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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:
Based on feedback and reviews, memory foam toppers have earned a customer satisfaction rating of 87%.
Benefits of using a memory foam topper include the following:
Drawbacks of using a memory foam topper include the following:
A memory foam topper may be suitable for the following types of sleepers:
On the other hand, memory foam toppers are generally not suitable for the following sleepers:
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.
|Thickness Selection||Very Good to Excellent||Memory foam toppers are available in various thicknesses ranging from one to four inches.|
|Durability||Good to Very Good||Memory foam toppers typically perform for three to four years, which is considered longer-than-average compared to other topper types.|
|Support||Good to Very Good||Memory foam toppers provide above-average support by aligning the spine and targeting pressure points.|
|Conforming||Very Good to Excellent||Conforming is a chief strength of memory foam, according to topper owners.|
|Pain/Pressure Relief||Very Good to Excellent||Most owners experience some pain and pressure relief as a result of using a memory foam topper.|
|Motion Isolation||Very Good to Excellent||Memory foam toppers are highly effective at absorbing and minimizing motion.|
|Noise||Very Good to Excellent||Memory foam toppers produce virtually no noise when compressed, which can help reduce sleep disruptions.|
|Temperature Neutrality||Poor to Fair||Memory foam has a strong tendency to sleep hot, and those who naturally sleep warm or hot may find these toppers uncomfortable.|
|Odor||Poor to Fair||A large number of memory foam toppers produce unpleasant off-gassing smells that may linger for days or weeks — and in some cases, permanently.|
|Sex||Fair to Good||Memory foam offers minimal responsiveness, and these toppers may not be as good for sex as other models.|
|Ease of Moving||Poor to Fair||Memory foam toppers typically weigh 20 to 30 pounds, which may make them difficult to adjust and maneuver during the night.|
|Ease of Cleaning||Poor to Fair||Memory foam toppers typically need to be spot cleaned by hand or dry cleaned, and should never be machine washed.|
|Maintenance||Very Good to Excellent||Most memory foam toppers come in one-piece designs that never need to be fluffed or shaken out.|
|Availability||Very Good to Excellent||Memory 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 $250||Memory 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 Rating||87% (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%).|
The table below features prices, dimensions and other information for five of the leading memory foam topper brands.
|Brand||DreamFoam by Brooklyn Bedding||Memory Foam Solutions||Milliard||Nature’s Sleep||Serta|
|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 Range||1″ to 3″||2″ to 4″||2″||2 1/2″ to 3″||2″ to 4″|
|Firmness Range||Soft to Medium||Medium Soft to Extra Soft||Medium Soft||Medium Soft to Soft||Medium Soft to Extra Soft|
|Density Range||5 PCF||4 to 5 PCF||2.5 to 3 PCF||3 to 3.5 PCF||2.5 to 4 PCF|
|Average Topper Weight||20 to 50 lbs||22 to 25 lbs||15 to 20 lbs||23 1/2 to 35 lbs||20 lbs|
|Owner Satisfaction Rating||82% (989 Customer Reviews)||86% (1,832 Customer Reviews)||87% (2,304 Customer Reviews)||80% (783 Customer Reviews)||88% (15,992 Customer Reviews)|
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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