With help from one of the best mattress toppers, you can transform your sleep quality in an instant without having to splash the cash on a whole new mattress. After all, a mattress is a big investment – one that can run into the hundreds, or even thousands of pounds. So anything you can find to prolong the life of your current one, the better.
Whether your mattress is proving too uncomfortable or the fabric isn't working well for you, a mattress topper may be the perfect solution to better sleep. From memory foam to gel and even cooling options, they can offer support and comfort, as well as help when it comes to regulating your body temperature. So if you're on a budget, suffering from joint or back pain or finding your mattress too firm, a good quality topper should be your first port of call, before anything else.
This is where our tell-all guide comes in. With options from mattress specialists Simba, Otty and Eve, as well as value buys from bedding favourites Silentnight and Dunelm, you can rest assured there’s a topper for you and your budget. Take it from us as we’ve tried and tested all but one of these top picks, as well as spoken to the experts, so you can buy yourself time and comfort for as little as £50. For a more affordable alternative to buying one of the best mattresses on the market, these mattress toppers, fit with full reviews, are your answer to getting your best sleep yet. Sounds dreamy, right?
The best mattress topper 2022
At the top of our list for the best mattress topper is the Panda The Topper. The reason being? It ticks all the right boxes, for many different reasons. It’s comfortable, supportive, temperature regulating and eco-friendly (and that’s just to name a few)... It may be a pricier option but with all the added benefits considered, it’s a no-brainer.
The best part
That being said, there is a stand out element to this topper that puts it above the rest: it’s a gel-infused memory foam topper of a good 5cm thickness. The added gel layer is designed to improve comfort levels whilst cooling your muscles from aches and pains. This makes it great for both side, back and front sleepers alike, especially those who suffer from neck and back problems. The topper will mould to your body’s shape, relieving joint pressure for a comfortable, cool night's sleep.
And our tester agrees. She found it to be super supportive, the best she’d had in a while in fact. But our reviewer was equally impressed with Panda’s impressive eco-credentials. It’s one of the most sustainable bedding brands out there, and the topper comes with a removable, and washable, bamboo cover. Bamboo being hypoallergenic and antibacterial material means it’ll stay fresher for longer and is great for allergy sufferers.
If your daydreams are filled with the thought of sinking into a cosy bed at night, then this memory foam mattress topper from eve is for you. It's a more expensive option compared to the budget memory foam alternative further down this list, but as far as quality is concerned, we think it’s worth it.
The best part
Whether you’re a lover or hater of memory foam, there’s no denying that it's one of the best materials for extra support. Be it for your firm mattress that needs a little softening up or a bad shoulder that needs a little extra cushioning, memory foam is great at lending a helping hand. Whether you’re a side, back or front sleeper this mattress topper will mould to your sleep position for a personalised night’s rest. Plus, its thick 5cm of foam will transform an unwelcoming mattress into a sink-in-able surface.
Not only this, but our reviewer, being a hot sleeper, particularly notes this memory foam as great for regulating body temperature. As memory foam can usually be associated with overheating at night, this eve topper has an open-cell structure that makes it breathable for a sweat-free night's sleep. The only downside we found to this best memory foam topper? Its cover is non-removable and made from two-way stretch polyester, so you can’t wash this in the machine. But don’t let this put you off. We popped one of the best mattress protectors on to keep it clean.
We’re big fans of Simba mattresses (you can read our Simba mattress review, too, if you want to know why), so we were eager to try out their mattress topper. We found the similarity between the topper and the hybrid mattress, and the difference in price makes it a great substitute if you can’t afford the full mattress just yet.
The best part
The 5cm deep hybrid combination of latex, foam and springs gives great support and more bounce than singular memory foam. That being said, motion transfer from a fidgety partner is kept at a minimum since the thickness is designed to hug the body.
During testing, we were keen to see whether the breathability element lived up to the hype. The verdict? 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 isn't fully temperature regulating and can't help those who get hot at night (in which case, a cooling mattress pad is worth checking out). Again, the cover won't come off, but Simba also offers a protector that will prolong the life of your topper.
This sustainable mattress topper 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 in a natural way. Though note that this cosiness will need re-plumping every so often. It is more expensive than most, but that’s to be expected for high-quality materials.
The best part
This topper is made with 3cm of sustainable wool. Yes, for the eco-conscious wool makes an ideal material for bedding as it can be traced back from manufacturing to the final product. Not only this but it offers a super soft sleeping surface that’s also naturally hypoallergenic. Though that’s an added bonus since the whole topper can be easily washed in a large capacity machine and tumble dried thereafter.
