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Serta Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper Review

I've suffered from back and hip pain recently, so I have been on the lookout for a quality mattress that is also comfortable.

Looks promising!

Looks promising!

Serta Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Sometimes commercialism comes in handy. It seems everything under the sun goes on sale just before the holidays. Memorial Day is one of those holidays.

My local Big Lots had a flyer in Sunday’s paper. They advertised a "famous maker" 3” gel memory foam mattress topper for queen beds at a doable $99.99.

I came home excited that, perhaps, I can now get a good night’s sleep. I rolled out the Serta Rest 3” topper and encapsulated it in the accompanying fitted cover. I spent the rest of the day washing bedding, including my comforter. I was really looking forward to bedtime! Although, by the looks of my freshly-made bed, I’d need a step stool to get my 5’2” body up on the bed and under the covers!

Is this the relief I need?

Is this the relief I need?

Serta Mattress Topper Review

I’ve only spent two nights on my new setup, but I am tickled to death with the results!

I have awakened just once each night—which is a blessing—and I’ve been able to go right back to sleep. Unfortunately, my body puts out some heat when I’m trying to sleep. Nevertheless, the gel memory foam topper is living up to its promise.

The verbiage on the box reads “adds support and comfort—eliminates pressure points." I can attest to that. In a mere two nights, my pain is at a much lower level. I no longer have to contort my body when I get up from the couch in order to avoid pain in my right hip.

If anyone has discomfort while you sleep for any of the reasons I have mentioned, I highly recommend Serta Rest 3” Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper. It’s an inexpensive solution to what could turn into an expensive and debilitating problem.

Try it and rest easy. I did, and I now rest when I sleep.

I might need a step-stool to get into bed!

I might need a step-stool to get into bed!

Mattress Topper Features

Upon reading the instructions, I was a little disconcerted to discover it may take up to 72 hours for the mattress topper to conform to my bed. I was absolutely delighted when it rolled out flat and fit my bed perfectly! The comfort gods were definitely on my side.

In addition to that, I was elated when I read that the gel in the foam is formulated to be cool and regulates itself to your body temperature. As a post-menopausal woman, I still suffer from night sweats. Well, not really night sweats so much anymore as night heat.

That’s another reason I don’t sleep comfortably. I need to have my bedding cold to sleep well. It’s a damn good thing I sleep alone. My queen-sized bed allows me to switch sides when I become too hot—which is another reason I don’t sleep well. By the way, when does that shit end??

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that this product is made in the USA. Way to go, Serta!

My Rating


I originally wrote this review in 2013. It's now 2021 and I still swear by this topper. I've only had to replace it once since 2013. It keeps its shape for years and I have no back pain that isn't manageable. It's a wonderful product and I still highly recommend it to anyone who gets up out of bed each morning feeling stiff and creaky.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: My mattress topper came with a 17"-deep fabric "sheet"/cover. Did you put one of your flat sheets on the topper and then put the fabric cover over it?

Answer: No, I put the topper inside the cover it came with. After placing the topper on the mattress, I put a fitted mattress protector over that, then made the bed as I normally do (fitted sheet followed by the flat).

Question: I've had my Serta Rest 3" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper for a couple of months and my back pain is continuing, is yours still working for you?

Answer: Yes, it's still working for me. I have mine egg crate side up and turn it (rotate) once a year or so. If you have your topper flat side up, trying flipping it to see if that works better for you.

Question: I added a waterproof fitted cover over the mattress topper and then the cooling cover on top. Will this still make the topper work properly? I was afraid of any mishaps and messing up my topper.

Answer: I don't see why having a waterproof cover directly over the existing mattress would impede the cooling effect of the Serta topper. However, if you're trying to avoid messing up the topper due to "mishaps", the waterproof cover won't help. Fluids will go through the topper regardless. All the waterproof sheet does is protect the mattress beneath.

© 2013 Shauna L Bowling


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 13, 2019:

Sounds like a good resource, Seraphina. I'm glad you found something that works for you.

Seraphina williams on August 13, 2019:

I too had backaches sometime before. That's when I came across this site "" reading some great stuff on google. This is a new site but they have very good blogs on sleep products, sleep disorders, sleep sciences, etc. They also have a complete guide on mattress size, type and more information on the same, which helped me in getting the best mattress to cure my backache.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 19, 2018:

Annette, I've had mine for a couple of years (bought a new one and gave the old one to my son). I sleep in a queen size bed, alone like you. However, I switch sides all through the night, (a plus of not having a sleep partner!), so I have no indentations.

