The Best (and Worst) Memory Foam Mattress Toppers – 2016

By Nathan, Updated for April 2016

For the average consumer, searching for the best memory foam mattress topper is no easy task. There are now hundreds of mattress companies selling what they claim to be the “best”, and differentiating between them can be an extremely difficult and frustrating task. Therefore, we at Zen Sleeping are here to demystify and illuminate the truth. We have conducted in-person professional tests, polled and questioned thousands of verified purchasers, and spent nearly a hundred hours putting together the most exhaustive and thorough ranking of memory foam mattress toppers to date.
It is important to mention, that the “best” means something different for everyone. Some find the firmest sleeping surface to be the best, while others prefer sinking into their mattress of choice. Therefore, in this page you will find different ranking tables for all the important specifications of a memory foam mattress topper. We have ranked them using our Zen Scoring System, and you can see even more in-depth reviews of each ranking if you so choose.

Best Overall Memory Foam Mattress Topper

#1 – Red Nomad 3-inch Ultra Premium Topper 

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Zen Score:
 95 / 100
Most comfortable topper for all sleeping positions, highly durable, great heat regulation and superior overall value
Cons: Some users may notice a medium-strong smell for up to a week
% Satisfied Purchasers*: 98%
Bottom LineThis is hands-down the best memory foam mattress topper on the market today. Whether you use it to soften up a firm mattress or just prefer to sleep on memory foam, this topper provides superior comfort and quality.


Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper for Back Sleepers

#1 – Lucid 2-inch Gel-Infused Memory Foam Topper

Lucid 2-inchZen Score: 91 / 100
Pros: Superior comfort for back sleepers, well-ventilated foam, very low price
Cons: Not for sleepers who prefer super soft surfaces
% Satisfied Back Sleepers*: 95%
Bottom Line: Are you a back sleeper who likes medium firmness? Do you feel pressure points when sleeping on your current mattress? Does your current mattress feel too hot sometimes? If you said yes to any of these, the Lucid 2-inch memory foam mattress topper is a great solution.


Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper for Side Sleepers

#1 – Milliard 2-inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Topper

milliard 2-inchZen Score: 90 / 100
Pros: Perfect firmness for side sleepers, doesn’t sleep hot
Cons: May come with a medium to strong smell that lasts up to a week
% Satisfied Side Sleepers*: 93%
Bottom Line: Side/ stomach sleepers often get the short end of the stick when it comes to comfortable sleeping products, but not in this case. The Milliard 2-inch memory foam mattress topper is the perfect addition to any side/ stomach sleeper’s existing mattress.




Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper for Heat Regulation

#1 – Sleep Innovations 4-inch Memory Foam Topper

sleep innovations 4-inchZen Score: 90 / 100
Pros: Best heat regulation in the game
Cons: 4-inch thick topper, could be a bit excessive especially if the mattress underneath is over 8 inches in thickness
Heat Rating: Cool / Neutral
% Satisfied Heat-Sensitive Sleepers: 96%
Bottom Line: If you tend to “sleep hot”, the luxurious Sleep Innovations 4-inch thick gel-infused memory foam mattress topper is a godsend. 96% of verified purchasers we spoke to said the temperature of their mattress never goes above “neutral” while using this topper.



Most Durable Memory Foam Mattress Topper

#1 – Memory Foam Solutions 3-inch Mattress Topper

memory foam solutions topperZen Score: 85 / 100
Pros: 4-pound pcf density, topper will last forever
Cons: Smaller, lighter sleepers will find this topper too firm no matter the sleeping position
Bottom Line: Density is one of the most important indicators of a memory foam mattress’s durability. For mattress toppers, a 4 lb pcf density is very high, meaning that the topper will last for 10 years minimum.



Worst Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Sleep Better 1-inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper

memory foam solutions topperZen Score: 44 / 100
Pros: Hypo-allergenic
Cons: Flimsy, too thin, absolutely no heat regulation, no cover
Bottom Line: Don’t buy it… simple as that.
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