Without a doubt, one of the best accessories for any bed is a quality, memory foam, down or latex mattress topper. These toppers are the best accessory to add some extra thickness to your mattress, a lot more added sinkage and plenty of support – without breaking the bank.
A vast majority of mattress toppers now come with special features that were once found only in mattresses, such as hypoallergenic materials, waterproofing underlays, dust mite resistance and much more.
When it comes down to it, a mattress topper can effectively add a lot more time to your existing mattress’s life, and they will keep you supported for years to come.
With that said, it can be pretty difficult to find a good mattress topper that is of good quality, offers plenty of back support and comes with some added cushioning, anti-microbial features and also relieves back pain.
In this article, we’ll take a look at a few leading mattress toppers, as well as what to look for, how to choose one, the ways a bed topper can improve your mattress and a whole lot more.
Choosing a Topper
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As expected, the mattress topper market is quite saturated, and getting a topper that’s perfectly suited to your needs – and is reliable – can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look.
When we chose our best mattress toppers we considered all of the essentials such as a topper’s ability to get more out of an old mattress, to relieve pressure points, improve allergy response when sleeping and more.
Special features we also considered were waterproofing, bamboo fabrics for anti-bacterial features, comfort level and internal materials such as down mattress toppers, latex models and memory foam.
What Went Into Our Recommended Toppers
Here are a few of the things we considered:
Our top choice toppers were either latex, memory foam, bamboo or down simply because of these material’s ability to conform and support the body. You don’t want a topper that’s too thin or too thick as you’ll either lose support or create a heat sink on top of your mattress.
Different materials also dictate a comfortable sleep, and without a doubt, memory foam, latex and down offer the most comfy sleep – and online reviewers agree with us.
We want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your mattress toppers, so special features were a must. The most common features included woven bamboo fabrics, heat dispersion through gel mattress toppers and a few other small perks.
It isn’t too difficult to find a topper with its own set of unique features, so be sure you take a good look before making a purchase.
For our top pick Australian mattress toppers, pressure relief was essential. Our toppers are all thick enough and supportive enough to improve any bed and relieve everything from back pain, joint pain and a whole lot more.
Most of the mattress toppers on our list are great at relieving all types of common sleeping pains, though latex toppers might be your best bet for this.
Ease of Use
Far too many toppers are tedious to keep clean and to look after in general, so a mattress protector and topper combo were considered too. All of the mattress toppers on our list, whether memory foam or not, have machine washable covers so long as you choose a gentle setting.
Some toppers, however, don’t play too nicely with hot water or violent washing machine settings such as bamboo cover toppers, so be sure to take a look at the instructions prior to checkout – as you might not be able to wash your topper in the way you thought.
Included Freebies or Extras
Lastly, we took a look at what was included with the toppers and whether they came as a set or with some of their own unique products. We looked for mattress toppers with things like pillow protectors included so you’re able to get antimicrobial features across your entire mattress, not only in your topper.
What a Mattress Topper Offers
If you’re new to mattress toppers but are confused about getting one thanks to the complicated topper reviews online, we have some information for you below.
For anyone with an old tired mattress, or especially students moving into university accommodation, a topper offers a whole new feel for a mattress. You’ll get a lot more support, plenty of comfort and a generally a better sleeping experience on a topper.
Support, Plushness and Firmness
One of the most obvious outcomes of a topper is the added support and softness to your bed. At first sleep, you’ll find that there’s a lot more material to sink into, which means a far better sleeping experience. For old beds this is particularly important as a topper can improve back support, pressure point relief and help out with spinal alignment.
We highly suggest investing in a mattress topper if you’re waking up with back pain or finding it hard to fall asleep at night due to an unsupportive mattress. However, be sure to select a firmer, thicker topper made of a supportive material like latex or a memory foam topper.
The second perk of mattress toppers, and mainly the higher-end products, is body temperature control and heat dispersion. Far too many mattress sleep either too warm or too cold, and a doona might exacerbate this issue.
Where a mattress topper comes in, especially gel memory foam mattress toppers, is they absorb your body heat and throw it out the sides. This keeps all sleepers cooler at night and lets you stay in one place for a whole lot longer before it becomes too warm and you have to roll over and change your position.
