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Panda Mattress Topper Review UK (2022)

Nicky

Last updated: 18.01.2022 5 Min.

Maybe you have the best mattress in the world.

But, sometimes, something just doesn’t “feel right”.

If that’s the case, you may just need to get yourself a mattress topper.

The Panda topper is one of the best value-for-money mattress toppers available in the UK. 🇬🇧

But is it the right choice for you?

Let’s find out in our Panda mattress topper review. 👇

Top features of the Panda memory foam topper

Value For Money
Value For Money
Nasa-approved
3rd Generation Memory Foam
Machine-Washable
Machine-Washable Cover
30-Day Trial Period
30-Day Trial Period
10-Year Guarantee
10-Year Guarantee

Advantages

  • Uniquely soft & supportive.
  • Memory foam infused with cooling gel.
  • Hypoallergenic and Oeko-Tex approved.
  • Removable & machine-washable cover.
  • Corner straps to secure topper to mattress.
  • Anti-slip base with silicone beads to keep topper in place.
  • Free delivery & returns.
  • 30-night trial period.
  • 10-year guarantee.

Disadvantages

  • Memory foam may be too soft for some.

  • If you easily feel hot at night, a memory foam topper may be too warm for you.

  • Some customers reported off-gassing and that the straps don’t fit around extra large mattresses - we didn’t have these problems.

What makes the Panda mattress topper special?

❄️ Made of Hydro Foam, a gel-infused memory foam for enhanced cooling.

🛀 Fully removable & machine-washable bamboo cover.

📆 Comes with a remarkable 10-year guarantee!

Panda memory foam bamboo mattress topper composition

The Panda topper is rather simple in its construction, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It’s actually one of the best mattress toppers available in the UK! 🇬🇧

The layers of the Panda topper:

  • Breathable bamboo & polyester top cover with elastic straps.
  • Third-generation gel-infused memory foam.
  • Anti-slip layer with micro-silicone grips.

We discuss the top and bottom layers in more detail in the section on the Panda topper cover. 👇

For now, let’s look at the core of the topper.

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Panda mattress topper composition icons

Gel-infused memory foam (5 cm / 1.9 inches)

Panda advertises its topper as a “Hydro Foam” product.

Hydro foam is a special blend of gel-infused memory foam.

Standard memory foam is known to retain heat, but the cooling gel in the Panda topper helps regulate your body temperature while you sleep.

This prevents you from getting too hot and overheating. 🥵

We look at the cooling elements in more detail further down.

But, for now, it’s great to know that the Panda topper gives you all the unique properties of memory foam without the excessive heat.

Panda mattress topper composition
Panda's gel memory foam is enclosed in a wrap-around cover

What does sleeping on the Panda topper feel like?

At the heart of it, the Panda mattress topper really is a memory foam product.

This means you’ll get to experience all the unique features of memory foam.

What does this mean?

Soft, cushioning support

You’ll notice right away that you can sink gently into the topper and get that real feeling of soft, enveloping support. 🤗

Memory foam is designed to mould to your body’s natural shape, relieving pressure from your neck, shoulders, and back.

Take a look at the pictures below:

Panda memory foam

Panda memory foam with hand

Panda memory effect

This demonstrates the body-contouring abilities of memory foam.

The Panda topper is actually made of orthopaedically-approved memory foam.

This means that you’ll get the best support possible.

We’d highly recommend the topper for anyone struggling with back, joint, or hip pain.

The effect is actually quite noticeable. 👌

One of our test sleepers struggles with back pain a fair bit.

But, lying on the topper instantly relieved pressure points and alleviated the pain!

Of course, a good mattress topper can’t fix the problem if pains are due to exercise, bad posture, or lots of desk work.

But, it can alleviate some of the discomforts and make sure you sleep well and pain-free. 😅

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Gentle bounce effect

Despite being made of memory foam, the Panda topper doesn’t have that typical “sinking into the foam” feeling.

You will get the standard memory effect and sink into the foams a bit, but you won’t ever feel stuck in the foam.

This is great, as it means you can move quite comfortably from side to side. 💃

Our test sleepers had no problem moving to and fro at all.

Panda memory foam mattress topper back sleeper
The mattress topper is comfortable regardless of sleeping position

That said:

Memory foam does tend to “hold” you a bit more while sleeping.

You’re also bound to sleep a lot more still on memory foam than you would on other sleeping surfaces.

How deeply you'll sink into the foam will also depend on your build and weight. 🏋️‍♀️

If you're more petite, you're unlikely to have trouble moving to and fro.

