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    The 6 best mattress toppers of 2024, tested by experts

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    The best mattress toppers add extra comfort and support to a too firm (or soft) bed.

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    After several years of use, even the best mattresses can become uncomfortable and unsupportive. Whether your bed is too firm, soft, hot, or painful on your joints and muscles, the best mattress toppers can upgrade your mattress at a lower cost than completely replacing it, giving you years of restful sleep. Plus, for those headed off to college or living in furnished rentals, a mattress topper is an invaluable way to tailor your bed to your specific needs. 

    I tested 20 mattress toppers and pads for this guide and interviewed several medical professionals and sleep scientists. Our top pick is the Parachute Down Mattress Pad; it’s machine washable, comfortable, supportive, and dissipates heat well. Our budget pick, the Lucid Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Mattress Topper, will save you about $120 and keep you cool, but it may be too soft for back and stomach sleepers.

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    Top picks for mattress toppers

    Best overall: Parachute Down Mattress Pad – See at Parachute

    Best budget: Lucid Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Mattress Topper – See at Amazon

    Best for back pain: Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt Mattress Topper – See at Tempur-Pedic

    Best cooling: GhostBed Memory Foam Topper – See at GhostBed

    Best hotel-style: Marriott Mattress Topper – See at Amazon

    Best latex: Birch Plush Organic Mattress Topper – See at Birch

    Best overall

    The Parachute Down Mattress Pad did well in every category we tested. The only category in which it was just “good” was the surface temperature immediately after getting up. Yet two minutes after getting up, it registered cooler temps than before I laid down. It was one of only two toppers to dissipate heat this well.

    Parachute recommends machine washing your Down Mattress Pad before you sleep on it. Once it’s ready, the topper goes on your mattress like a fitted sheet and has deep pockets to fit mattresses up to 18 inches thick. I liked that it stayed in place well and didn’t shift. However, the deep pockets cause the skirt to hang down the sides of thinner mattresses, creating an unattractive appearance.

    The plush feel of down in the Parachute mattress pad makes for an incredibly comfortable sleep.

    James Brains/Business Insider

    The topper is made of a thick layer of European white down in the US and features a sateen cotton shell. The down of the topper kept me cool while offering plush comfort. I fell asleep quickly each night and woke up feeling refreshed. I preferred to sleep on my side, but it wasn’t overly soft, so I felt good on my back and stomach as well.

    The Parachute Down Mattress Pad is also a smart choice for couples because it performed the best in our motion transfer tests.

    The biggest negative has to do with the warranty. The tag on the pad states that the warranty is void if removed.

    I recommend the down-alternative pad for allergy sufferers. It didn’t cool as well and felt a little too soft for stomach and back sleepers, but the pad was similar in other areas and costs $80 less.

     

    Best budget

    When you lie down on the Lucid Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Mattress Topper, the first thing you notice is how much you sink in. The topper comes in 2-, 3-, and 4-inch thicknesses. I tested the 3-inch-thick model, which was a little too soft for me, and I like soft. Unless you require the softest of the soft, I’d recommend trying the 2-inch style instead to ensure you are keeping your spine aligned correctly.

    Despite the overbearing plushness, which made sleeping on my stomach uncomfortable, I woke up feeling refreshed after each night I slept on the Lucid Bamboo Charcoal topper. 

    At just under $100 for a queen, the Lucid mattress topper is one of the best cheap toppers you can buy.

    James Brains/Insider

    The topper is nothing more than a slab of CertiPUR-US certified, bamboo charcoal-infused memory foam. Several holes help with heat dissipation, which works since the Lucid topper never got very hot in my tests. When I got up from it, the heat dissipated quickly.

    The thick foam also helped with motion transfer, causing this model to register one of the lowest scores on the vibration meter I used for this test. Despite not attaching to the bed, it stayed in place as I slept on it.

    There weren’t any instructions for setup, and I was confused by the low-grade fabric covering that came on the topper. (I assumed it was for shipping purposes and tossed it.) The topper had a strong initial odor and was compressed, but it expanded and was odor-free by bedtime. 

     

    Best for back pain

    We’ve long appreciated the supportive feel of Tempur-Pedic’s proprietary memory foam. The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress topper slowly adjusts to the contours of your body and keeps your spine aligned no matter what position you’re sleeping in.

