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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.
According to customer reviews and feedback, fiber mattress toppers have earned a customer satisfaction rating of 82%.
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.
|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.|
|Customer Satisfaction Rating||82% (9,763 Customer Reviews)||Fiberbeds have earned a slightly below-average customer satisfaction rating compared to the average rating for all toppers (83.5%).|
The table below features prices, dimensions and other information for five of the leading fiber topper brands.
|Brand||Hospitology||Lucid||Naturepedic||Pinzon by Amazon||Superior|
|Model(s)||Heavenly||Plush||Quilted Mattress Topper with Straps||Hypoallergenic Overfilled Microplush||All Season|
|Fiber Fill||Microfiber Down Alternative||Down Alternative||Plant-based PLA Polyester Batting||Polyester||Microfiber Down Alternative|
|Cover||Brushed Polyester||Cotton Percale||Organic Cotton||Top: Olefin|
Sides: Polyester and Spandex Blend
|Price Range||$38.00 to $58.00 (Amazon.com)||$80.00 to $125.00||$139.00 to $249.00||$22.98 to $43.20 (Amazon.com)||$55.99 to $88.99 (Overstock.com)|
|Thickness Range||1″||1 1/5″||3/4″||1″||2″|
|Average Topper Weight||5.35 to 12 lbs||6 to 10 lbs||5 lbs||4.65 to 8.45 lbs||5.8 to 12.6 lbs|
|Owner Satisfaction Rating||92% (4,356 Customer Reviews)||86% (783 Customer Reviews)||85% (76 Customer Reviews)||81% (8,037 Customer Reviews)||84% (1,232 Customer Reviews)|