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Best mattress topper 2024 – tried and tested to upgrade your bed

The best mattress topper could transform your sleep for a fraction of the price of a brand new bed – these are a few of my favorites

The best mattress topper, the Saatva Graphite
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One of the best mattress toppers, the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Topper, on a bed against a cream wall beside a houseplant.

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1. The list in brief
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Best overall: Tempur-Adapt Topper
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Best for back pain: Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper
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Best cooling: Saatva Graphite Mattress Topper
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Best for side sleepers: Earthfoam Topper
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Best memory foam: Coop Retreat Topper
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Best firm: Nolah Mattress Topper
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Best for firm beds: Helix Plush Topper
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Best for dorm beds: ViscoSoft Active Cooling
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Best luxury: Saatva Organic Quilted
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How we test
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Meet the team
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FAQs

The best mattress topper makes an easy and affordable upgrade. You don't need to drop thousands of dollars on a brand new bed when you can transform your sleep experience for just a couple of hundred bucks.

There are plush memory foam toppers to soften up your sleeping surface, as well as firmer latex models for reinforced support. Whether you sleep hot or cold on your front, back, or side, I've found the mattress topper that meets your needs. Still, with all that choice, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.

That's where I come in. As H&G's resident sleep writer, I lead a team of expert testers. I've combed through our back catalogue of reviews and selected the nine best mattress toppers to suit every style of sleeper and every size of budget. I've also developed a series of mattress topper buying rules to help you pick the perfect product.

Best mattress topper 2024

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In the interests of fairness, we assess each mattress topper against the same criteria: comfort; support; cooling properties; motion isolation; edge support; and weight-bearing capacity, as well as the all-important price.

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The best mattress topper overall

A Tempur-Pedic mattress topper on top of a bed in a contemporary bedroom

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1. Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt Topper

The best mattress topper to ease your aches and pains

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin Long, Full, Queen, King, California King
Materials: TEMPUR-Material
Firmness: Medium
Height: 3"

Reasons to buy

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Pressure-relieving
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Secure straps
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Hypoallergenic

Reasons to avoid

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On the more expensive side

The Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt Topper boasts a 4.3 average star rating from more than 10,000 verified reviews. Happy customers praise the cooling comfort of the mattress topper, which helps to ease aches and pains.

This mattress topper is filled with TEMPUR-Material, which is the last word in memory foam. Invented by NASA and developed by Tempur-Pedic, TEMPUR-Material is more durable than your average slab of memory foam. It's designed to bend to your body, bear your weight, then spring back into shape as soon as you get out of bed. This mattress topper is covered by a 10-year warranty, which is seriously impressive when you consider that most memory foam has a 6-to-8-year lifespan.

Unlike the Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper, which lies awkwardly on top of your bed, the Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt Topper is fitted with non-slip corner straps for a snug, secure fit.

This mattress topper is fairly expensive, retailing at around $419 for a Queen. Still, it's often listed for less in the mattress sales, and I'd argue it's worth it at full price.

The best mattress topper for back pain

Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper on a bed.

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2. Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper

The best mattress topper on the market

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Materials: Dunlop latex, organic wool, organic cotton
Firmness: Plush or Firm
Height: 2.75"

Reasons to buy

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Two comfort levels
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Soft yet supportive
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Breathable

Reasons to avoid

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No straps
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On the more expensive side

I assigned Antonia, one of our toughest testers, to review the Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper. She had previously tested the Avocado Green Mattress and found it felt too firm to suit some sleepers. She was blown away by the plush comfort of the Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper and gave it the full five stars.

This mattress topper is filled with organic wool and cotton, so it feels soft on top, but there's a Dunlop latex base for firm support at the bottom. That makes for excellent motion isolation and a great balance between comfort and support to contour to the shape of your body while cushioning your joints.

Springy and responsive, latex also offers excellent pressure relief. In all her time of testing, Antonia never once woke up with aches or pains. She recommends the Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper for all sleep positions, whether you lie on your front, back, or side.

There's only one thing I don't like about the Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper, and that's the absence of straps. You do get an organic cotton canvas across the bottom of the topper to stop slipping, but you can't secure your topper to your mattress.

You can find more detail in our Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper review.

Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper | Was $649.00, now $584.00 at Avocado

Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper | Was $649.00, now $584.00 at Avocado

You can save more than $60 on the world's best mattress topper when you shop the Avocado sales.

The best cooling mattress topper

A close of of the Saatva Graphite mattress topper

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3. Saatva Graphite Memory Foam Mattress Topper

The best cooling mattress topper for hot sleepers and summer nights

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King
Materials: Memory foam and organic cotton
Firmness: Medium
Height: 3"

Reasons to buy

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Active cooling
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Anchor straps
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Soft yet supportive

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most sustainable option

If you suffer from night sweats or hot flashes, or you always seem to wake up warm, then the problem might just be your mattress. You could spend thousands of dollars on the best cooling mattress − or you could get the look and feel for less with the best cooling mattress topper.

