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What is a Pillow Top Mattress

If you want optimum comfort for a good night’s sleep, consider a pillow top mattress. If you’re not sure what a pillow top mattress is, this comprehensive guide will help you find the right one for you. These mattresses feature a cushioned layer on top of the springs, providing an additional layer of comfort. Read our guide to learn when a pillow top mattress may be the right choice for you and when it might not be the best fit.

What is a pillow top mattress?

A pillow top mattress is designed to offer a more luxurious feel by incorporating an additional layer of padding that is permanently sewn onto the top surface of the mattress. The pillow top section provides an extra cushioning effect, while the mattress section remains at the bottom to provide firmness and support.

This additional layer of padding can be added to any type of support section, including pocket sprung or open coil mattresses, providing a more comfortable sleeping experience. Whereas, non-pillow top mattresses lack the added topper layer, with only the main section offering support and comfort.

Are pillow top mattresses any good?

Whether or not a pillow top for mattress is a good investment depends on where you purchase it from and how it is constructed.

What is wrong with traditional pillow top mattresses?

The primary issue with pillow top mattresses concerns their cost and lifespan. Traditional pillow top mattresses may provide initial comfort but have a short shelf life. They are permanently attached to the mattress, often through glue or machine stitching, making it difficult to adjust or remove as the topper settles over time.

Since you cannot turn a pillow topper for mattress like a traditional mattress, the topper layer will eventually become worn and indented, requiring the entire mattress to be replaced, even if the spring support remains functional.

This problem also applies to pillow top mattresses that incorporate a natural latex comfort layer, despite some unscrupulous retailers’ claims to the contrary. These mattresses will also eventually fail over time, as the comfort layer experiences wear and compression.

Why are Winstons Beds pillow top mattresses better?

At Winstons Beds, we offer a different approach to pillow top mattresses that provides greater longevity and flexibility. Our detachable topper mattresses can be easily removed by unbuttoning the handles, allowing you to turn, rotate, and shake them for even settlement and prolonged comfort.

Our entry-level topper features 4000gsm of 100% natural fibres, a testament to the quality of our products. Compared to many high-end mattress retailers, our toppers provide exceptional support and cushioning, enveloping you in a cloud of comfort. With a variety of thicknesses ranging from 12cm to 15cm and crafted from a range of materials, there is a pillow top to suit the needs of every type of sleeper.

What is a pillow top mattress good for?

Comfort levels are subjective when it comes to buying a mattress. Some people prefer firmer surfaces whereas others want to sink into their mattress. A pillow top mattress is good for letting our customers feel supported by their mattress while getting the cushioned comfort of the plush feel.

How are pillow top mattresses made?

The manufacturing process of traditional pillow top mattresses:

The support section:

The support section of the mattress is made from a variety of materials, such as pocket springs, foam, suspension springs, or cage springs, and serves as the base of the mattress. The pillow top is then stitched directly onto the top of the support section, creating a two-tier mattress. At this stage, the mattress is essentially a one-sided design, with no significant issues.

The pillow top section:

The pillow top section, on the other hand, is typically composed of soft materials such as polyester, memory foam, latex, wool, and others. This layer provides an immediate sink feeling to the mattress, akin to a feather or down topper that allows you to snuggle in. However, the pillow top is often not tufted, resulting in issues with fibres migrating, which can lead to a lumpy and uneven sleep surface.

The manufacturing process of Winstons Beds pillow top mattresses:

The support section:

The support section of the mattress is constructed with 100% natural materials, such as calico pocket springs, hand-teased horsetail, alpaca wool, Shropshire wool, organic flax, silk, cashmere, British fleece wool, and cotton, and serves as the foundation of the mattress. The mattress is designed to be double-sided, which means it can be turned and rotated to promote even wear. The pillow top or mattress topper section is then attached directly onto the top of the support section using buttoned handles, creating a two-tier mattress.

The pillow top section:

The pillow top section is crafted from various density 100% natural materials, including hand-teased horsetail, Shropshire wool, alpaca wool, organic flax, British fleece wool, cotton, lambswool, and others. This layer provides an immediate sink feeling that allows you to snuggle in. The pillow top is hand-tufted with twine and felt washers, which prevents the fibres from migrating and creating a lumpy and uneven sleep surface.

