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The 9 Very Best Plush Mattress Toppers

To add a layer cushion and comfort to any mattress that could use a lil’ boost.

Photo: Courtesy Parachute
Photo: Courtesy Parachute

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If you dream of sinking into super-soft hotel beds every night but you don’t want to spend Ritz-Carlton prices to buy a whole new mattress, you could do with a plush mattress topper. Mattress toppers in general are a great tool for tweaking the firmness and feel of your mattress, and plush mattress toppers can do a lot to make your mattress softer and impart more cushioning. They can be especially helpful for side sleepers, who need extra pressure relief around their joints, and for anyone who wants a little extra padding around their hips, shoulders, or lower back.

While “plush” is admittedly a bit hard to define, I think of a plush mattress topper as one that is both ultrasoft and thick: something you can sink deeply into, that will cradle your body’s pressure points, and that mimics the feel of a pillow-top mattress or featherbed. So for the purposes of this guide, I primarily considered toppers that add at least three inches of cushioning to your mattress, with some of the toppers on this list adding as much as five inches of extra fluff. I focused mostly on down, down-alternative, and memory-foam toppers, as these tend to be the softest materials, in my experience. The list below includes the plushest toppers I’ve tried, as well as recommendations from other sleep-product experts and Strategist staffers. And if you want even more options, take a look at our guides to the best mattress toppers of any type and the best cooling mattress toppers.

[Editor’s note: All prices shown are for queen-size mattress toppers.]

What we’re looking for

Material

The material your mattress topper is made of will determine how soft or firm it feels. For a plush mattress topper, I’m looking for materials that are soft but still supportive and give you something to sink into. There are lots of different materials that’ll get you there, but they each have pros and cons. Down and down alternatives will feel more fluffy and yielding — like a pillow top. Memory foam is better for those seeking pressure relief and support; while it can sometimes feel firm at first, I included some memory-foam toppers that soften as they mold around your body. And for those who run warm, I would recommend latex, which tends to be more temperature regulating than memory foam but provides similar pressure relief and cushioning.

Thickness

Mattress toppers are typically between one and five inches thick. Toppers closer to the three- to five-inch range will feel more cushioning and plush, so I primarily looked for toppers in this height range. Thinner mattress toppers can still make your mattress feel softer, but don’t allow as much room for you to sink into the material.

Trial period and warranty

It might take several nights to know if your plush mattress topper will work for you (and anyone you share your bed with) in the long-term. Since many companies welcome trying after you buy, I’ve noted the length of each trial period and any warranty details I could find. Be sure to read the fine print, though: Return policies may vary if you buy the topper directly from a brand versus a retailer like Amazon, and toppers may have different trial periods than mattresses sold by the same companies.

Best plush mattress topper overall

Material: Cross-cut memory-foam and microfiber blend | Thickness: Five inches | Trial and Warranty: 100-day free return window, 5-year warranty

From the makers of some of our favorite bed pillows and body pillows, Coop Sleep Goods, this topper is filled with the brand’s well-loved crosscut memory-foam and microfiber blend (which you’ll also find in its pillows). That makes it a good option for anyone with an allergy or aversion to down. At an extra-cushy five inches thick, this topper has the highest loft on this list and is designed to add a pillow-top-like feel to your mattress — and I would say it succeeds. I have tried the Retreat topper myself, and I found it creates a tufted feel on the surface of the bed due to the gridded stitching used to parcel out the filling so that each square in the grid is a pocket of foam-and-fiber fill. The result is like rows of mini pillows spread across the mattress, adding a lot of extra oomph and plushness that you can really sink into. This design makes the Retreat like a hybrid of a memory-foam mattress topper (the rectangular slab of foam) and a down topper. It has the support of memory foam with the fluffiness of down. When former Strategist sleep writer Latifah Miles tested the Retreat, she said it added softness to her medium-firm Saatva mattress, but in a buoyant, not-too-sinky way. I like that aspect of the topper too — it adds a comfortable top layer without making the mattress too soft.

At just under $300 for a queen size, this mattress topper isn’t cheap, but I think Coop does enough here to earn a higher price. The topper feels well made, uses high-quality materials (the foam is both CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD Gold certified), and has straps to secure it in place. My biggest complaint is that it’s spot-clean only; I usually prefer to see toppers that are washable or at least have a removable cover. But of all of the plush mattress toppers on this list, this one best strikes the balance of softness and support.

