Weeks ago, I was just about to pay for my food when I overheard a lady talking to her husband, “I wish choosing the best mattress topper for my back pain was as easy as choosing the toppings on our pizza here, honey.”
Inspired by that concern, I went on to do more careful research. It turned out that the woman was not alone. There are indeed many people who are having similar concerns.
Today, let me share with you the best bits that I have distilled from dozens of sources. Keep on reading below!
Is A Mattress Topper Good for Back Pain?
As you probably know, people usually add a mattress topper to their mattress to help it from sagging or extend the lifetime.
A mattress topper can help your bad back if you find the mattress that you’re sleeping on a bit too firm. It adds a little bit more cushioning to support your back.
Also, many people also have issues with sleep temperature. Their mattresses tend to get hot at night, especially for back or stomach sleepers who have a large part of their body lying on the bed surface.
That’s why a cooling mattress topper can help you lower the sleep temperature naturally.
That way, you won’t feel bothered and toss and turn frequently during your sleep. You know tossing and turning when you’re having back pain isn’t necessarily good for you.
How to Choose A Good Mattress Topper for Back Pain?
To choose a good mattress topper for your need is not that complicated.
Here are a few pointers to get you in the right direction:
Mattress toppers on the market today are about 2 to 4 inches thick.
If you love more cushioning and your mattress is sagging a bit, you can get the thicker one to compensate for the indentation.
However, if your mattress is quite new and still in good shape, a 2-inch mattress topper would be fine.
The most common type of material they use to make mattress toppers is gel infused memory foam.
Traditional memory foam is good but tends to sleep hot. When people are buying mattress toppers, they are looking for some cooling effect as well.
That’s why the manufacturers infuse cooling gel into that. This material gives you both the amazing benefits of memory foam and the optimal temperature of the gel.
But oftentimes, you’ll also find mattress toppers made from 100% memory foam. This works for people who are fine with its sleep temperature.
Down alternative is also a popular choice. You know those kinds of toppers at hotels? They are usually made from the down alternative.
The advantage of this material is that it is so soft and comfy. Just like sleeping on a cloud!
Let me ask you a quick question: Do you know what size your current bed or mattress is?
Believe it or not, many people have forgotten or don’t know the exact size of their beds.
Which is okay since we don’t buy beds that often every day.
I have a very cool way of knowing which size your bed is by using an item that you already have in your house. Yes, a banana!
If you take the banana and go along the length of the bed, it should be about 9 bananas long. For the width, it should be around 7 bananas long. Now, you know that your bed is a Queen.
If it’s wider or longer than that, it’s either King or California King. If it’s shorter and narrower than it must be either Twin or Full.
Here are the dimensions in inches as a refresher:
- Twin: 38 x 75
- Full: 53 x 75
- Queen: 60 x 80
- King: 76 x 80
When you’re buying the mattress topper, just base on these dimensions to get the one that best fits your bed.
Top 5 Best Rated Mattress Toppers for Back Pain
LUCID 2 Inch 5 Zone Lavender Memory Foam Mattress Topper – Queen
If you or your loved ones are having back pain, my wild guess is you’re more or less familiar with some kind of drugless therapy for treating the pain like some lavender essential oil.
For folks who are unfamiliar, lavender is an essential oil used in aromatherapy to help reduce pain, help people fall asleep easier, and relax the mind.
With this #1 New Release Lucid mattress topper right here, you’ll get both the benefits of that amazing flower and the highly contouring memory foam.
Although the topper is made from memory foam, it is not overly dense at all. In fact, the topper is airy, soft, and extremely comfortable.
What makes this model stands out from the rest is its unique 5 zone design. You’ll get swirly, wavy, spiralized patterns on the topper. Which to me seems amazing!
It’s just like how you run your fingers through the sand and get these visible lines, right?
How the 5 zones help you is that they reduce pressure at high-pressure points like your hips, knees, and lower back upon body contact. This helps minimize tossing and turning, which is not recommended when you’re having back pain.
The topper doesn’t make you hot or sweaty although it is not as well-ventilated as some other models. The feel of this one is plush.
Keep in mind that the smell of the lavender is quite strong when you first open the box. You do need to let it air out if you’re feeling overwhelmed. After that, it’s delightful.
Overall, I think this topper is an excellent choice if you understand memory foam’s durability and know what to expect. See if this one can help your back pain!
- Delightful lavender scent
- 5 pressure-relief zones
- Soft & comfortable
- Good softness
- Keeps you cool at night
- Contouring memory foam
- Strong smell
- Not well-ventilated compared to some models
Zinus 2 Inch Swirl Gel Memory Foam Air Flow Topper, Queen
Next, meet your amazing Zinus swirl gel memory foam mattress topper!
I can’t tell you how much I love those swirly or wavy patterns on this thing. It feels amazing just laying your back on it for a nice rest.
The swirly lines are uniformly distributed across the entire surface of the topper. This helps support your overall body weight more evenly.
