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Keetsa Mattress Topper Review – Luxury v Basic Comfort Layer

A mattress topper can alter the firmness and feel of your existing mattress.

This can be a great benefit if your current mattress is uncomfortable and you don’t have the budget to buy a completely new mattress.

However, it can be difficult to know just how the addition of a topper to your current mattress will feel because the final comfort level will depend on how your body weight, body type, and dominant sleeping position interact with the qualities of the topper in conjunction with the state of your current mattress.

That’s quite a lot to get your head around – especially if you’re not a mattress expert.

So to make things easier for you, I’ve reviewed and compared the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer and the Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer below so that you’ll have a better idea how the addition of either topper to your current mattress is likely to feel in regards to your body weight, body type, and preferred sleeping position.

Ready to find out?

1: Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer Review

The Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer Mattress Topper.
The Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer Mattress Topper (Keetsa.com)

To summarise my findings, I would say that the addition of the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer to just about any mattress is going to make it feel softer, increase the pressure relief, and reduce the mobility.

In my opinion, this makes the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer best suited to side sleepers under 230 lbs who find that their current mattress is too firm because it will take away the pressure on your hips and shoulders.

Whilst the memory foam feel and proclivity for deeper compression makes this topper well suited to side, front, and back sleepers under 130 lbs with a lighter frame due to the excellent pressure relief.

Conversely, I feel that front sleepers over 200 lbs should think carefully before buying this topper because 3 inches of extra sinkage may cause your hips to drop out of alignment and put pressure on your lower back.

And combination sleepers over 130 lbs may find it harder to switch positions due to the softer, less responsive, memory foam feel.

However, couples who currently have a noisy spring mattress may find that the foam design absorbs movement and helps you both sleep undisturbed.

Check out my full Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer topper review below for a more detailed analysis.

Recommended For:

  • Anyone looking to make their mattress softer.
  • Side sleepers under 230 lbs looking to increase shoulder and hip comfort.
  • Back sleepers under 200 lbs looking to make their mattress softer.
  • Compatible couples looking to reduce motion transfer and sleep undisturbed.
  • Lighter weighted sleepers with a light frame looking for greater pressure relief.
  • Those looking to add the contoured feel of memory foam to their current mattress.

Not Recommended For:

  • Anyone looking to make their mattress firmer.
  • Trying to fix a sagging mattress – a broken support core is difficult to cover up with any sort of topper (much less a soft one like this).
  • Front sleepers over 200 lbs may sink too far into the materials.
  • Combination sleepers over 130 lbs may find it difficult to change positions quickly.
  • Edge sleepers over 200 lbs who need firm support may find that the topper makes the edge of the mattress too soft.
  • Very hot sleepers who can’t risk an increase in temperature.
  • Anyone who hates the feel of memory foam – or having the materials hug your body closely.

Design Analysis – Natural-Synthetic Blend Certified as Safe

The Layers of the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer.
The Layers of the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer (Keetsa.com)

The Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer is a mattress topper that’s 3 inches thick and comes with a hemp-blended cover that encases a layer of fiber padding that sits on top of a memory foam support layer.

The 3-inch profile means that if you’re placing this topper on a mattress that takes the collective depth to 14 -16 inches in total, you’ll need a deep pocket fitted sheet – or an extra-deep pocket fitted sheet if the collective depth exceeds 16 inches (see my list of the best bed sheets to buy for both options).

In terms of general comfort, the layering and material specifications means that you can expect a mattress topper that feels soft and smooth to the touch but has a deeper and more cushioned memory foam feel that is capable of wicking away moisture and promoting airflow to help regulate your temperature.

More specifically, the hemp-blended fabric combines with the soft, fluffy fiberfill padding (which I believe is made from recycled plastic that contains no harmful substances) to create a breathable upper surface that actively works to pull moisture away from your body and allow it to evaporate – much like a bamboo bed sheet does.

Whilst the BioFoam® comfort/support layer is made from a blend of natural and synthetic materials – where 12% of the petroleum oil is replaced with castor bean oil to enhance eco-friendliness whilst retaining the durability and pressure-relieving qualities of the petroleum-based memory foam.

The BioFoam® is also infused with green tea to help keep the topper fresh – without having to use chemical treatments.

To further alleviate the fears of people who are concerned that memory foam is toxic, the memory foam used in the Keetsa mattresses and toppers are CertiPUR-US® certified.

This means that the polyfoam used is made without harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), PBDEs (polybrominated diphenylethers), heavy metals, and phthalates; whilst minimizing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to acceptable levels to limit off-gassing smells [1].

Furthermore, the hemp blended fabric cover has the STANDARD 100 certification by OEKO-TEX® – meaning that the surface of the topper is unlikely to cause skin irritation because the material is ‘harmless in human ecological terms’ [2].

