Second only to snow, the phenomenon we’re worst at dealing with here in the UK tends to be the heatwave, and the discomfort of overheating during the night can really put a dampener on a run of glorious weather. Even the best mattresses can lead to you overheating on the hottest days, at which point you may need a little assistance to keep cool.
No matter whether your nocturnal sweltering is seasonal or perpetual, there are steps you can take to see it off, like enlisting the services of one of the best mattress cooling pads in the shops.
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What is a mattress cooling pad?
A mattress cooling pad is essentially a mattress topper made with materials, such as latex or gel-infused foam, that absorb extra heat and regulate your body's temperature for a comfortable night's sleep.
The best mattress pads for cooling aren’t just adept at one thing, and many of our picks, including our number one, the Dunelm Gel Fusion Memory Foam Mattress Topper, also improve the support or comfort (or both!) of your existing mattress. If you’re after the closest thing to sleeping on a cloud, look for the thickest pad (on our list, that’s the Visco Therapy Luxury Gel Memory Foam Topper) but if you don’t want the money you spent finding a comfortable, supportive mattress to go to waste, any of our picks should still be plush enough to give you that floating feeling while, most importantly, cooling you down.
1. Dunelm Gel Fusion Memory Foam Mattress Topper
With list-topping cooling capabilities, this topper is memory foam, but not as you know it
Reasons to buy
If you like the idea of swapping your current mattress for a memory foam mattress, but aren’t sure about the investment, a topper like this one from Dunelm Mill could prove a more cost-effective, and cooler, alternative. Unlike traditional memory foam toppers, this pad includes integrated gel particles that are said to absorb and subsequently disperse body heat, and microscopic air holes throughout to improve airflow, vital for avoiding sticky situations on hot nights. For its combination of spine-comforting foam and clever cooling, this one gets our top spot.
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2. Magic Cooling Gel Blue Cool Pad Mat Orthopedic Mattress
Our best cooler for short term use, keep it for yourself, or even let the dog have a go!
Reasons to buy
With no water or refrigeration required, manufacturer 2You recommends this Magic Cooling Gel Pad for all manner of uses, including (but not limited) as a pillow, a yoga mat for hot weather, a cooling pad for pets, and a laptop cooler. How you use it is, of course, up to you, but the positive reviews it’s earned from users are all based on its ability to provide a cool, comfortable night’s sleep. They said the cooling sensation was immediate and soothing, and that the mat itself had a comfortable non-crinkly surface, however a common refrain seemed to be that it was better for short periods, like treating hot flushes, than for continued use.
3. Visco Therapy Luxury Gel Memory Foam Topper
Our thickest layer of memory foam – but it doesn’t double up on warmth
Reasons to buy
This memory foam mattress topper is engineered more for enhanced comfort on a subpar mattress than for cooling specifically, but as luck would have it, reviewers found it was great on both fronts, making it a solid bet for those tempted by a supportive sleep but turned off by the price of a new memory foam mattress. This gel infused memory foam, like that of our first pick, serves to disperse body heat away from over-warm sleepers; where it differs from our first pick is in the fact that it’s double the thickness, so if you’re after a really cushioned sleeping surface and relief from niggling pressure points, consider this.
4. Silentnight Cooler Summer Mattress Topper
A good-looking alternative to gel pads for warm nights
Reasons to buy
There’s a lot to be said for gel, as our last few picks prove, but if you’re not a fan, you could consider something like this microfibre mattress topper instead. Similar to our first choice topper, it eschews the blue for a less clinical look and feel, plumping instead for a soft, breathable microfibre cover and a lofty 100% hollow fibre filling but, according to reviewers, is no worse off for it. In fact, they said it counteracted some of the over-warm qualities of memory foam mattresses, and found a night’s sleep on board cooling and comfortable. Add to that non-allergenic properties, and it looks to be a great all round option for warmer months.
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