types of toppers.

Due to its polyurethane build, it can provide more comfort to the body through its compression and reflex function. It can also isolate individual motions, i.e. even if you toss and turn during the night, your partner will not be disturbed.​

Although cheaper than its latex counterpart, one of memory foam’s disadvantages is that it can lose its shape. It can form a depression in the part of the topper where you usually sleep and thus, it can give you the feeling of “sinking in”. Memory foam also might not be the best choice for you if your core body temperature is very high as it is known to retain heat.

Latex

Latex is the optimum type of topper for people who like to sleep on a firm surface. If you sleep on your back, the firmness of latex toppers can mitigate your lower back pains by properly aligning your spine and providing sufficient support. Unlike memory foams, there is no possibility of odour coming from latex toppers.

They also don’t trap in heat. As this material is resistant to dust mites and mould, it might be the perfect choice for people with skin allergies. If you are on the heavier side, you should definitely consider choosing this type as it can maintain its shape for a longer period of time due to its springy and resilient nature. However, you should check whether or not you are allergic to latex before you use this type of topper.

Feather

This type of topper is known for being luxurious. Made from feathers, while it does provide a rather soft and comfortable sleeping experience, it might not be best suited for people experiencing intense lower back pain and back pain in general. It also does not retain body heat and is also odourless. However, it requires regular shaking up and ruffling for it to maintain its shape.

Wool

This might not be the type of topper you are looking for if you have back pain as it provides very low amount of back support and comfort. Its durability and temperature regulating abilities could impress you, but if you really want to alleviate your lower back pain and back problems, you might not want to purchase this type of topper.

Things to Consider Before Making a Purchase

Weight

Your weight can also affect the amount of comfort and support provided by your mattress topper. If you are on the heavier side, there is a higher chance that your memory foam topper develops a depression faster leaving you feeling uncomfortable.

Sleeping position and type of back pain

There are different sleeping positions recommended for people suffering from different types of back conditions including lower back pain. For example, people suffering from Osteoarthritis or Spinal Stenosis may prefer to sleep on their sides with their knees curled up but people with Degenerative disc disease may prefer to sleep on their stomach. Some type of mattresses might sink in when you sleep on your side, so you should see if the topper is suitable for your sleeping position or not.

Level of firmness

Usually, memory foam toppers have a lot of options when it comes to the degree of firmness. However, some people might not know about their options, and they might end up with a topper that’s either too firm/ too soft for them. But you should also keep in mind that not all products offer toppers with different levels of firmness. There is a misconception that firm mattress toppers relieve all types of lower back pain and back pain in general. People suffering from conditions like Bursitis might actually end up feeling more discomfort if the mattress is too firm.

Core body temperature

If you have a high core body temperature like me, you might want to opt for a topper that can elevate pain relief by also regulating the temperature of your body. Toppers providing proper air ventilation or having moisture absorbing abilities could definitely enhance your sleep quality.

Top 5 Mattress Toppers for Back Pain Reviews

Night Therapy Memory Foam 4 Inch Pressure Relief Mattress Topper, Queen

Key Points

  • 30.1 pounds
  • 22.6 x 15.5 x 15 inches
  • ​5 year limited warranty
  • ​CertiPUR-US Certified Foam
  • Includes 1.5 inches of Pressure Relieving Comfort
  • BioFoam memory foam

This mattress topper is one of a kind. It includes three layers – a fiber quilted cover for the luxurious, soft feel, 2 inches of memory foam for the body conforming mattress, and a pressure relieving comfort foam for back pain such as lower back pain. Its foam is CertiPUR-US certified which assures the highest quality. It is also known for its smart shipping technology, which allows it to be compressed efficiently and shipped on time.

