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Pillow Top vs Euro Top Mattresses

A mattress with a pillow top design could be the answer to that extra-soft feel you crave. Learn more about pillow top mattresses here – and exactly what distinguishes them from Euro tops!

What Is a Pillow Top Mattress?

A pillow top mattress is a mattress that features an extra layer of cushioning covering the top of the mattress. This cushioning is known as a pillow top layer and is usually crafted with a blend of cotton and/or memory foam. Pillow top mattresses are most commonly found on firmer mattress models, such as innerspring mattresses, to add a softer feel to a high-support design.

What’s the Difference Between a Pillow Top and Euro Top?


Standard pillow top: In a mattress with a standard pillow top, the pillow top layer is sewn onto the top of the mattress. In other words, there are two visibly separate (but attached) pieces.


Euro pillow top: A mattress with a Euro top features a pillow top layer built under the top of the mattress; unlike a standard pillow top, a Euro pillow top mattress does not feature a top that is visibly separate from the rest of the mattress design.

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Can you flip a pillow top mattress? In both standard pillow top and Euro pillow top mattresses, the pillow top is usually sewn into only one side of the mattress, which would create an uneven feel if the mattress were to be flipped over. However, because of this, mattresses with pillow tops are often designed in such a way that they don’t need to be routinely flipped – high-quality craftsmanship and materials will preserve the mattress’s shape and support even after years of use.

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