Memory foam mattress toppers are the most popular choice among users, and we found more reviews for them than for any other type of topper. A number of foam mattress toppers get very high ratings at different review sites across the Internet, but none fares better than the Serta Ultimate 4-inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper (Est. $200).
Owners say the Serta Ultimate Foam mattress topper is very comfortable and supportive, and many report that it provides relief from pain and stiffness. This Serta is reported to be on the soft side, so it gets better ratings from back sleepers than from side sleepers. That's not unusual for softer mattresses and mattress pads as side sleepers tend to sink deeper into those. However, for those who love a soft bed, the Serta Ultimate is the "ultimate" in comfort, users say, with many likening it to sleeping on a cloud. For some, though, that cloud feels more like a giant sponge, and some feel that this memory foam topper traps heat too much and also makes it difficult to move around.
The Serta Ultimate mattress topper is a good choice for allergy sufferers as it's is hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Long-term reviews indicate that this mattress topper is quite durable, although some experts say that you can only expect a memory foam mattress topper to last about three to five years. Since the Serta comes with a long, three-year warranty, it seems that this one may be at the longer range of that scale.
The Memory Foam Solutions 3-Inch-Thick 4-Pound-Density Mattress Topper (Est. $90 to $200) sold exclusively at Amazon.com, is another popular memory foam mattress topper. It has a slightly lower rating from experts than the Serta, but owners give it high praise for comfort and pain relief. The pad also gets more durability complaints than the Serta, with some saying the foam disintegrates within a few months. However, the Memory Foam Solutions mattress topper also has a three-year warranty and Amazon.com gets good reviews for dealing with complaints.
If you tend to get hot when you sleep, you might prefer the Linenspa Lucid Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper (Est. $100 to $180). This memory foam mattress pad is infused with a gel designed to disperse heat and improve airflow. Owners generally agree that the Linenspa doesn't make them too warm, and most say it's very comfortable, although, as with all memory foam mattresses, there are those who say it's just too soft. It gets raves from back pain sufferers who say that the supportive softness eliminated their morning pain and stiffness.
The bamboo fabric cover on the Linenspa Lucid Gel mattress topper gets good reviews for its softness and for protecting the mattress topper, but some say it makes the pad too slippery and that it slides around on the bed. We also read a notable number of complaints about the odor when this mattress pad is first unpacked. All foam mattress toppers get those kind of complaints, but this one seems to garner more complaints than others for that particular issue. Many say they had to unroll it and air it out for several days before they could use it -- so you may want to factor that into your purchase decision if you need it for a specific time frame.
If you're concerned about the chemicals in memory foam, or prefer a bit more firmness, a natural latex topper might suit your needs better. One that gets very good feedback is the Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress Topper (Est. $300 to $400). 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. Like the Linenspa, it includes a bamboo fabric cover.
Most reviewers say the Ultimate Dreams 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.
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