9 Twin XL Mattress Toppers That’ll Turn Your Dorm Into a Relaxing Paradise

updated Jul 21, 2023
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We all know how important getting a good night’s sleep is, and it all starts with what you’re sleeping on. Now when I say this, it’s likely there’s one sleep product that comes to mind: a mattress. But what if you’re looking to improve your sleep quality but aren’t necessarily looking to shell out big on a new mattress? Well then, dear reader, a mattress topper may be exactly what you’re looking for. Mattress toppers are a great way to instantly improve the feel of any mattress you’re sleeping on. One of the most popular sizes? Twin XL! With this sized bed being a staple in places like college dorm rooms and guest rooms, these beds are often the size that could use a bit more support. Below, check out nine of the best twin XL mattress toppers on the market today, with options featuring everything from easy portability and washability to unique designs and even cooling features.

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With more than 77,000 (!) five-star ratings, it's safe to say the Linenspa Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper is one of Amazon's favorite mattress toppers. Available in both 2-inch and 3-inch options, this pick is made with ultra-plush memory foam that conforms to your body. It also has temperature-regulating gel beads that help dispel heat for a cool sleep.

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Using a series of varying memory foam ridges, this cooling mattress topper provides amazing support so you're always comfortable — no matter if you're a side sleeper, back sleeper, or restless sleeper. The cooling gel is infused with a latex foam that improves its responsiveness and makes it more resilient so it doesn't wear down or become less supportive over time.

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An AT favorite, the TEMPUR-Adapt Topper lives up to the high quality we've all come to expect from Tempur-Pedic. "After sprawling out on my bed with the added topper, sleep took on a whole new meaning," shared contributor Jasmine. "The initial feeling of firmness was eventually followed by a blissful submersion into peaceful rest. I’d actually forgotten how it felt to be nestled comfortably and fully supported in a bed, rather than plopping into the middle of a sinking mattress. Each night, I noticed a better quality of sleep and generally felt more rested. The most standout difference was being able to fall asleep faster. The excessive tossing and turning to find the perfect position was no more, since the memory foam gently and gradually conformed to my natural sleep position."

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Looking for a topper that's easy to put on and take off? This Bedsure mattress topper has deep pockets that let it easily slip over any Twin XL mattress and add a layer of comfort and support. Its quilted design and breathable construction make it super comfortable — an incredibly simple and budget-friendly way to improve the quality of even the least comfortable college mattresses.

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Nest Bedding

If cozy comfort is what you're after, pick up the Nest Bedding Cooling Topper. Named the best plush pick on our Best List, this option has reviews that speak for themselves. "It completely elevated my bedding situation,” said contributor Ivy. “A little something extra that made my sleeping situation even more comfortable. The cooling properties from the special foam were great, as I didn’t get hot, even in warm weather. It’s also very plush but still supportive. I didn’t really wake up with a stiff back before, but after using this topper, how I felt after getting up was noticeably different. It’s the perfect mix of plush and supportive, and feels like you’re sinking into a cloud!"

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Another Best List winner, the Lucid 5-Zone Lavender Memory Foam Mattress Topper is our favorite unique pick. We found firsthand that its five zones of differing foam textures relieved pressure in all the right areas, making it ideal for tossers and turners, while its lavender-infused design also made it an exceptionally calming choice.

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While picking up all of your back-to-school must-haves at Target, throw in the SealyChill Mattress Topper, too. Designed to keep you cool as you sleep, this topper offers 1.5 inches of gel-infused memory foam, perfect for a bed that needs just a little oomph.

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One of the most popular mattress topper designs are egg crate toppers, such as this best-selling pick from Best Price Mattress. It features a shape that looks like, well, an egg crate, and is specially designed to conform to your body to provide the ultimate support and responsive active suspension. This topper also comes infused with lavender to help lull you off to sleep with ease.

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For an unbeatably breathable topper, go with the Subrtex Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper. Available in 2-inch, 3-inch, and 4-inch varieties, it features a ventilated design that improves airflow for a more restful sleep alongside a memory foam comfort layer that regulates temperature, cradles your body, and relieves pressure points. What more could you want?