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Mattress Topper Reviews > Memory Foam Mattress Topper Reviews
Based on 46,000+ Consumer Experiences
THE GOOD: Most popular mattress topper • often most effective at improving mattress comfort • available in several thicknesses and densities to suit personal preference.
THE BAD: Initial odor • heat retention possible • "squishy" feel possible in high temperature • can be somewhat difficult to move on / get up off • fairly heavy.
– Ratings Overall
– Top-Rated Memory Foam Toppers
– What Is Memory Foam
– Topper Longevity / Warranty
– Topper Density
– Off Gassing / Initial Odor
– Amount of Memory Foam in Topper
– Topper on One Side of Bed
– Impact on Romance
The table below compares memory foam toppers based on thickness and foam density. Ratings are in relation to all mattress topper types overall. The ratings show what tends to be true; a particular brand, model or individual topper may go against the ratings somewhat.
|MEMORY FOAM TOPPER THICKNESS||MEMORY FOAM TOPPER DENSITY||Comment|
|1"||2"||3"||4"||3 lb||4 lb||5+ lb|
|Price||B+||B-||C||D||B||C||D||Prices $40-$275. $134 avg price paid.|
|Lifespan||D+||C||C||C+||C||B||B+||3.5-yr avg lifespan. More.|
|Less pain/ pressure||C||B||B+||A||B||B+||A||Back, shoulder, hip pain relief often reported.|
|Easy to move on||B+||C||D+||D||C||C-||D||Thinner, lower density means less sinking in / easier to move on.|
|Back sleep friendly||B-||A-||B+||B||B||B+||B+||4.0+ lb density may be best.|
|Side sleep friendly||C-||B||A-||A||C+||B||B+||Thickness of 2"+ often best.|
|Front sleep friendly||B-||B+||C+||C-||B+||B||B-||Thinner, lower density often best.|
|No off gassing||C-||D||D-||D-||D+||D||D||Top owner complaint. More.|
|No sleeping hot||B-||C||C-||D||C||C-||D||Greater thickness / density traps more heat.|
|Large person friendly||D+||C+||B+||B||C+||B||B+||200+ lbs people often prefer greater thickness & density.|
|Couple friendly||B||B+||C+||C-||C+||B||B+||Couple friendly toppers improve motion isolation & minimize rolling toward partner.|
|Light weight||B-||C||C-||D||B-||C||D||Avg weight 26 lbs.|
|Firmness||med to firm||med||med to soft||soft to med||--||--||--||More thickness = more softness.|
|Comment||limited impact on com- fort||top selling thick- ness||2nd top selling thick- ness||person may roll toward heavier partner||limit- ed sup- port||top selling density; mix of comfort/ support||limited avail; often pricey|
The table below compares toppers with 85% or better owner satisfaction based on 1,000 or more consumer experiences. Toppers are arranged alphabetically.
|3" 4lb Topper||Bodi- Pedic||Comfort Dreams||Lucid by Linen Spa||Serta||Sleep Joy / Dream Form||Slumber Solutions|
|Owner Satisfaction (sample)|
||$40- $250||$50- $200||$96- $200||$56- $255
||1", 3", 4"||2", 2.5", 3", 4"||2", 3", 4"||2", 3", 4"||2", 3", 4"|
|4.0 lb||3.0 lb
||3.0, 4.0 lb||3.5 lb (est.)||4.0 lb||3.0 lb||3.0 lb|
|Distinctive Advantage or Trait|
|PURGreen certified2||comes with 100% cotton cover
||pillows included with 3" model||gel foam model available||top seller||3 zones of air channels||model variety|
|Sleep Joy at amazon, Dream Form at overstock||over stock
|30 day||30 day||30 day||30 day||30 day||30 day||30 day|
|Above-avg but not widespread number of reports for tearing.||--||1" model is highest rated among competing 1" toppers.||3" model rates highest among Lucid models.||Serta 2" is top-rated memory foam topper overall (by small margin).||Sleep Joy and Dream Form are same product with different names.||Highloft Supreme 3" rates highest among Slumber Solutions models.|
1 Memory foam density indicates how much foam weighs. For example, foam with 3.0 lb (or lbs/ft) density means that a cubic foot of this foam weighs three pounds. 3.0 lb memory foam tends to be easier to move on and get up off than 4.0 lb memory foam. 4.0 lb foam, however, may provide greater support and pain-relief potential. See the above grid and memory foam density: low vs high to learn more about differences in density.
2 PURGreen certified means that the product, according to PURGreen Environmental Engineering, is safe and free from harmful chemicals.
Memory foam is made from polyurethane with additional chemicals that increase its density. In technical terms, it is often referred to as visco-elastic polyurethane foam. The foam is made up of millions of spherical shaped, open cells. What makes memory foam unique is its temperature and weight sensitivity. Learn more.
Memory foam mattress toppers should generally be expected to last about three to four years on average with regular use. Toppers with higher density foam (4.0 lbs/ft or more) may last somewhat longer than those with lower density foam (3.0 lbs/ft or less).
As the toppers age and wear, they tend to lose their resiliency and supportiveness. They may also discolor and tear.
Memory Foam Topper Ownership Length
|0 years||3.5 years||7 years|
Memory foam mattress toppers often have warranty lengths of 2-5 years. Owner experience data, however, suggests that the likelihood of successfully filing a warranty claim is low. Consumers, as a result, should probably not place much emphasis warranty coverage when shopping.
When unpackaged, memory foam can initially give off a gas or odor which can last from a few hours to a few weeks.
Off gassing is the main complaint by memory foam topper owners as about 20% report the problem. Off gassing can be a small annoyance to some people and unbearable to others. Learn more about memory foam off gassing.
There is often randomness as to whether and how much a memory foam mattress topper will off gas. However, owner experience data suggests that off gassing tends to be mainly influenced by the thickness of the topper.
Some toppers on the market are referred to as "memory foam," yet they are made mostly of regular foam. For example, they may have one inch of memory foam and one or more inch of regular foam underneath. These types tend to be inexpensive.
While customer satisfaction for these types is similar to that of all-memory foam toppers, all-memory foam toppers appear to have somewhat better longevity.
To determine the actual contents of a topper you are considering, read the fine print.
Memory foam toppers can often be added to just one side of a bed to, in effect, provide different firmness and feel for each side. This can make a mattress more suitable for couples. Learn more on how to have a topper on one side of a bed.
Higher-density and thicker memory foam toppers, like memory foam mattresses, can have a significant impact on romantic activity. On the plus side, they can make romance more comfortable. On the down side, they can make movement more difficult. Learn more about the pros and cons of memory foam: mattress sex comparison.
Ratings are based on 46,000+ memory foam topper-pad consumer reviews collected from diverse, credible sources including product review sections on retailer websites (namely Amazon and Overstock) as well as online message boards.
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About 6% of memory foam topper owners report that their topper sleeps hot or, in other words, fails to release body heat resulting in an unnaturally warm sleep surface.
This means that memory foam is only somewhat more likely to act as a heat trap compared to other topper types (feather, fiber, wool).
Know, however, that thicker and higher-density memory foam toppers tend to have more heat-related complaints than thinner, less-dense varieties.
Also, gel memory foam tends to sleep 30% cooler longer than regular memory foam.
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