This post was written by the site owner – Dan Cartwright – who has been testing mattresses and reviewing products online since 2015.
Euro top mattresses and pillow top mattresses are similar, but not exactly the same thing.
Both Euro top and a pillow top mattresses have an additional layer of material on top of the mattress for enhanced comfort and support – the difference is that the material for the Euro top is sewn flush into the mattress, whilst the pillow top creates a visually distinct layer.
And whilst the purpose of a Euro top and a pillow top mattress is to increase comfort, there are differences between the two, and further differences between the different brands of Euro top and pillow top mattress brands.
So in this post, I’ve listed the 3 best Euro top mattresses that I’ve personally slept in and tested extensively so that you can pick the right one for your sleeping requirements.
Related: see the best mattresses that I’ve personally reviewed here.
The 3 Best Euro Top Mattresses Reviewed
I have selected the mattresses below based on my own personal experience of sleeping in them for at least 30 nights continuously so that I have a full understanding of how they feel.
You can see me testing out each mattress in the videos that I’ve embedded below.
I have summarized the key features and benefits for each one, so you can quickly see which one is right for you.
You can then either click the links to read my full, in depth review of each mattress, or click the red buttons to buy that mattress directly from the brand at the maximum discount currently available.
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1: Nolah Evolution – Best Overall
I have picked the Nolah Evolution as the best Euro top mattress because it’s suitable for just about every single sleeping style and position.
Furthermore, the Euro top is stitched in such a way that the seam won’t dig into you if you sleep close to the edge of the mattress, but at the same time, the layer of padding won’t slip around either as you switch positions.
Also, the polyfoam in the Euro top provides excellent pressure relief whilst also being cool to the touch.
This pairs with the thick 15″ profile and adaptive foams and coils to yield a well rounded mattress with wide appeal.
Click here to read my full Nolah Evolution review.
Euro Top – Cool to the Touch
The Euro top for the Nolah Evolution consists of 2″ of polyfoam that is branded as having ‘High Thermal Conductivity’ which basically means that it feels cool to the touch and is able to draw heat away from your body.
When I slept on the Nolah Evolution, I noticed straight away how cool the top of the mattress felt, and I didn’t experience any overheating – which is significant because I tend to sleep hot, even during the cooler months of the year.
Although the Euro top of the Nolah Evolution isn’t stitched completely flush with the edge of the mattress, it doesn’t slip around like a regular pillow top does – which means that it’s easy to turn over in this mattress without feeling like you’re getting stuck in the material.
- Side sleepers – the extra padding of the Euro top makes the Nolah Evolution ideal for side sleepers because it reduces friction and pressure points on your shoulders and hips. If you weigh less than 150 lbs, then it’s best to get the Evo in the ‘plush’ firmness setting because it allows you to sink more deeply into the materials for deeper comfort. The ‘luxury firm’ option is better for side sleepers in the 150 – 230 lbs range, and the ‘firm’ is for maximum pushback if you weigh over 230 lbs.
- Front and back sleepers – I found the Nolah Evolution ideal for back sleeping and even front sleeping; I felt well supported, and my arthritic shoulders weren’t in pain. The luxury firm option will be suitable for sleepers up to 230 lbs, whilst the firm option is better for heavier weighted front sleepers over 230 lbs that need maximum support around the hips to avoid back pain.
- Edge sleepers – if you sleep near the edge of the mattress, then the Nolah Evolution is ideal because not only does it come with reinforced edge support to stop roll-off, the stitching of the Euro top doesn’t dig into you like many of the true Euro tops with a prominent stitching line do.
- Both heavy and lighter weighted sleepers – because the Nolah Evolution is so thick, it can easily support weights of up to 350 lbs on each half of the mattress; whilst the Euro top and adaptive foams in the comfort layer allows lighter weighted sleepers to sink into the materials for better pressure relief. Go for the ‘plush’ option if you are under 150 lbs, ‘luxury firm’ for 150-230 lbs, and ‘firm’ if you’re over 230 lbs.
- Warmer sleepers – I found the Nolah Evolution to be very cooling and breathable; which makes it ideal if you sleep hot at night.
- Restless sleepers – if you toss and turn at night, then the stitching of the Euro top means that you won’t experience the slipping feeling that you get when trying to turn over on a traditional pillow top; but the pressure relief afforded by the foam can help to reduce the pressure points that may be contributing to your restlessness.
2: DreamCloud – Best UK Euro Top
If you live in the UK, it can often be difficult to buy many of the most popular online mattresses because they only ship to states in the US.
However, DreamCloud offer their mattresses to both US and UK residents.
But it’s important to note that the construction and layering of the mattress models differs between the US and the UK.
For example, I have personally bought and slept on the UK version of the DreamCloud mattress which has a medium-firm feel, a 10 inch profile, and a layer of polyfoam that acts as the Euro top – with hard stitched edges to give it that neat and classic Euro top look.
