In 2020 it’s time to ditch sleeping uncomfortably and make the resolution to get better sleep. The quality of your bed is the most important factor when it comes to getting a good night’s rest. If you’ve been waking up still feeling exhausted after a long night’s sleep, or if you’re just searching for a way to feel a little more comfortable at night, you don’t have to trash your entire mattress and start from scratch. You can just buy a new mattress topper.
Sometimes, we just need to change things up. Sometimes you want to just change up your decor, or sometimes you truly need a change in order to feel better throughout the day. Mattress toppers aren’t just for college kids on a budget or the guest room; mattress toppers can truly transform your mattress and help you sleep better at a low cost. In this breakdown, we’ll showcase some of our favorite mattress toppers that you can buy, from the mid-$20s all the way up to $400.
The best mattress toppers
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- – $239 at Tempur-Pedic
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If you’re looking for brand recognition in addition to a high-quality mattress topper, Tempur-Pedic’s TEMPUR-Topper Supreme is likely the first topper you should consider. It features 3 inches of loft, so you’ll want to drift off to sleep as soon as you lay down. Still, it’s made with premium memory foam, so you know you’ll be supported all night long. Support is key when it comes to mattress toppers; while you want a comfortable and soft mattress, you don’t want it so soft that your joints and muscles are left unsupported, leaving you sore and in pain in the morning. And once you fall in love with your memory foam mattress topper, you might want to check out some memory foam pillows, too.
Far and away the most inexpensive choice on this list, Authentic Comforts has created a mattress topper that targets specific zones in your body to provide comfort and softness where you want it, yet support and firmness where you need it. With a 2-inch loft, this contoured memory foam mattress topper is great for side sleepers specifically, as side sleepers need something that provides softness in the hips and shoulders and firmness around the lower back and legs to provide support to your spine. Most people wake up in the morning feeling sore not because their mattress is too hard, but because it’s too soft.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of a zoned mattress topper but you have a little more money to work with, you may want to check out the 2-inch memory foam topper by LUCID. Sleeping too hot is one of the most common reasons for sleep troubles, and there are few things more frustrating than waking up in the middle of the night tired, sweaty and unable to go back to sleep. LUCID mitigates that problem by infusing its memory foam with gel, which increases air flow between the mattress topper, your mattress and you, keeping you asleep longer and falling asleep quicker. This contoured mattress topper also features five zone, giving each part of your body as much focus as the last.
If the idea of a contoured mattress topper seems a little too out there for you, or if you’re a stomach or back sleeper who doesn’t need quite so much targeted support, why not try a traditional loaf memory foam mattress topper? SleepJoy’s ViscO2 memory foam mattress topper comes in the traditional 3-inch model, but it also has a ventilated version if you’re an especially hot sleeper. If you’re a fan of memory foam pillows, you know that you typically have the choice between a loaf memory foam pillow and shredded foam. The latter choice features much more air circulation and cooling ability, but you likely won’t find a shredded memory foam topper, so going with a ventilated choice is your next best option.
The marbling on DreamFoam’s 2-inch memory foam mattress topper isn’t just to look fancy (though it does look fancy, too). The blue pattern you see throughout this mattress topper is actually gel. Gel infused memory foam has become quite common, and that’s a good thing for us hot sleepers. This type of memory foam offers all the softness and support you get from memory foam, but you’re also getting the extra cooling technology and air flow that gel offers. If you want something a little loftier and you’re looking for added comfort, check out DreamFoam’s 3-inch model of its gel infused memory foam mattress topper, though expect your wallet to get a little lighter.
If you’re working with a bigger budget, you can afford to spruce up your mattress to luxury levels, even if you’ve got an older or slightly uncomfortable mattress now (might we suggest some great mattress deals?). The Novaform gel memory foam mattress is a good upgrade to the DreamFoam mattress topper, with similar features like gel infused memory foam and a 3-inch loft. Novaform has made a name for itself in the mattress topper game, and plenty of its customers even purchase two toppers – one for their bedroom and one in a twin size to take on the road. If you suffer from back and neck pain, you shouldn’t let yourself suffer anymore; just take the plunge. Few things are as important as sleep, so don’t skimp on something that will verifiably increase your quality of life.
Memory foam alternatives
If the cushiony softness of the Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress topper sounded interesting, this might be the mattress topper for you. Down is one of the softest fillings out there, which makes it perfect for stomach sleepers in particular. This is a feather mattress topper, which makes it a little less luxurious than down, but you’re still getting that cloud-like softness, you’ll sink into your mattress but you also won’t be breaking the bank on expensive down. And, since you’re not using this as a pillow but as a mattress topper, you likely won’t notice any major differences. Pacific Coast’s mattress topper is giving you the down pillow experience, but for your entire body.
If you’re interested in the environment and patronizing companies that make an effort to use sustainable materials, ExceptionalSheets a the mattress topper you might like. This mattress topper is chiefly made with rayon, but it has elements of bamboo, which is soft, comfortable, and is a fast growing and abundant natural material. The topper is stuffed with down alternative, just like the Pacific Coast topper, so this is another tempting option for anyone who loves feather and down. If you’re sensitive or have allergies, the type of fiberfill used in this topper is hypoallergenic and perfect if you’re sensitive to real down.
If you’re looking for the most authentically down experience while you sleep, Bluestone has the topper for you. With 4 inches of loft and filled with 5% down, 95% duck feathers, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on a total-body down pillow. This topper has the ability to completely transform your mattress, and though you’re spending more on this topper than most others on this list, the money invested will pay off big time. The only problem? You’ll never want to get out of bed in the morning.
This is far and away the most expensive mattress topper on this list, but for good reason. Pillow top mattresses are wildly popular because you get the firmness of your mattress, but you still have a similar experience as sleeping on a down mattress topper. And, if you think you haven’t heard of Birch, think again; its parent company is Helix, known for having a huge variety of mattresses and a Sleep Quiz to help you navigate those mattresses. So, you’ve got brand recognition and trust, but you’ve also got an incredibly comfortable, high quality, and natural mattress topper. Birch is named for the birch wool it uses in its products, so you can feel even better knowing you’re purchasing a product that’s made with natural materials, too.
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