Our pillow top mattress specifications and prices

WINSTONS DREAMER PILLOW TOP MATTRESS
Price£2,399.99 (King size)
Filling CompositionEnglish Lambswool, British Fleece Wool & Coat, British Highland Wool, Organic Flax, English Lambswool, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Cotton & British Highland Wool
Filling Total GSM8350
Hand Side Stitching Rows2
Spring Count1500 Pocket Springs
Layers18
Thickness42cm
Handcrafting Heritage95 Years+
Trial100 Night Trial
Guarantee30 Years
WINSTONS HIGHLAND PILLOW TOP
Price£2799.99 (King size)
Filling CompositionEnglish Lambswool, Pure Wool & Cotton, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Loose Long Curled Horsetail, British Highland Wool, Natural Hessian, English Lambswool, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Cotton & British Highland Wool
Filling Total GSM9500
Hand Side Stitching Rows3
Spring Count1600 Calico Springs
Layers22
Thickness44cm
Natural Fibre100% Natural
Handcrafting Heritage95 Years+
Trial100 Night Trial
Guarantee30 Years
WINSTONS HERITAGE PILLOW TOP
Price£3299.99 (King size)
Filling CompositionEnglish Lambswool, English Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Silk, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Loose Long Curled Horsetail, British Highland Wool, Natural Hessian, English Lambswool, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Alpaca Wool & British Highland Wool
Filling Total GSM10600
Hand Side Stitching Rows4
Spring Count1600 Calico Pocket Springs
Layers22
Thickness44cm
Natural Fibre100% Natural
Handcrafting Heritage95 Years+
Trial100 Night Trial
Guarantee30 Years
WINSTONS DUKE PILLOW TOP
Price£4999.99 (King size)
Filling CompositionEnglish Lambswool, Soft Bamboo, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Alpaca Wool, British Highland Wool, English Lambswool, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Silk, Hand Teased Alpaca Wool, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Loose Long Curled Horsetail, British Highland Wool & Organic Flax
Filling Total GSM11750
Hand Side Stitching Rows5
Spring Count3000 Double Tier Calico Springs
Layers26
Thickness47cm
Natural Fibre100% Natural
Handcrafting Heritage95 Years+
Trial100 Night Trial
Guarantee30 Years
WINSTONS NO2
Price£6899.99 (King size)
Filling CompositionEnglish Lambswool, Cashmere, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Silk, Hand Teased Alpaca Wool, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Long Loose Curled Horsetail, British Highland Wool & Organic Flax, English Lambswool, Hand Teased Silk, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Alpaca Wool, Hand Teased Long Loose Curled Horsetail & British Highland Wool
Filling Total GSM14350
Hand Side Stitching Rows7
Spring Count3000 Double Tier Calico Pocket Springs
Layers32
Thickness51cm
Natural Fibre100% Natural
Handcrafting Heritage95 Years+
Trial100 Night Trial
Guarantee30 Years

The significance of showing GSM in a mattress: Why It’s Important

At Winston’s Beds, we offer expert guidance to help you make the best decision for your sleep needs. So, if you need tailored advice, please call our experts on 0161 250 9200. With our extensive selection of pillow top mattresses and commitment to quality, we are confident that we can help you find the perfect solution for a good night’s sleep that will last a lifetime.

When it comes to purchasing a new mattress, there is a crucial detail that mattress manufacturers and retailers often neglect to disclose: the Grams per Square Meter (GSM) of the natural fillings in the mattress. However, understanding the significance of GSM can give you a competitive advantage in determining the value of the mattress you are considering.

It’s unfortunate that most mattress manufacturers and retailers choose to withhold important information about the construction of their products. That’s why we want to empower you with knowledge about GSM and encourage you to always ask about it when shopping for a mattress.

If you’ve never heard of GSM before, you’re not alone. The mattress industry tends to keep this information hidden from consumers. In the following guide, we will delve deeper into the reasons why you need to know the GSM of a mattress’s natural fillings. By doing so, you’ll be better equipped to make informed purchasing decisions and avoid wasting your hard-earned money.

What are the benefits of a pillow top mattress?

Pillow tops from Winston’s Beds offers a range of benefits, including enhanced comfort, exceptional support, and a good night’s sleep.

