Top 5 Mattress Toppers for Back Pain

Last Updated May 21, 2022

Your mattress is a key factor in whether you wake up refreshed and pain-free, or grumpy and wincing at your bad back. The reality is that mattresses wear out over time and eventually, they all need replacing. However, a new mattress isn’t exactly cheap. So, if a new mattress isn’t in the budget, what are your options? The good news is there’s an easy and pretty cost-efficient purchase you can make that will quickly improve your sleep quality without breaking the bank. The product? A mattress topper. Mattress toppers are especially important if you find yourself waking up with back pain each morning or have a bad back in general. The good news is there are specific mattress toppers that are geared toward alleviating back pain, and we’ll be revealing the best ones in this blog.

What is a Mattress Topper?

Sounds pretty self-explanatory, but basically a mattress topper is a separate layer that can easily be placed on top of a mattress for extra comfort. People buy mattress toppers for a number of reasons, but usually, the most common is to improve the comfort and support of an existing mattress.

Most mattress toppers will sit between 4-8cm in height and generally the thicker the mattress topper, the more comfort and softness it will add to your existing mattress. You can buy thick mattress toppers for extra support, or soft mattress toppers for added comfort. 

Do you need a Mattress Topper? 

Not everyone needs a mattress topper, but if you’re finding you have an old mattress that’s no longer comfortable and might be affecting your sleep quality, a mattress topper can certainly help. Of course, you could buy a new mattress but as we alluded to earlier this is a costly option for some, and a mattress topper is a quick and easy fix.

Even if you find your mattress already comfortable enough, a mattress topper can in some cases extend the life of your mattress, so it might be a worthwhile investment either way. It can also make an old, dusty mattress more hypoallergenic for allergy sufferers. 

Best Mattress Topper for Back Pain

1. Ecosa Topper

Cost: $400 (Queen)

Trial length: None

Warranty: 10 years

The Ecosa Topper will give you a “squishier” sleep or will restore support and comfort to your current mattress with the product description claiming it will make your mattress 20% softer. If you have an Ecosa mattress and find the medium setting of your Ecosa Mattress too firm, the topper will give you some added comfort. However, you don’t need an Ecosa mattress to get the most out of this topper. Additionally, if you sleep hot this topper will help cool you down with its G-7 Gel Memory Foam. Infused with gel particles, the unique 3D gel structure allows air to flow through pin core holes, so you’ll have no more sweaty nights. Meanwhile, the memory foam will contour to your body and help keep your spine aligned, giving your back the ultimate cushioning and pressure-relief for a pain-free sleep.

2. Peacelily (Luxury Plush)

Cost: $549 (Queen)

Trial length: 100 nights

Warranty: 10 years

Peacelily’s 100% natural Dunlop latex rubber mattress topper is handcrafted from high quality, natural materials to provide you with premium comfort and pain-alleviating properties while keeping things eco-friendly and sustainable. It comes with the option of the Luxury Plush or the Firm (more expensive) comfort option to suit your personal needs. The Peacelily’s latex foam scored a 99/100 on the internationally recognized LGA physical properties test, meaning it demonstrates a combination of remarkable resilience and durability. Not to mention it comes with a 100 night trial and 10 year warranty!

3. Giselle Mattress Topper

Cost: $242.90 (Queen)

Trial length: None

Warranty: 1 year

The Giselle Cool Gel 7-Zone memory foam mattress topper is a real winner in terms of back-pain relief as well as pricing. It features a 7-zone comfort design with an innovative open cell structure for better heat dissipation and yet feels warm at the right temperature. With a high-density 100% visco elastic foam filling, the topper provides a lofty cushion of softness. The highly breathable 8cm thick topper is also designed to shape according to the contours of your body for an even weight distribution with over 1000 supporting points which is sure to relieve your back pain as you sleep.

4. Tempur-Pedic 

Cost: $459 (Queen)

Trial length: None

Warranty: 25 years

Though a US product (which you can ship to Australia via Amazon), Tempur-Pedic certainly makes the best mattress topper for back pain. The Tempur Topper Supreme is made with the unique TEMPUR material and has a firmness of 5. It provides solid yet comfortable back support, which minimises back pain and provides a comfortable night’s sleep. It’s perfect for a mattress that’s too soft, or perhaps one that’s too old and has started to sag. It also comes with a 25-year warranty and provides motion and noise absorption. Plus, the topper cover is washable and has an adaptive body temperature mechanism to help keep you cool all night long.

5. Emma Flip Topper 

Cost: $329

Trial length: 100 nights 

Warranty: 10 years 

For that extra dose of cosiness, the Emma Flip Topper supports you in exactly the right places and ensures a pleasant sleeping environment. ​With pressure-compensating HRXSupreme foam and soft Airgocell® foam, it’s comfortable no matter what your sleeping type. It’s complete with a breathable UltraDry Cover, helping you sleep cool and dry all night. Not to mention it’s 100% vegan, non-toxic, and certified according to the highest OEKOTEX-100 standards.

Mattress Topper Buying Guide for Back Pain

Materials

The main three options for mattress toppers are memory foamlatex, and down-filled.

Memory foam is the best material for back pain because it conforms to your body to relieve pressure, provide support, and distribute weight evenly. No matter what type of injury you have or whether you have spine issues, memory foam can help.

Latex is lighter weight and a more springy type of foam. Its fast-acting and more elastic than memory foam, which may suit some people better than memory foam. Also, latex uses different ingredients to make the foam that may be a better option for people with specific allergies. It’s also very affordable with greater thickness and at a cheaper price point.

Alternatively, people with latex or foam allergies may need a down-filled mattress topper instead. They are filled with feather, micro-fibre, or other non-foam materials to provide plushness to your bed. They do not offer as much support as foam, but they are odour-free, hypo-allergenic and easy to clean.

Thickness and Density

Mattress toppers usually come in various thicknesses but are mainly between two and three inches. Some extra plush toppers can go as high as four to six inches, but for mattress and box spring sets, the topper can greatly increase the height of the mattress, and this can cause problems for back pain sufferers due to the fact climbing up and down on a higher surface can make the issue worse.

Durability

In general, a memory foam mattress topper will last longer than a down-filled or latex topper.

Plushness

Most mattress toppers fall into a medium range of firmness to provide both support and cushion. Too much plushness, however, will not help your back pain as your back needs support to keep your spine in the correct alignment. Memory foam is such a great option because it keeps your spine in alignment with cloud-like support.

The Final Verdict 

So what’s the best mattress topper for back pain? It really comes down to personal preference. We’d recommend choosing one that comes with a trial period so you can determine if it’s the right mattress topper for you with peace of mind you’ll get your money back if not. As always, if you need any help picking the right mattress topper for your back pain, one of our sleep experts will be happy to help.

Ally Burnie Head Dreamer Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.

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