Egg crate foam mattress toppers look like the inside of an egg crate, but they are made of soft foam that compresses when you lay down on it. They are often used with individuals who are bed ridden because they reduce pressure that can cause bed sores. The shape of an egg crate foam mattress topper is referred to as convoluted.
If your mattress is worn out or too hard, an egg crate foam mattress topper can extend its life if you aren’t ready to invest in a new mattress today. The topper will add little if any support, but it will add softness and comfort. An egg crate topper cradles the body’s shape and can aid in increasing air flow and reducing strain on pressure points.
Features of Egg Crate Foam Mattress Toppers
Most egg crate foam mattress toppers do not come with any sort of cover. We recommend that you place it under a full mattress encasement that also encases the mattress. Uncovered foam is a desirable environment for dust mites which can cause allergic reactions, especially in immunocompromised individuals, the elderly, children, and those who already have allergies. The mattress encasement will keep your sleeping environment cleaner and healthier without diminishing the comfort provided by the topper.
If you choose not to use a mattress encasement, place the topper under your fitted sheet. Most toppers are not washable although they can be spot cleaned.
Density and Feel
Density refers to the amount of material used to construct the egg crate mattress topper. If you divide the weight of the topper by its volume, you’ll arrive at a representation of the pounds per cubic foot (PFC) number that can be used to compare the density of different brands. The number may be expressed as pounds per square foot, for example, 3-PFC equals three pounds per square feet.
The higher the number, the more durable the egg crate mattress topper should be, so it makes sense to pay more for a higher PFC number.
A second measurement you’ll see is an ILD (indentation load deflection) that refers to its firmness or softness. As the number increases, the firmness does as well. Toppers usually have an ILD in the low teens, which is soft enough to allow you to sink into the topper. Higher ILDs can be used to add firmness to a mattress that is too soft, but you generally won’t see that in an egg crate foam mattress topper.
The mattress and bedding industry have a variety of certifications that verify that certain quality and safety standards are met by a specific product.
The most common certification for foam is CertiPUR-US which certifies that the foam doesn’t contain any products that are known to be harmful.
Egg crate foam mattress toppers can be made of a variety of materials from inexpensive foams, to innovative ones including gel-infused memory foam, polyurethane, and viscoelastic foams. The thickness should be a minimum of 2-inches and 3 – 4-inches is better.
Egg crate foam mattress toppers are a cheap option for increasing the softness of your bed, easing pressure points, and helping an older or too firm mattress continue providing a sleeping surface that is serviceable. However, the durability of these pads is not good enough that you should expect them to be a long-term solution. Even among the best rated pads, some customers get less than a year of use before the egg crate begins tearing.
Customers who place an additional fitted mattress pad between the topper and the fitted sheet find it provides added protection and seems to increase the durability and reduce premature tearing.
The short-term benefits derived from egg crate toppers are worth it if you’re not sleeping well on your current mattress and aren’t in a position to replace it.
Best Egg Crate Foam Mattress Toppers
Quoted prices are for queen-sized unless otherwise stated.
Milliard 2-inch Egg Crate Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Off gassing odor
Gel memory foam
Reduces bed sores
Prevents muscle and joint pain
CertiPUR-US certified and naturally hypoallergenic with anti-microbial qualities
Open celled technology and gel infused beads help regulate sleep temperature
In general, egg crate foam mattress toppers are the least expensive option. Memory foam will usually cost a little more and in some cases, a lot more. Memory foam toppers also come uncovered but covered options are easier to find. Standard memory foam won’t provide the airflow or cooling benefits you’ll get with an egg crate version, but gel-infused and copper-infused memory foam will sleep cooler.
The biggest difference between egg crate foam mattress toppers and memory foam mattress toppers is their durability. Memory foam toppers will continue providing comfort for a long time while many egg crate mattress toppers will break down within a year. Egg crate toppers can be best for bed ridden individuals who need the air flow to reduce the risk of bed sores. They can also provide an inexpensive (read throwaway) option to make college dorm beds more comfortable but are cheap enough not to worry when you don’t have room to haul it home at the end of the school year.
Egg Crate Foam vs Latex Mattress Topper
Latex mattress toppers are the most expensive, luxurious, and durable option. If you’re looking for an egg crate topper, a latex topper is probably not what you’re looking for unless you’re new to the world of mattress toppers and didn’t realize the quality and durability that is available if you’re willing to invest in high-quality products to help you sleep. Latex mattress toppers are the type of topper you’d buy for your main adult bed to make it comfy and inviting. Latex toppers also come with stricter certification criteria than foams, such as GREENGUARD Gold Certification.
If you want a durable mattress topper, a latex topper like Birch’s 3-inch eco-friendly topper has a 10-year warranty.
Egg crate foam mattress toppers are an inexpensive way to add comfort to your bed to ease pressure points and add softness. Their best use is for someone who has to spend a lot of time in bed because the added airflow and convoluted shape helps to alleviate bed sores and pressure that can build up when you spend most of your time in bed.
Don’t expect high durability from an egg crate foam mattress topper. One customer who received a new topper under the warranty when her first one tore into pieces commented that even if the second one lasted the same eight months the first one lasted, the total would only be 16 months and the replacement wasn’t covered by the 3-year warranty.
If you want a durable mattress topper that you won’t have to worry about replacing for years to come, an egg crate isn’t your best option. If you need a temporary solution or you’re bedridden, an egg crate is a good choice.
Of the four egg crate toppers we recommend, the Milliard is the best of the bunch.