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Best Pillow Top Mattress

Written by

  • Jeffrey Rizzo
  • Certified Sleep Coach

Last Updated: January 13, 2021

Our team members have personally hand-tested over 150 mattresses, which gives us the ability to easily help you find your perfect bed.

Best Pillow Top Mattress Overview

The term “pillow top mattress” is vague considering all sorts of beds come with a pillow top, but it basically means there is an added fluffy layer on top that provides more pressure relief and creates a mattress that you want to nestle into.

With that in mind, we selected a diverse group of mattresses that range from soft to firm and differ in their materials. We hand-tested dozens of beds and spent hours on research to find the best pillow top mattresses on the market. All of the beds on our list come with comfortable pillow-top constructions, but they differ in materials, construction, warranty policies, price, and more.The beds that made the cut were chosen based on comfort, how accommodating they are, how affordable they are and the premium materials.

Here are links to take you to individual sections of our best pillow top mattress review:

Honest Pillow Top Mattress Video Review

6 Best Pillow Top Mattresses 2021

Saatva — Best Firm Mattress

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You can see Saatva’s organic cotton pillow top

This is one of the best pillow top mattresses for the price. For the king-sized pillow top mattress, it’s about $1,800, which is affordable for a luxury-tier product.

Saatva uses a combination of two layers of coils, memory foam and a mounded euro top to make a bed that’s extremely supportive and comfortable—and a great option for people with back pain. The luxury firm version will be about a medium-firm.

This is the type of bed that you sleep on top of, which is why we like it for back and stomach sleepers in particular. Combo sleepers will be fine, but petite individuals and those that spend the night on their side probably want to go with the plush soft mattress model.

Why we picked Saatva as a top rated pillow top mattress — This mattress has back-to-back coil layers that enhance durability and support, which makes it supportive for all body types. The ability to choose from firmness levels means that almost everyone will be able to pick one that works for them.

Nest Alexander — Best Plush Mattress

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Look at that fluffy and soft pillow top

We appreciate that Nest Alexander is affordable with a retail price of about $1,500 for the queen mattress before discounts. For the money, it’s a pretty great pillow top mattress. And, if you specifically want a soft or plush pillow top mattress, it’s hard to do any better than Nest Alexander.

Nest Alexander is our team’s top pick for the best plush pillow top mattress. It comes in three firmness options, but the medium version is their most popular, and is the one we’re thinking of for this list. It has a fluffy and soft pillow top—a bit like that of the Oceano mattress—and support coils for a little bounce. This is one of the most comfortable mattresses online. It should work well for all sleeping positions.

Why we picked Nest Alexander Hybrid — There’s a wide variety of firmness options to support multiple sleeper types, and it’s affordable for a luxury mattress. The lifetime warranty is also a huge benefit.

Bear Hybrid — Highly Accommodating Bed

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Look at that fluffy pillow top cover

Bear Hybrid is the type of mattress you can blindly recommend to others because it’s a great value and still comes with free returns, it’s so accommodating that almost everyone will find it comfortable and it’s about as supportive as supportive gets.

For the price, we’re not sure you can find a better pillow top mattress. Bear Hybrid is about $1,400 after discounts for the king mattress. That’s the closest you’re going to get to a cheap pillow top mattress.

Bear has the soft, airy pillow top, but it also has a special, active-recovery cover that you will find on few other beds. Bear uses a technology called Celliant, which has been proven to aid recovery times, circulation and restful sleep.

Why Bear is a top-rated pillow top mattresses — We rate Bear Hybrid as a “medium” on our softness/firmness scale, meaning it should work for a variety of sleeper types. It’s cost-efficient, and it’s ideal for all body types too.

WinkBed — Best Support For Back Pain

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WinkBed offers a good value and a giant pillow top

WinkBed mattresses are big and luxurious. They look nice, and you can tell right off the bat that they’re well-made, quality mattresses.

WinkBed feels like a more traditional innerspring bed with a plush and airy pillow top. It’s no surprise they have some of the innerspring bounce because there are two layers of coils—one layer of larger pocketed coils to help you maintain proper alignment, and then a layer of pocketed micro “airsprings” for better airflow and some bounce.

You can choose from a few different firmness levels—softer, luxury firm (their most popular) firmer and the Plus option, which is designed to handle people that weigh up to 500 lb. Any option will provide plenty of support, though.

Why we picked WinkBed — These are luxury mattresses that have a lot to like about them, and we think Wink is a solid option for a lot of sleepers. Bottom line: this mattress is among the best you can get.

Avocado — Best Natural And Organic Mattress

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A look at the Avocado mattress with the optional pillow topper

Avocado is the best rated natural/organic mattress with a pillow top. There are few flaws in this mattress and its materials. For what you’re getting, it’s one of the best pillow top mattresses for the price that have natural and organic materials.