    Since we first tested this topper, Tempur-Pedic has updated the model to address an issue we had with it shifting around during the night. The topper now has straps to keep it in place, and we were able to test the updated version. The new straps did help lessen shifting, though it still tends to migrate a few inches over the week. 

    The pad features a cover primarily made of polyester that zips off so you can throw it in the washing machine. Removing and washing the cover was easy, but putting it back on was a different story. It took me about 10 minutes to slide the cover on the floppy pad. I recommend just putting a mattress protector over it (and your mattress) to save the hassle.

    The Tempur-Pedic topper is a great option if your bed causes back pain or hip discomfort.

    James Brains/Insider

    Setting up the Tempur-Topper Adapt was intuitive, and there was minimal initial odor, which completely dissipated by bedtime. It did take several hours to inflate to its full size, so make sure to leave some time before hopping into bed. The topper also did a good job of staying cool, and when I got up from it, the heat dissipated quickly.

    Unfortunately, you can’t return the topper once you receive it. However, there is an impressive 10-year warranty, so you can get a replacement if there are manufacturing defects. The motion isolation is also just average.

     

    Best cooling

    The GhostBed Memory Foam Topper is our pick for the best cooling topper because it did a good job of staying cool and an outstanding job of dissipating heat in our tests. The temperature-regulating CertiPUR-US certified gel memory foam material and unique airflow-promoting design kept me cool and comfy all night long.

    The GhostBed topper has five different zones to provide pressure relief and support where you need it most. The soft feel was great when sleeping on my side, but it may be a little too soft for stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and heavier individuals. The GhostBed Memory Foam Topper has impressive motion isolation registering among the best in our vibrometer tests.

    I like that it comes with a cover that goes over the topper and mattress to keep the topper in place and provide waterproof protection for your mattress. I recommend using the cover since the mattress pad is spot clean only.

    The unique design of the GhostBed Memory Foam Topper not only looks cool, but provides zoned support to keep your spine in alignment.

    James Brains/Business Insider

    GhostBed didn’t skimp on material. The topper goes right to the edge of the bed to add to the comfort. Setup was a breeze. You just remove it from the vacuum-sealed packaging and lay it out on your bed with the patterns facing up. The process took less than five minutes, and the pad was odor-free and fully expanded by bedtime.

    The biggest negative is you can’t return the topper if it isn’t right for you. However, it’s covered by a 5-year warranty.

    Read our guide to thebest cooling mattress toppers for more picks for hot sleepers. 

     

    Best hotel-style

    I spent over 150 nights away from home in the last year. After so much time sleeping in hotel beds, I began noticing all the tiny details I didn’t like about my mattress at home. And during the nights I slept at home, I started to miss the dialed-in comfort of a hotel bed. When I realized you could actually buy the mattress toppers they use in Marriott brand hotels, I leaped at the chance to try it and see if it would make a difference on my own bed.

    The Marriott Topper is a bit thinner than most other toppers and, by some accounts, might be considered a mattress pad. It features polyester fill in a scalloped baffle box construction to distribute the fill evenly throughout the topper. It’s lightweight and as easy to put on the bed as a fitted sheet. It had no trouble fitting over my 15″ thick mattress. 

    If you want a hotel-style feel to your bed, Mattiott’s Mattress Topper is a great place to start.

    Lauren Savoie/Business Insider

    The plush fill gives that cozy hotel bed feeling and makes it super easy to fall asleep. Since it’s on the thinner side, there are no concerns with motion isolation or overheating. However, it does have a tendency to flatten out a bit in the night. This topper won’t make a drastic difference in the feel of your bed but instead adds a nice plush layer for extra coziness. It’s also a great option if your mattress has prominent tufting that you find difficult to sleep on; the Marriott Topper provides a nice, consistent sleeping surface.

    Keep in mind that you’ll pay an absurd amount for shipping if you order from Marriott (up to $30). You’re much better off purchasing from Amazon. —Lauren Savoie, deputy editor

     

    Best latex

    I’m a big fan of natural latex as a sustainable, responsive material. The soft rubber-like foam offers cushioning around the hips and shoulders while supporting your lower back and neck. You don’t sink in like with memory foam; instead, there’s more bounce.

