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What Is A Euro Top Mattress? 5-Minutes-To-Read Answer

eurotop mattress

Aren’t pillow top mattresses and Euro top mattresses exactly the same? No, they aren’t. Yes, both are usually mattresses with coils and additional padding, but Euro top mattresses are rather the type of pillow top mattresses.

There are some differences between them, and we’ll describe them all, give the definition of a Euro top mattress, and list all its pros and cons in this guide. 

What is Eurotop mattress?

Let’s start with the definition. A Euro top mattress is usually an innerspring mattress that has one additional softer layer usually made of foam and covered with fabric, and feels much softer and more comfortable for most sleepers. Sounds like a pillow top, right? In order to understand what’s special about a Euro top, we should compare it to a classy pillow top mattress. In this case, the difference is the key. 

Difference between Eurotop and pillowtop mattress: Koala explains

You can notice the difference between a Euro top and a pillow top mattress just by looking at them. The thing is Euro top mattresses are designed in a bit different way—there is the seam on top of the mattress, and there is a secondary seam underneath it. Simply put, if you see two seams—it’s definitely a Euro top mattress. If you see one seam on the top of the mattress, it’s a regular pillow top mattress.

difference between eurotop and pillowtop mattresses

Of course, it’s not just about the way the mattress looks—this secondary seam is added for a reason. As we’ve already mentioned, there is that extra padding that makes a bed feel a lot more comfortable and softer. In the case of a Euro top mattress, it’s stitched beneath the cover, and that allows to level an extra plush layer with the edges, eliminate gaps, and prevent sinking. In the case of pillow top mattresses, the padding is rather sewn to the top of the mattress.

What are the pros and cons of Euro top mattresses?

The benefits are as follows:

  • Just like a pillow top mattress, this is an upgraded version of the classy innerspring mattress with soft padding that makes it way more comfortable for most sleepers
  • An extra layer also isolates motion, which makes a Euro top mattress a great option for couples
  • Euro tops have no gaps and indentations, are more supportive, and prevent sinking
  • Layers of the Euro top mattress don’t shift out of place

The drawbacks are as follows:

  • Euro top mattresses are usually more expensive than pillow top mattresses made of the same materials
  • Such mattresses are usually a bit firmer (not a drawback for everyone, but side sleepers may look for an extra-plush bed)

So, who needs a pillow top, and who needs a Euro top?

how to choose eurotop

You should choose the first option if:

  1. Softness and pressure relief are your top priorities
  2. You are a single sleeper who doesn’t care much about motion transfer
  3. You are looking for an affordable yet a high-quality mattress

A Euro top might be a better mattress for you if:

  1. You hate it when the layers of the mattress are moving
  2. Aesthetics  are crucially important for you
  3. You need better edge support

So, consider your priorities—it’s the only way to find the right mattress. 

Euro top mattress examples—2 best beds in the market

What are the best Euro top mattresses and how much do they cost? Let’s take a look at two options offered by Saatva and Helix:

  • Saatva Classic Mattress—$1,695 (Queen size). The mattress that comes in three different firmness layers, has a breathable pillow top layer, spinal wire, a layer of individually wrapped coils, and the base innerspring coil layer.
  • Helix Midnight Luxe—$1,749 (Queen size, with a $200 discount)—a medium-firm mattress with a breathable pillow top cover, memory foam comfort layer, gel Visco layer, polyfoam layer, and 1,000+ individually wrapped coils. 
saatva and helix cpmparison

Both mattresses are Euro top mattresses—if you take a look at the pictures, you will see there are two seals that show us the top plush layer is stitched beneath the cover. Saatva mattress is more supportive due to two coil layers, but these are both great options overall (there are cheaper models in the market, too). 

So, if you believe a Euro top mattress will be the best for you, watch the seals and choose between a wide variety of extra supportive yet plush and comfortable mattresses. 


Can you flip a Euro top mattress?

It depends on the mattress you have. If it’s a flippable two-sided mattress, you can flip it. However, in most cases, such mattresses are unflippable as the support layer is under the comfort layer, so if you switch it, you not only change the mattress feel but also can damage the construction—the bottom layer will become much flatter and the bed will become less durable

What is Euro box top mattress?

This is a type of pillow top mattress that, however, is stitched beneath the cover, which allows to level a soft comfort layer with the edges, eliminate gaps, and prevent sinking.

What is a euro box top spring mattress?

This is a Euro top mattress with springs—individually wrapped coils or an innerspring system, or both. Like regular Euro top mattresses, it has a comfort layer that is stitched beneath the cover and has two seals on the top of the mattress that distinguish the padding.

Why Euro top mattress offers better edge support than a pillow top mattress?

Padding in the Euro top mattress is stitched beneath the cover, and that allows for leveling an extra-plush layer with the edges, while in pillow-top mattresses, padding is rather sewn to the top of the mattress.

How thick is a Euro top mattress?

It depends on the manufacturer, but most Euro top mattresses are pretty thick due to the larger number of layers. Most are 11-14 inches tall.