Serta Mattress 2.5-Inch Gel-Memory Foam

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Serta Gel- Memory Foam Mattress Topper: Better Sleep? It Depends

Oct 3, 2011 (Updated Oct 3, 2011)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Helps to disperse heat; Available for any bed size; Stays in place

Cons:May not improve sleep at all; High price

The Bottom Line: This mattress topper is a mixed bag of pros and cons; some will love it, others will consider it a waste of money. 


Mattresses can cause problems- problems with the back, neck, and other areas. A mattress with insufficient cushioning can make it difficult to fall asleep but rather than spend a large sum of money on a new mattress, some may opt for a mattress pad instead. And one of the more fancy and expensive ones available is the Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper.

Mattress Topper Facts and Figures:

Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is a flat, gel- filled mattress covering with a layer of memory foam designed to contour itself to your individual shape. The covering also contains infused gel beads that help to distribute heat so that you don't feel excessively warm in one area of the bed and can therefore sleep better.

To protect the Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper, an outside layer of 100% Egyptian cotton stretches to cover the padding from one end of a bed to the next. This covering is removable and is machine washable. Serta manufacturers this mattress topper in sizes to fit any size bed: Twin, Full, Queen, King, and even California King.

Final Thoughts:

Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is a unique mattress covering that combines memory foam and gel beads for additional comfort. More than just a typical mattress pad, Serta takes an ordinary mattress cover to a new level, providing softness, heat dispersion, and form fitting comfort all with the goal of improving sleep.

I have gone through many mattress pads in my day but none have been quite like the Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper. My typical mattress pad in the past was nothing more than a simple, flat piece of foam intended to soften a mattress that was otherwise too firm and was interfering with sleep. When I heard about this particular mattress pad, it sounded interesting and so I decided to try it. My old mattress pad was thoroughly worn and needed replacement. This Serta mattress covering, with its gel and foam combination, seemed like a good product and one that had the potential to lead to an amazing level of sleep.

Taking the Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper from its package, the first thing I noticed was the smell. There is a plastic/chemical smell to this product that takes some time to fade. It is strong enough that some may not be able to sleep on it, but it will disappear in about two days. The cover is easy to put on the bed because it just needs to be unrolled. The task is completed by pulling the cotton cover over the padding and then anchoring it into place on each corner of your mattress.

Before we get to the nighttime experience, let's talk about the experience outside of the actual sleeping. One thing I like about this mattress pad is that it stays in place. The cotton covering has mesh sides that drop down low and help to hold the topper in place. This is better than the experience I have had with other foam toppers- many of which tend to slide around and have to be re- centered on the bed. I also like that I can remove the cotton covering and machine wash whenever I choose and I like that the temperature does not get too warm- a common problem I have experienced with a regular foam topper.

Now, let's talk about the sleeping experience. The Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper does provide a good degree of softness and cushioning and this makes it a good choice for those who have an excessively firm mattress. Those with certain, specific joint or back problems may experience some relief from the softness that this mattress brings. For others, however, the added softness can have exactly the opposite impact. I tend to prefer a firmer mattress than most people and when I started to use this topper for the first time, it seemed a little too soft. And now that I have been sleeping on this topper for a couple of months, I can say that my sleep is really not much better than before. My wife, on the other hand, likes this topper very much and that is because she likes the softness and cushioning. I don't find that my sleep is any better than before, although I do like the way the gel helps to disperse the heat.

Another unusual quality of the Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is its effects on tossing and turning. The manufacturer claims you will experience less movement, and they are correct. But the reason you move around less isn't because you're embellished in such amazing comfort you don't want to move. No, the reason you experience less tossing and turning is because it takes more effort to move around. You body tends to conform itself into a pocket- like space and once in place, it takes more of an effort to re- position the body. This could be considered both good and bad. Those who have a chronic tossing and turning problem will like it, but others might find it too restricting and prefer the free- movement they experience on an ordinary mattress. I have found that, rather then freely rolling from side to back, I have to use a little more muscle power to make the transition. Again, depending on your perspective and your own body, this could be good or bad.

The Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is offered in all sizes for all beds and one thing that may shock some is the price. Again, this is no ordinary mattress topper and Serta has priced it accordingly. In fact, depending on the size you purchase, you could possibly purchase an actual mattress for less. The twin size topper, for example, retails for between $150 and $190- a price that places it in the neighborhood of an actual mattress. This isn't true for the larger size Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Toppers- they cost less than an actual mattress. But the cost is high enough that it could certainly deter some from making a purchase.

Overall, my verdict on the Serta 2.5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper is very mixed and I can honestly say that my bottom- line opinion is a toss up. It is the type of product that will be praised by some but denounced by others and I am somewhere in the middle of these two extremes because. I don't necessarily sleep any better than before, but I like the heat dispersion and I can see how this topper would be very useful for someone with joint problems who sleeps better on a soft mattress. Therefore, given my personal tug of war between pros and cons, I am going to give this product an average rating overall. If there is any way you can test it before buying, by all means, do so- you will save yourself a lot of money and avoid frustration in the process.  


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