8 amazing mattress toppers to take your bed from lumpy to lush

The renter-mattress hack you have to try

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Moved into a new apartment? One that came with a bed? Great! No need to spend all of your hard-earned cash on a brand-new mattress. But the mattress you've been given, might not be so amazing. Yup, we've all been there — even if it was when we were in college — a standard renter bed is far from boujie.

And replacing it isn't always an option, I know. That's where a topper comes in. With an extra layer of cushy foam, cotton, or feathers you can transform your rental mattress from lumpy to lush. So whether your current mattress doesn't meet your needs, or it’s near time for an upgrade, a topper may be the perfect solution to your sleep (and money) concerns. Especially when they can cost as little as $60... Which is so much cheaper than if you were to buy a new bed altogether.

Trust me: it's the renter-bed hack to have you try. Between myself and the Real Homes team, we've slept on and reviewed a fair few mattress toppers in our time so you can see which ones are worth it. From some of the best mattress brands out there like Avocado, Tempur and Nolah as well as bedding favorites including Allswell and Lucid, keep scrolling for your dreamiest sleep yet. 

The best mattress toppers you can buy 

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8 amazing mattress toppers

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The best overall mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Thickness: 4"
Type: Memory foam and down-alternative
Care : Machine wash cover only

Reasons to buy

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Uses breathable, hypoallergenic down-fill
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Straps and skirted cover keep the topper in place
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Relieves pressure points and reduces motion transfer
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Affordably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Needs more than one day to expand 

This particular ViscoSoft hybrid mattress topper combines memory foam with a down-alternative topper. It's designed for anyone who loves the luxurious feel of a pillow top with the support of memory foam.

What we love about this mattress topper
Sometimes choosing between two different materials can feel like a compromise, but with a hybrid, that's certainly not the case. This topper features a 2.5-inch gel memory foam that relieves pressure points, eliminates motion transfer, and keeps you cool, paired with a 1.5-inch down-alternative quilted pillowtop. The quilted pillowtop cover also acts as a cover to keep the topper secure with elastic straps and a full elastic skirt to stretch over your mattress, up to 18 inches.  

Sleep experience
Our tester Julia was looking to elevate her current mattress in both looks and feel to a luxurious level without having to splurge on a new one and the Viscosoft Serene Hybrid Mattress Topper proved the perfect choice. It provided excellent pressure relief when paired with a firm mattress and was just right for all sleeping positions seeking additional cushioning.

Read our full Viscosoft Serene Hybrid Mattress Topper Review

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Runner up best mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Thickness: 3"
Type: Tempur material
Care : Cold wash cover only

Reasons to buy

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Get Tempur-Pedic support without having to buy a full mattress
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Hypoallergenic and breathable
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Works with adjustable bases
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10-year Warranty

Reasons to avoid

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No straps to secure topper to bed

You've always wanted a Tempur-Pedic mattress, but it's always felt just out of budget. Turn to the Tempur-Topper Supreme as the next best thing for Tempur-Pedic's unparalleled pressure relief and support. It is admittedly a bit of a splurge, costing around $450 for a king, but you can frequently find it on sale. 

What we love about this mattress topper
This Tempur-Pedic topper ticks off all the boxes for what we look for in a topper to make a mattress feel new again: minimal motion transfer, hypoallergenic, and breathable. As a bonus, it also works with adjustable bases, which are rapidly growing in popularity. The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Topper also comes with a 10-year warranty, so you know it is built to last, and perhaps help you hold off from buying another mattress for another decade. 

Sleep experience
Our contributing writer Alexandra loved how easy it was to unpack, she just rolled it onto the bed and gave it time to inflate. But more so it's made with the same proprietary material, Tempur foam, that Tempur-Pedic mattresses are renowned for. Alexandra felt how this uniquely responded to her weight, shape, and temperature for personalized support during testing. She was soon waving goodbye to aches and pains.

Read the full Tempur-Topper Supreme review

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The best affordable mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King
Thickness: 4"
Type: Open-Cell Memory Foam
Care : Spot clean only

Reasons to buy

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Dual-layer open-cell memory foam
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Infused with antimicrobial copper gel for a cool and comfortable experience
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Super affordable
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Temperature regulating 

Reasons to avoid

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Reviews mention sizing inconsistencies 

For anyone who's looking to save the life of their current mattress without a costly investment, this Allswell 4" memory foam mattress topper is the perfect pick. 

