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Best Pillow Top Mattress

Best Pillow Top Mattress

If you're looking for the best rated pillow top mattress, this is the review for you.

Last Updated: September 2, 2020

Pillow top mattresses can be extremely comfortable. You have a few extra layers to nestle into and they usually have really nice quilted covers. They might not be cheap, but they tend to be durable and supportive beds for people that are willing to make an investment. We’ve made sure to include both plush and firm pillow top mattresses so you have plenty to choose from.

HOW WE DECIDED

  • Mattresses Reviewed

    150+

  • Brands

    60+

  • Made the List

    6

  • Number of Contributors

    7

Best Pillow Top Mattress

Best Pillow Top Mattress Overview

The term pillow top mattress is actually a fairly vague term as you can have all sorts of different beds that come with a pillow top. All it really says is that you have an added fluffy layer on top that usually 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 also differ in terms of their material make up–all of these also come in a king size mattress.

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Honest Pillow Top Mattress Video Review

We hope the video above was helpful. Below you can find more information about each bed that made the list. Keep in mind that we’ve also posted individual reviews of each of the beds.

Top 6 Rated Pillow Top Mattresses

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 they were made from.

Saatva – Best Firm Mattress

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You can see Saatva’s organic cotton pillow top

This is also one of the best pillow top mattresses for the price. For the king mattress, it’s about $1,800, which is really affordable considering it’s 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—pretty much a great option for people with back pain. From the start, it will be about a medium-firm to firm, but it will soften over time and end up somewhere closer to a medium-firm. The more time we’ve had with Saatva, the more we like this bed.

The “Luxury Firm” model from Saatva is not just a firm pillow top mattress, it’s a durable and thick bed that is made up of foam and two layers of coils. This is the type of bed that you sleep on top of, which is why we really like it for back and stomach sleepers in particular. Combo sleepers will be just fine as well, but petite individuals and those that spend the night on their side probably want to go with the Plush Soft mattress model.

Pros

  • Back-to-back coil layers gives bed maximum durability and support
  • Available in multiple firmness levels
  • Supportive for all body types

Cons

  • The firmness of the mattress may not work for some side sleepers
  • You won’t get memory foam with this mattress
  • Because this mattress has coils, the motion isolation isn’t exceptional. If you sleep with a partner who moves a lot, you might feel it

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. That’s before discounts, which typically end up bringing it down closer to $1,300. Again, for the money, it’s a pretty darn 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.

The “Medium” option is somewhere between a medium soft and proper medium on the firmness scale, but it should work for all sleeping positions. That said, if you want something firmer, they have that too. And if you need something even softer, you guessed it, they have that as well.

Pros

  • There’s a wide variety of firmness options to support multiple sleeper types
  • It’s affordable for a luxury mattress, at about $1,500 for a queen size before any discounts
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Folks who want a firm mattress
  • This bed won’t be as supportive for those over 230 lbs

Bear Hybrid – Highly Accommodating Bed

Bear Hybrid is the type of mattress that you can blindly recommend to others. We say that for three reasons: (1) it’s a great value and still comes with free returns, (2) it’s so accommodating that almost everyone will find it comfortable, and (3) it’s about as supportive as supportive gets, given that it has 8″ pocketed coils.

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Look at that fluffy pillow top cover

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 really affordable, and about the closest you’re going to get to a cheap pillow top mattress. For the record, the queen mattress is just over $1K!

In regards to the pillow top, Bear Hybrid also has something up its sleeve. Yes, it has the soft, airy pillow top, but it also has a special, active-recovery cover that you will find on very few other beds. Bear uses a technology called Celliant, which apparently has been proven to aid in recovery times, circulation, restful sleep and more. You can read more about Celliant on Bear’s website.

We rate Bear Hybrid as a “medium” on our softness/firmness scale, meaning it should work for a variety of sleeper types. In other words, this mattress works for almost everyone.

