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AllSleep 4-Pound 3" Mattress Topper Nov 03, 2012
By Kindle Customer
I'm a very cautious buyer - I spent around 2 weeks researching brands and different mattress toppers as I was on a college student's budget. This is what I found:
Densities of Toppers
2 lb/ft density - For side sleepers, you'd want firmer mattresses so lower densities are better
3-4 lb/ft density - For back sleepers, you'd want softer mattresses so you can sink. If you want a softer sleep, a 3 pound density is fine. If you want a fitful slumber of mutant marshmallows enveloping you, go for the 4 pound.
Thickness of Toppers
2" - It all depends on weight. If you're a tiny Asian woman or one of those tall and really skinny guys who weigh like 130-ish pounds, 2 inches is fine.
3" - If you're like a college student who weighs around 160-ish, this is for you.
4" - For people who are muscular or particularly enjoy cake.
Amazon won't let people post links but there's a site called SleepLikeTheDead that shows really good brand comparisons. Do a bit of Googling and you'll find it.
Even though the topper seems to be like an inch short of the mattress you're putting it on, it really doesn't make a difference. I thought it would look obvious that the topper was shorter than the mattress but it wasn't.
Also, you have to let it expand before you use it or else it won't be able to expand to its maximum size. Some do weeks, others do a couple of days, but I let mine expand for like 5 hours and I measured it with a ruler and it got to its 3" thickness so I decided it was ready.
The last site shows great reviews of the topper. I'm a a back sleeper so I had to get a moderately thick topper and I happen to prefer my sleeps to be analogous to being devoured by pillows so I got a 4 pound density. This specific topper is the HIGHEST rated 3", 4lb/ft density mattress so this seemed like a perfect fit.
I was still a bit nervous on my choice as $150 is a big amount for a student but my first night on it removed all doubts. It's been several weeks now and I've noticed no smell except for the stench of my own laziness as I refuse to get up for classes. It is great. You will feel like you're floating on a pool, except instead of water, there's memory foam.
I highly recommend it if you're a back sleeper of moderate weight.
647 of 694 found the following review helpful:
Brilliant May 20, 2011
This purchase was one of the best I have made ever. An that is the absolute truth - I'm not paid to write this. I was looking for something that would make the hard bed at a family member's house more comfortable while we were there on vacation. My husband & I have an assortment of physical issues between us and a week on a hard bed would have been too painful. I read so many of the reviews on various bed pads that I was thinking it would be hopeless - untill I found this one. I also wanted something more organic & less toxic since this family has minor latex alergies which is nothing to fool around with - but this pad gave them no problem at all! When it arrives I warned them that it could stink & need airing out before we make it there. First - it arrived early & I received emails informing me of the process. Then I was told the smell was minimal & dissipated quickly - very different from every other review I had read. When we got there I couldn't believe how comfortable it was! I kept thinking what a brilliant purchase this was!
458 of 498 found the following review helpful:
From Memory Foam Novice to Expert Oct 08, 2013
UPDATE Aug 2, 2014
It's been close to a year since we got this topper. We are still very happy with it. You'd have to point a gun to my head to give it up.
"BOTTOM LINE" FIRST
The product arrived in two days (Prime membership). There was MINIMAL odor to it. It expanded quickly to full height. I slept on it the first night and had the best night's sleep I have had in many years. I will update this in 6 months to report on how the product holds up. You might find my "story" below to help in your decision making.
We bought our first memory foam bed (queen size) about 5-6 years ago from a local furniture store. It was low end, but we loved it, and immediately decided to use it for a guest bed and upgrade to a king size. We bought the same bed, or so we thought, until it arrived. The store had substituted the model. The manager assured us the product we got was the same or better. Well, it was NOT. We've been making due with it, but I finally attributed my restless, sleepless nights and morning back pain to the cheapo mattress. I decided to get something better, but this time I was going to do my homework.
WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT DENSITY
2 - 2.5
The second (king size) bed must have been a 2 or 2.5 lb density AT BEST. That explains why we didn't like it. At that low density, the foam doesn't have the pliability that you want in a memory foam mattress, and it won't last.
The top layer (most important factor in determining the amount of "give") of the original queen size bed we bought was a 3 lb density foam. We thought is was comfortable, but the fact is, a 3lb density will not hold up over time. Luckily it only serves as a guest bed and gets little use (we have no friends).
4 - 5.3
A 4 lb density will hold up better over time and is more pliable. A 5.3 lb density has even more of that doughy feel to it and greater likelihood of lasting a long time. There are higher densities, but they are expensive, and you might not even find them to be comfortable. In fact, some people might prefer the very cheapest quality bed. Everyone is different.
The foam underneath the memory foam layers are there to provide a firm foundation.
WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT THICKNESS
Every manufacturer plays around with thickness (and density) of the top layer(s). They put the higher density foam at the top and the lower density (cheapest) under it. Some companies won't even tell you the density (that's a warning sign to stay away) and others will promote layering as a "better" way. I suspect the real reason is to cut costs on their end.
