Getting quality sleep is more important than ever, and having a high-quality mattress and bedding is an easy way to help you get more of it. But if you’re not quite ready to buy a brand-new Tempur-Pedic or Casper mattress (here are more of our favorites, in case you are), invest in a foam mattress topper. A basic egg-crate style foam mattress topper works in a pinch, but higher-quality foam and gel-infused toppers can help make a big difference when it’s time to get some shuteye. The best foam mattress toppers use much of the same built-in tech and materials as foam mattresses do, just on a much smaller scale.
What’s the Best Foam Mattress Topper?
Temperature Regulating: There are a few different mattress topper features some brands claim can help keep you cool and, overall, comfortable. Foam infused with some kind of cooling gel is one common method. Another is foam punctured with tiny holes to promote air flow.
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Type of Foam: We look for high-quality memory foam, in particular, which adjusts to the contours of your body while remaining firm enough to offer all-over support. Some toppers combine foam with a quilted pillow topper, which offers both the firm support of memory foam and cushy softness of pillows.
Thickness: The thicker the foam topper, the more support it will offer. We like to see at least three inches, and four inches is even better. Two inches of foam with two inches of pillow also works.
What to Avoid: The biggest complaints some have about foam toppers are that they aren’t firm enough to support your entire body or that they’re uncomfortable or too warm at night, so it’s best to consider what you like best in your mattress and bedding before adding one to your cart.
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1. Linenspa 3 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper
We’re big fans of this three-inch Linenspa mattress topper, which is made of polyurethane memory foam and infused with gel beads which are supposed to make sure you don’t get too hot when you’re sleeping. The plush foam comfortably conforms to your body and offers a little more support without losing shape after you sleep on it for a long time. It even includes a three-year warranty if you need it.
2. Sleep Innovations 4-inch Dual Layer Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
This is a two-part topper, including a two-inch foam piece under a two-inch fluffy, quilted pillow layer. You can remove and wash the quilted cover, and the foam layer is infused with cooling gel. Together, the top layer offers soft cushionioning while the foam provides firm support.
3. Best Price Mattress 4 Inch Egg Crate Memory Foam Mattress Topper
This foam topper from Best Price is ventilated to help keep you comfortable during the night. We especially like how the brand specifically designed the topper to be slightly smaller overall than standard mattress sizes so it will fit better with your sheets.
4. ViscoSoft 4 Inch Pillow Top Memory Foam Mattress Topper
This is another double-layered pick, with 2.5 inches of foam under a 1.5-inch thick quilted cover filled with down alternative. We like this ratio because of the additional support it provides, helping eliminate motion during the night. Best of all, the elastic straps help secure the topper to your mattress so it doesn’t move around while you’re sleeping or making the bed.