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All About Pillowtop Mattresses

Pillowtop mattresses are those heavenly hotel beds you never want to leave. Most shoppers find that pillowtop mattresses combine the best of both worlds – overall firmness and stability, with a soft layer of plush cushioning on top. Not surprisingly, Consumer Reports’ top two “Best Buy” mattresses in 2015 were pillowtops (Simmons Beautyrest and Serta Perfect Sleeper).

By definition, a pillowtop is traditionally a mattress (ranging from firm to plush) with a layer of padding sewn onto the top. This soft padding may consist of polyurethane foam, memory foam, latex, fiberfill, wool, cotton, or polypropylene. Pillowtops are usually innerspring mattresses, but can also be found on memory foam, latex and hybrid beds.

Enjoy the sensation of sleeping on a cloud

Pillowtop mattress owners may feel like they’re nestling down into a soft cushy nest when they hop in bed at night. It’s the perfect surface for snuggling, reading a book in bed, unwinding with your favorite television program, or falling asleep swiftly. “Sleeping on a cloud” is a common metaphor to describe the pillowtop mattress experience. Once you go pillowtop, you’ll never go back to the old coil mattresses that require flipping again. As NY Mag writer Sarah Bernard explained, “I admired the thriftiness, but after trying all the pillow tops, the throwbacks felt too springy.”

Who should buy a pillowtop mattress?

Generally speaking, pillowtop beds are ideal for:

  • Side sleepers
  • Back sleepers
  • Heavier people
  • Back pain sufferers
  • People who don’t want to flip their mattress to maintain comfort

You may NOT want a pillowtop mattress if you:

  • Sleep on your stomach
  • Frequently sweat and become overheated in the night
  • Don’t want to buy new sheets (Hint: look for high-profile or deep pocket made for mattresses 12-18” thick.)

Are pillowtop mattresses good for back pain sufferers?

According to Durham Region Daily News, “Many people gravitate towards pillowtop mattresses because they love the cushy top.  It’s easy to snuggle in at night and feel comfortable all night long with a pillow top mattress.  Not only are they soft, but they also offer great support.” Pillowtops are a top choice to relieve pressure points and run-of-the-mill aches.

Oregon’s biggest retailer of the best pillowtop mattresses

Mattress World Northwest is committed to helping you find a good night’s rest with our large selection of the best pillowtop mattresses, including top brands like Sealy, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, Englander  and Aireloom. Spend as much time as you’d like testing out the beds and get all your questions answered by one of our resident Sleep Specialists.