I bought the 2 Inch Linenspa Egg Crate Mattress Topper, with gel infused memory foam, to see if it would fix That Old Mattress. I am looking forward to sleeping like a baby again, and to wake up with a smile on my face.
My expectation is to get rid of my back pain, and to save thousands of dollars instead of buying a new mattress.
This Old Bed is a guest bed with That Old Mattress on it.
This Old Bed is at least 60 years old, as it was in my parent’s house as I grew up. That Old Mattress is at least 10 years old. In the picture below the egg crate mattress topper has not fully expanded yet.
There is at least one mattress spring that every sleeper complains about. It makes their back hurt when they sleep on it long enough.
So, the mattress is old and it sits on the oldest type of box spring you are ever likely to have in your house. This is not what anyone would call a happy sleeping arrangement.
My idea was to see what it would it take to make That Old Mattress comfortable again. Preferably without buying an expensive new mattress or box spring.
I prefer to buy quality products, but I also want good value for my money.
Which led me to research and write about the Linenspa 2 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper, which I consider to be a pretty good value.
This Ain’t Your Old Sweaty Mattress Topper. No Siree Bob!
However, I remember that I bought a foam mattress topper about 30 years ago, that I only used for one night. I woke up in a puddle of sweat, so I threw it out.
I haven’t purchased any kind of foam mattress or foam mattress topper since then. That is, until today.
Today I bought the 2 Inch Linenspa Egg Crate Mattress Topper. Linenspa calls it “convoluted” instead of “egg crate”, but it’s the same thing.
The infused gel swirl is designed to pull heat away from your body so that you don’t sweat. Mind you, gel swirl memory foam is still quite warm, but it is much better than plain memory foam which is really hot..
Don’t buy memory foam without gel, because it is just too hot.
The convoluted, egg crate design also provides much more airflow than a solid memory foam mattress topper would. More air flow allows more moisture and heat to be pulled away from your body.
No, this isn’t going to make you cold in the winter. Nor will it even cool you off at all. This topper is going to be warmer feeling than your bed would be normally.
Attention “hot sleepers”; this MIGHT work for you.
IMHO this will be usable by some hot sleepers, but will still be too hot for others. I’ll let you know what I think after I have slept on this Linenspa topper. So, keep reading.
I can say that some of the customer reviews said it was O.K., some said it was warm, and others said it was too hot.
Again, IMHO I think there are two factors that make hot sleepers happy or unhappy with this memory foam topper.
- Everyone’s body is different. Some hot sleepers are just naturally hotter than others.
- What type of bedding you use can also make a difference.
A Tencel Fabric Mattress Protector Or Tencel Sheets Can Help Keep Your Cool
Here again, I’ll mention the Tencel mattress protector, but you can also get Tencel bed sheets. They will help to keep you cooler, because the Tencel fabric is able to absorb 50% more moisture than cotton does.
Moisture contains heat. Therefore, the Tencel fiber will pull heat away from the body where the heat can disperse into the room, and keep you cooler.
In this article I am going to tell you all about this egg crate mattress topper and if it fixes That Old Mattress.
So, ultimately, I bought the convoluted gel swirl memory foam mattress topper, because that old mattress aggravates the pressure points at the hips and shoulders.
Also, I am hoping that the convolutions will help to prevent sweating.
Use The Perlux Tencel Fabric Mattress Protector To Stay Cooler In Bed
Additionally, I bought the Perlux Hypoallergenic Tencel 100-Percent Waterproof Mattress Protector. It is designed to help absorb moisture and transport it away from the body. At the same time, it is also water proof.
The Perlux Tencel mattress protector is waterproof, because it has a very thin coating of polyurethane. That coating is so thin that I could see my hand through the mattress protector.
So, that means that if I sweat, because of using the mattress topper, at least the topper won’t get wet. That’s important, because water will damage the topper.
At the same time, any heat that passes through the mattress protector will be absorbed by the gel swirl in the mattress topper. The gel swirl will also transport heat away, so that you stay cooler than if you used regular memory foam without the gel.
Spot Cleaning Of The Linenspa Convoluted Gel Swirl Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Although you can’t wash any memory foam mattress topper, because water will damage the foam. You can spot clean the topper without much if any damage to the topper.
Spot cleaning would be best done by blotting up any spilled liquid.
Inside of the vacuum-packed mattress topper, the Care Instructions from Linenspa state: “The topper can be spot cleaned with mild detergent by hand only; do not soak the foam. Do not machine wash or dry.”
I don’t like fixing messes that could be avoided with a little common sense.
So, prevent your new mattress topper from getting dirty or wet by using a waterproof mattress protector.
Will The Egg Crate Mattress Topper Still Work Under A Mattress Protector Or Mattress Pad?
Ya, sure, you betcha! You’ll still get a super soft comfortable sleep.
I bought the Perlux Tencel mattress protector, because it also protects the mattress topper and your mattress from dust mites, and bacteria.
Tencel fiber is made from eucalyptus tree fiber, which means it is hypoallergenic.
Also, it is harvested in a sustainable way.
While we are talking about protecting your topper and mattress from dirt and fluids, there are other reasons for using a mattress protector.
The gel swirl memory foam topper also needs protection from abrasion and tearing. Memory foam is not very strong and it can be torn if you handle it too roughly.
The egg crate mattress topper is designed to be used on a firm, flat surface. Rolling it up or folding it for storage will put too much stress on it, which will cause it to tear apart.
Putting a mattress protector and sheets over the mattress topper will make it last a lot longer. The Linenspa Guarantee is for 3 years, and covers all manufacturer defects.
Un-boxing The 2 Inch Linenspa Convoluted Gel Swirl Memory Foam Mattress Topper
I bought the twin size mattress topper and the box measures 19.5 inches long x 10 inches x 10 inches.
