We reviewed this article in February 2022 to ensure all picks tested and vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab are in stock and reflect current pricing.

A comfortable mattress is key to a good night's sleep, but buying a new one can be pricey and inconvenient. The good news is that a mattress topper can be an easy fix to make your bed much more comfortable to sleep on. It's also ideal for situations when you're not at home (like in a college dorm or a care facility) because it can upgrade your bed in a temporary living situation.

The right mattress topper can give you pillow-top softness if your bed is too hard or add firmness if you need more support. There are even hybrids that combine materials for comfort and support, cooling options if your mattress gives you night sweats and versions with pressure-relieving memory foam for people with back pain.

The bedding experts in the Textiles Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute researched dozens of mattress toppers to find the best ones on the market. We reviewed each one's features and benefits, then narrowed down the picks to brands that have performed well in our mattress evaluations and popular toppers with unique features and rave reviews from users.

Here are the best mattress toppers you can buy in 2022:

    Read on to learn more about each of our top picks, with all prices listed for Queen sizes. You can also find more helpful tips for picking out your perfect mattress topper at the bottom of this article.

    Best Overall Mattress Topper

    Saatva Mattress Topper

    Mattress Topper
    Saatva saatva.com

    • Choose from three materials
    • Elastic strap to stay in place
    • 180-night trial

    • Spot clean only
    • Height: Ranges from 1.5" to 3"
    • Fill materials: High-density foam, graphite-infused foam or latex
    • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King

      Saatva is one of our favorite mattress brands and offers three topper variations based on what you're looking for to improve the feel of your bed. There's a foam layer for pressure relief, a graphite-infused foam for an added cooling benefit and a latex version that's more light and plush. Each topper is encased in an organic cotton cover and has an elastic anchor band to prevent any shifting on your bed.

      The 1.5-inch high-density foam layer is the least expensive and ideal for anyone looking for a quick fix. With a medium firmness, it's ideal for most sleep positions and contours to your body shape for enhanced support on your bed. For a luxurious upgrade, the 3-inch graphite-infused memory foam offers pressure relief with increased motion transfer, so you're less likely to feel a sleeping partner moving at night. The graphite also works to pull heat away to keep you at a more comfortable sleeping temperature.

      Lastly, the 1.5-inch latex option is the priciest, but it's certainly worth the splurge because it's made from natural resources (unlike petroleum-based foam), offers a floating and pressure-relieving feel and is highly durable to last for years. This layer also has ventilation throughout to keep it breathable.

      Regardless of which topper you choose, the brand offers free shipping and a free 180-day trial so you can get a full refund if you don't love it. Just note that while some mattress toppers are washable or have a removable cover, this one is spot clean only.

      Best Value Mattress Topper

      Linenspa Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper

      Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper
      Linenspa amazon.com

      • Inexpensive
      • Plush softness
      • Popular on Amazon

      • Doesn't come with a cover
      • Height: Ranges from 2" to 3"
      • Fill materials: Gel-infused memory foam
      • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, RV Queen, King, California King

        If you're looking for the best mattress topper under $100, this layer memory foam is a bestseller with more than 75,000 reviews and a 4.5-star average rating on Amazon. The brand describes the foam as "ultra plush" to soften mattresses that are too hard, saying it'll conform to your curves and feel like a hug. Many reviewers agree and say it feels like sleeping on a cloud. Plus, there are gel beads in the foam to prevent overheating, which is a great bonus because memory foam is notorious for trapping in heat.

        Because it's a softer foam, it's most ideal for lightweight body types. It's also suitable for those that sleep on their side since it'll relieve pressure around the joints. Just note that this topper doesn't come with an outer cover like some of the pricier ones, and it'll last longer if you layer it under a mattress protector.

