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Winston's Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress Review

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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2 April 2024 10 min read

If you're ready to spend more money to ensure a comfortable night's sleep for the next decade and longer, keep reading the Winston's Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top mattress review and learn all about this premium model.

Who is Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress for?

Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress is one of a kind. Since you can choose comfort grade, it is literally perfect for 99.9% of people. Some of the most common types of sleepers are:

  • Back sleepers
  • Side sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Allergy sufferers.

What do we use this product for?

Undoubtedly, the primary reason for purchasing a new mattress is restful sleep. But in order to be able to sleep well, we must have suitable sleep surface. So we use this mattress for:

  • Relief in pressure points
  • Spinal alignment
  • Hypoallergenic sleep environment
  • Support
  • Instant response
  • Temperature regulation.

Advantages

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Highly breathable
The optimal airflow ensures you never get too hot on this one.
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Zero motion transfer
You won't get disturbed by your partner's movement.
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30 years warranty
30 years warranty speaks enough about the quality of this product.

Disadvantages

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Non-removable cover
You cannot remove the cover.
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Delivery takes long
The delivery might take up to 7 weeks

Features you should know about Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress

Ultra Cotton 3500 Pocket Spring Pillow Top mattress is a complex product. However, we did not want to bore you with unnecessary details, so we have singled out seven of the most important features that we will now analyze in-depth.

Natural materials

Synthetic materials just cannot be compared with natural ones in terms of breathability, temperature regulation, and many other characteristics. There is no doubt that synthetic materials have brought a revolution, but we find testing products that contain natural materials much more interesting. Of course, combination is best, like in this one – natural materials plus a bit of foam and polyester just to make things perfect.

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This mattress contains premium cotton, and we all know the characteristics of cotton such as durability, breathability, and softness. But one material in particular caught our attention and that is coir. Two layers are made of coir, which is actually coconut fibre. Coir is getting more and more popular as a material for sleep products because it is breathable, supportive, and resilient. That's why the manufacturer decided to put coir layers below and above the pocket springs.

1500 Reactive Pocket Springs & 7-Zoned Micro Coils

The pocket sprung system makes the heart and soul of this mattress. Perhaps we expected a slightly larger number of springs, but 1500 is certainly enough, especially when they are high-quality like those found in this mattress.

Each spring is encased in a fabric pocket separately in order to eliminate motion transfer, but also to prevent you from hearing the characteristic squeaking sound of springs when you are tossing and turning. We guess light sleepers will be thrilled with completely silent mattress. Reactive pocket springs are highly supportive, and the exact level of support will depend on firmness you choose. The airflow is unhindered.

We must not forget 7-Zoned Micro Coils that are much closer to you and provide zoned support. What is exactly zoned support? Since not every part of your body needs equal support, these micro coils are designed to provide firmer support in certain places.

Soft pillow top

Pillow top mattresses are more comfy than others. Even if you've never had one, the pillow top name suggests very well what to expect. The best comparison is when you put a soft topper over a supportive mattress. But it is even better when it is a pillow top than a topper because the pillow top is attached to the mattress and does not move.

This cotton pillow top is very soft, ideal to make your night's sleep perfectly cosy. It does not affect the support at all, the mattress is just as supportive as if it did not have a pillow top, but thanks to the cotton pillow top, it is one of the more comfortable ones we’ve tested so far.

Hand-tufted

If you are not familiar with the sleep industry, you may not know how important tufting is in the mattress manufacturing process. Or maybe you don't even know what mattress tufting is. We will explain to you. When a mattress has multiple layers, like this one, those layers must be somehow connected, otherwise the mattress would be very unstable and you would feel it during the night.

When you buy a cheaper mattress, the layers are usually glued one after the other. But this mattress is hand-tufted, which is the best option and something that is only applied to premium products. Then with the help of tufts, in this case woollen rosettes, all layers are firmly connected and this significantly affects stability, but also durability.

Different comfort grades

So many different body types, preferences, needs, and sleep positions. That is why it is impossible that one mattress can be suitable for everyone. Except when you can choose firmness. This is exactly what the manufacturer of this mattress offered.

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Four different comfort grades – soft, medium, firm, and extra firm for back, stomach, and side sleepers of different body types. On the official website you can find a chart that will suggest which grade is best for you according to your body weight and sleep position. We have tried all four and they are all comfortable and supportive, but of course the level of support varies. If you choose the right one for you, a good night's sleep is almost guaranteed.

Breathable & hypoallergenic

Night sweats – probably one of the three most common causes of poor night's sleep. You don't have to be a hot sleeper to struggle with body temperature during the night. It happens to everyone when the mattress retains heat and is not breathable. But when it comes to the Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top mattress, you don't have to worry. Temperature regulation and breathability are at the highest level thanks to natural materials and a construction that includes springs.

The mattress is also hypoallergenic, suitable for all allergy sufferers and those suffering from asthma. As one in four people in the UK has allergy symptoms at least once a year, it is very important to buy hypoallergenic products. If you are among those who are not allergic to dust mites and other common allergens, hypoallergenic products are also beneficial for you to avoid allergies later in life.

30-year guarantee & 200-night trial

A 10-year warranty is expected for a mattress in this price range, but we were really surprised to see that it comes with a 30-year warranty. Nectar offers a lifetime warranty and it is the only company on the market that offers a longer warranty than this, at least that we are aware of. However, we have to emphasize that during the first 5 years, everything is covered completely free, and for the next 25 years, you can also count on repair or replacement in case of faulty materials or workmanship. But the full warranty does not last 30 years.

The 200-night trial is more than enough because the body needs about three weeks to get used to a new mattress. Certainly, after a month or two, you will be completely sure whether you want to keep the mattress or not.