How thick is your topper? Double check the manufacturer's warranty. Could be you have a faulty product. I'd see about exchanging it if it's become misshapen after such a short period of time. Also, which side do you have facing up? The egg crate side or the flat side? I have the egg crate side facing up and have had no problems with it.

Annette hestom on July 18, 2018:

I have the serta mattress not cover but gel mattress and have only had it for 5 months and im the only person that sleeps on it so it has gotten where the side I sleep on is lower than the other side and feels like im on wood

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 07, 2018:

Could be, mysleepyhead. I have a regular box spring mattress, but the foam topper eases any discomfort.

mysleepyhead on May 06, 2018:


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 11, 2017:

I'm sorry to hear that, Stephanie. At least you figured out what was causing your allergy flare-up. Try Googling organic mattress toppers to see if there's an alternative for you.

Stephenie Contreras on October 10, 2017:

I absolutely love my topper but unfortunately after 2 weeks I have found I am allergic to something the topper is made with. This makes me sad since it has helped a lot with my Pain. I am sure it is rare to have someone allergic to the materials it is made of. Just wanted to put this out here in case someone else ends up with severe allergies both to my skin and breathing and it took me another 2 weeks before I figured out what was causing the allergies.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on May 24, 2017:

Thanks, Sha! Our mattress is pretty shot after 10+ years, so we need to replace it anyway. But it's great to know that the gel memory foam really is cooling and that it's not just a marketing gimmick (which my husband thought it might be). Great review!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 24, 2017:

Margaret, I no longer have night sweats. Thankfully, menopause is now a not-so-fond memory.

I love my topper. I don't wake up in pain and it does offer cooling comfort while I sleep. I recommend you try this topper before putting money out for a full-blown mattress and see how well it works for you.

Keep me posted!

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on May 23, 2017:

Sha, great review! My husband and I both have back pain (and I have hip pain as well), and we've found that sleeping on a memory foam mattress has made a huge difference. But ours is 10 years old and isn't as resilient as it was when it was a "spring chicken." ;) So we're in the market for a replacement. I tend to be cold when I'm tired, so I have the covers up to my chin even in fairly warm weather, but then wake up sweating in the middle of the night. So I've been wanting to try a gel memory foam mattress this time, which is supposed to be cooling. I know this gel memory foam topper hasn't taken away your night sweats (that would be a tall order for any product!), but I'd love to know whether you've found that you're any cooler at night since you've been using this topper. Inquiring minds want to know - thanks very much! Looking forward to your answer. :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 02, 2017:

Kay, I agree. This topper has made all the difference in the world as far as quality of sleep. Not only does it help my back, but it doesn't get hot during the night. I even use a cool gel pillow. To me there's nothing more uncomfortable than getting hot and sweaty while I sleep.

Kay Armondi on March 01, 2017:

We bought the same mattress topper from Big Lots and Love It...We both have bad backs and this really helps. Thank God for a good nights sleep.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 27, 2016:

Julie, I have no experience with the mattress you purchased, so can't offer any advice. However, with the topper I review in this article, I can tell you it retains its shape. I, too, sleep alone and am free to use the entire surface of my bed. I also had pain in my hip and lower back until I bought this topper. I've been pain free ever since. What's nice about the topper is you can use the egg crate side or the flat side. Mine is egg crate side up and I love it. I would suggest you give it a try. For a minimal investment, you may just find you've solved your problem.

JULIE on August 26, 2016:

I haven't seen my problem answered yet, so here goes. I have a Serta Perfect Sleeper Gel Top mattress and find I have indentations in it since the first month I got it, now it is about 8 months old. Went on site about Serta Mattresses and everyone hates them and the company will not stand up to the warranty. I am pretty sure I can't turn this mattress over, that is why I was looking things up to begin with and saw your review. The gel part is what is making gullys and valleys in the mattress and I am not sure if the egg crate top on the topper will be enough to help. I am in such pain with my right hip and back since I got the new mattress and will try anything for relief, but will I be getting the same thing in a topper???? I have a king size bed and sleep alone, so I have plenty of room to move around in. I do have it rotated about once a month and really just want to know if I can turn it over on the other side, but feel with the gel top I can't do it. Does anyone know? Also do you think it would help because of the egg crate attached to the topper?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 05, 2015:

Diane, I wasn't aware of the toxicity issue until I read Beckie's comment. I'm a pretty "green" person and make an effort to keep away from toxic materials. That said, I've been sleeping on this topper since 2013 and have not had any symptoms of toxicity. I have the topper inside the case that's provided plus a mattress cover over that. I don't know if Beckie's claim is valid or not. All I know is I feel better all over now that I'm sleeping on this topper. I sleep comfortably, and the coolness of the topper was a godsend when I was going through menopausal night sweats. I'd say the topper is a far better option over taking medication for back pain or night sweats. How 'bout you?

