Updated May 05, 2020 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Mattress Pads

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This wiki has been updated 31 times since it was first published in March of 2015. A good night's sleep is essential for quality work or play the next day. But you're in a jam if your bed is so uncomfortable that you can't get the rest you need and you don't have the cash to buy a new one. No problem. We've got you covered. One of these luxurious pads will transform your sagging or lumpy mattress into an oasis of soft luxury, without breaking the bank. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Sleep Innovations Dual Layer

2. Sleep Zone Premium

3. Linenspa Gel Infused

Editor's Notes

May 01, 2020:

Before discussing our top picks, we feel it's important to note that although mattress pads can be comfortable, they're not for all ages. They can bunch or move, potentially posing a suffocation hazard, so you'll want to skip them for kids under the age of five. And speaking of caution, you'll want to pay attention to your pad's washing instructions, as careful cleaning will prolong its lifespan.

When it comes to comfort, it remains hard to beat the Sleep Innovations Dual Layer. True to its name, it gives you two layers, including a 4-inch gel mattress pad for plenty of support. The pad itself has a fiber fill, but it's quilted, so this doesn't move or bunch unnecessarily. If this is too complicated — or expensive — you might try a simpler model, such as the Sleep Zone Premium or the Hospitology Heavenly. These provide an extra layer of softness, but without a gel pad to maneuver. There's also the Mastertex Fitted, which comes in many sizes but doesn't have the strongest elastic, and the Balichun Down Alternative, conveniently offered in both white and dark gray.

Finally, after some deliberation, we opted to keep the Lucid 5-Zone. It has a variety of textures, which can help with pressure points, but it's made of foam — and it can eventually tear. Those who toss and turn all night long, or those who have boisterous pets that are allowed on the bed, may want to skip it. And if you have sensitivities to smells, pass up the lavender version and opt for the gel, instead.

Special Honors

Avocado Cotton Even though you won't see it often, since it goes under your fitted sheet, the Avocado Cotton is nevertheless an attractive choice. It is a natural ivory color, instead of institutional white, and has a 4-inch quilted diamond pattern that's handsome as well as useful in preventing lumps. avocadogreenmattress.com

The Company Store Imperial For something a little different, consider The Company Store Imperial, which boasts American merino wool that is plush, moisture wicking, and temperature regulating, making it perfect for both hot and cold climates. It's a little pricey, but it has a synthetic backing that will help it last over the long haul. thecompanystore.com

Saatva Organic Pads with thin or flimsy elastic don't stay in place, but this isn't a problem for the Saatva Organic. With its extra-wide elastic band, it stays right where you put it, no matter how much you toss and turn in the night. And because it features only high-quality organic cotton, it is breathable to help you stay cool and comfortable. saatva.com

4. Mastertex Fitted

5. Lucid 5-Zone

6. Hospitology Heavenly

7. Red Nomad Ultra Premium

8. Utopia Bedding Quilted

9. Balichun Down Alternative

10. Hanna Kay Clyne

Why Use A Mattress Pad?

Yet another positive aspect of this product is its ability to protect the mattress.

Mattress pads are a popular bedding accessory, and it's easy to see why. Here are a few of the most common motivations for making this purchase.

First, your mattress might not be doing its job. If your mattress isn't comfortable — especially if it's too firm — a plush topper is a smart solution that will help you feel comfy and cozy when it's time to turn out the lights. After all, picking up a mattress pad is much less costly than replacing the mattress itself.

Many people simply enjoy the luxurious feel of an extra, cushioned layer. Even the most cloud-like mattresses are somewhat firm, which may not line up with your sleeping preferences. If you like to feel like you're snoozing in a pile of feathers, go for the mattress pad.

Yet another positive aspect of this product is its ability to protect the mattress. Even though there are mattress protectors specifically designed for this purpose, a mattress pad will still provide a degree of protection against wear and tear. If you spill something on your bed, a pad will block the liquid from quickly seeping into the mattress, giving you extra time to remove the bedding and clean up the mess.

It's hard or even impossible to fall to sleep when you're coping with discomfort. Those who suffer from allergies can benefit from outfitting their bed with a hypoallergenic pad, which will protect against dust mites and other irritants.

Mattress pads are neat in that they stay in place and require relatively infrequent maintenance. They're usually designed with elastic corners similar to those of fitted sheets. Pads won't shift around when you roll over in the middle of the night, so you don't have to worry about putting the pad back into place when you make your bed the next day. The mattress pad is a convenient, cost-effective way to make your bed more comfortable and durable.

What to Look For In A Mattress Pad

Since there are so many mattress pads out there, it can be hard to determine which one is right for you. But if you keep these features in mind, picking out the perfect pad will be quick and easy.

Finally, there are also foam mattress pads that work just as well as those constructed from other materials.

The first thing to consider is the cushion factor. Do you want something that is going to make you feel like you're sleeping on air, or are you simply looking for a hypoallergenic layer that will ease your allergies? Most pads are stuffed with materials like cotton, wool, or polyester. Down filling will provide an especially fluffy base for your bedding, but is usually inappropriate for allergy-sufferers.

If maintenance is a priority for you, select a mattress pad that is machine washable. Even though these products can sometimes be quite plush, they're pretty much always sized to fit inside of residential washing machines.

Check the thread count of the mattress pads you review. A higher thread count results in a softer-feeling product. If you're not concerned about the softness of the fabric, since it will probably be concealed under bedding, go for a lower thread count. Pads with lower thread counts are often more affordable, too. Additionally, mattress pads with loose filling (like down) should come with all-over stitching. This detail keeps stuffing from shifting around and gathering in lumps.

Finally, there are also foam mattress pads that work just as well as those constructed from other materials. Foam pads come in several different styles. Some have an egg crate design while others are smooth. The egg crate texture supports the body by distributing weight evenly and aligning the spine. If you have back pain from sleeping in discomfort, this type of mattress pad might be the right choice for you.

The Benefits Of A Good Night's Sleep

Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night is easier said than done thanks to obligations associated with work, family, friends, and everything else. But just because it's difficult doesn't mean it isn't worth striving for. A night of quality sleep can mean the difference between a good day and a bad one.

When we are well-rested, we feel alert, energized, and ready to take on the day. On the other hand, when we're running on little or low-quality sleep, it can be hard to focus on even the simplest tasks. Getting sufficient sleep will allow you to absorb information easily, analyze problems effectively, and be more productive in general.

On the other hand, when we're running on little or low-quality sleep, it can be hard to focus on even the simplest tasks.

Sleep is also a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to emotional well-being. Without enough sleep, you're more likely to suffer mood swings or depression, both of which can affect your performance at work as well as your relationships with friends and family. And your ability to make new, short-term memories can become compromised, which could pose a big problem if you're cramming late at night for a test the next day.

Being sleep-deprived on a routine basis can even cause physical problems. Lack of sleep is linked to obesity, for instance. Children and adolescents need even more sleep because their bodies are growing and developing, which is probably why it's so hard to get your teenager out of bed in the morning.

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can also be dangerous? It's true. If you're operating on less than the recommended six hours or more, you'll probably notice that your reaction time isn't quite as sharp as it usually is. Obviously, it's important to refrain from operating vehicles or machinery if you haven't gotten enough shut-eye.

A quality night's rest will help your performance at work, school, and home, and it's good for your health, too. But, if your bed isn't quite comfy enough, bedtime can be a frustrating experience. A mattress pad may be the key to turning your bed into the sleep haven you've always dreamed of.

Melissa Harr
Last updated on May 05, 2020 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

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