Pillow Top Mattress | Everything You Need To Know

This guide contains every bit of our expertise on a pillow top mattress in order to provide you with everything you would need to know when purchasing your own.

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What is a Pillow Top Mattress?

A pillow top mattress topper is an extra layer of padding sewn on top of the mattress to enhance its plushness, containing materials like wool, cotton, horsehair, white fibre, memory foam, or latex foam. These materials improve plushness while reducing the bounce and firmness from the pocket spring support layer underneath.

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Pillowtop Mattress: What’s the Best?

If you are looking for an exquisite sleeping surface giving you the proper cushioning, support and balance, an ultra plush pillow top mattress will be a great option. Winstons Beds best pillow top mattress UK have patented zoned micro coils as their support structure. The additional layer of padding sewn on top increases plushness and makes the mattress comfier.

These types of mattresses are usually found on traditional pocket spring mattresses because they mitigate the underlying micro-coil layer’s stiffness, leading to extra comfort. However, the mattress market is packed full of different options regarding the appearance, firmness, and comfort of different mattresses; a pocket sprung pillow top mattress is one of the most popular.

This article aims to give a deep dive into what a pillow top mattress is, its benefits, and everything else you need to know about this type of mattress.

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What are the Benefits of Pillow top Mattresses?

  • The extra layer of padding will provide softness and comfort throughout the night.
  • It helps to distribute and support your weight evenly. Improving your sleep quality by eliminating pressure points and working to combat other discomforts, with a pillow top mattress, back pain is eliminated.
  • It does not retain heat, a particularly great advantage for those who struggle with feeling too hot during the night. Winstons Beds pillow top mattresses contain natural fillings making them far more breathable than mattresses with foam, meaning they will help you achieve a cooler night’s sleep.
  • They are an inexpensive way to achieve the luxury mattress look and feel. Its price point is generally very reasonable, particularly when compared to similar high-end mattresses.

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Are Pillow top Mattresses Good for Side Sleepers?

Winstons Beds most comfortable pillow top mattress has benefits that are good for, but not limited to, side sleepers. Sleeping style is essential to your mattress choices. How much you feel these benefits will significantly depend on how you sleep.

The beauty of a pillow top mattress is that the built-in top layer supports the sleeper’s body and actively promotes a comfortable base that reduces pressure points on the body. This helps relieve aches and pains for side sleepers who usually see a build-up of pressure on their shoulders and hips.

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Is a Pillow top Mattress Good for Back Pain?

Ensuring your back is fully supported and comfortable throughout the night promotes a healthy spinal alignment, keeping strain and pressure to a minimum. If you’re looking for a mattress that is good for back pain, please see our firmness table on our product page to assist you in determining which firmness is best for you.

Pillow top mattresses are an excellent option for back pain sufferers, as the design is built around full-body support. The extra layer of padding will play a part in the level of pressure your back undergoes.

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Common Complaints about the Pillowtop Mattress

  • Pillowtops aren’t as durable as regular mattresses. While it’s true that any mattress will eventually wear out, some consumers complain that pillowtops compress and lose their comfort and support in a shorter amount of time. This is true only if a cheap, low-quality pillowtop has been purchased. Winstons Beds pillowtops have over 8000gsm of high-quality fillings and will last the test of time. We back this up by giving a 30-year guarantee.
  • Pillowtops aren’t practical for heavier people. This is correct only if a cheap, low-quality pillowtop has been purchased. Heavier people looking for relief from aches and pains may want to buy a more luxurious pillowtop mattress, as many consumers report that heavier people don’t find the comfort and pressure relief they look for from cheap conventional pillowtops.
  • Why do pillow top mattresses sag? In connection with the durability issue, some customers report that their pillowtop mattress sags and dips; again, this is in the case of cheap pillowtops and can be avoided by purchasing a more luxurious pillow top mattress.

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How to Make a Pillow top Mattress More Firm?

There are many grounds for why you might need a firmer mattress. Your bed maybe a little softer than expected. Also, mattresses tend to get softer with time. If you have hip or back pain, a retailer may have recommended that you check orthopedic pillow top mattress reviews to influence you to lay on a firmer surface. Or your spouse moved in, and they need a firmer mattress tension.

