Long, long ago, there was the search for the greatest mattress. We searched high and low for the perfect night’s sleep, bouncing on bed after bed. Eventually, we found that mattress. But now… there is a new quest.
Finding the perfect mattress topper.
As dramatic as I made that sound (you don’t have to tell me I should have been a playwright, I already know), finding your perfect mattress topper is well worth the time.
It can really improve your sleep, without the expense of shelling out for a new mattress. Even though it’s recommended we change our mattress every five to ten years, that just isn’t a reality for most of us.
In this article, I’m going to explain why mattress toppers are so great and I’ve put together a list of the best mattress toppers on the market, as well as links to where you can buy them online.
Grab your armour and let’s go questing for your perfect mattress topper!
Oh! And to find out more and order yours just click on the name in the list below. My current favotrite is the Panda, that’s the topper I use. I’ve started with the top 6 and have the other 14 reviews further down.
6 BEST MATTRESS TOPPERS
- Top Choice – Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Mattress topper
- Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper – Eve Memory Foam
- Best Mattress Topper For Bad Back – Yanis Plus Dunlop Latex Topper
- Best Cooling Mattress Topper – Silentnight Airmax Polyester Topper
- Best Mattress Topper For Side Sleepers – John Lewis Soft Touch Synthetic Mattress pad
- Best Wool Mattress Topper – John Lewis Devon Wool Mattress Pad
1. Top Choice – Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Mattress topper
- 10-Year Guarantee
- Cooling Memory Foam
- Washable Bamboo Cover
- 5 cm Thickness
This is my favourite mattress topper on the list.
It’s the one I have on my own bed!
This topper is made with memory foam, which makes it really comfortable and provides a lot of support.
One of the downsides about memory foam is that it can cause overheating but this mattress topper is different. Panda have created a Hydro Foam layer – memory foam mixed with a cooling gel – which will ensure you get a sweat-free sleep. Gel memory foam is the best of the best and a great thing to look out for in a topper.
This topper also has a bamboo cover. It’s breathable and soft, with the added plus of being made from a sustainable source. And it’s a removable cover so you can put it in the wash to keep it fresh.
On top of all of that, this topper comes with a 10-year guarantee. 10 years! What could be bad about a decade of excellent sleep?
2. Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper – Eve Mattress Topper
- 5cm Thick
- Cooling Layer
- Superb Comfort
- Great For A Bad Back
- 30-Day Free Trial
Similarly to the Panda topper, this is a memory foam mattress topper that’s designed to stop you from overheating. It’s also very comfy and provides support for your back and joints.
While it doesn’t have straps to hold it in place on the mattress, it does have a layer of anti-slip material on it to stop the topper from slipping off the bed. Once you have your sheet on you should be alright but making your bed around this mattress topper can be a bit of a pain.
The Eve topper also comes with a 30-day trial, so you can properly test it out before committing to it. If you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund. It also comes with a three-year guarantee but with the quality of it, this topper should last you much longer than that.
3. Best Mattress Topper For Bad Back – Yanis Plus Dunlop Latex Topper
- Made of Latex
- 8cm Thick
- Great for Dealing wit a moving partner
- Temperature Controlled
Natural latex is a brilliant material for sleeping on, since it has so many benefits. It helps relieve back and joint pain; it’s naturally microbial; and it’s dust-mite resistant. Plus it’s Eco-friendly with latex being sustainably made from rubber trees
This topper is 8cm thick, which is perfect for disguising any imperfections in your mattress. It will have a bit of resistance until you settle into a comfy position but then it will get softer. Once you wake up, the topper will bounce back into shape.
Yanis’ topper is also a great option if you share a bed with someone who tosses around a lot while they sleep. With this on your bed, you won’t even know they’re there!
The only downside to this one, really, is that it doesn’t fix to the mattress. Although it’s quite heavy, so it shouldn’t move around too much.
4. Best Cooling Mattress Topper – Silentnight Airmax Polyester Topper
- Cooling And Breathable
- 3 cm Deep
- elasticated Corner Straps
- Machine Washable
The Silentnight Airmax cooling mattress pad is absolutely tried and tested. It’s a great price, easy care, no fuss topper.