        Best Firm Foam Mattress Topper

        Tempur-Pedic Tempur Supreme Mattress Topper

        TEMPUR-Topper Supreme
        Tempur-Pedic tempurpedic.com

        • High quailty foam
        • Adds firm support
        • Good motion isolation

        • Expensive
        • Height: 3"
        • Fill materials: Tempur foam
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

          This luxury foam topper has a medium-firm rating yet feels surprisingly firm, making it is ideal for beds that need more support as well as innerspring mattresses that have too much bounce or heavier body weights that benefit from a more stable surface. Because it's foam, it still offers pressure relief so it won't feel hard. In fact, it uses the same foam material as the Tempur-Pedic mattresses that cost thousands of dollars. So although it's pricey, you get the high-quality foam at a fraction of the cost.

          Tempur-Pedic's foam is famous for its motion transfer reduction, meaning you're less likely to feel your partner tossing and turning throughout the night. The foam also adapts to your body shape instead of instantly sinking, so while it might feel too firm when you first lie down, it will slowly change shape to cradle your body. Plus, the topper comes in a removable and machine washable cover so it's easy to keep it clean.

          Best Pillow Top Mattress Topper

          Parachute Down Mattress Topper

          Down Mattress Topper
          Parachute Home parachutehome.com

          • Plush down featherbed
          • Baffle box construction for even distribution
          • Down-alternative version available

          • Dry clean only
          • Height: 3"
          • Fill materials: 85% down, 15% down/feather blend
          • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

            Whether your mattress feels too hard or you just want to layer on a pillow top for added comfort, a down or down-alternative topper is the best way to soften up your bed. This indulgent featherbed has two layers of down and feathers in a baffle box construction that keeps the fill evenly distributed. It's gusseted so it won't fall flat, and the outer fabric is a cotton sateen, which means it's tightly woven to prevent feathers from poking through.

            The down is incredibly lofty so you get the fluffy feel that users compare to sleeping in a cloud or a five-star hotel (both are equally impressive!). If you’re looking to save a bit or have allergies to down, the brand also sells a down-alternative version made with microfiber fill. Besides the fill, it has the same overall construction. Keep in mind that both options are dry clean only.

            Best Hybrid Mattress Topper

            Viscosoft Serene Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress Topper

            Serene Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress Topper
            Viscosoft viscosoft.com

            • Fits deep mattresses

            • Users said it was a bit tricky to set up at first
            • Height: 4"
            • Fill materials: Gel-infused memory foam, synthetic down alternative
            • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Queen Short, King, California King

              Most mattress toppers are either foam or fiberfill, but this one combines the two popular materials so you get the benefits of both. There's a 2.5-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam on the bottom that provides pressure relief. On top of that, its machine-washable cover has a down alternative fill so you get the soft comfort of a pillow top. It's not too soft or too firm, making it ideal when your bed needs an instant upgrade yet you're not sure whether to choose a supportive foam or plush fill.

              The cover has a strap to attach the foam and pillow top layers, plus it has fitted sides with an elastic band to tuck it in securely on your bed. In fact, it can securely fit a deep mattress up to 18 inches high. Users found it a bit tricky to set up at first but said it stayed in place without shifting during use. On top of that, our testers found it to significantly improve the feel of the bed, offering more support and leading to fewer aches and pains. As an added bonus, the brand offers a 60-day return period.

              Best Mattress Topper on Amazon

              Lucid Down Alternative & Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper

              Down Alternative and Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
              LUCID amazon.com

              • Fitted panels for a secure fit

              • Some say it sleeps warm
              • Height: 4"
              • Fill materials: Gel-infused memory foam, synthetic down alternative
              • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

                This pick is another hybrid mattress topper that combines foam and fiberfill for support and pillow-top comfort, but it's available on Amazon for a lower cost and with the convenience of Prime shipping. The bottom layer is memory foam infused with gel, while the top layer includes pockets of down alternative for plush padding. It goes onto your bed like a fitted sheet to help everything stay in place, though it doesn't have the strap to keep the two layers extra secure together.

                It's a luxurious four inches high with equal parts foam and pillow top, but it's actually two separate pieces that you can layer together or use separately. The down alternative top layer that holds everything together is machine washable and dryer safe. Just note that some reviewers noted it sleeps hot, despite the gel infusion in the foam.

