The Best Mattress Toppers For More Comfortable Sleep

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A mattress topper is an easy way to enhance your sleep experience at a much more affordable price than replacing your mattress. After rigorous research, we have determined that the following options are the best mattress toppers available today. Our overall favorite, the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt, provides adaptive pressure relief and temperature regulation. Scroll down for all of our top picks, selected for a range of sleep needs and budgets.

As consumers, the Forbes Vetted team has researched, tested and published a series of mattress and bedding stories that provide everything you’ll need to drift off to dreamland. Further, multiple Forbes Vetted staffers have professional mattress-testing experience, including mattress and sleep editor Lindsey Vickers, executive strategy editor Lindsay Boyers and contributor and co-author of this article, Alison Barretta.

Based on our knowledge in the sleep space, which includes working with reputable brands and awareness of different sleep needs, we pinpointed the best mattress toppers to cater to consumers across the board. This story is regularly updated for freshness and was last edited in May 2023.

To select the mattress toppers on this list, we looked at thousands of firsthand customer reviews, checked out prices and sales, considered how easy each model would be to clean and ultimately determined whether each was a good investment.

Accessibility was also a top priority; shoppers shouldn’t have to overspend to find a worthwhile mattress topper. Instead, we located a range of options that work with all budgets (small or large), from the affordable Lucid Gel topper to the higher-end Saatva Latex topper. We also asked colleagues for their favorites. The Brooklinen Down Alternative comes personally recommended by contributor Brittany Romano while contributor and co-author Alison Barretta likes the ViscoSoft Active Cooling Copper Topper for hot sleepers (though she warns that it could be hard to find in stock).

To sweeten the deal, many of the mattress toppers on this list come with generous trial periods, meaning you can test it out risk-free. Convenient warranties add to the appeal of many of our picks.

As you shop for a mattress topper, there are several factors you’ll want to consider. Below, find a full breakdown of what to look for.

Mattress toppers are available in several firmness options, ranging from plush to extremely firm. If you’re hoping to make your existing mattress feel softer, you’ll likely want a plush topper, or if you need more support, a firm topper is the way to go. You’ll also want to take your preferred sleep position into account when selecting a mattress firmness — stomach sleepers and back pain sufferers typically prefer a firm or medium-firm feel, while side sleepers generally like a softer options that let their shoulders and hips sink in while still supporting their back.

Mattress toppers are available in many of the same materials as mattresses, including memory foam, latex and down. Each of these materials has its own benefits and drawbacks. Memory foam is very supportive but can sleep warm. Down is plush and cozy but can irritate allergy sufferers and doesn’t offer much support (down alternatives are also available). Latex is bouncy and supportive, but can also be expensive. You’ll want to consider the pros and cons of each option as you decide which is best for your needs.

Mattress toppers are between 1 and 4 inches thick, with thicker options typically costing more. However, the thicker the material, the more cushioning it provides between you and your mattress. So if your bed is particularly lumpy or uncomfortable, you’ll likely benefit from a thicker mattress topper.

Because mattress toppers are designed to sit on top of your existing mattress, they often have some attachment method to keep them in place and prevent them from shifting around during the night. Some have corner straps that you pull over the mattress, while others have a full bed skirt, similar to a mattress protector. Alternatively, some options just have a non-slip bottom, which isn’t always the most effective at keeping it in place.

If you tend to sleep hot, you’ll want to look for a mattress topper that offers some type of temperature-regulating features. Some common options include gel-infused memory foam, which helps dissipate heat, or ventilation holes in the topper, which improve air circulation.

Because you aren’t able to try out mattress toppers in person, it’s important to look at the product’s return policy. Some brands offer an in-home sleep trial, allowing you to sleep on the topper for a period of time before deciding if you want to keep it, while others may simply offers a standard return period.

A mattress topper is an extra layer of material that you can add to your bed to make your sleeping experience more supportive and comfortable. They’re not meant to replace an old mattress, but they can be used to make a bed more comfortable. They’re made of a variety of materials such as latex, cotton, memory foam and down, and they all serve different purposes: Some are cooling, others keep the bed warm; some can help to “firm up” a sagging mattress and others add plushness to a too-firm bed.

Most mattress toppers range between one and four inches in height. The thicker the topper, the more it will change or mask the feel of the mattress below. Generally, thicker toppers are a good choice for side sleepers and people who weigh more, since they’re more likely to sink more deeply into the topper. Thicker toppers are also a great choice if you have an older mattress. While replacing your mattress every 10 years is still the best practice, a thicker mattress topper may help you eke a bit more life out of your current bed.

If you don’t like sinking into your bed, you’ll need to focus on both materials and firmness. Latex has a buoyant, lifted sensation that makes you feel like you’re on the surface of your bed instead of sinking into it. Firm, high-density foams are an option, too. The density of a foam mattress is measured in pounds per cubic square foot (PCF). A density of 3 PCF is considered low, while high density foams come in at 5 PCF and above. If you don’t want to sink in, a latex option or higher density foam that doesn’t have ample memory will be your best bet.

You should also look for a mattress topper that’s advertised as firm. While this is somewhat subjective, as individual body types will affect how a topper ultimately feels, it’s a good way to focus your search on toppers that are less likely to have extensive give.

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