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The Best Foam Mattress Toppers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve already tested out our favorite plush topper and covered the best sheets in all categories, here we’re zeroing in on the best mattress toppers, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best 2-inch memory-foam mattress toppers

Sleep Innovations 2-inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“This is the best investment I made for my first college dorm room. Everyone who sits on my bed always makes a comment about how unbelievably soft it is. (My room has become the meeting space for all my friends - usually with 3 or 4 of us piled onto my bed - and I’d like to think this contributed to that.) It’s just as soft as my bed at home, if not softer, which definitely made it easier to adjust to dorm life. It’s not so soft that you don’t feel supported, though.”

Weekender 2-Inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“This memory foam is amazing. I put it on the pullout bed, which everyone knows has the most uncomfortable mattresses, and it now feels liken actual memory-foam bed. I was worried that since it is 2 inches I might feel the springs once I laid down due to my weight, but no! I love it and even more for the price. Every other mattress topper was over $100 and this one is a great price and quality. I recommend it completely.”

Best 3-inch memory-foam mattress toppers

Red Nomad Full Size 3 Inch Thick, Ultra Premium Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper

“They must have invented a machine that makes really dense, concentrated clouds. My personal experience has been amazing. This is the best memory-foam product ever. Not only is it really high quality, it’s crazy inexpensive compared to other toppers of similar quality. I’m super pain-free. It’s a miracle. Red Nomad offers a 90-day money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose; but I bet after you use it, you won’t wanna return it. I really love this. I have to buy more for my friends and family.”

Langria 3-Inch Queen Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“I looked at well over 100 mattress toppers online before buying this one. I’m SOOO glad I went with this one. I was waking up everyday with severe back pain. Every. Single. Day. The first night of sleeping on this, I woke up and felt like a million bucks and had NO back pain! Literally none!! I almost cried! It’s not too soft, it has a firmness to it, but it still conforms to your body and you feel 100 percent supported with no pressure points! Our mattress underneath is a ‘memory’ foam, so we are used to the heat that can accumulate from not moving for a long period of time while sleeping, and I feel like this topper is actually way cooler than our mattress! I don’t wake up at all once I’ve fallen asleep!”

Best 4-inch memory-foam mattress toppers

Best Price Mattress 4-Inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“I waited 4 months to write a review so I could tell how well this pad wears. I love, love, love this pad. It is the perfect mixture between firm and soft and it forms perfectly to your body. I bought a cheaper foam pad on Amazon and within a couple of months, it started to become flattened and smushed down where I laid. I felt like I was in a hole. This pad has kept its shape and has made my mattress so much more comfortable. My parent’s have a $6,000 Tempur-Pedic mattress and they think my bed with this mattress pad is just as comfortable.”

Zinus Night Therapy Memory Foam 4-Inch Pressure Relief Mattress Topper

“We have been sleeping on this topper for about two months now and we have not experienced our typical morning soreness that we used to get from sleeping directly on our Serta mattress. The topper is thick and luxurious and is not as flimsy as the other foam toppers I have seen for a higher price in department stores. Some may not like the ‘sink’ effect when getting in and out of bed, but once you’re positioned it’s not a bother. It’s quite comfy actually. Highly recommend to people looking to relieve that awful morning soreness.”

Best memory-foam mattress with a washable cover

Milliard 2-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper With Removable Cover

“One of the best purchases I’ve made in my life. It’s so comfy I often giggle when I get into bed. I’ve had memory-foam pads before but this is SO much better. The thick, smooth cover helps immensely — my sheets can move with me instead of getting stuck on the pad. The cover has stay-put dots on the underside so it won’t roam around the bed. The bed hasn’t felt hot even when it was over 80 in the house. I just love this pad. This is the Goldilocks of mattress pads. Just right.”

Best pillow-top memory-foam mattress toppers

Sleep Innovations Gel Memory Foam 4-inch Dual Layer Mattress Topper

“The first hour I received this, it was already on my bed and it was so incredibly comfy. Everything is at first, though, right?! But but as the days went by this just got better, and better, and better. I am still bewildered some mornings when I wake up with zero lower back pain and less aching in my body. If for some reason this one ever wears out or is destroyed, I would pay twice the price for another one. That is how much I love this thing!”

ViscoSoft 4-Inch Queen Luxury Dual Layer Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper With Quilted, Down-Alternative Pillow Top Cover

“I’ve been having horrible neck pain for months now. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor which helped short term. I’ve bought pillow after pillow trying anything to stop my neck from waking me up after a few hours of sleep. The pain was so bad that it’d turn in to a full-blown migraine! Horrible! So I decide to approach the problem from a different angle. I’ve had the bed for a few years now, its quite firm and while its been okay up to this point I thought I’d try a topper, cheaper than a new mattress. OMG!! This topper is awesome! Not too soft, very well made, and the two-part topper is perfect. The uppermost part is made of nice quality material, washable and soft. The lower foam portion is a nice, dense pad, also good quality.”

