If you're like many of the population and suffer from extremely hot sweaty nights under the covers, then this guide is for you. We know that a memory foam mattress is great for both comfort and support, but they are renowned for retaining heat…which, if you suffer from night sweats, much harder to get a good night's sleep.
The goal of this article is to find the best cooling mattress topper for your needs and budget.
7 Best Cooling Mattress Toppers UK
- Best Overall – Panda Gel Infused Memory Foam & Bamboo Mattress Topper
- Best Chemical-Free – Dreamzie Orthopaedic Memory Foam Mattress Topper
- Best 100% Memory Foam – RECCI Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Hypoallergenic Cover
- Best Mid-Priced – Milliard 2″ Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
- Best For Thick Mattress – eLuxurySupply Extra Plush Cooling Topper
- Best Budget/Cheapest – Silentnight Airmax Mattress Topper
- Best Deep Topper – Inofia Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Cooling Mattress Topper Reviews
The Panda topper is our best overall mattress topper for most people thanks to its suitability for most mattress types. It's corner straps mean it fits nice and snug to your existing mattress and the anti-slip layer prevents it from sliding around as your turn-over at night.
Made up of “3rd generation memory foam”, which was introduced to the market in 2006 and is essentially a gel memory foam, which is made up of gel particles and visco foam – a combination that is designed to reduce trapped body heat and allow body heat to escape. There is also a removable bamboo cover, making it easy to keep your topper clean and fresh and last for many years to come.
With 8 sizes to choose from, you can find the exact fit you need, from single to super-king and all sizes in between. All Panda toppers, regardless of size, are 5cm thick (2 inches), and when your topper arrives it will be rolled into a nice neat and eco-friendly box with minimal packaging to throw away as most can be recycled.
All in all, we highly recommend the Panda gel topper if you suffer from sleepless nights due to being too warm.
The Dreamzie Orthopaedic topper is designed for all types of sleeper and has a focus on comfort no matter your preferred sleep position be it front, back or side. With 5cm of memory foam, it is built to relieve pressure points whilst you sleep, reducing those aches and pains many of us feel first thing in the morning.
Thousands of people have tried this topper and it's reviews and ratings show just how good this product actually is, even if you've not heard of the brand before when it comes to cooling mattress toppers, Dreamzie know what they're doing.
With a machine washable cover and all UK/EU sizes available, it is a great choice for those that run a little warm at night and would like a topper that increases the comfort of their existing mattress and provide some cooling properties. They do recommend allowing the topper ti ‘air' for 24-hours after opening from its vacuum-packed box in order to allow it to get back to its pre-packaged state and any odors to dissipate.
RECCI decided to take a different route with this product when compared to most cooling mattress pads on the market, in that they decided NOT to use gel, aloe or any other infused materials. They've kept this topper 100% memory foam, so if you have an existing foam mattress and love it, then this would pare nicely.
They stand out feature of this topper is it's ability to form to your bodys contours and releve any stress placed on your joints as a result and since the don't use any gel infusion, they have a special weave that encourages airflow across and around the body, allowing for a cooler sleep.
If you're looking for something a little different from the others and want a 100% memory foam topper, that uses a hypoallergenic bamboo cover then the RECCI could be for you. Especially if you suffer from any type of upper or lower back pain, as this product has been proven to reduce soreness and is also certified by the ISPA (International Sleep Products Association).
The Millard memory foam topper is infused with PCM cooling gel, which provides a more consistent cool night's sleep thanks to the improved airflow around the body. This product uses high-density memory foam and is very durable, so it should last a long time.
If you suffer from Asthma or have any other allergies, then the anti-microbial properties of the materials used in the Millard mattress pad will certainly help with those snuffles, itchy eyes and scratchy through many of us suffer from.
This topper has proven to keep you cool on those warm nights and prevent night sweats that can give us a terrible broken night's sleep. the Millars's price point is also very attractive and it is the second cheapest cooling topper in our list, so if budget is the most important to you then give this a try.
You make think of down as an insulative material and that it has no place in a cooling mattress topper, and I did too until I researched more about this product and the materials used. First of all, Rayon is made from bamboo, which is in most if not all toppers that help to reduce body heat, then there's the down-alternative, which is primarily used to provide the comfort layer that you lie on, providing a cloud-like padded feel.
This is what you would call a pillow top mattress pad, where the top layer is like what you'd find on a down duvet, for example, small squares of ‘puffed-up' sections to provide support for your hips, legs, shoulders, and back. Having sold over 1-million mattress pads, it's easy to see that this is a product worth looking into.
