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DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl Review

By: Kelly Burgess on July 28, 2017

Bottom Line

The DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl is a good choice for those who want to soften up a too-firm mattress -- not too thick, too thin. It comes in twin, twin XL, full, full XL, short queen, queen, king and California king, but only in a 2-inch thickness; some would like a 3-inch option.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Doesn't trap heat
  • Three-year warranty
  • Wide range of available sizes

Cons

  • Some durability issues
  • Too soft/thin for some
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Breaking it down

Comfort

Helps ease joint pain. Sleeping on a too-hard mattress can lead to waking with pain in your hips and/or back. Many owners who bought the DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl mattress topper say it solved that problem for them. At TheSweethome.com, this topper was the top choice, with Autumn Whitefield-Madrano saying, "It's as comfortable as toppers more than three times the price, and its medium-low density provided good support without sucking our testers too far into the topper." Testers also found that the DreamFoam isolates motion well, which means your partner's movements won't disturb your sleep. It also didn't trap heat like many other memory foam toppers can. Most owners agree with TheSweethome.com's findings, but some say that it's not quite thick enough -- they'd like if there were thicker options. As for the heat-retention issue, feedback is mixed: some say it retains heat, others say it's put an end to their hot-sleep. Whether or not the "gel-infusion" really makes memory foam feel cooler is unproven, but it does seem to help a few users.

Ease of use

Odor disappears quickly. Like all memory foam mattress toppers, the DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl mattress topper has a chemical odor when new, but most reviewers find that the smell is minimal and disappears after the topper finishes expanding -- 24 hours is recommended for that. As always, we found outliers who found the smell almost unbearable even after a few days. Many other owners say the mattress topper was completely expanded and the odor gone in just a few hours. The DreamFoam Gel Swirl carries CertiPUR-US certification, which guarantees that it doesn't contain formaldehyde, heavy metals, certain flame retardants, or phthalates that are regulated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. This designation also guarantees that the topper releases less than 0.5 parts per million of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Remember that putting a topper on your mattress will make it thicker, you might need a new mattress pad and sheets with more generous pockets, too. We cover bed sheets in their own report.

Durability

Longer-than-customary warranty. The DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl mattress topper has not been around as long as some, so it's difficult to get a fix on long-term use. In TheSweethome.com's "scrape test," the DreamFoam did not hold up well; however, Whitefield-Madrano notes that "the test was pretty aggressive." Most people, we assume, will not be scraping this mattress topper with a fork for 60 seconds. We did see a few complaints from people who said the DreamFoam arrived with tears or chunks out of it. The mattress pad has a long, three-year warranty, and, if you purchase it at Amazon.com or Walmart.com, returns should be fairly straightforward. We also spotted a lot of comments from people who bought this mattress topper for their RV -- in that occasional use scenario it should last quite a while.

Our Sources

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, March 14, 2017

The DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl mattress topper is the top choice at TheSweethome.com. Autumn Whitefield-Madrano and other unnamed testers say, "its medium-low density provided good support without sucking our testers too far into the topper." She also praises its good motion isolation and says it does not retain heat.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2017

In nearly 2,350 reviews, the DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl mattress topper earns a score of 4.5 stars out of 5. Reviews are for all sizes. Owners are very pleased, saying it's comfortable and soft and has greatly improved the feel of their mattress. Quite a few say they bought it to extend the life of their mattress and that it has worked out well.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2017

Although there are many fewer reviews here than at Amazon.com -- just about 20 -- the DreamFoam 2" Gel Swirl mattress topper gets a perfect 5-star rating from everyone. Most say it has transformed their too-hard mattress and they sleep much better and wake without pain.

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