Pros

  • This mattress should suit every kind of sleeper
  • For a luxury pillow-top mattress, this is pretty cost efficient
  • Ideal for all body types
  • Infused with Celliant to help boost sleep quality

Cons

  • Those who want a real plush mattress
  • Sleepers who see no value in Celliant

WinkBed – Best Support For Back Pain

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

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WinkBed offers a good value and a giant pillow top

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 since 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), or Firmer, or you can opt for the Plus option, which is designed to handle people that weigh up to 500 lb. Any option will provide plenty of support, though, as long as you take your own body type into consideration.

These are all-around luxury style mattresses that have a lot to like about them (although they really should have handles on a bed this heavy) and we think Wink is a solid option for a lot of sleepers. Bottom line: this is a very nice mattress, among the best.

Pros

  • There are firmness levels to suit side, back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • The coils make it supportive enough for all body types
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • The prices are a little steeper for a WinkBed Mattress
  • Couples should be wary that motion isolation isn’t great in this mattress

Avocado – Best Natural And Organic Mattress

Avocado is the best rated natural/organic mattress with a pillow top. There are very few flaws in this mattress and its materials.

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A look at the Avocado mattress with the optional pillow topper

For the king mattress, Avocado is well under the $2K mark, unless you get the pillow top. The queen mattress is about $1,400 before you apply any coupons. All in all, for what you’re getting, it’s one of the best pillow top mattresses for the price, that have natural and organic materials.

Avocado very well could be the most popular natural and organic mattress in the world, let alone online. And we can totally 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.

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 since it takes the bed from being truly firm to about a medium-firm, and therefore opens it up to other sleeping positions.

We think it’s a really nice, really comfortable bed, but you have to know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s a firmer, very responsive bed (i.e. this isn’t the mattress that you sink into). As a result, however, it ends up being 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.

Pros

  • Ideal for back and stomach sleepers who need a firmer bed
  • The Avocado mattress naturally allows for great airflow
  • This bed is made from natural and organic materials

Cons

  • Pillow top not included, so you will be spending extra to purchase one
  • Not very accommodating for petite side sleepers

DreamCloud – Best Memory Foam Mattress

DreamCloud is our top pick for the best memory foam pillow top mattress. You might be saying to yourself, “What is that?” Well, it’s a bed that has a pillow top that’s largely comprised of memory foam.

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DreamCloud even comes with a full-year test period

While DreamCloud has gone through price increases over the years, it’s still a pretty darn affordable mattress, especially relative to other Euro top mattresses. Last we checked, the queen bed was under $1,500, but you can check DreamCloud’s website for current pricing and sales.

The bottom line with DreamCloud is if you like memory foam, 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.

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. It’s not as dense and viscous as your legacy TempurPedic bed, but we do think many people will find DreamCloud to be a really comfortable mattress.

Pros

  • Ideal for memory foam fans 
  • This mattress offers a good amount of support for any body type
  • All sleeper types should be comfortable with this mattress
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Not for those who dislike a memory foam feel

Review team

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

Typical Company Policies

You’ve probably noticed that online mattresses have some great company policies. If you read our reviews, we almost always say to look for a mattress that has the typical company policies like a trial period, return policy, and warranty.

Most of the products we review, including the king size mattresses, have free shipping (but you’ll have to unbox it and set it up yourself), a 100-night trial period, free returns within that trial-period including free pick up, and a 10-year warranty.

Most companies offer free returns because they have very low return rates, and they also usually donate the mattress to a local charity in need of beds. The trial period is so that you can test out the bed without being rushed. Other in store mattresses only let you test out the bed for a couple of minutes, and usually after a long work day or a couple hours spent walking around the mall, so of course they feel comfortable. The 100-night trial period ensures that you can really see if the bed you have is the best bed for you.

What Is A Pillow Top Mattress?

Pillow top mattresses are exactly what they sound like. They’re 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.

Other Types of Mattresses

Some may argue that pillowtop mattresses are the most comfortable, but there are many different types of mattresses that we’ve posted reviews about.

