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Birch Living Plush Pillow Top Review

If you’re trying to adjust the firmness and feel of your mattress, a topper might be just the ticket. Of course, toppers vary in construction as much as mattresses do, but if you’re looking for an eco-friendly way to add some plush comfort to your bed, keep reading as we explore the Birch Living Pillow Top.

Birch Topper
Birch Topper

The Birch topper uses natural materials like organic cotton and talalay latex to provide great comfort from an organic product. It's a great way to get a bit more pressure relief and extend the life of your mattress!

Brand Snapshot

Simply put, Birch Living is all about sleeping green. From mattresses to pillows, every product this brand offers is sustainably sourced, and made with the environment in mind. Not to mention, Birch donates 1% of its sales to the National Forest Foundation (yay, save the trees!).

We at Sleepopolis have already tested and reviewed the Birch mattress, so let’s find out what the Birch topper is all about, shall we?

What Is The Birch Plush Pillow Top Made Of?

The cover fabric of this topper is made from 100% organic cotton, which feels breathable and soft to the touch. And because it’s certified organic, it’s guaranteed that the cotton seeds were not genetically modified, and the fabric itself has been tested for harsh chemicals and synthetic pesticides.

Directly below the cover fabric is an inch and a half of Birch wool, and below that is an inch and a half of Talalay latex. So, altogether, the topper itself is 3 inches deep, designed to offer great pressure relief for sleepers of all styles. But why choose wool and Talalay latex?

Well, let’s start with the wool. Before I got into the bedding game, I’ll admit I was under the impression that wool was strictly for keeping people warm. And while it’s true that wool serves as an excellent insulator, it’s actually thermoregulating (meaning it adapts to your body’s temperature). When you start to get hot, the wool fibers draw heat away from your body in order to cool you down.

birch living topper

Wool is also naturally hypoallergenic, sustainably sourced, and biodegradable. And this particular Birch wool is exclusively sourced from New Zealand farms that guarantee its sheep are free range, and pasture fed. I don’t know about you, but I like knowing that no animals were harmed in the making of my bedding.

Meanwhile, Talalay latex is also a sustainably sourced material derived from the rubber tree (in this case, rubber trees from Southeast Asia). Talalay latex is naturally hypoallergenic, and it’s antimicrobial too! Folks with sensitive skin or those who are particularly bothered by dust mites or other allergens might be particularly compatible with this topper.

birch plush pillow topper

Now, between the organic cotton cover, ethically sourced wool, and natural Talalay latex, you’re looking at one eco-friendly mattress topper. But what does it feel like? Let’s take a closer look.

Birch Topper
Birch Topper

The Birch topper uses natural materials like organic cotton and talalay latex to provide great comfort from an organic product. It's a great way to get a bit more pressure relief and extend the life of your mattress!

What Does The Birch Plush Pillow Top Feel Like?

I’ve tested a lot of memory foam mattress toppers, so the first thing I noticed when I unboxed this topper is how unlike memory foam it feels. As the name suggests, it’s got a plush feel, but instead of that deep sink and slow response to pressure that is typically characteristic of memory foam, you’re getting springy support and a bouncy-quick response to pressure.

The second thing I noticed is that this topper is a bit heavy! Weighing in at about 33lbs for a Queen size, it might not be a bad idea to enlist the help of a friend when situating it on your mattress. It’s also worth noting that, unlike other toppers I’ve tested, this one does not feature corner retainers,” meaning there are no straps keeping your topper in place.

birch topper loft
The Birch topper resting atop the Birch mattress!

As far as firmness is concerned, I would rank this topper at a soft-medium. However, because latex offers such a bouncy feel, as compared to memory foam, this topper lets the sleeper rest on top of it rather than deeply sinking into it. Essentially, while it does have a plush feel, I never felt that it was too soft, or that I was trapped in the material (as can often happen when I sleep on memory foam toppers).

