Best Mattress Toppers Reviewed & Rated for Comfort
Comfort is a top priority when you are looking to get a good night’s sleep, and more often than not the lack can come from your own mattress. Whether it is old and worn, or the support is just too strong to really get relaxed on, your body will end up moving all over the place while you sleep and even if you don’t wake up from it, you’ll not truly be rested when you finally do. You wake up with muscles or joints screaming at you from being pressed or left wholly unsupported, forced into angles that they simply can’t handle. Beyond being sore, the constant movement didn’t allow the sleep you had to rejuvenate and heal from the day previous, and you know that continuing to lay there, or even going back to sleep, isn’t going to make a difference. You still won’t get rest, and short of trying to get another mattress to sleep on, you know that it’s just going to keep piling on with each night till you can’t handle it anymore, right?
- LUCID Gel
- Ventilated Gel Memory Foam
- Dreamfoam Gel Swirl
- Visco-Elastic Memory Foam
- Linenspa Gel Infused
- Gel Beads
Not so! A good mattress topper could be just what you need to help relax those aching muscles, relieve your pained joints and keep your hips from feeling like somebody has been slowly cutting off slivers of bone while you sleep. No one wants to wake up feeling like they were a part of the latest wrestling event, and a lot of people unfortunately do. While we all know mattress toppers exist, some of us don’t know what they do, and others are not sure if any of them are worth it. When your sleep is the cost though, it is time to look for an answer that won’t cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars to keep replacing mattresses that aren’t working on their own. Instead, if you have the right topper, you can make the one you have work (as long as you aren’t looking at the Grand Canyon from wear of course). We here at Gearhunt want to help you rest easy quickly. So, put your feet up, lean back in your most comfortable chair and chill while you look over our choices for the top ten mattress toppers and pick the best one for you!
10 Best Mattress Toppers
1. LUCID Gel
We found a lot of these bolsters only came in one size requiring you to either deal with one that was too big or too small. Lucid gives you the option to buy it at the appropriate size for your mattress, removing the necessity of trimming or hanging over.
Another issue we had with a lot of these is that while supplying you with the needed cushioning they would gather the heat from your body and cause you to become a small furnace. The Lucid Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is infused with a cooling gel that helps to prevent that overabundance of heat allowing you to sleep without creating a puddle of sweat.
Cost and Value
This topper seems to have the best of both worlds. It provides the padding and cool comfort needed to be comfortable and pain-free due to misalignment while not costing a small fortune. This is a lovely addition to your bed and when taking the cost into consideration a great investment.
Choice of sizes
Conforms to the body
Improved sleeping habits
Sheet fit over it may be snug
Tendency to move around
2. Dreamfoam Gel Swirl
You know when you are trying to get to sleep and as you toss and turn your partner is looking over at you and looks like they are in a bouncy house? That is no longer an issue if using this device. Something as simple as this 2” blue swirled padding keeps any motion you or someone else makes from transferring to the other. That means no more accidentally bouncing someone out of bed.
Helps relieve back pain
Most of us over the age of twenty and a few under have some form of back pain. Whether it is from a medical condition or an injury this gives you the ability to situate more comfortably and with less pain. Let us hear it for modern conveniences.
Cost and Value
Like most toppers we found that the cost of this one varies based on the size. Which we felt only makes sense. This topper isn’t as unforgiving as some, but it manages to do a good job for those that would prefer a slightly softer cushion as opposed to the firmer version. We liked this one and think its got a nice price tag to go with it.
Clears heavy back pain
No motion transfer
No permanent indentation imprint/compression
Regulates temp (not too hot, not too cold)
Only ships within the US
Doesn't roll back up very well (tears)
3. Linenspa Gel Infused
While most toppers are made of things that are light and airy, very few handle moisture well. That said we were pleased to discover this one is water resistant. It not only helps if there is a spill but if you have a little one, leaks are inevitable and this will keep it from your mattress since it won’t soak into the topper itself.
Fits sleep number beds
A few of us have those sleep number beds and if you own one you know its almost impossible to add something like this to it unless your willing to spend a fortune from the mattress manufacturer. In this case, not so, we found that this cushion fit even the cut of our sleep number beds. Allowing us the option to get a topper we enjoyed and not having to break the bank to do so.
Cost and Value
Coming in at number three we were pleased with the overall form and function of this product. It fit all the mattresses tested, there weren’t problems with tearing, and there is a limited warranty against manufacturers defects. The price seemed right for the quality and it didn’t require us to make any alterations. In our opinion bouncy equals out to nice and comfy.
