Best mattress topper 2020: 8 top buys for better comfort and sleep

We've researched and reviewed the best mattress toppers so you can upgrade your mattress, for the best price

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Finding the best mattress topper for you can transform the way you sleep without blowing your budget. Whether you're suffering from back pain or find your mattress too warm, too firm, or simply uncomfortable, a good-quality mattress topper can make a major improvement in how you sleep. 

To help you find a mattress topper you love, we reviewed the best mattress toppers on the market based on comfort, materials, special features, user reviews, and our personal experience, and whittled them down into a list of our top picks. You'll find options for every sleep position and budget, below. If you want more guidance in narrowing down your options, jump to how to buy the best mattress topper at the end of this article.

Thinking about just buying a new mattress? Check out our roundup to find the best mattress for you in 2020. 

Best mattress toppers 2020: ranked

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1. Lucid 3" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper

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

Specifications
Best for: Support
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Thickness: 3"
Type: Gel infused memory foam
Reasons to buy
+Cooling gel layer+Value priced+Meets CertiPUR-US standards
Reasons to avoid
-No straps to hold it in place

At the top of our list for the best mattress topper is the Lucid 3" Gel Memory Foam mattress topper. There are so many great reasons for choosing it: It's super comfortable and supportive, hypoallergenic, and gel-infused for temperature regulation; and even the largest size (California King) is under $150.

What's so good about it?

The 3"-thick gel-infused memory foam in this mattress topper molds to your body's shape just like a standard memory foam does. This improves the comfort of any mattress, and the combination of give and support might even help reduce pain, joint pressure and other discomforts being caused by your mattress — especially when you sleep on your side.

But the gel-infused nature of this mattress top packs an extra benefit: It also helps you keep cool throughout the night. Better still? It meets CertiPUR-US standards and is made without the use of harsh chemicals, so you can rest (and breathe) easy.

Finally, there's the price. This mattress topper's affordability makes it a winner on multiple levels, and we appreciate the three-year warranty. 

Motion transfer?

With these materials, motion transfer is absolutely minimal.

Care instructions

This mattress topper can't be washed, so we recommend using a mattress protector with it. 

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2. Avocado Green Organic Latex mattress topper

Best organic mattress topper: All-natural, organic, and oh-so-comfy

Specifications
Best for: Sustainability
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Thickness: 2"
Type: Latex foam
Reasons to buy
+Certified organic+Breathable wool cover+Canvas bottom reduces slipping+Comes in two firmness levels
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

We're big fans of the Avocado Green mattress, so we were intrigued by their topper. Good news is, the Avocado Green mattress topper is every bit as high-quality as the full-size version. Why is it in second place? It's been knocked there by the Lucid because of the price comparison. Otherwise, we can't fault it.

What's so good about it?

The best part about Avocado as a company is their commitment to sustainability and quality, and it shows in literally every element of the design of this mattress topper. 

The core of the mattress is made from sustainably harvested, 100 percent GOLS-certified organic latex, which is designed to contour to 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.

The mattress topper also comes in two firmness levels — plush and firm — so you can choose the best option for you. 

What else? The anti-slip canvas base mean the topper doesn't move all over when you sleep. That's a great bonus if you or your partner fidget in your sleep, although you might find yourself sleeping more soundly than ever on this topper. 

Care instructions

The cover comes off for spot cleaning.

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3. Tuft & Needle Mattress Topper

Best mattress topper for added softness: two inches of plush foam adds just the right amount of coziness

Specifications
Best for: Aches and pains
Sizes: Twin-Cal King
Thickness: 2"
Type: Open-cell foam
Reasons to buy
+ Molds to the contours of your body+ Good value+Stays cool
Reasons to avoid
-Not washable

If you current mattress if just a little too firm for your liking, this Tuft & Needle topper could be all the added softness you need.

What's so good about it?

This two-inch-thick topper is made from responsive open-cell foam, which is designed to add softness to your mattress and relive pressure points without causing overheating. 

That said, it's still a memory foam mattress topper with all the upsides you'd expect: reactive body contouring, allergy-friendliness, and lack of motion transfer from your partner's nightly shifting. 

The other upside? It comes with a number of eco-friendly certifications, including CertiPUR-US® , UL GREENGUARD Gold, and Intertek’s Clean Air Certification.

Care instructions

This topper is not washable, so we recommend using it with one of our best mattress protectors.

