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    Updated on Aug 30, 2020. Posted on Aug 29, 2020

    21 Cozy Mattress Toppers That'll Basically Transform Your Bed

    Quick fixes to turn your too-soft, too-firm, or too-hot mattress into one that's juuust right.

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    1. A gel-infused soft memory foam topper to seriously upgrade that less-than-ideal mattress you bought right out of college. It's designed to supportively conform to your body and cradle you all night long, which can help relieve any pressure points. (Oh, and it has over five thousand 5-star, verified-purchase reviews, so it's gotta be good.)

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    Just unwrap it, let it expand (and air out) for a few hours, then put your mattress pad and sheets on and enjoy! It's backed by a three-year warranty.

    BTW, while this topper is infused with a cooling gel that some reviewers say helps, memory foam in general is notoriously warmer to sleep on because it's so dense. So if you're usually a hot sleeper, this may not be the best choice for you! (But layering on a mattress pad can help.)

    Promising review: "My current bed is old but still in good shape, except I wake up every morning with my arms asleep or pain in my hips. I wanted to hold off on buying a new mattress because I may be moving next year and I don't want to have to take a lot of stuff with me. I wasn't sure if I should try two- or three- inches but after reading the reviews it seemed like two would do the trick. And it does! This topper transformed a bed that was headed to the trash into a great nights sleep. I'm excited to get in my bed at night! I can't believe I've went this long without it. It barely has a smell; I could only smell it when I put my nose up to it. It fit perfectly! It's amazing!" —Cheryl D Holmes

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king, including twin XL, and 2- or 3-inch thicknesses).

    2. A 2-inch down alternative topper because it has an anchor band in each corner to keep it secure and in place night after night — and of course, plenty of plush stuffing so it's similar to a feather bed, but way less expensive.

    Close up of the pad on a mattress, showing two rows of square baffle boxes that are fluffiest in the middle
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    It's hypoallergenic, the baffle boxes help keep all the cushiness divided up evenly, and most importantly, it's machine washable.

    Promising review: "Like sleeping on a cloud — or what I imagined clouds were like before I took any science classes. I love love love this product. I put it on top of a foam mattress. When I get in bed, I feel as though I’m sinking softly into it. Very luxurious if you like that feeling. After some five months of having it, it hasn’t shown any signs of deteriorating or loss of thickness in any areas. It has helped me sleep better after months of aching hips and shoulders (I’m a side sleeper and the softness helps cushion my bonier points)." —Sajeena

    Get it from Amazon for $56.23+ (available in sizes twin–king).

    3. Or a 2-inch pillow top featherbed topper made with one inch of down and one inch of feather base if, for you, that luxury is 100% worth the splurge.

    The baffle-box featherbed on a bed
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    And if you don't have allergies to feathers or down, like I do! FYI, if you haven't ever had a featherbed before, multiple reviewers say you do have to spend a minute or so every morning fluffing it, but that it's totally worth it. It has a 100% cotton cover, and like all feather beds, is dry-clean only.

    Promising review: "This literally makes me feel like my bed is one big cloud. Super plush. THE BEST sleep I've had in a while." —Bed Bath & Beyond Customer

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $249.99+ (available in sizes full–Cal king).

    4. A 2-inch soft memory foam topper that has five different textured zones designed to reduce the pressure points at your shoulders, hips, knees, and feet — which some people say helps them toss and turn less.

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    It has a three-year warranty! (It's also supposedly infused with the scent of lavender, but reviewers are mixed on that and the listing also says the new foam scent has to dissipate over the course of 48 hours, so YMMV there. If you really want a lavender-scented bed, it's probably best to stick to a pillow spray — like this Anthropologie one from products for people who love lavender.)