If you're of larger build, though, you may feel a little stuck in the foams. 😔

Dampening motion

The topper will instantly change your sleeping surface to one with little to no motion transfer.

This means that motions are absorbed at the point of impact, and won’t be carried across the surface.

This is great, as it’ll make sharing your bed with a partner so much more comfortable. 👩‍❤️‍👨

How soft is the Panda memory foam bamboo topper?

As a standard, mattress toppers are used to make a firmer mattress softer.

So you wouldn’t necessarily be looking for a mattress topper to firm up a mattress.

Mattress toppers themselves don’t really specify degrees of firmness.

This is because the way the topper feels will depend very much on the mattress it is placed upon.

To test this, we placed the Panda topper on two different mattresses:

  • A firmer spring mattress
  • A softer foam mattress

Interestingly, the Panda topper made both mattresses more comfortable.

This wasn’t really the result we were expecting. 😳

It made the firm mattress softer, allowing the test sleepers to sink in more gently and alleviating pressure points.

This is particularly important for side sleepers, who often need more sinkage to allow for optimal spinal alignment.

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Panda topper side sleeper
The Panda topper is great for all sleep positions

But, the topper also seemed to make the very soft foam mattress more comfortable. 😴

We wouldn’t necessarily say it made the soft mattress firmer but it did manage to completely change the way the sleeping surface felt.

And since the topper is made of very high-quality foams and the mattress underneath was a more budget mattress that’s only 18 cm thick, it changed the sleeping experience from average to fantastic.

On that note, we do have to add a disclaimer that mattress toppers are not meant to fix bad mattresses. 🙅‍♀️

If you have an old mattress that’s worn out or sagging, you will have to replace it.

The softer mattress we used is new and in perfect condition but since it’s thinner and softer, it just wasn’t the right fit for our test sleepers.

The Panda memory foam topper saved the day. 🦸‍♂️

Mattress firmness

That said:

We have read some customer reviews saying that the Panda topper feels a tad too soft.

If you’re worried about this, you could try the Simba mattress topper, which is often interpreted as firmer.

But, we’d also recommend you try the Panda topper during their 30-night trial period. 🗓

97% of customers end up completely happy and don’t return Panda products, so it may just be the perfect fit for a good night’s sleep for you.

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Does the Panda mattress topper sleep hot?

Memory foam is known for its heat-retention properties. 🥵

But the Panda memory foam topper uses unique temperature regulation technology to prevent you from ever feeling too hot or clammy.

This is two-fold:

  • The Hydro foam layer is infused with a cooling gel with microbeads. These expand when they get warm & create extra space between the cells to release heat.
  • The bamboo fibre cover has great thermo-regulating properties, allowing air to flow freely and keeping you cooler in summer & warmer in winter.

These features ensure that there’s good breathability and a steady stream of airflow through the topper.

This carries away excess heat to keep you cool and comfortable. ❄️

Bamboo fibre properties

We tested the topper during a seasonal change, with some nights warmer and other nights cooler.

Sleeping on the Panda topper definitely felt warmer than sleeping on a pocket sprung mattress but at no point did any of our test sleepers feel hot or clammy.

Instead, the Panda topper created a cosy and comfortable sleeping environment.

Panda mattress topper breathability
The Panda mattress topper aims to regulate temperature effectively

But:

If you easily feel very hot while sleeping and are prone to night sweats, we’d be careful with memory foam.

Even the best cooling memory foam toppers won’t keep you as cool as a pocket sprung mattress without a topper.

If this is a concern, we’d recommend you consider buying a new mattress that suits you better instead.

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Panda mattress topper cover

The Panda memory foam topper features a soft cover with the Panda logo.

It’s a very breathable cover made from 40% bamboo fibres and 60% polyester. 🌱

Bamboo has a silky, soft feel that’s really comfortable.

Love the silky feel? Wait until you try the Panda Cloud duvet!

As we’ve seen above, it’s also temperature-regulating, enhances airflow, and wicks away moisture.

Panda topper cover
The cover is silky soft

The Panda topper cover is also hypoallergenic and naturally antibacterial.

This makes it a great choice for people with sensitive skin & eczema or those with dust mite allergies and hay fever.

Memory foam is also hypoallergenic, so the topper overall is a great choice for people prone to allergies. 🤧

Panda topper cover
The bottom part of the cover has silicone grips

The topper stays in place

On the bottom side, the Panda cover has an anti-slip base with dotted silicone beads. 👍

These help the topper “stick” to your mattress.