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4. The Company Store Down-Free 4 in. Mattress Topper

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

Specifications
Best for: Thickness
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Thickness: 4"
Type: Down-alternative
Reasons to buy
+Washable +Hypoallergenic
Reasons to avoid
- Thick - which may require new sheets

If you suffer from allergies but love a plush bed, this machine-washable, hypoallergenic topper is an excellent choice.

What's so good about it?

The down alternative in this mattress topper offers a plush, sink-right-in feel, with none of the potential allergy hazards, stabby feather quills, or ethical concerns that can come from real down. 

The filling is quilted at 15-inch intervals to keep it from shifting out of place, so you never need to worry about falling into an "empty" spot in the mattress topper; and the four-inch baffles let the down alternative loft fully for greater comfort. 

However, there is a downside to all that plush thickness: Depending on the thickness of your mattress, adding another four inches might mean you have to buy special extra-deep-pocket sheets to accommodate the overall depth. 

Care instructions

Spot-clean only, so we recommend using a mattress protector to safeguard your investment. 

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5. ViscoSoft 4-Inch Active Cooling Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Best memory foam mattress topper: A memory foam pad plus cooling technology

Specifications
Best for: Memory foam fans
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Thickness: 4"
Type: Memory Foam
Reasons to buy
+Thicker thank most +Straps to attach to mattress+Prevents motion transfer
Reasons to avoid
-Requires deep-pocket sheets.

Get memory foam comfort without overheating, thanks to this unusual heat-moderating memory foam mattress topper from ViscoSoft.

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, but the ViscoSoft goes above and beyond by using copper-infused foam that helps regulate temperature. 

The mattress topper consists of two, two-inch layers of foam: a body-contouring top layer, which is where you'll find the copper infusion, and a firmer base layer of support foam. That combination of support and plushness could be just what you need to give a tired old mattress a new lease on life at a fraction of the cost of buying a new one.

The other upsides? This topper has straps that allow you to attach it securely to the mattress, so it won't slip around beneath you. It also protects against motion transfer, which is great if you or your partner tend to toss and turn.

One thing to note: This mattress topper is heavy, which is a testament to its quality and high-density foam. But if you move often or want something you can roll up quickly and stash away, this topper might prove cumbersome. 

Care instructions

The anti-slip mesh cover is removable and can be washed on cold cycle, then tumble-dried on low.

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6. Sleep On Latex Pure Green 100% Natural Latex 3" Mattress Topper

Best budget green mattress topper: all-natural latex for a great price

Specifications
Best for: Affordable & all-natural
Sizes: Twin-Cal King
Thickness: 1"-3"
Type: Latex
Reasons to buy
+ Hypoallergenic+ Naturally derived+ Breathable
Reasons to avoid
-Not washable

Want a latex mattress topper without shelling out $400+? This Sleep on Latex mattress topper is a pared-down version of the Avocado topper, and an excellent value all around. 

What's so good about it?

This mattress topper is made from 100 percent natural latex, which is ideal if you're looking for a product made without harsh chemicals. It's also Oeko-Tex class 1 certified, Greenguard Gold Certified, and EcoInstitut Certified.

We also love that you get to choose the firmness of this mattress topper (ranging from soft to firm) and its thickness. We like the thickest 3" option, but the thinner 2" and 1" options can save you money and, if you already have a thick mattress, may keep you from having to buy special deep-pocket sheets. 

Air channels help enhance this mattress pad's breathability, and it's made of Earthfoam latex foam — and specialized version that is meant to combine the best elements of Dunlop and Talalay latex foams, for a springy feel without too much bounce to it. 

Care instructions

This mattress topper is spot clean only. 

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7. Parachute Home Feather Bed with Down Top

Best featherbed mattress topper: love a natural filling – this one's for you

Specifications
Best for: Feather and down lovers
Sizes: Twin-Cal King
Thickness: 3"
Type: Feather and goose down
Reasons to buy
+Natural fillings+Great choice if you're not a fan of foam+High standards of animal welfare
Reasons to avoid
-Not hypoallergenic

This sumptuous, dual-chamber Parachute Home mattress topper features a feather base layer and down top layer.


What's so good about it?

Not everyone loves memory foam and latex; if you're after the best mattress topper that's made from feathers and down, this is the one. Just keep in mind that down and feather mattress toppers tend to feel a cloud like when you lie on them, but will flatten during the night — so you'll want to fluff a feather bed like this back up in the morning. 

While this sort of featherbed mattress topper won't necessarily suit back pain sufferers, it cane make very firm mattresses feel just that bit more cozy and welcoming. This one also features baffle-box construction to prevent the feathers and down from shifting. 

