Waking up feeling refreshed and knowing that you can sleep comfortably no matter how your day goes is the least we can expect from a great mattress. Pillow top mattresses provide a unique sleeping experience unlike other flat top mattresses. The addition of a padded layer cushion and further relieves pressure much more significantly than any other mattresses can provide on its own. In this buyer’s guide, we dive deep into pillow top mattresses. We examine the two major types of pillow top sleeping surfaces, what makes a pillow top mattress good, and recommend the top 10 best pillow top mattresses for great sleep.
- 1 Reviews of the Best Pillow Top Mattresses
- 1.1 DreamCloud Mattress
- 1.2 Zinus Pillow Top Memory Foam Mattress
- 1.3 Latex For Less Mattress
- 1.4 Nectar Mattress
- 1.5 Signature Sleep Mattress
- 1.6 WinkBed Mattress
- 1.7 Olee Sleep Galaxy Mattress
- 1.8 Sealy Response Essentials Mattress
- 1.9 Dreamfoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams Mattress
- 1.10 Beautyrest Platinum Montego Mattress
- 2 The Two Types of Pillow Top Surfaces
- 3 What Makes A Great Pillow Top Mattress?
Reviews of the Best Pillow Top Mattresses
The DreamCloud Mattress is one of the latest mattresses on the market, and they come in hitting the ground running. First off, we have a 365-night trial, free shipping, and lifelong warranty. This means you can spend a whole year sleeping and enjoying the mattress, and if you end up feeling like it’s simply not right for you, then you can return it. The lifelong warranty also protects you from any unintended manufacturing defects as the company aims to ensure the absolute best quality mattress that will last.
The mattress is an 8-layer luxury hybrid mattress, using high quality materials throughout their premium foam layers coupled with encased coils for the best of both worlds in mattress materials. Its thickness is a whopping 15 inches with an amazing cashmere blend fabric top layer. The pillow top, called the Truetufted, is a cashmere polyester blend for high breathability and a softness not known to any other mattresses on the market. The cashmere polyester pillow top, according to the company, provides 3x more effectiveness at cooling than foam or cotton materials.
The DreamCloud hybrid mattress is plush, with bounce and amazing support, relieving pressure for a comfortable rest.
Zinus is one of the best known brands on amazon, as one of the most competitively priced mattress providers online. There are several Zinus mattresses available, so feel free to browser for more. We will look at the 12-inch pillow top memory foam mattress.
This mattress uses four layers of memory foam to provide a highly supportive sleeping experience. Underneath the bed, we find memory foam infused with green tea, charcoal, and natural plant oil that helps eliminate odor, provide a fresh sleeping surface, and pressure relief throughout the mattress. The pillow top is 2 inches of microfiber and foam quilted jacquard cover for a soft, padded sleeping surface. The pillow top surface also has a clear padded border design to help you find the edges of your bed.
The Zinus Pillow Top Memory Foam Mattress is soft and comfortable, holding your body weight very well without collapsing. The mattress does have an initial odor (due to the nature of memory foams) and may take some time before it completely dissipates.
The Latex For Less Mattress is one of our most favorite latex mattresses. Made from 100% natural latex, organic cotton and pure natural wool, the mattress is highly regarded for its comfort. The mattress comes with a 120-night home trial (four months) to really see if the mattress sleeps well for you (and your partner). It is also reversible with two firmness choices for you to pick from (medium and firm) as both side is a pillow top sleeping surface.
Latex For Less uses a pure, botanical (plant) material sustainably harvested with no added harsh chemicals. The latex mattress, then, is buoyant and bouncy, with a nice cloud-like sleeping surface. The cover is highly breathable and soft with 100% organic cotton, and the use of 100% natural wool fire barrier helps keep you cool by wicking away body moisture and provide a natural flame-resistant fire barrier (without synthetic chemicals).
Latex For Less Mattress comes with free shipping in a small box for easy placement and offers free return pickups if it isn’t suitable for you. The mattress is made in the USA and certified by two third-party organizations for its safe materials used in its mattress and other products.
The Nectar Mattress is another popular pillow top mattress with an entire full year trial period. If you find yourself unsatisfied after spending 365 nights on it, Nectar will collect your mattress for free and provide you with a full refund.
The mattress is made with several layers of cooling gel memory foam, each layer providing pressure relief. All of this is wrapped with a top layer of quilted memory foam with Tencel fabric to wick away heat and moisture for cooler sleep. The mattress is slow in responsive and can provide a nice, deep hugging experience (without the “sinked in and trapped” feeling), relieving a great amount of pressure on shoulders, hips, and back. The memory foam layers also does an excellent job at absorbing motion, making it great for couples who might be light sleepers.
