Best Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

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Based on 12,380 customer reviews from 26 unique sources.

 

What Is a Memory Foam Topper?

Toppers are cushioning layers that can be placed on top of a mattress surface to provide extra softness and comfort. Some toppers are tucked beneath top sheets, while others rest freely on the top mattress surface. Toppers are generally available for all mattress sizes, but are slightly smaller than the mattress itself; this allows the topper to fit beneath the top sheet more easily.

Memory foam, or viscoelastic polyfoam, is a polyurethane-based foam that is engineered to respond to temperature changes. The foam softens when it comes into contact with body heat and conforms to a sleeper’s figure, and then returns to its original shape when cool.

Memory foam mattress toppers are widely available, and come in different designs and dimensions:

  • Material: In addition to standard memory, some toppers feature specialty foams that are infused with gels, bamboo, or other materials.
  • Shape: Most memory foam toppers have a flat, even surface, but some may be convoluted in a similar manner as egg-crate polyfoam toppers.
  • Thickness: Most memory foam toppers sold today are between one and four inches thick.
  • Firmness: Memory foam toppers typically range from Soft to Medium. The firmness of a topper is directly tied to its thickness; the thinnest models are Medium, while the thickest are Soft to Extra Soft.
  • Density: Density indicates the overall weight and is measured in pounds per square foot (or PCF). Memory foam toppers range from 2.5 PCF or lower to 5 PCF or higher. The average memory foam topper weighs between 20 and 30 pounds.

Based on feedback and reviews, memory foam toppers have earned a customer satisfaction rating of 87%.

 

Pros and Cons of Using a Memory Foam Topper

Benefits of using a memory foam topper include the following:

  • Conforming and Pressure Relief: Memory foam is a popular material for toppers because its conforming properties can help create a supportive sleep surface that aligns the spine and alleviates pressure in sensitive areas along the body, including the neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips.
  • Durability: Most memory foam toppers will perform for at least three or four years before they begin to deteriorate. Thicker and higher-density toppers tend to outlast thinner and lower-density models.
  • Motion Isolation: Memory foam toppers absorb motion whenever someone shifts positions or gets into or out of bed, and isolates this motion to certain areas of the mattress. This quality is beneficial for couples, since it can cut down on nighttime disruptions.
  • No Noise: Memory foam is virtually silent when bearing weight.
  • Dual Firmness Potential: Memory foam toppers may be useful for couples with different firmness preferences, particularly if one person is satisfied with the feel of their current mattress and the other is not.

Drawbacks of using a memory foam topper include the following:

  • Sleeping Hot: Memory foam retains high levels of body heat, which can cause the topper to sleep hot. This may be problematic for people who naturally sleep hot on their own.
  • Odor Potential: Memory foam toppers are associated with higher-than-average levels of off-gassing, or unpleasant smells emitted by the foam when new. These smells may dissipate after a few days, but some toppers have persistent odors that do not decrease with time.
  • Ease of Movement: Because memory foam sinks and conforms closely beneath sleeper’s bodies, it can be difficult for individuals to move on these toppers unless they are relatively thin and have a lower density.
  • Lack of Responsiveness: Thicker and higher-density memory foam toppers are slow to respond, and may not be as good for sex as other topper types. Thinner and lower-density memory foam toppers may be more suitable for sex.
  • Price: Most memory foam toppers are relatively expensive. The average model costs between $100 and $250, but some cost $300 or more.
 

Who Should Use a Memory Foam Topper?

A memory foam topper may be suitable for the following types of sleepers:

  • People who sleep on their side or back. Toppers that are two to three inches thick and have a density between 3.5 and 5 PCF are considered ideal for these positions.
  • People who weigh more than 130 pounds. Most prefer mattresses that are two to three inches thick. People with average weights (130 to 230 pounds) tend to be most comfortable on memory foam with a density of 3 to 4 PCF, while those who weigh more than 230 pounds typically prefer densities of 4 PCF or higher.
  • People who awaken easily due to disturbances, since memory foam toppers isolate motion to certain areas of the bed and produce little to no noise.
  • People with neck, shoulder, and back pressure. Memory foam conforms closely to help align the spine and alleviate pressure points in these sensitive areas.