If you’re sleeping on a thin, old mattress or on a camping mattress, a topper is ideal for you. Some of the most popular toppers on the market are very thick and can added up to 8 or even 12 inches to your mattress.
As a result, your body will have far more ‘material’ to sink into as you sleep – getting as much weight off your shoulders, hips and spine as possible. Waking up in pain shouldn’t be an issue for your much longer.
Anyone who’s looked for hypoallergenic mattress and beds with other special material features will know that there’s a tonne of added cost that comes with these. You may have your heart set on a bamboo cover mattress, though with the prices far too high, a cotton cover may have to do.
Where a mattress topper comes in handy is in bringing a tone of special materials to you for a lot less than the cost of a mattress. Your topper will likely be dust mite resistant, anti-microbial and naturally hypoallergenic, which are all the essentials for your bed, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get them.
With all of those perks out of the way, let’s take a look at our top choice mattress toppers for Australians in 2020.
Our Top Mattress Toppers
LUXDREAM Cool Gel Memory Foam
To kick things off, the Luxdream Cool Gel Foam topper is going to be your best bet at adding a lot of thickness for as little cost as possible.
There are multiple layers of foam here, and the total thickness of the topper is an ideal 8cm thick, which means side sleepers are going to get a whole lot of support when it comes to laying on their shoulders and hips.
There’s a washable bamboo cover here too, which means keeping your topper fresh smelling and nice and clean won’t be difficult at all. And as we mentioned above, bamboo is a naturally hypoallergenic material, so if you’re someone who often wakes during the night with a runny nose, sneezing or anything else, you’ll soon see this become an issue of the past.
Reviewers online have touted that the double layer of foam and good thickness provide optimal support for pressure points, relieving all sorts of joint and muscle pain.
An open-cell foam design also means that the high-density foam is breathable and ventilated, so you can expect the topper to keep you cool as you sleep, rather than creating too much of a heat sink. This foam is also contouring, which means as you sleep, you’ll slowly be cradled by this topper, similar to a memory foam mattress.
Lastly, the foam is on the firmer side, perfect for those sleepers who weigh a little more and would like a supportive sleeping experience that take weight off their joints.
Giselle Bedding 7 Zone Latex Mattress Topper
One of the more advanced and feature-packed toppers on our list is the Giselle Bedding topper, which features an incredible 7-zone latex design. Made of all-natural materials, this topper is the ultimate sleeping companion should you want a toxin-free, organic mattress topper.
Coming in at your choice of 5cm or 7.5cm thick, there’s an option for all mattresses and sleeping types. Back sleepers may find the thinner version most ideal for spinal alignment, whereas side sleepers would be best with the thicker version – for sinkage of the hips and shoulders.
Available in double and queen sizes means there’s a good chance you’ll have a topper in a size for you, though there’s currently no word on king size variants just yet.
Where this mattress topper really stands out is in its seven unique support sections. You’ll find an impressive 1,000 support points integrated across this topper, and that means your body is supported evenly from head to toe.
If you’re someone who struggles a whole lot with back pain and other issues while you sleep, the Giselle Bedding 7-Zone might be your first stop at relieving this.
To add, there are multiple firmness levels distributed through this topper, which means firmness where you need it, and softness where you don’t.
Finally, the mattress topper is dust mite resistant, mildew proof as well as motion isolating, so the movement of partners through the night is unnoticeable. A tonne of reviews online tout this mattress pad, or pillow top, as being able to create a whole new experience for them, without needing to head to a 5-star hotel.
Ovela Bamboo Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Another mattress topper that offers a great, organic experience is the Bamboo Memory Foam Topper from Ovela.
Like the Giselle, this bamboo mattress topper is naturally hypoallergenic and gives an old mattress the feel of a brand new one. There won’t be any chance of allergy flare-ups on this topper, and you can rest assured that you’re protecting your mattress from the build-up of dust mites, skin cells and more.
The materials found inside the Ovela are also moisture-wicking, which adds a waterproof element here. If you’re someone looking for a topper for younger children or would like some reassurance that your topper won’t fill with liquid and go mouldy, then the Ovela has you covered.
