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The term ‘mattress topper’ refers to a separate layer of cushioning that can be placed on top of a mattress for added softness, comfort, and support. Some toppers rest freely on the uppermost part of the mattress (known as the comfort layer), while others are tucked under the top sheet. Toppers are available to accommodate all standard mattress sizes; the topper is slightly smaller than the mattress itself, allowing it to fit more easily beneath the topsheet.
Some toppers are made from convoluted polyfoam. Also known as egg-crate foam, convoluted polyfoam is made using chemical-treated polyurethane. The foam is convoluted, or contoured, to help alleviate pain and pressure points in sensitive areas of the sleeper’s body, such as the neck, shoulders, lumbar (lower back), and hips. However, some sleepers may prefer to sleep on the topper with its convoluted side facing downward.
Convoluted polyfoam toppers are widely available, and individual models may vary based on the following three factors:
According to customer reviews and feedback, convoluted polyfoam toppers have earned a customer satisfaction rating of 74%.
Benefits of using a convoluted polyfoam mattress topper include the following:
Some drawbacks of using a convoluted polyfoam topper include:
A convoluted polyfoam mattress topper is considered most suitable for the following groups:
On the other hand, a convoluted polyfoam topper may not be suitable for the following groups:
The average convoluted polyfoam topper costs between $10 and $30, and most models will not cost more than $50. This average price-point is the lowest among all toppers. The graph below compares price-points for the six most common topper types.
|Criteria||Polyfoam Topper Rating||Explanation|
|Thickness Selection||Fair to Good||Convoluted polyfoam toppers generally range in thickness between one and three inches. Those seeking a thicker topper may want to consider other types.|
|Durability||Poor to Fair||Standard polyfoam deteriorates somewhat quickly, and convoluted foam toppers have an average lifespan of three years or less.|
|Support||Poor to Fair||According to owners, convoluted foam toppers do not improve the supportiveness of a mattress very effectively.|
|Conforming||Poor to Fair||Convoluted polyfoam does not conform much (if at all), and those seeking a closely conforming topper may want to consider memory foam or latex.|
|Pain/Pressure Relief||Fair to Good||Some convoluted polyfoam toppers alleviate pain and pressure in sensitive areas, but most models do not offer the same level of pressure and pain relief as memory foam or latex toppers.|
|Motion Isolation||Good to Very Good||Convoluted polyfoam absorbs and isolates motion fairly well, which can reduce nighttime disruptions for couples whenever one person gets into/out of bed or shifts positions.|
|Noise||Very Good to Excellent||According to owner feedback, convoluted foam toppers produce little to no noise when compressed.|
|Temperature Neutrality||Poor to Fair||Convoluted polyfoam tends to sleep hot, and may not be suitable for people who already sleep hot or warm on their own.|
|Odor||Poor to Fair||Convoluted polyfoam toppers tend to produce a fair amount of odor when removed from their packaging, and these smells can linger.|
|Sex||Fair to Good||Convoluted polyfoam is often responsive enough for sex due to its lack of conforming, but the material may not be bouncy enough for some.|
|Ease of Moving||Very Good to Excellent||Most convoluted foam toppers weigh less than 20 pounds, making them fairly easy to move and adjust during the night.|
|Ease of Cleaning||Poor to Fair||Convoluted foam toppers typically need to be spot cleaned by hand or dry cleaned, and should never be machine washed. This can make them somewhat expensive and/or time-consuming to keep clean.|
|Maintenance||Very Good to Excellent||Convoluted foam toppers are solid, one-piece models that never need to be fluffed or shaken.|
|Availability||Fair to Good||Convoluted polyfoam toppers are moderately available, but shoppers may find a limited selection when it comes to size.|
|Average Price||$10 to $30||Convoluted polyfoam toppers have the lowest average price-point among all topper types.|
|Customer Satisfaction Rating||74%||Convoluted polyfoam toppers have a below-average customer satisfaction rating compared to the average rating for all toppers (83.5%). They also have the lowest customer satisfaction rating among all topper types.|
The table below features prices, dimensions and other information for five of the leading convoluted polyfoam topper models.
|Brand||BeautyRest||Cuddletown||Everyday Home||Foam Factory||Mainstays|
|Model||Convoluted Foam Mattress Topper||Solutions Foam Mattress Topper||Egg Crate Ventilated Mattress Topper||Eggcrate Foam Topper||5-Zone Convoluted Foam Topper|
|Thickness Range||3 3/4″ (Head to Foot)||6″ (Head)|
|Price (Queen)||$57.73 (Amazon.com)||$169.00||$23.03 (Twin)|
|$25.99 to $46.99 (1 1/2″)|
$36.99 to $68.99 (2 1/2″)
|Average Topper Weight (Queen)||5 lbs||12 lbs||1.95 lbs (Twin)||Not Disclosed||3.4 lbs|
|Owner Satisfaction Rating||68% (396 Customer Reviews)||79% (83 Customer Reviews)||76% (133 Customer Reviews)||78% (93 Customer Reviews)||83% (1,065 Customer Reviews)|