Pillow Top vs Latex

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Pillow Top

A pillow top is a surface layer of soft material that is stitched and packed into the cover. This provides a soft as a cloud feel to the surface of the mattress.

There are multiple types of pillow tops, though the most popular recently is a memory foam pillow top. A memory foam pillow top has a thin layer of soft memory foam that is stitched into the cover. Though memory foam is a popular material for pillow tops, you can also find them with latex, cotton, cashmere, wool, or goose down/feathers.

Pillow top mattresses generally have spring support systems in the middle of the mattress, though there could be a pillow top on a memory foam mattress as well (it is just not very common).

Pros: A plush feel on the top of the mattress that pillows the body on top of the support layers.

Cons: The pillow top alone will not make a good bed -- the materials used in the pillow top and the rest of the mattress can sag or have issues if they are lower quality.

Latex

Latex is made from the sap of a rubber tree. Over generations, people have learned how to tap the trees without having to cut them down. This means that it is one of the most eco-conscious and sustainable ways to create bedding.

After the latex is harvested from the rubber tree, it is treated to create foam. The two most common ways of treating latex for bedding is Dunlop and Talalay. The result is a high response and heavy piece of foam that can be used for bedding. By changing the density, the latex can be more or less responsive.

Those that are used to a memory foam feel (a slow response) will be surprised to know that most latex is highly responsive, meaning that although it will react to ones body, it has a natural bounce. Some sleepers prefer this, though others not so much.

Recently, there has been an explosion in latex bedding with the higher demand for eco-conscious foam alternatives. Though latex is natural, there are some that mix it with memory foam. For those that are looking for pure latex bedding, be careful to do your research on the entire bed.

Pros: High response, differing firmness options.

Cons: High expense vs memory foam, some don't like the latex responsive feel.


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Material Scores

Overall Score:
Pillow Top: 8.9/10
Latex: 9.7/10

Comfort:
Pillow Top: 9/10
Latex: 9.4/10

Softness:
Pillow Top: 9.4/10
Latex: 9.4/10

Cooling:
Pillow Top: 8.2/10
Latex: 8.5/10

Hypoallergenic:
Pillow Top: 8.5/10
Latex: 9.4/10

Odor:
Pillow Top: 8.8/10
Latex: 8.9/10

General Support:
Pillow Top: 8.3/10
Latex: 8.8/10

Eco-Conscious:
Pillow Top: 8.5/10
Latex: 9/10

Price Value:
Pillow Top: 8.3/10
Latex: 8.4/10

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