Nice and breathable thanks to the air mesh sides so you get kept at a comfortable body temperature all year round.
And it has corner straps to keep it in place so it won’t just disappear from under you while you sleep. Nothing worse than having your topper walk down the mattress then your pillows sliding off the top.
It’s machine washable so you can keep it clean and is available in single, double and king size. A nice alternative to a memory foam topper.
5. Best Mattress Topper For Side Sleepers – John Lewis Soft Touch Synthetic Mattress pad
- Polyester Filling
- 6cm Deep
- Machine Washable
- 2 Year Guarantee
- Superb Comfort
This topper feels very luxurious – 6cm deep and covered in a 100% cotton cover. The box stitch lining keeps all the filling in place, ensuring an excellent sleep.
It’s really comfortable but it is on the softer side, which means there isn’t a lot of support. If you suffer from back or joint pain, this might not be the one for you. But it’s great for softening up a hard mattress.
Another good thing about this topper is that it’s machine washable – easy.
It can be unzipped to create two pieces, which means you can have one in the wash and one on your bed. You never have to be without it! It can also be tumble dried on a low heat, so you can get it back on the bed ASAP.
The only bad thing is that John Lewis tend to sell out of this topper quite regularly, so it can be difficult to get. This says a lot for the quality of it but does mean you might need to be patient!
6. Best Wool Mattress Topper – John Lewis Devon Wool Mattress Pad
- Wool Filling
- 5 Year Guarantee
- Made in Britain
- Doesn’t require washing
- Naturally Hypoallergenic
- Firm Feel
This natural mattress topper is quite a bit thinner than the others on this list – 1.5 inches. However, this can firm up whatever mattress you pop it on, which would be brilliant for aching joints. And firm doesn’t mean uncomfortable!
What I love in particular about this one, though, is that it’s completely sustainable and humane. These toppers are made in Devon (as the name suggests) and when the sheep are sheared for the wool, they’re sent straight back out into the fields.
Wool is a great material for a mattress topper, since it’s naturally hypoallergenic. It’s also breathable but will keep you nice and cosy.
Another great plus: this topper doesn’t need to go in the washing machine. Just air it out once or twice a year and it’ll be grand.
You’ll get a five-year guarantee when you go for this topper too, so you know that you’re getting a great product.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A MATTRESS TOPPER?
1. THEY’RE MORE HYGIENIC.
Firstly, a mattress topper can help prevent dust mites from making a home in your mattress. There are specific types of mattress topper you can buy that are made of dust mite-resistant material. Even if you don’t have an allergy, this is a great benefit.
Nobody wants dust mites!
Secondly, mattress toppers prevent damp from settling into your mattress. If you are prone to night sweats or your home gets quite damp generally, then this can create mould or mildew inside your mattress. Once this happens, it’s extremely difficult to get rid of.
A mattress topper stops this process before it starts, preventing moisture from reaching your mattress at all. Much cleaner!
2. THEY HELP KEEP YOU COOL.
We’ve all been there – tossing and turning, pyjamas clinging to your sweaty back as you desperately try to get off to sleep.
Overheating can make it impossible to sleep deeply and if it continues for a long time, can lead to bigger health issues related to a lack of sleep.
There are lots of mattress toppers available that have been designed to control your temperature and can even retain heat when you need them to, without making you sweat.
3. THEY CAN REDUCE BACK PAIN.
I’ve said it countless times that back pain is one of the worst things in the world. It makes it impossible to get comfortable and drift off.
A mattress topper – specifically a memory foam or latex one, which I’ll get into later – is perfect for helping reduce back pain.
These types of topper allow you to settle into a natural position but keep the pressure off your back at the same time. They vary in thickness too, so you can get the perfect one for you.
I’ve written a few other posts about getting the right bed set-up for dealing with back pain if you want to read more:
If back pain is the big thing stopping you from sleeping, then I would always recommend going to see your doctor about it. I can’t advise you on what might be causing it and the best option is always to see an expert.
4. THEY STOP YOUR MATTRESS FROM SAGGING.
Have you ever stayed in a hotel or at someone else’s house, rolled over, and felt as if you were falling down a hill?
