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If you are shopping for a new mattress, you may or may not know about pillow top mattresses. These special mattresses have an extra layer of padding loosely sewn into the top. Many sleepers claim that this padding provides you with extra comfort, but not everyone agrees. Read on for more information, and receive both the good and bad reviews of pillow top mattresses.

The Good Reviews

Pillow top mattresses offer resistance to excessive movement. In other words, if your partner tends to toss and turn, a pillow top mattress might be a good choice so you can get your much needed rest. Also, these mattresses are often most comfortable for side sleepers and back sleepers, as they have a lot of extra cushion.

Customers claim that the pillow top mattress can help with neck, back, and shoulder pain at pressure points. Approximately 20% of top mattress owners report some pain-relief after using the pillow top.

From these positive reviews, it seems that the top mattress is good for comfort and pain relief, but what about durability?

The Bad Reviews

The pillow top mattress might have an initial comfort factor, but 30% of sleepers report serious sagging and degradation in the first three years of using it, regardless of size and weight. So while it may help with back pain at first, it can lead to worsening pain down the road.

While this mattress is a decent choice for side and back sleepers, it is not good for stomach sleepers because of the large amount of cushion. Stomach sleepers may sink into the mattress, disrupting neck alignment.

This mattress also retains serious heat and can make sleeping an uncomfortable experience. Approximately 8% of pillow top users claim that the mattress retains heat. In addition, it’s more expensive than most mattresses, because of the extra cushion. Unfortunately, that extra cushion causes long term pain and holds in heat.

Overall, the pillow top mattresses seem, at first, to be a good deal. According to most, they are comfortable and relieve pain. However, within a few short years of buying a pillow top mattress, they begin to sink, lose their shape, and even cause pain. Plus, sleepers might be uncomfortably hot at night. According to these reviews, pillow top mattresses are not a good choice for sleepers. It turns out that the extra cushion is its downfall.