Nectar sleep mattress comes with a lifelong warranty which means protection for you from any manufacturing defects. The mattress works great on all bed frames, and also comes with 2 free pillows and a discount of $125 off.
The Signature sleep mattress is an innerspring coil with a soft rayon cover on its pillow top padding, which does an excellent job at absorbing moisture and providing a breathable surface for the mattress to cool and regulate the sleeping surface temperature. If you’re looking for a bouncy innerspring mattress, then the Signature Sleep Mattress is perfect.
The low price class mattress is made with 3-inches top layer of memory foam for absorbing your bodyweight and pressure exerted on yourself. The foam along with the coils provides zoned support for deep compression support that is great for heavy individuals. We find 13.5-gauge independently encased coil springs in the center for optimal support, with 15-gauge springs along the edges for slightly more give and cushion on the sides. Lower gauge number represents more strength in the coils that can make a sleeping surface more supportive and firm. 15-gauge is the typical level for innersprings, so having 13.5-gauge in the center can better support and disperse your body weight, which the center of our gravity being at the hip area.
The Signature Sleep Mattress is in a low budget, affordable price class. This unfortunately does mean a shorter return period and warranty. With the Signature Sleep, we find a 30 day refund period and a 1 year warranty. However, if you are looking for a cheap pillow top mattress using innerspring, then the Signature Sleep Mattress might be for you.
The WinkBed Mattress is an awesome high class hybrid mattress, combining memory foam and innersprings with its pillow top for a distinctive luxury sleeping surface feel. The mattress comes with a 101 night free trial period so you have a little over three months to really break it in and see if you enjoy it. The WinkBed is known to be very durable and supportive, making it great for all types of sleeping positions and for those who weigh a bit than average.
The mattress uses plush comfort foam tops that is more bouyant than memory foam and softer than latex. This foam eliminates those pesky “body impression” feels that traditional memory foam tends to create because of its slow responsiveness. The memory foam is also infused with gel, directing heat away from the body while absorbing motion transfer so you won’t wake up your sleeping partner. The foam layers help evenly distribute weight and relieve pressure just as well as memory foam. Throw in the pillow top padding and you get a hypersoft, contouring sleeping surface experience. Underneath, we have two layers of pocket coils, with a micro air-springs to help provide an interesting mini upper bounce layer and a pathway for better airflow for cooler sleep. At the base, we have tempered steel coil base springs that are individually encased for customized local pressure relief and assurance that your spine and joints are aligned properly.
With the tencel cover, we end up with a WinkBed Mattress that is cool, comfortable, breathable, and comfortably responsive. The mattress is handcrafted in the usa, latex and allergen-free and made-to-order. The WinkBed is also one of our top recommendation for the best hybrid mattresses on the market.
The Olee Sleep Galaxy Mattress is a soft multi-layer hybrid mattress that provides a contouring sleeping surface, cushioned memory foam pressure relief, and deep compression support with individually encased coils as its base layer. Priced in the affordable, budget range, this bed is best described as outrageously cheap for a quality hybrid mattress. It uses a euro box pillow top with a polyester jacquard knitted fabric for a soft and durable cover. Interestingly, the cover is removable for easy washing if needed. (We do still recommend using bed sheets to ensure cleanliness and long lasting use.)
The Olee has several layers of foam. We start with a padding top where the cover fabric is knitted on. This is followed by high-density foam layers that are infused with gel for a cooler, regulated sleeping surface. Below, we have pocketed springs that are individually encased for a customized local pressure relief support for your body. Underneath, we end off with a high-density foam to give the springs support and the mattress its shape.
Since it is priced extremely budget friendly, the Olee Sleep Galaxy Mattress only has a 30-day trial period. We are a huge fan of the gel-infused memory foam and innerspring combination as it provides a cooler sleep and great bouyant support that memory foam alone lacks. It does come with an awesome 10-year limited warranty to protect you from manufacturer defects.
The Sealy Responsive Essentials Mattress is a middle price class innerspring mattress that uses a patented SealyCushion pillow top and patented Response coil system for perfect balance between comfort and body support. We find soft, high-quality memory foam material that provide a pressure relief cushion for your pressure points that is layered over the SealyCushion air foams. Sealy is one of the oldest mattress brands on the market, well-known for their multiple mattress lines including the PosturePedic Hybrid Mattresses and Sealy Adjustable Bed Bases.
