Memory foam mattress toppers are by far the most popular, but if you're concerned about the chemicals in memory foam, or prefer a bit more firmness, a latex mattress topper might suit your needs better. One that gets very good feedback is the Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress Topper (Est. $300 and up). Latex is pricier than memory foam, but users say it's worth the investment as this mattress topper offers a great balance of comfort and support. It comes in six sizes -- twin, twin XL, full, queen, short queen and California king -- and three firmness options, soft, medium and firm. All get raves for comfort and support, and owners say the firmness levels are well-represented, although we did see the scattered complaint of a topper being too soft or too firm.
Most reviewers say the Ultimate Dreams latex mattress topper does not have the strong initial odor of memory phone toppers. Those who notice a smell after it's unpacked say it goes away after about 24 hours or so. Many also say that latex feels much cooler than a memory foam mattress. The Ultimate Dreams mattress topper is also reported as very durable; some say they've had their mattress pad for years. It includes a long, three-year warranty and customer service gets raves for its responsiveness.
One of owners' favorite features of the Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress Topper is the removable bamboo cover. Users appreciate being able to keep the mattress topper clean and fresh without much hassle. The mattress topper is made from blended Talalay latex, approximately 70 percent synthetic and 30 percent natural. It's hypoallergenic and antibacterial.
The Pure Green 2-inch Natural Latex Mattress Topper (Est. $150 and up) is another great choice for those who want to avoid synthetics altogether. It's pricier, overall, than the Ultimate Dreams, but owners say it's worth every penny. Experts too, give this mattress topper kudos; it's the second highest rated latex mattress topper at SleepLikeTheDead.com with a customer satisfaction rating of 91 percent of nearly 400 owners surveyed. Editors also note that the Pure Green mattress pad gets fewer odor complaints than other brands.
If you need a different thickness than 2 inches, Pure Green has you covered as it also comes in 1- and 3-inch thicknesses. Pure Green also offers a full range of size options, twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California King in all three thicknesses. Like the Ultimate Dreams mattress topper, the Pure Green comes in three firmness levels, soft, medium and firm, but some say that even the softest feels a bit on the firm side. We did see more complaints that this mattress topper makes them feel too warm at night, but a few solved the problem by removing the protective cover, which seems to affect the breathability of the mattress topper itself and contributes to heat retention.
The E.C.O 2-inch Latex Mattress Topper (Est. $130 and up) is another top pick, both by owners and by the experts at SeepLikeTheDead.com, where it earns an overall rating of 90 percent, just a point or two behind the top choices; however, that's also based upon quite a bit more input than the other brands -- 407 owners have weighed in on this mattress topper.
This E.C.O mattress topper gets some of the best reviews we saw for those who tend to sleep warm; they note that it does not retain heat. Some even say it's the coolest sleep they've ever had. It also gets terrific reviews for being odor-free; although that tends to be less of a problem overall with latex than with memory foam. The E.C.O has fewer size options than the Ultimate Dreams or Pure Green, it comes only in twin, full and queen sizes and there are no additional softness levels.