This mattress topper is also made in the USA (Cincinnati, to be exact) of all-natural European white down, housed in a 100-percent cotton shell.

Care instructions

The topper is dry-clean only.

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8. Slumbercloud Nacreous Mattress Pad

Best cooling mattress topper: A mattress pad with space suit technology

Specifications
Best for: Hot sleepers
Sizes: Twin XL-Cal King (No twin)
Thickness: 1"
Type: Mattress pad
Reasons to buy
+NASA-inspired cooling technology+Hundreds of 5-star reviews+Hypoallergenic
Reasons to avoid
-No twin size, twin XL only-Thin, so not ideal if you're looking for added softness

Technically, the Slumbercloud Nacreous Mattress Pad mattress topper is a mattress pad. But we had to include it for those who might be looking for a way to stay cooler at night, or who sleep on a hot mattress — for example, an older memory foam mattress that isn't constructed with any ventilation or cooling technology. If you're looking for a way to stay cooler at night, this mattress pad is one of the best options on the market.

What's so good about it?

This mattress pad's viscose fabric is modeled after the technology NASA uses to keep space suits cool. Thousands of reviewers have credited this pad with reducing or eliminating their night sweats. If you don't suffer from night sweats but find your mattress uncomfortably hot, the Nacreous pad will still help.

According to Slumbercloud, here's how it works: "[The fabric is made with] thousands of microscopic beads called Thermocules, and each one is set to a specific temperature. This counteracts any temperature fluctuations you might experience during the night. As your temperature increases, the beads absorb and store any excess heat away from your body to keep you cool."

In addition to stopping sweat, the pad fits mattresses up to 20" deep (so technically, you could probably use it over a more cushioned mattress topper), and it's hypoallergenic.

Care instructions

This pad is machine-washable, and can be tumble dried on low. 

How to buy the best mattress topper

When choosing the best mattress topper for you, there are a few factors you'll need to consider.

Thickness

The first thing to look out for in a mattress topper is its thickness, particularly if you sleep on your side. For most side-sleepers a thicker, softer mattress topper is best, because it better relieves pressure at the hips and shoulders. 

However, 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. 

Around 2" is the average thickness for most mattress toppers, but the ViscoSoft 4" Active Cooling Memory Foam Mattress Topper is one of the thickest on our list, coming in at 4" of total luxury. 

What material is your mattress topper made of?

Mattress toppers come in a wide range of materials, but those made from memory foam or body-conforming latex tend to be best for combatting back pain and offering relief from the pressure that a too-firm mattress can place on your joints. 

Keep scrolling, because we'll go into greater depth about your choice of materials below.

Will your partner like it?

What if you share a bed with someone who doesn't like the same mattress feel — whether it be soft or firm? The mattress toppers we've chosen strike a nice balance between supporting your body while still contouring to its shape, so they're likely to suit the widest range of people — regardless of whether you or your partner sleep on your back or side. 

Front sleepers should get along with these mattress toppers too, 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 your usual sleep position.

If you and your partner share a king-sized bed, you also have the option of getting two twin-XL-sized mattress toppers and putting them together on the bed, so you can each choose your firmness and style of topper. Just make sure those mattress toppers have non-slip bottom layers so they won't slide around beneath you. 

How it sits on the mattress

Even if you're not sharing "split" mattress toppers, it's still worth looking for a mattress topper with a non-slip bottom layer, and/or straps that hold the topper in place on the mattress.

Easy to clean?

It's rare to find a mattress topper that's washable — the Slumbercloud Nacreous Mattress Pad is one of the very few with this characteristic. Some come with washable, removable covers. But for the bulk of mattress toppers, spot-cleaning is your only option.

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.

What materials are the best mattress toppers made from?

What your mattress topper is made of determines how soft or firm it'll be, along with how well it regulates your body temperature. In general, as we already mentioned, 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.

The following mattress topper materials usually suit side and back sleepers, people with joint pain, and anyone who prefers a medium to soft sleep surface:

  • Memory foam: Probably the most commonly known mattress topper material, memory foam molds to the shape of your body. 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. 
  • Hybrid: Like hybrid mattresses, hybrid mattress toppers are typically a combination of latex, foam, and/or 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Egg crate: Inexpensive, soft(ish) and thin, therefore easy to transport, mattress toppers made of egg crate foam can be perfect for those with a limited budget. But they're not known for being durable. 

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