FirmnessSoft
DesignProprietary memory foam
No. of Layers1 core layer + padding and cover
Thickness3 inches
Materials UsedHemp, fiber padding, memory foam
CertificationsCertiPUR-US®, Standard 100 (OEKO-TEX®)
CoverHemp blend
PaddingFiberfill
Support LayerBioFoam® (memory foam)
Warranty5 years
Sleep Trial30 – 90 days
Financing Available?Yes – 0% APR available
Care InstructionsDo not wash – cover can be dry cleaned

Comfort Analysis – Makes Your Mattress Softer

The Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer mattress topper has a ‘soft’ level of firmness with a plush feel that will make most mattresses feel softer.

Keetsa even explicitly state on their website that if you find any of their mattresses to be too firm, then the addition of one of their ‘comfort layers’ can make your mattress softer.

Crucially, however, although this mattress topper adds 3 inches of extra cushioning, the memory foam dominant composition means that although most people will sink into the mattress, the foam will take a little bit of time to adjust to your body shape – giving it a ‘gloopier’ feel when compared to other types of foam and even latex.

And perhaps most importantly of all, just how soft and responsive your mattress will feel with this topper in place will depend heavily upon your body weight, body type, and dominant sleeping position.

See below for a full breakdown.

Under 130 lbs130 – 230 lbsOver 230 lbs
FrontSoftSoft – very softToo soft
BackSoftSoft – very softVery soft
SideSlightly firmIdealSoft
ComboFair mobilityReduced mobilityLaboured mobility
EdgeMinor compressionFair compressionDeeper compression
  • Front sleepers – if you’re a front sleeper then all but the lightest sleepers under 130 lbs will notice a deeper level of compression when using this topper. This could potentially pose problems if you’re over 200 lbs because it may cause your hips to sink in too far and cause back pain.
  • Back sleepers – the same degree of compression is to be expected in the back sleeping position, although discomfort may be less noticeable around and slightly above the 230 lbs mark because the back is typically in a less precarious arrangement when compared to the front sleeping position.
  • Side sleepers – if you’re a side sleeper who experiences discomfort on your hips and shoulders in your current mattress, then the deeper cushioning of the topper could significantly improve comfort in those areas across all weight ranges.
  • Combo sleepers – if you switch positions often during the night then you can generally expect the topper to make movement more challenging due to the greater capacity for sinkage; especially at heavier weights.
  • Edge sleepers – the addition of the topper is likely to increase sinkage at the edge of your mattress; which may or may not be to your liking depending on the amount of edge support provided by your current mattress.
Slight BuildAverage BuildSoft BuildAthletic Build
Increases pressure relief significantly.Increases pressure relief with closer contouring.Very close contouring.Increases pressure relief and closer contouring.

The deeper cushioning provided by the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer will benefit lighter weighted sleepers with more angular frames the most because sinking further into the materials will reduce the compression forces on your joints, whilst also removing pressure on the more prominent areas of your body like your hips and shoulders.

The more body fat that you carry, the closer the materials of the topper will conform to your body – which may impede airflow to some extent; which may cause you to sleep warmer.

How Will Your Existing Mattress Affect Comfort?

The Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer is likely to make nearly all mattresses feel softer.

However, if your current mattress is extra-firm with strong support then you should expect this to bleed through to some extent – potentially giving you a medium-firm to firm feel overall.

Similarly, if your current mattress is a firmer spring or spring-hybrid then this will generally make the topper feel a bit firmer and more responsive when compared to plonking it on a soft, all-foam mattress like the Puffy Original (which is great for lighter weighted side sleepers out of the box).

Crucially, however, if your current mattress is sagging significantly, adding this mattress topper probably won’t help much because a broken support core is difficult to cover up with a topper of any kind – much less one that’s as soft as the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer.

Benefits

Here are some of the specific benefits that you could enjoy when you buy the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer.

  • Dampens shock waves – the soft, memory foam design helps to absorb the shockwaves created as your bed partner moves or sits on the mattress. This means that the topper could be a great addition if you currently have a spring mattress that’s noisy and conducts movement too readily.
  • Low toxicity – although this mattress topper isn’t organic, it comes with several certifications that limit the toxicity of this mattress and lower the chance of you experiencing an allergic reaction with the materials.
  • Reasonable durability – even with its soft construct, the memory foam does help to enhance the durability of the topper.

Considerations

On the flip side, here are some things that you should keep in mind before you go ahead and buy the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer mattress topper.

  • Tricky to wash – Keetsa specifically states on their website that you shouldn’t wash this topper because this could damage the materials; changing the feel and reducing the lifespan. It’s instead recommended that you place your sheets and a mattress protector over the topper to guard against damage. However, if you absolutely must clean the topper, then you’ll need to remove the outer cover and take it to the dry cleaners. If the topper shrinks or is damaged in any other way through dry cleaning or your own efforts, the warranty will be void.
  • May sleep warm – although the topper is designed to be breathable, memory foam can sleep warm – especially if you’re of a softer body type; where the topper is more likely to contour closely to your body and trap heat.
  • Reduces mobility – the addition of the topper to your mattress is likely to make it more challenging to move around in due to the deeper compression and memory foam feel.

Final Ratings

Here are my final qualitative ratings for the Keetsa Luxurious Comfort Layer mattress topper.

