How to choose the best mattress topper: NZ buying guide

From plush foams to cooling gels, we've got the lowdown on the best mattress toppers for every type of sleeper.

Last updated: 24 November 2023

Tired of tossing and turning, desperately seeking that elusive perfect night's sleep? We've all been there. And if you're reading this, chances are you're on a mission to upgrade your sleep situation. Whether it's the subtle discomfort of your current mattress or you’re keen to add an extra layer of luxury, you’re in the right place. Shopping for a mattress topper is an absolute game-changer. 

From plush foams to cooling gels, we've got the lowdown on the best mattress toppers for every type of sleeper. Let’s get started.

Types of mattress toppers

Understanding the different types of mattress toppers is the first step to unlocking your best night’s sleep. From personalised comfort to addressing specific needs, here are your options:


Foam mattress toppers offer great support and comfort. They conform to your body, providing a snug fit for a good night's sleep. It’s an ideal choice for those seeking pressure relief and spinal alignment. And they come with varying densities, allowing you to customise your sleeping experience.

Check out our foam mattress toppers here.

Memory foam

If you're after a topper that moulds to your body's shape, memory foam is the way to go. It's like sleeping on a cloud. This type of topper comes in various thicknesses and is renowned for its ability to alleviate pressure points and reduce motion transfer — a great choice for couples. 

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Looking for a natural, eco-friendly option? Bamboo mattress toppers are breathable, hypoallergenic, and perfect for those hot summer nights. The bamboo fibres wick away moisture, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the night. They’re also resistant to dust mites and bacteria, making them an excellent choice for allergy sufferers. 

See all bamboo mattress toppers here.


Latex toppers offer a perfect blend of support and comfort and come in different firmness levels. They're durable but provide a super luxurious feel. Latex mattress toppers are also known for their breathability and responsiveness, helping you stay comfortable all night long. And the natural latex material is resistant to mould, mildew, and dust mites. 

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Wool mattress toppers are great for regulating your temperature. The natural properties of wool help keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. Wool is also naturally fire-resistant and hypoallergenic, making it a safe and healthy choice. 

Browse wool mattress toppers here. 


Gel mattress toppers are known for their cooling properties — perfect for hot sleepers or warm climates. The gel-infused material helps to dissipate heat, helping you stay cool and comfortable throughout the night. They also provide amazing pressure relief and support. 

Check out our gel mattress toppers here. 

Best mattress topper brands in NZ

Trusted brands bring with them a legacy of quality, innovation, and a commitment to your comfort. Here are the best mattress topper brands, redefining the art of sleep in New Zealand. 


Bambillo sets a new standard of sleep comfort with distinctive features and a commitment to quality. With targeted pressure relief and hypoallergenic materials, it means you wake up more rejuvenated. They’re also built to last, providing comfort and value for years to come. 

Explore Bambillo mattress toppers here. 


Ecosa's combination of adjustable firmness, pressure relief, motion isolation, and cooling properties sets it apart in the mattress topper market. In fact, Ecosa guarantees to make your mattress ‘20% softer’ and keep you cool all night with gel memory foam. 

Browse Ecosa mattress toppers here. 


For those seeking natural and eco-friendly options, Greenfirst offers mattress toppers made from sustainable materials. Crafted with a focus on environmental responsibility, Greenfirst uses materials like natural latex and organic cotton. 

See Greenfirst mattress toppers here.

Cheap vs expensive materials

The choice of material can significantly impact the price of mattress toppers. Cheaper options, like basic foam or polyester fill, can provide initial comfort but may wear out more quickly over time. On the other hand, investing in higher-quality materials like memory foam, latex, or natural fibres like wool and bamboo, can offer superior durability and long-term support. You want to strike a balance between your budget and the level of comfort and durability you’re after.

Buying new vs. used

Like most big-ticket items, both new and used mattress toppers have their merits. While a new topper guarantees freshness and longevity, a used one could let you enjoy higher-quality materials that would otherwise be out of your budget. 

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Whether you're fine-tuning a cosy single, upgrading a queen for that touch of luxury, or maximising a king-sized haven, we've got just what you need.

Single-bed mattress toppers

Even smaller spaces deserve big comfort. Single-bed mattress toppers add that extra touch of cosiness. 

Browse single-bed mattress toppers here. 

Queen mattress topper

Your queen bed is the perfect blend of space and comfort. A new mattress topper that fits perfectly will make it even better. 

See Queen mattress toppers here.

King-sized bliss

Spread out and sink in – king bed mattress toppers bring an extra layer of luxury to your sleep haven. 

Sleeping on a cloud

Your bed is your sanctuary, and the right mattress topper can take it to a whole new level. We hope this guide has given you the information you need to find what you’re looking for. Start by exploring our extensive range of mattress toppers on Trade Me and remember to consider the material, brand, and budget that suits you. 

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