Updated: June 8, 2015
Mattress Topper Reviews:My wife and I have had a pillow top mattress for years and it's slowly losing it's firmness. We recently slept on a bed that had a mattress topper and were quite impressed with the level of comfort they provide. Don't get a mattress topper confused with a mattress pad, although many people interchange the terms. As I started to research mattress toppers I also saw them referred to as mattress enhancers and they are usually made out of memory foam. Those of us with back pain will appreciate the added softness that the memory foam mattress topper pads provide. Many reviews we read online were from owners who had suffered from back and neck pains for years and couldn't find the right mattress. Now they are realizing that a simple accessory like a mattress topper can make all the difference in the world. They are designed to take away those ordinary aches and pains by reducing pressure points. Experts do say that they are not very effective is your current mattress already has sags and dips in it. The mattress toppers work best with newer mattresses that are just a bit too firm.
Buying Guide - The top brands for mattress toppers are Sealy, Serta, Sleep Better, Sleep Joy, Simmons, HoMedics, and Sleep Studio. The foam toppers come in regular sizes - queen, king, twin, full, and California king. Expect spend anywhere from $70 to $150 for these memory foam mattress topper pads. You will often hear the term "foam density" and this is measured in pounds per cubic foot. The better quality memory foam has a density of 4 lbs or higher, although in many reviews we read online the higher the density the lower the rating the mattress topper received. Those pads with a higher density may last a bit longer (5 years +) but you may find more comfort in a less dense mattress topper that might last 3 to 5 years. It all comes down to comfort - keep in mind that we sleep roughly 8 hours a night which means you need a comfortable bed and mattress for your back and neck. The thickness of the mattress topper is another feature to consider. They range from 1" to 4 inches and beyond. The most popular variety are those that are 2 to 3 inches thick - a 2 inch pad is fine for most and experts say the 3" toppers are better for heavier people. When you do buy a mattress topper just place it on top of the mattress and usually they will fit under you quilted mattress pad. In terms of mattress topper reviews - we found an excellent article done by the Wall Street Journal comparing the top brands on comfort, price, etc. We also found excellent consumer feedback on Epinions, Overstock.com, and of course our personal favorite site, Amazon.com. The reviews point towards brands like Sleep Better and Sleep Studio versus the names like Serta, Simmons and HoMedics. Those suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia mention that placing a memory foam pad on top of their mattress help to ease their aches and pains and lessens their symptoms. You can browse all the most popular mattress toppers and pads online here.