  • Coil – These mattresses usually utilize both springs and foam, or some other comfort material. The springs are typically categorized as innerspring, pocketed coils, or micro-coils, mixed with any type of foam (which we’ll explain in the foam section of this text). Hybrid or innerspring mattresses tend to be the most supportive and durable type of mattresses. For this reason, we recommend these mattresses to heavy people or those who are looking for a mattress that will last them a long time. Coil beds also usually have some bounce to them, which makes them great for jumping on the bed during pillow fights. Usually the coil beds are best for individuals with back pain.
  • Foam – all foam beds are great. They’re a staple of the bed-in-a-box industry, with popular brands including Tuft & Needle, Casper, Layla, Nectar, and more. There are multiple types of foam to choose from, though. Polyurethane foam or neutral foam is a common one. It can range from soft to firm but is usually responsive and supportive. Memory foam is another popular foam used in all-foam beds. Memory foam lets you slowly sink into the material as it sort of molds around your body, and then it’s slow to respond while moving around. Memory foam mattresses tend to be polarizing though; people tend to either find it super comfortable or don’t like how it makes them feel sort of stuck. Another type of foam is proprietary foam, which is a blend that the company creates so it can be unique to them. They tend to be hit or miss regarding comfort, but usually just feel like a blend between poly foam and memory foam.
  • Latex – we’re giving this foam its own category, because it’s so unique in its feel and manufacturing process. Latex mattresses are actually made from the sap of rubber trees, and has a bouncy yet sponge-like feel. Latex foam tends to stay pretty cool, because it’s aerated for proper airflow. It’s also super durable; much more so than the other foams listed above. But because of all these great features, you might notice that latex beds come with a high price tag.
  • Gel memory foam – this is just like memory foam, but cooler. Memory foam has a reputation for sleeping hot because it absorbs body heat and retains it through the night. If you’re a hot sleeper who hates waking up all sweaty but you also like the feel of memory foam, look into a gel memory foam mattress.
  • Air mattresses – We haven’t reviewed many air mattresses at the Slumber Yard as of this post, but from personal experience we know that they’re great for crashing on your buddies floor, camping in style, or even floating on a lake with. We wouldn’t recommend air mattresses for people with back injuries, though.
  • Water beds – don’t get a water bed. Every time you move a fraction of an inch, the whole bed will move. Plus, what is your back up plan for if it pops and floods your room? Exactly, do don’t have one. Trust us and go for the many other wonderful mattress options on the market like the ones talked about above.
  • Bed’s with gel-like materials – we’re mainly talking about Purple mattresses here, as they’re the leader in the unique mattress materials category. Purple uses their patented material dubbed Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It feels like silicon and is laid out in a grid format. The end result is a mattress that’s super supportive yet pressure relieving, and cool temperature wise because of the great airflow.

Why A King Size Pillow Top Mattress Is The Best

We have several items to cover in this section, but we should start by acknowledging that king size pillow top mattresses are just the best. And when we say the best, we do mean 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. Most people don’t think about these aspects before purchasing a mattress, so it’s a good thing you found this post, because we thought of it for you. These become a lot less important to consider when you buy a king mattress.

The first feature is edge support. Edge support refers to how well (or not well) the bed holds it shape around the edges of the bed. If a bed completely compresses on the sides, you might find yourself falling onto the floor, especially if you and your partner tend to spread out across the mattress instead of cuddling in the middle. On the flip side, we’ve seen some mattresses that have excellent edge support, but are then softer in the middle. This can result in the edge pushing you back towards the middle of the bed, so that you and your partner are right next to each other in the middle of the bed. We find that coil beds usually have the best edge support, so you won’t have an issue with either the edge being too soft or too firm, but you have to take it on a case by case basis. If you “size up” so to speak, and get the king mattress, issues with edge support sort of go away since you have 25% 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, so that you can’t feel when your partner sneaks out of bed for late night snacking. Foam beds tend to have good motion isolation, as well as spring beds with pocketed coils, as they localize support to reduce motion transfer. 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, the king mattress it the best size possible. In terms of overall size, it is the same length, but actually 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 $1K and $2K for the bed. That’s just the way it is. 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 just 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 pillowtop.

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.