The Silentnight Airmax Mattress Topper is the budget option on our top 7 cooler toppers list, which may surprise you considering it's arguably the most recognised brand featured here today. If you've got a budget of less than £50, then the Airmax could be the best option for you.
This product is slightly thinner than the others at 3cm thick, however, it does boast a cooling pillow top that allows air to flow freely and the Airmesh sidewalls allow the product to breathe, meaning no trapped hot air and a cooler nights sleep for you.
Designed for mattress depths of up to 30cm, this topper has 4 corner straps which allow for each fixing to your existing mattress and also prevent the pad from sliding around. If you have allergies, the hypoallergenic materials used will certainly help to alleviate any symptoms you suffer from at night.
Last but by no means least is this gel memory foam mattress topper from Inofia, which offers the thickest topper on this least at 3 inches (7.5cm). The 2cm of gel beaded infused memory foam provides ample cooling properties for any style of sleeper, combined with the 5.5cm of “Biogrey Reliefom” which is designed to relieve pressure on the body and is actually infused with charcoal, which helps to release negative ions to help with the bodies circulation, reduce fatigue and relieve stress.
We really like how thick and sturdy this product feels and for the price is a real steal when compared to other products on the market that are higher-priced and offer far less than you get with the Inofia topper. In summary, a great option for those looking for a mix of quality, comfort and a reasonable price.
What Are The Benefits of Mattress Toppers?
If you're unsure of why you need a mattress topper or if you even need one at all, let me run through some of the key benefits they bring when it comes to getting a better nights sleep and I'll let you decide if it's enough to make you try one.
Keep You Cool
Of course, top of this list must be the fact that they help to keep your body cool whilst you sleep. This isn't to be confused with ‘cold', but ‘cool' is the aim as you sleep much better in a cooler state, rather than being too hot, sweating and overheating, which causes you to wake up and kick the covers off whilst tossing and turning.
Of course, you should look for those toppers that offer cooling features, such as the 7 products listed above.
Alleviate Back, Shoulder, and Hip Pain
If you suffer from any kind of joint pain in bed then toppers have been known to really take the edge of and even remove the pain altogether. The pillow-top style of these pads provides more support, comfort and cushioning that you mattress perhaps doesn't, allowing your joints to take a break for being under stress all day/night.
Reduce Allergy Symptoms
If you have asthma or any other allergies related to dust and fumes/odours etc, then a topper can be a cheaper alternative to getting a new mattress. The materials used are key here, so be on the lookout for anything that states ‘Hypoallergenic' and ‘Anti-microbial'.
In bed, you give off moisture, sweat and perhaps smells that can ruin a mattress since so few of them have removable covers that can be washed. Toppers, on the other hand, are much smaller and easier to clean with most providing a remember (often made of Bamboo) zipped cover that can be washed at 30 or 40 degrees depending on the materials used.
In addition, many of the toppers come with dust-mite resistant material, which again, is great for allergy sufferers and just general cleanliness and hygiene. They also keep your mattress super clean which will lengthen the life span, which is a bonus since mattresses are much more expensive to replace than a mattress pad/topper.
Will a cooling mattress topper make me feel cold at night?
In short, no. The cooling properties come from the materials used, which help to draw excess heat and moisture away from the body and improve airflow around you. They don't make you feel cold, however, most offer a 30-day trial at a minimum so if it's not for you you should be able to return it.
Can I wash a cooling mattress topper?
If your product comes with a cover, then yes you can typically was the ‘cover only' at 30 or 40 degrees. You cannot wash the actual topper itself in a machine, however, a sponge clean ann a quick-dry would work for stains.
What is a pillow top mattress pad?
This refers to the top sleeping surface of the mattress pad and is the filled portion, which is often separated into diamonds or squares to kee the material in place. The materials used are usually down or a down-alternative, or some other man-made hybrid material that provides added comfort.
How thick should my topper be?
Generally, you will find most toppers come in 3cm, 5cm and 7-8cm thickness and how thick your topper is, is really down to personal preference. For example, if you have an older, thinner or cheaper mattress, then a thicker mattress pad would be the way to go to increase the comfort of your existing sleep setup.
However, if you already have a thick mattress, then a 3cm would do just fine. If you're unsure then most will come in at 5cm which is a nice happy-medium and suitable for most.
We've covered the 7 best cooling toppers and what to look for when choosing the one that fits your needs. If you're still on the fence, I encourage you to try the one you feel ticks the most boxes for you and take advantage of the money-back guarantee and sleep-trials available.
With so many products on the market when it comes to improving sleep quality, companies are taking note that buying these products online can be difficult and you may not always be 100% happy with your choice. So buy it – try it is my motto and rest comfortably in the knowledge that you can always try a different product if needed.