    The three-inch Birch Plush Organic Mattress Topper  is great because it’s made of high-quality materials, including eco-INSTITUT certified GOLS organic certified Talalay latex rubber, organic cotton and wool. The topper is also Greenguard Gold certified and assembled in the brand’s Arizona factory. The quality translates to a hefty price (nearly $500 for a Queen), but Birch also offers a 100-night free trial period and 10-year warranty. 

    The Birch Plush Organic Mattress Topper is made with Talalay latex, and offers great pressure relief.

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    The Birch was one of the most supportive and pressure-relieving toppers I slept on. Whether on my stomach, side, or back, I felt great, and I woke up feeling refreshed in the morning. 

    Unfortunately, it slept pretty hot. It did an average job of dissipating the heat once I got up, but it reached surface temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit when I was on the topper. Another negative is it doesn’t attach to the mattress, which might have prevented it from shifting at night. On the plus side, the motion-dampening properties were great.

    I was able to set up the topper in under five minutes. While there was an initial wool odor, but it dissipated by bedtime. 

    What to look for in a mattress topper

    Nearly a dozen of the mattress toppers we tested, stacked in our testing room.

    James Brains/Business Insider

    Here are the main attributes we looked for and how we tested them:

    Setup: I timed how long it took me to unbox each mattress topper and if there were any unusual or non-intuitive steps. Aside from the Sleep Number and Eight Sleep toppers, each model took less than five minutes to set up. I noted if the topper came vacuum-sealed, had an initial odor, and if any smell dissipated by bedtime.

    Fit: Once fully expanded, I measured each topper to see if it covered an 80-inch-by-60-inch queen mattress. After sleeping on the topper, I noted whether it stayed in place or shifted and if a fitted sheet with 13-inch-deep pockets could cover the topper and our 10-inch-thick test mattress. The fitted sheet stayed on through the night with all models we tested.

    Heat dissipation: I used an infrared thermometer to measure the surface temperature of the part of the bed where my torso would be before lying on it for at least an hour, right after getting up, and two minutes after getting up. I compared the temperatures to determine which models were best at heat dissipation. I performed these tests several times until I felt confident in the measurements.

    Support: This is a subjective test based on my four years of testing sleep products. Each morning, I would record any soreness I felt, how comfortable the topper felt the previous night, and I’d look at my sleep stats collected using the Garmin Forerunner 945 Smart Watch. I’d also note which positions felt most comfortable.

    Motion isolation: I placed my phone with the Vibration Meter app open on the bed, approximately 12 inches from the right side. Next, I lifted a 15-pound bowling ball above my head and dropped it onto the topper so that it landed about 12 inches from the left side of the bed (and 36 inches from the phone). I performed this test five times and kept the median score.

    Trial and warranty: Ideally, you can return a topper if it’s not suitable for your body type and sleeping style. I looked at each topper’s return policy/trial period and looked for any loopholes, like shipping costs. The median trial period for the models we tested was 30 nights, and I docked points if a topper didn’t have a trial period. Also, since you want your topper to last, we looked at the warranties. The median warranty length is three years.

    How we test mattress toppers

    We sleep test every mattress topper we recommend to see how they transform the feel of the bed.

    James Brains/Business Insider

    I tested all of the mattress toppers in this guide. In addition to sleeping on them, there are several objective tests I put each one through. The most important factors to consider when picking a topper are comfort, bed fit, and heat dissipation. I used the same queen-size mattress with each topper for consistency.

    Test results for the main attributes we tested:

    AttributeParachute Down PadLucid Bamboo CharcoalGhostBedTempur-Pedic TEMPUR-AdaptBirch PlushFirmness (1 softest to 10 firmest)42455Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best)107756Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool)991061Size of queen60″ x 75.5″58.5″ x 77.5″59.5″ x 79″58″ x 77.5″59″ x 78″Trial period60 nights30 nightsNoneNone100 nightsWarranty3 years3 years5 years10 years10 years

    Mattress topper FAQs

    Why should I buy a mattress topper?

    Mattress toppers are most commonly used to make beds more comfortable. They generally make mattresses feel softer, not firmer, so buy a topper if you’re looking to give your mattress a softer feel. A topper also works well in an RV, as a sleeping mat, or as a guest bed in a pinch. 

    Should you buy a new mattress or a mattress topper?

