The Best Mattress Topper in Australia for 2022
Or how to get as close as possible to sleeping on a cloud.
Mattress toppers are the chocolate fudge sauce of the sleep world. Sure - vanilla ice cream is good, but it's the sauce that makes the sundae. And just like the perfect condiment, the best mattress topper will take your bed to the next level. A great topper should add enough softness and comfort to jazz up the oldest of mattresses.
Before we get stuck in, we've got a doctor's note. In the reviews, those with back, neck, or shoulder pain often commented on how their mattress topper impacted their health condition. We aren't medical professionals, so if you have a health condition, seek medical guidance to be sure your new mattress topper is suitable. Now let's get to the good bit: here are 8 of Australia's favourite mattress toppers.
How we picked
Because there are so many kinds of mattress toppers, we tried to cover a broad range. Memory foam and latex mattress toppers are soft, yet dense enough to support bodyweight. Bamboo mattress toppers are usually super-soft memory foam with a moisture-wicking bamboo cover. Gel and wool mattress toppers are a dream in hot climates, but there's a whole host of new, hi-tech toppers besides.
Because personal preference is a big factor in choosing a mattress topper, we began at ProductReview.com.au to see what real Aussies thought. We chose mattress toppers with 3.4 stars or higher, and with 5 or more reviews. Cosier prides itself on thorough research, so we cross-referenced the results with fewer than 5 ratings with information from product websites to be sure of our picks.
Satisfied with this research, we began categorising our findings. Even though 7 different mattress toppers is a fair selection, one variety of mattress topper dominated the results. Feeling that there was a category missing, we went on a final hunt for one last mattress topper. We found 2 major products in this category, and chose one that was more readily available with its own independent reviews.
Features to consider
Not all mattress toppers are created equal. Some manufacturers don't allow you to return your topper, and others are less suitable for different sleepers or climates. Here are some key things to think about when buying a mattress topper.
Pressure is created between your body and the mattress surface when you lie down. If the mattress is soft, there's more room for you to sink in - but if it's too soft, you may find it aligns your body uncomfortably.
Wool and gel-infused memory foam are ideal for warmer climates because of their breathability and moisture-wicking abilities. Standard memory foam is less breathable, so Queenslanders and Western Australians may find it too hot.
Stomach sleepers should opt for a firmer topper to keep their spine aligned, while softer mattress toppers work best for side sleepers. Side sleepers need more support for the curves of their body, as they sink further into the mattress. This is why they need higher-profile pillows, too. Back sleepers will fare best with medium firmness to support the spine, back and neck.
Latex and memory foam toppers offer more support than others because they offer a dense yet soft sleeping surface that moulds gently to your body's curves.
Most of the products on our list offer some kind of warranty, but it's wise to check whether you can return your mattress topper if it's not to your liking.
Almost every memory foam mattress topper had a different pseudo-scientific description, and the words 'natural' and 'antibacterial' were thrown around with reckless abandon. More reliable companies had FAQ pages or clear explainers on the technology behind their products.
What you get if you spend more
It may be difficult to understand why you'd spend $600 on a mattress topper when you could spend $140. Heck, you could nearly buy a new mattress for that. This is what you'll be missing out on if you opt for the cheaper route.
Nearly all the mattress toppers above the $300 mark had 4-star or higher reviews. Consumers who spent more were much happier with the quality of their purchase.
The most expensive mattress topper on our list was surprisingly hi-tech. It turns out the art of comfort is also a rigorous science.
Some of the more expensive mattress toppers had notably better customer service than those that didn't. Reviews for cheaper mattress toppers generally included complaints about shipping, returns, or company policies.
Sustainably-made products cost more. The pricier mattress toppers had much more transparent manufacturing info, and tended to tout their environmental awareness with pride.
Or how to get up on the right side of the bed every morning.