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The term ‘mattress topper’ refers to individual layers of bedding material that can be added to mattress surfaces in order to adjust the firmness or provide extra cushioning for sleepers. A topper is suitable for anyone who finds their mattress too soft or too firm, as well as those who would like to increase the thickness of their sleep surface. Today’s mattress toppers are made from a wide range of materials and come in sizes that correspond with common mattress measurements.
Wool is a popular topper material for several reasons. One is softness, a quality that may be lacking in toppers made from other materials like latex or foam. Wool is also exceptionally breathable and provides year-round temperature neutrality; it wicks away sweat and keeps sleepers cool during hotter times of the year, but also insulates heat very well when the temperatures drop. It is highly durable, as well. The average wool topper costs between $150 and $300.
This guide to wool toppers will look at pros and cons of wool toppers and provide shopping tips for first-time buyers. Below you’ll find our top picks for wool toppers sold today. These choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Our Editor’s Pick is the Natural Luxury Handmade Wool Topper from PlushBeds, which is a standout for several reasons. It has a 3″ profile, making it one of the thickest wool toppers available, and can accommodate larger sleepers who sink excessively on thinner models. This topper is also certified organic. Handmade in the U.S. using 100% Eco-Wool fill and a quilted, organic-cotton sateen cover, it is a great pick for eco-friendly mattress shoppers. Temperature neutrality is another key strength, as well.
The Natural Luxury Handmade Wool topper has a relatively high price-point compared to similar models, making it a good option for shoppers with bigger budgets. PlushBeds offers free shipping to customers in the contiguous U.S.
The myMerino Topper from Sleep & Beyond, our Runner-Up Pick, is made from merino wool. This material regulates temperature exceptionally well compared to other wools due to its breathable, ultrafine texture. This topper is also a great eco-friendly pick, as the merino wool and 300TC cotton sateen cover are both certified organic. With its relatively low 1.5″ profile, the myMerino Topper is well suited for all sleep positions. It is also a good option for those in the light and average weight groups, as well as larger people who prefer thinner toppers.
The myMerino Topper has a price-point that is slightly higher than average. It is backed by a five-year warranty, which is much longer than the typical topper warranty.
The OrganicTextiles Wool Mattress Topper is made with organic Australian wool and an organic-cotton cover. These materials are highly breathable and offer great temperature neutrality throughout the year. The top wool layer is also designed to wick away moisture during warmer periods. Another benefit of the Wool Mattress Topper is mattress stability; it comes equipped with corner straps to hold the topper in place. Comparatively, toppers that don’t include straps tend to slide around during the night, which disrupts sleep for many.
This topper is certified organic and is a great option for eco-friendly shoppers. Its price-point is relatively low compared to other wool toppers, as well. At 1″ thick, it is also suitable for those who prefer their toppers on the thinner side.
The SnugFleece Elite Wool Topper is constructed differently from many other wool toppers sold today. Rather than encasing the wool in a cover, pure wool is attached to cotton backing, allowing sleepers to rest directly on the wool material. This makes the SnugFleece Elite exceptionally soft even by wool topper standards, and also well-suited for colder times of the year – though it also sleeps fairly cool in hotter climes. The topper is 1.5″ thick, making it a good option for every sleep position, as well.
The SnugFleece Elite is completely machine washable; washing with Woolite is recommended. It has a relatively low price-point, making it a high-value option for shoppers on a budget.
Our Best Luxury pick is the Holy Lamb Organics Wool Topper. Crafted from GOTS-certified organic wool sourced from New Zealand and encased in a certified organic cotton-sateen cover, the topper is a great choice for eco-conscious shoppers. The materials also allow the topper to sleep exceptionally cool during hotter times of the year and provide warmth and insulation when the temperatures drop. The topper has elastic corner straps, which fit around the mattress and prevent the layer from slipping or moving during the night.
The Holy Lamb Organics Wool Topper is available in two loft options. The ‘Deep Sleep’ option measures about 1 1/2″ to 2″ thick, while the ‘Ultimate’ option measures about 2 1/2″ to 3″ thick. The topper is also sold in six sizes that correspond to standard mattress dimensions, and a crib mattress is also available.
The term ‘topper’ refers to a layer of cushioning that can be placed on top of a mattress for added softness and comfort. Some toppers are designed to fit beneath top sheets while others lay freely on the comfort layer of the mattress. Toppers are available to accommodate all common mattress sizes; the topper is slightly smaller than the mattress in order to fit under the top sheet more easily.
Some mattress toppers are made from wool encased in a fabric cover. ‘Wool’ typically comes from sheep or lambs, but the material may also be obtained from other animals such as goats (cashmere), rabbits (angora), and alpacas. In addition to toppers made from standard wool or ‘Eco-Wool,’ some models feature organic wool that has received certification from the Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS. Organic materials may carry additional certifications from organizations like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Woolmark, or the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS).
Extra Softness: Wool is naturally soft, and these toppers can effectively improve the feel and comfort of most sleep surfaces.
Year-round Temperature Regulation: Wool is suitable for colder temperatures because it absorbs body heat from sleepers and helps keep them warm throughout the night. Wool also wicks away moisture and dries the skin, making the material suitable for hotter temperatures as well.
Long Lifespan: Wool has exceptional durability, and toppers made from wool typically perform longer than other topper types. However, material quality is crucial; lower-quality wool may deteriorate more quickly over time.