This is what happens when your mattress sags.
Some will sag faster than others depending on the quality and material of the mattress. Being overweight or tossing a lot at night can sometimes hasten it.
As with most things, it is better to prevent a problem before it gets too bad to fix!
It’s best to get yourself a mattress topper to prevent your mattress from resembling a hammock before it is too late.
5. THEY’RE EASY TO CLEAN.
A mattress that’s in need of a wash is a nightmare. An absolute nightmare.
Most mattress-cleaning recipes need a lot of scrubbing, vacuuming, crossed fingers, elbow grease and good luck.
Now look at a mattress topper: spinning round in the washing machine while you sit with a cuppa.
This is kind of a no-brainer.
A mattress topper is much easier to clean than a mattress and can keep your mattress fresh for longer, depending on the type of topper you go for.
6. THEY REDUCE NOISE AND MOVEMENT.
Having your own side of the bed is pointless if the person you’re sharing with shakes the whole thing when they roll over.
This can be a real pain and can lead to a lot of sleepless nights!
There are lots of toppers available, particularly those made of memory foam, that can reduce the noise and movements you make as you sleep – great for when you’re at the end of your tether!
7. THEY ARE INCREDIBLY COMFY!
This is the most obvious benefit and the nicest one!
Regardless of whether the other benefits on this list apply to you, a mattress topper will always make your bed more comfortable.
You can get yourself the perfect material and thickness and you’ll never want to leave your bed again…
Other Mattress Toppers Review
There are so many great mattress toppers to choose from, it can be hard to narrow it down to just 5 or 6, so I’ve included some other great mattress toppers organised by different categories of material, firmness and price. Price because it can be cheap to get an extra layer of comfort on your mattress, you don’t have to break the bank to get something half way decent.
WOOL MATTRESS TOPPER
Merino Reversible Mattress Topper Merino Wool King Size
- Made of Merino Wool
- Temperature controlled
- Reversible for different seasons
Merino know that pure wool makes for a great mattress topper: it helps to keep you dry at night as it wicks away moisture and is dust mite-resistant. Two in one!
It’s also a great material because it will keep you warm during the colder months as it retains heat but helps to keep you cool in summer, so there’s no need to change your bed around.
This wool topper is also reversible. One side is corded, which makes it better for drawing away body heat and is very soft. The other side is fluffy, which feels more luxurious and also keeps you a lot cosier at night.
The disadvantage to a topper like this is that it’s big and heavy. It also doesn’t wash very easily, which is something to consider.
However, if you’re prone to conditions like arthritis, the moisture-wicking capabilities of this topper would make it a great choice for you.
Devon Duvets UK – British Handcrafted Natural Woollen (Wool) Mattress Topper Double
- Made in England
- 5 cm deep
Looking to soften up a firm bed? This topper is nice and soft and will add a really nice comfort layer to the top of your mattress. It’s available on Amazon and the topper I linked to is double size but if you search you can find the other sizes available.
The filling is packed into sections which is good because it limits how much the topper can bunch up which is good. Devon Duvets have been making good quality sleep materials for a long time, they feature in my post on the best duvets and do fantastic wool products.
Made in England it’s sustainable and responsibly sourced to the highest quality, no need to fly in materials, no need to hurt any of the animals, only well kept British animals.
A fantastic layer for cushioning your mattress and giving you a comfortable sleep surface.
Caro 100% Australian Merino Wool Reversible Mattress Topper Cashmere Wool Underblanket
- King Size
- Cotton Underside
Made from Australian wool so not quite as Green since it’s had to be shipped in from there, but it is a fantastic wool mattress topper so I wanted to include it.
This is a dual-layer underblanket (not to be confused with a weighted blanket), so it’s got the wool side which is good for regulating temperature and keeping you warm in winter. But if it gets too hot you can flip it and you have a cotton side which is cooler while still having the spongy wool underneath.
It’s got corner straps which are always a winner with me to keep it in place and the wool inside is 100% Merino.
Down & Feather Mattress Toppers
John Lewis Hungarian Goose Down Feather 5 cm Deep Topper
- Luxury high-quality filling
- Cotton Cover
This is the best down and feather mattress topper available, mainly because it’s made in the UK using cruelty-free methods, which is what we want and why you should never go budget if feathers are involved.