By default Avocado is not a pillow top mattress, but you can add one. It costs more (in some cases $500 more), but we think it’s the way to go because it takes the bed from being truly firm to about a medium-firm.

We think it’s a nice, comfortable bed, but you have to know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s a firmer, responsive bed. As a result, it is a nice solution for hot sleepers. The coils help with air circulation, the latex foam is a naturally cooler material and the firmness level means you sleep more on top of the bed.

Why Avocado is one of the best beds —Avocado very well could be the most popular natural and organic mattress in the world, and we can understand why. The bed is clearly built to a higher standard and uses various organic and natural materials such as organic certified cotton and latex. It also has 8″ steel coils for its foundation, which means it’s bouncy, responsive and extra supportive.

DreamCloud — Best Memory Foam Mattress

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DreamCloud even comes with a full-year test period

The bottom line with DreamCloud is if you prefer memory foam and want a pillow top mattress, it should make you plenty happy. And if you don’t like it after testing it for nearly a full year, you can return it for a full refund.

As for construction of the bed, it has coils on the bottom and memory foam as its comfort layers. The tufted cover/pillow top, otherwise known as a Euro top, creates a mounded, luxurious feel to the bed. It’s also highly supportive given that it has edge-to-edge pocketed coils.

While DreamCloud has gone through price increases over the years, it’s still an affordable mattress, especially relative to other Euro-top mattresses.

Why DreamCoud made our list —DreamCloud is our top pick for the best memory foam pillow top mattress. It’s comfortable, good for all sleeper types and body types and great for memory foam fans. Most of the pillow top beds we selected for this list have a neutral/airy pillow top feel, but DreamCloud has the traditional “contouring” effect that has made memory foam famous.

Best Pillow Top Mattress 2021 Pricing

While you should always check for discounts and sales, here are the standard retail prices of our top-rated pillow top mattresses:


TwinTwin XLFullQueenKing/Cal King
WinkBeds Classic$1,049$1,149$1,299$1,799$1,849
Saatva Classic$799$999$1,299$1,399$1,799
Nest Alexander Hybrid$949$1,099$1,299$1,499$1,699
Bear Hybrid$1,090$1,190$1,290$1,390$1,690
Dreamcloud Premier$899$1,099$1,299$1,399$1,599
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What Is A Pillow Top Mattress?

Pillow top mattresses are mattresses with an extra layer of cushion on the top for additional comfort. It can be made from a variety of materials, like memory foam or cotton. Pillow top mattresses sometimes have an obvious extra layer on top, but sometimes that layer is more concealed within a Euro-top cover. Nevertheless, if a mattress is labeled as a pillow top mattress, it will have that extra layer of comfort for you. 

Pros And Cons Of A Pillow Top Mattress

Pillow top mattresses generally offer extra support while you sleep. They’re great for all types of sleepers because they help provide pressure relief on your body while you’re sleeping. Especially when you’re dealing with a firm mattress like Avocado, a pillow top usually adds a more plush feel to your bed. 

You may not love a pillow top mattress if you’re looking for something extra firm. For example, if you’re a heavy back sleeper over 250 lbs with sciatica, you might not want the additional soft feel that a pillow top provides. 

Memory Foam vs Pillow Top Mattress

Memory foam mattresses are quite plush and give you that conforming feel while you sleep. Pillow top mattresses usually have coils in them, which provide an extra level of support and durability. Depending on what type of comfort you’re looking for, either mattress could be the right option for you. 

Memory foam mattresses don’t allow for as much freedom of movement while you’re sleeping. Once you’ve settled into your spot, it tends to be more difficult to move around. However, if you want a great mattress for motion isolation, a memory foam mattress is a good selection. Memory foam mattresses can also provide relief on sore joints because of the way the foam cradles you.

Pillow top mattresses, on the other hand, will provide support on pressure points and allow you to move around more because they tend to be more responsive. On the other hand, they’re usually not as good for motion isolation — but will still sleep very comfortably.

Why A King Size Pillow Top Mattress Is The Best

King size pillow top mattresses are the best — in almost every way. They combine the two most important thing when it comes to sleep: comfort and space. King mattresses allow you plenty of room to sprawl out and they also pack a major punch in terms of comfort, thanks obviously to the pillow top.

There are also a few key elements that you need to keep in mind if you plan on sharing your mattress with someone else. These become a lot less important to consider when you buy a king mattress.

The first feature is edge support. If a bed completely compresses on the sides, you might find yourself falling to the floor. On the flip side, we’ve seen some mattresses that have excellent edge support but are then softer in the middle, which can push you back towards the middle of the bed. If you and get the king mattress, issues with edge support sort of go away because you have more space to lay on.

