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Treat Yourself: 5 Pillow Top Mattresses [Reviews + Guide]

by Olly Mason

It’s about time pillow top mattresses receive the recognition they deserve. These beds may live in the shadow of memory foam and hybrid mattresses, but if you consider these mattresses as outdated, you’re robbing yourself of one of the most luxurious sleep experiences on the market.

Whether you’re familiar with the style or are exploring other sleep options, let us remind you why many sleepers remain faithful to the one-of-a-kind comfort only found from these mattress models. Inside, we include our five best pillow top mattress picks, along with a complete in-depth guide to shopping for pillow-top beds. Follow along!

At a Glance:

Benefits of a Pillow Top Mattress

Recommended Sleepers for Pillow Top Mattresses

Our Best Pillow Top Mattress Picks

Our Selection Process

FAQs

Why Trust Us?

So, what is a pillow top mattress, exactly? Well, if you’ve ever craved the satisfaction of sleeping on a luxury hotel suite bed, you know exactly why pillow-top mattresses are one of the most indulgent mattress types available. For those who have yet to experience a pillow-top bed, let’s draw the picture for you.

It all starts with the surface of the mattress. The topper, which is sewn into the mattress, sits above a base like a cloud of cozy comfort. Below the topper, any number of materials are used to create comfort and support levels suited for specific types of sleepers. Usually, the base features a network of springs. Standard models use innersprings, but high-end pillow top mattresses often include encased pocketed coils that offer superior motion transfer and sturdiness.

Benefits of a Pillow Top Mattress

As mentioned, pillow top mattresses combine traditional coils with a layer of soft support that many sleepers agree is the perfect balance of comfort and stability. Overall, users sleeping on a pillow top mattress can expect:

Even weight dispersion from a top layer of added support 

Pressure relief, thanks to tufts that decrease contact with the surface

Quilted designs that aid in ventilation for fresher sleep

Reduced motion transfer

Recommended Sleepers for Pillow Top Mattresses

Pillow top mattresses are recommended for virtually every kind of sleeper, but side sleepers and back sleepers in particular benefit from the unique design of these mattresses. Let’s recap what each sleep position requires:

  • Back sleepers: Even support for the entire body and parallel spine alignment
  • Side sleepers: A surface that contours to the body but doesn’t sink too much, causing the hips and spine to misalign

Memory foam, latex, or gel are commonly added to toppers for a boost of plush comfort, similar to a hybrid mattress. That means shoppers on the market for hybrid mattresses can also browse pillow top beds as a budget-friendly alternative as an added bonus.

Read More: The Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

Our Best Pillow Top Mattress Picks

Sweet dreams begin with our list of five recommended pillow top mattresses. Which pick sounds like your ideal night of sleep?

Best Overall: Stearns & Foster® Estate® Hurston ES2 Luxury Plush Coil Pillow Top Queen Mattress (52491351)

Side view of Stearns & Foster 52491351 queen-size pillow top mattress

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Nestle into something truly delightful with this pillow top queen mattress from the Stearns & Foster Estate collection. Handcrafted comfort cradles the body beginning with a billowy, quilted cover infused with Tencel fibers for a touch of cooling relaxation. A perfect balance of support from exclusive InelliCoil springs and special foam support combine for a cloud-like experience that soothes the body.

Features:

  • IntelliCoil Advanced foundation
  • Advanced Adapt foam
  • PrimaSense gel foam
  • PrecisionEdge System 

Best Value: Sleep Essentials Manito 2.5 Pocketed Coil Super Pillow Top Queen Mattress (27752)

Side view of Sleep Essentials 27752 queen-size pillow top mattress

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Valleys of quilting covering this Sleep Essential pillow top mattress cradle you in decadent support the moment you lie down for bed. Get comfy with the support of pocketed coils that add stability and absorb motion, while a combination of foams contour to the body for pressure relief and tailored support.

Features:

  • Tack & Jump dash quilt design
  • Pocketed coil support
  • Foam support
  • High-density foam encasement

Best Luxury: Stearns & Foster® Lux Estate® Cassatt LE2 Luxury Ultra Plush Pillow Top Queen Mattress (52513051)

Side view of Stearns & Foster 52513051 Lux Estate queen-size pillow top mattress

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This Stearns & Foster pillow top mattress has all the hallmarks of a high-end mattress: IntelliCoil spring support, quality foam comfort, and reinforced edges, creating a fully usable surface that’s comfortable no matter where you sleep. For a touch of lavishness, a hand-tufted cover with Stearns & Foster’s signature quilt design and Tencel material caresses the body in softness and support that’s ideal for every kind of sleeper.

