Memory foam mattress toppers are a great budget alternative to buying a new mattress and can take your bed to the next level of comfort while providing greater support for your back.
Good bye aching back hello fresh happy morning!
But before we delve into the depths of this guide let’s take a look at some of the things you need to know before you choose a memory foam mattress topper.
I’ve put all the memory foam mattress toppers featured here into the table below letting you know the basics of what you need to know. Click on the name to be takes straight to it or read on for more information!
|Silentnight Impress Topper||5 cm or 2.5 cm||Bad Back||££|
|John Lewis Luxury Mircrofibre||6 cm||Luxury Comfort and Pain Relief||£££|
|Seafoam Memory Topper||5 cm||Budget||£|
|Eggshell Memory Topper||5 cm||Cooling and Nightsweats||££|
|Wellington-Prima Travel Topper||2 cm||Travel||££|
An Introduction to Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
As I’m sure you know mattress toppers are an extra layer of padding you put on top of your bed to make it more comfortable.
What you might not know is that Memory Foam was actually developed by NASA for use in aircraft seats. The aim was to develop a comfortable seat that could be sat on for long periods of time without causing pain or discomfort.
Exactly what you want when you’re going to be lying down for 8 hours!
Now memory foam mattress toppers are used to add extra comfort to your bed but they are also designed to help ease the pain of a bad back.
Now if it’s neck pain you suffer from, consider checking out our buyer’s guide for pillows. They are much more suited to curing neck pain and could be just what you need!
With that said let’s take a look at some of the great benefits a memory foam topper can provide
Benefits of Memory Foam
Let’s start with the obvious.
Memory foam is super comfortable!
There are no two ways about it, if you want to feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud then look no further. Memory foam is designed to evenly distribute your weight so that there is not to much pressure on any part of your body, the result?
A bed that you can’t wait to get into. No more jagged spring poking through, no more lumps that seem to follow you around the bed. It is an absolute dream to sleep on (Pun completely intended).
I actually prefer memory foam mattress toppers to regular memory foam mattresses. With a memory foam mattress, you tend to sink in quite deep and I feel like I get stuck, I then stay in that position all night and wake up with a stiff back. The opposite of what you want!
Now with a topper you can get at thinner one so that you don’t sink in all the way and you can still move around while you sleep. Perfect.
But for many, memory foam is needed to fix a bad back. Well that comes from having your weight evenly spread, it means there isn’t pressure on any one part of your body so you can sleep soundly knowing your spine is properly aligned and got all the support it needs.
If you’ve recently suffered a back injury this could also be a great solution to sleepless nights. Check with your doctor first but it’s an easier solution to a good night sleep than a whole new orthopedic bed!
Finally memory foam toppers can provide a cooler night’s sleep to those who are prone to overheating. As long as you get the right one (See further down) memory foam can provide added ventilation below you while you sleep, this helps spread the heat out so you don’t wake up drenched in sweat in the middle of the night
Mattress Topper Thickness
Now we’re getting towards the nitty-gritty of things. The main difference between one topper and another is the thickness. This goes between 1” and 6” thick.
I’ve put a description of when each is best suited in the description so you know what will be best for your bed
1” is perfect for use on a sofa bed or in a campervan. The thinner material makes it a little easier to store and though it is not best stored wrapped up all the time it will survive being transported that way. You can roll it up, get a couple of luggage straps to hold it together and you can keep it in the cupboard.
2” is the perfect thickness if you’re looking for comfort. This is plenty thick enough to improve any bed giving you a comfier more restful sleep each night. You can also still move around without getting yourself stuck.
3”-4” is what you need if you suffer from back pain. This is thick enough that it will fully support your body and keep your spine perfectly aligned. It is also the right thickness if you are overweight and think 2” will be too thin.
4”+ Any more than this is verging on the excessive but is still suitable if you are both overweight and suffer back problems. There will be plenty enough give to keep you supported
Best UK Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
That brings us to the main event! Finding out what the best toppers actually are! I’ve broken them down into different categories based on what your needs might be. I’ve covered everything so I’m sure you’ll find what you need!
Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper for Back Pain
- Available in two depths 5 cm and 2.5 cm
- Great For Back Pain
- Removeable washable Cover
The Silentnight Impress is the perfect all round memory foam mattress topper. It’s available in two different sizes 2.5cm and 5cm. The 5cm thickness allows you plenty of room to sink in and get great support for your bad back while the 2.5cm is great if you’re looking for a comfort upgrade.
It’s also a really great price, the John Lewis topper below is definitely more luxurious but also a whole lot more expensive. And price is definitely an important factor so it shouldn’t be left out. If you’re not sure which depth chose for I’d say the 5 cm is definitely the one to go for. It just offers more comfort and support compared to the 2.5cm. Finally, it’s got a removable cover which is machine washable which is a nice final touch.
