Pillow top mattresses at Overstock.com add a layer of comfort directly underneath your body to give you a better sleep experience. A pillow top usually has softer materials than the main mattress itself, while the actual mattress can have traditional construction or high-tech elements. The pillow top is a few inches thick, and manufacturers delineate the top from the main mattress with dark stitching around the border of the pillow top. Pillow top mattresses come in all sizes and firmness options, so you can find one that fits your needs. Read on to determine what options you have on Overstock.com when it comes to pillow top mattresses.
Types of Pillow Top Mattresses
Orthopedic Pillow Top Mattresses
Orthopedic pillow top mattresses help keep your posture aligned as a way to alleviate aches and pains from your bones and muscles, and pillow tops soften the mattress by creating a plush feel. Orthopedic mattresses usually have memory foam or gel memory foam as part of their main construction. Other orthopedic options have inner springs with a nice balance of bounce and pushback.
Double-Sided Pillow Top Mattresses
Double-sided pillow top mattresses have a pillow top on two sides. When you flip the mattress over after six months, there's another pillow top on the underside. That means you have four different options when you rotate your pillow top mattress instead of just two. Double-sided mattresses have a core of springs and the same foam supports on both sides.
Euro-Style Pillow Top Mattresses
Euro-style pillow top mattresses have a flush, uniform appearance. The extra padding on top contains stitching that aligns the edges with the mattress below. This gives Euro-style pillow tops a sleek and slimmer profile. Ordinary pillow top mattresses have a small crease that differentiates the pillow top from the main mattress. Stitching underneath the ordinary pillow top keeps the fluff material in place and gives the mattress a floppy look on the top layer. Both styles are equal in terms of plushness and comfort. The only difference is how the manufacturer keeps the pillow top secure.
Features of Pillow Top Mattresses
Down and Down Alternative Pillow Top Mattresses
Pillow top mattresses typically contain down alternative materials to create a plush feel. Down alternatives are hypoallergenic, meaning they resist dust mites and other common allergens that could cause sneezing. Authentic down comes from goose feathers and is usually softer than down alternative. The fill in these pillow tops feels loose yet plush as if you're lying on dozens of small pillows. Both down and down alternative materials keep their shape due to the pockets of materials along the pillow top.
Memory Foam and Gel Memory Foam Pillow Top Mattresses
Pillow top mattresses may also have memory foam in them for a custom-fit feel. Gel memory foam works to wicks heat away from the surface to keep your body cool at night. Both of these materials have a bouncy, springy feel and rebound to their original shape when you're not lying on them. Memory foam and gel memory foam are high-tech innovations in pillow top mattress construction, and they may drive the price of the mattress up higher compared to down and down alternative.
Cotton and Wool Pillow Top Mattresses
In terms of natural fibers, manufacturers could fill the mattresses with cotton and wool. Cotton works better for all seasons, and you stay cooler due to cotton's airiness and light weight. Wool, even though it's underneath you, holds heat very well and provides a layer of warmth in colder climates or in cooler months. Wool is heavier and denser; therefore, it holds heat better.
Pillow Top Mattresses Stitching
One thing you may notice about a pillow top mattress is the stitching along the surface. The stitching creates crisscross, vertical, or horizontal patterns to form shapes or stripes on the pillow top. This stitching keeps the material in the pillow top in place and prevents shifting, no matter what type of materials are in the pillow top. The stitching is usually invisible because the threads are the same color of the pillow top.
Pillow Top Mattresses Firmness
Pillow top mattresses come in all kinds of firmness levels. Plush mattresses are the softest and have the most give, especially when it comes to the top layer. Medium-firm types have a little give to them on the top while providing support for your back in the main mattress. Firm mattresses have a little bit of give in the mattress with the fluff of the pillow top above it.
Pillow Top Mattresses FAQ
What are the sizes of pillow top mattresses?
Pillow top mattresses come in all sizes, from twin-size varieties to California king. Find a pillow top mattress that fits perfectly into your room by measuring your space first, and don't forget you need a bed frame that fits the proper size bed. RV mattresses have pillow tops when you want a more comfortable night's rest on the road. Your RV manufacturer should recommend what size you need, and most RV mattresses come in queen sizes for a more compact space. Pillow top mattresses come in thicknesses of 7 to 22 inches.
What sheets do I need for my pillow top mattresses?
Ordinary sheets may not fit on pillow top mattresses because of the extra thickness. Look for deep pocket sheets for a proper fit. Standard sheets work for thicknesses of 7 to 14 inches, while deep sheets come in handy for 15-inch mattresses, and extra-deep pockets for 16 to 22 inches. Check the precise thickness of your mattress, and then pick the correct deep or extra-deep pockets for your linens.
How do I take care of my pillow top mattresses?
Pillow tops are generally white, which means watching out for stains. Spot-clean stains with gentle detergent and lukewarm water, and then let the spot dry completely before putting linens back on the mattress. Occasionally, you may want to give your pillow top a thorough cleaning. Sprinkle a light dusting of baking soda on top, let it sit there for an hour, and then remove it with the upholstery tool of your vacuum to freshen the pillow top. Rotate your mattress to keep the pillow top fluffy instead of flat or take a very clean broom head and beat the mattress top for 10 to 20 minutes. Roll around on the pillow top mattress to feel the fluffiness after you use the broom head.