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Mattress toppers are individual layers of bedding material that are placed on sleep surfaces to adjust the firmness and provide extra cushioning. Most toppers are one to four inches thick, and may rest freely on the bedding surface, be placed beneath a topsheet, or be attached to the mattress corners using elastic loops. Toppers can benefit sleepers who find their current mattress too soft or thick, as well as those who are dissatisfied with the overall thickness of their bed.
Today’s toppers are made from a wide range of materials. Some are filled with down alternative fibers made of polyester puffballs that mimic the lightness and softness of authentic down. Down alternative fiber toppers have certain advantages over authentic down models; they are hypoallergenic, for one, and won’t trigger any symptoms for sleepers who are allergic to down. They also tend to cost much less, despite comparable lifespans.
Read on to learn more about toppers filled with down alternative fibers, as well as shopping tips for first-time buyers. Below you’ll find our picks for the best fiber toppers sold today. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Our Editor’s Pick is the Down Alternative Mattress Topper from Parachute, which exemplifies the softness, comfort, and support of the best fiber toppers available. This topper is constructed with a breathable sateen cotton cover; the baffled design allows the topper to maintain a full shape, and minimal fluffing is required. The quilted pockets also allow air to circulate, which cools off the topper and keeps it temperature-neutral for sleeping, and the double-stitched construction prevents the down alternative fibers from escaping.
The pocket depth for this topper is 18″, meaning it will comfortable fit any mattress that is 18″ thick or less; this range represents the vast majority of mattresses sold today. The topper is also machine washable, making it easy to clean and keep hygienic. The Down Alternative Mattress Topper is backed by a 60-night sleep trial and three-year warranty, both of which are longer than average. Parachute offers free shipping and returns, as well.
Our Runner-Up Pick, the Overfilled Plush Mattress Topper from Linens & Hutch, is packed with soft down alternative fill for an exceptionally soft, body-cushioning feel. It is designed with a quilted polyester cover that provides even fill distribution throughout. This helps the topper maintain a full shape with minimal fluffing. The baffles also promote great air circulation to keep the topper cool and comfortable for most. The pocket depth is 18″, making it suitable for most mattresses sold today, and the elastic edges are exceptionally durable.
This topper is available in Queen, King, and California King sizes, and is a great choice for couples. It is also machine washable. The Overfilled Plush Mattress Topper has an above-average price-point compared to other fiber toppers, making it a good pick for shoppers with bigger budgets. It is backed by a 60-night sleep trial.
While most fiber toppers sleep relatively cool, the Leisure Town Overfilled Mattress Topper is a standout for temperature neutrality. This is due in part to its breathable combed-cotton cover, which is fashioned with HNN cooling technology that resists body heat and won’t make sleepers sweat. The diamond-quilted baffles promote good air flow, as well. Additionally, the cover is water-resistant; fluid will not seep into the mattress if it measure less than 200 milliliters.
Size selection is another strength of the Leisure Town Overfilled Mattress Topper. It is available in seven sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King, as well as the hard-to-find Olympic Queen size. It also has a pocket depth of 21″, meaning it will fit over virtually every mattress model made today. This topper is machine washable, and it is backed by a one-year warranty. Its price-point is below-average, as well.
Fiber toppers are known for their softness, but the Naluka Mattress Topper is plush and light even by down alternative standards. It is overfilled to create a plush, pillow-top surface that cradles the sleeper’s body and allows them to sink a bit without sagging into the topper. The topper is housed within a breathable, quilted polyester cover that ensures good fill distribution and excellent shape retention; durable double-stitching also prevents fill from escaping over time.
The Naluka Mattress Topper also offers great stability, thanks to hyper-elastic edges that will fit mattresses up to 18″ thick. It can be washed and tumble dried in a machine for added convenience. The topper has a below-average price-point, making it a high-value pick, but its expected lifespan is on par with other, higher-priced models. The Naluka Mattress Topper is backed by a full customer satisfaction guarantee, as well.