Its BioFoam memory foam is more environmentally-friendly than other mattress toppers in the market as it reduces the amount of natural petroleum used by replacing it with natural plant oil. Its smart build also helps to absorb moisture. This is especially trivial for people who may sweat a lot during the night and have back pain. This product comes in four sizes – Twin, Full, Queen and King. It also features a 5 year limited warranty.​

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Efficiently compressed, rolled and shipped
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Soft top layer
  • Absorbs moisture
  • More environmentally friendly than other mattresses
  • Easy to unpack
  • Pressure Relieving Comfort

Cons

  • Can have a slight odour initially
  • Might shift during the night

Sleep Innovations 4-Inch Dual Layer Mattress Topper, Queen

Key Points

  • 24.1 pounds
  • 80 x 60 x 4 inches
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • ​USA made
  • Gel memory foam

Sleep Innovations mattress topper features 2 inches of cooling gel memory foam and two inches of fluffy fiberfill, which can provide you with a comfortable and supportive rest and lasts the whole night. It is also easy to clean as the snug-fit cover is removable and is dryer & washer safe. This product also comes in five different sizes – Twin, Full, Queen, King and California King.

Another good feature of this topper is that it provides pressure-relieving support that is suitable for side, back or stomach sleepers. This especially came in handy for my husband and I because he likes to sleep on his stomach and I on my back. Made in the USA, it assures high quality and also offers a 10 year limited warranty. It is also known to be highly durable as this mattress topper can maintain its shape for a long time. Another plus point about this is that it is odourless and is also well packaged. It also features a soft, luxurious cover.​

Pros

  • Made in USA
  • Washer and dryer safe
  • Removable cover
  • Comfortable
  • Soft
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • Durable; maintains shape
  • Pressure relieving support
  • Well packaged
  • Odourless

Cons

  • Might not be firm enough for some people
  • Body might sink in the middle

LUCID 3 Inch Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Queen

Key Points

  • 2.2 pounds
  • 30.7 x 22.8 x 1.2 inches
  • ​3 year warranty
  • ​Open cell technology
  • 100% premium memory foam mattress topper

Open cell technology is what sets this product apart. This technology features resilient foam which prevents lasting body impressions. Its build helps align your spine correctly and consequently alleviates neck, back and shoulder pain by reducing the pressure points. This high quality product comes in seven different sizes – Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King and California King.

Another feature of this firm mattress topper which can be very useful if you are prone to allergies is that it is resistant to dust mites and allergen. This mattress topper uses lucid memory foam formula which can elevate your comfort level during the night. It also features hundreds of evenly spaced and sized ventilation holes to increase the breathability and airflow to reduce the amount of heat retained. It is highly durable and even has a 3 year warranty.​

Pros

  • Hypoallergenic
  • 3 year warranty
  • Breathable fabric
  • Durable
  • Long-lasting body impressions
  • Soft
  • Comfortable and relieves pressure
  • Fast refund

Cons

  • Might retain heat and get warm at night

Recommended For

Very useful for you  if you are prone to allergies.

Extra Plush Bamboo Removable Mattress Pillow Top with Fitted Skirt, Queen

Key Points

  • 9.8 pounds
  • 23 x 20.5 x 10.7 inches
  • ​1 year warranty
  • ​USA made
  • 100% money back guarantee

Lighter than most of the mattress toppers that you’ll find in the market, this Extra Plush product is also one of the highest rated one. With its use of a bamboo fabric, this topper can regulate your body temperature while allowing the mattress itself to cool. Its cover, filled with alternative down cluster fiber, is also very luxurious and soft. This cluster fiber material is great because it “traps” air and helps to maintain its shape for a longer period of time. It is also hypoallergenic and highly durable.

