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Best Featherbeds

By: Kelly Burgess on June 20, 2018

Best Reviewed

Best featherbed

Natural Baffle-channel Featherbed

Feathers, fibers and wool offer comfort and soft support

Mattress toppers stuffed with feathers or synthetic fill, as well as those made of wool, tend to be lighter in weight than foam toppers. They provide less support and don't isolate motion as well, but they're easier to move on and less likely to sleep hot. They're a good choice if you specifically want to soften up a firm mattress. These mattress pads also cost less and may be more durable, but they require regular fluffing to keep them in good shape.

One of the highest-rated featherbeds by both experts ad owners is the Natural Baffle-channel Featherbed (Est. $90 and up). At Sleep Like the Dead it earns an overall satisfaction rating of 90 percent after 1,074 comments. Owners describe this featherbed as very comfortable, and most say the baffled (top-stitched) top does a very good job at keeping the feathers from clumping and helping the topper to maintain its fluffiness. We also saw no reports of sharp feathers poking through, or of the feathers making noise -- something that is often a complaint with other feather-filled mattress toppers.

Side sleepers are particularly pleased with the Natural Baffle-channel Featherbed, saying that it's soft and comfortable. Like all featherbeds, the Natural Baffle-channel topper needs to be fluffed occasionally; most say about once a week or so is sufficient. This featherbed gets excellent reviews for being true to size and staying in place well on the mattress. National Sleep Products, which manufactures this featherbed, does not offer a warranty, but the retailer that sells this mattress topper, Overstock, gets excellent reviews for responsive customer service.

Another popular, slightly less expensive feather bed, the Beautyrest Cluster Top Baffle Box Feather Bed (Est. $60 and up) gets owner satisfaction ratings that are equal to those of our Best Reviewed pick, although in many fewer reviews. Owners say it can need daily fluffing to keep its shape, but otherwise it gets very good feedback.

The Beautyrest isn't a true featherbed because it combines a bottom layer of goose down with a layer of synthetic "cluster puffs" on top, but users like that this feature keeps the pointy ends of the feathers away from their skin. Most find this featherbed very comfortable and consider it a great value for the price. Based upon our review evaluations, however, the Beautyrest might not be as durable as the pricier Natural Baffle-channel Featherbed. The Beautyrest featherbed comes in twin, full, queen and king. The Natural Baffle-channel Featherbed comes in those sizes as well as California king.

If you have allergies, choose a fiberbed topper

People who have allergies to feathers might want to consider the Hospitology Heavenly Microfiber Hypoallergenic Mattress Pad (Est. $40 and up), which is sold exclusively at Amazon. It's the highest-rated fiberbed at Sleep Like the Dead with a 95 percent owners satisfaction rating in 3,437 comments. It's also one of the most popular mattress toppers at Amazon, too, with a 4.7-star rating in more than 3,500 reviews. This mattress pad comes in twin, twin XL, full, full XL, queen, king and California king.

The Hospitology Heavenly mattress topper gets good ratings from owners, who say it transforms an old or too-hard mattress into a like-new bed. A few liken it to adding a pillow top to their mattress. Of course, some say it sleeps too hot -- something we see with practically every mattress pad we evaluate. Others say they actually feel like they sleep cooler. Also, some side sleepers complain of pressure point pain due to this pad's softness -- they may be better served with a latex or memory foam mattress topper, both of which we cover in their own sections.

Wool mattress toppers might keep you cooler

Wool mattress toppers attract fewer user reviews than most other types, but one that gets a lot of positive input is the SnugFleece SnugSoft Elite Bed Mattress Cover (Est. $180 and up). Made of pure lamb's wool, SnugFleece toppers are fitted with elastic straps to hold them in place on the mattress, underneath a fitted sheet, and owners say it works very well. SnugFleece wool mattress pads are naturally resistant to dust mites and experts say they're great for regulating body temperature.

SnugSoft earns an owner satisfaction rating of 90 percent at Sleep Like the Dead, based on 148 comments, while Amazon reviewers give it 4.4 stars in more than 150 reviews. It gets raves for two main attributes: it tends to keep people cooler at night and it softens up a too-hard bed. We saw a LOT of relief from people who bought a new, memory foam mattress and didn't realize how hard it would feel or how much it would trap heat who felt they were "saved" by this wool topper. It comes in eight sizes, from a crib-sized pad to California king. They will even make custom sizes upon request.

The Lambswool Mattress Pad (Est. $150 and up) costs less than the SnugSoft, and gets slightly better ratings overall, with a 91 percent satisfaction rating at Sleep Like the Dead in 371 comments. It's available only at Overstock, which does not offer a comfort guarantee (you can return the SnugSoft at no charge for up to 30 days). There is a 30-day guarantee with the Lambswool, but only for unopened, unused products. Still, it gets very good reviews for temperature regulation and is also machine washable. It comes in twin, full, queen, king and California king.

Across those sizes, which are listed separately at Overstock, the Lambswool Mattress pad (which is manufactured by Denali, gets well above average ratings in hundreds of reviews. Many say it helped regulate temperature and they no longer end up sweaty and overheated at night. We did see more comments, though, that this feels a bit low quality, but, for the low price, even those outliers say it's worth it and has helped to make their bed much more comfortable.

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