If you live in the US, then you’ll need to select the DreamCloud Premier model to avail of the Euro top – which consists of an extra 1 inch of memory foam to add extra pressure relief.
Click here to discover more differences in my full DreamCloud mattress review.
The Euro top in the UK version consists of a layer of polyfoam that stitched right up to the edge of the mattress.
This layer combines with the memory foam and polyfoam comfort and transition layers below to provide adaptive pressure relief and support.
This is reinforced by the pocket coils that make up the support core and adapt individually to your body shape to provide a custom sleeping surface.
- Front and back sleepers – the medium-firm feel makes the DreamCloud ideal for front and back sleepers because it provides enough pushback to keep you in good posture. I was personally the most comfortable sleeping on my back.
- Combination sleepers – the bounce provided by the coils and polyfoam in the transition layer makes it easier to move around in the DreamCloud when compared to plusher mattresses. I found it easy to switch positions in this mattress.
- Warmer sleepers – although this mattress does contain memory foam, I did find that the DreamCloud sleeps relatively cool.
3: Noa – Best Euro Top for Canada, Australia, and Singapore
Noa don’t currently offer their mattresses to the US market, but you can buy them Canada, the UK, Singapore, and Australia.
This means that you can buy a good quality Euro topped medium-firm mattress that offers excellent pressure relief and support to suit nearly all sleeping styles.
Click here to learn more in my full Noa mattress review.
Although Noa say that their mattress has a pillow top, the stitching style and material integration makes it look and feel more like a Euro top – based on my own personal experience of sleeping in this mattress.
The Euro top consists of polyfoam to provide pressure relief, that’s enhanced by an underlying combination of gel memory foam and synthetic latex foam.
Beneath this, the 2.5″ of polyfoam provides some pushback and works with the pocket coils to provide adaptive support to keep you in good posture.
- Front, back, side sleepers – whilst the Noa is on the firmer side, the comfort provided by the Euro top and the subsequent foam and spring layers means that this mattress is suitable for a wide range of sleeping styles. I personally preferred the back sleeping position in the Noa mattress.
- Combination sleepers – I found the Noa to be very bouncy and responsive; making it much easier to move around in than mattresses that have thick memory foam layers.
- Warmer sleepers – the Noa didn’t cause me to overheat at all, thanks to the breathable foams and spacious coil core.
How to Buy a Comfortable Euro Top Mattress
Follow the three steps below in order to buy a Euro top mattress that’s right for you:
1: Decide Between Euro Top or Pillow Top
Although a Euro top and a pillow top are quite similar in the sense that they are both extra layers of padding (typically foam or fiber) on top of the mattress for the purpose of increasing pressure relief and comfort, they are not exactly the same thing.
The main difference is that the Euro top padding is stitched flush with the edge of the mattress so that you can’t really tell that it’s there.
In contrast, a pillow top isn’t stitched flush with the edge of the mattress and instead looks like a distinct layer because it isn’t aligned perfectly with the edge of the mattress.
Unless you specifically want a mattress that has a soft and fluffy top to maximize pressure relief for side sleeping; to distribute your weight more evenly if you weigh less than 150 lbs; and/or have a body fat percentage under 15% – resulting in the need for greater friction point reduction – a Euro top will be better for most sleepers due to its more supportive and sturdy design.
See below for a summary of the differences between a pillow top and a Euro top:
- Looks neat – the flush stitching means that the extra layer of padding looks like it’s part of the mattress, rather than being stuck on top.
- Doesn’t slip around – because the extra layer of padding is encased inside the edges of the mattress, the material doesn’t slip around and makes for a more supportive sleeping surface.
- Firmer feel – although Euro tops can come in a range of firmnesses, they do tend to be biased more towards the firmer side when compared to pillow tops simply because the material is encased within the edges of the mattress.
- Better for couples – if you sleep as a couple, then a Euro top may be better for you because the thicker and more robust design means that movements are not transferred across the surface of the mattress as easily.
- Longer lasting – although chiefly dependent on the quality of the materials and the construction, Euro tops do tend to last longer than pillow tops because they are less likely to flatten, indent, or experience the separation of the stitching.
- Better for edge sleepers over 200 lbs – if you hug the edge of the mattress as you sleep, then the firmer feel of a Euro top can help to provide more support (see the best mattresses for edge sleepers here).
- Doesn’t look as neat – pillow tops aren’t stitched flush with the mattress, and so they look more like a distinct layer; much like a pillow as the name suggests.
- Slips around more – pillow tops tend to slip and slide around as you move because the padding is sewn directly on top of the mattress rather than being integrated into the mattress like a Euro top is. This can be annoying if you are a combination sleeper that switches positions often.
- Better for side and lightweight sleepers – pillow top mattresses come in a range of firmnesses, but they do tend to be better for side sleepers and sleepers that weigh less than 150 lbs because the softer feel allows for better pressure relief and internal weight distribution.
