Best mattress topper: 7 of our favourite hybrid, latex and memory foam toppers

Find the best mattress topper to help make your bed feel more comfortable and last longer

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It's safe to say that a new mattress is a big investment – one that runs into the hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds. So what if we were to tell you there's another way? Invest in the best mattress topper for your needs and you could transform your sleep quality in an instant, without having to dish out the cash for a big mattress upgrade. Heading into the winter months, it's more important than ever to make sure we're well rested and having a great night's sleep, and a good mattress topper can offer you support and help regulate body temperature, as well as extending the life of that lumpy old mattress a little further. Plus, they're available from many of your favourite tried-and-trusted brands like eve sleep, Simba and more – so you can fall asleep with confidence.

Want more reasons to buy? As we've mentioned, a mattress topper is way more affordable than buying one of the best mattresses on the market, so if you're a bit strapped for cash, you can buy yourself time and comfort by forking out as little as £50. So if you're on a budget, suffering joint or back pain or are finding your mattress too firm, a good quality mattress topper should be your first port of call before looking at any other option.

Keep scrolling to see our top seven memory foam mattress toppers, along with our reviews and the latest deals. They've all been carefully selected from the best brands for important factors such as comfort, material and price. You'll also find a buying guide to help you understand exactly what you're looking for from your mattress topper – scroll to the bottom of the page to find out more.

Which is the best mattress topper UK?

If you're after our top pick of a mattress topper, we can highly recommend buying the Panda The Topper. It's made from gel-infused memory foam with an added layer of gel designed to improve comfort, and to ensure you keep cool throughout the night – plus the price is great.

Want to keep looking? No worries: below you'll find seven more fab mattress topper options which could suit your sleep style (and mattress) perfectly.

The best mattress topper for your mattress (and you)

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Best mattress topper (overall): offers medium support with a gel layer for a cooling effect

Best for: Support
Sizes: Single-super king
Thickness: 5cm
Type: Gel infused memory foam
Reasons to buy
+ Cooling gel layer+ Straps and anti-slip+ Washable
Reasons to avoid
- Pricey

At the top of our list for the best mattress topper is the Panda The Topper. There's so many great reasons for it – super comfortable and supportive, hypoallergenic, an anti-slip layer to keep your mattress in place, an extra washable bamboo cover included... the list is endless.

What's so good about it?

This is a gel-infused memory foam mattress topper of 5cm thickness – and it's the gel that does the magic. This added layer is designed to improve comfort, making it ideal for those who suffer from back and neck pain, because it moulds to your body's shape, just like a memory foam mattress would, relieving joint pressure, especially when you sleep on your side. However, this gel is also designed to ensure you keep cool throughout the night. Not more hot nights for sweaty sleepers.

Better still? It's an eco-friendly buy. Another bonus is that it's also anti-slip, with straps that attach to your mattress to ensure it doesn't move around. If you've ever had a mattress topper without this anti-slip feature, you'll know that it's a useful addition. Sleepless nights? Never again.

Last of all? The price. Its affordability makes it a winner, and there's the 10 Years Manufacturer Guarantee to top it off nicely.

Motion transfer from a fidgety partner?

With these materials, it's absolutely minimal.

Ease of cleaning

The Panda features a machine washable bamboo cover, which is hypoallergenic and antibacterial, so it will stay cleaner and fresher for longer. 

best mattress topper: eve mattress topper

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2. eve mattress topper

Best memory foam mattress topper: a pure memory foam topper for luxury softness

Best for: Luxury
Sizes: Single-super king
Thickness: 5cm
Type: Memory foam
Reasons to buy
+ Hypoallergenic+ Handles, so easy to transport/store+ Straps to attach to mattress
Reasons to avoid
-Mattress topper cover fixed 

If your daydreams are filled with the thought of sinking into a cosy bed at night, then this memory mattress topper from eve is for you.

What's so good about it?

Like our top pick the eve is 5cm thick. And, like our top pick, its memory foam make up means it can transform a firm, unwelcoming mattress into a luxurious, sink-in-able sleep surface. 

Those who are often restless, perhaps because they suffer from hip, shoulder or neck pain on a firmer mattress, will find that this mattress topper will mould to their body shape and sleeping position, resulting in a sounder night's sleep. That said, don't be fooled into thinking a memory foam topper is soft – as we said above, it will mould to your shape to give you a supportive sleep; in other words, it's not soft, but forgiving.