More than that, Hungarian goose feathers are amongst the highest-quality available, warm, durable, and comfortable. The top layer is 90% down which you’ll be able to feel the comfort of and the bottom layer is goose feathers which are firmer giving great support across the topper.
You need to leave this topper to air for about 24 hours so that it fully inflates since it arrives vacuum packed. After that, you’re good to go!
It’s washable and has a cotton cover which adds that extra layer of nice softness and it’s a little more breathable than a polyester cover so you don’t get too hot.
John Lewis Natural Goose Down Mattress Topper
- Cotton Cover
This goose down topper offers a dual-layer system to provide you a soft comfortable layer of goose down and fine feather with a firmer layer of feathers underneath as a base layer.
They’re removable so you can take off the top layer and wash it while leaving the bottom layer in place.
It’s not quite as high quality as the above topper because the feathers are not goose and it’s made in China, but it’s a little cheaper. Of course, this means there is no guarantee of cruelty-free methods.
Apart from that it’s been treated to be hypoallergenic and has deep fit straps that fit up to a 35 cm mattress. An excellent choice of feather mattress pad.
John Lewis Duck Down Supportive Feather Topper
- More support for a bad back
- Feathers are a by-product
- Cotton Cover
This is another dual-layer topper, but this is a little firmer and has more support in it with the duck feathers, the top layer is 50% duck down and 50% fine feather with a bottom layer of feathers. Still soft and comfortable but firmer than the other two mentioned above.
It’s assured that these feathers are by-products, so they will be harvested alongside ducks that are used for meat. I’m happy with that.
Also, it’s hypoallergenic and the top layer can be removed and washed, all three of these follow the same basic style, it’s the filling that varies and so changed how the feel is.
Latex Mattress Toppers
Primo Line Natural Latex Mattress Topper Without Cover
- Single, double, king size and super king size
- 7 comfort zones
- Naturally Hypoallergenic
the stranges thing about this topper is it doesn’t have a cover, so I definitely recommend you get a mattress protector, that way it will stay fresh and protected allowing it to last longer.
Latex is great for back support allowing you to look after your pressure points and spine. It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, so if you’re an allergy sufferer or you’re asthmatic then you’re going to love it.
It’s also made with an open-cell structure which gives it breathability and lets the hot air circulate underneath you. The result is that it can help you if you’re a hot sleeper or if you’re prone to night sweats.
This is also great regardless of your sleeping position, it’s good for side sleepers, back sleepers and even front sleepers will get on fine.
Finally, the 7 support zones allow your body to lie exactly where it should, your hips and shoulders can sink deeper while your feet and head remain in place on a firmer section and your spine gets kept aligned and you get a comfortable night’s sleep.
Cheap Mattress Toppers
Silentnight Deep Sleep Mattress Topper
- 2.5 cm deep
- Hollowfibre filling
- Corner Straps
This is a classic budget topper, it’s available as a double, king size and super king size currently. It’s a good cheap way to upgrade an old mattress and provides a nice comfort layer to your mattress.
The straps fit up to a 30 cm mattress and the 2.5 cm won’t affect the depth of your mattress too much and your sheets will still fit nicely.
The hollowfibre filling is spongy and adds some nice cushioning, it’s not made of natural materials so is a little warmer but if you balance it with the right duvet you’ll be sleeping comfortably without emptying your wallet.
Highliving Quilted Mattress Protector Cover
- Fitted to your mattress
- Hollowfiber filling
- Triple Filled
- Cotton & microfiber cover
When does a mattress protector become a mattress topper? It’s hard to say but toppers generally aren’t fitted like a fitted sheet. Which is why this is a mattress protector, but I like it, it’s cheap, triple filled, and washable.
It has a 40 cm deep fit size which makes it the deepest fit topper on the list and it’s available as single, double, king size and super king sizes.
Finally, it’s treated to be hypoallergenic and is of course it’s a great price which is why it’s in this budget section.