No Noise: Wool mattress toppers are virtually silent when bearing weight, which may be helpful for people who awaken easily during the night.
Lightweight: Most wool toppers weigh between five and 15 pounds, making them relatively easy to adjust and maneuver for most sleepers.
Machine Washable: Most wool toppers can be washed and dried and machines, though care instructions vary by product (see ‘Cleaning and Caring for a Wool Topper’ section below for more information).
Poor Motion Isolation: Although wool produces minimal noise, it does not absorb or minimize motion to the same extent as other topper materials, such as foam or latex. This may be problematic for couples who share a bed.
Minimal Conforming: Wool toppers do not conform as closely as latex or memory foam toppers. As a result, owners say these toppers are not as effective at alleviating pain and pressure in sensitive areas like the neck, shoulders, or lower back.
Odor Potential: Wool toppers can be somewhat smelly, and the odors tend to persist longer than off-gassing smells produced by other mattress toppers.
High Maintenance: Wool toppers require constant shaking and fluffing in order to maintain optimal loft and a full shape.
Below-average Availability: Wool toppers are somewhat scarce compared to other topper types.
High Price-Point: Wool toppers are among the most expensive models sold today. The average price falls between $150 and $300, but some larger-size models are priced up to $1,000.
A wool mattress topper may be suitable for the following groups:
On the other hand, a wool topper is generally discouraged for the following groups:
The average wool topper is priced between $150 and $300. However, organic wool toppers tend to be much more expensive; these models generally cost $500 or more for queen sizes. By comparison, most memory foam toppers cost between $100 and $250. The graph below compares average price-points for the six most common topper types.
|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 FIBER TOPPER PRICE||$60 to $100|
|AVERAGE POLYFOAM TOPPER PRICE||$10 to $30|
When preparing to clean a wool topper, owners should first consult the care instructions printed on the product tag. If the tag is missing or it does not contain instruction, they can check for an online product page on the manufacturer’s website or contact customer service personnel via phone, email, or live onsite chat.
Washing and drying options for wool toppers include:
Many wool toppers can be washed and dried in machines; some brands recommend front-loading washers and dryers. When washing, be sure to use cold water on a delicate setting. Wash with mild detergent specifically designed for wool products, such as Woolite. Some instruction tags instruct owners to dry their wool topper on a tumble low or air cycle setting. However, following these instructions can – and often does – lead to topper shrinkage. Many wool topper owners prefer to line dry or dry clean the item instead.
Some toppers should not be washed or dried in machines, but come with removable covers – usually made of cotton or polyester – that can be machine-washed and dried at most temperatures or settings. However, owners should also use the instruction tag to ensure they are cleaning the cover properly.
Some toppers – including those that contain untreated natural or organic wool – should not be washed/dried in machines or dry cleaned. Owners should only spot clean these products with water and soap. When spot cleaning, make sure not to get the entire topper wet; this can compromise the wool fibers and cause the topper to become misshapen and lumpy.
Dry cleaning is acceptable for most wool toppers as an alternative to machine-washing or spot cleaning. However, make sure the instruction tag does not prohibit dry cleaning before bringing the topper to a cleaner. A notable downside of dry cleaning is the added expense, but it is also convenient and widely available.
Additionally, here are a few tips for caring for and preserving a wool topper:
|Criteria||Wool Topper Rating||Explanation|
|Thickness Selection||Fair to Good||Wool toppers are generally thinner than other topper types. Most measure between half an inch and three inches thick.|
|Durability||Very Good to Excellent||Wool is considered highly durable, and toppers made from wool generally perform for at least four years.|
|Support||Fair to Good||Wool toppers do not improve the supportiveness of sleep surfaces to the same extent as other topper options, such as latex or foam models.|
|Conforming||Fair to Good||Wool toppers conform very little, and may not be suitable for sleepers who enjoy the close, contoured feel of latex or memory foam toppers.|
|Pain/Pressure Relief||Poor to Fair||Due to their minimal conforming abilities, wool toppers are not recommended for sleepers with chronic pain or pressure issues.|
|Motion Isolation||Poor to Fair||Wool toppers typically offer little to no motion isolation, which can lead to sleep disturbances for couples when someone gets in/out of bed or shifts positions.|
|Noise||Very Good to Excellent||Wool toppers make virtually no noise when compressed.|
|Temperature Neutrality||Very Good to Excellent||Wool provides a comfortable sleep surface in both colder and hotter times of the year.|
|Odor||Poor to Fair||A large number of wool topper owners report unpleasant odors that do not dissipate over time.|
|Sex||Good to Very Good||Wool toppers are soft and generally thin, meaning they do not affect the feel or responsiveness of the mattress during sex.|
|Ease of Moving||Good to Very Good||Wool toppers generally weigh five to 15 pounds. However, select models may weigh as much as 30 pounds.|
|Ease of Cleaning||Good||Most wool toppers are machine washable. For others, spot cleaning by hand or dry cleaning will be needed.|
|Maintenance||Poor to Fair||Wool toppers require shaking and fluffing on a regular basis in order to maintain good loft and shape, making them fairly high-maintenance compared to other toppers.|
|Availability||Poor to Fair||Shoppers may be quite limited in their options for a wool topper, particularly models in their ideal price range.|
|Average Price||$150 to $300||Wool toppers have significantly higher price-points than other topper types, and this is especially true of organic wool models.|