Our reviewer can vouch for wool’s natural temperature-regulating qualities. As a hot sleeper, they found they no longer woke up in the night having overheated, even despite testing it during the summer months. Given its impressive ability to cool, we have no doubt it’ll be the natural layer of warmth needed in the winter too.
If you suffer from an injury or chronic pain and are in need of a memory foam topper, but don’t quite have the budget for it, the affordable Impress topper from Silentnight is a great budget buy.
The best part
For half of the price of other memory foam mattress toppers, you can still get all the upsides you’d expect: reactive body-moulding contouring, allergy-friendliness and a lack of motion transfer from your partner's nightly shifting. What’s more, this 5cm thick memory foam mattress topper is doctor and chiropractor recommended. It’ll relieve pressure points in the spine and help to prevent and reduce existing aches and pains.
Upon hitting the hay, our tester could tell she was lying upon a decent layer of foam. It did all the things memory foam should, and she was overall impressed with the performance, given its low price point. Although the slightly disturbing brown discolouring was perhaps an indication of its quality. And whilst it isn't made from the most sustainable materials, the removable knitted polyester cover can be machine washed at 40 degrees, which is better than the 30 degrees you get with others.
Get the best of both worlds with this great value for money memory foam topper from Otty. It’ll work to get you your best sleep ever whilst saving on having to replace your tired mattress.
The best part
This memory foam option is a great balance between providing support and comfort for the ultimate sleep setup, especially if you’re prone to tossing and turning in the night. By adding depth to your current mattress with a good 5cm of charcoal and bamboo-infused foam, not only is this topper firm enough to keep side sleepers and back sleepers in position but the cover is breathable for optimal sleep conditions. We wouldn't recommend it for front sleepers but our tester actually changed their sleep style while testing it and became a side sleeper after a lifetime of sleeping on her front. In other words, you’re sure to get a great night's sleep, despite your sleep style.
Our reviewer particularly appreciates the eco-friendly fabrics of this topper and the benefits that come with bamboo and charcoal fibres. Having charcoal infused within the layers makes the topper hypoallergenic, which makes up for the fact it has no washable cover or zip for at-home cleaning. If you have a dog or pet that often joins you in bed, like our tester, the odour-eliminating properties of bamboo give peace of mind.
We’d all love to recreate the luxury sleep experience you enjoy on holiday. Think sinkable sheets, plush pillows and a mattress you know costs more than you can bargain for. With this premium goose-down and feather filled mattress topper from DUSK, you can sleep boutique for a fraction of the price of upgrading the whole of your sleep set up.
The best part
Not just for when your mattress needs replacing, this cushioning mattress topper is a great way to alter the surface of one you just can’t get along with. Especially if you already know you love the feeling of natural bedding. Additionally, if you’re a cold sleeper we’d suggest this topper for added warmth. Feather and down being natural fillings are known for being temperature regulating. And while they’ll work to keep you at a happy medium, we found goose-down to be on the hotter side, compared with memory foam.
While it won’t offer much when it comes to support or substituting a needs-to-be-replaced mattress, it will give you the comfort of a cushioning sleep surface. Our tester, who owns a relatively new mattress anyway, appreciated the softness it gave to an otherwise firm bed. With this in mind, we’d recommend this one for the renters, or those who go away and stay in a bed you don't sleep well in. No more restless nights, that's for sure.
For an uber-affordable topper that’ll work well to prolong the life of your mattress, this best-selling mattress topper from Dunelm is the perfect add-on to help you save on sleep, and on money.
The best part
There are more than many great reviews of this mattress topper for its comfortability and capability of transforming a tired mattress from a poor night's sleep to a 5-star experience. It’s thick and cushioning, with 5cm of soft quilted synthetic materials. This makes it great in regard to cosiness but probably not the best if a temperature regulating option is what you’re after. On the other hand, the hollow fibre filling is ideal for those with allergies and is also easily washable for frequent use. If you’re needing a fuss-free topper you can pick up without too much thought, this mattress will be an option you won’t regret.
Real Homes review process
You can read more in our how we test guide about our in-depth review process. Otherwise, for a quick overview, we like to ensure the products we recommend for you are really the best on the market. For these mattress toppers, we selected and tested them firstly based on being best-sellers and highly rated online. Though factors such as quality and of course, price, filter in to ensure you're getting the best value for your money.
We had members of the Real Homes team try these toppers by sleeping, washing and sleeping on them again for consecutive nights under different conditions. You can read the individual reviews of each mattress topper on this list, and as for the last pick from Dunelm, we’ll be sure to add in our verdict once we’ve given it a go.