Why we love this mattress topper
The Allswell brand prides itself on blending state-of-the-art materials with smart technology and doing so without breaking the bank. The Allswell 4” Memory Foam Mattress Topper Infused with Copper Gel is the innovative solution everyone needs. With four inches of open-cell memory foam, this topper offers equal parts plush comfort and superb support.

Sleep experience
Our tester, Paige, who loves anything to help with wellness, found the topper to give her more than satisfactory night sleep. The cool foam promoted airflow and wicked away moisture on hot nights, while antimicrobial copper gel kept the sleep surface cool and fresh. Here, the topper offers layers of luxe memory foam and a refreshingly cool feeling that will not only extend the life of your current mattress but transform the feel of your sleep foundation. She loves it! 

Read the full Allswell 4" mattress topper review

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Our favorite mattress topper for pressure relief

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Thickness: 2"
Type: AirFoam

Reasons to buy

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Great for pressure relief 
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Organic Cotton Cover
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Temperature Neutral
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Two firmness options 

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive 

For anyone seeking respite from persistent back pain, or simply looking to ease up on pressure points, the Nolah Mattress Topper utilizes two inches of Airfoam to turn your bed into paradise. 

What we love about this mattress topper
Airfoam differs from memory foam in that it is more durable, responsive, and not temperature sensitive. While not a fully organic topper (no foam is truly organic), all foam meets CERTIPUR-US standards, and it is encased in an organic cotton cover that is soft, breathable, and also wicks away moisture. Elastic bands at each corner securely connect to the bed. 

Sleep experience
Our head mattress critic Jaclyn, found the two inches to be the perfect depth to relieve pressure without dealing with any sink-in feelings. Beyond being incredibly comfortable, the topper sleeps temperature neutral, meaning it didn't contribute to overheating, and motion transfer was absolutely minimal. Depending on your desired outcome, a softer or a firmer bed, you also have the option to choose from plush and luxury firm firmness options. The Plush version has a 3/10 firmness level, while the Luxury Firm feels like a 5–7/10 for a true medium feel. 

Read our full Nolah Mattress Topper Review

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The best cooling mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin – Cal King
Thickness: 2", 3" 4"
Type: Gel infused memory foam
Care : Machine wash cover

Reasons to buy

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Eliminates motion transfer
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Helps regulate sleeping temperature
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Breathable bamboo cover
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Affordable price 

Reasons to avoid

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Takes 48 hours to expand

If lining your bed with ice packs once crossed your mind, well you're going to need a mattress topper that does the absolute most in keeping you cool and regulating your temperature throughout the night. 

What we love about this mattress topper
The memory foam mattress has been infused with gel that is ventilated with purpose-made holes. This allows the air to flow and your body to cool as you sleep. The washable bamboo cover is also breathable, helping to keep your body temperature neutral. It also utilizes between two and four sumptuous inches of memory foam that deftly relieve pressure, allow airflow, and minimize motion transfer making way for a good night's sleep.

Sleep experience
This Subrtex gel-infused topper helped our freelance reviewer Alex, sleep comfortably. But more so, it gave her bed a new lease on life. There are three-thickness options to choose from, but Alex found the medium to have the ultimate Goldilocks effect in being not too soft, and not too hard. The most impressive thing? The price. 

Read the full Subrtex Memory Foam Mattress Topper review

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The best wool mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Thickness: 3"
Type: Wool
Care : Spot clean cover only

Reasons to buy

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Made of organic, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic materials
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Thick amount of wool 
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Natural temperature regulator for year-round comfort
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Sustainable manufacturing process 

Reasons to avoid

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An investment

At three inches, PlushBeds offers one of the thickest wool mattress toppers on the market, making it exceptionally plush. Wool is highly regarded in bedding for its ability to wick away moisture and provide just the right amount of insulation, perfect for year-round use. 

What we love about this mattress topper
Each wool topper is made to order, handcrafted, and sourced from farms with a sustained commitment to humane treatment and natural processing. PlushBeds also regularly takes part in third-party laboratory testing to ensure the quality, cleanliness, and integrity of the fibers. The wool batting is encased in a 100 percent organic cotton sateen cover that is also hand-tufted. This definitely drives up the price tag of the wool topper, but it's all so worth it.

Sleep experience
Due to the natural processing, our reviewer (another) Alex, Temblador, appreciated how the topper is also incredibly soft to the touch. In addition to offering necessary pressure-relieving comfort, the wool topper has natural anti-microbial properties that prevent mold, mildew, and dust mites, something our tester with allergies needs, and recommends others will want to consider. 

