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Panda Mattress Topper Review

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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18 April 2024 8 min read

Want to know just how much of a difference 5 cm of memory foam make can? Well, according to what we’ve just experienced with the Panda Mattress Topper – quite a lot, actually. If that sounds intriguing, maybe you’ll want to stay for the rest of this review.

You were probably thinking the only way to make your old mattress better was by swapping it out for memory foam mattresses. That's where you are wrong. 5 cm of third-generation open-cell memory foam guarantees to provide you with a cradling, soft comfort – taking your old mattress from an uncomfortable and hard mattress to a soft and cosy one.

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Advantages

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100% hypoallergenic
Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and hostile towards dust mites.
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Elastic straps
Securely attach the topper to your mattress.
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Comfortable
Very comfortable and surprisingly supportive.

Disadvantages

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Possible off-gassing
The smell will go once it is aired.
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Not for heavy sleepers
It might be too soft for heavy sleepers.

Who is the Panda mattress topper for?

The bamboo mattress topper is hypoallergenic and the foam's gel-infused technology reacts to your temperature to keep you cool. It is a topper that will mould to your body for the best support.

What do we use this product for?

If you have a mattress that is very supportive, but also quite firm, the best way to make it more comfortable for you is to make it softer with an extra layer, and that is exactly what you can do with the Panda topper.

Features you should know about the Panda mattress topper

To better understand why you should go with the Panda foam bamboo mattress topper instead of some other memory foam topper, we've decided to introduce you to all the great features that come with it.

Panda mattress topper close up view from our review video
Hydro-foam orthopaedic support

The memory foam that makes the Panda topper is not your regular, everyday foam. What you're looking at here is a 3rd generation, gel-infused memory foam. Called Hydro-foam, this open-cell structured memory foam is not only comfortable, but it is also contouring, and when coupled with the right mattress – it also offers much needed orthopaedic support exactly where you need it. No more pain and discomfort in your lower back, shoulders, hips or neck – and that's not something many toppers can do.

Anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic & breathable removable bamboo cover

Unlike many other toppers, the Panda topper comes with a removable bamboo topper cover.

This naturally hypoallergenic bamboo cover is made from 40% bamboo fibre outer layer and 60% polyester support, which means you’re not only getting quality, but you’re also getting a silky-smooth touch, breathability, and most importantly – anti-bacterial properties and a dust mite-free environment.

Bamboo has amazing natural properties. It is naturally resistant to dust mites, bed bugs and other common household allergens. The cover is also machine-washable, simply unzip half of the bamboo cover and easily remove – a topper that is not only easy to keep clean and healthy but the one that can also prevent skin irritation or other allergen-caused issues.

Gel-infused technology for increased cooling

We’ve said that the Hydro foam inside this topper is gel-infused, soft and supportive. However, what we didn’t tell you is that it is gel-infused to become more breathable.

Thanks to the open-cell cooling technology, tiny heat-sensitive capsules react to your body temperature and expand when the memory foam warms up. The extra space between the cells releases heat, ensuring that you stay cool night after night.

Neck, pain and hip pain treatment

The open-cell structure of Hydro foam isn't just here to help you keep cool during the night, but its structure also allows for much better pressure and pain relief. As this memory foam bamboo mattress topper gently cradles you to sleep, it will make sure that it offers you pressure in the right areas and alleviate the said pressure from the areas where it is often bottled up.

OEKO-TEX

Their bamboo isn't the only thing that is held up to the highest standards. In addition to that, their Hydro foam memory foam also is. All of the foam used in the manufacturing of this mattress topper complies with the UK's fire safety regulations and is OEKO-TEX 100 certified. This means that the foam has been tested for its resilience to flames, as well as being tested for any potentially harmful chemicals.

10-year warranty

Mattress toppers are notoriously known for being short-lived. Well, this Panda topper isn't. The foam stays supportive. To guarantee customer satisfaction, Panda offers a 10-year warranty on this topper.

Essentially, this means that your new Panda topper will be covered for ten years for any manufacturing defects. In case something goes wrong with it – you will be able to get your money's worth out of it.

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Review of Panda mattress topper

Now, let‘s go into detail with the Panda mattress topper review.

It was obvious that attention to detail is one of Panda's strongest suits. The breathable bamboo cover was wonderfully designed. It sports a honeycomb pattern with a subtle panda logo in the upper left corner. We can only assume that the honeycomb pattern wasn't only a design choice, but it had to do something with improved cooling. The entire base of the topper cover is an anti-slip layer with micro silicone grips embedded. The dotted silicone grips on the bottom and elastic straps on each corner, means the topper will be firmly secured to your mattress.

our reviewer stretching the straps of Panda topper when putting it on a mattress
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KEY FEATURES:

  • Size: UK Single, UK Small Double, UK Double, UK King Size, UK Super King Size, EU Single, EU Double, EU King Size, EU Emperor
  • Depth: 5 cm
  • Cover: Bamboo
  • Fill: Memory foam
  • Firmness: 5.5/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Breathability: 9/10
  • Motion isolation: 8/10
  • Pressure relief: 8.5/10
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Removable cover: Yes
  • Care instructions: Machine-washable at 40°C
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Trial: None
  • Delivery info: Free UK delivery, 2-3 working days

What we like about the Panda mattress topper

What we don't like about the Panda mattress topper

Panda's customer service and company information

Delivery – There is free delivery when ordering the memory foam pillow, the mattress topper and a bedding set or if you spend over £30. Your product will arrive within 5 working days.