Limited Warranty (manufacturers defects only)
Fits even sleep number beds
Adds great support even to older beds
Not as dense as some foams
Cooling is not as effective
4. Best Price Mattress
This foamy beauty comes with a lovely little warranty that says if something goes wrong from manufacturer defect they will work with you to find a solution. Nothing like a little customer support to make you happy with a purchase.
Soft but supportive
Sometimes these things can feel a bit too firm or too flabby but this one seems to have found a nice middle ground. Soft enough to be comfortable but firm enough to support the joints it seems as if this hits all the right spots.
Cost and Value
Again when it comes to these types of things price should be relative to size, which it is. It may seem a little thick but if you have major joint pain, including the spine you can’t ask for better. We think the pros outnumber the cons for this padded wonder, and besides, you can not put a price on the kiddies not being able to bounce you out of the bed when they have that tickle fit.
Soft but supportive
Molds just right to support the joints, but not too much
Great with back issues
May require a deep pocket sheet
May slide around
5. AmazonBasics Hypoallergenic
People today are amazingly allergic to almost everything. Luckily that will not be an issue here since they made this out of hypo-allergenic materials. All the better to sleep without sneezing so you can get the rest you are fighting so hard for.
Most of these cushioning style items require spot treatment. You know how that works, if something gets on it you have the find a spray to remove it then scrub and wait for it to air dry. In this case that is an obsolete method. Just pull it off the bed and throw it into the washer, then into the dryer. Of course, you can always let it air dry, we won’t judge.
Cost and Value
As one of the least expensive on our list we are happy to say that you will not break the bank buying this item. However, that said this is strictly for generalized comfort. It is a great jumping off point as we previously stated if you are unsure you want or need one. Overall though we still haven’t quite figured out the correct cost for a good night’s sleep.
Made in OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Factory
Comes with Case
Soft and comfortable
Best when used with foam topper underneath
6. Duck & Goose
This one comes with a ten-year warranty, just more proof that the company has faith in their product. It arrives with straps to secure it and you get a quick and pleasant response if you should have issues. As long as any problem is not caused by misuse you won’t find a quicker remedy to it or any possible shortcomings.
Along with the hypoallergenic materials used to create this padding, there is also a layer of antibacterial layers. This helps along with the prevention of allergies from, dust mite and skin irritants often found in the common mattress. An especially nice touch for those of us with youngsters running around.
Cost and Value
At a nice midline price range, you could not ask for a better product. It provides that extra layer of cushioning that so many of us like without paying thousands for it upfront in the mattress cost. The anchor bands adjust from six to twenty-two inches for a secure fit and it is machine washable. You wouldn’t want to put this one in the dryer as the heat would not do well on the allergen preventing surface. However, based on the options available and the affordability of this it seems as though you can’t go wrong.
Fits well with a sheet
Not as fluffy as it appears
7. Natures Sleep
That’s right, no need to go hunting for a sheet to fit over this lovely! Natures Sleep decided that they wanted to be our one-stop shopping for their topper, so rather than send us off with just our foam and gel mattress rejuvenation delights, they added in a sheet that takes the full added height to your bed! Nicely done, you sure have our attention!
300 Thread Count
When buying something like this an issue like thread count normally doesn’t come into play. When we looked a little deeper into this one though we were pleasantly surprised to find that the one hundred percent cotton surface is also three hundred thread count. The higher the thread count the softer the material and considering most toppers are manmade materials having the soft all-natural option was soothing.
Cost and Value
Coming in at number seven on our list this wonderful design. Although jumping scale in price compared to some on this list, the value comes in with just how soft this topper is. For those of us who enjoy sinking into our beds at night and not just falling onto a near stiff board, this is the perfect fit. While it conforms to your body it still offers enough support for your joints to not cause aches and pains. Because of how the memory foam on this one works, it can even help you to not be tossing and turning all night long! Kudos!!
Cooling Gel surface
Not too soft, not too firm
Comes with 300 Thread count fitted sheet
Conforms too well for some
Very few of the toppers we looked into provided true movement cancelation. We took great joy however in rolling around and bouncing to see if we could make someone else fall off. We are pleased to announce it didn’t work, and they had the giggling experience of getting to lay there and watch us try.
60 Day Full Refund
While most products in general, offer you a warranty, this one also gives you the option to get a full refund if you are not happy in the first 60 days. This was very nice since sometimes you like something at first but decide it isn’t for you in the long term. We were more than happy with this though and knowing we had the option to send it back and get our money returned just made it easier to relax.
Cost and Value
This one is at the top of our price range for this category. It is not as expensive as some other toppers out there and it certainly saves you money in the long run as it removes the need to buy a replacement in one year like most. It was supportive because of being firm, and yet still soft enough to be comfortable. We didn’t feel like we were laying in quicksand or that we were going to sink at any time. It padded all the correct places, and we also didn’t form a pool of our own sweat when we got all comfy for sleepy time. This padding definitely gets our seal of approval.