Try placing your mattress on the floor
  • If that makes it firmer, you can try putting some plywood boards between your mattress and the bed frame.
Dampness
  • Your mattress can become softer from absorbing moisture from the air. This is more common in humid areas or if you live close to the coast. You need to take your bed and lay it in the sun or a heated room, then let it dry out for the whole day. This should firm up your mattress, and the heat should kill off any bacteria, germs and mould that may have occurred from the dampness.
Room temperature
  • Some fillings, like memory foam, are temperature-sensitive. Try lowering the room temperature by adjusting the thermostat.
Rotate your mattress
  • Rotating your mattress so that the heavier parts of your body lay in different spots will help. We always recommend that you rotate it every month to help prevent sagging or pillow top mattress indentation.

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How Long Does a Pillow top Mattress Last?

A pillow top mattress is very durable and in it for the long haul. The average pillow top mattress will provide the highest comfort for around 7 to 10 years. Due to the quality of our pillow mattress range, we can extend this lifespan even further with the right amount of care and regular cleaning. However, as these plush mattresses cannot be turned, some attention must be given to correct maintenance.

The exact lifespan cannot be determined and varies depending on the materials used, with wool, cotton, horsehair and alpaca carrying a longer lifespan. However, we will offer you a 30-year guarantee on our pillow top mattresses to give you peace of mind. No other UK retailer can say this!

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How to fix a Lumpy Pillow top mattress

Roll around a rolling pin for 10 minutes to smooth the pillow top. Then, if required, set up the mattress vertically against a wall as you roll the lumps smooth, using gravity to help work the pillow top fibres back into place.

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How to Clean a Pillow top Mattress With Baking Soda

How to wash pillow top mattress cover is the most common question we get asked.

To remove odours:
  • Sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress.
  • Allow it to sit for 30-60 minutes.
  • Vacuum the mattress to remove the baking soda.
How to clean urine from mattress with a pillow top
  • Add white vinegar to a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar on the stain and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Then, use a towel or paper towels to pull out as much of the stain as you can.

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Why Should i buy a Pillow Top Mattress From Winstons Beds

Do you want a great night’s sleep? Deciding which type of pillow top mattress to buy is only part of the story. Our tests have found significant differences between the best and worst of each pillow top mattress. Make the wrong decision, and you risk being lumbered with a needlessly expensive mattress that’s unsupportive, uncomfortable and unable to stand the test of time without softening and sagging.

If you choose Winstons Beds for your next pillow top mattress, you can expect the following:

Trial Period
  • Buying a mattress on the net may be cheaper and handier, but it’s always best to try before you buy. Winstons Beds give you 200-nights to try your mattress.
Guarantee
  • Be sure you know what your rights are if there is a problem with your mattress. Most guarantees for mattresses are between 5-10 years. However, with Winstons Beds, we give you a whole 30-years.
Turn Free
  • Only one side of the mattress is intended to be slept on. However, mattresses can be remarkably heavy – the heaviest we’ve seen weighs more than 100kg – so you may be relieved not to feel bound to flip it. You’ll still need to rotate it from head to toe.
Natural fillings
  • Many pillow top mattresses are full of layers of synthetic fillings, such as foam. If you’re keen to evade these, look out for mattresses that explicitly claim to be made using only natural materials.

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Pillow Top Mattresses

Frequently Asked Questions

Pillowtop has a minor variation to it, known as a Euro-top. As the name suggests, this type originated in Europe and is much more common there. Both acts as a comfort layer to alleviate pressure points.

Traditional Pillow Top
A traditional pillow top is sewn on top of the mattress with a prominent gap above the support layer, giving the impression of extra padding.

Euro-Top
In a Euro-top, the extra padding layer is sewn underneath the mattress’s cover, making it look more level and uniform. In addition, euro top layers are comprised of foam or white fibre, making them appear thicker and denser than a traditional pillow top.
Both our firm pillow top mattresses are designed for full-body support. This is because the natural fillings and zoned springs inside the Mattress have a contouring quality that allows your whole body to sink in slightly and the mattress springs and fillings to adjust around you. It's an excellent choice to help those suffering from back pain.
Best pillow top mattress reviews

Hypnos Pillowtop Mattress
Hypnos pillow top stellar mattress – This mattress is backed by a 10-year guarantee and provides a sense of classic, elegant luxury every time you get into bed.