Payment – Standard card payments are accepted, alongside Amex, PayPal, Apple Pay and Klarna.

Customer service – Panda has a live online chat that is visible at the bottom of every page. You will need to provide a few details – including your name and email – before starting a conversation but this only takes a minute. The support chat has a very quick response rate and any questions are answered in a matter of minutes. They are extremely polite and accommodating with any queries.

Check the best alternatives to Panda mattress topper

Since the Panda mattress topper isn't the only topper on the market, we thought we'd present you with an alternative option.

Soft Feel 7500 Orthopaedic mattress topper

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Soft Feel 7500 is another memory foam topper; only this one is 2 cm thicker than the one we are reviewing today. As such, this topper is a bit firmer than your regular memory foam topper, however, it is also more supportive and better at relieving pressure than most of its competitors.

Check our review on this mattress topper to learn more about it before deciding to invest money.

Advantages

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Supportive
Highly supportive and comfortable.
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Removable cover
Easily removable cover.

Disadvantages

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No straps
No straps to secure it to the mattress
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Retains some heat
It might not be the 1st pick for hot sleepers.

Consider Panda Memory Foam pillow if you are buying Panda mattress topper

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It’s always good to stay in the family, so if you are getting the Panda mattress topper, may we suggest looking into Panda Luxury Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow?

Made from the same 3rd generation memory foam, this pillow is not only soft and comfortable but also quite breathable. Now, we can’t guarantee you won’t turn it over to the cool side once the summer hits, but as far as memory foam pillows go – this one is as cool as it gets.

Additionally, the pillowcase on this one is made from a breathable, hypoallergenic mix of bamboo and polyester, under which you'll be able to find a protective mesh, ensuring that this pillow stays clean and in great shape for years to come. Check our Panda bamboo pillow review.

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Advantages

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Hypoallergenic
100% safe for people with allergies.
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30-night trial & 10-year warranty
Good trial & warranty.

Disadvantages

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Non removable cover
Cover is not removable nor washable.
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Not ideal for stomach sleepers
Stomach sleepers may find it too firm.

What makes this product better than some other similar ones?

If we had to compare the Panda mattress topper to other similar ones – we wouldn't. It wouldn't be fair to the others.

All jokes aside, the Panda mattress topper is one of the best products on the market. Not only are you getting a soft, comfortable and supportive product with this one, but you also get an eco-friendly and sustainable one.

Other than that, there are two things that really separate this topper from the rest of the herd – warranty and sizing.

First of all, a 10-year warranty for a topper is pretty much unprecedented, which on its own speaks volumes about the quality and durability of this product. And secondly, having the ability to choose from 9 different sizes is not something you see every day. It pretty much doesn’t matter which size mattress you have – you’ll be able to get the matching topper for it.

All in all, if there was ever a worthy investment – it’s this topper.

Is the Panda topper eco-friendly and sustainable?

One thing about Panda is that they care for the environment. Every single material used in the manufacturing of this product is ethically, eco-friendly and socially friendly-sourced.

How did we test the product?

For the sake of transparency, we'd now like to go over exactly how our tests are done. On a broader level, all of the products we review go through the following procedures:

our reviewer testing Panda mattress topper

To be more specific with how we approach each product, here are the tests done in order to evaluate all toppers:

Overall impressions of the product after the testing

For starters, we have to say that, as far as mattress toppers go – the Panda mattress topper is one best we have tested.

In terms of comfort and support – we are quite surprised after testing. The topper is a bit on the softer side, however, support is not lacking, and that is why we are surprised. Even though this topper is soft-ish, when coupled with a good mattress, the Panda topper still manages to provide you with just the right amount of support wherever you need it. The topper feels naturally luxurious and features naturally antibacterial properties

On the downside, we found off-gassing to be an issue within the first 24 to 48 hours, but the smell is not pungent, making it a lot more bearable. However, despite cooling gel infusing, this is still 5 cm of memory foam, so it will retain some heat if it’s really hot outside. And finally, even though it is supportive where it has to be, this topper might be soft for some of you.

All in all – this is an excellent product.

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FAQs about your Panda mattress toppers

To end our Panda mattress topper review, we wanted to wrap things up by answering some questions about the Panda mattress topper.

Is the Panda mattress topper waterproof?

Unfortunately, no, it’s not. However, Panda Bamboo Mattress Protector is.

How do I clean my Panda mattress topper?

This memory foam mattress topper comes with an easily removable machine-washable cover, so all you need to do is toss it in a washing machine on a cool wash (up to 40°C) and that's it.

What is the ideal mattress for a Panda mattress topper?

Ideally, you’d want to place this topper on a medium-firm or a firm mattress, preferably a hybrid or a pocket-sprung one.

Can I sleep on a Panda mattress topper only?

Not really. Unless you can sleep directly on the floor, you’re going to need an existing mattress under this memory foam mattress topper.

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About the author

Connie
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant I know how important sleep is. And as a combination sleeper, I have found it difficult to get products to suit my sleep style. I have more than 2 years product testing experience with The Sleep Advisors which means I have slept on, with and under more than 500 products with varying degrees of success. This is added to more than 2 years experience as a product reviewer for Closer, Heat and Grazia magazines, so I've got a rigorous process. I love sharing my sleep testimonials with our readers and hearing their experiences too.
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