The best mattress toppers for side sleepers 2018

Add a topper to an uninspiring mattress for a transformative night’s sleep on your side

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If you’ve had quite enough of waking up either numb or sore from an incurable side-sleeping habit, but aren’t making any plans to replace your mattress any time soon – hey, those things are expensive – there are other ways. We’ve put together a list of the best mattress toppers for side sleepers to show that there are relatively cost-effective alternatives in the quest for a really good night’s sleep.

When it comes to materials, memory foam is king. It moulds to the shape of your body no matter what pretzel-like configurations you manage to twist it into while you sleep, so there’s somewhere for those trapped arms and weight-bearing hips to go. 

Our top overall choice is The Topper by Panda, which sees off the common complaint of overheating using integrated capsules of cooling gel, and incorporates a hypoallergenic and naturally anti-bac bamboo cover.

Not a fan of foam? You might want to head straight to Number 4, where you can read about a pillowy microfibre option instead – not quite as high-tech, but comfy and cushiony all the same.

The best mattress topper for side sleepers

1. Panda The Topper

Our top spot-winning material isn’t just for giant black-and-white bears anymore

Best for: Support
Sizes: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Gel infused memory foam
Thickness: 5cm
Reasons to buy
+Hypoallergenic bamboo cover+Gel and memory foam combo stays cool

It’s not just for giant black-and-white bears anymore – bamboo is pretty amazing stuff, and here it really shines, reaching its full soft, sustainable, anti-bacterial and naturally hypoallergenic potential in mattress topper form.

There’s yet more to it though: support courtesy of the memory foam innards, teeny tiny pockets of gel to keep things cool, and an anti-slip base and strong elasticated corners to keep everything where it should be, even if you’re a particularly active dreamer. Comfy, cool, and anti-allergy, it ticks all kinds of boxes – and for us, that makes it the best.

Dormeo Renew Memory Mattress Topper

2. Dormeo Renew Memory Mattress Topper

Keep odours and other unpleasantness at bay with this precious metal-infused topper

Best for: Hygiene
Sizes: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Memory foam
Thickness: 5cm
Reasons to buy
+Machine-washable hypoallergenic cover+Anti-odour and anti-bacterial silver fibres

There’s no sense in being coy about it: some of us sweat a lot during the night, and while bedside fans and breathable jim jams can be a big help for overheating, it’s nice to know you can add an extra line of defence to your mattress that’ll keep things feeling, looking, and smelling new for longer, too.

This Dormeo mattress topper employs memory foam for that sinking feeling (the good kind) to see off pain from sleeping on your side, but it also features woven-in silver fibres for a naturally anti-bacterial, anti-odour sleeping surface that’ll keep you, and your mattress, feeling fresh. 

Eve - White premium memory foam mattress topper

3. Eve - White Premium Memory Foam Mattress Topper

When it comes to mattress toppers, Eve is the first lady of superior support

Best for: Luxury
Sizes: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Foam
Thickness: 5cm
Reasons to buy
+Plush, springy foam topper+Wicking cover and breathable foam

You’ve probably heard all about the Eve mattress, or at the very least seen the adverts, and now you can get in on the goodness without shelling out for a whole new mattress.

The Eve mattress topper is our top choice for a luxury feel, with reviewers singing the praises of its plushness, the cosiness of its smooth microfibre cover, and its ability to provide a great night’s sleep: no creaky joints, no shifting about.

Its springy, resilient foam claims to be 30 times more breathable than regular memory foam and superb at wicking away moisture, so you’re assured of no overheating too.

Hotel Collection Luxury 8cm Like Down Mattress Topper

4. Hotel Collection Luxury 8cm Like Down Mattress Topper

Our thickest mattress topper walks the walk without the use of foam

Best for: Non-memory foam option
Sizes: Super king
Type: Microfibre
Thickness: 8cm
Reasons to buy
+Great for those who don’t get on with memory foam+Down-like feel without the drawbacks

Okay, so not everyone likes memory foam. If you’ve been uninspired by the options on our list so far, this is your reward: a microfibre mattress topper that claims to feel just like luxury down, with none of the sneezing or clumping, and for quite a lot less money, too.

Reviewers said it transformed their hard beds, taking bog-standard mattresses to new cloud-like heights. At 8cm thick, it’s almost double the plushness of some of our other picks, so while you won’t get the support of memory foam, it should still prove transformative for those who sleep on their sides.

Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper

5. Slumberdown Airstream Memory Fibre Mattress Topper

It’s plush, it’s springy, it’s supportive: kind of like foam, but not

Best for: Airflow
Sizes: Single, double, king
Type: Memory fibre
Thickness: 4.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Supportive alternative to foam+Breathable construction

Still unsure on the best material? Our final pick foregoes memory foam too, in favour of the mysterious-sounding “memory fibre”, which claims to be “super comfy, super pressure-relieving, super cool” – so basically, a thoroughly good all-rounder. 

Springier than our previous Hotel Collection pick, it looks to be the ideal middle ground for those who like a little more support when they sleep, as the more breathable fibrous construction allows superior airflow (thus nixing the biggest complaint of memory foam) and promises relief from the aches and pains that so often pop up in side sleepers.