Features:

  • IntelliCoil Advanced foundation 
  • Pillowtop Support Layer
  • Advanced Adapt foam
  • PrimaSense gel foam
  • PrimaCool performance fabric
  • PrecisionEdge System

Best Plush Pillow Top Mattress: Stearns & Foster® Estate® Rockwell Plush Pillow Top Queen Mattress (52491851)

Side view of Stearns & Foster Rockwell 52491851 queen-size pillow top mattress

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Skip the sheep. This best plush pillow top mattress from Stearns & Foster has all the softness you need to get you to sleep faster and more enjoyably. Buyers agree, this top-rated pillow top mattress delivers with a resilient IntelliCoil pocketed coil base layered with exclusive foam and a tufted cover above in a dreamy sleep space you’ll love to end every night on.

Features:

  • IntelliCoil technology
  • Indulge Memory Foam
  • Tencel cool-to-touch cover

Best Pillow Top Mattress for Back Pain: Sealy® Response Posturepedic Plus Q3 Determination II Euro Pillow Top Medium Queen Mattress (52693951)

Side view of Sealy Response Posturepedic 52693951 queen-size pillow top mattress

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For a bed that has your back, consider this Sealy pillow top mattress. Thanks to exclusive Posturepedic coil support balanced by the plushness of Sealy foams, your body is reinforced where it’s most vulnerable, including the lower back, hips, and shoulders. It’s two thumbs up all around, according to buyers, who credit this mattress’s soft support to satisfying pressure relief and customized memory foam comfort that does the whole body good.

Features:

  • Exclusive Posturepedic technology
  • Response Pro HD coil system
  • SealyCool gel memory foam
  • SealySupport comfort foam
  • AllergenProtect

Our Selection Process

Sound sleep is our science, which we’ve broken down to these three values our sleep specialists suggest make the best pillow top mattresses.

Support

The sole purpose of a built-in mattress topper is to provide an extra layer of plush comfort along with a mattress’s main support. Generally, pillow tops aren’t recommended for sleepers larger in stature, who also require beds with more support. On the other hand, it’s recommended for sleepers smaller in scale to sleep on a mattress with less support to avoid pressure points that sturdier mattress create with lighter sleepers.

For us, the perfect balance was a support rating between 1.5–3.0, with 5.0 being the most support offered. To learn more about mattress support, read our guide here.

Materials

Compression and shifting are normal for pillow tops, but the better the material use, the more use you’ll get from the built-in topper. Brands like Sealy and Stearns & Foster offer some of the best mattress materials on the market, from proprietary foams and gels to specially designed coils designed to outperform standard innerspring longevity.

Temperature Regulation

A common issue sleepers experience on pillow top mattresses is sleeping hot. Tufting on the surface can help ventilate air, but certain materials—like memory foam—can actually trap warmth. Manufacturers are aware of the issue and lace temperature-regulating fabrics into the cover as a solution. You’ll find a number of selections on this list with Tencel, a fiber made of eucalyptus that has natural cooling properties.

FAQs

Want to know more? Get answers to questions about pillow top mattresses our buyers ask the most.

Can you flip a pillow top mattress?

Pillow top mattresses should never be flipped, but they can be rotated. Flipping a pillow top mattress will put the built-in topper underneath the mattress’s weight, which can compact the material inside and break down its support.

How long does a pillow top mattress last?

One drawback to pillow top mattresses is their limited lifespan, which is typically between five to seven years. Often, the topper on low-quality pillow top mattresses will shift, leading to discomfort, compromised support, and an overall unattractive bed.

What is a Euro top mattress?

A Euro top mattress is essentially the same thing as a pillow top mattress, with the exception that the topper is sewn in underneath a mattress’s cover rather than on top of it. For the most part, there’s no difference in support or comfort. However, Euro tops tend to be more durable.

Why Trust Us?

Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We’ll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits and so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

Shop Pillow Top Mattresses at Mattress Land

At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you try and test the best pillow top mattresses on the market. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. More accessible than ever, you can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone’s favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

Learn More: Our Guide to Soft Mattresses