A good top mattress is hugely important for your sleep. That's why we've looked at how to find the best mattress to suit your needs. If you're suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain, it could well be because your top mattress isn't allowing your body to sink down and get proper support.

Scroll down to read how to find the best top mattress and where to buy it

Why a good top mattress is important

The top mattress is in direct contact with your body when you sleep (perhaps separated by the sheet and roll mattress). Therefore, it is hugely important for your sleep experience. As well as providing good support, it needs to be good at wicking heat and moisture away from your body so you don't wake up in a sweat. Many people struggle with feeling very hot at night. This can be due to their top mattress, among other things. If the top mattress is made of cheap foam materials, such as cold foam, the heat cannot be conducted away from the body properly. A good top mattress should be made of latex or memory foam, both of which are natural materials that allow the body to breathe. When choosing a top mattress, choose one that is both flexible and supportive. At the same time, it should relieve pressure whether you lie on your side or your back. Only if the top mattress allows the heavy parts of your body (shoulders, hips) to sink down a little further will your spine be kept straight so you avoid back and neck pain.

Further down, we make several suggestions for good top mattresses in different price ranges

How to choose the best top mattress

Here we briefly review what you need to keep in mind when looking for a good top mattress. When choosing a top mattress, it is important that you choose one that has a good height. At least 4 - 5 cm, but preferably more. The cover should be either bamboo or cotton, so it doesn't feel hot and synthetic against your skin. Last but not least, the top mattress should of course fit your bed, i.e. have the right dimensions. If you have an elevating bed, it's a good idea to choose a split mattress topper, which can split if you and your partner adjust the bed differently.

In general, there are three types of mattress topper materials: latex, memory and cold foam. Here we have chosen to recommend a latex or memory foam top mattress, with latex being the best choice for most. Read more about this further down in the text. If you have a bad back, you need to pay special attention to the mattress you choose. We have also chosen to elaborate on this below.

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Latex top mattress - the best top mattresses

For the vast majority, a latex top mattress be the best choice. However, this is not the cheapest top mattress, but your bed in particular is a good place to invest a little extra. Latex has the property that it is very flexible, supportive and allows the body to breathe. As it is a natural material, it wicks moisture away from your body so you don't wake up bathed in sweat. Many people suffer from being very hot at night and change duvets and pillows rather than considering the choice of top mattress. A good latex mattress topper lets your skin breathe and gives you a good sleeping experience. If you often feel cold at night and are generally cold-hearted, read on, because a latex mattress is not necessarily the best top mattress.

Latex Top Mattress - 7cm

This latex top mattress measures 180 x 210 cm and is sold at Bedtime. It is made of Latex, and therefore conducts heat and moisture away from the body. It feels elastic and flexible, and relieves and supports your body.

Mattresses of memory foam

Memory foam, also called memory foam, is another popular choice of material for top mattresses. Mattresses of memory foam  shapes itself to the contours of your body, giving you the feeling of being wrapped in the mattress, because you just sink into it without the mattress giving way. At the same time, the foam retains heat, so this type of mattress is the best top mattress for those who often freeze at night. Your shoulders and hips will sink further into the mattress than the rest of your body, ensuring that your spine is kept straight.

Top mattress with memory foam 90 x 200 cm

This top mattress has a core of memory foam that adapts to the body and retains heat. You get the feeling of sinking into the mattress and being enveloped by it.

Wool top mattress - A top mattress made of wool

Wool top mattress from Rene-Naturprodukter

More and more people are waking up to the unique properties of wool. That's why more people are looking for a wool mattress topper. A wool top mattress is not available in many places, in fact we have only managed to find one at Rene-Naturprodukter. This model is available in the sizes 120×220 cm, 185×220 cm, 90×200 cm. It is made of the softest KbT-certified 100% organic untreated and pure merino wool, which has all the wonderful properties of wool. It should be mentioned, however, that this top mattress may function more as a roller mattress. It is quite thin, and therefore does not provide much support. You can therefore use it on top of a proper top mattress of eg. latex. It provides a nice warm base on which you can sleep well. The wool mattress should be hand washed at 30 degrees.

