The Best Mattress Toppers, Tested by HGTV Editors

If your mattress isn't cutting it but you're not ready to upgrade, consider one of these comfortable mattress toppers as a solution. From memory foam to feather, these toppers will make you feel like you're sleeping in a 5-star hotel.

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February 01, 2021
By: HGTV

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We all know we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so anything that can make our beds more comfortable and make sleep come easier is a worthwhile investment in our book. A high-quality mattress is one of the most important investments you can make, of course, but sometimes upgrading a mattress isn't always feasible or necessary. Maybe you inherited a hand-me-down mattress from family or simply bought the first one you saw at a big-box store a few years ago and now regret it, but you can't stomach spending another $700+ on a new mattress yet. If your bed is too firm and you’re looking to add more cushion to soften it up, a mattress topper is a perfect alternative to buying a new mattress. If you want to extend the life of your mattress, a mattress topper is also a great way to keep it from sagging over time. Plus, mattress toppers can also help relieve pain from pressure points. If your mattress is drooping or is very old, though, a mattress topper isn’t a long-term solution — you probably need a new mattress.

Like mattresses, mattress toppers come in a variety of firmnesses, thicknesses and materials. Unlike mattresses, most toppers usually cost under $500. The most popular types of toppers include memory foam, cooling, feather and down-alternative. We tried some of the top-rated options on the market in these categories, and these are our top picks.

Editor's note: All topper prices listed are for queen-size toppers.

Memory foam is the most popular type of topper because it’s soft and comfortable and can reduce motion transfer, which is great if your partner moves around a lot at night and you're a light sleeper, for example. Memory foam also helps reduce pain in the pressure points. If you're after that moldable, soft-but-firm feel of memory foam, this topper from Tempur-pedic is a solid choice. Allow for a few days after unboxing to air out the topper and let it expand fully before placing on the bed. A minor new-product smell that our tester noticed after opening dissipated after a day or so and the topper fully expanded in less than 48 hours. At three inches, the height of this topper is ideal and not too high to make getting a fitted sheet over it a concern. The memory foam provides just the right amount of softness but also doesn't make you feel like you're sinking. Note that this product can't be returned, but it does come with a 10-year limited warranty.

Our Editor Says: "I have mattress regret after buying one of the first options I saw at a big-box store several years back, but I'm not ready to splurge on a new king-size mattress I hope to upgrade to one day. I LOVE how this memory foam topper added a cloud-like softness to my traditional innerspring mattress and made it so much more comfortable."

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For hot sleepers and people with older mattresses that can sometimes retain more heat than newer mattresses, a cooling topper can ensure you don't wake up sweating throughout the night. Like the TEMPUR-Topper Supreme, this TEMPUR-Adapt + Cooling Topper is the ideal height of three inches and comes with a cool-to-the-touch, allergen-resistant, removable cover that's machine washable. Our tester did find the cover a little tricky to get on but enjoyed sleeping on a softer surface compared to her firm memory foam mattress. However, this topper is probably not the best choice for sleepers who prefer firm mattresses. Note that this product can't be returned, but it does come with a 10-year limited warranty.

Our Editor Says: "I like that this topper isn’t too thick! It gave a little height to the bed without making it too tall. I also didn’t feel my husband move at all, which might be a plus for some people."

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If you want your bed to feel like a luxury hotel bed, a feather-filled topper is probably what you're looking for. Designed with baffle-box stitching to limit shifting and available in three sizes, this 3-inch Pottery Barn featherbed is made of 100-percent, 230-thread-count cotton and filled with hypoallergenic small, white feathers. With some luxury featherbeds pushing up into the $400 plus range, this Pottery Barn topper is plenty cozy and luxurious for a reasonable price.

Our Editor Says: "The topper was the most comfortable and plush featherbed mattress topper of the three I tried, and it stayed plush and fluffy even without regular fluffing."

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Achieve Luxury Hotel Comfort at Home With a Top-Rated Featherbed Mattress Topper

Want the cozy bedtime experience of sleeping on a cloud? Feel like you are staying at a fancy hotel and upgrade the comfort level of your mattress with a plush, downy featherbed mattress cover. Read on for our top picks.

A great option for anyone who wants that featherbed-like softness but is allergic to down or prefers vegan products, this down-alternative, cloud-like mattress topper earned a glowing review from our tester. Parachute's topper is made of 100-percent hypoallergenic microfill and features a 100-percent sateen cotton shell and a baffle-box construction to prevent shifting. With a gusset height measuring about three inches, this topper is an ideal height, and our tester said that even though it doesn't come with straps like some toppers, her fitted sheet held this one in place nicely. It actually made her king sheets fit better on her 11-inch memory foam mattress. Available in six sizes, this topper also comes with a three-year warranty.

Our Editor Says: "I love how this topper has completely transformed my bed. I thought my bed was comfortable before, but adding this topper gives it next-level luxury. I used to love sinking into my sofa and relaxing after dinner, but I’m all about heading to the bedroom to watch TV or read. It’s definitely my favorite spot in the house now."

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