    Mattresses should last 8 to 10 years. If you’ve had an uncomfortable bed for less than that, a mattress topper can reintroduce comfort to your sleep. If your bed is older than 10 years, look for a replacement in our best mattress guide.

    How do you clean a mattress topper?

    Most mattress toppers are not machine washable. Messes should be spot-cleaned with a damp towel and mild detergent in most cases. Then let the pad dry completely before covering it. When in doubt, consult the topper’s user manual, tags, or the manufacturer’s website. 

    Which mattress topper is suitable for your sleeping style?

    Back sleepers tend to benefit from firmer mattress toppers. Side sleepers prefer softer toppers. Stomach sleepers should choose a topper that doesn’t sink in too much. The goal is to keep your spine aligned.

    Is down ethical?

    Down does not come from the feathers of birds. Instead, it comes from the soft underbelly of a goose or duck raised for food. Because of this, down is a sustainable byproduct. Look for Responsible Down Standard certification to ensure the Five Freedoms of animal welfare are followed.

    How do you keep a mattress topper from sliding?

    The simplest solution is to use a fitted sheet that tightly covers the mattress and topper. Sheet suspenders can help with this. Non-skid mats also stop sliding. Velcro strips, safety pins, carpet tape, and duct tape also work but could cause damage to your mattress and topper.

    Best overall: Parachute Down Mattress PadThe plush feel of down in the Parachute mattress pad makes for an incredibly comfortable sleep.

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    CategoryProduct InformationBest forAll sleeping stylesAvailable sizesTwin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California kingPrimary materialDownFirmness (1 softest to 10 firmest)4Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best)10Trial period/warranty60 nights; 3 yearsWeight4.4 poundsThickness1.5 inchesShipping and returnsFree shipping and returns

    Pros: Excellent heat dissipation, comfortable and supportive, made in the US, attaches to your mattress like a fitted sheet, machine washable, best motion isolation

    Cons: Warranty void if tag removed, the deep pockets cause the skirt to hang down on thinner beds, not a good solution for people with down allergies

    The Parachute Down Mattress Pad did well in every category we tested. The only category in which it was just “good” was the surface temperature immediately after getting up. Yet two minutes after getting up, it registered cooler temps than before I laid down. It was one of only two toppers to dissipate heat this well.

    Parachute recommends machine washing your Down Mattress Pad before you sleep on it. Once it’s ready, the topper goes on your mattress like a fitted sheet and has deep pockets to fit mattresses up to 18 inches thick. I liked that it stayed in place well and didn’t shift. However, the deep pockets cause the skirt to hang down the sides of thinner mattresses, creating an unattractive appearance.

    The topper is made of European white down in the US and features a sateen cotton shell. The down of the topper kept me cool while offering plush comfort. I fell asleep quickly each night and woke up feeling refreshed. I preferred to sleep on my side, but it wasn’t overly soft, so I felt good on my back and stomach as well.

    The Parachute Down Mattress Pad is also a smart choice for couples because it performed the best in our motion transfer tests.

    The biggest negative has to do with the warranty. The tag on the pad states that the warranty is void if removed.

    I recommend the down-alternative pad for allergy sufferers. It didn’t cool as well and felt a little too soft for stomach and back sleepers, but the pad was similar in other areas and costs $80 less.

    Best budget: Lucid Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Mattress TopperAt just under $100 for a queen, the Lucid mattress topper is one of the best cheap toppers you can buy.

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    CategoryProduct InformationBest forHot sleepers, side and back sleepersAvailable sizesTwin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California kingPrimary materialMemory foamFirmness (1 softest to 10 firmest)2Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best)7Trial period/warranty30 days; 3 yearsWeight17.2 poundsThickness3 inchesShipping and returnsFree shipping and returns

    Pros: Excellent cooling properties, great motion isolation, made of CertiPUR-US certified foam, stays in place, easy to set up

    Cons: May be too soft for some sleeping styles and body types, plush design hinders movement

    When you lie down on the Lucid Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Mattress Topper, the first thing you notice is how much you sink in. The topper comes in 2-, 3-, and 4-inch thicknesses. I tested the 3-inch-thick model, which was a little too soft for me, and I like soft. Unless you require the softest of the soft, I’d recommend trying the 2-inch style instead to ensure you are keeping your spine aligned correctly.

