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Mattress Toppers Buying Guide

Most people choose mattress toppers to provide a different or elevated level of comfort for their existing mattress. In some cases, a topper can remedy a problem, such as a lumpy mattress. 

Types of Mattress Toppers

Types of Mattress Toppers

Toppers provide a variety of comfort and cushion options. They differ from a pad in that a topper is meant to cover just the top surface of the mattress. Thin elastic straps snag the corners of the mattress to hold it in place. This makes a topper an easily removable option. You can use it to enhance a guest bed, or place it on your own mattress for a seasonal option. Here are the different types.

Down or Synthetic Down

If you like a little extra warmth in the winter months, add a down-filled topper to your mattress. It has pockets or channels filled with down, a down-and-feather blend, or a polyester substance that mimics down.

Memory Foam

These toppers are nice if you like the feel of memory foam but don't want an entire mattress made of it.

Fleece

A cozy option, wool fleece is a topper that adds several inches of plushness to the top of a mattress.

Foam

A foam mattress topper, which can range from 2 to 4 inches thick, adds cushion to the top of a rigid mattress. It can provide a softer surface for someone with sensitive skin or tender muscles.

Cooling

A gel-filled topper absorbs body heat and cools the surface of the bed.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before you buy a mattress topper, give these points some thought.

Down or Synthetic Down

Similar to a feather bed, these toppers are lofty and warm. They are best used during the cool seasons or in cold climates.

Memory Foam

Memory foam conforms to your body shape, hugging its curves and contours. It also absorbs vibration, making it a stable sleeping surface. If your partner tosses and turns, a memory foam topper can lessen the impact on you.

Fleece

This is a warm and snuggly mattress topper that may not provide enough support to someone with back or neck issues.

Foam

You can buy foam toppers with different texture zones, meaning you can place massaging bumps under your lower back. You can also choose from a variety of thicknesses, adding more or less cushion as needed.

Cooling

The gel coolant inside these toppers is a toxic substance, so check the warranty information to know what to do in case of a leak.

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Beautyrest
$155.99 $259.99
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The Beautyrest Orthopedic 5-Zone 2.5" Contour Comfort Memory Foam Topper adds a layer of comfort and support to any mattress. Five... zones of unique construction provide custom support to the areas of the body that need it most. Moreover, the soft comfort of memory foam envelops your body... This product: Beautyrest Orthopedic 5-Zone 2.5" Contour Comfort Full Memory Foam Topper $155.99 read more

Beautyrest Orthopedic 5-Zone 2.5" Contour Comfort Full Memory Foam Topper
Serta
$179.99 $299.99
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Dimensions 60" x 80" x 4", 100% Egyptian Cotton Sateen Weave, 12"x12"Baffle Box Added on December 10, 2011 This product: Serta 4" ...Dual Layer Mattress Topper Queen (2" Fiber + 2" Memory Foam) $179.99 read more

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The Company Store
$222.99-$262.99 $279.00-$329.00
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Memory foam mattress topper. Unique mattress topper offers variable support: heavier parts of your body receive additional support.... Exceptional pressure point relief from unique gel particles suspended within the foam. Antimicrobial and hypoallergenic memory foam mattress topper. Green tea additive eliminates odors naturally. 2? memory foam mattress topper. Mattress topper available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king sizes. Spot clean foam; machine wash poly performance cover. USA and imported. Enjoy a blissful night?s sleep night after night with our Blueflex Gel Memory Foam mattress topper. An innovative sleep solution, this 2-inch memory foam mattress topper combines the benefits of ViscoFresh® and Nanogel® technology to relieve pressure points as you sleep. The unique gel particles, suspended within the memory foam, prevent pressure from building in any one area while also providing additional support for heavier parts of your body. The result is consistent head-to-toe comfort and support. You?ll be amazed what a difference a Blueflex Gel memory foam mattress pad can make in the quality of your nights sleep. Wake up feeling energized, refreshed and relaxed. Most importantly, our Blueflex Gel Memory Foam mattress topper prevents the aches and pains associated with sleeping on a too soft, too firm or overall poor quality mattress. The unique gel particles in our Blueflex Gel Memory Foam work wonders to relieve pressure points. Available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king sizes, the memory foam mattress topper is also made with Green tea additives, which helps to eliminate odors naturally. read more