What else to like? Like other memory foam mattresses and toppers, this one is hypo-allergenic. And, although entirely made from memory foam, which is often associated with a sweaty night's sleep, this mattress topper has an open cell structure to make it breathable, so you won’t get too hot at night. 

Ease of cleaning

The topper's knitted cover is made from a soft, two-way stretch polyester. Get the best mattress protector you can find as the cover is not removable. 

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Best mattress topper for side sleepers: hybrid mattress fans, step forward

Best for: All-round support
Sizes: Single-super king
Thickness: 5cm
Type: Hybrid
Reasons to buy
+Good support+Breathability+No-slip straps
Reasons to avoid
-Mattress topper cover fixed-No handles for easy transportation

We're big fans of the Simba mattress (read our Simba mattress review in full), so were intrigued to try the their mattress topper. Good news is, we like it. Why is it in second place? It's been knocked there by Panda because of the price comparison. Otherwise, we can't fault it. 

What's so good about it?

The 5cm deep combination of latex, foam and springs gives you tons of support (it's designed to 'hug' your body) and more bounce than you get from memory foam. That said, motion transfer from a fidgety partner is minimal, just as you'd expect from a memory foam mattress. 

Does its breathability live up to the hype? Yes and no. Two of us tested this topper: one of us (the sweaty sleeper) found we were just as hot as usual; the other (the non-sweaty sleeper) enjoyed its breathability. Just goes to show that sometimes even a breathable mattress can't help those who get hot at night (in which case, cooling mattress pads are worth  checking out). 

What else? The anti-slip base and wriggle-free straps mean the topper doesn't move when you sleep. And as we've said, this is a bonus. 

Ease of cleaning

Again, the cover won't come off, so get a mattress protector to prolong its life – check our list of the best. Simba do their own and you can see more top picks from these sleep experts in our Simba bedding review.

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Best mattress topper made from sustainable materials: it's made from 100 per cent New Zealand wool

Best for: Temperature regulation
Sizes: Cot bed - Euro King
Thickness: 3cm
Type: Wool
Reasons to buy
+Temperature regulating+A good options for couples+Made from a sustainable material
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-It can become flat over time (just needs regular plump)

This luxury mattress topper option from Soak and Sleep is one of our top choices for comfort, especially if you want to add an extra bit of 'squish' to your mattress.

What's so good about it?

There's 3cm of temperature regulating, sustainable wool in this mattress topper which Soak & Sleep claim will make for a more constant sleep. This is something which our reviewer can vouch for as they are no longer waking up in the night too hot, despite being testing during the summer months. And we're pretty sure it will add a natural layer of warmth when you need it in the winter, too.

It's really soft so is well suited to front sleepers, although we feel it would suit any sleep style. Just don't expect it to provide you any additional level of support. Oh and it's great for couples who can never agree on the perfect temperature of the bedroom. 

Ease of cleaning

It's pretty easy. The topper will need a wash about every six months in a large capacity washing machine, and tumble dryer thereafter.

Anything else?

The natural wool filling will need plumping up every now and then so you get the most out of your topper. This is no different to how you plump your cushions, so when you change your bed sheets it would be worth plumping the topper then.

Silentnight Impress 5cm memory foam mattress topper

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Best mattress topper for joint pain: recommended by medical professionals, this topper is great for those aching joints

Best for: Aches and pains
Sizes: Double-super king
Thickness: 5cm
Type: Memory foam
Reasons to buy
+ Moulds to the contours of your body+ Good value
Reasons to avoid
-No straps

If you suffer from an injury or chronic pain in your back, neck or shoulders, then this Silentnight mattress topper could provide the relief you need. 

What's so good about it?

Another 5cm thick mattress topper in memory foam, this one has been recommended by doctors and chiropractors for reducing pressure on points in the spine to help prevent and reduce existing aches and pains. That said, we can't see that it's any better than our top three picks. 

That said, it's a memory foam mattress topper with all the upsides you'd expect: reactive, body-moulding contouring, allergy-friendliness, lack of motion transfer from your partner's nightly shifting. 

The other upside? It's the cheapest on our list, so if you're on a budget – or perhaps just want to add an extra layer of comfort to a firm spare bed, it's a good bet. The downside? There are no straps to attach it to your mattress, so if you're a fidget, expect to have to move it back into position come morning. 

Ease of cleaning

It has a removable cover which is easy to machine wash to keep this topper fresh.

If you suffer from allergies and joint pain, this mattress topper from Yanis is a great choice. 

What's so good about it?