There are also elastic, adjustable straps at each corner to secure the topper to your mattress.

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Panda topper cover elastic straps
Elastic straps secure the topper to your mattress

Some customer reviews noted that the straps are a bit tight for very thick mattresses

But, from what we could test, they should fit quite comfortably on mattresses up to 30 cm deep.

If the mattress is deeper than that, the straps may just pull slightly for a very snug fit.

Toppers without straps, like the IKEA mattress toppers, can be quite uncomfortable.

There’s nothing worse than a topper moving about on your bed. 😩

Panda topper cover with straps
If your mattress is deeper, the straps will sit more snugly

Machine-washable cover

Even though you’d probably use a bedsheet on top of your cover, it’s great to know that the Panda cover is fully removable.

You can easily unzip it and pop it into your washing machine for a cool wash. 🛀

You can also tumble dry it on low heat.

But, polyester actually dries twice as fast as other fabrics, so you can also simply hang it up to try.

Polyester is also crease-resistant and there’s no need to ever iron the cover.

Panda topper washing label
The Panda mattress topper cover is machine-washable

Despite being machine-washable, we’d also recommend using a mattress protector to further safeguard your purchases. 👮‍♂️

Memory foam itself shouldn’t be washed. We explore how to clean memory foam in more detail in the FAQ section of this article.

If you’re looking for fitted sheets & bedding, we’d recommend sticking to bamboo for that same luxuriously soft feel.

Panda London sells bamboo bedding:

Panda topper sizes

Conveniently, the Panda topper is available in a range of both British and European mattress sizes to fit (just about) any bed you may come across. 🇬🇧 🇪🇺

These sizes include:

  • Panda mattress topper single: 90 x 190 cm
  • Panda mattress topper EU single: 90 x 200 cm
  • Panda mattress topper small double: 120 x 190 cm
  • Panda mattress topper UK double: 135 x 190 cm
  • Panda mattress topper EU double: 140 x 200 cm
  • Panda mattress topper king: 150 x 200 cm
  • Panda mattress topper EU king: 160 x 200 cm
  • Panda mattress topper super king: 180 x 200 cm
  • Panda mattress topper emperor: 200 x 200 cm

Finding an emperor-size mattress topper isn’t easy, especially if you’re looking to buy from bed-in-a-box companies. 👑

On that note, finding emperor beds available as bed-in-box mattresses is also quite challenging.

The best one we’ve found is the Otty Hybrid.

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UK mattress sizes

Panda topper depth

The Panda memory foam topper has a height of 5 cm (1.0 inches).

It weighs between 7 and 10 kg, depending on the size of your topper.

The super king sizes can get quite heavy!

Panda topper prices

The Panda mattress topper is very competitively priced. 💷

It actually comes in at more than half the price of other quality online mattress toppers, like the Simba Hybrid topper.

We’ve consistently rated it as one of the top budget-friendly toppers available in the UK.

(Note: prices listed below are for UK sizes only; these are standard prices excluding any current coupons & discounts)

Single
£ 99,95
Small Double
£ 134,95
Double
£ 139,95
King
£ 159,95
Super King
£ 174,95
Emperor
£ 189,95

Panda mattress topper discount codes

Panda London offers some of the most affordable bedding and sleep accessories in the UK. 🥳

Even so, they’ll occasionally run amazing promotions - particularly around bank holidays, Black Friday, and the Christmas period!

You don’t have to browse the internet for the best discount codes.

If there is a promotion currently running, we’ll display it throughout this article. 🙌

You can also head over to our discounts page to see all our discounts.

Even better?

We have a Sleep Hero exclusive coupon code that you can use at any time to get 10% off your purchase.

Simply use code “SLEEPHERO” upon checkout. 👨‍💻

Note: This code cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions.

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Panda Life NHS discounts

Panda London offers a special discount to NHS staff and Blue Light Card members. 🩺

You’ll need to provide some form of identification when concluding your purchase, but we’d recommend turning directly to Panda support to assist you.

They’re super efficient and really friendly, too!

Panda certifications

Panda as a whole focuses on sustainability in everything they do.

You can rest assured that this brand not only does right by you but also by the world. 🌎

Health & safety

All Panda products carry the OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certification.

This means that they do not contain any harmful substances or toxic chemicals. 🧪

The Panda topper is also REACH-certified.