Diane on December 04, 2015:

So, I jut bought one of these tonight for our new King bed. We had one on our Queen bed (not this brand) and I knew I wanted a topper on this one. I always shop at Big Lots and purchased it there this evening, then came home and did a price comparison to see what it sold for elsewhere. Started reading reviews on Amazon and got concerned by one; probably Beckie above, as it stated the same thing. All other reviews were good. Should I be concerned about this toxicity issue?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 31, 2015:

Tommy, I am sooooo glad this review was integral in finding an affordable way to treat your back pain. Thank you for sharing. You've made my day!

Enjoy yours and continue to sleep well.

Tommy on October 31, 2015:

Awesome review, because it is spot on! I bought it from big lots (never even been in a big lots before lol) and I absolutely love it. Was in a bad car wreck and have so many problems with my hip and back. This is helping me sleep and not wake up with too much pain. Your review made me buy this and try it out, and although I was skeptical, I'm glad I did. Thank you so much!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 14, 2015:

Nadine, I've had mine for two years now and it's still doing its job and has more than paid for itself. Good luck! I hope this topper is available in your area. If not, maybe one of the online stores offers shipping to SA.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on August 14, 2015:

GREAT review on a product! We are in the same situation. No medical insurance. I do know what causes my lower back pain....and I do what I can to deal with it. Our yoga teacher lives next door and I have a indoor trampoline bouncier. Not that I step on it often enough. When I write, or are working on a book cover time seems to fly by and before I know it hours have past. My body has not moved from my computer chair.This mattress topper sounds like a solution for me, but if I can get in in Cape Town is another story. I will do some investigation. Thanks for sharing.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 20, 2015:

You're welcome, gram!

gramof4 on April 20, 2015:

Thanks. I have to flip it over. Thanks.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 19, 2015:

Gram, the bumps go up. Those are what you lie on to relieve stress on your back.

gramof4 on April 19, 2015:

I didn't get directions.

Do the bumps go up or down. Loving it. I put the smooth side up.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 15, 2015:

That's interesting, Beckie. I've been sleeping on mine for two years now and haven't had any problems.

Beckie on March 14, 2015:

Be careful. Our son and others, according to research, are suffering seizures, headaches, chronic joint pain, and other health issues since starting to use these gel toppers. They have toxins that can be damaging because they are breathed in while sleeping.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 27, 2015:

Ludibell, it wasn't hard, but it was very firm and stiff. Once you have it unfolded and laid out on the mattress, it mellows out. I would suggest letting it rest on your bed for a bit then lie on it and see how it feels. If it's not the right fit for you, return it.

Ludiebell on February 26, 2015:

I just purchased my King size topper at Big Lots this afternoon, but when my husband & I removed it from the box, it was so hard and felt rigid that I told him to roll it back up and I'll take it back tomorrow...Is that how it feels when you remove it from the box? Does it get softer after unrolling it? I have a 3 inch memory foam topper on my brand new hard Beauty Rest mattress and I'm in pain every single day. So, will this soften up enough for me to enjoy it and not be in pain? Those of you who have bought one, please post a comment and let me know...thanks!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 23, 2015:

Cheers, Jean! I was on my new mattress for less than a year before I decided to try the Serta topper. Another $300+ versus $99 was a no-brainer for me.

Jean Miller Ader on January 23, 2015:

I think she said their mattress was only a year old and was already denting no matter how much she turned it or how often. I've never been on my actual mattress - no need since I have the topper. Blessings, my dear. Here's to several more years of comfort!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 23, 2015:

Jean, I'm so pleased to hear your feedback. I've had my topper for almost two years and haven't had to turn it as I had to do with traditional egg crate toppers. I still have not tried the pillow. I mean to, but haven't seen it on sale in a while. The one time I did see a sale on the pillow, they were out. Silly me, I should have asked for a rain check!

Thanx for sending this to your neighbors. I'm sure they'll be as pleased as we are and be prompted to buy the topper. It's certainly cheaper than buying a new mattress. When we test-drive mattresses in the store, we don't get a true feel for how they will work through a night's sleep.

