17 Best Mattress Toppers You Can Buy For Side Sleepers

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As a side sleeper myself, I know what it feels like to wake up with your hip joint hurting and a kink in your shoulder because of a less-than-ideal sleeping position paired with a not-so-great mattress. Throw in the need to toss and turn to get comfortable, and it’s easy to start resenting bedtime in general and feel like you need an expensive new mattress to get comfortable. But you don’t have to if you know how to choose the best mattress topper for you. Typically, you want a topper roughly 12 to 14 inches thick with plushy goodness to cushion your shoulders and hips to relieve pressure build-up from your other joints while you snooze on your side. 

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The good thing is side sleeping can be one of the healthiest ways to sleep, especially if you struggle with back pain, suffer from sleep apnea, or are pregnant. It can also help digestion when you sleep on your left side and opens your airway to prevent snoring, reduce acid reflux symptoms, and help blood circulation. Essentially, side sleeping can be the most beneficial way to get quality sleep. However, the dangers of side sleeping are in the mattress itself, so keeping our spines aligned and our hips lifted with a natural arch is essential. So, if your bed isn’t giving you the right amount of firmness and support, here’s a list of some of the best mattress toppers you can find online for side sleepers like you and me.

Originally developed by NASA to absorb the shock waves during space exploration, TEMPUR-Pedic’s special Tempur foam has become one of the most acclaimed and popular mattress brands on the market. The TEMPUR-Topper Supreme is 3-inches of dense memory foam that is slow to respond, so you feel suspended in air and supports your body weight to help relieve pressure as you move from one side to the other. It comes with a removable and washable cover as well as materials resistant to mold, dander, dust mite, and allergens.

Saatva prides itself on providing high-quality, eco-friendly components in all its mattresses and bedding. Made from antimicrobial organic cotton without excessive markups, the Saatva Mattress Topper has CertiPUR-US certified foams and secure elastic bands to keep the topper in place no matter which side you choose to sleep on. With a 180-night home trial (can you even beat six months for an at-home test?) and a one-year limited warranty, you can feel secure knowing there’s no rush to find the right mattress topper for you.

The Sleepyhead mattress toppers are tailormade for college students who are notorious for their lack of quality sleep and even provide a student discount so you (or the college student in your life) can get great sleep while away at university. The 100% gel-infused memory foam regulates the temperature while keeping your spine aligned, your joints supported, and your sleep deeply comfortable. It also has a premium fabric removable cover that’s washable, so you never have to stress about warping the memory foam (because that’s not a pretty sight). The certified CertiPUR-US memory foam mattress topper has a 60-night trial and a ‘Good Til Graduation’ warranty.

If you’re in the market for a luxury mattress topper handmade in the US, then the Birch by Helix brand is a great place to start (or end) your shopping trip. When they say luxury, they mean it. They use only all-natural organic materials like organic cotton to ensure the fabric is breathable, high-quality natural latex to give that ultra-plushy feeling, and their proprietary Birch Wool regulates temperature. The non-toxic and allergen-free topper is also free of harmful chemicals. It holds certifications from the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), GREENGUARD Gold, Fair Trade, the eco-INSTITUTE, Wool Integrity NZ, and the Forest Steward Council. They also offer a 100-nights sleep trial and a 25-year warranty.

The Layla brand is known for innovative bedding, and their Memory Foam Topper is no exception. Named “Best Memory Foam Topper of 2022” by The Sleep Foundation, this cooling mattress topper has copper gel beads infused into the foam to absorb and pull away your body heat, even if you turn from one side to another. Even though it’s beyond soft, the plush two-inch layer still supports those deeper compression points for side sleepers like your hips, shoulders, and knees (reviews say it’s like sleeping on a cloud). The copper keeps everything clean since the metal is naturally antimicrobial by blocking and killing bacteria. If you find yourself interested in this one, you’ll enjoy a 5-year warranty and a 120-night trial attached to a 100% money-back guarantee.

The Avocado brand has been gaining popularity in recent years – and for a good reason – they became a certified B-Corp in 2020. The Organic Latex Topper comes in Plush and Firm options and sizes from Twin to California King. The reinforced seams and internal quilted ticking use GOTS-certified organic cotton, wool, and latex. (If you’re allergic to wool or are a vegan, there’s an option without wool just for you.) The high-performance materials offer support for side sleepers, too. Made from their own rubber tree farm (how cool is that?!), the organic latex is naturally durable to support those pressure points. The wool wicks away moisture and is naturally antimicrobial, resistant to dust, and regulates temperature. They offer a 1-year trial, a 10-year warranty plus free shipping.

This Keetsa mattress topper is a great option for side sleepers on a budget. Three plushy inches of BioFoam conform to your body while keeping your mattress cool and supportive at an affordable rate. The linen blend cover is certified safe for the most sensitive skin, and the down-like fiberfill padding gives your current mattress an excellent lift of comfort and luxury. The downside is that this mattress topper does not have a removable cover, so Keetsa recommends treating it as an extension of your mattress. A mattress protector and bedding can help keep that luxurious plushy feeling right for your pressure points.

