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THE GOOD: Wool toppers are generally effective at softening a firm mattress. They tend to be durable as well as fairly cool / dry in summer and warm in winter.
THE BAD: In addition to being pricey, wool toppers may not provide adequate cushioning for some. An initial "barnyard" odor is possible.
THE COMPETITION: See how wool mattress toppers compare to other types in the mattress topper comparison.
The ratings below are based on over 360 wool mattress topper owner reviews gathered from credible sources. The ratings show how wool toppers overall are evaluated by owners. For ratings on specific brands, see the section following this one.
|Owner satisfaction||b+||Wool toppers overall as a group have 91% owner satisfaction. ( ) Owner satisfaction is highest among people who seek some (but limited) mattress cushioning as well as temperature control.|
|Durability / longevity||b||Wool toppers generally have above average durability / longevity, but they will likely lose resiliency over time.|
|Price / affordability||d+||Prices for wool toppers range from $120-$400. The average price paid is about $150. Only latex toppers/pads are pricier.|
|Less pain||b-||Wool can be effective in lessening pressure point discomfort. Other topper types, such as memory foam and latex, do better on the issue of preventing / relieving back and joint pain.|
|Supportive||c||Wool's ability to improve mattress support is inferior to that of memory foam and latex.|
|Motion isolation||d+||Unlike foam toppers, wool does not well isolate your movement to prevent it from disturbing your partner.|
|Easy to move on||b+||Unlike memory foam, wool toppers/pads are usually easy to move around on and get up off.|
|No noise||a||Wool is silent when compressed or moved on.|
|Lightweight||b+||They are generally less heavy than other types.|
|Sex friendly||b||The softness provided by the topper can cause love making to be more comfortable.|
|No initial odor||c||About 2-5% of owners report an initial "barnyard" smell, but it is usually not severe.|
|No sleeping hot||b-||In addition to keeping you warm in winter, wool absorbs moisture to keep you fairly cool in summer.|
|Proper fit / secure||c+||Like mattress toppers in general, wool toppers may not fit properly to the dimensions of the mattress. And they may not stay fully secure.|
|Appearance||b-||When bed is made, a wool topper-pad usually provides a clean, even appearance, but compression of the wool can leave a slightly sagged appearance to the bed.|
|No need to fluff / shake||c-||Occasional to regular shaking / fluffing may be needed to maintain loft and comfort.|
|Ease of cleaning / maintenance||b-||Wool toppers are often machine washable, but may not be machine dryable.|
The following table includes wool toppers that rate highest in owner satisfaction based on significant owner experience data.
|Owner Satisfaction||Sample Size||Price||Retailer||Pocket Depth||Available Sizes|
|Lamb's Wool Mattress Pad||93%||279||$125-$168||overstock.com||up to 16"||full, queen, king|
|SnugFleece Wool Mattress Pad||89%||67||$111-$388||amazon.com||up to 18"||twin, x-long twin, queen, king|
The chart below shows the words owners most often use to describe lying on their wool topper-pad.
Our ratings are based on over 370 wool mattress topper consumer experiences which were gathered primarily from review sections on retailer web sites.
Wool mattress toppers accommodate changing body temperature by helping you to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
During the cold months, air pockets between the fibers of the wool topper hold body heat resulting in a more consistent body temperature.
During the warm months, the hollow fibers of wool allow the topper to wick moisture which helps to keep your skin dry, not damp and clammy. Consequently, your sleep surface stays cool even if there is high humidity. This dry sleep surface discourages the growth of mold and mildew, which can benefit people with allergies.
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