Best mattress topper 2020: 9 affordable buys for better comfort and sleep

We've listed the best mattress toppers so you can upgrade your mattress, for the best price

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Need to upgrade your sleep quality but not sure you want to spring for a brand new mattress? Finding the best mattress topper for you can transform your slumber without the expense of a new mattress. So if you are on a budget, are suffering joint or back pain or are finding your mattress too warm, too firm, or simply uncomfortable, a good quality mattress topper should be the first place you turn. And good mattress toppers will not only add an extra layer of cushioning, they'll also protect your mattress, too. 

We've reviewed the best mattress toppers based on comfort, materials, special features, user reviews, and our personal experience, to save you the legwork – find our top picks below. And if you need more guidance, jump to how to buy the best mattress topper at the end of this article; we also discuss the materials they're made from to give you further buying know-how.

Debating buying a whole new mattress? Head to our roundup of the best mattresses

What is the best mattress topper?

These are the mattress toppers that made our short list. Scroll down for more on each. 

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 it – super comfortable and supportive, hypoallergenic, gel-infused for temperature regulation, and even the largest size (California King) is under $150.
Buy the Lucid 3" Gel Memory Foam mattress topper

What's so good about it?

This is a gel-infused memory foam mattress that's 3" thick. Gel memory foam is designed to improve comfort, making it ideal for those who suffer from back and neck pain. It molds to your body's shape, just like a standard memory foam mattress would, relieving joint pressure, especially when you sleep on your side. However, the gel is designed to ensure you keep cool throughout the night. Not more hot nights for sweaty sleepers.

Better still? It meets CertiPUR-US standards and is made without the use of harsh chemicals so you can rest easy.

Finally, there's the price. Its affordability makes it a winner, and there's a three-year warranty, too. 

Motion transfer?

With these materials, it's absolutely minimal.

Care instructions

This mattress topper can't be washed, so we recommend using a mattress protector over 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 Avocado Green mattress (their original mattress took a spot on our best mattress list), so we were intrigued by their topper. Good news is, it's 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.

Buy the Avocado Green Organic Latex mattress topper.

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 mattress 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. And as we've said, this is a bonus. 

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.
Buy the Tuft & Needle Mattress Topper

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 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 pads.

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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 wahable, hypoallergenic topper is an excellent choice.
Buy The Company Store Down-Free 4 in. Twin Mattress Topper

What's so good about it?

Latex is one of the most popular types of mattress materials because it provides a similar comfort and support levels to memory foam but it is fully breathable and hypoallergenic. For the uninitiated, the natural properties of latex mean that dust mites and bacteria are much less likely to take hold. And for this reason, it's a popular pick for allergy sufferers – and us. 

At 5cm thick, it's in line with the majority of the best mattress toppers for side sleepers.  

Care instructions

The entire topper can be machine washed.

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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 great value memory foam mattress topper from ViscoSoft.
Buy the ViscoSoft 4-Inch Active Cooling Memory Foam Mattress Topper

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 with copper-infused foam that helps regulate temperature. Two, two-inch layers of foam: a body-contouring top layer and a firmer base layer of support foam, which make it almost like getting a whole new mattress. 

The other upsides? It features straps to attach it securely to the mattress. Plus, it protects against motion transfer, which is great if you or your partner tends 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 cover is removable. Wash on a cold cycle and tumble dry on low.

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6. Sleep On Latex Pure Green 100% Natural Latex 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: 2"
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 pick all around.
Buy the Sleep On Latex Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper.

What's so good about it?

For one, it's 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.

This medium firmness mattress pad it good choice for those looking for both softness and support, and it's made with air channels for breathability. Also of note for latex fans, this mattress pad is made from the dunlop manufacturing process (like the Avocado mattress topper), not the Talaylay process, so it's springy without being downright bouncy.

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
-Won't soften a hard bed

This sumptuous dual-chamber mattress topper features a feather base layer and down top layer, plus 550-fill power for unmatched softness and support.
Buy the Parachute Home Feather Bed with Down Top

What's so good about it?

Not everyone loves memory foam and the like, so if you're after the best mattress topper that's made from feathers and down, this is the one. What's the difference? Down and feather mattress toppers tend to feel cloud like when you lie on them but will flatten during the night, meaning they'll need fluffing up in the morning. While they won't necessarily suit back pain sufferers, they will make very firm mattresses feel just that bit more cozy and welcoming. This one also features baffle-box construction to prevent fill from shifting. 

This mattress topper is also made in the USA (Cincinnati, to be exact) of all natural European white down. The cover is  100 percent sateen cotton.

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 isn't just another product that makes claims it can't back up. It's actually made using a viscose fabric that's 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. And, 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. 

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9. ViscoSoft Serene Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress Topper

Best hybrid mattress topper: Foam + down alternative = the best of both worlds

Specifications
Best for: Softness and support
Sizes: Twin-Cal king, plus split-king
Thickness: 4"
Type: Hybrid
Reasons to buy
+Great for side sleepers+Adds softness and support+Comes in split-king size 

Love the support of memory foam, but want something with a little more sink-in factor? Enter, the ViscoSoft Serene Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress Topper. The base is made from CertiPUR-US foam, and the quilted pillow top layer is made from cozy down-alternative fill. 

What's so good about it?

Put simply, it's the best of both worlds. This hybrid topper offers the benefits of  cooling memory foam, like reduced motion transfer and pressure relief, with the plushness of a pillow top.

That said, it's softer than the average memory foam topper, making it a great choice for side sleepers, and those who find their existing mattress too firm. 

Besides comfort, the topper is made from Certi-PUR US foam, and the pillow top layer is removable and machine-washable. 

How to buy the best mattress topper

When choosing the best mattress topper for you, there are a few factors which you'll need to consider before delving in to you bank account.

Thickness

The first thing to look out for in a mattress topper is thickness, particularly if you sleep on your side: the deeper the topper, the better, as it will cope best with pressure points, such as hips and shoulders, and relieve any tension you may feel during the night. 

Around 2" is the average, but the ViscoSoft 4" Active Cooling Memory Foam Mattress Topper is one of the thickest on our list, coming in at 4" if you want total luxury. 

The mattress topper material

Mattress toppers come in a wide range of materials, but those made from memory foam or latex, or hybrid mattress toppers are best for combatting back pain and offering relief from the pressure that firmer mattresses can place on joints. See more on materials, below.

Will your partner like it?

What if you share a bed with someone who doesn't share your need for a softer mattress? These best mattress toppers don't let you sink too deeply; instead, they're supportive, contouring to your body's shape. So they should suit your partner perfectly, too, whether they sleep on their back or sides. Front sleepers should get along with them, 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 their sleep position.

Or, if you have a king-sized bed, try getting two twin-XL-sized mattress toppers instead, so you can each choose your firmness or style of topper.

How it sits on the mattress

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. 

Easy to clean?

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. You can find out more about cleaning a mattress (or topper) in our guide.

What materials are the best mattress toppers made from?

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. As we said below, 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.

These mattress toppers suit side and back sleepers best, or anyone with joint pain or who prefers a medium to soft sleep surface:

  • Memory foam: probably the most commonly known mattress topper material, memory foam does the job spot on, as it molds 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. That said, newer designs have breathability built in, so check when you buy. 
  • 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. 
  • Hybrid: like hybrid mattresses, hybrid mattress toppers are typically a combination of latex, foam and 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, 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.
  • 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 higher price. They're easily breathable so should be odor-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. 

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