    Promising review: "My mattress is about 7 years old. It was glorious but now it has a slight sag in the middle and lost some cushion. I've been waking up with an aching back and neck for months, had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep so I felt tired all the time. My boyfriend would roll around trying to get comfortable so it would wake me up too. I've had this topper for about two weeks now. It made my bed feel brand-new! I fall asleep so easily. I feel cradled and comfy, my arms and legs haven't fallen asleep no matter what position I sleep. I didn't find the scent to be overpowering. The lavender is soft and relaxing. Overall, it's helped with my sleep issues and I actually feel rested when I wake up. My boyfriend agrees it has made a difference for him too. I haven't been woken up by him moving around once yet.

    I would definitely buy it again and recommend for anyone who suspects their mattress to be the culprit for their sleep issues." —Virginia Stoeckle

    Get it from Amazon for $36.62+ (available in sizes twin–King and 2- or 3-inch thicknesses).

    5. A soft natural latex foam topper because it has no synthetic fillers and still adds softness with more "springy-ness" than memory foam.

    The topper on a mattress — it's dotted with a small grid of holes for airflow
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    Made of 100% natural latex foam. Basically, if you pressed your hand into this mattress topper, the indent wouldn't stay in the foam.

    Promising review: "Can't recommend this enough. I have this three-inch latex soft topper on both of my beds now — bedroom and daybed. I need a firm support mattress, but my joints hate it. With the soft toppers, I get to keep my firm mattress support, but the topper makes it feel like I'm sleeping on a cloud. It's so comfortable I look forward to bedtime or siesta. I put a nice TV in the bedroom a few years ago, but I haven't been able to watch a single thing because I fall asleep within a minute or two of climbing into bed. If you have problems getting comfortable on a firm bed, don't make the mistake of buying a soft mattress that will offer poor support. Just get a soft topper! Your body will thank you. I use a deep mattress cover and BedVoyage bamboo sheets (deep corners), which only add to the comfort level." —M. Spalding

    Get it from Amazon for $69+ (available in sizes twin-Cal king including twin XL, and 1-, 2-, or 3-inch thicknesses)

    6. Or the firm version of the same latex topper, if you're looking for something with way less give than all the typical "cloud-like" toppers out there, especially if you have a failing pillow top mattress.

    Model presses their hand into the topper to show it won't leave a lingering hand print
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    Also made of 100% natural latex foam.

    Promising review: "OMG, it really works. Spent over $3,000 on our luxury pillow top mattress about four years ago. Sinking spots and too soft after the years and have tried everything to firm it up and actually sleep comfortably. Bought this product in firm with a 2-inch thickness and holy crap! It really works! We are now sleeping comfortably with no sinking and no pain." —Robin

    Get it fro Amazon for $89+ (available in sizes twin-Cal king including twin XL, and one-, two-, or three-inch thicknesses).

    7. A gusseted topper — it's disguised as a mattress pad so everything stays strictly in place no matter what you get up to in bed.

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    Yes, the topper zips *inside* the included down-alternative mattress pad, which then has a gusset — aka the the sides that you pull down to tuck under the mattress, like on a fitted sheet. That cover also adds a pillow-y soft feel!

    Promising review: "I need a very firm mattress to keep my spine straight when I sleep, so there's no sag in the the middle of the mattress. But the catch is that the pressure points at hips and shoulders need to sink in a little to avoid lower back and shoulder pain, and the necessary firm mattress does not 'give' at those pressure points. This 4-inch thick supportive, yet soft, dense memory foam allows my hips and shoulders to sink into the pad at those pressure points without the mattress sagging in the middle. And this allows my spine to be in the most natural position possible, relieving the lower back stress. I no longer have the severe pain across my lower back on awakening. I highly recommend this 4-inch thick dense foam pad for those who must have a stiff firm mattress, because it allows the necessary 'divots' at the pressure points without the sagging of a softer mattress. It's wonderful." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $96.65+ (available in sizes Twin XL–Cal King, and two-, three-, or four-inch thicknesses).

    8. A 3-inch Birch topper because besides adding some plush pillow-top-ness to your bed, all of its components are sustainably-sourced: organic cotton from the US, organic wool from New Zealand, and 100% natural latex from trees in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Brazil.

