Level-up your bed with these mattress toppers and protectors

They’re especially useful for dorm rooms and sublets.

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Make your mattress more comfortable.Andrew David via Unsplash

A cloud-like bed topper can be the key to sound night of sleep, particularly for mattresses that are harder or more uneven than you prefer. They're especially useful if you're subletting an apartment or moving into a dorm room, though you can also use them to elongate the life of a bed you don't have the cash to replace quite yet. Here are a few solid options. Most are available in Twin XL, the mattress size commonly found in dorm rooms.

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-ProForm Supreme 3-Inch Queen Mattress Topper

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-ProForm Supreme 3-Inch Queen Mattress Topper
The softest addition to any bed.Amazon

The Tempur-Pedic Mattress Topper is very soft and will conform to your body. Once you are lying on it, you’ll still feel supported, rather than like you’re sinking. This one is an excellent choice if you’re looking to add comfort to a pull-out sofa bed or a dorm room mattress, or if you need extra cushioning for your hips. It’s three inches thick and comes with a removable cover that will help keep it clean.

Pure Green 100 Percent Natural Latex Mattress Topper

Pure Green 100 Percent Natural Latex Mattress Topper
A supportive and sturdy mattress topper.Amazon

If you don’t like the feeling of memory foam, consider the Sleep on Latex mattress topper. It’s made from 100 percent natural latex and will feel supportive without that sinking feeling. It also comes in a bunch of choices, including soft, medium, and firm options.

Tuft & Needle Mattress Topper

Tuft and Needle Mattress Topper
A thin layer of comfort.Amazon

This mattress topper is two inches thick and ideal if you’re looking for ease the pressure off your hips and shoulders. The foam is responsive to your body and comes with a non-skid bottom so that it will stay in place. You can also try this topper for 100 nights and return it for a full refund.

SafeRest Queen Size Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector

SafeRest Queen Size Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector
An efficient way to protect your mattress from stains.Amazon

You can’t go wrong with this basic mattress protector. It’ll prevent your mattress from getting stains, sweat, bacteria, and dust mites. If you’re at all concerned about any of these, adding this thin layer of waterproof protection onto your mattress will go a long way.

Queen Size Luna Premium Hypoallergenic 100 Percent Waterproof Mattress Protector

Queen Size Luna Premium Hypoallergenic 100 Percent Waterproof Mattress Protector
The cotton terry absorbs liquid easily.Amazon

The Luna Premium Mattress Protector is made like a fitted sheet with an elastic band that extends up to 18 inches. It’s noiseless, so you won’t have to worry about hearing crackling sounds while you turn in bed. It’s made with a cotton terry surface, which is breathable but also absorbent.