The best mattress toppers for side sleepers

Sleep on your side? We've got just what you need to improve your night’s sleep. From gel infused to latex, the best types of mattress toppers are right here. Say goodbye to those restless nights

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All side sleepers know how difficult it can be to get comfy. Sometimes, even with the best mattress out there, you can still find yourself waking up with achy joints for no apparent reason. If you’re having trouble sleeping but don’t want to invest in a new mattress specifically for side sleepers as it can be expensive, so take the cheaper option and purchase a topper. Not only is it a great way to add an extra layer of cushioning to help you sleep easy at night, but it'll protect your mattress too. 

What to look out for when buying a mattress topper

The best thing to look out for in a mattress topper for side sleepers is thickness. The thicker the topper, the better; especially if you have achy joints and muscles, as it will cover more pressure points and relieve any tension you may feel during the night. 

Around 5cm seems to be 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. 

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. 

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. 

Mattress topper materials

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. Here's what to look for:

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

The best mattress topper for side sleepers

1. Panda The 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 reason, Panda's gel-infused memory foam mattress is of a medium thickness at 5cm, and has an added later of gel which is designed not only to improve comfort, but to ensure you keep cool throughout the night. Eco-friendly too, It also features a washable bamboo cover which is hypoallergenic and antibacterial, so it will stay cleaner and fresher for longer. Those who find their mattress a little too firm to sleep on their side found this topper to be an excellent purchase. Ideal for those who suffer from back and neck pain, your body moulds into the topper, relieving pressure when you sleep on your side. It is also anti-slip and has straps to attach to your mattress to ensure it doesn't move around. Sleepless nights? Never again.

Eve White premium memory foam mattress topper

2. Eve white premium 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+ Easy to transport/store+ Washable + Straps to attach to mattress
Reasons to avoid
-Some may find too firm 

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. Its 5cm thickness is pure luxury for those who like a soft base, and it has the ability to transform even the most uncomfortable mattress. For those who are often restless, it will mould to your body shape and sleeping position so you may find you sleep more soundly on this topper. Completely hypo-allergenic and although entirely made from memory foam, its open cell structure is designed to make it breathable so you won’t get too hot at night. Some may find it too firm, but for those who suffer from arthritis and muscle soreness, it's a winner.

Read our Eve mattress review, too.

Silentnight Impress 5 cm Memory Foam Mattress Topper

3. Silentnight Impress 5cm memory foam mattress topper

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 memory foam mattress topper could provide the relief you need. Recommended by doctors and chiropractors, the topper reduces pressure on points in the spine to help prevent and reduce existing aches and pains. It also has a removable cover which is easy to machine wash to keep this topper fresh. More inexpensive than others, it's not as durable, and doesn't come with straps to attach to your mattress. The perfect short-term solution in our eyes.

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

Dormeo Renew Memory Mattress Topper

4. Dormeo Renew memory mattress topper

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
-Expensive for what it is-No straps to hold onto the mattress

Wake up feeling fresh and rejuvenated after a comfortable night’s sleep on this memory foam mattress. It moulds to the shape of your body to completely take the weight off all main pressure points, which is great for side sleepers who really feel it in their shoulders and hips. The anti-bacterial topper also has anti-odour properties so you can expect this mattress topper to stay looking and feeling fresh, and to help those with allergies sleep easier.  

Yanis Latex Plus

5. Yanis Latex Plus

A latex filled mattress topper that’s hypoallergenic and breathable

Specifications
Best for: Thickness
Sizes: Single-Super king
Thickness: 8cm
Type: Latex
Reasons to buy
+ Thick and bouncy+ Made from latex+ Washable
Reasons to avoid
- Can be too hot- No straps to hold in place

If memory foam sounds like it would be too hot for you, but you want a lot of cushioning, then this latex mattress topper could be the alternative you need. At 8cm thick, you can expect to really feel the difference. Latex is one of the most popular types of mattress these days, as it provides a similar comfort to memory foam but it is fully breathable and hypoallergenic. The thickness means some may find it too hot, however it will always bounce back into shape, so every night feels like the first night’s sleep on this mattress topper. 

Check out the best latex mattresses for allergy sufferers.

Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper

6. Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper

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 the others-Not the best for helping muscle and joint pain

Get the best of both worlds with this memory fibre increased airflow mattress topper. It has all the comfort of memory foam, but is specially designed to keep you cool at night and is a lot cheaper than others. Its springy surface allows for optimum comfort, especially for those who toss and turn in the night. Although thinner than most, it can easily be taken with you on trips away if you struggle to sleep in any bed but your own. Not a great help when it comes to muscle or joint pain, but for those who just want a comfy topper and at a cheap price, this is the one.

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