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Best Pillow Top Mattress

Cloud-like pillow-top mattresses are often found in luxury hotels, but many shoppers also opt to sleep on one at home. A pillow-top mattress includes an additional layer attached to the top of the mattress, which can be filled with foam, latex, fiberfill, silk, and other padding materials.

A pillow-top is often added to hybrid and innerspring mattresses, both of which have coil support cores. The pillow-top acts as an additional comfort layer for softness and contouring, while the coil base provides plenty of support. It’s ideal for side sleepers, those with orthopedic concerns and sharp pressure points, and sensitive sleepers who want to minimize motion transfer.

The variety of materials used to construct pillow-top mattresses results in a wide price range, but there are plenty of affordable options. When considering a pillow-top mattress, durability should be considered in addition to budget. Shoppers will also want to keep in mind that a pillow-top mattress can be plush and inviting, but it should still provide consistent support.

We’ll review our top picks for the best pillow-top mattresses and who is best suited for this type of mattress. We’ll also include details on the construction, pricing, and durability of pillow-top mattresses, in addition to other important considerations.

Our Top Picks

Avocado - Best Natural/Organic
Helix Midnight Luxe - Best Conforming
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,849
Logan and Cove - Best in Canada
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $999 (CAD)
DreamCloud Premier - Best Hybrid
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,399

Avocado - Best Natural/Organic

Price: $1,399 (Standard), $1,799 (Pillow-Top)

Height: 11” (Standard), 13” (Pillow-Top)

Firmness: Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 5/5

Ease of Movement: 5/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

Avocado-Green-Mattress

Highlights:

  • Sustainable construction with natural and organic materials
  • Pillow-top upgrade adds two inches of natural latex
  • 365-night sleep trial

Ideal For:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Hot sleepers

The Avocado Green Mattress is a highly durable option made with sustainable materials, including organic wool, cotton, and Dunlop latex. While the mattress is available in a standard hybrid construction, you have the option to upgrade the Avocado mattress with a pillow-top for an additional fee.

The organic cotton cover of the Avocado is breathable and moisture-wicking and the organic wool fire barrier beneath it also helps regulate temperature. The pillow-top layer of Dunlop latex has a plush, contouring feel for pressure relief. Beneath the pillow-top is another 2-inch layer of Dunlop latex.

The 8-inch support core of pocketed coils is zoned for ergonomic support, and the strong steel coil perimeter provides sturdy edge reinforcement. A 1-inch layer of Dunlop latex reinforces the coils. Though hybrid mattresses tend to transfer motion, the pillow-top of the Avocado helps isolate motion and prevent sleep disturbances.

The Avocado Green Mattress is needle-tufted for durability, and no water-based adhesives or harmful chemicals are used in its construction. The environmentally-friendly construction appeals to eco-conscious shoppers and those with chemical sensitivities.

The medium firm (6) rating of the Avocado mattress is ideal for most sleeping positions and body types. Stomach sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, however, may prefer a firmer mattress.

The Avocado Green Mattress comes with a one-year sleep trial, so purchasers can try out the mattress in each season to get a feel for how it performs. The 25-year prorated warranty covers defects in materials and manufacturing.

Read Our Full Avocado Mattress Review


Helix Midnight Luxe - Best Conforming

Price: $1,799

Height: 14”

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Dual-layered comfort system for pressure relief
  • Zoned coils boost support and contouring
  • Hybrid construction prevents heat retention

Ideal For:

  • Side sleepers
  • Couples
  • Those who want a conforming mattress

The Helix Midnight Luxe adds a Tencel cover and quilted pillow-top to the brand’s standard Midnight model. Each Helix mattress is designed with a specific sleeping position and comfort preference in mind, and the Helix Midnight Luxe is well-suited for side sleepers who want a conforming mattress.

The breathable cover wicks away heat and moisture to help keep you comfortable throughout the night. The quilted pillow-top is luxury hotel-inspired, and a comfort layer of Memory Plus foam provides very good pressure relief and even body contouring. Using high-density memory foam in the top layer of the Helix Midnight Luxe results in better durability.

Beneath the quilted pillow-top is a layer of gel-infused memory foam for additional support and contouring. A transition layer of high-grade polyfoam keeps you from sinking in too deeply and feeling the coils below. The zoned pocketed coil support core is softer under the shoulders and firmer beneath the hips and lumbar region. A layer of high-density polyfoam reinforces the coil layer and improves the durability of the mattress.

The Helix Midnight Luxe is medium firm (6), and while it is designed with side sleepers in mind, we find it is also a good fit for back sleepers. Helix offers purchasers a 100-night sleep trial. The Helix Midnight Luxe is covered by a 15-year warranty.

