Here I’m going to be reviewing the Viscosoft Serene hybrid mattress topper.
Viscosoft makes a lot of different products, ranging from mattresses to pillows and, of course, mattress toppers.
Mattress toppers are a great option for softening up a mattress that’s too firm or even extending the life of an older one.
So to help you decide if this is going to be the right one for you, I’m going to talk about its construction, feel, performance by sleeper type, some pros and cons, as well as some of Viscosoft’s policies.
Let’s get started.
What your mattress topper is made of is going to be one of the biggest factors that’s going to affect the feel and your sleep quality while you’re sleeping on it.
So let’s take a look at the construction of this mattress topper.
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This is a four inch dual layer mattress topper. It has two parts that combine into one mattress topper.
First let’s take a look at the top layer which is the cover.
This is a down alternative pillow top cover. It’s got a skirt that fits around the mattress like a fitted sheet.
That skirt is going to be 18 inches tall so it can really accommodate a large mattress and go all the way around. That’s really nice and it’ll hold the mattress topper in place.
If we look under, there are little straps that attach the foam to the pillow top cover. That’ll hold the foam in place in addition to the skirt holding the whole topper in place.
And then finally on this top layer, there is some mesh which will allow for a little bit more airflow within the mattress topper.
Going back to the foam. we’ve got 2.5 inches of gel memory foam. This foam is certified to be free from harmful chemicals so it is safe to sleep on.
This topper is going to be available in a few different sizes. You can get it in twin, twin XL, full, short queen, queen, king and California king.
So you’ve got a few options and you should be able to find one that fits your bed.
One final note about construction.
I did notice some pretty significant off-gassing smells when I unbox this mattress topper.
If you’ve bought memory foam products before or you’ve read some other reviews, you might be familiar with the concept of off-gassing.
Essentially what it means is just that gases that were trapped in the memory foam topper while it was being compressed are being released once you open it up. This does come compressed in a box.
It’s not harmful, it’s totally safe but it is an unpleasant smell, so if you’re a little bit more sensitive to smell that’s just something to be aware of.
If you do experience off-gassing smells, I would just recommend letting the topper air out for a day or so before you sleep on it.
It’s time to talk about feel.
It’s important to remember that feel is a much more subjective quality when it comes to products like mattress toppers.
Things like your body type, your primary sleeping position, if you have joint or back pain, all those things can make you have a different experience than someone else might have.
To help you get a better idea of my experience with this topper, keep in mind that I’m in that average weight sleeper, so people who are lighter or heavier than me might have a different experience.
I’m also primarily a back sleeper, although I occasionally sleep on my side.
Overall I think this topper has a medium firm feel.
Lying on top of it I generally didn’t feel much sinkage or contouring and I felt like I was lying on top of it rather than in it.
The foam without the cover is really squishy and it’s really easy to make an impression in it.
Once we add the pillow top cover back on, it dampens that effect a little bit, which is what I think gives me that lying on top feeling.
I really like the feeling of this pillow top cover. I think it’s super soft and it definitely gives you that nice pillow top effect. I would liken the feeling of it to a nice down comforter.
One of the main reasons that you would buy a mattress topper is to alter the feel of your existing mattress.
To give you a good idea of how this will work, I tested this topper out on two different mattresses.
We rate firmness on mattresses from a scale of one to ten. One is the softest, 10 is the firmest.
The first mattress I tested this topper on is an 8 out of 10. So it’s quite firm. And when I added the topper, I thought it brought the firmness down to maybe a 6.5 to 7. So somewhere between a medium firm and firm.
Then I tested the topper on a mattress that is a 6 out of 10. Honestly I didn’t see a big change here, maybe like a .5 difference. Overall it just added a little bit more plushness and that nice downy feeling with the pillow top.
Hopefully that’ll give you a good idea of how this topper will affect the feel of your mattress.
Now that we’ve got the basics of this topper, it’s construction and it’s feel, let’s apply those to how it’ll work for different sleeper types.
First let’s talk about back sleepers.
I thought this topper was a really great pick for back sleepers.
On both the firmer mattress and the softer mattress that I tested it on, I found it to be very comfortable.
The foam gives you some pressure relief, but you still feel elevated and supported, so I would say this is a great option for back sleepers.
Now for side sleepers, it was a little bit more of a mixed bag for me.
When I tested this on the firmer mattress, I did feel a little bit of pressure build up in my shoulder. Overall I still felt that the bed was too firm for sleeping on my side.
But on the softer mattress I tested this with, I was very comfortable. So if you are a side sleeper, I would just keep the firmness of your existing mattress in mind and if you have a very firm mattress I would maybe pick something that allows for a little bit more sinkage.
For stomach sleepers, generally I don’t think a memory foam topper is really going to do much for stomach sleepers.
As the whole point of the topper is to soften the mattress. Stomach sleepers generally need a firm surface that will keep their hips elevated, which prevents lower back pain.
On the soft mattress this is definitely a no-go for stomach sleepers. It’s going to be way too soft. But on the firm mattress, I was actually surprised that my hips weren’t sinking quite as much as I expected them to.
Maybe combination stomach sleepers who just sleep on their stomach sometimes will be okay there.
But overall I just don’t think this topper is really going to add much for strict stomach sleepers.
Now that we’ve gone over construction, feel and performance, it’s pros and cons time.
So let’s go over what I liked and what i didn’t like about this topper.
First up is the pros.
I really like this down alternative cover, which is so super soft to the touch. I also really like the fact that it’s separate from the foam, which means that it can be removed and washed, which is going to be really helpful for just keeping your bed clean.
Next I really like these deep pockets on the skirt and the straps that hold the foam in place. That’s going to be great for just keeping the mattress topper in place on top of the bed, keep it from moving around, especially if you’re someone who tosses and turns a lot at night.
Finally I think that the dual layer construction of this topper gives it that nice on top of the bed feeling, which is going to be great for giving a little bit of softness and pressure relief, but still keeping you elevated. That’s going to be great especially for back sleepers.
Now let’s talk about the cons.
My first con for this topper would be that I honestly think it might sleep a little bit hot. It does use gel memory foam, which traps less heat than traditional memory foams, but it doesn’t really have anything else, like perforations, which might let more air flow within the topper.
Pillow top doesn’t really have anything going for it in terms of cooling either. Aside from the mesh, which will help a little bit. Overall I think this is not going to be a great pick for hot sleepers.
My next con would be that it had that really strong off-gassing smell. It was pretty unpleasant and it took a while to dissipate. While it’s harmless and it did dissipate eventually, it was just a little bit of an unpleasant experience when unboxing the topper.
Finally this topper is on the pricier side. A mattress topper can be an inexpensive way to alter your mattress but if you’re on a strict budget this one might not be the best pick.
Let’s go over some of Viscosoft’s policies.
First up, Viscosoft does ship for free and you can expect your topper to arrive in about six business days.
This topper also comes with a 60 night trial period and that means that you can test the topper out at home by actually sleeping on it for 60 nights. If during that period you decide that you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund.
Finally this topper does come with a five year warranty, which is a really generous time period for a warranty on a mattress topper.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.