Another great perk with this topper is heat dispersion. Although foam toppers often get a little warm, this model has been designed with a breathable core that isn’t only contouring to the body – but able to expel heat without an issue.
To support now, and the Ovela is another fantastic sleep partner should you have a problem with mattresses that are too firm. The materials in the topper allow for plenty of sinkage so there’s pressure taken off your joints as you sleep. You won’t find that your joints or muscles get hotter and more painful through the night as with most old mattresses.
For an affordable, no-frills topper, the Ovela should certainly be worth a look this year.
Royal Comfort 1000GSM Luxury Bamboo Mattress Topper
When it comes to a hint of luxury, the Royal Comfort’s filled bamboo compartments are here to save the day.
This topper is different to almost all other toppers on the market in that it isolates its inner materials into a bunch of segments. In short, this allows the topper to hold its shape over time and means that support is evenly distributed across the pad.
There’s a cotton cover atop this mattress, which although not hypoallergenic, is still of a high quality and is akin to microfibre.
With a thickness of 5cm, the topper falls into the mid-range zone, though there is still plenty of support here when it comes to taking the weight off joints for back and stomach sleepers. If you’re a side sleeper, it might be worth considering a topper that’s just a little thicker.
We’d suggest this topper more so for new mattresses rather than to revitalise old ones simply because it’s a little bit thin. However, the sleep experience here is ideal and you’ll certainly be well-supported should you invest in the Royal Comfort topper.
Giselle Bedding Duck Feather & Down Mattress Topper
Our final top-choice topper is the down mattress topper by Gisselle. Similar to the Royal Comfort, this down topper is segmented into a bunch of smaller baffle box compartments to ensure that the down material isn’t going to move and scrunch up throughout the night – ideal for maintaining support for the long term.
The cover on this topper is an ultra-high quality 1800GSM Japara cotton which means that you’re not going to have to worry about small tears or fraying in time, which is sometimes apparent on cheaper toppers.
For warmer climates, this topper is also a premier choice as the down segments are more breathable than memory foam and latex, so there’s no chance of the topper getting too warm throughout the night. And in line with this, if you’re someone who routinely wakes up far too warm or even in a sweat, the Giselle Down Topper is going to be your best bet at dealing with this.
This topper is our ideal choice for anyone living in a warmer climate and who would like a topper that’s best at dealing with allergies.
Choosing Your Own Topper
If the toppers we’ve outlined above haven’t tickled your fancy, we have a few tips when it comes to searching for your own mattress topper. There are a few things to consider that might make or break the experience for you – take a look.
Why a Topper
The first thing to consider is that toppers are designed to help out with a tonne of different issues, from old beds to lack of support. It’s important to consider whether you fall into the following categories:
Old Mattress – you’ll need a thick, firm topper to help out with this.
Waking Up Sneezing – consider hypoallergenic options.
Mattress Dipping – a firmer latex variant may be best for you.
Enhancing a New Bed – choose a topper that’s suited to your sleep style.
With these points in mind, and a few personal ones, you’ll be on the way to choosing a new topper that suits you best.
Material Choices and Sleep Style
Depending on where you live and your sleep style, you’ll need to select materials that work best for you and your required level of comfort. If you’re a back sleeper or tummy sleeper, it’s a good idea to choose a topper that’s as firm as possible. Too much sinkage may cause added pain.
Side sleepers, however, may want to select a softer down or foam mattress that increases sinkage for support of the upper joints.
Keep in mind that heat will also come into play. A mattress topper made of foam and latex (without cooling gel) will be a little too warm.
With all of the above said, it’s clear that a mattress topper can add a tonne of comfort to your mattress and often create a sleeping experience that’s almost the same as buying a whole new bed.
There are thousands of designs on the market today so be sure to take a long look for one that suits your needs the most. You don’t want to invest in a topper that’s only going to cause you issues like making a heat sink, not supporting pressure points enough, or dipping over time.
Our toppers above are ideal for all sleeping styles, though you should always consider your own preferences and material requirements. If you’re allergic to a lot of materials or wake up with a runny nose, choose a hypoallergenic model above a comfortable non-hypoallergenic model.
In all, a mattress topper is your best bet at changing the way you sleep, for the better and for a whole lot less than a new mattress.