This means it complies with the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

All Panda products also comply with UK fire regulations. 🔥

Sustainable materials

Even though the Panda pillow and the Panda topper feature memory foam, a synthetic material, Panda as a whole focuses on sustainable and eco-friendly materials.

Of course, they focus predominantly on organic bamboo products.

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet, uses 70% less water than cotton, and has some pretty unique features. 💦

We chat about bamboo in more depth in the FAQ section of this article.

Panda also focuses on sustainable and environmentally-friendly packaging. 📦

  • Boxes are fully recycled and recyclable.
  • Products are placed in re-usable bamboo bags, as far as possible.
  • Buttons are made of 100% bamboo instead of plastic.
Panda box with topper
The box is sustainable but the topper is vacuum-sealed in plastic.​​​

That said, the Panda topper is a compressed product that features a bit more plastic than most other Panda products.

This is because the topper is vacuum-sealed to enable it to fit into a cardboard box.

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Responsible recycling

Panda products are built to last and you should enjoy them for an average of 5 - 10 years. 🗓

Even so, Panda doesn’t want their products to end up in a landfill.

Most of the materials used in Panda products are recyclable.

But memory foam is a little more complicated and more difficult to dispose of. ♻️

This is why Panda has set up the Panda Circle Of Life Programme.

If your Panda product has lived a good, long life and you’d like to dispose of it, Panda will collect the product from your home (free of charge) and repurpose it responsibly.

Giving back to panda bears

Panda London uses bamboo in their products but they also give back to the panda bear community. 🐼

The company is committed to being vegan-friendly, bird-friendly, protecting animal habitats, keeping habitats chemical-free, and safeguarding existing rainforests through OneTribe.

A portion of their profits even goes to animal charities to help preserve the habitat of wild pandas bears. 🌱

Panda sleeping on a Panda London pillow
Panda London supports panda bears

Panda topper delivery conditions

Panda London delivers all its products in recycled and recyclable cardboard boxes.

Delivery generally takes place within 2 - 3 working days, but next-day delivery options are also available. 🚛

Panda box with topper
The Panda topper is delivered in a cardboard box

Delivery is free within the UK for all orders above £30.

Panda does deliver worldwide, but delivery costs would apply. 🌎

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Unique packaging

There’s nothing boring about the Panda delivery boxes. 🤩

All outer packaging is made from 100% recycled materials that are also fully recyclable.

Panda topper in box
The only plastic used is the vacuum-sealed packaging

The mattress topper is wrapped in plastic, though.

This is necessary as the topper is compressed and vacuum-sealed, which allows it to fit into the compact box.

In order to make your unpacking experience more pleasant, Panda includes cute notes at random places on their boxes.

The Panda topper greeted us with a “Hello Beautiful” when we first unpacked it - enough to melt anyone’s heart. 🥰

Panda box notes
Who wouldn’t feel loved with messages like this?

How to unpack your Panda topper

The Panda topper is a tad heavy - especially if you’re ordering a larger size - but you should still be able to handle it alone.

We tried the UK double size and didn’t have any trouble. 👍

Panda topper half out of the box
Unpack the topper on your mattress

To unpack:

  • Place the box on your bed, open it up, and slide the rolled-up topper out onto your mattress.
  • Using a pair of scissors, carefully cut the plastic cover and pull the topper out - make sure you don’t damage the actual topper or straps!
  • Remove the rest of the plastic packaging and roll the topper out onto your bed.
  • The topper will start to expand - ours reached full size within half an hour but Panda advises that it can take up to 16 hours to expand fully.

We did notice a bit of a kink in the topper when we first unfolded it, but this disappeared completely during the course of the day.

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Cutting plastic off the Panda topper

Unrolling the Panda topper

Off-gassing

You may notice a chemical smell when you first unpack your Panda topper. 👃

This is called off-gassing, a common side effect of vacuum-sealed memory foam products.

The smell isn’t toxic or harmful in any way, but it can be a little unpleasant.

If you experience this, simply let the product breathe until the smell disappears. 🌬

We’ve tried a few Panda London products and didn’t experience off-gassing with any of them, but it may happen with your product.

Cutting plastic off the unrolled Panda topper

Kink in the Panda topper

Does the Panda topper come with a trial period?

Conveniently, the Panda memory foam topper comes with a 30-night trial period. 🥳

This means that you can test it for a full 30 nights to see if you like it.

Is it too soft or just right?

Is it too warm or the perfect temperature?

While we can give guidance, you won’t know until you try it out for yourself.

Trial period

Sleeping on memory foam may be a bit of an adjustment.

