Whether your mattress is starting to feel a bit compressed, or you simply want a different feel without splurging on a new mattress, a mattress topper can be a real game changer. They usually range from about $50-$200, but higher quality/higher cushion models can reach up to $400. Mattress toppers are not only great for giving you a bit more cushion, but they can also help support your body during the night, helping you get a healthier, deeper sleep—imperative for getting the most out of your training. Since there are hundreds of mattress toppers out there, we have narrowed them down to our favorites. Look below for advice on how to find the right topper for you, and in depth product reviews.
Best Mattress Topper
- Affordable Memory Foam: Linenspa 2 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper
- Best Hybrid: LUCID 4 Inch Down Alternative and Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
- Best Down Alternative: SOPAT Extra Thick Mattress Topper
- Thickest Memory Foam: 3-Inch Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
- Best with Organic Materials: Whisper Organics, 100% Organic Mattress Protector
- Best Firm Topper: Staff, Courtesy of Parachute
The 8 Best Memory-Foam Mattress Toppers
There are generally three types of mattress toppers—memory foam, down/down alternative, and hybrid. Here's the benefits of each and how to choose which one is just right for you.
Memory Foam: These toppers are going to be on the firmer side, but they tend to allow your body to sink a bit into the material, and give a supportive, cradle-like feeling. These are generally best for back and stomach sleepers since they won't completely compress when you lay on them. Memory foam can also help eliminate movement in the bed, which is great for light sleepers, or people with partners that tend to move around a lot. The downside of memory foam is that it can be a bit warm, and it sometimes has an initial chemical smell—though that should wear off pretty quickly.
Down/Down Alternative: If you ever wanted to sleep on a cloud, these are the toppers for you. While down and down alternative feel quite similar, the real difference is that down alternative will be allergy free. These are best for side sleepers as they are soft and plush, but don't do much in the realm of support. These are also often machine washable, and more breathable than memory foam, so they are great if you are a sweaty sleeper, or simply feel that it is a bit more hygienic.
Hybrid: Most hybrid toppers will be a combo of memory foam and a softer material like fiber-fill, but they can also be made of organic materials like the Avocado topper seen below which uses a combination of latex, wool, and cotton. These are a great compromise for sleepers of all kinds as they give that soft, pillowy feeling, while also providing a layer of underlying support. Most of these have a washable top layer which includes the fiberfill top which fits over the memory foam and mattress like a fitted sheet, making it super secure. Since these understand more materials, they do tend to be more uncostly than a down or memory foam topper.
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To find the best options among the many mattress toppers out there, we researched the most popular models available. We looked at expertly tested reviews from trusted sources like Good Housekeeping Magazine and Forbes. We then took into account price, materials, thickness, durability, and support. Finally, we consulted more than 75,000 reviews, written by people who’ve bought these models, on sites like Amazon and Walmart to settle on these six.
If you are looking for a bit of added cushion but don't want to pay an arm and a leg, this Linenspa memory foam mattress could be a good fit. It is only two inches thick, so you won't sink down too deep, but it is enough that it can give you some additional support and even help extend the life of your mattress. It comes in sizes from twin all the way up to California king, and is infused with temperature regulating beads which will help keep you cool.
This mattress topper is a hybrid, giving the soft, plush feeling of down, alongside the support of memory foam. It is a great option if you like a softer feeling, but are in need of some back support. It is definitely on the pricier side, but you are essentially getting two toppers in one. The down alternative topper is not connected to the memory foam, but it holds it down since it secures like a fitted sheet, hugging the bottom of the mattress. The top portion is 100% cotton fabric, and is machine washable and dryer safe.
This down alternative topper is plush, hypo-allergenic, and affordable. It is overstuffed to give you an extra squishy feel, and for a queen size, it costs less than $75. The surface fabric is cotton, and the fill is microfiber which keeps you feeling cool and comfortable all night. The fitted sheet attachment can fit up to a 21 inch thick mattress, and it is machine washable. Note that this will provide some cushion, but it won't give you any more support, so you will want a newer, firmer mattress underneath.
This memory foam topper is three inches of comfort. Since it is so thick, it's a great option for those trying to extend the life of their mattress, or reduce movement felt by your partner in the middle of the night. Since it is gel infused memory foam, it will be a bit cooler than traditional memory foam—plus it has a knit slip cover that can be taken off to wash. It comes in sizes twin to California King, and has a 10 year warranty.
Memory foam can sometimes come with a funky, chemical smell, but this mattress topper is made out of 100% organic materials that will let you sleep easy without having to air out your bedroom. This is not a super plush mattress topper, but it does have a quilted layer on top which will add some plushness. It is made from 100% organic cotton, and can fit up to 17 inch thick mattresses. Plus, it has a 90 day satisfaction fee, so if you decide that it is not for you, you can send it back for a full refund.
If you like a firm mattress, a latex topper is the way to go. This topper by Avocado is made from organic latex, wool, and cotton. All three of these materials help to make this topper a super high quality product, and they all serve a purpose. The latex is super durable, wool is temperature regulating and moisture wicking, and the cotton cover is cooling and breathable. If you are vegan, they also have a version that leaves out wool. Though it probably goes without saying, if you have a latex allergy, this is not the mattress topper for you.