                Best Mattress Topper for Side Sleepers

                Tuft & Needle Mattress Topper

                TUFT & NEEDLE
                Mattress Topper
                Tuft & Needle amazon.com

                • Pressure relief for hips and shoulders
                • Soft outer cover
                • Non-skid grips on the bottom

                • Spot clean only
                • Height: 2"
                • Fill materials: Memory foam
                • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

                  A memory foam mattress topper is ideal if you sleep on your side, because it takes pressure off the areas where you put the most weight, like your hips and shoulders. This one from Tuft & Needle has two inches of foam specifically designed to add cushioning, while still being more supportive than a featherbed. The brand says this is because its unique responsive foam is more resilient without sinking in. Plus, it's made with open cells to help it feel more breathable.

                  Though it doesn't have straps to tuck under your mattress, it has a unique non-skid bottom that prevents it from shifting on your bed. It also has a comfy knit cover that helps prevent your sheets from bunching up. The downside is that this one isn't washable, and the cover can't be removed for cleaning.

                  Best Mattress Topper for Hip and Back Pain

                  Nolah Mattress Topper

                  Mattress Topper

                  • Excellent pressure relief
                  • Two firmness levels
                  • Elastic straps attach to bed

                  • Expensive
                  • Shipping takes longer than others
                  • Height: 2"
                  • Fill materials: Memory foam
                  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

                    Users of Nolah mattresses have told us they help relieve back pain, hip pain and sciatica, and this topper uses the brand's same signature AirFoam for superior pressure relief. The AirFoam is also designed to dissipate heat better than traditional memory foam and to offer more resilience to prevent sagging. The foam comes in two firmness levels: Luxury Firm (which is like a medium in the 5 to 7 out of 10 range) and Plush (which is a soft 3 out of 10).

                    There are also wide elastic bands at the corners that stretch to secure the topper onto your mattress. It uses an outer cover made from organic cotton, though it's not removable for easy cleaning. Nolah offers free shipping and a 30-day return period, but note that it typically ships within 5 to 7 business days, so it may take a couple of weeks to arrive.

                    Best Heating & Cooling Mattress Topper

                    Sleep Number DualTemp Individual Layer

                    Sleep Number
                    DualTemp Individual Layer
                    Sleep Number sleepnumber.com

                    • Temperature-regulating technology
                    • Individual sides for couples
                    • GH Seal holder

                    • Very expensive
                    • Requires floor unit to be plugged in
                    • Height: 1"
                    • Fill materials: Air chambers
                    • Sizes: Half Queen, Half King, Half California King

                      This innovative topper is the perfect solution if you're more concerned with adjusting the temperature of your bed than changing the feel of your mattress. It's temperature-controlled through a remote so you can choose between various levels of warm and cool. A floor unit sends hot or cool air to the thin mattress topper through a tube, then spreads out through the layer. Even though it requires extra pieces, the tube fits under a fitted sheet and the floor unit can stay hidden under the bed.

                      Just note, this pad is pricey and fits only half the bed. You'll need to buy two if both members of a couple want to control their side, meaning it could cost more than a mattress. That being said, it's unique because couples with different preferences can get a personalized sleep temperature. And unlike other toppers where the cooling technologies are minimal and don't last all night, this one keeps the cool (or warm) air flowing continuously.

                      Best Organic Mattress Topper

                      Avocado Green Organic Latex Mattress Topper

                      Organic Latex Mattress Topper
                      Avocado Green avocadogreenmattress.com

                      • Certified organic materials
                      • Plush or firm varieties
                      • Durable and resilient latex

                      • Pricey

                      • Height: 2"
                      • Fill materials: Certified organic latex and wool
                      • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

                        Most mattress toppers are made of synthetic materials like memory foam or polyester fiberfill, but this one's certified organic by the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), so you know it follows strict standards throughout its production process. Plus, not only is it organic, it's also top quality so you don't need to sacrifice performance to go green.

                        Inside the topper is durable and resilient latex with temperature-regulating wool, and the outer cover is a soft and breathable cotton. The latex layer comes in two firmness options: Firm if you need support and resilience, and plush if you want to add cloud-like softness. The brand also sells a vegan version with cotton fill instead of wool.