    A model laying on their side on the topper
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    Promising review: "Great topper! It's not connected to the mattress which was interesting because it gave me a chance to try a few other toppers (including Tempur-Pedic), but I kept coming back to this one. Cradles my body and gives the mattress added softness without me sinking in like with the other toppers. Definitely glad I stuck with this one!" —Dawn M.

    Get it from Birch for $250+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king).

    9. A 3-inch Tempur-Pedic mattress topper, which will let you get as close as possible to your dreams of owning one of the actual Tempur-Pedic mattresses, all while prolonging the life of your current bed.

    The thick mattress pad laid out on a bed
    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Multiple reviewers say it does need airing out for about a day (if you dig into the reviews for most foam toppers, you'll find the same thing). It comes with a dust mite- and allergen-resistant washable cover, and has a 10-year limited warranty.

    Promising review: "Many years ago I had a full Tempur-Pedic mattress set and gave it up in the divorce. I missed it more than my ex-husband. I haven't been able to afford a full set replacement and this topper is perfect! It feels like the 'real' thing and my sleep quality has improved tremendously." —CanPom

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $299.99+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king, including twin XL).

    10. A flippable memory foam topper with a soft side *and* a firm side, if you for whatever reason want to change it up (or cut it in half to re-insert into the king size cover, so you can have the soft side but your partner can enjoy the firm side).

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    It also comes with a waterproof cover, to help it last longer just in case you spill coffee in bed (as I've been known to do more than once). That cover also straps down onto your bed, so it doesn't slide around!

    Promising review: "We recently decided that our mattress was too soft and had been mattress shopping. After getting a price quote way out of our budget, we decided to go back to the drawing board to find something more affordable for the time being. I loved the fact that you can flip this topper to be softer or firmer. So far, we have only used the firm side, but it made our bed exact support that we have been looking for without feeling like we were sleeping on concrete floor!

    It did add some height to my mattress, which I personally love, and BONUS my Solstice sheets still fit great even with the added height. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that's looking for more support with their mattress or, to make their mattress a little softer." —Audrey S.

    Get it from Coop Home Goods for $269.95+ (available in sizes queen–king).

    11. A foldable topper that's easy to store when you're not using it to make your guest futon, camper bed, tent, or air mattress princess and the pea-worthy. (Or, you could just keep it all to yourself on your bed at home.)

    The topper, which folds into three equal-sized rectangles
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    It layers 1.5 inches of memory foam on top of a 2.5-inch high-density foam base, and its polyester cover has a nonslip bottom, which means it can also be used as a temporary (if thin) floor mattress, or even as just a comfy spot to sit.

    Promising review: "I have two different types of Tempur-Pedic mattresses at home and am a good sleeper overall. This mattress was purchased for our short queen RV bed and weren't expecting much. I unfolded it about a week before use to let it inflate properly. I slept like an angel on this mattress and was shocked since I am so used to having a really really nice mattress. " —Addicted to Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $61.27+ (available in sizes XS or S — smaller than any bed — or in sizes twin–Cal king, including twin XL).

    12. A Visco elastic memory foam topper because it's designed to be an inch shorter on each side, meaning it fits easily beneath your fitted sheet. The foam's also formulated to be somewhat more cooling than other memory foam toppers.

    The topper on a mattress with model putting sheets over it
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    Although as long as you're looking at memory foam, it's probably gonna be a little warm if you just put your sheets right on top of it.

    Promising review: "I purchased this topper for my 26-year-old daughter's queen-size bed. Since getting her new mattress, she would often wake up with an aching or stiff back. She is on her feet for 8–10 hours a day at her job. We went on Amazon and found this one. The topper is very thick and like the description said, it does not stay flattened down when she gets out of bed. It was very easy to put on her bed and just as easy to make the bed. The edges are tapered and a little thinner so it was very easy to put the fitted sheet on. And one of the biggest pluses is that it does not retain heat or make her hot at night. We were concerned about that because she lives in Florida. She loves it and it has really helped her back. This topper is well worth the price, which was a steal in my opinion." —pms531

    Get it from Amazon for $66.99+ (available in sizes twin-California king, including twin XL, and 2-, 3-, and 4-inch thicknesses).

