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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve already tested out our favorite plush topper, we’ve decided to go to the people for feedback on all the different ways people upgrade their mattresses. If you’re as obsessed with the perfect bed as we are, take note that we’ve also talked to designers about their favorite bed sheets to fall asleep in. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
4.7 stars, 2,993 reviewers
“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.”
$50 and Under Down Alternative
4.3 stars, 7,017 reviewers
“Update, August 22, 2016 — we’ve had this mattress pad for two months now. I love the soft feel so much, I’ve been using it as a sheet! It’s in the 90s here, and this mattress pad does not make my husband and me as hot as most mattress pads do; and it’s very quiet with no crinkling sounds. At first, I washed it in cold water and hung it to dry, but lately, it’s been thrown in the regular wash-and-dry a few times with no issues. Still very pleased with this purchase!”
$50 and Over Down Alternative
4.3 stars, 7,017 reviewers [ed. note: while some of the earliest reviews from 2014 are between one and three stars, the more recent ones are heavy on the four and five stars, leading us to believe there’s been some serious improvements.]
“This has impressed me more than I thought was possible. It fit over my mattress just fine. I could feel a difference immediately. It’s like sleeping on clouds. I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had since I slept on a Marriott bed in a Marriott hotel, and started looking for how I could get this at home.”
4.4 stars, 2,141 reviewers
“I Googled “cool mattress pads.” This one came up on Amazon and had five stars. I was hesitant about ordering, and looked at it for five days on my computer. This was going to be my last attempt. I reluctantly ordered. This pad took two days to arrive, and was nicely packed with a little handwritten note from the owner, thanking me for the purchase. I placed the pad on my bed and noticed a cool feeling when I touched it. I noticed a difference right away — from the moment I sat on my bed. The comfort far exceeded my expectations, and I was able to stay cool in this hot Georgia month of August. My husband couldn’t agree more. Besides all of that, another great bonus is that this pad is “Made in America!” I waited two weeks to write this review because I wanted to be sure we were satisfied. Great product with a great price!”
4.5 stars, 334 reviewers
“Bought this to help soften a new mattress, which ended up being too firm. I called the company directly who sells this (sleep on latex), and spoke to a Mike who was very helpful. He recommended this three-inch soft topper based upon my situation. With the topper on, I am once again getting a good night’s sleep. While lying on my side, my hips, shoulders, etc. do not compress the topper enough to even make contact with the firm mattress. Given this, all morning pain has stopped completely. For anybody not familiar with latex foam, it is nothing like memory foam. The topper moves with you as you move at night — i.e., you don’t really sink into the topper at all, it springs right back as you move. I’ve tried down toppers and got tired of them, as their contents always shifted, leaving lumps all over the mattress, even after shaking them out weekly.”
4.6 stars, 524 reviewers
“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!”
Over $200 Wool
4.3 stars, 75 reviewers
“I have been unhappy with my $2,000 Stearns & Foster mattress, as I chose too firm, and it seems to be making a dent where I sleep. (As a side note, I weigh 108 pounds, so this should not have happened in the first year. My husband weighs 211, but since he travels 50 percent of the time, his side is just starting to “dent” more noticeably.) I tried a four-inch memory-foam topper, but it made my husband too hot. (Honestly, me too.) This is perfect. Just the right amount of padding — no heat. I have back and joint problems, but can honestly say I feel better since this wool topper has been on our bed.”
Under $200 Wool
4.3 stars, 96 reviewers
“We recently bought a hybrid memory foam–coil springs mattress. I had heard that memory foam was hot to sleep on, but disregarded that as people being too picky. Well, it took me one night to find out that it is HOT. I did a bunch of research the next day to figure out the best solution to making our new mattress work for us, and that led me here! Being pretty expensive, I wasn’t sure whether this mattress pad would be worth the money, but I am SO, SO glad I bought it. Not only is it really comfortable, it also eliminates the heat that radiates off the mattress. Would absolutely recommend this to others!”
And One Mattress Pad
While mattress toppers are meant for adding lots of extra layers of comfort, a mattress pad has the more specific task of protecting your existing mattress, adding a hypoallergenic feature to a bothersome mattress, and adding only a bit of extra plushness. These can also be used on top of mattress toppers to hold them in place and protect them from dirt.
4.8 stars, 4,308 reviewers
“This bed is OMG amazing!!! For the price you just cannot beat it. We purchased our bed about six months ago (I always wait to comment), and I could not have better things to say about a discount mattress topper. The smell was not bad either. I was reluctant to purchase another mattress that was foam, and I opted to get a topper to protect us and it from sweat. My partner does sweat because I pile on the blankets when I get cold and, well … yeah. So, obviously, this sweat is not good for the mattress. The first time we took off the topper to clean it, I realized immediately just how well it worked because the bed looked pristine. I was seriously impressed!!!!!! I would buy this again, I would gift this, and I would recommend it. The delivery was on point as well. Very happy with this product.”
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