I thought I'd made a good decision when I bought my new mattress. I was so wrong! There was no way I was going to buy another new mattress after putting out the money, so I tried the Serta Gel Memory Foam topper.

Boy, am I ever glad I did!

Jean Miller Ader on January 23, 2015:

I am still loving my topper after all this time. The pillow, too. I have seen some complaints about the pillow not being large enough. I bought mine online from Sears, and it is large - as wide as my Queen pillows. Maybe they come in different sizes. Anyway, I'm happy happy happy. I'm also sending my neighbor to your website so she can check things out. They are having trouble with mattress "divets."

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 10, 2014:

Jane, I'm so glad you decided not to return the topper and that you love it.

I have not tried the pillow yet. Big Lots had them on sale a while back but were sold out when I got there. Maybe Santa will bring me one.

Jane on November 10, 2014:

I had looked at so many of these foam toppers and it is almost impossible to compare one to the other short of just buying them and trying them. I bought this one on a whim when Big Lots had a 20% off everything in the store sale. It sat unopened in my house for several weeks and I was just about to return it when I found your review. I thought since it was so inexpensive compared to most of them, this one probably wasn't very good. But your review convinced me to give it a try and I am very glad I did. I had a 3 in memory foam topper my husband got about 4 years ago. I loved it for the comfort but have hot flashes at night and felt it was a contributing factor to them since I never have them during the day. I was hoping that the gel in the foam might help alleviate them. I have had this on my bed for about 3 months now and am pleased with it. I still have the hot flashes at times but don't think they are nearly as often or as severe. Maybe it is the gel foam or the egg crate pattern allows better air flow around my skin, or maybe it is just a coincidence or time. I don't know. The bottom line is, this is a great deal on a gel memory foam topper. The price is great, it is VERY comfortable, and the minor foam smell dissipates with in 4-6 hrs of opening it. If you watch the ads, two or three times a year Big Lots has a 20% off sale on the whole store and you can even get a better than usual deal on it. And I recycled my still in great shape, older memory foam topper to my 22 yr old daughter since she shouldn't be having hot flashes for a few years.

Did you try the pillow? I am curious about them also.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 27, 2014:

Peggster, it has a smell when you first take it out of the box but it goes away quickly. In fact, I didn't smell anything but clean sheets the first night I slept on it.

All I can say is give it a shot. Check the return policy with your store. Chances are the topper will strike a happy medium between you and your husband and you won't find the need to return it.

peggster on October 26, 2014:

Hi there, I am in kohl's right this minute trying to decide if I should purchase this product! I have read all the reviews nd they sound wonderful! Does this topper have a smell to it? We just purchased a firm bed and it's killing me! My husband loves it and I don't. If I get the topper will he hate it? I too have fibromyalgia, and sjogren's syndrome and spondylitis arthritis. I have so much pain! What's a girl to do????

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 18, 2014:

Maria, you're too funny. However, this review is completely sincere. I've had the topper now for a year and a half and I still stand by my words. It's wonderful. I haven't had back pain since I bought it.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 18, 2014:

Mike, I've slept on regular foam egg crates and I have to agree with you - they don't provide comfort. However, this gel foam topper retains its shape and density. I find it quite a relief.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 18, 2014:

I agree Paula. I'd say John needs a nap. Or a lesson in polite behavior.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 17, 2014:


How could I have missed this...was I asleep on my "Serta Rest 3" Gel Memory Foam Mattress"...?

Interesting how many positive comments and folks who have truly benefited from this product. Your review is honorable, detailed and sincere...just like you.

You even handle the odd and idiotic comment in a dignified manner.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 17, 2014:

Hi Sha, as it happens I worked at a place that made these eggcrates for use by bedridden hospital patience to slow the advance of bed sores. R & D proved they do not work on 'Grumpy Old Men' who know about the weights of foam and has time to research manufacturers webpages in order to comment on a customer review. It is a small subset of the population.

Suzie from Carson City on October 17, 2014:

Sha......Poor John.....looks like he never gets enough sleep and also gets "out on the wrong side of the bed."

I wonder if he actually had a point to his useless comment? The only obvious point is that he's rather rude and uninteresting. Such a waste of time.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 17, 2014:

John, in re-reading this I do see where I mention I left the corporate world. I apologize for my former accusation with that regard. However, I maintain the rest of my argument.

To be honest, I would love for Serta to contact me regarding this post and offer me a writing job. However, that hasn't happened and - again - that's not why I wrote this review.