Silentnight have been in the business for over 70 years so you know you are getting a quality product. This topper is available for single, double, and king-size beds and comes with a 2-year guarantee and a cover.
Verdict – The Impress memory foam topper is the best all round topper. It will give your bed as serious comfort upgrade while helping ease a bad back.
Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper For Comfort
John Lewis Luxury Memory Foam with Microfibre Mattress Topper
- 6cm Thick
- Great Back Support
- Temperature controlled
John Lewis have really outdone themselves with this mattress topper. The ultimate in luxury comfort and superb for back support. The catch is it’s a little pricey so won’t be for everyone. But if you can afford it do it. You’ll feel like your sleeping on a cloud with the 6cm depth. It will absolutely get rid of back pain and any other joint pain you might wake up with. And when you consider you spend a third of your like lying in bed it’s a worthy investment to make.
The micro fibre helps keep some of the worst of the heat out and the handy straps on each corner keep it in place on the bed, they fit up to a 35cm deep mattress as well.
A worthy investment that will last you years to come.
Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper on a Budget
Let’s keep it nice and simple at the start of the list with a cheap and cheerful option.
*Note If you suffer from a bad back please consider an alternative to this topper. It will provide you more comfort on your bed but it will not do much to help persistent back pain.
2” Memory Foam Topper
This is a bit debatable as to whether this topper is actual memory foam or not. It is definitely closer to plain ol’ foam but this is the budget section after all so you get what you pay for!
Available in four sizes: single, queen, double and king. It is also available with or without a cover. The cover helps increase the life of your topper and is easily removable so it can be washed at home.
Perfect for improving a lumpy bed and giving you a nice comfy sleep.
Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper for Night Sweats
Eggshell Memory Foam Mattress Topper
The Eggshell mattress topper is designed to stimulate airflow underneath you as you sleep getting rid of excess heat and ensuring you have a cool night sleep.
Because there’s nothing worse than waking up covered in sweat in the middle of the night!
Available in single, small double, double, king, and super-king.
The Visco Therapy Topper is suitable for any bed and perfect for those who tend to overheat through the night.
Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper for a Sofa Bed
The Wellington-Prima Comfort Travel Memory Foam Water resistant Mattress Topper
Roughing it in the great outdoors doesn’t actually have to be rough.
To some, sleeping in a caravan or tent is just an economical way to spend a holiday and should be as relaxing as a posh hotel.
With the Wellington travel mattress topper, it can be all of that and more.
At 3.5 cm this travel mattress topper is as thick as any that you might use on your actual bed at home. So, it will make even the most uncomfortable cot feel comfy. It’s still thin enough to roll up. The elastic bands that hold the roll are also responsible for getting the topper snugly on the mattress so it won’t move around.
If you have a pull out sofa bed with those metal braces that are located exactly across the middle of your spine, then you can take some comfort in the really comfortable memory foam.
As a bonus, the mattress topper is water resistant. Great for when the unexpected happens. Leaky tents, loose water bottles in the camper, anything can put a damper on your travels. Having a bit of insurance that no matter what you can still have a dry sleep is great peace of mind.
This set even comes with a memory foam waterproof pillow included. And a handy travel bag to securely carry it on your voyage.
What is that smell?
Memory foam mattress all tend to have a bit of a funky smell when they’re first opened. My suggestion is to leave it out to air for 72 hours before you put it on your bed.
This will also allow it to fully spring out if it’s been stuck inside of a vac-packed package.
Can I cut the memory foam down to a smaller size?
Yes and no, you can but it will leave the edges a bit ragged and if done wrong could cause the whole thing to fall apart. So if you do decide to cut it make sure you use something very sharp and use a cover to reinforce it to make sure it doesn’t fall apart on the bed.
Are they hypoallergenic?
Yes they are! All memory foam mattress toppers are naturally hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. This is because the material itself cannot be penetrated thus it cannot trap dust inside of it.
Will this help with neck pain?
It definitely won’t hinder neck pain but it is unlikely to improve it. For treating neck pain you are much better off getting yourself a new pillow. Have a look at our pillow buyer’s guide for more information.
Will I need to get a bigger sheet?
If you want to put the mattress topper under the bed then if you get a thicker one then you will likely need to get a bigger sheet. It depends on how big your current one is but you may have an extra 4” to cover up!
What size is my bed?
Measure your mattress!
Here are the various sizes of uk mattresses
Single: 90cm x 190cm (3’ 0” x 6’ 3”)
Small double: 120cm x 190cm (4’ 0” x 6’ 3”)
Double: 135cm x 190 cm (4’ 6” x 6’ 3”)
King Size: 150cm x 200cm ( 5’ 0” x 6’6”)
Super King Size: 180cm x 200cm (6’ 0” x 6’ 6”)