Forget everything you think you know about memory foam: this mattress topper is infused with cooling graphite to carry heat away from your body and out of your bed. This way, you get all the plush comfort and pressure-relieving properties of a memory foam mattress topper, without the heat retention.

Now, memory foam is never the most sustainable option, but the Saatva Graphite Mattress Topper is better than most. This high-density memory foam is made with renewable oils, so it's low in VOCs and free from harmful chemicals to minimize that unpleasant odor you get from mattress off-gassing.

You can find more detail in our Saatva Graphite Memory Foam Mattress Topper review.

The best mattress topper for side sleepers

Earthfoam mattress topper on a bed.

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3. Earthfoam Organic Mattress Topper

The best mattress topper for side sleepers

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Materials: Natural rubber, organic wool, organic cotton
Firmness: Medium
Height: 2"

Reasons to buy

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Suitable for all sleep positions
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Top-notch eco-credentials
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Reasonable price point

Reasons to avoid

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Sleeps a little warm

If you like the look and feel of memory foam, but you're keen to shop more sustainably, I suggest you invest in the Earthfoam Mattress Topper. This lightweight layer is filled with natural latex for support, then topped with organic wool and cotton for softness.

Just like memory foam, latex is made to mold to the shape of your body and offers enhanced support for your hips, knees, neck, and shoulders. Unlike memory foam, latex is naturally breathable, durable, and sustainable, with a nice bit of bounce to support your spine.

Our expert tester, Louise, was seriously impressed with the Earthfoam Mattress Topper. She had just finished her review for a thick, five-inch topper, filled with shredded memory foam, and found that the Earthfoam Mattress Topper was far more supportive.

A word of warning: the Earthfoam Mattress Topper does sleep a little hot. I'd hesitate to recommend it for seriously hot sleepers or summer nights, though you could always top it off with a set of the best cooling sheets.

You can find more detail in our Earthfoam Mattress Topper review.

Earthfoam Mattress Topper | $349 for a Queen at Earthfoam

Earthfoam Mattress Topper | $349 for a Queen at Earthfoam

This mattress topper is filled with GOLS certified latex, GOTS certified wool, and the whole thing is OEKO-TEX certified, too.

The best memory foam mattress topper

A Coop Sleep Goods Retreat Mattress Topper on a bed

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5. Coop Retreat Mattress Topper

The best memory foam mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin XL, Queen, King, California King
Materials: Memory foam and microfiber
Firmness: Plush
Height: 5"

Reasons to buy

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Thick and plush
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Ideal for firm beds
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Great for back and side sleepers

Reasons to avoid

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Strange sizing system
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Sleeps a little warm
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Might feel too soft for stomach sleepers

This is the topper that Louise was testing right before the Earthfoam Mattress Topper. They couldn't be more different. The Coop Retreat Mattress Topper is five full inches of thick pillow-top foam, cross-cut with microfiber for a bit of breathability.

Louise sleeps on her side, so she needs a mattress topper with plenty of give to cushion her joints and maintain the proper alignment of her spine. It took her a few nights to get used to the Coop Retreat Mattress Topper, but once the foam had flattened out a bit, she found it very comfortable. She normally suffers from knee pain, but found that the Coop Retreat Mattress Topper relieved that pressure.

A few practical points: like all foam bedding, the Coop Retreat Mattress Topper tends to sleep hot. I'd recommend that hot sleepers shop the best cooling mattress topper, instead. Also, the sizing system is a little strange: there are now Twin or Full sizes, only Twin XL, Queen, King, and California King.

You can find more detail in our Coop Retreat Mattress Topper review.

The best firm mattress topper

Corner of a Nolah Mattress Topper on a bed.

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6. Nolah Mattress Topper

The best firm mattress topper for enhanced support

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Materials: AirFoam
Firmness: Medium-firm
Height: 2"

Reasons to buy

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Excellent edge support
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Minimal motion transfer
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Made in the USA

Reasons to avoid

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Short return period
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Strong off-gassing smell

If you're a front or back sleeper, you should be sleeping on the best firm mattress: it's the only way to get proper spinal support. If you don't want to throw out your old bed, but you're keen to get better sleep, I suggest you shop the best firm mattress topper.

The Nolah Mattress Topper comes in two comfort levels. Front and back sleepers should select the Luxury Firm option, which feels most like the medium-firm comfort level across major mattress brands. This mattress topper could toughen up a soft, sagging mattress and lend some extra support to struggling sleepers.

Our expert tester, Jamie, tested the Nolah Mattress Topper in bed with her partner, who suffers from chronic back pain. The couple are used to sleeping on softer beds, which allow their spines to sink. The Nolah Mattress Topper gives them the tough love they need. Since they started testing, Jamie's partner's back pain has significantly decreased.