Why don't you start your own site where you can post your rants and accusations? Maybe you'll feel better and will better be able to communicate with the rest of the world and yourself.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 17, 2014:

John, if I were paid by Serta this review would be on their site. You won't find it on Big Lots' site either. This is an honest review by someone who found an inexpensive fix for back pain. Notice I don't link to either site.

I was compelled to write this review because it made a positive impact on my life.

The egg shells are not 'spikes'. I'm sorry your body reacts to them negatively.

Your comment about me leaving the corporate world tells me you've read some of my other posts. This one certainly doesn't reveal that aspect of my life.

I'm sorry you are so bitter and feel the need to blow your smoke on others. Not everyone will be happy with the products they purchase. Try blowing smoke in the mirror when you shave every morning.

Perhaps you should leave your negative comment on Serta's site and not accuse me of ill will. This is MY review based on MY non-compensated experience.

Like it or lump it. If you lump it, do so where it'll get some traction.

John Burten on October 17, 2014:

How much did this company pay you because you can't even find this POS on Serta own site. How telling is that? I bought one of these and I ended up turning it upside down to avoid the stupid spikes. You can't even find out the weight of the foam nor does the sleep like the dead website even mention it. I guess since leaving the corporate world a little extra income is needed.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 13, 2014:

The eggshell side goes up, Janie. If you bought one, you'll love it!

janie on October 13, 2014:

i know this is a crazy question but does the flat side go up or the eggt shell side?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 25, 2014:

Donna, I'm sorry to hear about your accident. I hope this topper helps. Come back and let me know!

Donna on September 24, 2014:

After a rollover collision a few tears ago I learned I have degenerative disc disease. Some weeks are good, some not so much. During a bad week I came across your review after spending numerous hours online searching for the perfect topper and today I took the plunge. Big Lots is about 2 mikes from my home and they had one King size left--it was mine!!! The King size is $119.00--still cheaper than anything I found online. I just took it out and put it on the bed--fits beautifully and I have the enclosed cover in the laundry as I write. Hopefully my lower back and hip pain will be helped by this. Thanks for your review!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 11, 2014:

Amy, I noticed in yesterday's paper Big Lots has a Serta Gel Memory Foam pillow on sale. I just may go pick one up. It'll be nice to have a cool pillow under my head while sleeping on this awesome topper.

Amy on August 10, 2014:

Came across your review after I purchased this topper at Big Lots today(LOVE me some Big Lots!!) just out of curiosity, and to see how it held up over time. I'm glad to see yours is still good as new!! Looking forwards to many nights of feeling like I'm sleeping in an upscale hotel :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2014:

You're welcome, Ashley. I like that it retains its shape. I've had mine for over a year now and there are no body dents in the topper. I also love that it's cool. There's nothing worse than being hot while you're trying to sleep.

I'm so glad you like your topper! What an easy, inexpensive fix to an uncomfortable mattress, huh?

Ashley on July 26, 2014:

This topper is amazing!! It feels like a completely new mattress! The memory foam forms perfectly to your body, but isn't too soft. I'm in love with this! Definitely worth the money! Thanks for the suggestions!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 25, 2014:

Ashoey, I certainly hope your mind slept well last night and not your arms! Please do come back and let me know how this topper is working for you. I love mine. It's the best $99 I've ever spent!

Ashoey on July 24, 2014:

Just bought this mattress topper from Big Lots! Excited to read so many good reviews . My current mattress is so hard my arms fall asleep when I'm on my side. I will be using it tonight and will follow up with a review. Thanks for the suggestions! It made choosing one so much easier!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 16, 2014:

Drew, this is the best mattress topper I've tried also. I've used egg crates in the past and they really did nothing for me. I love this one. You're right - it's a great value. I'm glad it's working well for you.

Drew on July 16, 2014:

Had this foam mattress topper for about a month and it has been very good. I have owned at least 4 matress toppers before ranging from 1 inch to 4 inches. This 3 inch matress is just right with the appropriate foam density for my needs. I feel as if im floating with this foam topper and no ppressure points. Lower back feels great in the morning. Awesome value overall and got minr at Big Lot. Thanks for starting this blog.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 22, 2014:

Thanx Justafriend. I don't get the night sweats anymore. Nor the hot flashes. I suppose I've gone through the whole menopausal cycle. Thank goodness!