Plush feel

The added softness of the topper in our pillow top mattress provides a luxurious feel, with the extra layer of cushioning designed to cradle the body and distribute weight evenly. This feature is especially helpful for those who experience aches and pains, as the gentle contouring reduces pressure on pressure points.

Calico pocket springs

Our pillow top mattress just like in a 5 star hotel bed and unlike a premier inn that used to use a hypnos pillow top mattress features a coiled support layer made of calico pocket springs, providing firm support that adapts to your body shape and weight. This layer offers excellent responsiveness and bounce, making it a suitable option for those who prefer not to sink into materials like memory foam. The coil layer also promotes airflow, leading to little to no heat retention, which makes the mattress cooler and more breathable for hot sleepers.

100% natural

Our pillow top mattress also includes an extra layer of natural upholstery, which adds to the cushioning and comfort, reducing motion transfer between partners and helping you to sleep better.

Contouring

The pillow top layer of the mattress shapes to the contour of your body shape, preventing pressure points and reducing discomfort. This is essential for proper support for any body weight, as without it, you may experience reduced blood flow and wake up with pain in the morning. With our pillow top mattress, you will enjoy proper spinal alignment that reduces pain and provides the right support level to help you wake up without discomfort.

Cooling

100% natural materials in our mattress toppers are highly breathable and temperature regulating, ensuring that you do not sleep hot.

The bottom line

Our recommendation when it comes to pillow top mattresses is to invest in a high-quality, two-sided pillow top mattress from Winston’s Beds instead of settling for a cheaper alternative that may only last a couple of years or adding a separate topper to a decent pocket sprung mattress.

With a two-sided pillow topped mattress, you can twist, turn, and rotate the mattress and topper separately, ensuring maximum use and longevity. By doing this, you can extend the lifespan of your mattress, as the topper will take the brunt of nightly activities and reduce wear and tear on the core mattress. For your peace of mind our pillow top mattress review is 100% customer satisfaction.

At Winston’s Beds, we offer expert guidance to help you make the best decision for your sleep needs. So, if you need tailored advice on pillow top mattresses or mattress pads, please call our experts on 0161 250 9200. With our extensive selection of pillow top mattresses and commitment to quality, we are confident that we can help you find the perfect solution for a good night’s sleep that will last a lifetime.

FAQ’S

Is pillow top mattress good for side sleepers?

If you are a side sleeper, you may be wondering if a pillow top mattress is a good choice for you. The answer is yes!

Pillow top mattresses are ideal for every style of sleeper, including those who sleep on their side. They provide long-lasting support, which helps to promote pain relief and reduce pressure on joints. In fact, our pillow top mattresses at Winston’s Beds are crafted using an innerspring system with calico pocket springs, which offers the perfect balance between support and comfort.

The additional layers of natural materials used in our pillow top mattresses provide the cushioning and softness that side sleepers need to get a good night’s sleep. The combination of firm support from the pocket springs and the softness of the pillow top layer allows the mattress to adapt to the contours of your body, ensuring proper spinal alignment and reducing the risk of waking up with aches and pains.

So, if you are a side sleeper looking for a comfortable and supportive mattress, a pillow top mattress from Winston’s Beds is an excellent choice.

How firm is a pillow top mattress?

Pillow top mattresses are known for their softness, which comes from the cushioning top layer. Although they are available in soft, medium, medium firm, and firm varieties, the right type for you depends on your individual needs.

If you are larger in build and weigh more, a medium soft pillow top mattress is recommended. This is because sinking too deeply into the pillow top layer could result in discomfort as you end up on the stiffer core layer. On the other hand, if you are smaller and weigh less, a softer pillow top mattress is better suited to your needs, as a firmer mattress may feel too hard and uncomfortable.

How deep are pillow top mattresses?

Pillow top mattresses generally have a greater depth compared to other types of mattresses, as they feature an added layer on top. This layer can vary in thickness, with pillow top mattresses ranging from as little as seven inches to as much as 22 inches in height.

The base or core layer of the mattress, which includes the springs and support system, accounts for the majority of the mattress’s depth. Typically, the pillow top layer adds an additional two inches to the overall height of the mattress. This extra layer of cushioning provides the softness and comfort that many sleepers desire, while the core layer of the mattress ensures proper support for a restful and rejuvenating sleep.

Published: 20th February 2023 (Updated: 14th October 2023) | Isaah

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