Best mattress topper: 12 buys to soften your mattress for a great night's sleep

Choosing the best mattress topper for your bed will improve your sleep without the need for a brand new mattress. From memory foam to latex mattress toppers... say goodbye to restless nights and achy joints

The best mattress topper: Simba mattress topper
(Image credit: Simba)

Finding the best mattress topper can transform your sleep quality – without the expense of a brand new mattress. So if you are on a budget, are suffering joint or back pain or are finding your mattress too firm, a good quality mattress topper should be your first port of call. And good mattress toppers will not only add an extra layer of cushioning, they'll also protect your mattress, too. 

We've reviewed the best mattress toppers to save you the legwork – find our top picks below. And if you need more guidance, jump to the end of this feature for tips on how to buy the best mattress topper; we also discuss the materials they're made from to give you further buying know-how.

Got your eye on another mattress purchase? Head to our guide of the best mattresses

What is the best mattress topper?

Panda The Topper is our top pick of mattress toppers. It's a gel-infused memory foam mattress with an added layer of gel designed to improve comfort, and to ensure you keep cool throughout the night. Read on for more about this mattress topper and see the rest of our top picks below:

  • Best mattress topper: Panda The Topper
  • Best mattress topper for side sleepers: Simba mattress topper
  • Best mattress topper for joint pain: Silentnight Impress 5cm memory foam mattress topper 
  • Best mattress topper for back pain: Bodymould Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Cover
  • Best mattress topper for allergy sufferers: Yanis Latex Plus
  • Best mattress topper from Argos: Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper
  • Best memory foam mattress topper: Eve mattress topper
  • Best mattress topper for stomach sleepers: Dormeo Renew memory mattress topper
  • Best feather and down mattress topper: John Lewis & Partners Natural Goose Down Mattress Topper
  • Best budget mattress topper: Southern Foam Memory Foam Mattress Topper
  • Best mattress topper for sweaty sleepers: Littens 2in Double Size Memory Foam Mattress Topper
  • Best mattress topper for old beds: Dormeo Octaspring Classic 7cm Memory Foam Mattress Topper

The best mattress toppers

The best mattress topper for side sleepers

1. Panda The Topper

The best mattress topper: medium support with a gel layer for a cooling effect

Specifications
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

Topping our list, and for great reasons, is Panda The Topper.

What's so good about it?

This is a gel-infused memory foam mattress 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.

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. 

See all our best memory foam mattress toppers in our buyer's guide.

Best hybrid mattress topper for side sleepers: Simba mattress topper

2. Simba mattress topper

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

Specifications
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 review of it in full), so were intrigued to try the Simba mattress topper. Good news is, we like 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 a memory foam mattress topper. 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, mattress cooling pads are an option). 

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.

Silentnight Impress 5 cm Memory Foam Mattress Topper

3. Silentnight Impress 5cm memory foam mattress topper

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

Specifications
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
-Not available in a single-No straps

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

What's so good about it?

Another 5cm thick memory foam mattress topper, 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.

Read our review of the Silentnight Mirapocket Eco Comfort Breathe 2000 (firm), too.

Bodymould Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Cover

4. Bodymould Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Cover

Best mattress topper for back pain: this ultra-thick memory foam mattress topper is our best for bad backs

Specifications
Best for: Bad backs
Size: Single, EU Single, small double, EU double, double, king, EU king, super king, EU super king
Thickness: 10cm
Reasons to buy
+ Great for back pain sufferers + Extra thick foam 
Reasons to avoid
-Roll-together is an issue

The UK brand Bodymould's mattress topper is a good buy for anyone with a bad back. 

Who will it suit?

This is one of the best foam mattress toppers for deep support, so if you suffer from sore joints – hips, shoulder and neck – you'll like it. This mattress topper combines three levels of comfort: soft, luxurious and supportive.

This UK made memory foam mattress topper will require a spacious bed sheet to get round the 10cm depth but you'll really feel the extra comfort and support immediately – ideal as an alternative to a mattress upgrade.

What else?

If you’re worried about motion transfer, consider our top pick, the eve mattress topper, but if it’s not a deal-breaker, this one can save you some pennies. 

Yanis Latex Plus

5. Yanis Latex Plus

Best mattress topper for allergy sufferers: it’s hypoallergenic and breathable, too

Specifications
Best for: Thickness
Sizes: Single-Super king
Thickness: 8cm
Type: Latex
Reasons to buy
+Washable cover+Allergy friendly
Reasons to avoid
-  No straps to hold in place

If you suffer from allergies and joint pain, this Yanis Latex Plus mattress topper is a good 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.

Check out the best latex mattresses for allergy sufferers.

Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper

6. Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper

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

Specifications
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 Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper increased airflow mattress topper.

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.

Eve White premium memory foam mattress topper for side sleepers

7. Eve mattress topper

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

Specifications
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 the Eve memory foam topper is the one for you. 

What's so good about it?

Like our top pick the Eve memory foam mattress topper 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 memory foam 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 mattress 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 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 a mattress protector as the cover is not removable. 

For more info, read our Eve mattress review, too. Or, see all our favourite reviewed memory foam mattress toppers.

Best mattress topper for side sleepers for medium firm mattresses: Dormeo Renew Memory Mattress Topper

8. Dormeo Renew memory mattress topper

Best mattress topper for stomach sleepers: this antibacterial mattress topper will keep your sleeping space fresh

Specifications
Best for: Hygiene
Sizes: Single-super king
Thickness: 5cm
Type: Memory foam
Reasons to buy
+ Moulds to your body shape + Hygienic
Reasons to avoid
-Not as deep as other mattress toppers-No straps to hold onto the mattress

This Dormeo Renew memory foam mattress topper is the thinnest on our list but don't dismiss it out of hand. 