Made in the US, this product is of a high quality. It is also very easy to clean as it is machine friendly. With both of us ( my husband and I) having full-time jobs, this feature of this firm mattress topper really helped us save time on cleaning. Its ‘double needle baffle box stitch’ also prevents the fill from shifting around or moving around, and keeps you comfortable. It comes in eight different sizes - Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King, California King and Crib.​

Pros

  • Hypoallergenic
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Machine washable
  • Made in USA
  • Highly durable and comfortable
  • Soft
  • Breathable fabric
  • Non-slip material
  • Personalized customer service
  • Odourless

Cons

  • No protection from fluids and spills

2 Inch 100% Natural Latex Foam Mattress Pad Topper, Queen

Key Points

  • 79 x 59 x 2 inches
  • 100% Pure natural latex
  • ​Pure “Green” Latex
  • ​Comfort Zoned Hole Sizing
  • 30 day trial period
  • No restocking fees

‘Ultimate Sleep’, the company behind this product, has used latex in its construction. Latex is known for its superior support, and this mattress topper comes in various degrees of firmness. Its air ventilation perforation helps to keep it fresh and dry. It can provide you with superior orthopaedic support with its comfort zoned hole sizing.

It’s springy and resilient nature also makes it suitable for people who have heavier body weights as it can spring back and recover quickly. It comes in four different sizes – Twin, Full, Queen and Twin XL. It is also very durable and it comes with a 30 day trial period, so that you can try it out and return it if you don’t like it!​

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Comfortable
  • Anti-microbial
  • Air ventilation to keep it fresh and dry
  • 30 day trial period
  • Soft, luxurious feel
  • Suitable for heavier people
  • Comfort zoned for variable hole sizing
  • Odourless

Cons

  • Some people may be allergic to latex
  • Might sink in the mattress

Which one would I recommend?

After having carefully evaluated the various types of mattress toppers for back pain, I think that the ‘Extra Plush Bamboo Removable Mattress Pillow Top with Fitted Skirt’ is the best one. Not only does this topper come in varying degrees of softness, but it also has an ability to maintain its shape for a long period of time.

This is my favourite product as it is extremely soft and the breathable fabric makes sure to regulate our body temperature when we sleep. It’s machine washable feature also makes it very convenient and super convenient. Plus, it has a 1 year warranty and a 100% money back guarantee policy which makes it a safe bet.

Top 5 Memory Foam Toppers – Buyers Guide And Reviews

Memory Foam has become a household name. Originally developed by NASA to improve pilot safety, it's seen wide commercial use. Of course we're talking about Mattress Toppers. It's probably safe to say that no other industry has made such wide spread use of the material. Popular advertisement showing a hand impression left in the foam most likely comes to mind.

More interested in a pad that will keep you cool at night? Click here to see our recommendations.​

Best Memory Foam Toppers Comparisons

Brand

Material

Special Feature

Warranty

Prices

Our Ratings

Memory Foam Solutions

Temperature Sensitive

Elastic Memory Foam

3 Year Limited Warranty

$$$$$

Nature's Sleep

With Plush Microfiber Cover

Memory Foam

Limited Warranty

$$$

Sleep Joy

With a Breathable Material

Ventilated Memory Foam

Limited Warranty

$$

Luxurest LLC

Ventilated

Memory Foam with Gel

Limited Warranty

$$$$

Sleep Innovations

Machine Washable

Gel Memory Foam

10 Year Limited Warranty

$

But what does it mean? Memory foam is designed to give the ultimate comfort, cradling and supporting the body, lessening pressure on the hips, lower back and joints. Let's take a look at the top 5 best memory foam mattress toppers, some key features, and the pros and cons of each topper.

WHAT IS MEMORY FOAM?

First, we need to understand what memory foam actually is. We've already mentioned how it was originally developed by NASA so that immediately makes us thing 'space-age' or 'high-tech' when we see, or hear those credentials plastered across an advertisement. For the most part its true.

It was originally developed back in 1966. In basic terms, memory foam is a polyurethane material combined with other chemicals to increase the foam's viscosity (or, its resistance to deformation) and density (or, how tightly packed the molecules are).

Density, in general, is affected by heat and pressure so when you lay down on a memory foam mattress topper, the combination of your weight (mainly the pressure points in your shoulders and hips), combined with you bodies natural body heat will cause the foam to react and actually firm up, adding support to your body. When applied to a mattress or topper, this feature helps support the body without applying specific points of pressure to the body in the way that springs or coils might in traditional bedding.