Hypnos premier pillow top mattress – Featuring pocket springs and a pillowtop layer, with soft, luxurious silk and British wool layers. This mattress is for anyone who likes a soft sleeping surface. Its longevity is increased due to the two rows of genuine hand side-stitching.

Hypnos pillow top cashmere mattress – Designed to be luxuriously soft and elegant, without lacking support. The Cashmere is one of the best mattresses that Hypnos offer.

Hypnos alto pillow top mattress – Provides a soft and comfortable cushion of Wool above the supportive mattress. In addition, this turn free mattress features a ReActive 6 pocket spring system.

Sealy Pillow Top Mattress
Sealy posturepedic nostromo latex 1400 pocket pillow top mattress – 1400 pocket springs sit underneath a pillowtop and pressure-relieving latex for support and gentle comfort

Silentnight Pillow Top Mattress
Silentnight miracoil pillow top mattress – The miracoil luxury pillowtop mattress is a flawless balance between support and comfort, with an innovative spring system that absorbs movement.

Silentnight eco comfort breathe 1400 pocket pillow top mattress – Firm and supportive, filled with sustainable eco comfort fibres.

Silentnight mirapocket 1400 luxury memory pillow top mattress – A luxurious firm mattress featuring naturally sourced Wool with optimum temperature regulation.
Platinum

Platinum 6000 series pillow top mattress – The platinum pillow top mattress 6000 features a modern design and offers medium-firm support with a 3d border.
Windsor

Windsor 3000 pillow top mattress – The 3000 pocket sprung mattress with pillow top is crafted adhering to an excellent design, making the most of utilising natural and mand made materials.

Rest Assured
Rest assured rufford 2000 pocket memory pillow top mattress – Built around a 2000 pocket spring unit and topped with a memory foam layer, contour hugging support and exquisite comfort.

Simmons
Simmons beautyrest classic pillow top mattress – The Relaxation Pillowtop is a pillowtop spring core mattress model part of Simmons’s Beautyrest product line. The Relaxation Pillowtop in queen soft pillow top mattress offers edge support and comfort padding.

Respa
Respa platinum 2000 pillow top mattress – Features a pocket spring system for added support along with sleep fresh technology, which creates a supreme sleeping climate making it a super pillowtop mattress.

Rest Easy
Rest easy pillow top mattress – Handmade 3000 pocket spring pillow top mattress gives excellent spinal support with plush layers of luxurious natural Wool.
Pillowtop mattresses are created to have a better comfort feel, with some describing it as “cloud-like”. In addition, a pillowtop mattress features a set mattress topper that adds to the overall luxury touch.

To settle who the best brand is for this type of mattress is we compared a dozen manufacturers. From this research, we learned that from Winstons and Hypnos pillow top mattress review, it was clear to see that these are the best two brands. Hypnos have an average rating of 4.8 stars and Winstons 5 stars.
Our testing crew evaluated several luxury firm pillow top mattress and medium to find the best. The testers run the range when it comes to sleep positions, body types and firmness preferences, so our performance ratings reflect the experiences of most sleepers.

Our best firm pillow top is the Winston’s Finest Pure Wool 11500 Pillow Top Mattress and for a medium Flaxby Nature’s Finest 14450 Pillow Top Mattress or the Winston’s Finest Pure Wool.

Based on ratings, the Winstons has an edge with only 5-star reviews, with the best super king and king size pillow top mattress reviews, whereas the Flaxby has a score of 4.4.
Yes, all our pillowtop mattresses are handstitched.
Yes, both Winstons Beds and Hypnos mattresses are naturally hypoallergenic. Winstons Beds use a 100% chemical-free cotton outer cover which will thermoregulate and keep cool during the summer and warm during the winter.
Unfortunately, we don't sell memory foam pillowtops as memory foam will take away the core aspect of our handstitched mattresses, which is luxury. But if you want a foam-based product, we have available the worlds highest spec and most luxurious latex hybrid mattress. The Winstons Ultimate Latex Hybrid has 6 rows of hand-side stitching, over 5000gsm of natural fillings and 2 inches of latex.
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Published: 11th November 2020 (Updated: 8th August 2021) | Graham