What's so good about it?

This might be the thinnest mattress topper for side sleepers on our list at just 3.5cm deep, but its medium to soft memory foam make up will still noticeably soften and improve a mattress that's getting older or one that is medium to firm, but still too hard for your preferences. That said, for softening a very firm mattress, we'd look at a deeper topper. 

What else? Like other memory foam mattresses, it's antibacterial and has anti-odour properties, so it will stay fresh for longer. Plus, it's a good buy for allergy sufferers, since the memory foam filling discourages dust mites.   

Ease of cleaning

The cover is made of a soft plush material and is removable and washable. 

Read our Dormeo S Plus mattress review, too.

Feather and down mattress topper by John Lewis

(Image credit: John Lewis)

9. John Lewis & Partners Natural Goose Down Mattress Topper

Best feather and down mattress topper: love a natural filling – this one's for you

Specifications
Best for: Feather and down lovers
Sizes: Single-double
Thickness: 5cm
Type: Feather and goose down
Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

This John Lewis & Partners Natural Goose Down Mattress Topper is a sumptuous dual-layer mattress topper that has a 70 per cent soft goose down and 30 per cent feather top for comfort, and a firm, 100 per cent fine feather base for support.

What's so good about it?

Not everyone loves memory foam and the like, so if you're after the best mattress topper that's made from feathers and down, this is the one. What's the difference? Down and feather mattress toppers tend to feel cloud like when you lie on them but will flatten during the night, meaning they'll need fluffing up in the morning. So, while they won't necessarily suit back pain sufferers, they will make very firm mattresses feel just that bit more welcoming.

This mattress topper comes with some adjustability: you can tighten or loosen it with its adjustable buttons – so it can be firmer or softer, depending on your preference. 

Let's talk allergies, which can put some off these mattress topper types. This one's fillings are washed and dried at high temperatures, then sealed in a tightly woven fabric cover to act as a barrier against dust mites. 

As for animal welfare worries, the down and feather is sourced only as a by-product to ensure high standards of animal welfare.

What else to note? This mattress topper isn't recommended for use with an electric blanket. 

Ease of cleaning

Meanwhile, the top layer of this mattress topper can be separated from the base layer for easy washing at up to 60°C. It can also be tumble dried on low heat setting but not dry cleaned.

Southern Foam Memory Foam Mattress Topper

10. Southern Foam Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Best budget mattress topper: it might be lesser-known, but this budget topper is right at home in the big leagues

Specifications
Best for: Extra softness
Size: Single, small double, double, king, super king
Thickness: 7.5cm
Reasons to buy
+ Very thick and soft + Great value 
Reasons to avoid
-Takes a while to roll out fully

It might not come from an instantly recognisable name, but don’t write off this Southern Foam mattress topper just yet. 

Who will it suit?

This is one of the best memory foam mattress toppers for easing back pain and can even help some people sleep on their backs where they may have struggled before. 

On a low budget? This memory foam mattress topper is a steal, and a great offering, especially for such a low price. As a mattress topper specialist to not only consumers but trade too, this is a company that knows what it's doing and can pass on the savings of its big-scale operation to you and your sleep.

Got a past-best mattress? This one, like the others on our list can even improve the feel of a mattress you'd like to save, were money no object. 

What else?

Like most memory foam mattress toppers, this one arrives rolled for convenience, which means it will take a little while to expand to its full size once laid flat, so be sure to factor that in before you get too excited about sleeping on it straight away.

Littens 2" Double Size Memory Foam Mattress Topper

11. Littens 2in Double Size Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Best mattress topper for sweaty sleepers: anti-dustmite, anti-allergen and anti-stickiness, don’t write this surprisingly shaped option off just yet

Specifications
Best for: Breathability
Size: Single, small double, double, king, super king
Thickness: 5cm
Reasons to buy
+ More breathable than traditional solid foam + Great weight distributing action 
Reasons to avoid
-Basic design

It might look like some kind of mild torture device, but this Littens memory foam mattress topper’s distinctive egg box cutouts are surprisingly conducive to a good night’s sleep. As such it's one of the best memory foam mattress toppers for affordable comfort.

Who will it suit?

Allergy sufferers and back pain sufferers, this way please. This memory foam mattress topper is made in the UK using high density pure visco memory foam, and it’s anti-dust mite and hypoallergenic, making it a great option for allergy sufferers as well as those who suffer from back pain. 

Sweaty sleeper? The egg box construction of this topper also means that more air can circulate, making it less clammy than traditional, smooth memory foam. 

What else?

There are multiple options on this topper meaning you can go for thicker or thinner if you need. For those that don't mind the heat there is a flatter option which offers a more traditional support system over the egg crate style construction. 

Dormeo Octaspring Classic 7cm Memory Foam Mattress Topper

12. 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

Specifications
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
-Pricey

Mattress worn out? There's no need to replace the entire thing if you don't want to, as the best memory foam mattress topper will do the trick – especially if there's Octaspring® technology involved. 

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 memory foam mattress topper.

How to buy the best mattress topper

Ikea mattress toppers: why buy?

There's a range of Ikea mattress toppers to choose from – from basic foam pads at 3.5cm deep to thicker foam (5cm deep) and more luxurious latex (6cm), memory foam (8cm) and latex and wool (7cm deep). You might think they'd be cheaper than our other picks but they're competitively priced and some are more expensive than our list of the best mattress toppers. However, if you have an Ikea mattress already, you can be sure that they'll fit your mattress size perfectly. So, either shop around above, checking sizes carefully (an Ikea mattress doesn't always match up to standard sizes), or shop at Ikea knowing that you might get a better price elsewhere.

Thickness

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 pillow 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 cleaning 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. See all the best memory foam mattress toppers in our buyer's guide.
  • 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. 

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