Keeping in tune with its namesake, LUCID has created a mattress topper that lets you know you’re getting quality rest while getting a calming night’s sleep. Their natural lavender-infused memory foam topper gives a relaxing aromatherapy experience that will lull you into sleep on the thick 3-inch layer of lab-certified safe gel foam. It’s easy to roll out right onto your current mattress and let the plushness reach its full height after roughly 48 hours. Though it doesn’t have a removable cover, it has a ventilated design for better airflow and bamboo charcoal to absorb odors and other impurities throughout its 3-year US warranty.

The Lift by Amerisleep uses their proprietary HIVE technology, also known as Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation and Energy, to support the more sensitive areas during sleep by up to 49% compared to other mattress toppers. Their technology has five comfort zones with hexagon-shaped patterns to support every area of your body – the head, back, and feet – with closer stitching to hold their weight. Your shoulders and hips have more flexible seams to expand where necessary. It also comes in two Bio-Pur material options: Comfort for a softer pillowy cushion and Support for a firmer layer, along with an ultra-breathable cover.

The Linenspa is another CertiPUR-US® Certified gel-infused memory foam topper that cools as you sleep using tiny gel beads to distribute heat. What helps Linenspa stand apart is its affordability and its positive reviews. Many customers have praised the memory foam for its effectiveness in relieving back pains and dispersing their body weight. If you’re not ready to throw down some serious cash for a luxury brand, you can still get a luxury feel with Linenspa’s soft yet supportive layered foam topper. With a 3-year warranty, free shipping, and free returns, you can rest easy knowing it will be easy on your wallet and your alignment.

Sunbeam created this pad with cold sleepers in mind. Sunbeam’s Heated Mattress Pad is a quilted 100% polyester topper with Thermo-fine technology that auto-adjusts to distribute heat for those colder nights. The EasySet Pro dual-side controllers allow you to adjust the ten heat settings no matter what side of the bed you decide to sleep on. The heating is perfect for side sleepers who suffer from tired muscles and achy joints. You don’t have to worry about safety with a 10-hour auto-off timer function, and it is dryer safe (and machine-washable). It fits mattresses with a depth up to 18 inches and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

This 400 thread count padded soft mattress topper is overfilled with 4D spiral fiber to trap air into each quilted pad and keeps its shape longer than any mattress pad on the market. It’s breathable, moisture-wicking, and an excellent layer for those with innerspring or latex mattresses. The deep pocket designs can cover a depth up to 21 inches for Twin to California King size mattresses, and the quilted polygon-and-stream pattern prevents lumpy shifting and smooths out under your bed sheets. The TEXARTIST topper is a great hypoallergenic option that’s affordable and positively reviewed.

EDILLY uses 40D aviation-grade memory foam for their mattress topper with a removable bamboo fabric cover that has a skid-resistant mesh backing to prevent sliding. The cover is made from rayon and polyester to give that soft and luxurious touch. The CertiPUR-US Certified mattress topper has a 365-night satisfaction promise, and a 10-year quality guarantee gives you a low-risk reason to try this one.

The High-Density Mattress Topper is viscosoft’s most popular selling topper. The high-density foam gives solid support to the head and neck and conforms to your body without sinking. If you don’t like the sinking-into-the-mattress feeling, this is the topper for you. It even comes in active charcoal and gentle lavender options so you can customize what you need. The adjustable straps and slip-resistant mesh keep the 3 or 4-inch gel-infused memory foam from moving around while you enjoy laying around.

PlushBeds is a California factory on a mission to “change how America sleeps” with its handcrafted 100% naturally harvested Talalay latex topper. Their GOTS-certified organic cotton gives a breathable and luxurious feel. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and GREENGUARD Gold certifications show they take their non-toxic sustainability promises seriously. The luxurious latex topper comes in 2-inch to 3-inch thick options that stay odor-free, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, dust mite resistant, and mildew resistant. Latex is ideal for pressure point relief that supports shoulders, hips, back, and knees. The open-cell airflow design distributes heat and absorbs movement if you sleep with a partner.

GhostBed has one of the coolest looking memory foam mattress toppers with multi-zone zig-zag and circular patterns for extra airflow. The topper also has 3-inches of contouring head-to-toe gel memory foam support and a cotton cover made of their patent-pending Ghost Ice fabric that keeps your bed cool. The deep pockets and 2-inch elastic bands keep a Ghost Grip on your mattress and the entire cover doubles as a waterproof mattress protector. If you have allergies, this mattress topper is also dust and mite-resistant. It’s no surprise this piece of bedding has won so many awards in 2022, including the Sleep Foundation’s Best Topper for Side Sleepers and Mattress Topper Judge’s Best Topper for Back Pain.

If you’re looking for a fluffy mattress topper, you found it. Sleep Mantra, an American small business, crafted a 100% cotton face mattress topper with down alternative fill to give that breathable cloud feeling. Reviews say that this 300 thread count topper has optimum comfort. The topper can prevent some back aches since those thick pads can impact stiffness and restrict movement during the night. Because of its airy nature, the cotton topper doesn’t retain heat and distributes airflow throughout the night. It’s an easy pull-on material that prevents staining, repels water, and protects against excessive bacteria buildup. Sleep Mantra is certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and safely tested from over 300 toxic chemicals.

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