Pressure ReliefVery good
SupportFair
Moving AroundFair – poor
BounceLow
ResponsivenessLow – less than latex, spring, and hybrids
Motion IsolationGood
NoiseVery quiet
Allergy ControlGood
Off-GassingLow for a memory foam topper
Pain ReliefGood – pressure relief bias
DurabilityFair
Indentation RiskFair
Price v ValueFair
Price (queen)$330
Worst Sleeping PositionFront: over 230 lbs
Best Sleeping PositionSide: under 230 lbs

2: Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer Review

The Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer Mattress Topper.
The Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer Mattress Topper (Keetsa.com)

By comparison, the Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer is very similar to the Luxury version.

The main differences being that the Basic option is cheaper, 1 inch thinner, and slightly firmer (but still soft).

This means that in my opinion, all of the benefits to side sleepers and potential drawbacks to front sleepers and combination sleepers still hold.

Overall, you should expect the addition of the Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer to make your existing mattress feel softer.

And nuances aside, the main reason why I would recommend the Basic over the Luxury version is simply to save money.

Recommended For:

  • Side sleepers under 230 lbs.
  • Back sleepers under 200 lbs.

Not Recommended For:

  • Front sleepers over 230 lbs.

Design Analysis – 1 Inch Shallower Than the Luxury Topper

Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer Design Analysis.
Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer Design (Keetsa.com)

The design of the Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer is only slightly different to the Luxury version.

This topper is 2 inches thick and leverages a cotton-blended cover that gives way to a proprietary comfort/support layer that has a similar feel to that of the Luxury option.

The topper also carries the CertiPUR-US® certification to ensure that toxic chemicals are not used.

FirmnessSoft
DesignProprietary foam
No. of LayersCover + 1 layer
Thickness2 inches
Materials UsedCotton + foam
CertificationsCertiPUR-US®
CoverCotton-blend velour
Support LayerComfort Foam®
Warranty5 years
Sleep Trial30 – 90 days
Financing Available?Yes – 0% APR available
Care InstructionsUnclear

Comfort Analysis – A Touch Firmer Than the Luxury Topper

Because the Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer is 1 inch shallower than the Luxury version, it feels a touch firmer by comparison.

However, it’s still soft and will increase the pressure relief and depth of compression on most mattresses – although the thinner profile does mean that the qualities of your existing mattress such as the support and firmness may bleed through a tad more.

On the whole, my warnings for front sleepers the benefits to side sleepers are pretty much the same as those for the Luxury version – although the firmer feel may make it slightly less comfortable for lighter weighted sleepers under 130 lbs with a more angular body type.

Under 130 lbs130 – 230 lbsOver 230 lbs
FrontSoftSoft – very softVery soft
BackSoftSoft – very softVery soft
SideFirmIdealSoft
ComboFair mobilityModerate mobilityReduced mobility
EdgeMinor compressionFair compressionModerate compression
Slight BuildAverage BuildSoft BuildAthletic Build
Fair amount of pressure relief.Some pressure relief.Blend of pressure relief and closer contouring.Some pressure relief.

Benefits

The benefits are almost identical to those I identified in the Luxury version.

The only minor difference is that the shallower profile may mean that the basic version doesn’t dampen movement quite as well.

Considerations

The procedure for cleaning the Basic topper isn’t clear – so I wouldn’t risk putting it in the washing machine; instead use a mattress protector and/or use a good quality fitted sheet to prevent damage.

The shallower profile may mean that the Basic version is a tad easier to move around in and may sleep cooler than the Luxury version.

Final Ratings

Here are my final qualitative ratings for the Keetsa Basic Comfort Layer mattress topper – I’ve referenced them against the Luxury version.

Pressure ReliefSlightly less than the Luxury version
SupportSimilar to the Luxury version
Moving AroundSlightly easier than the Luxury version
BounceSlightly more than the Luxury version
ResponsivenessSlightly better than the Luxury version
Motion IsolationSlightly less than the Luxury version
NoiseSimilar to the Luxury version
Allergy ControlSimilar to the Luxury version
Off-GassingSimilar to the Luxury version
Pain ReliefSimilar to the Luxury version
DurabilitySimilar to the Luxury version
Indentation RiskSimilar to the Luxury version
Price v ValueCheaper than the Luxury version
Price (queen)$190
Worst Sleeping PositionFront: over 230 lbs
Best Sleeping PositionSide: 130 – 230 lbs

Conclusion: Which Topper is Right For You?

Hopefully, my side-by-side comparison reviews of the Keetsa mattress toppers have helped you decide which one is right for you.

In in my view, the Basic version is the best option if you just want to add a touch of softness for side sleeping without paying the full price of the Luxury version.

But if you want to increase the softness even more, maximize the pressure relief on your hips and shoulders, make your mattress as quiet as possible, and dampen as much movement as possible to stop you and your partner waking each other up then the Luxury version is probably worth the extra expense.

Have you slept on either of these toppers?

Then please do share your experiences below to help others who may be thinking about buying either of these toppers.


Sources and References

[1] CertiPUR-US® – About the Seal. Accessed 7/6/20.

[2] OEKO-TEX® – STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. Accessed 7/6/20.

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