Choosing the best mattress topper to help relieve back pain can be a daunting task, and it’s important to understand that not all toppers are created equal. Follow these tips to help you choose the best mattress topper for you:
Material: “I believe in proper support—not too soft, not too firm—only you will know what works best for your body. Look for a topper that is made from a material able to give the spine and the neck proper support,” explains Dr. Sinett.
Memory foam toppers are popular for their ability to contour to the shape of the body, providing pressure relief and support. Latex toppers are another good option, as they are firm and durable.
Firmness: If you suffer from back pain, a firm topper is recommended to provide more support for the spine. If you prefer a softer feel, look for a topper labeled plush or medium-firm.
Thickness: A thicker topper can provide more support and pressure relief, but it may also overtake the feel of the mattress underneath. Meaning if your bed is too soft, a thick firmer topper can do the trick, but if your topper is softer you’re your mattress, it may lack adequate support. Thicker toppers also tend to be more expensive.
Cooling properties: If you tend to sleep hot, opt for a topper with cooling properties such as gel-infused memory foam or a cover with thermoregulating technology. The TEMPUR-Pedic and Layla toppers on this list are both great choices.
Trial and warranty: “Find companies that allow you to try the product at home for a few weeks,” says Dr. Sinett. Make sure to choose a topper with a good warranty, too. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing it’s covered if anything goes wrong.
Customer reviews: Look for a topper from a reputable brand that has received positive reviews online. Reading through buyers’ feedback can give you an idea of how a topper has worked for others experiencing back pain before you spring for the investment yourself.