Best down plush mattress topper

Material: Down | Thickness: Three inches | Trial and Warranty: Free returns within 60 days, 3-year warranty

This three-inch topper from online bedding-and-bath retailer Parachute is made with two chambers: The top chamber is filled with a mix of 85 percent down and 15 percent down and feather fibers, while the bottom chamber is filled with 100 feather fill. The result is a sturdier base layer with an ultra-fluffy upper layer for you to sink into, and it’s all held together with a cotton sateen shell that has baffle-box grid stitching to keep the filling evenly distributed and prevent it from bunching up. (This construction does mean there’s a right-side up with this topper, so make sure you’re not flip-flopping it on your mattress.)

The feel of this mattress topper is very enveloping. When I tested it, I sank into the cushy down and felt like I was cocooned in a fluffy featherbed. However, the topper doesn’t cradle and support pressure points the way memory-foam can. It also means that if your mattress is ultra-firm, you might sink into the down and feathers of the topper and land on the firm surface of your bed; I could still feel a mattress underneath the feathers of this topper. This makes the Parachute Down topper a better pick for people who want to give their bed a featherbed-style feel without changing the overall firmness, rather than those who are looking to cushion the impact of a super-firm mattress. One drawback is that this topper does not have straps to keep it in place on your mattress, and it’s also worth noting that the topper is dry-clean only. You could add a mattress pad or protector over it to keep it clean, but that may reduce how fluffy it feels.

Best down-alternative plush mattress topper

Material: Microfiber | Thickness: Three inches | Trial and Warranty: Free returns within 60 days, 3-year warranty

For an alternative (and animal-product-free) option from Parachute, consider the brand’s down-alternative topper, which has been a favorite among our staff since 2016. Former writer Lauren Schwartzberg learned about this topper from an informal survey of her interior-designer friends and bedding experts. The topper acted like memory foam — it shaped to her body and “followed her every move” throughout the night — but still felt light and airy instead of thick. She liked how she felt herself melt into the topper, saying, “I woke up feeling lightly sandwiched between layers of plushness.”

Like the down version, Parachute’s down-alternative topper is baffle-box stitched to keep the filling evenly distributed. It is also three inches thick with a cotton sateen shell. And like its down-counterpart, the topper is dry-clean only.

Best (less expensive) down-alternative plush mattress topper

Material: Down-alternative gel fiber | Thickness: Two inches | Trial and Warranty: Not returnable, no warranty available

This topper from D&G The Duck and Goose Co. is less than one-third of the price of the Parachute down-alternative topper. It’s filled with gel fiber, a type of ultra-thin microfiber designed to mimic the feeling of down, and comes recommended by Zoë Ettinger, former editor of Sleepopolis. Like the other toppers so far on this list, this one uses gridded stitching to evenly distribute the fluffy fill, and like our top-pick mattress topper from Coop Home Goods, this one also has straps to secure it in place on your mattress. Customer reviews say the topper made their beds feel softer and more cushioned — several specifically call out how the topper was beneficial for back or joint pain. Another pro for this topper is easy care; the entire thing can be machine washed (though the brand recommends using only a front-load washing machine).

At two inches thick, this topper is a little thinner than the other ones so far on the list, but it is also considerably less expensive.

Best memory-foam plush mattress topper

From $251

Material: Memory foam | Thickness: Three inches | Trial and Warranty: Not returnable, 10-year warranty

The Adapt topper is three inches thick and made of the same dense, contouring, and slow-moving proprietary foam found in Tempur-Pedic’s mattresses, called Tempur Material. This signature foam is what makes Tempur-Pedic products so pliant and conforming, truly molding itself around the contours of your body. The moisture-wicking polyester-blend cover is designed to keep dust mites and allergens away from the core of the topper and is removable and machine washable. The extra-stretchy mattress straps prevent the four corners of the topper from slipping and sliding while you sleep — always a plus in my book for toppers.

I’m generally a fan of Tempur-Pedic’s products, and I love this topper. I have tested it myself and found the foam to be very cushioning and supportive: It truly feels like it’s cradling your every pressure point. It’s also dense — the queen size weighs about 30 pounds — which can make the foam feel firm initially but allows for you to sink in deeply for some serious pressure relief, especially around sensitive areas like shoulders or hips.