What I also love, as with many other Zinus products, is their infused green tea extract and castor seed natural oil. The scent of fresh green tea helps refresh the mind and get people to sleep much easier.
Also, castor seed natural oil helps fight bad bacteria that could house on your topper over time.
You can choose from 4 thickness sizes ranging from 1.5 to 4 inches.
This mattress topper is made from gel memory foam, which keeps a cool temperature at night when you sleep. Airflow is quite good on this one as well.
If you’ve got a mattress pad at home, it is recommended that you place the pad on top of the mattress topper for maximum support and comfort.
It does make a huge difference on your back (in a good way) after you try this topper out. It has helped many people who are suffering from back pain.
Even more, one lady said it saved her marriage because now she could fall asleep almost immediately and not bother her husband at all.
The only thing which I didn’t really like was the smell at first. But, as always, let the air carry it away. No more problems whatsoever!
This is a worth-it mattress topper that could be life-changing for you, your back, and your partner. Try it!
- Cooling gel memory foam
- Pressure-point relief
- Pleasant green tea aroma
- Strong smell at first
- Some sizing issues
Classic Brands 3-Inch Cool Cloud Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper With Free Cover
This one sounds like a very good deal. But let’s see if it’s worth the money.
Like the 5-zoned mattress topper we saw earlier, there are 3 zones for pressure relief on this model.
The first zone has these kinds of cones which look to me like mushroom caps. Those are good for reducing pressure either on your ankles or back.
At the middle, you’ll find amazing rose-like patterns. These are like hip huggers that act supportively to conform to your body shape at every edge and curve.
At the bottom, you’ll find straight lines like shark fins that are great for reducing pressure on your thighs and calves.
Overall, I like this design. It’s almost like sleeping on a cloud with awesome pressure-relieving comfort.
As far as thickness goes, the mattress is just right on the middle scale. The materials are CertiPUR-US certified with no toxic chemicals.
Also, it’s antimicrobial so your sensitive nose won’t have to breathe in any harmful allergens.
The topper sleeps cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s very well-ventilated and keeps a good sleep temperature at night.
I also like the mesh cover that they included in the box. Very sweet. When it gets dirty, you just need to unzip it and put it into your washing machine. Easy peasy!
This thing works like a charm for back pain. However, some people find it too small for them. Also, the packaging could be improved for the better.
Overall, this is still a very sweet deal for the price. Get it if you like!
- Cooling effect
- Washable cover
- Sweet price
- CertiPUR-US certified materials
- Too small for some sleepers
- Packaging could be further improved
Duck & Goose Co Plush Durable Premium Hotel Quality Mattress Topper
Remember when we talked about that luxurious mattress topper you usually see at 5-star hotels in Las Vegas? Well, here it is, folks!
You can get that very same high-quality topper right in your own bedroom at a super affordable price.
At first glance, this mattress topper steals the show. It’s soft, it’s fluffy, and it’s super comfortable to sleep on.
Inside the topper is 1400 gms microfiber filling. That’s hypoallergenic down alternative, to be exact. Which is cool because your sensitive nose won’t be affected by any allergens.
What I also like is the breathable cover. It allows for air to flow in and out nicely throughout the night. You won’t wake up feeling hot and soaked in sweat.
What’s even better is that you don’t need to wash the topper very frequently. The material itself is anti-bacterial. It should do very well on its own.
If you need to clean it, you can do so 2 times a year in a front loader washing machine on a cool wash. The top loader may destroy the inner microfiber.
Back support on this one is amazing. You’ll get sweet dreams and wake up refreshed. Even your hips will enjoy the new feather bed.
Some folks, however, find the topper quite hot. Other people think it’s too thin for them.
Overall, if you want to add a touch of luxury in your own bedroom and great support for your back, this is the topper to choose. It’s totally worth the money!
- Premium microfiber
- Soft & comfy
- Easy to maintain
- Awesome support for hips & back
- 10-year warranty
- Thin for some
- A few folks find it hot
Sleep Innovations Gel Memory Foam 4-inch Dual Layer Mattress Topper
This last topper is the thickest one on our list. It’s for those who love a thick cushion, or their beds are beginning to sag.
The make-up of the topper is quite interesting. On the top layer, you’ll get a 2-inch quilted fiberfill. At the bottom is a 2-inch cooling gel memory foam.
In short, it’s the best of both worlds! I love this construction. It gives you a nice, soft cushion for the back plus the cooling effect underneath.
The overall topper is very gentle on the back. It does feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud belly. Super nice!
Some sleepers find the topper flattens out quite quickly for them. Also, a few of them report their sweat is being trapped in the content.
On a positive note, the topper has helped many people, including those who are sleeping on Sleep Number beds, a great deal. Have a shot at it. Experience for yourself!
- Dual layers
- Gentle support
- Reduces back pain
- Flattening issues
- Moisture trapping issues
Now, you see that selecting the best mattress topper for your back isn’t that hard at all, right? Keep in mind its size, thickness, and materials, and you’re good to go! Have a cloud-like experience & good luck!