Read our full Plushbeds Wool Mattress Topper Review

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7. Avocado Green Organic Latex Mattress Topper

Our favorite organic mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Thickness: 2"
Type: Latex foam
Care : Spot clean cover only

Reasons to buy

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Certified organic
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Breathable wool cover
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Canvas bottom reduces slipping
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Comes in two firmness levels (Plush and firm)

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

We're big fans of the Avocado Green mattress, so of course, we were intrigued by their topper. The good news is, the Avocado Green mattress topper claims to be as high-quality as the full-size version. But premium does come with a price. We're in the process of calling this one in, so we'll update you with our verdict. 

Why we love this mattress topper
The best part about Avocado as a company is its commitment to sustainability and quality, and it shows in literally every element of its design. The core of the mattress is made from sustainably harvested, 100 percent GOLS-certified organic latex, which is designed to contour your body for supreme comfort. Then there's the removable cover, which is made with a layer of organic wool to offer all-natural heat and moisture control, and a casing made from 100 percent organic-certified cotton.

What customers have to say
The mattress topper also comes in two firmness levels — plush and firm — so you can choose the best option for you. The anti-slip canvas base means the topper won't move or slip when you sleep, many found this to be a great bonus for those with partners who fidget in their sleep.

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8. Lucid 3" Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper

The best Amazon mattress topper

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King, Cal King
Thickness: 3"
Type: Gel infused memory foam
Care : Can't be washed

Reasons to buy

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Great for support 
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Cooling gel layer
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Value priced
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Meets CertiPUR-US standards

Reasons to avoid

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No straps to hold it in place

We love this Lucid 3" Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper and are eager to try it out. In the meantime, we still believe it deserves a spot in our guide due to the thousands of great customer reviews.  

Why we love this mattress topper
There are so many great things about this mattress topper: it's super comfortable and supportive, hypoallergenic, and gel-infused for a cooling effect. The largest size (California King) comes in at under $125, so it's all at a good cost too. This mattress topper's affordability makes it a winner on multiple levels, and we appreciate the three-year warranty. 

What customers have to say
One of the main reasons we're into this topper has to do with its 3-inch thick, gel-infused memory foam. Similar to standard memory foam mattresses, the way this topper molds to your body is unmatched. It looks to improve the comfort of any current mattress and adds support to help reduce any pain, joint pressure, and other discomforts. Also: minimal motion transfer. If that wasn't enough, it also meets CertiPUR-US standards and is made without using harsh chemicals, so you can rest (and breathe) easily.


Real Homes review process

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Our expert mattress testers sleep on each featured mattress topper for at least two weeks. All our mattress reviews are based on the real-life experience of using these products at home. Some of our mattress topper reviews are done by members of the Real Homes team, otherwise, we ask our trusted freelancers to sleep on a topper or two for us. A total of six mattress toppers on this list have been reviewed, whilst two more are currently in review. We always consider value for money, construction, comfort, and support, whilst writing our reviews. Whilst not forgetting factors like edge support, motion transfer, and spinal alignment, of course.

Now, we understand that mattress firmness is subjective, so we also ask each reviewer to be transparent about their sleep habits. They will also, if possible, invite other people (friends and family) to lie on it and share their impressions. In the event that we have not yet tried out the mattress, we make our decisions by reading others' reviews and experiences, focusing on factors such as construction and value. 

Meet our mattress topper reviewers:

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Jaclyn Turner

Jaclyn frequently tests out and stays up to date on all things mattresses and bedding for Homes & Gardens, after previously working at Real Homes, Ideal Home & Livingetc, on their sleep content, too. She's not willing to sacrifice comfort or value and is after a mattress topper that makes it easy to sleep through the night. Luckily, she got to test out Nolah's mattress topper (opens in new tab), one of the most premium on this list.

You can also find her work in Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, Apartment Therapy, MyDomaine, and The Spruce. She lives in Atlanta, GA. 

Julia Catherine

Julia is a financial analyst in the Greater New York City Area, which means she always considers cost when it comes to investment buys, like a mattress perhaps. She gave the top spot away in her review of the ViscoSoft 4 Inch Pillow Top Memory Foam Mattress Topper (opens in new tab).

Following a lifelong love of reading and writing, she previously interned with a book publishing company and enjoyed reviewing diverse book submissions. When she’s off the clock, you can find her running along the Hudson River, food touring in NYC, or reading the latest mystery/thriller bestseller on a beach.