    Despite the overbearing plushness, which made sleeping on my stomach uncomfortable, I woke up feeling refreshed after each night I slept on the Lucid Bamboo Charcoal topper. 

    The topper is nothing more than a slab of CertiPUR-US certified, bamboo charcoal-infused memory foam. Several holes help with heat dissipation, which works since the Lucid topper never got very hot in my tests. When I got up from it, the heat dissipated quickly.

    The thick foam also helped with motion transfer, causing this model to register one of the lowest scores on the vibration meter I used for this test. Despite not attaching to the bed, it stayed in place as I slept on it.

    There weren’t any instructions for setup, and I was confused by the low-grade fabric covering that came on the topper. (I assumed it was for shipping purposes and tossed it.) The topper had a strong initial odor and was compressed, but it expanded and was odor-free by bedtime. 

    Best for back pain: Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt Mattress TopperThe Tempur-Pedic topper is a great option if your bed causes back pain or hip discomfort.

    James Brains/Business Insider

    CategoryProduct InformationBest forAll sleeping stylesAvailable sizesTwin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California kingPrimary materialMemory foamFirmness (1 softest to 10 firmest)5Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best)5Trial period/warrantyNone; 10 yearsWeight31 poundsThickness3 inchesShipping and returnsFree shipping, no returns

    Pros: Made of supportive and pressure-relieving memory foam, good heat dissipation, removable and machine-washable cover, 10-year warranty, easy to set up

    Cons: No trial period, shifts a bit in the night, hard to put the cover back on after washing it

    We’ve long appreciated the supportive feel of Tempur-Pedic’s proprietary memory foam. The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress topper slowly adjusts to the contours of your body and keeps your spine aligned no matter what position you’re sleeping in.

    Since we first tested this topper, Tempur-Pedic has updated the model to address an issue we had with it shifting around during the night. The topper now has straps to keep it in place, and we were able to test the updated version. The new straps did help lessen shifting, though it still tends to migrate a few inches over the week. 

    The pad features a cover primarily made of polyester that zips off so you can throw it in the washing machine. Removing and washing the cover was easy, but putting it back on was a different story. It took me about 10 minutes to slide the cover on the floppy pad. I recommend just putting a mattress protector over it (and your mattress) to save the hassle.

    Setting up the Tempur-Topper Adapt was intuitive, and there was minimal initial odor, which completely dissipated by bedtime. It did take several hours to inflate to its full size, so make sure to leave some time before hopping into bed. The topper also did a good job of staying cool, and when I got up from it, the heat dissipated quickly.

    Unfortunately, you can’t return the topper once you receive it. However, there is an impressive 10-year warranty, so you can get a replacement if there are manufacturing defects. The motion isolation is also just average.

    Best cooling: GhostBed Memory Foam TopperThe unique design of the GhostBed Memory Foam Topper not only looks cool, but provides zoned support to keep your spine in alignment.

    James Brains/Business Insider

    CategoryProduct InformationBest forSide sleepers, hot sleepersAvailable sizesTwin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal king, split kingPrimary materialMemory foamFirmness (1 softest to 10 firmest)4Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best)7Trial period/warrantyNone; 5 yearsWeight30 poundsThickness3 inchesShipping and returnsFree shipping and no returns

    Pros: Good cooling, excellent heat dissipation, plush comfort, zoned support, good pressure relief, made of CertiPUR-US certified gel-infused foam, great motion isolation, stays in place

    Cons: May be too soft for stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and heavier individuals; no home trial

    The GhostBed Memory Foam Topper is our pick for the best cooling topper because it did a good job of staying cool and an outstanding job of dissipating heat in our tests. The temperature-regulating CertiPUR-US certified gel memory foam material and unique airflow-promoting design kept me cool and comfy all night long.

    The GhostBed topper has five different zones to provide pressure relief and support where you need it most. The soft feel was great when sleeping on my side, but it may be a little too soft for stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and heavier individuals. The GhostBed Memory Foam Topper has impressive motion isolation registering among the best in our vibrometer tests.

    I like that it comes with a cover that goes over the topper and mattress to keep the topper in place and provide waterproof protection for your mattress. I recommend using the cover since the mattress pad is spot clean only.

    GhostBed didn’t skimp on material. The topper goes right to the edge of the bed to add to the comfort. Setup was a breeze. You just remove it from the vacuum-sealed packaging and lay it out on your bed with the patterns facing up. The process took less than five minutes, and the pad was odor-free and fully expanded by bedtime.

