The Difference Between a Pillow Top and a Euro Top

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

Being able to tell the difference between a pillow top and euro top mattress can be difficult if you don't know what to look for. The two 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.

What is a Pillow Top Mattress?

A pillow top mattress has extra cushioning at the very top of the mattress which is sewn into a pocket that gives it that pillow look. Pillow top mattresses 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 a pillow top construction. The drawback of a pillow top mattress is that they tend to retain heat more than other models and can be too tall for some people.

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What is a Euro Top Mattress?

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

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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

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

The euro top mattress is flush between the padding layer and mattress top.


A euro top is a type of pillow top, which has a few benefits over the classic pillow top style. Euro 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 big difference. It mostly comes down to which appearance you like better.

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Need More Help?

The mattress experts at US-Mattress can help you decide between a Euro Top and a Pillow Top Mattress. Call 800-455-1052 for expert help in deciding on a new bed. Or, if you prefer to stay online, you can live chat one of our mattress experts in the link at the bottom right of this page.

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