Compare Memory Foam Mattress Pads To Egg Crate Pads

Egg crate technology is only used to make toppers and pads, not mattresses. Since we can’t accurately compare a pad to a mattress we decided to compare egg crate pads to memory foam toppers. Some interesting findings resulted from this comparison and we’re eager to share them with you.

How Do Memory Foam And Egg Crate Pads Work?

A pad (or topper) is a 2 to 10″ thick layer made of foam, down, magnetic stripes, or other materials, that goes on top of a mattress in order to offer extra cushioning, insulation, support or protection to the person sleeping on it.

Memory Mattress Pads Essentials

Memory foam pads are made of open cells, billions of balloons with holes in them. When you sit on it, air moves from one cell to another, and the topper contours your body in a unique fashion, relieving pressure points and supporting your weight.

With regular foam pads, which are made of closed cells, the air in the compressed cells pushes back against you causing pressure points that constrict circulation at the area of contact. The result is discomfort and even pain over time. When you lie on a visco memory topper there is no air left in the cells to push back and cause discomfort. The air is spread to adjoining cells and the foam simply ‘melts’ under you to provide balanced support and comfort.

Egg-Crate Foam Pad Essentials

  • Egg crate foam toppers are made of closed or open cell foam (depending on the manufacturer) built into an ‘egg-carton’ like shape, with bumps and dips evenly distributed across the surface (the back of the pad is completely flat, so this a non-flip topper).
  • High-quality egg-crate pads contain only medical-grade, medium-density urethane foam, which has an open-cell structure and doesn’t contain plastics.
  • This type of mattress foam pad is mainly used in hospitals and rehab clinics since they are considered perfect for patients who have suffered from spinal surgery.
  • The bumps and dips offer breathability, shock resistance, good support, and reduction of pressure points, bedsores and heating during sleep.
  • An egg crate topper can be placed on top of any kind of mattress: regular foam, latex, feather or down, innerspring, water, or air, except a memory foam mattress.


  • Downtop Featherbeds vs. Egg Crate – Long but informative discussion on egg-crate pads.
  • What Is A Mattress Pad – Overview of mattress toppers in general.

Customer Opinions

When you first take delivery, it will smell a bit plasticy at first, but it is not a strong odor, and it fades away in 3 days. It is kind of like new car smell, or, new carpet smell, or, if you get a new big toy that comes in a big box with styrofoam, it is not offensive and it goes away.

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.

My wife now sleeps through the entire night. It did not heal her back, it just provides great support to assist her in obtaining a good night’s sleep. The material forms/molds to the body like a parent holding an infant child.

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

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