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Mattress Topper Reviews > Memory Foam Mattress Topper Reviews
Based on 38,000+ 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 off gassing odor • heat retention possible • thicker, higher-density types may be 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 Love Making
– About The Research
The table below rates and compares memory foam toppers overall as a group based on thickness and foam density. 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 inch||2 inches||3 inches||4 inches||3 lbs/ft||4 lbs/ft||5+ lbs/ft|
|Affordable||B+||B-||C||D||B||C||D||Prices often range from $65-$240. $130 is the average price paid.|
|Longevity / durability||D+||C||C||C+||C||B||B+||Body impression formation, loss of support / resiliency, ripping occur with age / wear.|
|Less pain / pressure||C||B||B+||B+||B||B+||B+||Relief of back, shoulder and hip pain is often strong benefit of memory foam.|
|Easy to move on||A-||B||C||D||B||C||D||Thicker, higher density toppers are often more difficult to move on.|
|Back sleep friendly||B-||B+||B+||B||B||B+||B+||4.0+ lbs/ft density may be best.|
|Side sleep friendly||C||B||B+||B+||C+||B||B||Thickness of 2" or more is often best.|
|Stomach sleep friendly||B||B+||B||C||B||B||B-||Thinner, lower density may be best.|
|No off gassing||C-||D+||D||D||D+||D||D||Off gassing is the top owner complaint by far. More info.|
|No sleeping hot||B-||C+||C||D||C+||C||D||Thicker, higher density toppers trap more heat.|
|Couple friendly||B||B||C||C-||C+||B||B+||Couple friendly toppers improve motion isolation yet don't let person roll toward heavier partner.|
|Light weight||B-||C||C-||D||B-||C||D||Avg weight is 26 lbs. Thinner, lower-density toppers are lighter, easier to handle.|
|Firmness||medium to firm||medium||medium to soft||soft to medium||--||--||--||Thicker toppers tend to provide more softness.|
|Comment||limited impact on mattress comfort||top-selling thickness||2nd top-selling thickness||person may roll toward heavier partner||limited support||top-selling density; mix of comfort and support||limited availability; often pricey|
The table below compares toppers that have at least 85% owner satisfaction based on 70 or more consumer experiences. Toppers are ordered alphabetically. Links go to Amazon.com.
|Owner Satisfaction||Sample Size||Price||Thickness Available||Foam Density (lbs-ft)1||Distinctive Advantage or Trait||Retailer(s)||Return Policy||Comment|
|3" 4LB MEMORY FOAM TOPPER||89%||1170||$88-$180||3"||4.0||PURGreen certified2||amazon.com||30 days||Has above-avg but not widespread # of reports for tearing.|
|BODIPEDIC||91%||3496||$66-$135||2", 3"||3.0||value potential||overstock.com||30 days||Currently, about 20% cheaper than other brands.|
|COMFORT DREAMS||90%||6302||$120-$240||1", 3", 4"||3.0, 4.0||model variety||overstock.com||30 days||--|
|ISOTONIC STRUCTURE||93%||162||$160-$255||2"||2.5||grid pattern for air flow||jcpenney.com||30-90 days||Price is regular price; topper is occasionally on sale.|
|LUCID BY LINENSPA||87%||1453||$70-$150||2", 2.5", 3"||3.5*||gel foam model available||amazon.com||30 days||3" model rates highest among the 3 available.|
|SERTA||91%||22,234||$85-$171||2", 3", 4"||4.0||top seller||overstock.com||30 days||Serta 2" is top rated memory foam topper by small margin.|
|SPA SENSATIONS 3"||87%||634||$80-$120||3"||3.0||two layers of foam||walmart.com||90 days||Consists of 1" memory foam glued to 2" regular foam.|
|TEMPUR-PEDIC||91%||70||$300-$450||3"||5.3||above avg longevity||tempur-
|no returns||Questionable value.|
|VISCO2 / DREAM FORM||87%||2094||$77-$162||2", 3", 4"||3.0||3 zones of air channels||amazon (Visco2), overstock.com (Dream Form)||30 days||2" model rates highest among the 3 available.|
1 Density. Memory foam density indicates how much the foam weighs. For example, foam with 3.0 lbs/ft density means that a cubic foot of this foam weighs three pounds. 3.0 lbs/ft memory foam tends to be easier to move on and get up off than 4.0 lbs/ft memory foam. 4.0 lbs/ft foam, however, may provide greater pain-relief potential. See memory foam density: low vs high to learn more about the 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 on the warranty when topper 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 considerable 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 call themselves "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 tend 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. Read 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 love making. 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 at the mattress sex comparison.
Ratings are based on 38,000+ memory foam topper-pad consumer reviews gathered from diverse, credible sources including product review sections on retailer websites (Amazon, JCPenney, Overstock, Walmart and others) as well as online message boards.
Our research shows memory foam toppers overall have 88% owner satisfaction. ( )
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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.
Memory foam is only somewhat more likely to act as a heat trap compared to other topper types (feather, fiber, wool).
Keep in mind, however, that thicker and higher-density memory foam toppers tend to have more heat-related complaints than thinner, less-dense varieties.
Gel memory foam tends to sleep 25% cooler longer than regular memory foam.
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