Latex is one of the most popular types of mattress materials because it provides a similar comfort and support levels to memory foam but it is fully breathable and hypoallergenic. For the uninitiated, the natural properties of latex mean that dust mites and bacteria are much less likely to take hold. And for this reason, it's a popular pick for allergy sufferers – and us. 

At 5cm thick, it's in line with the majority of the best mattress toppers for side sleepers.  

Ease of cleaning

The super soft Tencel-Purotex cover zips off for easy washing.

best mattress topper: Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper

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6. Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper

Best mattress topper from Argos: increased airflow so you can breathe easy at night

Best for: Increased airflow
Sizes: Single-king
Thickness: 4.5cm
Type: Memory Fibre
Reasons to buy
+ Good value+ Comes with case to transport + Straps to attach to mattress
Reasons to avoid
-Thinner than most

Get the best of both worlds with this great value memory foam mattress topper from Slumberdown.  

What's so good about it?

Older memory foam mattress toppers tended, like their mattress bedfellows, to be hot to sleep on. Modern memory foam has breathability built in – this is always something worth double-checking when you're shopping. 

This one, as you'd hope, has all the comfort of memory foam – its springy surface allows for optimum comfort, especially for those who toss and turn in the night – but is specially designed to keep you cool at night. Great if you're a sweaty sleeper. 

Its other upsides? It's cheaper than most of our other picks by some way and has straps to stop it moving on the mattress in the night. And, although thinner (by just 0.5cm), it does come with a case, so can be taken with you on trips away if you struggle to sleep in any bed but your own (room allowing in the car).

Ease of cleaning

The cover is machine washable at 40ºC.

Best mattress topper: Dormeo Octaspring Classic 7cm Memory Foam Mattress Topper

7. Dormeo Octaspring Classic 7cm Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Best mattress topper for old beds: enjoy all the benefits of an Octaspring® mattress at a fraction of the cost thanks to this memory foam mattress topper

Best for: Premium
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Thickness: 7cm
Reasons to buy
+Breatheable+Rolls up so is easy to store+Comes quilted
Reasons to avoid

Mattress worn out? There's no need to replace the entire thing if you don't want to, as the best mattress toppers will do the trick.

Who will it suit?

Anyone who finds traditional memory foam a little hot will love the Octaspring. What is Octaspring you ask? A truly ground-breaking sleep technology: it's eight times more breathable than ordinary memory foam, and thanks to the way it's arranged, it provides unmatched levels of support, flexibility and comfort, too. 

It's a good buy if your old mattress needs replacing (but your budget can't take it). This mattress topper is actually made from memory foam Octaspring® springs to help transform your old mattress into a luxurious memory foam bed to keep you cool and comfortable all night long. 

What else?

With a soft to medium feel, the topper is 7cm deep and contains no fewer than 20 rows of springs, providing both extra support and comfort, ensuring you get the feeling of a brand new mattress. Considering an Octaspring® mattress but don't fancy the hefty price tag? Opt for this mattress topper.

Why do I need a mattress topper?

Now you know the best mattress toppers on offer you may be weighing up the options on how it will help you to sleep better. A mattress topper adds another layer to your mattress which, essentially, will turn a one uncomfortable mattress into one which is a lot more gentle on the posture. This extra layer will also act as a great option for a mattress protector and could be worth considering if you have bought a cheap mattress for the spare room and would like to make it more comfortable for your guests.

A mattress topper is also much more affordable than buying a new mattress entirely, if yours is starting to sag or it's in need of a refresh. The big mattress brand names, such as Emma Mattress and Simba Sleep, also make mattress toppers so you can be confident that you'll be getting something which has been made by bedding industry experts.

How to choose the best mattress topper

When choosing the best mattress topper for you, there are a few factors which you'll need to consider before delving in to you bank account.


The first thing to look out for in a mattress topper is thickness, particularly if you sleep on your side: the deeper the topper, the better, as it will cope amply with pressure points, such as hips and shoulders, and relieve any tension you may feel during the night. 

Around 5cm is the average, but The Yanis Latex Plus mattress topper is one of the thickest on our list, coming in at 8cm if you want total luxury. 

The mattress topper material

Mattress toppers come in a wide range of materials, but those made from memory foam or latex, or hybrid mattress toppers are best for combatting back pain and offering relief from the pressure firmer mattresses place on joints. See more on materials, below.

Will your partner like it?