The other feature to take note of is motion transfer. This is very important if you sleep next to a restless sleeper who tends to toss and turn all night. Mattresses with good motion isolation will deaden any motion. If you’re a sensitive sleeper or sleep next to an active sleeper, make sure to pay attention to the mattresses motion isolation abilities. Motion isolation becomes a lot less important on the king mattress because there’s more space and therefore motion has to transfer further.

The bottom line is if you are sleeping with another person, a king pillow top mattress is the best. In terms of overall size, it is the same length but wider. The king size mattress measures 76″ wide by 80″ long.

Other Important Factors:

Your Weight

Your height and body type are going to affect how firm or soft a mattress feels to you, because it determines the pressure that you put into the surface of a bed. Don’t blame us, blame gravity. The lighter you are, the firmer a mattress will feel. This is because you’re basically laying on top of the bed instead of in it. To factor in light people and how they will perceive each mattress, we make sure all of our team members have a chance to test out the beds we review.

Heavier body types might notice that beds typically feel softer to them, because they put more pressure into the mattress and sink down into it more. In some cases, sometimes heavier folks can sometimes sink through comfort layers and will feel the support materials, instead. Most of the guys on our team are over 150 lb, so they give us a better outlook on how our mattresses will feel for heavier people. If you’re suffering from back pain, a firmer pillow top mattress is probably the best place to start—or at the very minimum a supportive pillow top bed.

Your Sleeper Type

Different sleeper types need different types of mattresses. We categorize sleeper types into three different categories: back and stomach, side, and combo. Back and stomach sleepers need firmer mattresses so that their hips, neck and shoulders are properly supported. This will keep the spines of stomach and back sleepers aligned, for good back health. Side sleepers put more pressure into the mattress with their shoulders and hips, so they will usually want a softer mattress that is pressure relieving. If side sleepers sleep on a mattress that’s too firm, the surface will push against them, not accommodate their curves. For those of you who are combo sleepers, we recommend finding a happy medium mattress on the firmness scale or go with whatever position you think that you may sleep in more.

Hotter Sleepers And Cold Cuddlers

Keep what temperature you like to sleep at in mind when shopping for a new mattress. Hot sleepers who find themselves sweating through the night or waking up because they’re too warm should look for mattresses with either great airflow or cooling agents. They should also probably stay away from memory foam, because memory foam tends to absorb and retain body heat, making you stay warm through the night. But, we realize that some people like to sleep warm, because they often find themselves shivering at night. Cold sleepers might want to check out memory foam or other soft foam mattresses to stay warm.

Finding A Cheap Mattress

To be honest, there aren’t many cheap pillow top mattresses out there. We have seen a few, but for the most part you’ll be paying between $1,000 and $2,000 for the bed. If you want a cheap mattress, you might want to look at some of our other reviews, but most of the beds do not have the pillow top. Your best bet is to compromise and go without the pillow. You can still find plenty of cheap beds that are really comfortable even if they don’t have the pillow top.

Best Pillow Top Mattress Summary

MattressHighlightOur Firmness Rating
Saatva ClassicBest Firm Pillow Top MattressMedium (Saatva’s “plush soft”, medium-firm (Saatva’s luxury firm), fir, (Saatva’s firm)
Nest Bedding Alexander HybridBest Plush Pillow Top MattressSoft, medium soft, or medium-firm
Bear HybridHighly Accommodating Pillow Top BedMedium
WinkBeds ClassicBest Pillow Top Mattress For Back PainMedium soft, medium or medium-firm
Avocado Green Mattress Pillow TopBest Natural & Organic Pillow Top MattressMedium-firm with pillow top
DreamCloud PremierBest Memory Foam Pillow Top MattressMedium to medium-firm

FAQs

What is a pillow top mattress?

For simplicity sake, it’s a pillow top mattress just has an additional layer of padding on the top of your mattress. They can be found on all types of beds, like memory foam or latex mattresses, but are most commonly found on top of innerspring beds. They provide extra cushioning, contouring, and comfort.

How much does a pillow top mattress cost?

Generally, for the queen size, you will end up spending between $1,200 and $1,500 on a new pillow top mattress.

How do returns work?

Most of the online mattress brands offer 100% free shipping and returns. In fact, the majority will even allow you try the bed from the comfort of your own home for 100 nights, if not longer.

Are pillow top mattresses soft?

They can be, but they don’t have to be. We have reviewed plenty of firm pillow top mattresses.

Are pillow top mattresses good for side sleepers?

Yes! Pillow top mattresses generally work for all types of sleepers because they provide a soft level of support. However, check out the firmness of the mattress itself before deciding.

Are pillow top mattresses expensive?

That depends on the mattress. Pillow top mattresses are quite common and can usually be found at a decent price point. Many of the mattresses we featured here are around $1,000 or a little more for a queen size. However, other pillow top beds like WinkBed can be a bit pricey.