Read Our Full Helix Mattress Review


Logan and Cove - Best in Canada

Price: $999 (CAD)

Height: 14”

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 2/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Logan and Cove Mattress

Highlights:

  • Multiple foam layers for pressure relief
  • Soy-infused bio foam is made with fewer chemicals
  • Tencel cover wicks away moisture

Ideal For:

  • Shoppers in Canada
  • Those who want a medium soft or a medium firm mattress
  • Side sleepers and those with sharp pressure points

Canadian brand Logan & Cove crafts its flagship mattress with a traditional, silk-filled pillow-top and multiple foam layers for pressure relief. Shoppers have their choice of a medium soft or medium firm mattress, both of which have a hybrid construction.

The eucalyptus-derived Tencel cover wicks away moisture and encourages airflow throughout the mattress. The silk blend fill in the pillow-top also helps regulate temperature. Included in the pillow-top are three layers of foam. A layer of gel-infused memory foam helps draw heat away from the body while relieving pressure points. Beneath the gel-infused memory foam are layers of soy-infused bio foam and gel memory foam.

Zoned pocketed coils help minimize motion transfer while providing targeted support. A polyfoam encasing reinforces the perimeter of the mattress for added reinforcement along the edges. The medium soft (4) option is ideal for side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds, while the medium firm (6) option is best for side and back sleepers who weigh more than 130 pounds.

Logan & Cove only ships to Canada. The mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial, which includes a 30-night minimum before a return can be initiated. This gives you a chance to adjust to the mattress before making a decision. The Logan & Cove Mattress is covered by a 15-year warranty.


DreamCloud Premier - Best Hybrid

Price: $1,399

Height: 15”

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

The DreamCloud Mattress

Highlights:

  • 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty
  • High profile with Euro-top for cushioning
  • Hybrid construction isolates motion and relieves pressure

Ideal For:

  • All sleeping positions and body types
  • Couples
  • Hot sleepers

The DreamCloud Premier features a hybrid construction that offers robust support, with a Euro-top that cushions pressure points and isolates motion. The balanced construction and medium firm (6) rating make it a great fit for most sleeping positions and body types.

A cashmere blend cover wicks away moisture to keep you comfortable, even if you tend to sleep hot or sweat throughout the night. The TrueLoft Euro-top is quilted with memory foam for a cradling effect. High-density gel memory foam beneath the Euro-top helps draw heat away and relieves pressure points. A layer of polyfoam reduces motion transfer for sleepers that share the bed.

Individually encased coils provide ample edge support. While many pillow-top mattresses lack proper perimeter reinforcement, the DreamCloud Premier has a double row of coils along the edges. The foam base bolsters the coil layer and helps isolate movements.

DreamCloud offers a 365-night sleep trial, giving you a full year to test out the mattress and see how it performs. Additionally, the DreamCloud Premier is covered by a lifetime warranty, which offers repair or replacement of the mattress in the event of a defect.

Read Our Full DreamCloud Premier Mattress Review


Who Should Buy a Pillow Top Mattress?

A pillow-top mattress is better suited for certain sleepers, simply because it has a unique construction that balances a soft top layer with a supportive base. Though different materials can be used to construct a pillow-top mattress, most will have a conforming top layer. This adds height to the mattress, so a pillow-top mattress is best for those who want a high-profile bed. Deep pocket fitted sheets may be required.

Due to the softness a pillow-top adds, we find that this type of mattress is best for side and back sleepers. Those who use these positions benefit from conforming mattresses that cushion pressure points and relieve tension. These features are also beneficial for sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. Stomach sleepers and those who weigh more than 230 pounds often need a firm mattress to support the hips and abdomen, and most pillow-top mattresses will feel too soft. Depending on the construction of the pillow-top mattress, it may also retain some heat. Pillow-top mattresses made with natural materials tend to be more breathable and better for hot sleepers.

How Does it Feel to Sleep on a Pillow Top Mattress?

A pillow-top mattress is often soft and inviting, with a top layer that sleepers can sink into. Though there are a wide range of pillow-top mattresses available, you can generally expect to experience the following benefits when sleeping on a pillow-top mattress:

  • Contouring: The plush pillow-top layer conforms to the shape of your body, relieving pressure points and providing additional comfort.
  • Motion Isolation: Softer foams, which are often used in pillow-tops, can prevent motion transfer and minimize sleep disturbances. This is beneficial if you share the bed with a partner who tosses and turns or gets in and out of bed throughout the night.
  • Responsiveness: Pillow-tops made with latex and high-resiliency foams can respond to pressure and return to shape quickly for easier movement across the surface.
  • Breathability: Natural materials used in pillow-tops such as latex, cotton, wool, and silk are highly breathable and can help regulate temperature.
  • High Profile: A pillow-top can add up to 4 inches to a standard mattress, resulting in a higher profile.

