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Mattress Topper Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on July 28, 2017

Editor's note:
As we found when we updated mattresses, online-only companies like DreamFoam and Sleep On Latex are coming to dominate the mattress pad market. And no wonder: they make great mattress pads at great prices. These two manufactures make the top-rated memory foam and latex mattress pads. Wool, featherbed and waterproof mattress pads are also recommended.

DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl Review
Best Reviewed

Best mattress topper

If you want to soften up a too-firm mattress or extend the life of an older mattress, reviewers say you can't go wrong with the DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl. It gets high marks from reviewers for its comfort, without retaining as much heat as other memory foam mattress toppers. Motion isolation is also reported as excellent. This topper is made from CertiPUR-certified gel-infused memory-foam. It comes with a three-year warranty. See our full review »

Buy for $119.99
Sleep On Latex Pure Green Review
Best Reviewed

Latex mattress topper

Latex is a good choice if you want to avoid the chemicals in foam, and experts and owners agree that the Sleep On Latex Pure Green 2-inch mattress topper is one of the best. Made from 100 percent natural Dunlop latex, most say it offers great comfort and support, but still responds well to changes in position. The Pure Green line comes in six sizes and three firmness options. See our full review »

Buy for $199.00
Natural Baffle-channel Featherbed Review
Best Reviewed

Best featherbed

Reviewers love the Natural Baffle-channel Featherbed for its soft, yet supportive properties. The removable, washable cotton cover makes this a great value, and owners say it has all the comfortable benefits of a featherbed without the drawbacks of sharp or noisy feathers. It comes in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses and is reported as very well-made and durable. We saw very few reports of compression or heat retention. See our full review »

SnugSoft Elite Bed Mattress Cover Review
Best Reviewed

Best wool mattress topper

Expert and user reviewers all give the SnugSoft Elite Bed Mattress Cover high scores. They praise its overall comfort and remarkable ability to regulate body temperature, keeping sleepers warm in winter and cool in summer. Parents, in particular, say it gives them peace of mind for children who tend to kick their covers off at night. These mattress toppers are naturally resistant to dust mites, making them a good choice for allergy sufferers. See our full review »

Buy for $162.00
SafeRest Waterproof Mattress Protector
Best Reviewed

Waterproof mattress pad

Thousands of happy reviewers say the SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector is the best waterproof mattress pad you can buy. While it's not a true mattress topper, users say it has enough thickness that it adds to their existing mattresses comfort. Unlike some waterproof mattress pads, the SafeRest is quiet and breathable. It's also machine washable. This mattress pad comes in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king. See our full review »

Buy for $59.95

Types of Mattress Toppers

Memory Foam

This is by far the most popular type of mattress topper, and it tends to be the most effective at improving mattress comfort. Made from polyurethane, memory foam contains millions of open, spherical cells that respond to pressure and heat. It comes in many thicknesses and densities. In general, a thicker topper will have a softer feel, while a denser foam will provide more support. However, memory foam can trap body heat, and some say that the way it cradles the body can make it difficult to move around on. Many memory foam toppers also give off an unpleasant odor when new, although a good airing usually takes care of that.

Latex Foam

While latex is similar to memory foam, it's made of either natural or synthetic latex rubber -- or a blend of the two. It comes in many grades of thickness and firmness like memory foam, but generally tends to be a bit firmer. It's also somewhat less likely than memory foam to trap body heat and emit an unpleasant odor, although the "new mattress smell" can still be a problem for some users. Latex excels at providing both softness and support and it's a good choice for allergy sufferers because it's resistant to both mold and dust mites. However, latex itself can be an allergen for some people (although that's rare). Latex toppers used to be among the most expensive types, but the rise in companies that sell mattress and mattress toppers online-only is bringing the prices down so that they're more comparable to memory foam.

Featherbeds

These toppers are basically cushions stuffed with feathers or down. They add softness to a mattress, but not much support. While they don't retain body heat as much as foam toppers do, they also tend to compress under a user's weight and must be fluffed or shaken regularly to restore their shape. If you're sensitive to feathers, fiberbed and wool mattress toppers are very similar to featherbeds, but are made from hypoallergenic materials.

Mattress Pads

People often use the terms "mattress pads" and "mattress toppers" interchangeably, but they are really two different things. A mattress pad is just a thin pad, with corners like a fitted sheet that go over your mattress to protect it from moisture and stains. Deep-pocket mattress pads can even fit over both a mattress topper and a mattress. Mattress pads are very affordable and there's little variation in quality. With the high cost of mattresses, we highly recommend that everyone protect their investment from spills, stains and other accidents by covering it with a pad.

Mattress toppers can transform your bed and your sleep

If you have trouble getting a good night's sleep on your mattress, a mattress topper might be the perfect solution. It can boost the comfort level of an old mattress for a fraction of the price of buying a new one. Sometimes called a pillow-top mattress pad, a topper is a cushion you place on top of the mattress to add softness or support.

The most common reason people decide to add toppers to their mattresses is to add new life to an older bed. Innerspring mattresses in particular tend to compress over time, losing their ability to shape themselves to a sleeper's body. A mattress topper can add an extra layer of cushioning, relieving pressure points and enhancing sleep quality. However, mattress toppers can't compensate for major problems such as sagging, sinkholes or springs poking through the mattress cover. If your mattress is that bad, you need a new one. We have recommendations for the most popular types in our separate report on mattresses. You'll also want to be sure your bed sheets fit over both your mattress and your topper. And, while you're at it, new pillows might be nice as well.

Mattress toppers aren't just for old mattresses, though. People often add a mattress topper to adjust the firmness level of a newer mattress. If you buy a new mattress and determine after a short time that it's too soft or firm for your taste, adding a topper can make it softer or firmer without the hassle and expense of trading in a nearly new model (returning a new mattress often involves shipping and restocking fees, not to mention the logistics of dealing with returning a large item). Placing a topper on just one side of the bed can also help couples who prefer different levels of mattress firmness.

Finding The Best Mattress Toppers
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"The Best Memory-Foam Mattress Topper"
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We found a couple of expert tests of mattress toppers for this update, most notably at TheSweethome.com and Sleepopolis.com -- although they don't include very many brands or models in their roundups, and focus primarily on memory foam. Fortunately, there's an abundance of user feedback at sites such as Amazon.com and Overstock.com. Moreover, editors at SleepLiketheDead.com analyze thousands of owner reviews and break down the data to provide specific information about different mattress topper types and brands.

Our research turns up three main factors to consider when shopping for a mattress topper. Since a topper's job is to improve the comfort of a mattress, we give particular importance to how well each pad cushions and supports the body, as well as whether it retains body heat. A good mattress topper also needs to stay comfortable over time, so we examine how well each model holds up with use and whether it needs special maintenance to keep it in good shape. Based on these factors, we identify the best mattress toppers of each type and list their pros and cons. One is sure to be the perfect choice for your best night's sleep.

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