Justafriend on June 22, 2014:

For the night sweats try macca root. If u have a whole foods or an earthfare near u or any other health food store they have it there. Get pure macca root powder u just use a teaspoon or so mix it in juice. Night sweats gone. Very inexpensive

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 31, 2014:

Joe, this worked for me. A queen size topper is $99.99 at Big Lots. It's well worth the price. I haven't seen it cheaper anywhere else. Give it a shot.

Joe from north miami FL on May 30, 2014:

My back has been killing me lately on my mattress. A topper may be helpful in keeping me asleep through the night.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 19, 2014:

Jean, I'm so glad it's working for you. I found the relief to be instant. I had trouble sleeping though the night also. I still don't sleep a full 8 hours without waking up, but I can go about 4 which is better than before!

Jean Miller Ader on May 18, 2014:

I see it has been 5 weeks since I put the gel topper on and took the other topper off. I no longer need a step stool to get onto the bed, I just stand on my tippy toes. The big news is that for the past week I have slept through the night, I'd say 5-6 hours on average. I had been waking up every 2 hours on average before. I am happy, happy, happy. Thank you for your review that sent me to find this. Btw, the other topper, the wrong one, is rolled up and covered up in the basement. Neighbor didn't want it. Those of you with new beds or toppers: give them a few weeks to get used to. For some, the comfort is instant, and for others it takes a few weeks. I felt the comfort instantly, but the sleep extension took a few weeks. Oh, the cat is still thrilled, too. She has lots of places to choose from to snooze and still get rubbed and petted by me, so she gives this a thumbs up, too. :-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 08, 2014:

Jean, I'm thrilled for you and your cat! I love mine, too. You are so welcome. I'm glad I was able to help. I know I always check consumer reviews before I buy something and I prefer not to read the reviews from the manufacturer's site. Real reviews from real (non-paid) people are what counts in my book.

Jean Miller Ader on April 08, 2014:

I finally got the 4-inch Serta foam off my bed and put the gel topper on. Oh, what a difference! I love it! My cat loves it! We sort of fight for our spots since there is so much more room than the couch we'd been sleeping on. Thank you SO MUCH for your review. I'd have never tried this gel topper if I hadn't read it and the comments. My body thanks you. I would have never guessed there would be such a difference.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 06, 2014:

It doesn't feel bumpy, mugsylover. You can feel the texture, but it's actually rather soothing. You can feel it when you rub your hands over it, but not with your back. I don't know if I'm properly conveying what I'm trying to say or not. The texture is not distracting in the least. I love mine!

mugsylover on April 05, 2014:

I am concerned about the topper feeling "bumpy". Can you tell me about that?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 28, 2014:

Don, I'm so happy the topper is working for you. Now if only Serta would happen upon this review and send me a commission for the sales they've received as the result. LOL :-)

Seriously, it's a very good product and lives up to its claims. Thanks for taking the time to tell us your story!

Don Grayson on March 28, 2014:

Last night was my first night sleeping on a Serta-rest topper. Used it on a foldout bed. I was very happy with the difference. At 225# I ad no shoulder pain. Like I said, last night was my only basis.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 26, 2014:

TheDen, your story is a wonderful testament to the value of this product. There's nothing worse than not getting a restful sleep. Well, expect for waking up in pain that is. I'm so glad this product worked for you.

I can relate to the leg thing; I used to do the same thing. I have to be cool and comfortable when I sleep and this topper provides both.

I'm so happy you can now sleep comfortably. Hooray!

THEDEN on March 25, 2014:

Follow up. I slept on it last night and must say that it was the best choice ever! I let it sit out for about 6 hours, but couldn't wait to try it out. The instructions says that its ok to use it after it opens up, but it does have a synthetic smell. It really did not bother me, and after I got home today, I hardly notice it. I put it in a room with a small space heater to speed up the process, and the next day used my air purifier to try to get as much of the smell out. I slept like a baby! I had a spinal chord injury and could not get comfortable in my bed. I spent $1,000 on a pillow top mattress, but it was too firm. I had a cotton topper on it before, but after 2 washes the seams tore and had to throw it out. With just the mattress, I could not lay on my back, or either side for too long without having pain. I am a side sleeper. After putting the Serta to the test I noticed, that I was comfortable without pain on either side, and actually fell asleep on my back. I also normally have to sleep with one leg out, because I get hot. This pad actually kept me cool! I woke up at 6 in the morning feeling completely refreshed. I normally sleep until 8:30 and have trouble getting up due to the tossing and turning. I highly recommend anyone with pain, tossing, or sleep problems to give this a shot. At $99.00 at Big Lots was worth every penny. Thank you again bravewarrior for the recommendation and review!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 25, 2014:

Good for you, theden! Big Lots carries this topper all the time. I haven't seen them raise the price since I bought mine almost a year ago. It has definitely given me better quality sleep and eased my back pain tremendously.

