The 4 Best Latex Mattress Toppers

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Latex mattress toppers might not be as common as memory foam, but they offer a lot of advantages. If you like the support of memory foam but don't like how hot it sleeps, latex is an ideal alternative since it is heat-neutral. Since most latex is plant-derived, you also have the option of buying natural, instead of synthetic, materials unlike with foam and down alternatives. The best latex mattress toppers can do everything from adding a bit more support to rescuing an otherwise uncomfortable mattress.

Most natural latex comes from rubber plantations, and latex foam is produced using one of two methods: Dunlop or Talalay. Dunlop is the original, more simple one, whereas Talalay is newer and more complicated. The latex foam created by the two processes is indeed different, but in reality, the difference is fairly minor.

Instead, the biggest differences come in mattress thickness and firmness. Even a soft latex topper is fairly supportive, however, and is a good choice for first-time purchasers. Thickness, on the other hand, depends heavily on the state of your current mattress. A 1-inch latex topper adds a bit more support while still allowing the mattress's existing support to be felt, whereas a 3-inch latex topper can go a long way in rescuing an old, uncomfortable mattress and can be considered close to a mattress makeover. Since your mattress’s biggest environmental impact happens after you throw it away, a latex topper is also a green purchase if it allows you to extend the life of your current mattress.

The only drawback is that less than 1 percent of adults in the U.S. have a latex allergy and therefore, they're not hypoallergenic. If you or a family member is one of the, however, there is a rubber-free, hypoallergenic pick as well.