Price Compare : Inner Spring Mattress with Topper VS Pillow-Top Mattress

When I stay in a good quality hotel, I always felt that their mattress is more class, more comfortable, more expensive then residential mattress. I always imagine that one day, I would be able to come home to a bed like theirs.

Ever seen a fluffy bread before? This is what I imagine myself sinking into everyday.

Cat sleeping on bread
Okay, maybe not that relevant, but you get what I mean. Even if you don’t, the mattress industry do. That’s why they bring hotel-grade mattress to the consumers!

Introducing the pillow-top mattress!

Pillow Top Mattress
Pillow Top Mattress

Visually, it looks exactly like I imagined it to be. The fluffy layer at the top of the mattress looks inviting. The moment you lie on top, it’s as if you can go into dreamland immediately.

But then, I got shaken awake by their price tag. 1.4 grand for a queen-sized mattress?! You’ve got to be kidding me!

Shocked Koala

I dived in to the mattress world to see whether a pillow-top mattress is worth the money spend. The short answer is, NO. The long answer is a BIG, FAT NO. I’m not against pillow-top, oh no I’m not. In fact you can read about my analysis about pillow-top mattress here.

From my wallet’s point of view, pillow top mattress is simply not worth the bang for your bucks, unless you need it. Instead, a inner spring mattress with topper seems like a more valid purchase. Read on to find out why!


Inner Spring Mattress with Topper and Pillow-Top Mattress Comparison

 

Pillow Top Mattress
Pillow Top Mattress
Inner Spring Mattress
Inner Spring Mattress
Mattress Topper
Mattress Topper
Type
Price
$1368.44
$669.47 + $249.12 = $918.59
Comfort Level
Plush
Plush
Support System
886 Custom Support Firm with Best Edge Foam Encasement
711 Wrapped Coil Innerspring with 2 inch memory foam and 2 inch pillow-top layer
Mattress Height (Total)
14.75″
14.5″

I’ve taken products from one of the big 4 S mattress company, Serta, to use as comparison.


Serta Perfect Sleeper Ultimate Super Pillow Top 2000 Innerspring Mattress, Queen

Serta claims that this mattress can help to solve the common 5 sleep problems.
  1. Help reduce tossing and turning
  2. Encourage proper back support and alignment
  3. Promote balanced sleep temperature
  4. Minimise proper partner movement
  5. Resists sagging and edge roll off
5 Common Sleeping Problems
5 Common Sleeping Problems

Quality comfort layer and support system used to give the mattress a plush feel.

Serta Perfect Sleeper Ultimate Super Pillow Top 2000 Innerspring Mattress Support System
Serta Perfect Sleeper Ultimate Super Pillow Top 2000 Innerspring Mattress Support System
Serta Perfect Sleeper Ultimate Super Pillow Top 2000 Innerspring Mattress Specs
Serta Perfect Sleeper Ultimate Super Pillow Top 2000 Innerspring Mattress Specs

Sertapedic Plush 300 Innerspring Mattress, Queen + Serta 4-Inch Dual Layer Mattress Topper, Queen

This mattress by Serta by itself already comes with quality Serta’s Cool Twist Gel Foam and Serta Pillow Soft Foam to provide comfort to sleepers.

Sertapedic Plush 300 Innerspring Mattress Support System
Sertapedic Plush 300 Innerspring Mattress Support System
Sertapedic Plush 300 Innerspring Mattress Specs
Sertapedic Plush 300 Innerspring Mattress Specs

To up the level of comfort, we can also stack on a Serta mattress topper to provide a pillow-top feel. This Serta 4-Inch Dual Layer Mattress Topper comes with a 2 inch pillow top layer of fibrefill, and 2 inch of memory foam to give the softness sleepers desire.


Comparison Analysis

Comfort

Both options have similar height and comfort level. However, the pillow top mattress comes with a higher spring count support system. Indeed, a higher spring count means that it reduces the motion transfer between sleeping partners. However, it could also means a slightly firmer mattress as it is more supported.

Cost

Need I say more? The pillow top mattress is a whooping 50% premium over the topper combination.

Durability

Although pillow top mattress costs a 50% premium over the innerspring mattress plus mattress topper combination, the durability cannot be matched.

Pillow top mattress received rave reviews by sleeper during the first few months of purchase. However, in return reviews of pillow top mattress after 3 to 5 years, the same group of sleepers complained about the sagging issues of pillow top mattress. Indeed, pillow top mattress are very prone to sagging, and this issue will accelerate if your body size is larger.

At this point in time, the mattress have reach its end of life (EOD). Even if the support spring system is working perfectly, you can no longer sleep on it as the sagging pillow top layer makes it too uncomfortable to sleep.

Mattress topper could also sag within 3 to 5 years. However, the catch here is that you can simply throw away the topper, keeping the mattress. As the mattress topper is protecting the mattress itself from direct impact, it will help add a few good years to the mattress.


Well, I’m no princess in the princess in a pea story. But I do justice to my wallet. If I can get comparable quality mattress at a fraction of the price, I would totally get it. Not forgetting that I could get multiple mattress topper to suit my needs for each season, I would totally go for the inner spring mattress with topper combination.

What about you? Share your preferences with us in the comments below!

Jamie

Just a typical girl who is interested in improving life without breaking her tiny piggy bank. Enjoys and appreciates simple pleasures in life and cannot resist good deals.

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