Firstly I want to introduce myself, I’m someone who wants to save a buck. So when it came time for me to get serious about finding a new mattress, I did a ton of research on memory foam. The prices for a memory foam mattress were just too outrageous for me. $3,000 for a queen mattress? Really? $3,000. So I quickly switched to researching memory foam mattress toppers. I figured I could get a good night’s sleep for a fraction of the mattress price.
And I was right. You don’t have to spend as much as I did, but I wanted to know I was getting quality. I read a ton of reviews on Amazon and I remember one of them where this guy bought three toppers at $50 each and he just plopped all three, one on top of the other, on his mattress. I give him points for creativity. On the other hand, why not just buy one topper for $150? The brand he was reviewing is a 1 inch topper with a density of like 2 lbs or something. So no wonder he needed three of them to feel anything! There are a lot of memory foam brands out there, these days. One, Novaform, is sold through Costco, so it is a brand people recognize. The Novaform elite isotonic memory foam mattress topper is a good product. As I’ve said elsewhere on this blog, the weight of the foam and the thickness of the pad matter. Novaform makes a 2.5 inch, 2 pound topper. Don’t bother — you would be wasting your money.
The reviews will really help you once you’ve fixed a price. Getting to hear what real people say after a night or a month of sleeping on the best memory foam mattress topper 2017 will be invaluable.
Here’s what I can tell you: Get at topper that’s at least 3 inches thick. A 3 inch memory foam mattress topper will cost a little more but you will feel the difference! If you are heavier, you might want to pay extra for more comfort — a 4 inch memory foam mattress topper would suit you better.
When the mattress topper — memory foam — arrives it won’t look anywhere near the right thickness and it will take a day or so to reach its full height. Next, look at the weight of the topper or even better, the density (if they tell you). You want at least 4 lb density.
The density describes how well the cells disperse the weight of your body. This doesn’t mean that skinny people can get away with less density or that heavy people need more. Really it’s a way to gauge how long the mattress topper will last. That’s really what it comes down to: the more money you spend, the longer the topper will last. A denser foam costs more because there is more material used in making it. A thicker topper costs more for the same reason. So a memory foam mattress topper, queen will naturally cost more than the same thickness/weight topper in full or twin.
Another factor is the chemicals used in making the memory foam. You’ll hear me harping about buying memory foam that’s made in America. This is not some political protest; it’s a fact that our memory foam manufacturing has oversight. All memory foam is going to smell at first. You unroll it and let it air for a day or two and the smell will pretty much dissipate. But if you buy a cheapo topper made in another country (I’m not naming names) you might be buying a new smell for your bedroom, for forever.