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Mattress Topper Reviews > Memory Foam Mattress Topper Reviews

unbiased Memory Foam Topper Reviews, Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 54,000+ Consumer Experiences

November 1, 2015

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Most popular mattress topper • often most effective at improving mattress comfort • available in several varieties to suit personal preference.

THE BAD: Potential for initial odor and heat retention • "squishy" feel possible • often not ideal for people under 110 lbs • can be somewhat difficult to move on / get up off • fairly heavy.

THE COMPETITION: See how other topper types compare to memory foam in the topper comparison.

Memory Foam Topper Ratings: Overall As a Group

The table below compares memory foam toppers based on thickness and foam density. 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 $30-$280. $124 avg.
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 C+ B A- 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 D+ A- B C+ Thinner, lower density often best.
No off gassing C- D D- D- D+ D D Top owner complaint. More.
Not hot B- C C- D C C- D Greater thickness / density traps more heat. More.
Heavy person friendly D+ C+ B+ C+ C+ B B+ 220+ lbs people often prefer greater thickness & density.
Light person friendly D+ C C C C+ C- D The toppers often don't conform well to people under 110 lbs.
Couple friendly B B+ C+ C- C+ B B+ Cpl friendly toppers improve motion isolation & minimize rolling toward partner.
Love friendly A- B C D B C D+ Learn more.
Easy to handle / lift B+ C+ D+ D- B+ C D Thicker, higher density means heavier. Weight 8-40 lbs. 24 lbs avg.
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


Top-Rated Memory Foam Toppers

The table below compares toppers with 85% or better owner satisfaction based on 200 or more consumer experiences.

Red Nomad Home Serta Sleep Joy / Dream Form BodiPedic Slumber Solutions Comfort Dreams Lucid by Linen Spa
Owner Satisfaction (sample)            
93% (587) 89%
(23,842)
89%
(5199)
89%
(3554)
87%
(8679)
87%
(7860)
85%
(4706)
Price            
$75- $185 $70- $252 $50- $235
$60- $200
$50- $200 $37- $225 $40- $200
Thickness            
2", 3" 2", 3", 4" 1.5", 2", 3", 4" 3"
2", 3", 4" 1", 3", 4" 1", 2", 2.5", 3", 4"
Density1            
3.5 lb (est.) 4.0 lb 3.0 lb 3.0 lb
3.0 lb 3.0, 4.0 lb 3.5 lb (est.)
Gel-infused model(s) available2            
no no no yes
yes no yes
Distinctive Advantage or Trait            
uses a newer type of memory foam top seller overall has channels for air flow comes with 100% cotton cover
"egg crate" design for air flow 2 pillows included with 3" and 4" models wide selection
Retailer            
amazon over stock
.com
Sleep Joy at amazon, Dream Form at overstock over stock
.com
over stock
.com
over stock
.com
amazon
Comment            
Less established and proven than other toppers in this table. Serta 2" rates highest among Serta models. Sleep Joy and Dream Form are same product with different names. -- Highloft Supreme 3" rates highest among Slumber Solutions models. 1" model is highest rated among competing 1" toppers. 3" model rates highest among Lucid models.

1Memory 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.

2Gel-infused foam, owner data suggests, sleeps about 30% cooler longer than regular memory foam.


Memory Foam: What Is It?

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 Topper Longevity

Memory foam mattress toppers should generally be expected to last about three to four years with regular use – a rate similar to that of the average mattress topper. Memory foam 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 support. They may also discolor and tear.

Memory Foam Topper Ownership Length

memory foam topper ownership
0 years 3.5 years 7 years

Warranty Coverage

Memory foam toppers often have warranty lengths of 2-5 years. Owner experience data suggests that the likelihood of successfully filing a warranty claim is low. Consumers, as a result, should probably not place much emphasis on warranty coverage when shopping.


Off Gassing / Initial Odor

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.

Off Gassing by Thickness

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.

memory foam topper off gassing comparison


Heat Retention

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 toppers are only somewhat more likely to trap heat than is the average topper (4%).

Know, however, that thicker memory foam toppers tend to have more heat-related complaints than thinner varieties. (See below chart.) This appears to be due to the fact that the sleeper often sinks further into thicker toppers where there is less air circulation. Higher density foam toppers may also increase the potential for heat retention.

memory foam topper heat comparison
* Heat retention great enough to undermine sleep quality.

Also, gel memory foam tends to sleep 30% cooler longer than regular memory foam.


Amount of Memory Foam in Topper / Pad

Some toppers on the market are referred to as "memory foam," yet they are made partly to 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.


Having a Memory Foam Topper on One Side of a Bed

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.


Memory Foam Topper Impact on Love Making

Higher-density and thicker memory foam toppers can have a significant impact on romantic activity. While they offer some advantages such as improved comfort, they also can reduce bounce and make movement more difficult. Learn more about the pros and cons of memory foam on this issue.


About Our Memory Foam Topper-Pad Research

Ratings are based on 54,000+ 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.

Sleep Like The Dead receives NO COMPENSATION of any kind from any company, organization or individual to affect in any way or degree the content of our mattress topper-pad research.

At Amazon: A Top-Rated Memory Foam Topper

About Our Memory Foam Topper-Pad Research

Ratings are based on 54,000+ 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.

Sleep Like The Dead receives NO COMPENSATION of any kind from any company, organization or individual to affect in any way or degree the content of our mattress topper-pad research.

At Amazon: A Top-Rated Memory Foam Topper

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