We recommend you give it a few days at least before you make up your mind.

And if you’re not 100% satisfied?

No problem - Panda will pick up the topper again and issue you with a full refund! 💰

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Panda topper guarantee

Panda products are designed to last. ✅

That’s why the Panda mattress topper comes with a 10-year guarantee.

If you have any trouble with your item, no matter what, feel free to contact Panda London’s customer support team.

If you bought your topper through a third-party retailer, you have to register your product to claim the 10-year guarantee.

Should you buy the Panda topper?

The Panda mattress topper is an excellent value-for-money topper that will change the way your bed feels.

We think it’s one of the best mattress toppers in the UK and a great choice for a whole range of people. 😴

The Panda topper is particularly well-suited to:

  • People looking for orthopaedic support.
  • People struggling with back and neck pains.
  • Couples who want increased motion isolation.
  • People who are wanting a luxuriously soft sleeping surface.
  • People prone to allergies.
  • People looking for a good trial period & guarantee.
  • People who want excellent value for money.

We’d be a bit careful if you’re sensitive to soft sleeping surfaces and if you tend to sleep quite hot or are a very heavy sweater.

But, luckily, here you can make use of the risk-free trial period to see if the topper works for you.

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Contact Panda London

Customer service: To contact Panda Life directly for complaints, support, or queries, please e-mail them at info@mypandalife.com, call them on +44 208 935 5380, or visit their live online chat.

Registered office: Panda Life Ltd, 447 High Road, N12 0AF, London, UK

Frequently asked questions

  • Can you wash the Panda topper?


    As with all memory foam products, the Panda topper cannot be washed.

    But, you can still clean memory foam.

    You will need the following:

    • Vacuum cleaner
    • Water spray bottle
    • Clean cloth
    • Baking soda
    • Laundry detergent

    Step 1: Vacuum

    Clean your memory foam topper by using a handheld vacuum cleaner with a soft brush.

    You can sprinkle some baking soda over the memory foam, which will help absorb any liquids or odours. 

    Leave the baking soda to set for 1 hour before vacuuming it off. 

    Flip and repeat on the other side.

    Step 2: Deep clean

    Skip this step if you don’t have any stains or severe odours to remove.

    Removing stains

    Spot clean the foam using a dash of laundry detergent and water in a bucket. 

    Use a damp cloth and blot the area

    If the stain won’t come out, sprinkle boric acid over the area and keep blotting until the stain is gone.

    Once dry, vacuum to remove any chemicals.

    Removing odours

    To remove smells, sprinkle the memory foam with baking soda.

    Let it sit overnight or for at least 8 hours.

    Then, vacuum the baking soda away.

    Step 3: Let the product dry

    Don’t forget to clean both sides of the memory foam topper.

    Do not put the topper back onto your bed unless it’s completely dry.

    It’s best to give your topper a full 24 hours to dry

    Never soak memory foam 

    You should never soak memory foam, so hand-washing or machine-washing the product is not an option - even if it would fit!

    Memory foam absorbs water and takes a very long time to dry.

    The ongoing dampness can encourage the growth of mould or bacteria, which can damage your topper and cause health concerns.

    Luckily, all Panda products come with machine-washable covers.

    You can read detailed care instructions here.

  • Can you tell me more about Panda Life?


    Panda Life, the company behind Panda London, was founded in 2015.

    The company makes environmentally-friendly products using bamboo fabric.

    They offer great value for money.

  • What makes bamboo so special?


    Bamboo is very environmentally friendly and has some pretty unique features:

    • It’s the fastest growing plant on earth and grows as quickly as you can harvest it.
    • It regenerates from its roots after having been harvested, so you don’t have to replant it.
    • It grows quite densely and takes up less space than other crops.
    • It doesn’t need any fertiliser or pesticides.
    • It releases about 35% more oxygen than other plants.
    • It takes 70% less water than cotton.

    These features make bamboo one of the best eco-friendly and sustainable materials to use.

  • Can you buy the Panda mattress topper on Amazon UK or through other retailers?


    Yes, you can buy the Panda memory foam mattress topper via Amazon in the UK.

    You can also get it through other approved sellers, like Costco and Dunelm.

    But, you have to double-check your purchase.

    The 30-night trial period and 10-year warranty aren’t guaranteed when purchasing from third-party retailers.

    That’s why we always recommend purchasing directly from the brand. 

Nicky

My mum calls me "bear" because I like to sleep so much. I never knew that, one day, that would be a very useful skill. Can you tell that I've found my calling? 

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