The 10 Best Mattress Toppers For Side Sleepers
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in December of 2018. If your mattress has seen better days, is too firm, or you simply want to extend its life, then one of these toppers can help. Designed for sleepers who spend most of the night on their sides, our list includes a variety of models in varying thicknesses. Some are made from memory foam that can alleviate pressure points, but we've also chosen some lightweight, quilted options. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, 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.
September 25, 2020:
We still prioritized thick options that clock in at three inches and offer medium firmness or close to it, as that tends to be the most supportive construction for side sleepers. Many of our selections come in thinner or thicker profiles, though, if you have a supportive mattress already or want something extra dense to sink into. When it comes to comfort during sleep there is no one size fits all, so you have to think critically about where you need support and where you don't, consider your mattress (and partner, in some cases), and the other positions you tend to sleep in.
We said goodbye to the Lucid Memory Foam to bring on the Lucid 4-Inch, a lavender-scented variation of a higher quality with an initial foam odor that should dissipate within less than two days, leaving the lavender smell to linger instead. It's not too overpowering at first but bear in mind that it will fade with time and can be restored by a few spritzes of lavender essential oil on your sheets or directly to the foam.
We also removed the SleepJoy Ventilated, as the Pure Green 100% Natural Latex has a similar construction made of natural latex that is superior, naturally durable, and heat neutral, not to mention rigorously tested for quality and low VOCs. We made use of the vacancy by bringing on the Tempur-Pedic Supreme, one of the most respected names in the industry. Tempur-Pedic has been perfecting their proprietary material for over two decades and has finessed it to contour to a body based on its shape, temperature, and weight for a customized experience. It's also engineered to last much longer than many typical foam options.
January 03, 2019:
Side sleepers, in particular, benefit from thick foam options the most, as they provide enough firm support to keep the spine aligned and go easy on pressure points. Included latex, traditional memory, viscoelastic memory, and gel foam choices to cater to different preferences. For those who sleep hot or have a mattress they love but want to add a thin extra layer of comfort, we added some of the top quilted and egg crate selections.
Parachute Wool If you're looking to avoid quilted, egg crate, and foam options, this topper from Parachute might be the answer. Crafted in Idaho from 100% American virgin wool with cotton backing, it's non-allergenic, naturally insulating, and flame-resistant. It's ideal for when you need a bit of extra support to sink into while cradling pressure points, and is breathable, moisture-wicking, and resilient to body impressions. parachutehome.com
Saatva Loom & Leaf Mattress Side sleepers looking for more than just a topper might want to check out the Loom & Leaf Mattress from Saatva. The relaxed firm iteration delivers the plush-yet-sturdy feeling needed to support various pressure points, with a quilted, padded top that forms a cradle for the shoulders and hips, and high density, gel-infused foam to keep your spine aligned. It's made in the United States and CertiPUR-US certified. saatva.com
CertiPUR-US If you're interested in a foam option, you'll likely want one that has a stamp of approval from CertiPUR-US. This not-for-profit organization has developed a certification process in close collaboration with leading environmentalists, chemists, accredited research scientists, and bedding and furniture industry leaders. They ensure items containing foam are made without ozone depleters, flame retardants, formaldehyde, heavy metals, phthalates, and more. Their website offers a comprehensive list of participating companies for consumer posterity. certipur.us