How are Pillow Top Mattresses Constructed?

Technically, a pillow-top can be added onto any mattress type, but it is most often found on innerspring and hybrid models. A standard mattress is usually constructed with a comfort system, a transition layer, and a support core. The comfort system is thicker in hybrid mattresses, and thinner for innerspring mattresses. The transition layer sits between the comfort layers and support core. Hybrid and innerspring mattresses both have coil support cores.

A pillow-top mattress has all of the elements of a standard mattress, with the addition of a cushioning layer at the surface. The pillow-top is separate from the mattress itself, but may be permanently attached.

The term pillow-top is often used interchangeably with the term Euro-top, but there are differences in terms of construction and feel. Both a standard pillow-top and a Euro-top are attached to the mattress. While a standard pillow-top has a pillowy appearance and a clear distinction between the pillow-top and mattress, a Euro-top's edges run flush with the mattress to create a more uniform appearance. Some pillow-tops are removable, and may be attached with a zipper. This allows purchasers to remove the pillow-top for cleaning, fluffing, or rotating.

How Much Does a Pillow Top Mattress Cost?

The average shopper will spend between $1,000 and $1,500 for a pillow-top mattress. The price of the mattress depends on the construction methods and materials used, and innerspring mattresses with pillow-tops tend to be less expensive than hybrids. That said, there are a wide range of options available for shoppers, including budget and luxury price-points.

Euro-top mattresses tend to be more expensive than traditional pillow-top mattresses, as the Euro-style pillow-top is often made with higher quality materials and more densely packed. Additionally, a Euro-top is more integrated into the construction of the mattress, while a standard pillow-top is separate from the mattress.

The materials used also play an important role in pricing, and luxury materials like silk, down, and natural latex will be pricier than synthetic foam and fiberfill. The comfort layers and support core beneath the pillow-top should also be considered, as these affect both price and durability.

How Long Will a Pillow-Top Mattress Last?

Most mattresses last at least 6 to 8 years if not longer, but pillow-top mattresses can be less durable. The pillow-top layer may flatten over time, and the lifespan of a pillow-top mattress will depend on the quality of materials and construction. There are certain features that shoppers can look for in order to find a pillow-top mattress that is worth the investment. Additionally, taking proper care of a pillow-top mattress and rotating it head to foot every three to six months can extend its lifespan.

Quality of Materials and Construction

Pillow-top materials like natural latex and high-density foam tend to be more durable, as they resist deep body impressions and sagging over time. Natural materials like wool can also retain their shape and maintain a consistent level of comfort. The comfort layers and support core beneath the pillow-top should also be considered. Tempered steel coils tend to be durable and supportive.

Higher-end materials are often worth the investment, as they can add several years to the expected lifespan of a mattress. Cheaper and lower-quality materials tend to deteriorate more quickly, leading to sagging and inconsistent support over time. And if the   pillow-top is permanently attached, shoppers will need to replace the entire mattress if the pillow-top begins to flatten or sag.

Caring for a Pillow Top Mattress

To prevent uneven wear, your pillow-top mattress should be rotated head to foot every three to six months. Pillow-top mattresses should not be flipped unless they have a double-sided construction, which is rare.

To protect the pillow-top fill, the mattress should be carefully spot cleaned as needed, typically with mild detergent. Follow any care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Vacuuming your pillow-top mattress can help fluff the filling and maintain its shape. This also helps remove dust mites and other common allergens.

Be sure to use a proper suitable foundation with the pillow-top mattress, as this will prevent excessive sagging and ensure long-lasting support...

Last Things to Consider With a Pillow Top Mattress

When shopping for a pillow-top mattress, there are a couple of practical things to keep in mind. The type of pillow-top used and the overall firmness of the mattress will help you compare models and find the best fit.

Types of Pillow Tops

Common types of pillow-tops include traditional style and Euro-style. Both types add approximately 2 to 4 inches to the mattress height, but they differ in appearance and overall feel.

A traditional, or standard, pillow-top is a cushioning layer that sits on top of a mattress. The pillow-top is attached, but it has a separate construction and cover that results in a gap between the pillow-top and the top of the mattress.

A Euro-top is sewn into the mattress for a more of an integrated look. The Euro-top is flush with the mattress edges and can provide better edge support. Euro-tops often are filled with high-quality materials, and may be more densely packed.

Firmness

A pillow-top adds several inches of material to a mattress, typically resulting in a plush feel. This is ideal for shoppers who want a medium soft to medium firm bed, but it may not be ideal for shoppers who prefer a firmer feel. That said, the firmness of the mattress will depend on the pillow-top materials and mattress construction. Latex can be firmer and more resilient, while memory foam and fiberfill tend to be softer and more conforming.