GMtextiles Hotel Quality Microfiber Mattress Topper
- Corner straps
- 5 cm deep
At the time of writing this is one of the bestsellers in Mattress overlays in Amazon. A common occurrence in hotels as an easy affordable way to upgrade the beds and has a full set of sizes available.
The sizes are: cot bed, small single, single, small double, double, king and super king size.
It’s 5 cm deep and 100% polyester which keeps the cost down while being a durable and comfortable material. It’s box stitched to stop the filling bunching up at any place and getting lumpy.
Overall a really nice affordable mattress topper.
Firm Mattress Topper
John Lewis & Partners Specialist Synthetic 5-Zone Support Memory Foam 5cm Deep Mattress Topper
- 5 zones of comfort
- corner straps
- Memory foam
- Vacuum packed
This isn’t firm from top to bottom but it’s firm where you need it which is under your lower back and your hips, with medium support under your shoulders and upper back with light support under your head and feet.
The result is that your spine gets kept aligned and your back pain will ease with the pressure off your joints.
The image is miss-leading as to the actual thickness of the mattress topper, 2 inches is not that thick but the photo makes it look bigger. But as long as you know that you’ll get on just fine.
The other thing to know is it’s vacuum sealed so will have a smell when it’s first opened but give it 24 hours and the worst will go away with it fully disappearing in about a week.
Bed Centre 2 inch Orthopaedic Fam Mattress Topper
- Firm Support
- Vacuum Packed
- No cover
First things first, this doesn’t have a cover so you’ll need a mattress protector over the top so that it lasts. Apart from that it’s made of orthopaedic foam that helps ease back pain and provides firm support which can help firm up a soft mattress.
It’s avaialble in all the main sizes from single through to king size and super king size. It’s got a strange colour becasue it’s baked in an industrial oven but don’t worry it’s not harmful, and once it’s on the bed you won’t notice it anyway!
Soft Mattress Toppers
John Lewis & Partners Synthetic Soft Mattress Topper
- Budget Price
- Corner straps
Nice and soft, lightweight and washable. What’s not to like? If you’ve got a firm mattress then this can be a great way to soften it up.
It’s synthetic filling which keeps the price down making it nice and affordable while still being comfortable. And it’s got a 2-year guarantee to keep you sleeping soundly for a long time.
Available as single, double king size and super king size. An excellent choice of soft mattress topper.
ELUXURYSUPPLY – REVOLOFT FIBERFILL
- Extra Plush
- Fitted Skirt
The Revoloft is in this is pretty cool, it’s a synthetic feeling that’s made to have the same plump feeling you get from feather and down. And it’s individually sewn pockets of filling so you get a really plump feel.
And it has a fitted skirt around it so it fits on to the bed like a fitted sheet would. It’s a pain when your mattress topper slides down and you’re having to heave it up again everytime you change the sheets, but not with this topper!
The only downside is the filling is very soft so if you have a very firm mattress you’re trying to soften you won’t have much luck with this topper but if you’re looking for a nice soft topper that adds a more subtle layer of comfort then this is the one for you.
CAN I USE AN ELECTRIC BLANKET WITH MY MATTRESS TOPPER?
Generally no, especially if you’ve got a memory foam mattress topper. But what you can do is get an electric throw which goes on top of the bed to keep you warm.
HOW THICK SHOULD MY MATTRESS TOPPER BE?
Three to six inches is usually enough.
With materials other than memory foam, you may need a thicker topper than that but it just comes down to your preference.
WILL A COOLING MATTRESS TOPPER MAKE ME FEEL COLD AT NIGHT?
These toppers redistribute your body heat to stop you overheating. If you’re cold, you’ll still warm up when you get into bed.
CAN A MATTRESS TOPPER MAKE A SOFT BED FIRMER?
It depends on the material they’re made from.
Some of these toppers are made from horsehair and stay firm when you lie on them, which’ll fix a bed that’s too soft.
I’M A BIT STUCK, I DON’T KNOW WHICH MATTRESS TOPPER I SHOULD GET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Never fear! The Dozy Owl is here!
If you still have some questions or want some more advice that’s specific to you, leave a comment in the box below. I’ll be able to get back to you about what mattress topper would be your perfect fit.