    13. A memory foam + fiber fill topper duo so you can enjoy the best of both worlds for maximum supportive, soft, pillow-y comfort.

    A bed with the topper; the fiber-fill layer pulled back to show the memory foam pad
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    You get 2 inches of quilted fiber fill and 2 inches of memory foam to stack, and it has a 10-year limited warranty. And yes, the fiber fill layer — which is machine-washable — has a gusset to tuck under the mattress, too! But it's still more like a topper than a typical mattress pad, because it's so thick.

    Promising review: "It could be the age of my mattress or further maladies of my 9–5 sitting job, but my bed had become increasingly less comfortable. I'm a side sleeper, so when I started getting hip discomfort, I knew I was in trouble. But this really did the trick, my bed is very inviting and incredibly soft. It comforts my hips which is, undoubtedly the biggest benefit here. My time to fall asleep has been cut and my sleep quality is through the roof. In short, if you're of the "soft" persuasion when it comes to sleeping surfaces — this is a magic bullet. My sheets now encompass the topper and the gel cushion, not the mattress itself, but that's not a complaint, just something to note." —Christopher

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in sizes twin-California king, and as either with "enhanced support" or "ultra soft support").

    And speaking of pillow-y comfort: here are some of the best pillows on Amazon!

    14. A blended 2-inch topper that's designed to help you sleep cooler every night, thanks to its filling combo: pieces of memory foam dispersed among the super cushy fiber fill.

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    Promising review: "I'm a female in my mid-forties and nature has truly taken its course. I was beginning to experience night sweats and hot flashes and decided to invest in a cooling mattress topper that will ease my suffering. After reviewing products on BBB, I decided to purchase this product. My thoughts? COOLING, SUPER COMFORTABLE (like sleeping on clouds), and SIMPLY WONDERFUL!!!" —Vicki

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $199.99+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king, including twin XL).

    15. Or a personal cooling pad — your partner can continue enjoying the mattress as-is, but you'll finally be able to fall asleep because you won't be sweating up a storm.

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    It does *not* contain any memory foam.

    Promising review: "This starts out noticeably cooler than the surrounding mattress, but loses its chilling ability by early morning. I'd say it gives you probably about six hours of cooling. Just the same, I have had significantly fewer hot flashes since I started using this pad, so I'm content with the product. The width is just right for covering my half of the bed on our queen-size bed." —Christy

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $129.99.

    For more, check out these hot sleeper products if you want to stay cool!

    16. A memory foam topper with a removable cover that's made from bamboo viscose because the more layers between you and the foam layer, the cooler you'll sleep.

    A corner of the topper poking out of the unzipped cover
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    Because air has trouble circulating when you lay on the foam, this cover plus the mattress pad you'd put on top of it would both allow even more space for that air to move around. Made of 2-inch gel memory foam and a machine-washable bamboo cover.

    Promising review: "One of the best purchases I've made in my life. It's so comfy I often giggle when I get into bed. I've had memory foam pads before, this is SO much better. The thick smooth cover helps immensely, my sheets can move with me instead of getting stuck on the pad. The cover has stay-put dots on the underside so it won't roam around the bed. The bed hasn't felt hot, even when it was over 80 degrees in the house, I think that's where the gel part comes in. I personally like the 2-inch best. Much thicker and I kinda get stuck in the bed and my feet and hands are too high compared to the rest of me. 1-inch pads don't do much comforting for me. This is the Goldilocks of mattress pads. Just right." —debs

    Get it from Amazon for $70.99+ (available in sizes twin-king).

    17. An un-dyed 100% organic cotton Coyuchi mattress topper filled with climate-beneficial eco-wool sourced from a ranch in northern California, if you want some extra cushion but like to be sustainable in as many aspects of life as possible. Because wool is also naturally dust mite resistant, it could also help you with your allergies.