THEDEN on March 24, 2014:

Thank you so much for posting. I saved a bunch by going to Big Lots today to purchase mine! $99.00 plus tax. I almost bought this online for $150.00 plus tax. I know it will help my back:-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 18, 2014:

Peg, it's much cheaper than buying a new mattress. Actually, I did buy a new mattress, but test riding it in a store doesn't let you know how it feels when you spend 8 hours on it. This topper is awesome. I recommend the cool gel as mentioned in this article. If you like a cool bed when you sleep, this one's the answer.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on March 18, 2014:

Thanks for the run down on this memory top mattress. We've debated about getting memory foam or trying something else, soon. Good to hear about your experience.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 19, 2014:

Jean, I'm sorry to hear about your physical disabilities. Would your husband not be understanding of your needs? You can return the one you bought online and get a refund. Why wouldn't your husband go to the local store and get what you need?

Big Lots stores are way much smaller than Wal-Mart. If your husband won't help you, do you have a friend who will?

Jean Miller Ader on February 19, 2014:

We have a Big Lots not far from here, but I'm disabled and I don't want my husband to know I've bought another one. It's easier on my body and my nerves to pay a bit more to have it delivered so I can hide it until he's out of the house. I don't know how large the Big Lots stores are, but my back and other body parts are too bad to walk very far. Wal-Mart? Forget it. Grocery store? I pay for those trips for days. I use the shopping carts for walkers. :-) I did take a nap on the bed today - test run for the first time. So far, so good. I had to lie down with the top of my back and scootch my body up pressing my feet against the dresser. I need to wear slick nylon-type jammies, I guess, to make it easier to get in.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 18, 2014:

Jean, I sure hope you neighbors take the topper you bought by mistake. Do you not have a Big Lots store near you? They have the one I reviewed here in stock all the time. I've yet to see them raise the price.

At 5'10" you need a step stool to get into bed? My, you just may be the modern day Princess and the Pea! :-)

Jean Miller Ader on February 18, 2014:

Shauna, I know it's a topper that goes on the mattress. Luckily for me, the bed frame arrived first, then the mattress and box spring, then the I put the topper on. Unfortunately, I ordered the wrong topper. The one I have is just foam, not gel. I took the easy way out and ordered the gel one from Amazon today and paid more for it just so I'd have it and have it delivered. Maybe my neighbor will take the old one since I haven't even slept on it yet and they just got new beds. You should see my bed. I had to order a step stool to get onto it. I measured, and it is 34" high to get onto the bed. The bottom of my butt doesn't reach that high, even though I'm 5'10" - or used to be. I even ordered the low profile box spring. I'd need stilts if I'd gotten the regular box spring. Anyway, I now have the softest pillowtop Sealy bed they make (an 8) and should be getting the gel topper Thursday and be happy, happy, happy. THANK YOU!! (Oh, I never did hear from Big Lots.)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 12, 2014:

Jean, this is not a mattress. It's a topper that fits on top of your existing mattress. I've seen Big Lots commercials for the Presidents' Day promotion. I've seen the topper that I review in this article for the same price repeatedly: $99 for a 3" queen size topper - and they are in stock. You'll have to go to your nearest Big Lots if you want to purchase the topper in addition to the mattress (from what you're telling me).

I don't want you to be confused between the mattress and the topper. They are two different sleep choices. I chose the topper because I'd already bought a new mattress (not a Serta) and I was attracted to the cooling quality. I made a good decision in buying the topper.

Thank you for sending this link to your friends. Please also send them my response to your comment. I don't want the topper to be confused with a mattress. It's an enhancement (that works great to alleviate back pain) but it is not a replacement for a mattress.

Jean Miller Ader on February 12, 2014:

Big Lots has a sale Feb 17th and 18th of Serta Mattresses. They show the topper online, but it says you have to buy it in store instead of on their website. I just wrote to ask if they'll have any toppers. My new bed will be here Monday, and just in case I want the topper to add. I've sent your link to several friends who are considering new mattresses or complaining of back pain and their beds. Thank you so much for your review and comments! I'm thrilled to be getting off the sofa.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 16, 2014:

Dr. Taylor, you won't regret it! By all means, go to Big Lots; you'll save a lot of money.