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Split top mattress - best top mattress for elevation bed

Split top mattress in latex

A split top mattress is the right choice for you where the top mattress of your current lift bed is worn out and needs replacing. This split top mattress is sold at Better Nightsand measures 180×200 cm. The split mattress allows each side of the elevating bed to be adjusted individually, so that both you and your partner can get the best sleep.

Cold foam top mattresses - the cheap top mattresses

This type of top mattress is the cheap top mattress. Cold foam is a synthetic material that does not cost much to produce. Therefore, the price can be kept at quite a reasonable level. Cold foam mattresses are often used in junior beds and cots, as children do not lie on their mattress with the same weight as an adult, and can therefore sleep well on a cold foam mattress. A cold foam mattress topper may also be the best choice for those who simply want an inexpensive mattress topper for their bed to prolong its life. However, if you are looking for the best top mattress, it is recommended to invest a little more and choose one in latex, which has better durability and qualities. The cheap cold foam mattress toppers are available at Jysk, among other stores.

Best top mattress for bad back

If you have a bad back, the choice of top mattress is particularly important, as is your bed. After all, we spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, so this is a good place to spend extra time and money. When you have a bad back, the best top mattress is one that ensures your back is kept straight, whether you lie on your side or on your back. A good top mattress will allow your hips and shoulders to sink further into the mattress, so that your spine doesn't get a kink.

A good offer for the best top mattress for bad back is this model from the dealer Bedtime:

Norland Luxury Latex Mattress - 10 cm. high

For a bad back, a latex top mattress is a good idea. It allows the body to sink into the places where you are heaviest, thereby keeping the spine straight. It should also be said that a latex top mattress is very flexible and feels slightly springy, which relieves the body very well. This model has a thickness of 10 cm, which is slightly thicker than many other top mattresses. The top mattress can improve your sleep significantly if your old top mattress has become worn and is not as elastic and flexible anymore.

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If you have a bad back ...

If you, like many others, suffer from back pain and perhaps a bad back, a good top mattress may well be the solution to a better sleep experience and thus less pain. However, it should also be mentioned that a good top mattress may not be enough, but a whole new bed.

A good mattress topper works best if it sits on top of a good, supportive mattress. This can be on either a continental bed, box mattress or an elevation bed. The top mattress should thus provide the final comfort on top of the other mattresses. If you have a bad back, it is important to have a mattress that has at least 5 - 7 comfort zones, so that your body is relieved as much as possible.

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If you sweat at night ...

Unfortunately, many people suffer from night sweats. It is very unpleasant to wake up in the night and be completely soaked. Especially if it has also affected the sheets and duvet. It can be difficult to go back to sleep and it leads to poor and interrupted sleep. If you can identify with this, there is luckily hope ahead. When you sweat at night, this can be remedied by a latex top mattress, as well as duvet, pillow and roll mattress filled with the unique kapok fibres. If you want to read more already, products with kapok fibre are available here.

If you sweat at night, you can switch to a latex mattress topper, duvet, pillow and roll-up mattress with kapok fibre.

What is kapok fibre?

The fibres come from a Kapok tree, which resembles a palm tree. The seeds look like the one in the picture, and the natural fibres are extracted from them. No chemicals or other harmful substances are used in the manufacturing process. The material is therefore 100 % organic. The kapok fibres are a highly sustainable product, as the seeds grow on trees - and these keep coming without the tree being cut down or otherwise damaged, which is bad for our environment.

Because it is a natural material, kapok fibres are temperature-regulating, hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Products with these fibres, e.g. from Cocoon, are a bit expensive, but on the other hand they are temperature-regulating and particularly suitable for sleeping with.

The brand Cocoon makes the most delicious products with Kapok fibers, which are sold at Sundleg - see more here.

But what makes kapok fibres so special? Read more about this below ↓

Unique properties of kapok fibres

  • Insulating and temperature regulating

    Duvet with kapok fibres from the brand Cocoon

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Allergy friendly
  • Extra breathable & moisture wicking
  • 100% organic
  • Sustainable
  • Pure natural fibres
  • Ideal for allergy sufferers

Products with kapok fibres are particularly suitable for those who tend to sweat a lot at night. In addition, it is also good for allergy sufferers, vegans and for the conscious consumer who shops organically and sustainably.