Meet our testers below.
Annie tested the OTTY Mattress Topper (opens in new tab) atop her OTTY mattress and rated the combination highly. These two, when paired together, offer the ultimate luxury though it comes at a price tag. She also slept on this topper atop a more affordable mattress and even then it made her wow. She also used it atop her sofa bed and on her sofa for guests to sleep comfortably, and everyone who experienced it had only good things to say! Not to mention its eco-credentials are great since it's made using bamboo.
Louise is all about getting her beauty sleep, but with a new budget mattress that came with her furnished flat, she's not always able to get in. After moving in and switching from a softer mattress, just a mere few months ago, she found her sleep surface to be too hard.
She tested the DUSK Supreme Goose-down topper (opens in new tab)and found it to be the perfect add-on to improve comfort levels. Filled will feathers she was sceptical about her allergies, but it proved just fine and the puffy layer worked great for extra warmth. It comes with a price-tag, but Louise thinks this would be a great investment buy that would help save on bills come winter.
If you're wondering about Jen's testing credentials, then there's no need to worry. She was our large appliance editor, meaning she's had her hands on pretty much every investment purchase for your home. Trust us, she knows a worthwhile buy when she sees one.
Linda is one of our reviewers, testing all the best bedding products you can buy, from mattresses to toppers and pillows.
She tested two of the toppers on this list including our top mattress topper from Panda (opens in new tab)and the Silentnight Impress (opens in new tab). Both being memory foam options she could compare on quality, price and comfortability. Loving both options, rating the Panda a 5 star and Silentnight a 4 she argues one is a more affordable option to the other. So if you're wanting a memory foam topper, you can choose based on your budget.
Already fallen in love with a Simba mattress or pillow? Lucy has too. She, as well as many of the Real Homes' team love Simba bedding buys, so there's no surprise she rated the Simba mattress topper (opens in new tab) a 4.5 star.
What's best about this product is you don't have to splash out on a full mattress to get the Simba sleep experience. Lucy found it transformed her old mattress to that it feels like a Simba mattress. A great buy if you haven't got enough cash to invest.
How to choose the best mattress topper
When choosing the best mattress topper for you, there are a few factors to consider, including what kind of sleeper you are, before diving into bed with your new purchase. From type, thickness and support to size, price and care instructions, everyone will have their preference when it comes to getting a great nights sleep.
Which type of topper is best?
Mattress toppers are available in a range of types to help with various sleep problems. For example, a memory foam topper is often great for combatting back pain and offering relief that a firmer mattress may place on pressure points. Similarly, a hybrid mattress topper, typically a combination of latex, foam and pocket springs, will offer the same benefits, but with an added softness. Those with cooling layers will, yes you guessed it, work to regulate body temperature and help those who suffer with night sweats. Then there are synthetic and natural filled toppers like DUSK’s supreme Goose-down option, Soak and Sleep's wool and Dunelm's mattress topper. These solve the issue of an uncomfortable sleep surface with a soft layer of cushioning that's allergy-friendly and usually entirely machine washable.
Are thicker mattress toppers better?
Hand in hand with the type of topper, knowing how much depth your mattress topper will add to your mattress is worth a second thought. If you already own a deep mattress, putting an additional 5cm on top may give your bed a princess and the pea feel and look. If this isn't what you’re after then a flatter alternative would work better. In some cases, brands offer toppers in thickness variations. 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 to relieve any spine tension you may feel during the night.
Can a mattress topper be cleaned?
Some, but not all toppers are washable with covers that act as a protector. Doubling up means you won’t need to buy a mattress protector as well to shield from dust mites, spills and stains. So you'll want to consider whether you can bang it in the drum, or not. For those times you spill a drink, or even for when you're spring cleaning the house, having a mattress topper you can easily take care of is a bonus. You can find out more about how to clean a mattress (or topper) in our guide.
Are mattress toppers worth having?
A mattress topper adds another layer to your sleep surface which will transform an uncomfortable mattress into one worthy of staying on your bed a little longer. They're much cheaper than splurging on a super expensive mattress, with some as little as £50. No matter your budget, buying a mattress topper as a substitute for replacing your old mattress is a great way to save on money.
Big brands such as Simba Sleep and Otty make their mattress toppers as essentially, smaller versions of their best-selling mattresses. By buying one of these you’re guaranteed to sleep better without having to invest a whole lot of money in an entirely new mattress. To answer the question, mattress toppers are a great way to refresh your bed without upgrading your entire sleep setup. Worth it? We think so.