The Best Mattress Toppers and Bedding for Back to School
By Danica Creahan
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Starting college or heading back to campus is a super important period in life, filled with plenty of changes and challenges. That’s why guaranteeing yourself a good night’s sleep is imperative during this phase of life. One of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting some quality sleep before school is by laying a good foundation with a mattress topper that’s just right for you.
From thinner down alternative or gel toppers to thickly cushioned memory foam, every student will want something different for their perfect night’s rest. Plus, with plenty of options in duvets, duvet covers, sheets and pillows, you can easily custom design the perfect bedding set up for you.
So whether you’re headed back to school and just dreading dealing with that ancient mattress that comes with your dorm room, or you’re gearing up for another semester of remote learning and want to craft your sleeping sanctuary, the Goldilocks of mattress toppers-- plus the perfect sheets, duvets and pillows-- is out there for you.
Here are 15 of the best mattress toppers and other sleep essentials for back to school!
The ViscoSoft mattress topper is lightweight enough for easy transport and constructed with eco-friendly materials. The foam is ventilated to avoid unwanted heat retention and also has an odor neutralizer.
The Subrtex mattress topper is gel infused to provide a cooler nighttime experience for those who run hot. It also has a removable and washable cover to help you keep your sleeping space as clean as possible.
This mattress topper is infused with lavender to help you get a relaxing night’s sleep. It’s also designed with five textured zones to help relieve the body’s pressure points and improve the breathability of the topper.
Crafted with a combination of organic latex rubber, organic certified wool and organic certified cotton, you can rest easy on this mattress topper from Avocado. The wool layer will wick away moisture and help you stay cool and dry as you sleep. This topper comes in two firmness levels.
This down comforter from Brooklinen comes in three warmth options for customizable comfort. The comforter’s down cluster fill is hypoallergenic and comes encased in a 100% cotton, 400 thread count shell.
The Classic Pillowcase from Brooklinen is crafted out of the same material as their percale sheets, which are breathable and soft with a 270 thread count and an envelope closure to keep your pillow secured inside.
This Botanical print bedding set includes a duvet cover and two pillowcases in a funky banana leaf pattern reminiscent of a tropical getaway. The 100% cotton cover and pillowcases are soft, breathable and machine washable.
The Breeze comforter from Buffy is filled with 100% eucalyptus fiber packed in a eucalyptus fiber shell that is naturally resistant to dust and mold. Perfect for those living in hot and humid climates who still want to cozy up under a comfortable duvet, the eucalyptus filling is naturally breathable and doesn’t trap heat the way polyester and down comforters do.
This wrinkle-free sateen weave duvet cover is made with ultra-soft supima cotton and boasts a thread count of 450. This cover will stay wrinkle-free up to 50 washes, so your bedding can look sleek and put-together regardless of whether or not you slept in late.
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Ettitude’s signature sateen weave duvet cover is crafted with their exclusive CleanBamboo™ fabric, which is made with 100% organic bamboo. Perfect for anyone who runs hot and finds themselves kicking off the blankets in the night, this breathable cover is woven to be extra cooling.