As a hot sleeper, I have to say that I was a little skeptical about snoozing on a wool-based mattress topper. Sure enough though, wool’s thermoregulating properties seemed to work! I can’t say that I felt cooled by it, but I definitely didn’t feel that this topper trapped my body heat or warmed me up at all. Additionally, the latex and cotton bring some light breathability to the game that served to keep me feeling fresh.

lying birch topper

Ultimately, I think sleepers of all styles could benefit from a topper like this. I’m a combo sleeper and enjoyed supportive pressure relief in every position, but I found its quick response to pressure to be most comforting when I was on my back. Folks who want to be cradled by a soft blend of wool and latex, but don’t want to sink deeply into the material should give this topper a try!

The Verdict: Eco-friendly sleepers who prefer springy support to a slow response to pressure will be most compatible with this topper.

Should I Buy The Birch Plush Pillow Top?

Birch Topper
Birch Topper

The Birch topper uses natural materials like organic cotton and talalay latex to provide great comfort from an organic product. It's a great way to get a bit more pressure relief and extend the life of your mattress!

Okay, sleepers. I know I’ve just hit you with a lot of information, so let’s recap the highlights:

  • Eco-Friendly — Those looking to sleep green should definitely look into the Birch Living topper. It’s made from organic materials that the company guarantees are sustainably and ethically sourced. Not to mention, both wool and Talalay latex are naturally hypoallergenic.
  • Thermoregulating — The cotton and Talalay latex are light and breathable which helps this topper dissipate body heat. But because wool is thermoregulating, the Birch Plush Pillow Top does a great job of adapting to your body’s temperature, making it great for year round use.
  • 100 night Trial Period — Let’s be honest — you probably don’t need 100 nights to decide whether or not this topper is the right fit for you. But who doesn’t like a little extra time to decide? And hey, if you decide within 100 days that this is not the topper for you, just send it back for a full refund!

birch plush pillow top

Birch Plush Pillow Top Complaints

Of course, there are a few things about this topper that some sleepers might consider to be drawbacks:

  • Spot Clean Only — Unfortunately, no part of this mattress topper is machine washable. To clean it, use a damp cloth, mild detergent, and spot clean as necessary. After washing it, be sure to let it air-dry completely before putting it back on your mattress, or covering it with any bedding.
  • Not for Memory Foam Fans — If you’re into a classic memory foam feel that offers a slow response to pressure, you might want to look elsewhere. This topper offers a quick, springy response to pressure that lets sleepers rest on top of it rather than deeply sink into it.
  • Pricey — Though it does come in a wide range of sizes (Twin-Cali King), this topper isn’t necessarily going to be in everyone’s budget. From $250-$500, this isn’t the least expensive topper on the market, but a long trial period, one year warranty, and free U.S. shipping does sweeten the deal a bit, no?

Anything Else I Should Know?

  • Pricing — $250-$500, depending on size
  • Sizing — Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Shipping — free within the U.S.
  • Wash Care — spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent, air-dry
  • 100 Night Trial Period
  • Handmade in the U.S.A.

Now that you’re all experts on the Plush Pillow Top from Birch Living, why not give it a try? I mean, you do have 100 nights to test it out. However, if you’ve concluded that this just isn’t the right sleep accessory for you, don’t sweat it. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel, and you’re sure to find the topper that you and your mattress can agree on.

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Sarah is a Sleepopolis staff writer and bedding expert. Every week, she personally tests and reviews new pillows, sheet sets, and other sleep accessories. She accompanies every video review with a meticulously detailed article to ensure her audience has all the pertinent info they need to have the best shopping experience possible. Perhaps that’s why her fans have dubbed her “the most thorough pillow reviewer on the Internet.” Having tested everything from sleep trackers to mattress toppers, Sarah's expertise runs deep and is always expanding. She received her degree in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and spends her free time doing stand-up, making pasta, and hanging with her cats.
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