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Alexandra Pamias

Alexandra is a contributor to Real Homes and she reviews household products to make your life easier at home, whether it's cooking, cleaning, or sleeping — she loved reviewing the Tempur-Pedic Tempur Topper (opens in new tab)and is eager at giving any other better-sleep buys a try. 

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Alex Temblador

Alex is one of Real Homes' mattress experts. The Dallas-based freelance writer has covered home, design, architecture, and art in publications like Real Homes, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Artsy, Neighborhoods.com, Culture Trip, among many others. In addition to her mattress reviewing duties, Alex loves to try other products for Real Homes buying guides and reviews so that she can continue to expand the richness of her first-time homeowner life. 

Her review of the Plushbeds wool mattress topper (opens in new tab) proved totally dreamy, taking her current mattress (that's in need of an upgrade) from drab to fab. 

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Paige Cerulli

Paige is a freelance writer who frequently writes product reviews, health and wellness content, how-to home renovation articles, and more. Her work has appeared in publications including USA Today, Business Insider, Family Handyman, Healthline, and more.  Living with a chronic illness, Paige understands the need for quality sleep, and she enjoys reviewing products, including the Allswell 4” Memory Foam Mattress Topper (opens in new tab), that help others to live a better quality of life. 


How to choose the mattress topper for you

How thick should my mattress topper be?

Mattress topper thickness ranges from around 2 to 4 inches, with the average topper being on the thinner side at 2 inches. But of course, this will depend on you and your sleeping style. 

For most side-sleepers, a thicker, softer mattress topper is best, because it better relieves pressure at the hips and shoulders. Meanwhile, a back sleeper in need of a firmer mattress might want a thinner topper. 

Note that: the thicker the mattress topper, the more likely it'll push you beyond the limits of traditional sheets and into the specialized world of deep-pocket sheets, which are needed to cover an extra-thick mattress. 

What material mattress topper should I choose? 

What your mattress topper is made of determines how soft or firm it'll be, along with how well it regulates your body temperature:

  • Memory foam: Probably the most commonly known mattress topper material is memory foam, which is made of polyurethane. It molds to the shape of your body and tends to offer excellent support. Modern memory foam is more breathable than past varieties, but sensitive sleepers may still find it hotter than other materials. 
  • Latex: Latex mattress toppers are more breathable than those made of memory foam, so they're a great choice for people who tend to feel hot at night. Latex mattress toppers are also firmer and springier than memory foam models — making them a great choice if you wish your mattress were a little more supportive. Be sure to double-check that you're buying eco-friendly natural latex. Latex tends to be more expensive than memory foam. 
  • Down/feather: You won't find many down feather toppers on the cheap, and they can aggravate allergies for some people. Sometimes the feathers can poke through the mattress cover, too. But down/feather mattress toppers regulate body temperature very well, and they offer a soft cloud of comfort atop the firmness of your mattress.
  • Fiberfill or Polyester blends: These "down alternatives" are perfect for those who love the feel of down feathers but either don't like to use animal products, are allergic, or want a more affordable product. However, these toppers are usually not as soft as others and can become lumpy over time.
  • Wool: Natural wool fleece toppers are soft, durable, and often a great choice for allergy sufferers. That said, they tend to be one of the more expensive materials for a mattress topper. They're also not that thick, and won't offer as much pressure relief as other materials.  

How to care for a mattress topper 

It's rare to find a washable mattress topper. Some come with washable, removable covers. But for the bulk of mattress toppers, spot-cleaning is your only option. If the ability to wash your topper is a priority, consider a mattress pad for adding softness to your bed. 

You can find out more about cleaning a mattress (or topper) in our guide. But in the meantime, we recommend using one of our picks for the best mattress protectors to protect both mattress and mattress topper against spills and accidents.

Care instructions It's pivotal to note, this mattress topper can't be washed. Instead, we recommend adding a mattress protector to ensure longevity.

Louise Oliphant
Ecommerce Editor

Louise is the Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, specialising in sleep content so you can wind-down well. With prior PR experience working for a luxury bedding brand, Louise knows the importance of getting a great night’s sleep. Joining the other side of the desk as a full-time journo, Louise brings her bedding expertise to writing sleep buying guides, reviews, and news for Real Homes. Aside from helping readers get essential shut eye, Louise also writes shopping content for homeware items that’ll add a decorative edge to your space. With an eye for design that won’t snooze on style, but a budget that won’t quite stretch, Louise loves nothing more than a modern designer dupe. From coloured glassware to contemporary storage, anything to upgrade the bare space of her rented East London flat. 

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