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Best Latex Mattress Toppers

By: Kelly Burgess on July 28, 2017

Latex foam toppers provide good support

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 Sleep On Latex Pure Green 2-inch (Est. $90 and up). It also comes in 1- and 3-inch thicknesses, and a full range of sizes, including full XL, as well as three firmness options, soft, medium and firm. Many say that the firmness options are true to their description, but others find that even the softest is too firm for them.

In testing at Sleepopolis.com, Derek Hales puts the softest version of the Pure Green's firmness rating at an 8 out of 10, which is quite firm for a "soft" topper. However, he notes that when he tried the topper on the 9-inch Sleep On Latex Pure Green Mattress (Est. $650 and up) (our Best Reviewed latex mattress), it brought the mattresses firmness rating down from a 6 to 6.5 to a 4.5. This topper was thin enough that he sank through the entire 2 inches, which led to him relying on the mattress for support, but he said the topper also offered improved pressure relief -- which may be a notable feature for those suffering from pressure point pain, or for side sleepers.

Hales found that the Pure Green topper did not trap heat, and we spotted very few owners who complained about that issue. Hales did test it with the optional Sleep On Latex Organic Cotton Cover (Est. $60 and up), however, so that may improve breathability. This mattress topper is also reported as very responsive to movement, in spite of its supportive give.

It used to be that latex was much pricier than other foam mattress toppers, but online-only companies like Sleep On Latex have narrowed that price difference quite a bit. The Pure Green toppers are high-quality, too, made from 100 percent natural Dunlop latex. Many reviewers say that the Pure Green mattress pads give off less of a chemical smell than memory foam, and that the slight odor isn't unpleasant -- it also dissipates quickly. Shipping is free (from the Sleep On Latex website, anyway) and the topper comes with a 30-day free comfort return policy and a five-year warranty against defects.

Our former Best Reviewed latex mattress topper, the Ultimate Dreams 3-inch Latex Mattress Topper (Est. $300 and up) has dropped to runner up status due to its higher price, and its slightly lower ratings this year compared to the Sleep On Latex topper.

Still, if you want a mattress topper that's made from Talalay latex, which is said to be softer and "bouncier" than Dunlop, the Ultimate Dreams is a top choice. The latex in this topper is approximately 70 percent synthetic and 30 percent natural. It's hypoallergenic and antibacterial, too. It comes in six sizes -- twin, twin XL, full, queen, short queen and California king -- and three firmness options, soft, medium and firm -- but only in a 3-inch thickness. Ultimate Dreams gets 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 foam 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 very good reviews 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 -- and without paying extra.

The E.C.O 2-inch Latex Mattress Topper (Est. $200 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, tying it with both Sleep On Latex Pure Green and Ultimate Dreams, although with far fewer overall reviews.

Made of Dunlop latex, 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, queen and king sizes, and there are no additional softness levels or thickness options.

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