Review of Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress

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Winston's Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top mattress is a 30 cm thick hybrid mattress. We usually start the review by telling you the firmness and for which type of sleeper is suitable, but this time the situation is different.

If you decide to buy this mattress, you will first select comfort grade. For example, soft if you are a side sleeper of average body weight or extra firm if you are a heavyweight stomach sleeper. This implies that everyone will be able to use this mattress, if you choose the appropriate grade. After testing, we are able to confirm that.

The entire mattress is very carefully designed. The manufacturer took care of every detail. That's why the Ultra Cotton 3500 pillow top mattress is so supportive and comfortable at the same time. Pillow top will give you the feeling of sleeping on clouds.

The first few layers are cotton and soft polyester fibers, before we get to the micro coils and foam layer that provide stability. If you don't like foam, you can ask for natural material instead. Then a few more soft layers and then coir coconut fibres that surround the 1500 pocket spring system. Coconut fibres are very resilient and eco-friendly.

Temperature regulation and breathability deserve an A+. It comes with a 30-year warranty and a 200-night trial. Overall, we will recommend this handmade mattress to anyone who is in the market for a premium hybrid mattress since it is one of the best mattresses we've ever tested.

KEY FEATURES:

What we like about Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress

What we didn’t like about Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress

The common problems with Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress & how to solve them

Usually, after just a few days from the beginning of the testing, we know what we will write in this part. However, that was not the case this time. When the end of the testing period came, no one from the test team could name a single major problem.

Since we tend to believe that nothing is perfect, including Winston's Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top mattress, we will say that maintenance is a common problem. Cover is not removable and then there is no direct way to clean it except spot cleaning. It is certainly a minor problem because that is very easy to solve – just use mattress protector and bed sheets to keep sleep environment clean.

Check the alternatives to Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress

Simba Hybrid Luxe mattress and Dunlopillo Orchid mattress are alternatives to consider if you want a premium mattress but for some reason the Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top mattress does not suit you.

Simba Hybrid Luxe Mattress

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In general, Simba's products are high-end, whether we are talking about mattresses, pillows, or other products. Simba Hybrid Luxe mattress is the latest addition to the offer and probably the most advanced Simba mattress to date.

Natural and polyester materials are brilliantly combined, so we have a bamboo wool top surface for breathability, temperature regulation, and to wicks moisture away. Beneath the top surface is an open-cell graphite infused Simbatex for eliminating odours and even better temperature regulation. Then there are three layers of different high-quality springs and two supportive foam layers.

All that layers including sleep surface provide support, pressure relief, breathability and thus comfortable night’s sleep but you will have to spend at least £1500 to replace your old mattress with this luxurious Simba model.

Advantages

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Pain & pressure relieving
Fantastic balance of firmness & support.
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Hypoallergenic
100% safe for all people suffering from allergies.
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Removable cover
Remove the cover & wash it in a washing machine.

Disadvantages

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Not for side sleepers
Some side sleepers might find it too firm.

What makes this product better than some other similar ones?

It is hard to pick one thing that makes this product better than some other similar ones for two reasons. The first reason is the many positive characteristics of the Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top mattress, and the second reason is that its competitors are also top-level products.

But let's say that the construction of this mattress is really unique. White fibres and cotton, then micro coils, then again white fibres and cotton, before a foam layer for stability. Then two coir layers that surround the pocket springs, before the final two layers again made of cotton and white fibres. This construction has never been seen before so kudos to Winston's beds for bringing innovations to UK sleep market.

How did we test the product?

Our testing process is simple, but also carefully planned out. We check customer reviews, examine product materials, and, of course, test the actual real-world performance, which is the most important part. The following is how we approach the testing process.

To make things more clear, here is how we test the longevity and durability of a mattress:

Is Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress eco-friendly or sustainable?

Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top mattress is not free of the materials that are not 100% eco-friendly. White fibre and memory foam are present in significant amount. However, that does not significantly affect the place of this mattress on the sustainability scale.

All other materials are highly sustainable and eco-friendly, including cotton and coconut fibres. Another plus is the possibility to replace for natural hessian, you just need to emphasize that to the company.

Even though it is not at the very top of the sustainability scale, we certainly consider this an eco-friendly product overall.

Overall impressions of the product after the testing

The first positive impression we had about this mattress was the webpage. There, the manufacturer does not claim that it is the best product ever and the like. They let their product speak for itself.
In our opinion, this is a top-notch mattress and we can't think of anyone who won't like it. Different comfort grades certainly play the biggest role, but the other characteristics are not far behind, on the contrary.

It is handmade of finest materials, comes with 30-year warranty and we could go on and on.
That's why our overall grade is 9.5/10

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FAQs about your Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress

Is Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress good for every type of sleepers?

There are not many mattresses truly suitable for every type of sleeper, but this is the one of them.

How to clean my Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress?

Only way to clean it is spot cleaning so you should consider mattress protector and/or sheets.

Is Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress hypoallergenic?

Yes, Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress is 100% hypoallergenic.

What is the height of Ultra Cotton 3500 Pillow Top Mattress?

Depth of border is 28 cm, while depth including lofts is 30 cm.

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About the author

Connie
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant I know how important sleep is. And as a combination sleeper, I have found it difficult to get products to suit my sleep style. I have more than 2 years product testing experience with The Sleep Advisors which means I have slept on, with and under more than 500 products with varying degrees of success. This is added to more than 2 years experience as a product reviewer for Closer, Heat and Grazia magazines, so I've got a rigorous process. I love sharing my sleep testimonials with our readers and hearing their experiences too.
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