On the other hand, memory foam toppers are generally not suitable for the following sleepers:

  • People who sleep on their stomach, although they may feel comfortable and supported on toppers that are less than two inches thick and have a density of less than 3 PCF.
  • People who weigh less than 130 pounds. Lighter sleepers often do not weigh enough to experience full conforming on thicker and/or higher-density memory foam toppers, but they may feel comfortable on models that are less than two inches thick and have a density of less than 3 PCF.
  • People who are sensitive to smell, since memory foam may produce unpleasant, long-lasting off-gassing odors
 

How Much Does a Memory Foam Topper Cost?

The average memory foam mattress topper costs between $100 and $250, making them slightly more expensive than average. The graph below compares average price-points for the six most common mattress topper types.

 

Memory Foam Topper Cost Comparison

Memory Foam Topper Customer Ratings

CriteriaMemory FoamExplanation
Thickness SelectionVery Good to ExcellentMemory foam toppers are available in various thicknesses ranging from one to four inches.
DurabilityGood to Very GoodMemory foam toppers typically perform for three to four years, which is considered longer-than-average compared to other topper types.
SupportGood to Very GoodMemory foam toppers provide above-average support by aligning the spine and targeting pressure points.
ConformingVery Good to ExcellentConforming is a chief strength of memory foam, according to topper owners.
Pain/Pressure ReliefVery Good to ExcellentMost owners experience some pain and pressure relief as a result of using a memory foam topper.
Motion IsolationVery Good to ExcellentMemory foam toppers are highly effective at absorbing and minimizing motion.
NoiseVery Good to ExcellentMemory foam toppers produce virtually no noise when compressed, which can help reduce sleep disruptions.
Temperature NeutralityPoor to FairMemory foam has a strong tendency to sleep hot, and those who naturally sleep warm or hot may find these toppers uncomfortable.
OdorPoor to FairA large number of memory foam toppers produce unpleasant off-gassing smells that may linger for days or weeks — and in some cases, permanently.
SexFair to GoodMemory foam offers minimal responsiveness, and these toppers may not be as good for sex as other models.
Ease of MovingPoor to FairMemory foam toppers typically weigh 20 to 30 pounds, which may make them difficult to adjust and maneuver during the night.
Ease of CleaningPoor to FairMemory foam toppers typically need to be spot cleaned by hand or dry cleaned, and should never be machine washed.
MaintenanceVery Good to ExcellentMost memory foam toppers come in one-piece designs that never need to be fluffed or shaken out.
AvailabilityVery Good to ExcellentMemory foam toppers are widely available in an extensive range of thicknesses and density levels. Most models sold are between two and four inches thick, and have a density of 2.5 to 5 PCF.
Average Price$100 to $250Memory foam toppers are relatively expensive. They cost more than most polyfoam, fiber, and feather toppers, and tend to be slightly less expensive than latex and wool options.
Customer Satisfaction Rating87% (12,380 Customer Reviews)Memory foam toppers have an above-average customer satisfaction rating compared to the average rating for all topper types (83.5%).
 

Best Memory Foam Toppers: Brands and Models

The table below features prices, dimensions and other information for five of the leading memory foam topper brands.

BrandDreamFoam by Brooklyn BeddingMemory Foam Solutions Milliard Nature’s SleepSerta
Foam TypesStandard
Gel Swirl
Convoluted
Standard
Gel Swirl
Standard
Gel
Convoluted
Standard
Gel
Standard
Gel
Price Range$39.99 to $329.99 (Walmart)$72.59 to $318.79 (Amazon)$54.99 to $98.99 (Amazon)$91.20 to $169.99 (Amazon)$64.59 to $354.99 (Overstock)
Thickness Range1″ to 3″2″ to 4″2″2 1/2″ to 3″2″ to 4″
Firmness RangeSoft to MediumMedium Soft to Extra SoftMedium SoftMedium Soft to SoftMedium Soft to Extra Soft
Density Range5 PCF4 to 5 PCF2.5 to 3 PCF3 to 3.5 PCF2.5 to 4 PCF
Average Topper Weight20 to 50 lbs22 to 25 lbs15 to 20 lbs23 1/2 to 35 lbs20 lbs
Owner Satisfaction Rating82% (989 Customer Reviews)86% (1,832 Customer Reviews)87% (2,304 Customer Reviews)80% (783 Customer Reviews)88% (15,992 Customer Reviews)
 

Conclusion

For more information about different topper types, please visit our Best Mattress Toppers page. You may also find more information on our pages for convoluted polyfoam, feather, fiber, latex, and wool mattress toppers.

 
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