A ‘topper’ refers to any individual cushioning layer that can be placed on top of a mattress or other sleep surface for additional softness, comfort and — in some cases — improved support. Some toppers fit beneath top sheets, while others lie freely on the comfort layer of the mattress. Toppers are available to accommodate most standard mattress sizes; the topper is slightly smaller than the mattress, allowing it to fit more easily beneath the sheet.
A ‘fiber topper’, also known as a ‘fiberbed,’ is typically constructed with polyester or down alternative puff fiber fill encased in a fabric or microfiber cover. Cover composition for fiber toppers varies by model, but most are made from cotton, polyester, and/or rayon. Some fiberbed covers are made from organic cotton, as well; these models tend to have higher price-points.
Benefits of using a fiber topper of fiberbed include the following:
Notable drawbacks of using a fiber topper are as follows:
A fiberbed is typically considered most suitable for the following groups:
On the other hand, a fiberbed may not be suitable for the following groups:
The average fiberbed costs between $60 and $100. Comparatively, convoluted polyfoam toppers typically cost between $10 and $30, while all other topper types (including memory foam, latex, and wool) have higher average price-points. However, fiber toppers with organic materials may cost more. The graph below compares average price-points for the six most common topper types.
|AVERAGE FIBER TOPPER PRICE||$60 TO $100|
|AVERAGE WOOL TOPPER PRICE||$150 TO $300|
|AVERAGE LATEX TOPPER PRICE||$100 TO $400|
|AVERAGE MEMORY FOAM TOPPER PRICE||$100 TO $250|
|AVERAGE FEATHER TOPPER PRICE||$100 TO $150|
|AVERAGE POLYFOAM TOPPER PRICE||$10 TO $30|
|Criteria||Fiber Topper Rating||Explanation|
|Thickness Selection||Poor to Fair||Fiberbeds generally measure two inches thick or less, which may not be sufficient for some sleepers. Thicker models are available, but the price-points tend to be higher.|
|Durability||Poor to Fair||According to owners, fiber toppers tend to become flat or misshapen after one to two years of use. This poor shape retention can affect the topper’s ability to improve mattress comfort.|
|Support||Fair to Good||Fiberbeds may be able to improve mattress support to some extent, but other topper types — notably foam and latex — perform better in this category.|
|Conforming||Poor to Fair||Fiberbeds provide little to no conforming, and may not be suitable for sleepers that enjoy the contoured feel of latex or memory foam.|
|Pain/Pressure Relief||Good to Very Good||Despite their minimal conforming abilities, fiberbeds are soft enough to alleviate pain and pressure for most sleepers.|
|Motion Isolation||Poor to Fair||Fiberbeds cannot isolate motion to the same extent as foam or latex toppers. For this reason, they may lead to sleep disruptions for people who share beds when one person gets in/out of bed ot shifts positions.|
|Noise||Fair to Good||Fiberbeds may produce rustling sounds, which can be an issue for people who awaken easily. Other topper types — such as wool, memory foam, and latex — are virtually silent.|
|Temperature Neutrality||Fair to Good||Fiberbeds may retain body heat and sleep hot, although these complaints are not as common for models with covers made from natural fibers like cotton.|
|Odor||Very Good to Excellent||Fiberbeds produce very little odor (if any at all), making them a good alternative to relatively smelly toppers (such as foam, wool, and feather models).|
|Sex||Good to Very Good||Fiberbeds are fairly responsive and do not restrict movement, making them better for sex than other topper options.|
|Ease of Moving||Good to Very Good||With an average weight of five to 10 pounds, fiberbeds are much easier to move and maneuver than other topper types. Thicker models may present more difficulty.|
|Ease of Cleaning||Poor to Fair||Most fiberbeds are advertised as machine washable, but this cleaning method can lead to early deterioration; dry cleaning is generally recommended.|
|Maintenance||Poor to Fair||Fiberbeds require regular shaking and fluffing in order to maintain a full shape — and even then, they tend to become flat and compressed after limited use.|
|Availability||Good to Very Good||Fiberbeds are widely available, although thickness options are generally limited to two inches or less.|
|Average Price||$60 to $100||Fiber toppers are among the least expensive topper options sold today. Memory foam, latex, feather, and wool toppers all have higher average price-points.|