As amazing as memory foam can be, it's not perfect for every person. Let's look at some of the benefits and limitations of memory foam.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The number one benefit to purchasing a memory foam mattress is the unparalleled level of support and comfort. This is especially true for individuals who suffer from chronic back (especially lower back pain), neck, or hip pain. Due to the nature of the foam and the way its density reacts to your body temperature and the way that it resists deformation once in position, molding itself to your body, it can be like sleeping on a cloud. There is virtually no pressure added to your body. You can see our recommendations for toppers for back pain here.

It molds itself to the body's natural curves and giving support where support is needed, namely the neck and back. At the same time no harsh pressure is applied to the shoulders and hips as you might find with other traditional bedding. For more on how memory foam can help with lower back pain check out LiveStrong.com.

The limitations of memory foam can be a deal breaker for many consumers. We've already discussed how the memory foam reacts to body heat. In one hand, this is what makes memory foam work, on the other hand the memory foam has a tendency to trap your body heat. If you're a hot sleeper than this may be a concern worth looking into. It all comes down to air flow. The more the foam is compressed the less air is able to flow the foam, restricting the heat from escaping naturally. For ways to over come this issue check out HomeGuides.SFGates.com.

The second major limitation is that a major part of memory foam's development is centered around chemicals. For people who are more sensitive to chemicals, they may want to check out a more natural alternative such a latex which is advertised as being 'all-natural.'

One Final Thought

Before we look at the best memory foam mattress topper reviews. It's important to note that by adding a mattress topper, you are adding an additional 2" to 4" to the overall height of your mattress. It's important to count the cost and figure in the possibility having to buy new deep pocket fitted sheets. Deep pocket fitted sheets will give you extra space needed to accommodate the mattress pad. With that out of the way, let's get down to the buyers guide, features and reviews of the top memory foam toppers..

MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS TOPPER REVIEWS

Here are our top 5 memory foam mattress topper reviews.

Queen Size 3" Thk, 4lb. Density Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper

Key Points

  • Size: Queen
  • Elastic Memory Foam
  • ​3" Thick w/ 4lb. Density
  • ​Temperature sensitive (firmer when cool, softer when warm)
  • Warranty: 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 3 Year Limited Warranty

Queen Size 3" Thk, 4lb. Density Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper is made in the USA and meets all EPA standards. The topper is 3" thick and only weighs 4 lbs. making it easy to move and store if necessary. The foam is designed to be temperature sensitive but memory foam in general is temperature sensitive but the added density, combined with the increased air circulation built into the foam, it gives the feel of being cooler as if the material was infused with gel, as well as providing the desired support to the body. That is why this one of the best memory foam toppers available.

Pros

  • Guaranteeing user satisfaction
  • The added thickness and density makes the mattress more support
  • Feels like it is infused with gel
  • Easy to lift and move at only 4 lbs
  • Will eleviate back and hip pain from the support of the foam
  • American made to all EPA standards

Cons

  • The price is nearly double (triple for some) the cost of any of the other toppers on this list
  • Redundant wording in ad such as "Visco Elastic" and "Temperature sensitive"
  • If you're sensitive, it does retain body heat

Nature's Sleep Cool IQ 2.5" Thk 3.5 lbs Voisco Elastic Memory Foam. Queen

Key Points

  • Size: Queen
  • Memory Foam
  • ​2.5" Thick
  • ​Includes plush microfiber cover.
  • Warranty: Limited Warranty

Nature's Sleep Cool IQ 2.5" Thk 3.5 lbs Voisco Elastic Memory Foam, Queen is designed to give comfort as well as address the issue of overheating with memory foam toppers. This topper is designed with a large cell structure to allow air to flow even while being compressed. It has also been treated to be hypoallergenic, making it accessible to people with allergies or other sensitivities. It also includes a microfiber cover that is designed to help the topper not slide around.