    The off-white topper on a bed, secured under the mattress by elastic corner straps
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    Wool keeps its shape without molding to your body, so while it'll feel cushiony and soft, you won't sink into it the way you would with a memory foam topper. You can machine wash it, although it needs to be air-dried.

    Promising review: "We purchased this to add some softness to our new (non-Coyuchi) eco-mattress, which we found a little firmer than we like. We didn't want to buy memory foam because of its environmental footprint, and a featherbed made the set-up too warm, so this topper seemed like the best option for our needs. Indeed, it adds just the right softness to our bed without making it too soft or too warm. Our biggest concern was that the wool would be too warm for summer use, but we've had this on our bed all spring and summer and we don't find it warmer at all. The topper itself is a lovely natural cotton color, with tiny yarn ties to keep the cotton in place (like an old-timey quilt). We also loved that this is made in the USA — in Michigan, a state we used to live in. It's an heirloom-quality piece we hope to have forever." —Lauren L

    Get it from Coyuchi for $348+ (available in sizes twin, queen, and king).

    18. Or a fleece topper also made with organic knitted cotton backing and eco-wool — this isn't your typical sheepskin so it doesn't have the stiffness, weight, or chemicals that you'd find in a tanned hide. Instead, you get an extra layer of coziness that may help you stay warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.

    Holy Lamb Organics, Holy Lamb Fleece

    Promising review: "I sleep so peacefully, this pad melts away the stresses of the day. Unfortunately I can’t sleep with it directly under my sheets, it’s a little scratchy. But under the mattress pad is perfect. It has also helped with temperature regulation and my spouse doesn’t get as hot during the night." —Erin

    Get it from ABC Carpet & Home for $580 (only available in queen) or from Holy Lamb Fleece for $99+ (available in sizes bassinet–Cal king, including crib, twin XL, and massage table. You can also order a sample).

    19. A copper-infused memory foam topper because the copper could help reduce odor-causing bacteria. Stink be gone!

    The peach-toned topper on a bed; a model and two very cute model dogs are relaxing on it
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    Science (via Radiolab) says that copper, at least in its metal form, does help kill some nasties. Does it help in a mattress topper? Hard to say — the reviewers haven't mentioned anything about odor specifically yet. Regardless, this topper still gets 4.6 stars and will definitely still make your bed comfier if you want something soft.

    Promising review: "I love this topper. It's so comfortable. My bed is new but too hard. I bought this topper to make it softer and now it's perfect. It fits the queen bed just right. It had a very, very slight scent for the first day or so, but wasn't a problem. I haven't noticed any scent since." —mlb

    Get it from Target for $70+ (available in sizes twin–king).

    20. A 2-inch egg crate topper so you can enjoy extra cushion that's Goldilocks-levels of ~just right~: not too thick and not too thin.

    The topper with its rippled surface
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    Made of ventilated memory foam.

    Promising review: "Added just the right amount of support and cushy-ness to my stiff mattress. I used to use a 2-inch flat topper which I liked, and reasoned that a 2-inch egg crate topper would give me some of that lovely memory foam sinking feeling, while not taking away all the firmness of my mattress. I liked that the egg crate style feels more natural than a flat foam, that it has good density and doesn't feel flimsy, and that it's well-made." —Darren Levine

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes twin-king)

    21. An inexpensive 1.5-inch option that does the job well *and* costs your bank account less than $100, even if you have a king-size bed.

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    It has a five year limited warranty!

    Promising review: "Comfy and well-priced! I have been trying so hard to get my son out of my bed and develop independence. His last argument was that my bed was so much more comfortable than his. Once I got this on his bed, he was thrilled and lost his last argument. He hasn't snuck into my bed once in the night since. Good value for the money, should have bought one a long time ago. PS: Don't tell him I bought one for myself a week later!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99+ (available in sizes twin–king, including short queen).

    Thinking about a new mattress, too? Then definitely check out the best mattresses on Amazon!

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