The Difference Between a Pillow Top and a Euro Top

Pillow Top vs. Euro Top: What’s the difference?

Pillow top mattresses have an extra layer of cushioning on top of the mattress, giving a softer feel compared to normal mattresses. Euro tops, also called euro pillow tops, are a type of pillow top. The difference between the two comes down to the appearance.

A pillow top mattress has the additional layer of padding stitched right on top of the mattress. This creates a gap between the pillow top and the mattress. A euro top mattress has the additional layer of padding underneath the mattress cover. The padding layer lines up with the edges of the mattress and is sewn to create a uniform appearance.

Pillow top and euro top mattresses are more similar than they are different. Most people would not be able to detect the difference without looking at the construction.

Pillow Top

Euro Top

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

The pillow top mattress has a small gap between the padding layer and mattress top.

The euro top mattress has a uniform appearance between the padding layer and mattress top.

Should I choose a pillow top mattress?

Pillow top and euro top mattresses are designed for those who want an extra layer of padding on top of the mattress. The additional padding gives a relatively softer feel. Keep in mind, this does not mean a pillow top mattress is necessarily a soft comfort level, though it's generally softer than its non-pillow top counterpart. So, for example, a pillow top firm would be softer than a firm mattress. Ultimately, whether you want a pillow top or euro top comes down to if you prefer one look to the other, but more importantly its availability in the cost, material, and brand you want.


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