- Can trap heat – the padding of a pillow top may be more likely to trap heat when compared to a Euro top due to reduced airflow; although this will depend mainly on the type of material used (memory foam traps the most heat whilst latex foam and polyfoam tends to be more breathable).
- Better for edge sleepers under 200 lbs – if you’re an edge sleeper under 200 lbs, then a pillow top may be more comfortable because you won’t experience the feeling of the stitching digging into you.
2: Choose the Right Firmness for Your Sleeping Style
Although pillow tops generally tend to be softer than Euro tops, the firmness of the mattress is a distinct setting that’s set independently by the manufacturer.
This means that you can have a firm pillow top, a soft Euro top, and vice-versa.
Selecting the correct level of firmness relative to your dominant sleeping position, body weight, and body type is very important because it will dictate how hard or soft the mattress feels.
Whilst firmness selection is open to personal preference, the table below provides a useful guideline:
|Extra-soft||Side sleepers <130 lbs|
|Soft||Side sleepers 130 – 150 lbs|
|Medium-soft||Side sleepers 150 – 180 lbs|
|Medium||Front, back, side sleepers 150 – 200 lbs|
|Medium-firm||Front, back, side sleepers 150 – 230 lbs|
|Firm||Front + back sleepers 200 – 230 lbs|
|Extra-firm||Front + back sleepers >250 lbs|
3: Specify the Materials Relative to Your Preferences
Although the firmness setting dictates how hard or soft the mattress will feel generally, the exact materials used in the mattress will also have a baring on how comfortable the mattress will feel.
Most mattresses have a distinct upper ‘comfort’ layer that influences the pressure relief and a ‘support core’ that dictates how well the mattress will keep you in good posture.
There’s also usually a ‘transition’ layer that sits in between the comfort and support layers to help cushion your weight.
And in the case of a Euro top mattress, there’s an additional layer of padding on the very top of the mattress that is often considered to be part of the ‘comfort’ layer, but may actually be made from a different type of material than the rest of the comfort layer.
A summary of the different types of materials that can be used in these different sections of a mattress are described below:
Memory Foam – Maximum Pressure Relief But Can Trap Heat
Memory foam is a type of material that is found in Euro tops and the upper comfort layers of a mattress to provide the most amount of pressure relief.
This makes memory foam ideal for side sleepers, lighter weighted sleepers under 150 lbs, and sleepers with a lower body fat percentage because the friction points will be reduced and the pressure in your joints more easily dissipated.
The downside is that memory foam tends to trap heat, so this makes it less suitable for warmer sleepers – although many high quality mattresses that include memory foam now have cooling properties like gel beads or perforations to help increase airflow.
Latex Foam – Good Pressure Relief and Very Breathable
Latex foam (usually Talalay latex) is commonly found in Euro tops and the upper comfort layer of a mattress because it is bouncy, breathable, and able to provide good pressure relief.
Latex foam can also be found in the transition layers and even the support cores of some mattresses – typically in the form of Dunlop latex because it is denser than Talalay latex and more supportive.
Choose latex foam over memory foam if you want more mobility and a cooler sleeping experience.
Polyfoam – Fair Pressure Relief and Somewhat Breathable
Although memory foam is a type of polyfoam, polyfoam that is commonly found in Euro tops, the comfort layer, and the transition layers isn’t as dense and gloopy as memory foam.
This means that polyfoam is a cheaper alternative to memory foam that still provides a reasonable amount of pressure relief, and can also offer some support if the density is high.
Polyfoam also tends to be more breathable than memory foam but not as much as latex foam.
Pocket Coils – Provides Adaptive Support
Pocket coils are individually encased springs that sit in the support core of a mattress to support your body weight and keep you in good posture.
Pocket coils are found in hybrid mattresses and contrast with the fixed coil cores that operate as a fixed unit inside traditional spring mattresses.
Pocket coil cores are the best choices for mattresses because they adapt to your body shape and weight, are easier to move around in, and allow air to circulate for better breathability.
Dan is the founder and head content creator at Bedroom Style Reviews.
He has been working as a professional online product reviewer since 2015 and was inspired to start this website when he ended up sleeping on a memory foam mattress that was too soft and gave him backache.
Through in-depth research and analysis, Dan’s goal with this website is to help others avoid such pitfalls by creating the best online resource for helping you find your ideal mattress, bedding, and bedroom furniture.
Dan is a qualified NVQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor with 6 years’ experience helping clients improve their health through diet, exercise, and proper sleep hygiene.
He also holds several college and university-level qualifications in health sciences, psychology, mathematics, art, and digital media creation – which helps him to publish well researched and informative product reviews as well as articles on sleep, health, wellbeing, and home decor.
Dan also has direct personal experience with insomnia, anxiety, misophonia (hypersensitivity to sounds), and pain from both acute and long-standing sporting injuries – he enjoys writing insightful articles around these subjects to help fellow sufferers of such conditions.
Learn more about Dan here.