Like with mattresses, there is no best mattress topper for all. The best mattress topper for you depends on your individual needs.
Each material has certain properties that will be better for different types of people.
The most common types of toppers are memory foam toppers, cold foam toppers, latex toppers, and gel foam toppers.
|What I want
||Choose this type of mattress topper
||Memory foam topper; gel foam topper
||Memory foam topper; cold foam topper
|Back muscles should feel relaxed
||Memory foam topper; cold foam topper; gel foam topper
||Gel foam topper; memory foam topper
|Comfort and temperature should remain the same
||Cold foam topper
Memory foam toppers
Mattress toppers made of visco-elastic memory foam are very popular.
They are best suited to create a soft and warm feeling as they adapt perfectly to the body, creating that body-hugging sensation. Memory foam also distributes pressure very well and can noticeably relieve surface muscular tension.
Memory foam does retain more heat than other materials, leading to an overall warmer sleeping climate. Memory foam toppers, then, can be great to prevent frostbite in winter.
Cold foam toppers
Cold foam mattress toppers are firmer, more temperature-neutral, and hypoallergenic.
Cold foam has an open-cell pore structure, meaning that they are much more breathable than memory foam toppers. This makes them more temperature-neutral but they still can not reduce the overall sleeping temperature.
Mattress toppers made of cold foam are generally firmer than other toppers but they cannot make a soft mattress firmer. If you need a firmer mattress overall, then it's best to invest in a new one.
Both memory foam and cold foam toppers offer good body support but, in our experience, memory foam toppers offer better pressure distribution. Cold foam toppers are better to dissipate excess heat and moisture.
Gel foam toppers
Gel foam toppers are also very popular. They are characterised by their pressure-relieving properties and temperature neutrality.
Gel foam quickly returns to its original shape, which is particularly advantageous for restless sleepers. Memory foam, in stark contrast, can often be quite cumbersome to move on as it hugs the body so comfortably.
But gel foam still offers great pressure-relieving properties. The material is quite point-elastic and adapts well to the contours of the body, taking some of the pressure off the body and spine.
The material is also open-mored, making gel foam toppers more temperature neutral, providing a good sleeping climate.
Latex foam toppers
Latex foam toppers are soft and comfortable.
Similarly to memory foam toppers, they also store body heat and are perfect for those who easily feel cold.
Mattress toppers made of latex foam are characterised by their point-elasticity, stability, and durability. The first two suggest that the topper distributes pressure well and keeps your spine in a healthy alignment. Durability refers to the lifespan of the topper.
Latex toppers can be made from natural latex or synthetic latex.
Alternative mattress topper materials
In addition to the above more common mattress topper materials, you'll also find some mattress toppers made of the following:
- Bamboo mattress toppers: These do not retain heat and have hypoallergenic properties.
- Cotton mattress toppers: These are comfortable toppers that adapt well to temperature.
- Water mattress toppers: These are recommended for back problems:
- Air mattress toppers: These are also effective for back problems but less comfortable than water mattress toppers.
- Heated mattress toppers: These allow you to control the temperature.