                        What's the difference between mattress toppers, pads and protectors?

                        • Mattress toppers are usually several inches thick and sit right on top of your mattress. The goal of a mattress topper is to make your bed more comfortable, whether adding firm support or pillow-top softness.
                          • Mattress pads aren't as thick as toppers. They also typically have five sides and go onto your bed like a fitted sheet, rather than just sitting on top. You won't get quite as much added comfort as you would with a mattress topper, but they're typically less expensive and can often help protect your mattress from stains or spills.
                            • Mattress protectors are designed specifically to keep your mattress safe from things like accidents, dust and bedbugs. Toppers and pads can technically extend the life of your mattress by protecting it from wear and tear, but a protector is more suitable if you're just looking to keep your mattress safe since it doesn't usually have comfort enhancements. These can be five-sided (like a mattress pad) or fully encased to keep the mattress protected on all sides.

                              Does a mattress topper really help?

                              Yes! As long as your mattress is not sinking or sagging (or even if it's brand-new), a topper can spruce it up and change its overall feel. You can layer on a mattress topper for an enhanced feel, whether you purchased an expensive model that needs an affordable upgrade or you find your bed is lacking in comfort or support. Mattress toppers also provide a boost to an older mattress if you're finding you no longer love the feel but aren't ready to buy an entirely new bed.

                              How to use a mattress topper

                              As the name implies, a mattress topper sits right on top of your mattress. Some have straps that you can anchor onto your mattress, whereas others solely lie on top. If you use a mattress pad or protector to keep your mattress safe from spills or wear and tear, you can add them over your mattress topper as well.

                              Keep in mind, a mattress topper can add several inches to your bed's height. Make sure to buy sheets that will fit your mattress and its topper, especially if you have a tall mattress to begin with.

                              What type of mattress topper is best?

                              It depends on what you're looking for — i.e., whether you'd like your mattress topper to provide more firmness and support, or if you need to soften up your bed. Here are the main types of toppers you can choose from:

                              • Memory foam mattress toppers: These are the most popular because they can add support, comfort and pressure-relief to any mattress. There's also a wide range of price points in this category, and it's your best bet if you're looking for an affordable pick under $100 to spruce up a temporary bed. You'll also find variations of memory foam, like ones infused with gel or graphite to help prevent overheating from the foam.
                              • Latex mattress toppers: Unlike memory foam that's made from petroleum, latex is a natural foam that's made from rubber trees. It's typically more expensive, but it's durable, more resilient and has more bounce than traditional foam.
                              • Pillow-top mattress toppers: If your bed feels too hard and you want to add cloud-like softness, a topper made of down or fiberfill is your best bet: 100% down or down featherbeds are the most luxurious and fluffiest, while fiberfill made of polyester is less expensive and animal free.
                              • Hybrid mattress toppers: These typically include a layer of foam with a pillow-top cover so you get the pressure relief and support combined with plush softness. You can also find hybrids that use memory foam clusters and fiberfill in the blend — these feel more like a featherbed with extra support.

                                More Mattress Topper Shopping Tips

                                With mattress toppers, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, so here are factors to consider when shopping for your most comfortable mattress topper:

                                • Thickness: A good topper should be at least two inches, but a thicker option will offer more support, especially when it comes to foam toppers. If you’re just looking for a small upgrade, opt for a thinner model.
                                • Softness: If your mattress is too firm, adding a down or fiberfill topper can give you plush comfort so it won't feel as hard.
                                • Support: If you're feeling pain when you wake up, adding a foam topper can increase firmness or give you pressure relief around your joints.
                                • Temperature regulation: Some mattresses can cause night sweats because they trap heat around your body, so you can opt for a topper with cooling features.
                                • Care: Many mattress toppers aren't washable, especially ones made of foam. If this matters to you, check for one that you can launder in a washing machine.
                                • Certifications: To make sure there are no harmful levels of chemicals in foam materials, look for labels like CertiPUR-US. For down toppers, check for the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), which ensures the ducks and geese receive humane treatment.