The Difference Between a Pillow Top and a Euro Top Mattress

Pillow top mattress in a decorated room (Stearns & Foster)

Being able to tell the difference between a pillow top and a euro top mattress can be difficult if you don't know what to look for. The two types of mattresses are more similar than they are different. There's a minor visual difference between the two which is the only way you'd be able to tell without inspecting the bed's inner layers. The euro top style has the sides sewn up straight to the top. A pillow top has an indent at the top which gives it that 'pillow' look. This page will explain the difference to help you decide which one is the best mattress for you. 

What is a Pillow Top Mattress?

A pillow top mattress has an extra layer of cushioning at the very top of the mattress which is sewn into a pocket that gives it that pillow look. This type of mattress gained popularity because they offered greater comfort while also providing motion isolation. Over the years mattress manufacturers have made a wide range of comfort types available in pillow top construction. The drawback is that they tend to retain heat more than other models and can be too tall for some sleepers. The additional padding is usually made from memory foam to make the top comfort layer have the feel of a memory foam mattress. 

They are most commonly used on innerspring mattresses. The purpose is to simply give an additional layer to comfort because sometimes the surface of the mattress for innerspring may not provide high-quality comfort or pressure relief for some people. The top of your mattress will be softer with a pillow top so do not buy one if you like the firmer feel of an innerspring mattress. 

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What is a Euro Top Mattress?

Euro top mattresses have an extra layer of material placed on the top layer and the edges of the mattress get sewn straight up and down with no indent. Because the extra material gets stitched underneath the mattress cover, it can’t shift or lose shape the way a conventional pillow top can. Their popularity comes from the more secure material and cleaner look when compared to a pillow top model. Eurotop models also offer multiple degrees of firmness and softness depending on what you prefer. 

Edge support is a little better on euro tops because it is secured beneath the cover with no gap between the pillow top and the mattress. This means you'll feel more held up when sleeping near the edge, instead of feeling as though you may roll off.

This mattress topper tends to be more durable because of the extra layer of padding it adds. They are denser because they are packed with more quality materials designed to give you better sleep. They will also have a better contouring ability but they tend to have a higher price point. 

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See the Difference in Appearance

Pillow Top

Euro Top

Corner view of a pillow top mattress Corner view of a euro top mattress

Has a small gap between the padding layer and the mattress top.

Is flush between the padding layer and the mattress top.


A euro top is a type of pillow top, which has a few benefits over the classic style. Euro pillow-top mattresses can be a bit more durable because the pillow top is secured underneath the cover. You may not even notice the euro top when looking at the mattress, but it'll feel the same as a normal pillow top. Sheets will go more smoothly over a euro-top mattress, without the lump you may see with a pillow top.

When deciding between the two, know that there isn't a huge difference. Both options add comfort for back sleepers and side sleepers. The euro style is generally a bit more durable and has better edge support, as well as a more streamlined look. They can be a bit more expensive as well than the traditional style.

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Need More Help?

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About the Author, Juliana Huhta, Mattress Expert

Juliana Huhta, Mattress ExpertJuliana has spent several years in the mattress industry, writing about and reviewing mattresses. She has a deep understanding of how mattresses work for different people and affect sleep.

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