We all buy a mattress topper in college, right? My boyfriend (at the time) introduced me to the world of mattress toppers, to add some comfort to my lumpy dorm mattress. Although the one he bought wasn't the best, it opened my eyes to make me realize I didn't have to sleep uncomfortably for four years. Then, soon after I tried the PlushBeds Natural Wool Topper, and honestly, I've never looked back. To be totally transparent: I didn’t understand the appeal of a wool mattress topper before mine arrived. Why would I need a topper if I already loved my mattress? Was it even necessary?
Well, I take everything back that I said about wool mattress toppers. And about mattress toppers in general, really. I’m so glad I got the chance to try the PlushBeds Natural Wool Topper or else I wouldn’t have understood how a topper can offer more benefits than just comfort. Nor would I understand why wool tends to be so expensive. I get it, I truly get it now.
Not only is this wool topper eco-friendly and made from cruelty-free, sustainable wool, but it's actually temperature-regulating, too. And I can vouch for that. It's even custom-made right here in the USA. Here's why else I love it...
Plushbeds Mattress Topper review
TLDR: What I thought of the Plushbeds Wool Topper
I tested this PlushBeds mattress topper on top of an already comfortable mattress, and the fact it made it even more comfortable was a total winner in my eyes. Truly, I have been lying to myself for years about the fact you don't need a mattress topper if your existing base is already comfortable. The PlushBeds Wool Topper has been a welcome addition to my sleep experience. Sure, my body needed a few days to get used to it, but now I look forward to sleeping on it every night.
Not only that, but its hypoallergenic qualities and the ability to regulate your temperature any time of the year make this cooling mattress topper a great buy. Not to mention that it can alleviate stress and pain in your joints and muscles. In truth, I did not think I’d keep the mattress topper on my bed after I was done testing it, but I still have it on there. There is something nice about crawling into bed at night and feeling like I’m sleeping on a cloud or in the soft arms of a teddy bear.
I admit I'm not incredibly satisfied with the fact that it’s not returnable or that it’s quite pricey, but I’m fairly confident that if you do invest in one, you’ll see that the PlushBeds Natural Wool Topper is a fantastic buy, and will exceed all your expectations.
Testing the PlushBeds mattress topper
I'm Alex, one of Real Homes' mattress experts — which is a good role for someone like myself who needs over 8 hours of sleep each night. I'm based in Dallas and I reviewed the PlushBeds Natural Wool Topper. Admittedly, it took me quite a few nights to get along with this one, but after my body got used to it I now sleep like a dream. It cushions me in all the right places and even though my mattress isn't uncomfortable or old, this topper truly has made a difference.
• Sleep position: Flexi (front, back, and side)
• Insomnia: Not usually
• Sleep problems: Difficulty getting a deep rest with someone else in the bed. Can't sleep on a mattress that is too soft.
• Average sleep time: 8-9 hours
Plushbeds Natural Wool Topper specifications
- Type: Wool
- Cover: 400 thread count GOTS-certified organic cotton sateen cover
- Fill: 100% virgin wool and 100% GOTS-certified cotton
- Firmness: I would rate it as a 3/10
- Thickness: 3"
- Construction materials: 100% virgin wool and 100% GOTS-certified cotton
- Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
- Price: $686 – $1,249
- Care: Spot clean using mild detergent
Unboxing the PlushBeds Mattress Topper
The PlushBeds Natural Wool Topper arrived in a large square box and was wrapped in plastic. I tested the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Organic Latex Mattress first before putting the Natural Wool Topper on the bed a few weeks later. The wool is encased in a soft organic cotton cover, resulting in a three-inch topper. I ordered a king size and it sits perfectly on my bed.
Its 400 thread count outer cover is made with 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton sateen. Inside the cotton cover is three inches of 100% natural wool that is free of scouring agents, dyes, and chemicals.
The wool has been ethically sourced, naturally wicks away moisture, regulates temperature, and prevents dust mites, mold spores, and allergens. The topper comes together with a hand-tufted design that helps to keep the topper’s shape. The topper sits on top of the mattress without any straps.
Is the Plushbeds Natural Wool Topper comfortable?
My immediate impression of the Natural Wool Topper was that it lacked any kind of smell and kind of looked like a very old-fashioned mattress in how it’s tufted. (Please don’t use this as a mattress — it’s meant to be on top of a mattress!) I was worried that my fitted sheet wouldn’t fit over the wool topper, but it did with no problem at all.
Upon lying on the Natural Wool Topper for the first time, I found it to be plush and cozy. I felt like a cat curling up in a soft and buoyant bed. My body sunk into the topper creating an incredibly wonderful feeling. That said, I did not sleep well with this topper for the first five days.
I prefer a medium-firm or firm mattress and even though the mattress under the topper was exactly that, I felt like my lower back and hips were sinking too far into the topper to be comfortable and it made for some restless nights. But each night, my body seemed to get more and more comfortable with the wool topper until I started to like it quite a bit. Now, I can sleep on my stomach, back, or side without any issues.
According to PlushBeds, the Natural Wool Topper can be good for joint and muscle relief and induce a deeper REM cycle. I can’t say for sure if I’m in a deeper REM cycle, but I do sleep pretty deeply on the topper. I have noticed that my body feels very refreshed in the mornings, and I don’t have many hip or muscle aches when I awake.
I am curious about how long the plushness of the wool will hold. According to PlushBeds, I need to turn the topper around every once in a while, so my body impression doesn’t break down the materials too quickly. I plan to do this each time I wash my sheets, so I can hopefully keep this mattress topper in tip-top shape for a long time.
Is the PlushBeds Natural Wool Topper breathable and cool?
Natural wool toppers are meant to regulate your temperature, which means it’s supposed to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I live in Texas, and it was over 100 degrees while I was testing this topper. I set my temperature at 77 degrees at night and put on the fan in my room. Not only that, but my bed has a thick comforter. With the natural wool topper, I have never gotten hot or sweaty at night.
Is the Plushbeds Natural Wool Topper right for you?
Shipping is free for Natural Wool Toppers, and it comes with a one-year warranty for manufacturer defects. However, take note that the Natural Wool Topper is not returnable. The website notes: “Due to safety and sanitary regulations, this product is not returnable.”
I find this non-returnable policy to be a big drawback, especially because the natural wool topper is very expensive and if it is not to your liking, you would lose out on a lot of money. As for their "safety and sanitary regulations," this also does not make much sense to me since it’s not uncommon for brands to accept returns on bedding — including PlushBeds which offers a full refund on mattress returns as long as you test it out for 30 days.
A few weeks ago, I would have told you that a topper was only a necessary buy if your mattress was poor, and you couldn’t afford to invest in a new mattress. After testing the PlushBeds Natural Wool Topper, I know that’s not the case.
Invest in this mattress topper if:
You want something sustainable
You want something temperature regulating
You sleep hot or cold
Avoid this mattress topper if:
You want something affordable
You'd rather something that's returnable
If that's what you're after, or you think there might be a better topper out there for you, here are a few options we've also tested.
A hybrid option
About this review and the reviewer
There's much more to how we test mattresses (and toppers) ICYWW, but for a brief overview, our mattress topper testers are all required to sleep on their bed with the new product for a minimum of three to four weeks before reaching their verdict, testing the topper according to a strict brief. This allows Real Homes to compare and contrast their mattress topper experiences to find the best product. During the review, we will pay close attention to comfort, support, cost, and how it lives up to claims. We will also choose a reviewer depending on how they sleep, and we will ensure that this matches the type of topper we give them.