    The biggest negative is you can’t return the topper if it isn’t right for you. However, it’s covered by a 5-year warranty.

    Best hotel-style: Marriott Mattress TopperIf you want a hotel-style feel to your bed, Mattiott’s Mattress Topper is a great place to start.

    Lauren Savoie/Business Insider

    CategoryProduct InformationBest forAll sleeping stylesAvailable sizesTwin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California kingPrimary materialPolyester Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest)5Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best)8Trial period/warranty30-day return windowWeight6.8 poundsThickness1.25 inchesShipping and returnsFree on Amazon; 30 days

    Pros: Plush and comfortable, sleeps cool, fits mattresses up to 15-inches thick, minimal shifting in the night

    Cons: Thinner than most toppers, expensive shipping on Marriott’s website, short trial/return window

    I spent over 150 nights away from home in the last year. After so much time sleeping in hotel beds, I began noticing all the tiny details I didn’t like about my mattress at home. And during the nights I slept at home, I started to miss the dialed-in comfort of a hotel bed. When I realized you could actually buy the mattress toppers they use in Marriott brand hotels, I leaped at the chance to try it and see if it would make a difference on my own bed.

    The Marriott Topper is a bit thinner than most other toppers and, by some accounts, might be considered a mattress pad. It features polyester fill in a scalloped baffle box construction to distribute the fill evenly throughout the topper. It’s lightweight and as easy to put on the bed as a fitted sheet. It had no trouble fitting over my 15″ thick mattress. 

    The plush fill gives that cozy hotel bed feeling and makes it super easy to fall asleep. Since it’s on the thinner side, there are no concerns with motion isolation or overheating. However, it does have a tendency to flatten out a bit in the night. This topper won’t make a drastic difference in the feel of your bed but instead adds a nice plush layer for extra coziness. It’s also a great option if your mattress has prominent tufting that you find difficult to sleep on; the Marriott Topper provides a nice, consistent sleeping surface.

    Keep in mind that you’ll pay an absurd amount for shipping if you order from Marriott (up to $30). You’re much better off purchasing from Amazon. —Lauren Savoie, deputy editor

    Best latex: Avocado Organic Latex Mattress TopperThe Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper is made of eco-friendly latex and offers you 365 days to decide if it’s right for you.

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    CategoryProduct InformationBest forAll sleeping stylesAvailable sizesTwin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California kingPrimary materialLatex Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest)4Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best)6Trial period/warranty1 year; 10 yearsWeight38 poundsThickness2.75 inchesShipping and returnsFree shipping and returns

    Pros: Made in the US with organic materials and natural latex, comfortable and supportive, great motion isolation, one-year risk-free trial period, 10-year warranty

    Cons: Sleeps hot, shifts a bit, expensive

    I’m a big fan of natural latex as a sustainable, responsive material. The soft rubber-like foam offers cushioning around the hips and shoulders while supporting your lower back and neck. You don’t sink in like with memory foam; instead, there’s more bounce.

    The Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper is great because it’s made of high-quality materials, including GOLS organic certified latex rubber foam. The topper as a whole is Made Safe and Greenguard Gold certified and handmade in California.

    The quality translates to a hefty price ($649 for a Queen), but Avocado also offers a one-year risk-free trial period and 10-year warranty; both are the best of any of the toppers we tested. 

    The Avocado Organic Latex was one of the most supportive and pressure-relieving toppers I slept on. Whether on my stomach, side, or back, I felt great, and I woke up feeling refreshed in the morning. I tested the plush topper, which was slightly softer than average, but it’s also available in firm. 

    Unfortunately, it slept pretty hot. It did an okay job of dissipating the heat once I got up, but it reached surface temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit when I was on the topper. Another negative is it doesn’t attach to the mattress, which might have prevented it from shifting at night. On the plus side, the motion-dampening properties were great.

    I was able to set up the topper in under five minutes. While there was an initial odor, by bedtime, it dissipated.

    What to look for in a mattress topperNearly a dozen of the mattress toppers we tested, stacked in our testing room.

