Visco Elastic Topper And Egg-Crate Foam Consumer Report Comparison

Customer opinions are divided between the two mattress pad types. Understandably, both egg-crate pads and viscoelastic pads have pros and cons to consider before settling for one or the other. We’ve compiled the most notable pros and cons in an easy-to-read table.

Topper Price Considerations

A simple and soft egg crate topper costs between $10-100, depending on the thickness, size, and quality, whereas viscoelastic foam toppers start from $50 and can go up to as much as $600 for a top-quality, king-size viscoelastic topper.

Which Is Most Popular With Consumers

Egg crate pads were popular for a long time, especially because they are comfortable and cheap. Mothers would buy them for their children’s college beds and for their old and aching grandparents. Now, people are willing to pay extra for better support and other modern sleep technology (like heat responsiveness, for example) and that gives extra popularity points to the viscoelastic foam pad.

Bottom line, egg crate mattress pads are cheap, easy to find and set up, and quite comfortable. But as sleeping technology evolves and becomes more affordable, so should your expectations.

Viscoelastic Foam Topper Egg-Crate Foam Pads
Major Pro Can be very comfortable Price
Other Pros
  • Your moves don’t affect your sleeping partner
  • Good spinal alignment
  • No need to be flipped
  • No arm/leg falling asleep
  • Improves circulation
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to set up and move
  • Reduces pressure points
  • Good spinal alignment
  • Doesn’t get hot during sleep
  • Prevents and helps treatment for skin ulcers
  • Improves circulation
  • Can be easily cut if you need a customized pad
Major Con Gets hot during sleep No back support on its own
Other Cons
  • High Price
  • Takes time to adjust to it
  • Weird smell in the first weeks
  • A feeling of being gripped by the foam, not being able to turn
  • Very difficult to clean
  • Becomes mushy after a few months
  • Short life span
  • Weird smell when new

Customer Opinions

I can roll up the egg crate and take it with me when I’m out of town. I’ve slept on friend’s and relative’s beds without the egg crate and with it, and it sure makes for a more pleasant visit. I love my egg crate. Still can’t sleep properly, but at least I’m comfy.

The only advantage of an egg crate design is a weight savings — a non-issue in beds.

Despite of the expensive price and nicely made TV commercial, I would wake up and get out of bed because of the back pain. I hardly had good night sleep while we had Tempur-Pedic mattress. My husband either. He eventually started sleeping on the couch instead of the mattress.

For someone who asked about memory foam, it is hot. It also outgases a lot when new and there has been publicity about some of the chemicals. I don’t remember the same problems with egg crate pads, which we slept on for years.

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