How to Choose a Mattress Topper: 3 Tips

How to Choose a Mattress Topper: 3 Tips

Everyone wants to drift off atop a pillowy soft cloud, lulled to sleep by soft winds and the hoo-hoo-hoo of an owl. Fortunately, with a mattress topper, dreamers don’t have to set an alarm on fantasies surrounding a wondrous slumber sanctuary.

A well-made mattress topper is as thick and cushiony as a cloud and provides breezy temperature regulation and cushioned back support to make every night of sleep an absolute dream.

In this guide, we’re sharing our well-kept secrets on how to choose a mattress topper that transforms your bed—and your sleep.

Why Might You Need A New Mattress Topper?

Before we lose you in a daydream filled with all the mattress topper options out there, we recommend you come back to earth and pinpoint exactly what about your sleep experience you’re looking to transform.

Are you finding your existing mattress to be a little too toasty and waking up feeling sweaty, groggy, and dehydrated? Or are you piling pillows beneath your lower back in an attempt to find a more comfortable sleep position? The right mattress topper can cool hot sleepers and provide much-needed support throughout the night.

That said, some of the most common reasons our minds swirl with dreams of adding a mattress topper include:

  • Hot mattress – Looking for the best cooling mattress topper option? If you tend to run hot while you’re snoozing, a good mattress topper can provide cooling relief by helping to circulate air away from your body.
  • Chilly mattress – Mattress toppers can also bring some heat to the bedroom (no, not that kind of heat!) by adding a warm, insulating layer to the bed.
  • Firm mattress – Whether you’re a princess who suspects a pea or occasionally wake up feeling sore, a thick mattress topper can rectify your problems by providing cushion and support.
  • Saggy mattress – Mattresses tend to lose their structure as they age, leading to sagging and an uneven feel as you sleep. You can improve your too-soft existing mattress, or extend its lifespan, by adding a good topper.

Fortunately, you can find different types of mattress toppers that can remedy any of these nightmarish scenarios, which come in a variety of different mattress topper materials for different needs:1

  • Latex – Made from the rubber tree, the latex mattress topper is firm, durable, and provides adequate support for those with back issues. A latex topper can also run hot, which may be an advantage for those who wake up with chilled toes each morning.
  • Polyester blend – Polyester blends are a type of mattress topper material that are typically soft and comfortable, but they provide minimal cushioning and can be warm on hot summer nights.
  • Feathers – Feather beds are soft and heat resistant, but this type of mattress topper material may not provide a lot of support.
  • Memory foam – The memory foam topper is soft, cozy, and can relieve pressure on your joints throughout the night. The Coop Retreat Mattress Topper is crafted with 100% Virgin Memory Foam for optimal support and breathability and a complete mattress revamp. Plus, the memory foam mattress topper pairs perfectly with a support pillow.
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Let’s Talk More About Your Needs

Now that you’ve put a finger on the issue keeping you from achieving R.E.M. bliss, you’re ready to choose, out of all the mattress topper materials out there, what kind of mattress topper is right for you. Below, we’re going to go through our top tips for choosing a dreamy mattress topper.

#1 Figure Out How Your Mattress Topper Can Support You

The biggest reason people buy toppers is because they want more support and cushiony softness. As we touched on above, if you’re looking for support, look for a product made from memory foam, which can help to distribute your body weight evenly.2 The latex topper is another option for those who feel like their mattresses are starting to feel as wavey as a water bed.

If it’s more cushion you seek, check out fluffy feather stuffed topper options (or memory foam topper, for a hypoallergenic option).

#2 Consider Your Temperature Needs

Above, we talked about how mattress toppers can mitigate the problem of excess heat or coldness. If you want a thicker topper to address this issue, we suggest finding a product that is made with baffle box construction.

What is baffle box construction, you ask?

Basically, this refers to any type of bedding that has:

  • Stitched, uniformly sized squares
  • Units that are each stuffed with the exact same amount of down and then sealed off from each other

This type of construction ensures even thickness—and therefore warmth—throughout the blanket. It can also keep the mattress topper from becoming too lumpy, which can incidentally lead to excess heating.

#3 Figure Out Your Budget

Quality mattress topper are priced anywhere from $100 on up, so it’s crucial to find an option that is in line with your budget and to know how to clean a mattress topper properly to lengthen its lifespan. As always, there are trade-offs between cost and comfort. For example, toppers made from poly-fiber blends will provide comfort without breaking the bank. But will they provide long-lasting comfort? Probably not.

A good mattress topper should last a couple years, so try to spend your money on a product that won’t wear out after just a few months of use.

Great Sleep is An Oomph Away with Coop Sleep Goods

When it comes to mattress toppers, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Even if you’ve decided to make that purchase, you still need to zero in on what type of mattress topper is best for you—and it’s all about those dreamy details.

That’s something we’re on top of at Coop Sleep Goods.

Our Retreat Mattress Topper offers memory foam comfort and longevity at a poly-blend price. CertiPUR-US® and GREENGUARD Gold certified, it’s also made with baffle box construction for clump-free distribution, even temperature regulation, and enduring support.

Head to our website to learn more, or check out our blog to explore the science behind our bed pillows and bedding.


  1. The Spruce. Pros and Cons of Different Types of Mattress Toppers.
  2. Composites Part B: Engineering. Structure and physical-mechanical properties related to comfort of flexible polyurethane foams for mattress and effects of artificial weathering.