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Dream Therapy
$89.99 $179.99
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Lounge in luxury when you use this Dream Therapy memory foam mattress topper. In almond beige. Features 39"W x 80"L x 2"D 3-lb. ...density memory foam Antimicrobial Hypoallergenic Reversible design Construction and Care Viscoelastic foam Spot clean Made in the USA Memory Foam Tips Ships compressed in an unmarked box Remove from packaging within 72 hours Allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape After unwrapping, air product for a few hours to eliminate trapped odors Attention: Topper dimensions may be smaller than your mattress dimensions for a secure fit under your fitted sheet. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Dream Therapy 2-in. XL Twin Memory Foam Mattress Topper - 39" x 80"
Dream Therapy
$149.99 $299.99
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This Dream Therapy mattress topper puts you on the path to rejuvenation. In ivory. Features 39"W x 80"L x 4"D 3-lb. density memo...ry foam Antimicrobial Open-cell design Reversible Construction and Care Viscoelastic foam Spot clean Made in the USA Memory Foam Tips Ships compressed in an unmarked box Remove from packaging within 72 hours Allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape After unwrapping, air product for a few hours to eliminate trapped odors Attention: Topper dimensions may be smaller than your mattress dimensions for a secure fit under your fitted sheet. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Dream Therapy 4-in. XL Twin Memory Foam Mattress Topper - 39" x 80"
ComforPedic by Beautyrest
$89.99 $179.99
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Infuse comfort and support into every night's rest. This ComforPedic mattress topper keeps you dreaming in peace. In blue. Featur...es 3"H x 37"W x 73"D Gel memory foam Dual-sided flat/textured design Improves air flow Channels heat away Adjusts to body temperature Relieves pressure points Reduces tossing/turning Eliminates motion transfer Disperses weight evenly Construction and Care Viscoelastic foam/gel Spot clean Manufacturer's 5-year limited warranty Imported Memory Foam Tips Ships compressed in an unmarked box Remove from packaging within 72 hours Allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape After unwrapping, air product for a few hours to eliminate trapped odors Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

ComforPedic Beautyrest 3-in. Textured Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Twin
Sealy
$299.99 $599.99
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Get maximum support with cradling comfort on all pressure points with this extra thick Sealy Posturepedic mattress topper. In whit...e. Features 2-piece set 4" memory foam 3-lb. density Molds to your body for extra support Open-cell design maximizes airflow Temperature-regulating technology Removable, easy-care cover Stretch-to-fit mattress skirt Silky soft woven fabric What's Included Cal. King topper: 72"W x 84"L x 4"D Cover: fits most mattresses up to 16" deep Construction and Care Viscoelastic foam, spot clean Polyester cover, machine wash Manufacturer's 10-year limited warranty Made in the USA Memory Foam Tips Ships compressed in an unmarked box Remove from packaging within 72 hours Allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape After unwrapping, air product for a few hours to eliminate trapped odors Attention: Topper dimensions may be slightly smaller than your mattress dimensions for a secure fit under your fitted sheet. read more

Sealy Posturepedic 4-in. Cal. King Memory Foam Mattress Topper - 72" x 84"
Serta
$129.99 $259.99
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Choose the side that suits you best! This reversible Serta mattress topper lets you select your favorite topper texture. In white.... Features 60"W x 80"L x 2 1/2"D 2 1/2" memory foam, 3-lb. density Cradling support on one side Contoured comfort on the other Relieves pressure points Breathable design Construction and Care Viscoelastic foam Spot clean Manufacturer's 10-year limited warranty Made in the USA Memory Foam Tips Remove from packaging within 72 hours Allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape After unwrapping, air product for a few hours to eliminate trapped odors Attention: Topper dimensions may be slightly smaller than your mattress dimensions for a secure fit under your fitted sheet. Cover not included. read more

Serta 2 1/2-in. Queen Memory Foam Reversible Mattress Topper - 60" x 80"
Science of Sleep
$206.99 $344.99
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Memory Foam that is 4x COOLER than any memory foam is now available in this SOLID 2" topper pad providing that SpaceAge self-conto...uring, self-molding feel under your fitted sheets. Convert any bed to... read more

Science of Sleep New Solid Polar Foam Cool Mattress Topper Memory Foam Full
Classic Brands
$188.99 $314.99
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2" Latex Foam Topper - Full Wake more rested and refreshed with a latex mattress topper. A solid 2" core of latex reacts to the in...dividual contours of the body, molding to every bend and curve for orthopedic support resulting in a reduction in joint and muscle aches. The unique open-cell... This product: Classic Brands Latex Full Topper $188.99 read more

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