Folake Taylor, MD. on January 16, 2014:

OK. Was about to purchase a similar one from Might just drive to Big Lots and get this one. I have back and hip pain as well. Thanks.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 07, 2014:

WiccanSage, your bed sounds awesome. Is the gel topper one that stays cool? I love that feature in mine. I can't stand being hot while I sleep. When I bought the topper I was still suffering night sweats so it was a great relief to have something cool against my skin. I agree with you - foam is the way to go.

Thanx for your feedback. I'm sure your comment will help all who suffer from back pain and read this review.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 07, 2014:

Ben, I would imagine the entire mattress would be awesome on the back. Especially if it holds up as well as the topper. If you buy one, come back and let me know how it worked for you.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 07, 2014:

Rebecca, my mattress was doing me more harm than good and it's not even 2 years old. I'd wake up so achy every morning. A hot shower helped but only temporarily. The topper has done the trick and saved me a lot of money in the long run.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 07, 2014:

Nell, I don't know if Serta is available in the UK. I would imagine it is. If you can find the item reviewed in this post, you won't be sorry. It really has made a difference with me. No more pain!

Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 07, 2014:

I got a memory foam bed with gel topper-- it was like 'where have you been all my life?" I love it. The gel foam works pretty well, and the bed is so comfortable. I think the trick is the density & the thickness-- you have to get pretty high density and I was told to get one at least 12 inches thick (mine is 15 inches), but it is awesome. I was getting so sick of spring mattresses giving out... I've had mine now for about 8 months and love it. It wasn't a serta but I highly recommend the foam.

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on January 06, 2014:

Very interesting, I just don't see the topper doing the trick for me. I would like the whole mattress, which I see on one of your ads, they are a little less costly than I thought!

Great review!


Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 06, 2014:

This is a terrific and valuable product review. So many people have back problems it seems. The answer could surely lie in their mattress. Thanks!

Nell Rose from England on January 06, 2014:

That's great! thanks for pointing me in the right direction, and yes my pain is similar to yours! right hip and lower back! I will definitely get one of these, I just looked at your amazon one, but its as you said in america, so i will have to look for the equivalent over here, but brilliant! voted up and shared! nell

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 27, 2013:

You did it right. Crates go up. Did yours come with a zipper enclosure to put over the pad? I'm so glad you like it. I love mine and it hasn't lost its shape at all. Maybe Serta will hire us as official spokespeople. :-)

Laurie on December 27, 2013:

I purchased it yesterday afternoon and slept on it last night. LOVE IT!!! I put the crates up. Is that the proper way to have it, or should they be down?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 26, 2013:

Laurie, I got my queen size topper at Big Lots for $99 also. I love it. I no longer awaken with back pain, nor do I have pain thru the day. It really was a good investment. I highly recommend it and no one has this topper for a lower price than Big Lots, from what I've seen.

Please come back and let me know how you feel after sleeping on the 3" Serta topper.

Laurie on December 26, 2013:

Thank you for your review. Big Lots in my city has this topper for $99 (Queen). I'm going purchase mine this afternoon. My mattress, although only 1 1/2 years old, hurts various pressure points. I'm hoping this topper will do the trick without me having to purchase another mattress.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 31, 2013:

Leah, put the egg crate side up. You'll love this topper. It's the best purchase I've ever made. I haven't had back pain since I bought it. It maintains its shape beautifully. I've been sleeping on it for 6 months now and it is the same as when I first put it on the bed - no body dents or misshaping. The best part is, it's cool. There's nothing worse than being hot while trying to sleep!

If yours came with a case, be sure to use it. It's really pretty easy to get the topper inside. I was able to do it myself.

I'm glad you found this review useful. Enjoy your new topper!

Leah on October 30, 2013:

First off, thank you for posting your review! I just purchased one today and was excited to see such a positive review! This might be a silly question but when putting the topper into its shell should I have the flat side up or the egg crate like grooves? Or wont it matter either way? Any input would be vey helpful :) thanks!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 23, 2013:

Jewels you are very wrong in your statement. I have no problem rolling around on this mattress topper. It does not sink at all. You don't know what you're talking about and your insinuation is not appreciated.

Jewels on October 22, 2013:

This bed is the anti-sex bed! Very comfortable but once you are in it you cannot move at it feels like you have been sucked in by quick sand it is literally hard to even roll onto your side or get out of bed makes you feel like you weigh 500 pounds and there is no way you can move in any direction for any hanky Panky so if you are lonely and have back or hip pain this bed is perfect for you