Best gel-infused memory-foam mattress toppers

DreamFoam Bedding 2” Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper

“One of the greatest purchases I ever made. I have a mattress that is over 15 years old and I thought I would just buy a new one because it was starting to become uncomfortable. I started pricing mattresses and I couldn’t believe some of the prices. I went in person to try them out myself and yeah they were nice and comfortable but the price tags were just a little steep for my price range. I started researching different alternatives to make your bed more comfortable and I came across this item. I bought it at a fair price and I have to say it is amazing. Total comfort and I feel like I’m sleeping on a new expensive mattress even though I still have mine that is 15 years old.”

Linenspa 2-inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“Oh my gosh … is this thing heavenly. As many others were, I was hesitant to buy this mattress topper. I was scared it was going to be too thin, or not comfortable enough because of the price. But not at all — it is the perfect amount of thickness, any thicker would be too much — and it is seriously like sleeping on a heavenly cloud. I purchased a very cheap mattress and after a week, I had unbearable neck and back pain, so I thought maybe a topper could help. And oh yes it did. It was absolutely worth it to buy a dirt-cheap mattress, just to top it with an equally cheap mattress topper. I feel like I have totally cheated the expensive mattress system and am sleeping like a queen! Buy this topper!”

Best lavender-infused foam mattress topper

Lucid 2-inch 5-Zone Lavender Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“Let me start off by saying, this thing is a dream. Like a beautiful, lavender scented dream. Just moved into a new place and my boyfriend brought his mattress, which was comparable to sleeping on a plank of wood. My back and hips and neck hurt every night. I scoured Amazon trying to find an affordable, yet highly rated topper so that my back and hips stopped feeling like I was 110 years old when I woke up. The first night that I climbed into bed, I immediately felt the difference. The curve of my natural waist felt supported, like I was being cradled by a soothing marshmallow. I’ve been sleeping on this magical topper for a month now and I look forward to crawling into bed every night because of it.”

Best charcoal-infused foam mattress topper

Lucid 3 Inch Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“I purchased this mattress topper because I am sleeping on a 14-years-old mattress and just can’t afford to get a new mattress right now. I was hoping the foam mattress topper would keep the springs in my mattress from poking me in my ribs and help me to sleep without waking up to a back ache every morning. I laid down to take a nap and I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to go to bed that night. It is so comfortable and no more spring problems and no more back aches. I sleep better than I have in years. The charcoal helps to distribute body heat so you stay cooler”

Best ventilated foam mattress topper

SleepJoy 3” ViscO2 Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“I am a very hot sleeper, on a normal mattress I have to sleep with the window open in the winter and with only a single sheet on my nude body. So far in the ridiculously hot month of July during the peak of the heat wave, I slept cool, dry, comfortable, and nicely supported with only using a two-inch open cell memory-foam topper. The ViscO2 foam topper is a dream come true. This two-inch slice of foam has most definitely changed my life. I wake up pain free, with more energy, and with an amazingly positive outlook towards the new day and life in general.”

Best egg-crate foam mattress toppers

Zinus 2-Inch Swirl Gel Memory Foam Air Flow Topper

“We bought a new mattress but it was a case of loved it at the store, hated it when it got home. I turned to the internet for solutions and I found this topper while browsing Amazon. I saw the low price and ordered it. We only had to suffer sleeping on our hard mattress for one night before our egg crate cloud came in the mail. I thought ‘there’s no way this is right’ when I unrolled it; it was so flat and shapeless. I spread it out, and did a little stretching at the corners. I then proceeded to wait about 15 minutes for it to fully expand, I put the sheet on top, and I laid down, falling asleep almost immediately. Finally! A solution!”

Milliard 2-Inch Egg Crate Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“I bought a new bed from Costco that was WAY too firm. This foam thing literally made it the most comfortable bed I’ve ever lain on in my life. I let it lie out for a day, then threw it on, and have been sleeping better ever since. I’ve had guests stay here and EVERY PERSON has commented on how amazing it is. Worth every penny and more!”

Linenspa 3 inch Convoluted Gel Swirl Egg Crate Memory Foam Mattress Topper

“I Love my new three-inch Linenspa Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper. I highly recommend adding this to your mattress to add to your comfort and sleep experience positively. The mattress topper is perfect for me. The egg-crate design is perfect for promoting airflow and allows me to just sink into my mattress. This mattress topper is a must for people that experience pain or just want a nice comfortable mattress to sink into. The topper fit my mattress perfectly. This is by far my most treasured purchase this year besides my puppy, which by the way loves my new mattress topper. Love, Love, Love!!!!!”

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The Best Foam Mattress Toppers on Amazon