Is The Convoluted, Egg Crate, Or Eggshell Mattress Topper Better Than The Solid Memory Foam Topper?
First, let’s not get confused between chicken eggs and goose eggs here.
This article is about gel infused memory foam. It’s not about regular foam toppers or about plain memory foam toppers that don’t have any gel in them.
All three types of foam toppers could be made in the convoluted (egg crate) style. Just to confuse things a bit more, some people refer to the convoluted or egg crate toppers as eggshell toppers.
They are all the same shape. Linenspa calls them “convoluted” and other companies call them “egg crate”.
Why Use Gel Swirl Instead Of Solid Gel?
I don’t know why Linenspa chose to use a gel swirl pattern in this memory foam topper, instead of solid gel memory foam.
However, I do know that gel infused memory foam isn’t as hot as plain memory foam.
Therefore, I would expect the gel swirl topper to be a bit warmer than a solid gel infused topper.
However, the convolutions are supposed to make the mattress topper less hot than the solid mattress topper. So, maybe Linenspa is saving a dollar by using less gel in the swirl topper.
Egg Crate Convolutions Relieve Pressure Point Pain Better Than Solid Toppers.
That is the claim by Linenspa. I don’t know what their reasoning is, but I have my own theory about that.
It seems to me that a solid mattress topper has more resistance to being pushed down by body weight than the convoluted design. That’s just because there is more material in contact with the body.
So, the convoluted egg crate topper lets your hips and shoulders sink into the topper easier than a solid topper would. At the same time, the convolutions still provide enough resistance to the other parts of your body to support it.
The end result is that your hip and shoulder pressure points sink in a little more in relationship to the rest of your body. Therefore, the hip and shoulder don’t press as hard against the mattress.
The Li’l Abner Mattress Test
To properly test the effectiveness of the Linenspa convoluted topper, I have been sleeping on That Old Mattress for a week…seems like months!
The only way I was able to get any sleep without waking up in pain, was to sleep on my side. That way I was able to avoid the spring that dug into my back.
Man-O-Manischewitz…am I ever looking forward to a good… night’s sleep.
The Big Sleep – 10 Hours On The Linenspa Convoluted Gel Swirl Memory Foam Mattress Topper
First, let me say that I am a COLD sleeper. My normal body temperature is 97 degrees F.
Normal body temps for adults is from 97-99F. So, I’m at the bottom of the scale. Whereas a hot sleeper would have a normal temp of 99 degrees.
The upstairs bedroom temperature varies between 64F and 65F. Depending upon if the furnace is actively heating or not, and if the door is closed or not.
To begin the night, the bedroom temp starts out at 64F when the door is open. I shut the door and by morning it is 65F.
On the bed I have: That Old Mattress, the Perlux Tencel Mattress Protector, bottom and top sheets made of cotton, 2 thin fleece blankets and a comforter. This combination keeps me very warm. Almost too warm at 64 degrees.
Sometime during the night the temperature rises to 65 degrees, I wake up because I’m hot, and I throw off the comforter. However, the two fleece blankets just barely keeps me warm enough.
My First Use Of The 2 Inch Linenspa Convoluted Gel Swirl Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Last night I used the Linenspa convoluted gel swirl memory foam mattress topper for the first time. As you might have guessed, I was in bed for 10 hours.
I woke up several times during that 10 hours.
My first mistake was climbing into bed right after I had taken a hot shower. Since my body didn’t have a chance to cool down to normal, I immediately threw off the comforter and the fleece blankets, because I was hot.
Half an hour later, my body temp was back to normal and I put the fleece blankets back on.
For the rest of the night I was comfortable with just the two thin blankets.
What this means is, the Linenspa convoluted gel swirl memory foam mattress topper kept me almost as warm as the comforter did.
In other words, the gel swirl memory foam made my bed much warmer than it was without it. It’s nearly the equivalent to the warmth of a comforter.
Back Pain Caused By A Mattress Spring Is Not Completely Relieved
At least twice I had been sleeping on my back, and when I woke up, my back hurt from that mattress spring I mentioned earlier.
The back ache was much, much less than before using the mattress topper. But who wants any amount of back ache?
All mattress toppers conform to what they are placed upon – including bad springs. Therefore, I have to suggest that you consider getting a thicker/denser topper or a new mattress if your back ache is caused by a mattress spring.
A thicker mattress topper will provide more comfort over That Old Mattress spring, but you might have to go to 4″ thick topper to cover up that spring.
When I was side sleeping I didn’t notice any discomfort at the hip and shoulder pressure points. That’s a big improvement over That Old Mattress.
Who Should Sleep On The Linenspa Egg Crate Mattress Topper?
If your mattress is too firm for comfort or the mattress is getting old and you want to get several more years of use out of it, this convoluted topper will do the trick.
Many couples can’t agree on how firm or soft the bed should be. If you want your side of the bed to be softer, then get this topper. It can be cut to size, but that will void the warranty.
Side sleepers can say “goodbye” to hip and shoulder pain, and will enjoy a better night of comfortable sleep. I suggest the 3″ thick topper for side sleepers.
Do you wake up with back pain? An older mattress can cause back pain, because it doesn’t support you as well as it did when it was new. A new mattress topper will have you sleeping like a baby again.
Is your back pain caused by a mattress spring? Either get a really thick memory foam mattress topper or buy a firm 3″ latex mattress topper.
If you already have a memory foam topper that is too hot, because it doesn’t have the gel swirl or convolutions, then this one will help you sleep somewhat cooler.
Hot sleepers might find this topper to be O.K. if they live in a cool climate. I wouldn’t get it if you run the air conditioning most of the year. Someone with a normal body temp of 98F might like it during the winter, but not so much in the summer. I suggest you check out the talalay latex mattress toppers.