60-day money back (full refund)
3-year manufacturer warranty
Provides overlaying softness without removing firm support
Movement cancelation (can't feel other person moving)
Does not cool, but doesn’t retain heat as much as others
This confection is able to go into the washer to keep it fresh and is safe to put in the dryer as well. While most require you to spot clean and air dry Maevis has managed to capture not just comfort but simple upkeep into this cloud of comfort.
Sometimes this style of merchandise while durable is not exactly skin savvy. With a cotton cover and the hypo-allergenic treatment, this topper can help with making your relaxation time much more stress reducing. The pattern stitched into the material also helps keep the soft fiberfill from shifting and creating uncomfortable lumps.
Cost and Value
Affordable and comfortable is a winning combination when it comes to this cover. While it isn’t a padded as the foam versions what it lacks in depth it makes up for in its skin soothing thread count. If you are looking for something to take the edge off that firm mattress or to fluff up that old one this would be a decent addition. Well worth its cost.
30-day money back
2-year manufacturer’s warranty
Doesn't breathe as well as hoped
10. Pure Brands
So aside from the usual Warranty Pure Brands goes one step further offering you a total satisfaction guaranty. If you buy this and for whatever reason change your mind or find it doesn’t do what it hoped you will you can return it for a full refund. That’s right they will give you your money back and not argue with you about it. Nice for a change.
Even though a great deal of these products are coming from places here in the states, they can still feel like they take forever. Two weeks can seem like a lifetime when you are waiting for something that is supposed to make your life or at least your sleep better. The good thing about Pure Brands is that they ship out quickly after receiving your order, so it tends to take less time to receive.
Cost and Value
This creation is definitely rated a commodity in our book. It took the dents in the old mattress filling them in and allowing us to feel like all our pressure points were nicely cushioned. The price is less than you would think and with its easy to clean making it an even nicer product to have in your possession. Even though it comes at number ten on our list it certainly isn’t because of lack of quality. If you really want to extend the life of that old mattress, here is your chance.
Satisfaction guarantee (full refund)
Softer than most pillow toppers
Great customer service
Sizing may be off
We hope we have helped you to locate the mattress topper you want or need for your bed to be comfortable. We looked over all the possibilities out there to select the ones we felt were the best made and best for your money. As always, we wanted to make sure that what we presented for options was the best in their line. If you have more questions about how we decided on which products made our top ten, check out our criteria section, and for more information check out our additional information and Faq sections. Of course, if we didn’t cover exactly what you wanted to know, feel free to check the sources we used to get the information to you at the bottom. We wish you a great night’s rest (or afternoon nap, whichever appeals to you!) from us here at Gearhunt.
Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Mattress Toppers
We want to know that what we bring to you will last, after all, when you buy something you don’t want to have to go back out only a short time later and replace it. As such we looked over the many toppers being offered when we felt we had found the ones that, if used and treated appropriately, were the most durable they joined the list of those we would consider as quality products. Durability means they will act as they should when used as intended and last a long time without losing their purpose. If a topper lost its padding, tore to easily, or fell apart after only a few uses, we wouldn’t want to recommend them. This doesn’t mean they will last forever, but many have warranties and all of them should last at least a few years before needing to be replaced. Like mattresses themselves, however, we understand that the toppers will eventually need to be replaced, so we judged each at a reasonable length of use as well as how much they handled during that use.
Cost and Value
While most people will consider one or the other, we want to keep both in mind. Something can cost more than it is worth, as much as it can end up costing less. We compared the pros and cons of each topper and its price to see if what it offered you were at an equal or greater value than its cost. We prefer to bring you lists where the item costs less than it is worth, but what is valuable in the item is different to everyone. That is why we give you the information to let you choose for yourself in the end, and simply provide you with the ones we felt excelled and why.
Of course, this is one of the most important qualities of these particular styles of products. If you’re looking to sleep right, you want to have a comfortable bed and these wonderful inventions are perfect for just that if made correctly. We have to consider the fact, however, that not everyone defines ‘comfort’ in the same way, especially when involving their beds. Some need a firm mattress but need a slight layer of softness to that their body is supported correctly, while others prefer if they can sink into their bed as if it is made of soft cloud-like materials. So, with so many levels of what comfort might be defined as, we try to make sure that we find a variety of top-notch items that all exceed expectations.
When looking over this list, keep an eye on the descriptions to help you find the type of comfort you are looking for, whether it’s just enough padding to not be on a rock, or that sinking into the enveloping folds of the most wonderful pillows you have ever come across. Some of these are also right there in the middle, allowing for a blend which perhaps both of you can enjoy- or that two-year-old joy who hates monsters will pass out more easily on.