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    Here are the main attributes we looked for and how we tested them:

    Setup: I timed how long it took me to unbox each mattress topper and if there were any unusual or nonintuitive steps. Aside from the Sleep Number and Eight Sleep toppers, each model took less than five minutes to set up. I noted if the topper came vacuum-sealed, had an initial odor, and if any smell dissipated by bedtime.

    Fit: Once fully expanded, I measured each topper to see if it covered an 80-inch-by-60-inch queen mattress. After sleeping on the topper, I noted whether it stayed in place or shifted and if a fitted sheet with 13-inch-deep pockets could cover the topper and our 10-inch-thick test mattress. The fitted sheet stayed on through the night with all models we tested.

    Heat dissipation: I used an infrared thermometer to measure the surface temperature of the part of the bed where my torso would be before lying on it for at least an hour, right after getting up, and two minutes after getting up. I compared the temperatures to determine which models were best at heat dissipation. I performed these tests several times until I felt confident in the measurements.

    Support: This is a subjective test based on my four years of testing sleep products. Each morning, I would record any soreness I felt, how comfortable the topper felt the previous night, and I’d look at my sleep stats collected using the Garmin Forerunner 945 Smart Watch. I’d also note which positions felt most comfortable.

    Motion isolation: I placed my phone with the Vibration Meter app open on the bed, approximately 12 inches from the right side. Next, I lifted a 15-pound bowling ball above my head and dropped it onto the topper so that it landed about 12 inches from the left side of the bed (and 36 inches from the phone). I performed this test five times and kept the median score.

    Trial and warranty: Ideally, you can return a topper if it’s not suitable for your body type and sleeping style. I looked at each topper’s return policy/trial period and looked for any loopholes, like shipping costs. The median trial period for the models we tested was 30 nights, and I docked points if a topper didn’t have a trial period. Also, since you want your topper to last, we looked at the warranties. The median warranty length is three years.

    How we test mattress toppersWe sleep test every mattress topper we recommend to see how they transform the feel of the bed.

    James Brains/Business Insider

    I tested all of the mattress toppers in this guide. In addition to sleeping on them, there are several objective tests I put each one through. The most important factors to consider when picking a topper are comfort, bed fit, and heat dissipation. I used the same queen-size mattress with each topper for consistency.

    Test results for the main attributes we tested:

    AttributeParachute Down PadLucid Bamboo CharcoalGhostBedTempur-Pedic TEMPUR-AdaptAvocadoFirmness (1 softest to 10 firmest)42454Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best)107756Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool)991061Size of queen60″ x 75.5″58.5″ x 77.5″59.5″ x 79″58″ x 77.5″59″ x 78″Trial period60 nights30 nightsNoneNone1 yearWarranty3 years3 years5 years10 years10 years

    Mattress topper FAQs

    Why should I buy a mattress topper?

    Mattress toppers are most commonly used to make beds more comfortable. They generally make mattresses feel softer, not firmer, so buy a topper if you’re looking to give your mattress a softer feel. A topper also works well in an RV, as a sleeping mat, or as a guest bed in a pinch. 

    Should you buy a new mattress or a mattress topper?

    Mattresses should last 8 to 10 years. If you’ve had an uncomfortable bed for less than that, a mattress topper can reintroduce comfort to your sleep. If your bed is older than 10 years, look for a replacement in our best mattress guide.

    How do you clean a mattress topper?

    Most mattress toppers are not machine washable. Messes should be spot-cleaned with a damp towel and mild detergent in most cases. Then let the pad dry completely before covering it. When in doubt, consult the topper’s user manual, tags, or the manufacturer’s website. 

    Which mattress topper is suitable for your sleeping style?

    Back sleepers tend to benefit from firmer mattress toppers. Side sleepers prefer softer toppers. Stomach sleepers should choose a topper that doesn’t sink in too much. The goal is to keep your spine aligned.

    Is down ethical?

    Down does not come from the feathers of birds. Instead, it comes from the soft underbelly of a goose or duck raised for food. Because of this, down is a sustainable byproduct. Look for Responsible Down Standard certification to ensure the Five Freedoms of animal welfare are followed.

    How do you keep a mattress topper from sliding?

    The simplest solution is to use a fitted sheet that tightly covers the mattress and topper. Sheet suspenders can help with this. Non-skid mats also stop sliding. Velcro strips, safety pins, carpet tape, and duct tape also work but could cause damage to your mattress and topper.

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