The pillow top is an extra soft cushion, two inches in thickness, that provide significant amount of pressure relief. Coupled with the gel-infused memory foam layers underneath, the mattress can ensure a sleep experience similar to being on a cloud. The mattress also includes Sealy’s own SolidEdge HD System reinforcing the borders around the mattress edge to provide you maximum mattress surface to sleep on, as well as sitting along the sides of your mattress as you get on and off your bed.
We’re a huge fan of hybrid mattresses, and if you enjoy euro pillow tops or tight tops, the Sealy Response Essentials Mattress have both options available. There are four thickness and styles to choose from: 10.5-inch plush tight top, 11-inch cushion firm tight top, 11.5-inch plush euro top, and 13-inch plush euro pillow top. There are also 6 sizes available: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. The mattress comes with a 30-day return policy, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty to protect you from manufacturing defects.
The Dreamfoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams Mattress is a euro top high density foam mattress that uses a soft padded pillow top and foam layers to provide a pressure relief and contouring support. The foam mattress is designed with something called a tri-zone foam core that help reduce motion transfer so you and your sleeping partner can sleep well at night.
The foam core is constructed to allow decent airflow and breathability for allowing heat to disperse as you sleep. They are convoluted to prevent heat building up while giving it a place to be pushed out. We also find the foam provide cushioned support creating a soft, body conforming relief for many sleeping positions and body pain needs.
The Dreamfoam Mattress is a great mattress if you are looking for a pillow top that isn’t too soft or too firm. All foams are CertiPUR-US certified meeting the highest standards for quality materials and safe use. The mattress comes with a 30-day trial period, and seven sizes are available: twin, full, full XL, short queen (great for RVs and tighter spaces), queen, king, and California king.
The Beautyrest Platinum Montego mattress is part of a long line of mattress products by Beautyrest. The Montego is a hybrid mattress combining the best of gel memory foam for comfortable sleeping temperatures and pocketed coil technology for enhanced pressure relief and support.
The mattress is designed with several layers of foam followed by pocketed coils. The top layer is a soft gel foam that cushions and conform to the curves of your body while helping by regulating sleeping surface temperatures. Below that, we have a Tencel-infused layer of fibers to provide extremely efficient breathability for a cooler mattress and well regulated sleeping surface temperatures. Encasing all the layers of foam and innerspring, we find the aircool beautyedge foam encasement, providing support and stability to the mattress and allow sleepers to use the full surface of the mattress. The edge is made with foam, with airholes along the sides to provide further breathability to the mattress for a cooler sleep experience.
The Beautyrest Platinum Montego mattress is an elegantly designed luxury pillow top mattress. If you are in need of a cooler sleep or is a heavyset sleeper, the mattress does an excellent job providing a cloud-like comfort support with pressure relief and deep compression support through its memory foam and pocketed coil layers. The mattress also has thickness greater than most mattresses on the market, as well as firmness choices for you to choose from. Thickness ranges from 13 inches to 16 inches, with firmness ranges from plush to extra firm. There are also five sizes available: twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. The mattress comes with a 30-day trial period, and a 10-year limited warranty.
The Two Types of Pillow Top Surfaces
There are two major types of pillow top mattresses: euro-top and tight top.
Euro-top mattresses can be identified by the addition of several inches that appear stitched on top of the mattress. This pillow top provides a softness to the sleeping surface of any mattress, with extra padding of various types of foam, only memory foam, or a combination of several.
Tight top mattresses, on the other hand, does not have extra fabric stitched on top of the mattress. The padded top layer is pull down and attached to the mattress. If you enjoy a pillow top, but one that isn’t too soft, then the tight top pillow top can satisfy that need.
What Makes A Great Pillow Top Mattress?
Quality pillow top cushioning: With the extra stitching and addition of a padded layer, we can expect a pillow top mattress to have a soft feel sleeping surface that is stitched extremely well. We want to ensure the extra padding, especially with euro-top pillow top mattresses, stays put. Modern mattresses now stitch their covers onto the padding to prevent shifting.
Great cooling and breathability: With the addition of an extra padded layer, we should keep an eye out for a pillow top mattress that includes features, construction, and design that provides a better sleeping surface temperature and airflow to disperse any heat build up underneath the sleeper. This can come in the form of open-cell construction, cooling gel infused into foam layers, porous air holes, and open space inside the mattress.
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Supportive and comfortable: It goes without saying we want to ensure the pillow top mattress of your choice can provide a sleeping experience like you never have had before. We look for mattress brands with a proven history of providing comfortable sleeping experiences and find the best models that are well received with excellent reviews. Mattresses should also be well built to be durable and last long. It’s a hassle to receive a mattress we don’t like and return it after only to wait for the next mattress to arrive.
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