Pros

  • Large Cell Design to help ventalate body heat
  • Includes microfiber cover
  • Hypoallergenic and anti-microbial protection
  • Beneficial for hips, back and shoulder pain

Cons

  • The price
  • Not as cool as other mattress toppers

Sleep Joy 3" ViscO2 Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Queen

Key Points

  • Size: Queen
  • Ventilated Memory Foam
  • ​Breathable material allows ventilation
  • ​Odor-neutralized
  • Enhanced with plan-based ingredients.
  • Warranty: Limited Warranty

Sleep Joy 3" ViscO2 Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Queen is an environmental option for consumers worried about the chemicals in other memory foam mattresses. The makers, Sleep Joy, claim that the ventilated foam helps prevent the build up of body heat during the night. And for sleepers susceptible to chemical odors, the company has taken steps to remove all chemical smells before you ever use the topper.

Pros

  • Environmentally conscious material that includes plant-based ingredients
  • Made in the USA and compliant with all EPA standards
  • Low impact for hot sleepers
  • Odor-nuetralized

Cons

  • Not as firm as other memory foam toppers
  • No cover for the foam

Recommended For

An environmental option for consumers worried about the chemicals in other memory foam mattresses.

Luxurest Gel Infused Memory Foam 4" Thk, Queen

Key Points

  • Size: Queen
  • Memory Foam with Gel
  • ​4" thick foam
  • ​Ventilated for improved air flow.
  • Warranty: Limited Warranty

Luxurest Gel Infused Memory Foam 4" Thk, Queen is infused with gel to increase comfort and to address the issue of body heat without sacrificing the density and support needed to privide comfort and support. Other manufacturers increase the cell size for ventilation, in turn, reducing the density and the support needed for your body. Gel offers cooling without the loss of comfort.

Pros

  • 4" thick with firm support
  • Gel to keep the matress from getting to hot
  • Made in the U.S.A. and compliant with all EPA Standards

Cons

  • High price tag compared to similar mattress toppers
  • Strong chemical smell

Sleep Innovations 4" Dual Layer Mattress Topper - Gel Memory Foam and Plush Fiber, Queen

Key Points

  • Size: Queen
  • Dual Layer, Gel Memory Foam and Plush Fiber
  • ​4" thick top
  • ​Removable, machine washable 300-thread count cover
  • Warranty: 10 Year Limited Warranty

Sleep Innovations 4" Dual Layer Mattress Topper - Gel Memory Foam and Plush Fiber, Queen is made in the U.S. and combines cooling gel memory foam with a plush fiber layer giving this mattress topper the best of both worlds. It is designed so that it will be easy to clean with a removal mattress cover. The quality is not missing with the 300-thread count cotton cover.

If you're looking for the comfort and support of a memory foam without the body heat issues this may be a good option for you. Innovation is in the name, and why this makes our list of best memory foam mattress toppers.

Pros

  • Forms to the bodies curves.
  • Made in the USA
  • Machine washable cover, 300-thread count, 100% cotton
  • Dust mite and allergen resistant
  • Does not hold body heat

Cons

  • Requires deep pocket sheets

Recommended For

The best option for those who are looking for the comfort and support of a memory foam without the body heat issues.

IN CONCLUSION

Like always, finding the best mattress topper to fit your needs is a personal decision.  I know for myself the best memory foam mattress topper, when looking through the options was the Queen Size 3" Thk, 4lb. Density Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper felt like the best choice. I can't say the price enthused me too much but after shopping around, you can find a good deal that makes this mattress an affordable option.

I tend to deal with lower back pain and the mattress I have does little to help. In fact, it makes the issue worse. By adding a memory foam topper, I've noticed that the aches and pains that were common with waking up are greatly reduced. The quandary I find myself in is this: I'm also a hot sleeper, but there are ways to combat the heat build up. One way is to use a cooling gel pillow and also to keep my feet uncovered to allow body heat to escape. 

I hope you found this article beneficial in your search for the perfect mattress topper.