From days spent by the pool — even if said pool is inflatable — to evenings relaxing under the stars, summer brings all kinds of fun activities. But anyone who tends to sleep hot knows that the sweltering summer months can also lead to restless nights.
The good news is, you don't have to completely wear out your A/C and send your energy bills through the roof or invest in a big-ticket cooling mattress to sleep well through the summer — getting the peaceful rest you deserve can be as easy as adding cooling sheets or a cooling mattress pad or topper to your current bed.
Cooling mattress pads and toppers not only keep you from overheating throughout the night but can also provide added softness or firmness if your current mattress isn't quite meeting your needs. Plus, they're a lot cheaper than a brand new mattress.
Below, we cover the best cooling mattress pads and toppers for every type of sleeper so you can worry less about how well you'll sleep during hot nights and more about how to maximize your summer fun.
Best Overall: TEMPUR-Adapt + Cooling Mattress Topper
Made from the fan favorite sleep brand Tempur-Pedic, the TEMPUR-Adapt + Cooling Mattress Topper is a must for hot sleepers. Offering quality cooling features without skipping out on comfort, the topper comes with three inches of supportive, pressure-relieving material. In fact, the topper is made from the same material as the brand's mattresses but with a cooling cover.
Best Foam: Layla Memory Foam Topper
Memory foam loyalists will love this mattress topper, which features a cozy, two-inch-thick copper-gel infused memory foam mattress pad. Copper, as Layla explains, is the second-most conductive element in the world and acts "like a little team of hardworking nice guys who pull the extra heat away from your body." It not only helps wick away moisture, though — it also is naturally microbial so it blocks and kills bacteria.
Buy now: Layla Memory Foam Topper (Queen), $349
Best Pillow Top: Exceptional Sheets Mattress Pad
If you love the soft and cushy feel of a pillow top mattress, then meet your new favorite sleep companion. This cooling mattress pad is comprised of rayon made from bamboo, a material known for its natural cooling and anti-microbial properties.
The mattress pad is also stuffed with a hypoallergenic down alternative, making it great for those who seek maximum softness but suffer from allergies. Still not convinced? No problem. The pad comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it for yourself totally risk-free.
Best for Couples: Sleep Number DualTemp Individual Layer Mattress Pad
The best nightly temperature is highly subjective, which can make it tough to find the right balance if you prefer a cooler feel and your partner wants something warmer. That is unless you invest in this ingenious mattress pad.
The DualTemp Individual Layer Mattress Pad allows you to sleep up to 35% cooler or warmer by setting the airflow in the mattress pad with the help of a remote control. Simply use the remote to pick your preferred temp 20 minutes before bed and set the timer in one-hour increments, for up to nine hours. It takes up just half of the bed, so you can control exactly how warm or cool you feel throughout the night without affecting your partner's temperature.
Best Eco-Friendly: Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper
The Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper is a versatile option that is not only cooling in the summer but can keep you warm in the winter, too. With GOLS organic certified latex and GOTS organic certified wool, this mattress topper wicks away moisture and allows for natural air circulation. Along with thermoregulation features, the mattress topper also comes in plush and firm, ideal for any type of sleeper.
Most Innovative: Helix Ultra-Cool Mattress Pad
The Helix Ultra-Cool Mattress Pad is equipped with "phase change technology" that helps regulate temperature by absorbing and releasing thermal energy, making it perfect for hot sleepers. Not only is the mattress pad cool to the touch, but it's also ultra-soft, machine-washable, and made with antimicrobial fibers to keep potential allergens and microbes at bay. Plus, this cooling mattress pad comes with a lengthy trial so you can test it out for 100 days to see if it's a good match.
Buy now: Helix Ultra-Cool Mattress Pad (Queen), $150