It’s important to note that this topper sleeps fairly warm — the foam easily traps heat and there isn’t much way to counteract that. You can upgrade to a cooling cover for an additional $60, but that’s on top of an already expensive starting price.

Best cooling memory-foam plush mattress topper

Material: Gel-infused memory foam | Thickness: Three inches or four inches | Trial and warranty: Free returns within 90 days, 5-year warranty

For those who want the feel of memory foam without the heat, consider this option from ViscoSoft. Like the Tempur-Adapt topper above, it’s made of thick, dense memory foam and provides cradling, cushioning support. But unlike the Tempur-Adapt topper, the memory foam in this topper is infused with a cooling gel designed to pull heat away from the body. It’s also covered in bamboo rayon, a material known for its moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating properties. The bottom of the cover is made of mesh, which allows even more heat to escape. All of this means the topper will stay cooler throughout the night. It also has straps to secure it to the bed.

Best zoned plush mattress topper

$216

Material: Gel memory foam | Thickness: Three inches | Trial and warranty: Not returnable, 5-year warranty

Zoning is a way to target different parts of the body for varying levels of cushioning around pressure points like shoulders and hips while remaining firmer in other areas to maintain support for the rest of the body. Sleepline co-founder Robert Pagano and certified sleep science coach Alex Savy both recommend this topper because it has five different zones that each respond differently to the sections of your body: “Heavier parts sink in, while the rest is supported in a relatively straight line,” Savy explains. This allows for better pressure relief and could be especially beneficial for those with joint pain. The zones — which resemble the old-fashioned egg-crate style of mattress topper — are also meant to promote airflow so you don’t overheat. This topper comes with a liquid-resistant, cooling cover, which fits over both the foam portion and the rest of your mattress like a fitted sheet (the brand doesn’t specify the materials for the cover beyond noting that it is a “quilted fiber blend”). The cover also has a two-inch elastic band around the bottom to keep it secure on your mattress. While the foam part of the topper can only be spot-cleaned, the cover is machine washable.

Best (less expensive) zoned plush mattress topper

Material: Gel-infused memory foam | Thickness: Two inches or three inches | Trial and warranty: Returns vary based on retailer, 3-year warranty

At under $100, this Lucid topper is among the most affordable plush mattress toppers on our list, and it’s available in two thicknesses — two inches or three inches — with the three-inch option offering the plusher feel. This topper comes recommended by Ben Trapskin, founder of Yawnder. Similar to the GhostBed topper, Trapskin says the zones provide extra pressure relief in specific areas of the body, which should make your mattress feel a bit softer and allow for you to feel more cradled by the topper’s foam. Unlike the GhostBed topper, this one from Lucid doesn’t have a cover, so you may want to add a mattress pad or protector to help keep it clean. There is also a lavender-scented version of this topper, if you want to add some aromatherapy to your bedscape.

Best latex plush mattress topper

Material: Latex | Thickness: Two inches or three inches | Trial and warranty: Not returnable, 5-year warranty

Latex is more responsive than memory foam, meaning it will bounce back to its original shape quite quickly after you get up. It can provide similar cushioning to memory foam without totally enveloping the body the way memory foam does. Three of the experts we interviewed for this article recommend this model from PlushBeds in particular. The topper comes in five firmness levels, ranging from soft to extra-firm, and two thicknesses: two inches or three inches. But if you want the most plush feeling, Savy recommends the three-inch soft version. He called out this topper’s small air holes, which help improve air circulation for hot sleepers — another bonus on top of latex’s ability to maintain a cooler temperature than memory foam. Even though this topper is pricier, as latex usually is, Savy points out that it’s well made for a longer-lasting investment. (PlushBeds is known for high-quality natural mattresses and sleep products, especially latex ones.) The price of this topper does not include a cover, but PlushBeds sells an organic cotton cover for an additional cost ($112 for a queen size).

Additional reporting by Latifah Miles and Ambar Pardilla.

Some more mattress toppers we’ve written about

Our experts:

Zoë Ettinger, former Sleepopolis editor
• Bill Fish, president at Sleep Doctor
• Logan Foley, Sleep Foundation editorial director
Latifah Miles, former Strategist writer
• Robert Pagano, Sleepline co-founder
Sarah Riccio, former Sleepopolis senior writer
Alex Savy, former Sleepopolis contributor
Lauren Schwartzberg, former Strategist writer
• Ben Trapskin, Yawnder founder

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The 9 Very Best Plush Mattress Toppers