The best mattress toppers for a more comfortable sleep, including side sleeper and back pain types

If you can’t afford to buy a glorious new mattress, the best mattress toppers offer a quick and relatively cheap way to improve the quality of your sleep. They’re also far more portable than a mattress, which is handy if you’re renting a furnished property. Recent years have seen huge technological advancements, with new types of springs to help with back pain and even graphite, to regulate temperature. 

Big names like Simba, Emma, and Dunelm, famous for making the best mattresses, all make mattress toppers too. Over the last few weeks I’ve tested all of them. You’ll find my full reviews further down this article along with answers to frequently asked questions, like how to clean them and stop them from sliding. But if you’re in a hurry, here’s a quick look at the top five:

Best mattress topper at a glance

Best overall – Emma Diamond Degree

Best mattress topper for back pain – Simba Hybrid Topper

Best soft mattress topper – The White Company Classic

Best wool mattress topper – John Lewis Classic Collection

Best budget mattress topper – Dunelm Rebound

What makes a good mattress topper?

“A good mattress topper will be very firm and dense, usually 5lb and high-density latex foam,” says Penny Albright, founder of the Easy Sleep Guide. “These toppers help because they create a bit more surface pressure, supporting your body and back.”

Look out for material, firmness, thickness, size and durability, says BSM-certified sleep expert Nicole Eichelberger. “A bad quality mattress topper may be made of inferior materials, have a poor level of firmness, be too thin or too thick, be the wrong size for your mattress, or be poorly made and prone to breaking down quickly. It is important to do your research and choose a topper from a reputable brand to ensure that you are getting a good quality product.”

What is the best mattress topper for back pain?

A firmer mattress topper, like the Simba Hybrid or Emma Diamond Degree will probably be best: Penny says that if you have back pain, you may have to sacrifice some comfort for support. 

“It is recommended that people with back pain should sleep on something firm,” she says. “Products that are too soft can worsen already existing back pain and cause pressure points in other parts of your body. While you feel like you might be uncomfortable sleeping on a firmer topper, it could help your back pain in the long run.”

Nicole Eichelberger points out that this can go both ways. “A mattress topper that is too firm may not provide enough cushioning and may be uncomfortable for some people. It is important to find a mattress topper that provides the right balance of support and comfort for your individual needs.”


How we chose the best mattress topper

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