5 signs you need a new bed topper and not a new mattress in the Memorial Day sales

Lifting off a mattress topper

Putting back a mattress topper

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The best mattress toppers can be used to transform the feel of your bed, helping create a sleep setup that's perfect for your needs. If your bed doesn't quite feel as comfortable as you'd like, a mattress topper is a cost-effective way to improve the comfort levels of your current sleep surface. 

It isn't just firmness that mattress toppers can fine tune, though. Even the best mattresses aren't guaranteed to suit every sleep style, but a decent mattress topper can boost areas of performance like temperature regulation and lumbar support, helping breath new life into your existing bed. 

If you're looking to buy a new bed during the Memorial Day mattress sales, you might be able to get away with buying a new mattress topper instead. Here, we explore the five signs you need a new bed topper, not a new mattress. Let's get started. 

5 signs you need a new bed topper, not a new mattress

1. Your mattress is new but uncomfortable

Firmness and comfort is subjective, which is why there's no single mattress that's perfect for everyone. If your mattress is past its mattress trial period, in good condition, but just not providing the sleep surface you need, a topper can change the feel to match your needs.

A woman unrolls the Tempur Topper Supreme on her wooden bed frame

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The best mattress toppers can bring a new feel to a mattress, making a firm mattress softer and a soft mattress firmer. It can also be used to improve motion isolation, which is crucial for bed sharers who find their bouncy mattress is disrupting their rest. Cheaper than a brand new mattress, a topper is an affordable solution to an imperfect mattress. 

A mattress topper is also a useful addition to your sleep set up if your sleep needs have changed but you don't have the budget to replace your mattress. Your old bed supported your front sleeping needs but it's too hard for your new side sleeping position? Consider a mattress topper.

2. You're waking up hot

Even the most supportive and comfortable mattress won't be right for you if overheating in the night is frequently waking you up. A cooling mattress topper can help keeps temperatures regulated while maintaining the overall feel of the bed beneath.

Cooling mattress toppers will help absorb and dissipate body heat, providing you with a refreshing night's sleep at a fraction of the cost of the best cooling mattresses. As with buying a cooling mattress, look for a topper that boasts cooling credentials, like copper infused foam, or harnesses the naturally cooling properties of organic materials, like wool. 

3. You're waking up with aches and pains

The right mattress topper can increase the overall support of your bed, adding pressure relief across the body to limit aches and pains. The best mattresses for back pain typically feature increased lumbar support which helps keep pressure off the spine. Look for something similar in a mattress topper, if back pain is keeping you awake.

While a mattress topper can improve the level of support a mattress provides, it's not a long-term fix for an old, broken bed. If the supportive core is shot, a topper can make the bed more comfortable for a short period – but you will need to replace the mattress sooner rather than later. 

4. Allergies are keeping you awake

A woman is lying in bed blowing her nose as she struggles to sleep because she has allergies

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Mattresses can be a haven for common allergens – such as dust mites and mold – especially if you aren't keeping on top of your mattress cleaning routine. It is possible to buy a mattress that's naturally resistant to common allergens, but a more affordable solution is to invest in a hypoallergenic mattress topper.

Hypoallergenic mattress toppers are typically made using organic materials, such as latex, that are naturally non-allergenic. Alternatively, they might use antimicrobial treatments to inhibit the growth of common allergens.

5. Your budget doesn't stretch to a new mattress

We recommend replacing your mattress every six to ten years, so if your bed is approaching the far end of that time period, it's time to start shopping for something new. With that said, a new mattress is an investment purchase, so you might need some time to save up before buying the bed of your dreams.

Buying a mattress topper means you don't have to sacrifice your sleep while saving to buy a new bed. A topper can boost the support and comfort of your current mattress, giving you a grace period as you shop for a replacement.

However, if your bed really is past its best, a small budget doesn't have to stop you from getting a good mattress. The Memorial Day mattress sales are just starting to heat up, bringing some of the biggest discounts we'll see this side of Black Friday. 

3 mattress toppers to buy in today's sales

1. Best for: Cooling
Molecule CopperWELL Topper: $179.99

1. Best for: Cooling
Molecule CopperWELL Topper:
from $179.99 $125.99 at Molecule with code FLASHSALE
We were impressed with the all-round performance in our Molecule CopperWELL Mattress Topper review, but it's the 7-zone support that makes it a top choice for alleviating aches and pains. Use the code FLASHSALE to save 30% on the topper, taking a queen down to $174.99.

2. Best for: Aches and painsTempur Adapt Mattress Topper$319

2. Best for: Aches and pains
Tempur Adapt Mattress Topper: from $319 $191 at Tempur-Pedic
This Tempur-Pedic topper tops our best mattress topper guide, thanks to its NASA-developed Tempur foam that contours to your body. The 3" Tempur Adapt Topper relieves pressure on your hips, shoulders and back to alleviate aches and pains when you lie down. It scored well during our Tempur Adapt Mattress Topper review and can make an instant difference to the comfort of a hard bed. Right now there's 40% off, bringing the price of a queen down to $251.40 from $419. 

3. Best for: AllergiesPuffy Deluxe Mattress Topper: $179

3. Best for: Allergies
Puffy Deluxe Mattress Topper: from $179 $152 at Puffy
The bamboo-rayon blend cover of the Puffy Deluxe is hypoallergenic and easy to remove and wash, to prevent allergens from disrupting your sleep. There are two different feels to choose from, and in the 15% off sale a queen is only $195. Learn more with our Puffy Deluxe Mattress Topper review.

Ruth Jones
Sleep staff Writer

Ruth Jones has recently joined the Tom's Guide team as a sleep staff writer, covering all things mattresses and sleep. Ruth previously worked as a sleep and mattress writer for our sister website TechRadar, and has a deep interest in sleep and how it affects our day to day wellbeing. Ruth is a self-confessed stomach sleeper with a penchant for medium-firm mattresses, and also loves a good eye mask for helping her to fall asleep easier at night.