What if you share a bed with someone who doesn't share your need for a softer mattress? These best mattress toppers don't let you sink too deeply; instead, they're supportive, contouring to your body's shape. So they should suit your partner perfectly, too, whether they sleep on their back or sides. Front sleepers should get along with them, but might need to swap out their current pillows for flatter ones. See all our best pillows picks– there's something there for everyone, whatever their sleep position.

How it sits on the mattress

Another thing to consider is how well it will sit on your bed, as you don't want it sliding off while you sleep. Consider one which is anti-slip or has a band fitting. 

Easy to clean?

You'll also want to ensure it's washable, for those times you spill a drink, or even just for when you're spring cleaning the house. You can find out more about how to clean a mattress (or topper) in our guide.

What materials are the best mattress toppers made from?

Mattress toppers are available with a range of different materials inside, so you can make your bed as firm or as soft as you want, while spending as much or as little as you'd like. As we said below, the best mattress toppers for side sleepers or anyone suffering from joint pain are made from memory foam or latex – although hybrid mattress toppers are now available, too (think Simba). 

These mattress toppers suit side and back sleepers best, or anyone with joint pain or who prefers a medium to soft sleep surface:

  • Memory foam: probably the most commonly known mattress topper material, memory foam does the job spot on, as it moulds to the shape of your body. However, it's known to be hotter than other materials, as it's not breathable, meaning that in the long run, it won't stay as clean and fresh as other materials. That said, newer designs have breathability built in, so check when you buy. 
  • Latex: great if you tend to get hot in the night as they increase airflow more than memory foam; they're also firmer. Offering good support for those who suffer with joint or muscle pain, and a good option for those who move around in the night. Be sure to double check you're buying eco-friendly natural latex. 
  • Hybrid: like hybrid mattresses, hybrid mattress toppers are typically a combination of latex, foam and pocket springs. Designed to bring both support and comfort to a bed, they're also breathable and allergy-friendly.

Other mattress topper materials that you will come across, which will offer a medium firm to firm sleep surface, include:

  • Down/feather: you won't find many down feather toppers on the cheap, as they usually comprise of duck or goose feathers. Not recommended for those with allergies, and sometimes the feathers can poke through the mattress cover. However, a soft night's sleep is usually guaranteed, and they also regulate body temperature extremely well.
  • Polyester blends: perfect for those who love the feel of down feather, but either don't like to use animal products, are allergic, or just simply don't want to pay the larger sum. They're easily breathable so should be odour-free, however these toppers are usually not as soft as others, and can become lumpy over time.
  • Wool: not the easiest to find, natural wool fleece toppers are made from all-natural materials. Soft, durable and perfect for allergy sufferers, they all come with a larger price tag.
  • Egg crate: Inexpensive, soft(ish) and thin, therefore easy to transport, they're perfect for those with a low budget. These toppers aren't known for being durable. 

How to turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary

Investing in the best mattress topper isn't the only thing you can do to increase your chances of a good night's sleep.

Finding a duvet and duvet cover set that offers good temperature regulation so you don't wake up too hot or too cold can make a big difference to a comfortable snooze, as can finding a pillow that suits your sleeping position - whether you're a front, back or side sleeper. You'll find our top picks of all in our guides to the best duvets, best pillows, and best duvet covers and bedding sets available. 

And don't worry, you don't need to spend a small fortune to get a better night's sleep, our edit of the best bedding brands will point you in the right direction for finding options to suit your budget, whilst our round-up of the best bedding sales each month can save you some hard-earned cash.

Most sleep experts will also tell you that creating a calming environment in the boudoir is essential for a successful wind down in the evening, which makes the decor you choose in the bedroom particularly important. Get some inspiration in our bedroom ideas round-up, and our guide to how to decorate a bedroom.

A weighted blanket can also help to set the mood for relaxation, delivering serotonin and melatonin boosting Deep Pressure Therapy. Take a look at our tried and tested favourites in our guide to the best weighted blankets for adults

It's also important not to underestimate the power of a calm mind. Using a mindfulness app like Headspace or Calm, or doing mindful stretching exercises like yoga or pilates before bed can all help you to train your mind and body to relax, helping you to achieve more restorative sleep.

Jennifer Oksien
Jennifer Oksien

After returning to Future Publishing in February 2020, Jennifer has been working on our appliance and mattress content to showcase the best in class examples which are available to buy for your homes. When she is not scouring the web for deals or reviewing products for your pursuit, she can be found hanging out with our three guinea pigs in her Victorian terraced home which she has lovingly (patiently) been renovating with her husband over the past few years. Jennifer also likes tea and homemade cake, very much.