While we try to assure your purchase is the best money can buy, we know that sometimes things just don’t work out as expected. Sometimes due to the shipping company, and others because you got that rare fluke that even for the company standards doesn’t make the cut. Either way we look to be sure you won’t end up stuck with something that isn’t what you wanted. That being said, most of the products we chose we made sure had warranty’s or money back guarantees so that you aren’t footing the bill for something you can’t use. A few made our list that did not seem to have this or did not have it listed as something they offered. Before purchasing any product however, make sure you know what the stipulations on the warranty or guarantee is- and if we don’t have it listed, feel free to contact the company and ask. You can never put too much into making sure you’re not just comfortable as you sleep, but also comfortable with what you are investing into.
Care of the Product
We did look into each of these products to make sure that caring for them correctly isn’t time consuming or overly meticulous. After all, if it’s a quality item, it should not mean you are practically the only thing between it and destruction from the point it leaves the factory. That being said, some of these items do require you pay attention to how they are intended to be used and may require a little extra effort. Most only require mild cleaner and a cloth/towel or can be machine washed and dried. Even with the latter though, do pay attention to the care instructions- some things just can’t take the heat!
You may ask, ‘what is the purpose of a mattress topper?’, or if it is worth the money to spend (especially if you have a new mattress) and the answer is yes, if you want to help your mattress last longer and want a better night’s rest. Mattress toppers are not meant to replace getting a new mattress, though they can help gently used mattresses offer more, and can help new mattresses do better with supporting your body while you sleep.
There is such thing as “too soft” however. What feels good initially may be bad for certain body types, and even some injuries. There is a point where you can make a mattress too soft to sleep on. Recent studies have found that firmer mattresses help with healthy bodies and supporting some injured backs in the restoration process. However, there is also such thing as too firm, such as with tail bone injuries and some neck or shoulder injuries. Finding the correct level of soft or firm is important in creating the proper sleeping habits and may take a few tries to get right. Consult your physician for proper sleeping habits for your body and search for the level of comfort that is right for you to feel well rested and being able to wake up with a fresh start to each morning.
Check over our pros and cons carefully to make sure if what you need is offered, and don’t be afraid to further research the product and find out more about what it has to offer yu. We give a brief but in depth look at certain qualities of the products, but we can’t cover everything. It is important when purchasing anything that is meant to help with your physical health to check it with a fine-tooth comb first.
Having bad sleeping habits can lead to memory problems, irritability and even depression as well as the muscle and joint aches. These products can help to relieve issues that may put a stop to what seems like a normal day. By improving your sleep, you may be able to understand the events around you, retain more information and make even better decisions about things going on in your life. Such abilities are well worth the purchase.
There are other reasons as well to buying a topper aside from a great night’s sleep. A good mattress can be kept at optimal performance for longer. This may sound odd, given that adding something to a mattress that is already doing its job seems to take away from the purpose of assuring it has a comfort level that may cost you more to begin with, but why let it break down? A topper can’t correct a broken mattress, so why wait till it is broken? What it can do is bring some comfort back to a worn mattress, as long as it isn’t too far gone to start with and keep your bed in better condition.
Other things that this product can do is protect the mattress from sweat, dead skin and bacteria and protect it from other dirt that may gather. Given that most toppers can be cleaned easily, either by soft cloths and cleaners or directly in a washer, it only makes sense that having that extra protection over a mattress that is not so easily cleaned is well worth it.
An often-overlooked consideration when choosing something like this is making sure it properly works with your particular bed. If the design does not allow it to sit right on your bed it can actually cause you and itself more damage, and sometimes even your bed. So, when choosing which one bests suits you, also make sure it suits your bed as well, so that you get the maximum value for your dollar and not just a short-lived comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What qualities will a topper provide over all?
A: Comfort and support for you, protection and lifespan for your mattress. As mentioned above, these products are built for both you and to help make your bed last longer.
Q: What shouldn’t I get one of these for?
A: These are built for beds that are always lying flat. Most of these will not work well with sofa beds or folding beds and usually are not intended for futons either. Also if your bed has deep grooves or broken parts inside the mattress, they are not made to completely restore a mattress and may not give the support you hope when placed on a mattress that desperately needs to be replaced to begin with. Choose to get these for a gently used mattress or a new one, this is what they will be used best with for that little added extra support and lifespan.
Q: How do I know what is the best one to buy to ‘suit my bed’?
A: Measuring your bed, knowing the type of mattress and its size all play a part when picking the best one for your bed. As with anything, from a sheet to a full zip on cover, size matters most. If the one you are looking at doesn’t come for your bed size or make, you may want to go directly to the company to see if they have other options that do or look for another brand that has your size and make listed.
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