2 to 3 inches of the memory foam is sufficient for most people. A large person would probably want at least 4 inches of the top most layer. Obviously, the deeper the foam, the deeper the potential to sink and mold to your body. Not deep enough or too deep are both bad situations.
WHAT I DECIDED
After reading countless other recommendations, I decided I wanted to sleep on a layer of 3 inch, 4 lb density foam. Instead of ordering a whole new bed, which would have cost $600 to $700, I ordered this mattress topper. It sits directly on top of the mattress, covered by a waterproof mattress pad. This is a MUST for memory foam. I suspect some of the bad reviews are from people who didn't do this.
The product arrived in two days (Prime membership). There was MINIMAL odor to it. It expanded quickly to full height. I slept on it the first night and had the best night's sleep I have had in many years. I will update this in 6 months to report on how the product holds up.
478 of 538 found the following review helpful:
Pinchy lower back and hip pains are gone! Mar 23, 2012
I bit the bullet and pushed the "submit order" button. I read every review available, and felt I had made the best choice; but I was still worried. Would it be dense enough? Would it be too hot? Too smelly? Take too long to puff back up? Be too spongy, like foam-rubber? Help me sleep at all? Take some of my aches and pains away? Probably all of the questions that are running through your head right now. Well, you can look no further! Really. You have found what you have been looking for.
Ordered 03/06/12, received 03/12/12, so the shipping was super-speedy. The topper was vac-packed into a 2.5 x 2 x 1 (or close to that size) box. The seller put a lot of extra effort into packaging by taping the hell out of the box - to prevent it from exploding like a life raft, is my guess. It was very well done and pretty easy to unpack - I was kinda worried about that too. The smell did NOT smack me in the face, as I was expecting. I'm hyper-sensitive to smells of all kinds, but this wasn't that bad. Kind of a "new furniture" smell. Chemical-ish, but by no means horrible. I wanted to sleep on it that night, but my husband wanted to follow someone's recommendation, and made us wait for two whole days. -So that makes us actually sleeping on it for a week now.
We left it to expand and breathe in an extra room for those two days (at his insistence) and finally carried it to the bed! I should mention that, at least for the king-size, you're going to need two people to handle this thing. It's pretty heavy and would be extremely difficult to manage by yourself.
Now for the part you've been waiting for... The first night... I climbed onto the bed and laid there for a sec - and NO PINCHY LOWER-BACK!!! I was amazed! I always have that! It's what makes me toss and turn all night long! But it never showed up that night - or any night since! Then flipped onto my left, then right, sides to test for the pinchy hip pain - and it wasn't there either!!! I am in LOVE with this topper! EVERYTHING should be made out of this! Smell? Barely detectable, unless you cram your face into the thing. Hot? Nope - although we live in Florida and really crank the air down at night - our normal, night-time A/C temp is 69' - you sleep better in a colder environment; look it up, it's true.
You don't sink into it like a stone either. It's very supportive and comfortable in whatever position I'm laying in. Even on my stomach, and I haven't been comfortable laying like that for years.
Anyway, I love this topper. Dense, supportive, not smelly, not hot, helps me sleep better, and eases some of my normal, pinchy back and hip pain - everything I had hoped and dreamed! My husband loves it too. I would not hesitate to buy another Memory Foam product again.
43 of 44 found the following review helpful:
Excellet Memory Foam Topper Dec 18, 2014
My daughter spends a lot of time in her room, she is a teenager so I expect nothing less. In particular, she spends many hours sitting on her bed doing homework and on the weekends she sleeps in....very late. She has been complaining of her back hurting and wakes up many times during the night. Her mattress is fairly new and I was not interested in purchasing a new box spring and mattress. I also was not interested in spending $$$ for a Sleep Number bed. The solution was a elastic memory foam mattress pad bed topper. It arrived vacuumed packed/protected in a large box. The instructions mention it may have an odor and needed air out for 48 hours. I unpacked the topper and laid it out in the living room to air out and "puff up" to its original size.
After it had time to breathe for 48 hours, it was time to put it on her bed. It is relativity heavy and required myself and my daughter to carry it and place it on her bed. I was concerned that it was not going to be long enough, but that was not the case as it fit perfectly from end to end.
-Thick 3 inch foam
-4 lb density
-Fits entire bed from end to end
-Arrived protected in sealed vacuumed packed bag
-Bottom sheet fit perfectly in all four corners
-Feels gel-like to the touch
-Has slight chemical smell and needs to air out
-Has no protective covering to prevent it from snagging/tearing
I am thrilled with this memory foam topper and so is my daughter. She loves the gel like feel and how her body sinks into the foam. It helps to relieve pressure off her back which in turn improves her sleep. She no longer wakes up in the middle of the night with back pain. She no longer complains every day about wanting a new bed. This topper is a great alternative to replacing your mattress and will save you money with the same results. I received this item for the purpose of inspection and unbiased review. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.
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