Still, the Nolah Mattress Topper isn't perfect. You only get 30 days to test it before you have to commit to your purchase. That doesn't feel like enough time to really break in your bedding. Also, there's an unpleasant off-gassing smell, though that should go away after a few days.

You can find more detail in our Nolah Mattress Topper review.

Nolah Mattress Topper | Was $449.00, now $349.00 at Nolah

Nolah Mattress Topper | Was $449.00, now $349.00 at Nolah

You could save $100 on the best firm mattress topper when you shop the Memorial Day mattress sales.

The best mattress topper for firm beds

Helix Plush Mattress Topper against a white background.

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7. Helix Plush Mattress Topper

The best mattress topper to soften up firm beds

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Materials: Fiberfill, polyester, bamboo viscose
Firmness: Plush
Height: 1.5"

Reasons to buy

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Plush comfort
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Minimal motion transfer
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Highly affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Just the one thickness option

Measuring just 1.5 inches thick, this little mattress topper could make a big difference to the look and feel of your bed. Our expert tester, Alex, tested the Helix Plush Mattress Topper for two months at the start of the year, and she says it's 'the comfiest topper she's ever slept on'.

The Helix Plush Mattress Topper is stuffed with fluffy clusters of fiberfill, rather than individual strands, for a lighter, spongier feeling, like you'd find in a hotel bed. The whole thing is encased in an ultra-soft blend of polyester and bamboo viscose, woven into sateen for a silky smooth finish that you can still feel through your fitted sheet.

The Helix Plush Mattress Topper scored highly on our tests for motion isolation and edge support. Alex puts it down to the texture of the topper: it's just thick enough to elevate the feel of your mattress, but not so thick that it starts to impede performance.

You can find more detail in our Helix Plush Mattress Topper review.

The best mattress topper for dorm beds

ViscoSoft Select High Density Mattress Topper against a blue background.

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8. ViscoSoft Select High Density Mattress Topper

The best mattress topper for dorm beds

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, Queen Short, King, California King
Materials: Memory foam
Firmness: Medium
Height: 3"

Reasons to buy

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Active cooling
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Plush comfort
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Pressure relief

Reasons to avoid

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Less suitable for thicker mattresses

As a recent grad, I can confirm that this is the best mattress topper for dorm beds. Your average college bed is firm and inflexible, lined with steel springs that dig into your side. The ViscoSoft Select High Density Mattress Topper should provide some much-needed plush comfort, along with essential support for your neck, shoulders, and spine.

This mattress topper is filled with high-density memory foam. That's not the soft, squishy stuff that gives you a sinking feeling, but a dense, supportive foam to take the weight off your joints. Good news for hot sleepers: the ViscoSoft Select High Density Mattress Topper is infused with cooling copper to dissipate heat.

Most dorm beds are Twin XLs, but not all – I slept on a Full in sophomore year. Luckily, the ViscoSoft Select High Density Mattress Topper comes in all the standard sizes and a few non-standard ones, too: there's a Full XL and Queen Short size to fit every bed frame.

The best thing about the ViscoSoft Select High Density Mattress Topper. A Twin XL is currently listed for $174.95 in the Memorial Day mattress sales, but even at full price, it's only $230. It would make a great gift for any student.

The best luxury mattress topper

Corner of the Saatva Organic Quilted Mattress Topper.

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9. Saatva Organic Quilted Mattress Topper

The best luxury mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King
Materials: Natural latex, organic wool, organic cotton
Firmness: Medium-firm
Height: 3"

Reasons to buy

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Enhanced support
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Naturally cooling
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Made with organic materials

Reasons to avoid

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Highly expensive
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Too firm for some sleepers

Our expert tester, Jamie, uses the Saatva Organic Quilted Mattress Topper to toughen up the soft bed in her guest room. She's heard rave reviews from friends and family, as well as other customers: this mattress topper boasts a 4.7 average star rating on the Saatva site.

Jamie recommends the Saatva Organic Quilted Mattress Topper for just about anyone, especially hot sleepers. That's because this topper is filled with organic latex, which is naturally thermoregulating. Jamie was running a fever for one of the nights that she tested this topper and she still managed to keep relatively cool and comfortable.

Due to the springy, responsive nature of latex, the motion isolation is a little lacking. It didn't bother Jamie or her partner in practice but I'd still hesitate to recommend this mattress topper to seriously light sleepers.

I couldn't review the Saatva Organic Quilted Mattress Topper without mentioning the price. A queen-sized topper goes for $995: even at a $200 discount for Memorial Day, it's still more expensive than the best affordable mattress. If you're really struggling to sleep, then you might be better off buying a brand new bed.

You can find more detail in our Saatva Organic Quilted Mattress Topper review.