Birch Plush Pillow Top Review – Chemical-Free and Comfortable?

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There are many reasons someone might want to add a latex mattress topper to their mattress. They could want to make their mattress bouncier, cooler, or maybe they are just sick of potentially harmful chemicals in their mattress.

No matter why someone might be looking at a latex mattress topper, the Birch Plush Pillow Top should be on the list because it contains all-natural materials, is designed to sleep cool, and does not contain harmful chemicals.

The topper is made by Helix and is designed as a plush addition to the Birch mattress, but it can be used on any mattress. I was excited to see if the Birch topper would add that plush, pillow-top feel to my mattress.

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Birch Plush Pillow Top

The Birch Plush Pillow Top is an eco-friendly topper that should be a good match for lightweight sleepers and hot sleepers. 

Birch Plush Pillow Top Video Review

The Birch Plush Pillow Topper has a unique feel that for some is best shown rather than read. Watch as I take you through the important aspects of this topper, and show how it performs in a variety of sleeping positions.

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The Birch Might Work For …

  • Lightweight sleepersLighter sleepers should find the Birch to be a good fit in all three sleeping positions. When they’re on their back, the Birch should soften a firmer mattress so the hips sink in and, when they’re on their side, the latex and plush wool should relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips. Lighter stomach sleepers shouldn’t feel their hips dipping into the mattress.
  • Those who want to add a pillow top to their mattress. The Birch has a plush, pillow-top feel, so those who like the feeling of a pillow-top but don’t want to buy a whole new mattress should consider this topper. The Birch can be placed on any type of mattress to give it a bit of that pillow-top feel.
  • Those who want an eco-friendly topper. The Birch contains only all-natural materials such as organic cotton, wool, and Talalay latex. These are all naturally and sustainably sourced materials that are commonly found in latex mattresses and are free of harmful chemicals.
  • Hot sleepers. A major benefit of latex is that it sleeps cooler than most memory foam. Sleepers won’t sink into the Birch too far, so you shouldn’t feel like the topper is trapping their heat, and the wool keeps the top of the Birch breathable and helps dissipate heat.

The Thickness Of The Birch Plush Pillow Top

The Birch Might Not Work For …

  • Heavier side sleepers. Larger people might not feel the best pressure relief on the Birch because they should press pretty far into the topper and feel some pressure on their shoulders and hips. Lighter people will mostly feel plush comfort when they are on their side.
  • Those who want to sink into their topper. For those who prefer to sink into their topper, the Birch might not be the best choice. It is a bouncier, firmer topper that won’t let sleepers sink in too far, so those who want to slowly sink into their topper should consider something with memory foam.
  • Those who are looking for an affordable topper. The Birch contains premium, all-natural materials such as wool and latex that are not easy to source, and that is reflected in the price. At $400 for a Queen-size, it might be too pricey for some, and there are more affordable mattress toppers out there.

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Lying On The Birch Plush Pillow Top

Construction And Options

  • The Birch mattress topper is 3″ thick.
  • The cover is made of breathable, organic cotton.
  • Below the cover, there is a layer of durable Birch wool that is there to add some plushness, regulate temperature, and act as a flame retardant.
  • The core of the pillow-top is a layer of Talalay latex that is bouncy, durable, and naturally sourced.
  • Customers can choose from the following sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
  • The Birch topper is made in the USA.
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Birch Plush Pillow Top

The Birch Plush Pillow Top is an eco-friendly topper that should be a good match for lightweight sleepers and hot sleepers. 

Hand Resting On The Birch Plush Pillow Top

My Experience

When I received the Birch at my house, I immediately opened it up and put it on my mattress. With a memory foam mattress topper, someone would normally need to wait 24 to 48 hours for it to expand but, since the Birch contains latex, it is ready to be used right away.

Also, with memory foam mattress toppers, there is usually a chemical smell when the topper is first opened, but the Birch has no such chemical smell and instead has more of an earthy, wool smell.

To test out the firmness of the Birch plush pillow-top, I placed the Birch on top of a mattress with a firmness of about 9/10, and it down to an 8/10.

Side Sleeping On The Birch Plush Pillow Top

How did the Birch topper feel in different sleeping positions?

  • Back sleeping on the Birch, the topper is a good match. The mattress below was actually too firm for back sleeping, but the Birch softens the mattress enough for my hips to sink in a fair amount while the rest of the topper stays flat and supportive.
  • While side sleeping, the Birch is offering only feeling a bit more pressure relief than the mattress below, but the Birch is still softening the mattress. Lighter people could feel more of the plush wool on top, making it a better match for lighter side sleepers.
  • Moving to the stomach, the Birch is not softening the mattress enough to rob me of the support I need on my hips, and I feel well-supported.

In terms of feel, the wool gives the topper a layer of plushness, while the latex gives it some bounce. Overall, it has a soft but responsive feel, and it is very easy to move around on the Birch.

The Birch also sleeps quite cool. Latex is a naturally cooling material, and the wool promotes airflow through the top of the Birch. Also, I don’t sink in too far, and I don’t feel like the topper is trapping my heat. I am usually a hot sleeper, but I can say that the topper did not sleep too hot.


The Birch is a great option for lightweight sleepers, hot sleepers, and those who want to add a pillow-top to their mattress.

Heavier side sleepers and those looking for a more affordable mattress topper might want to look elsewhere.

The Birch topper comes with a 100-night sleep trial, a 1-year warranty, and free shipping.

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Marten Carlson

Marten is the Lead Reviewer at Mattress Clarity. He is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and covers the mattress industry as well as sleep science news. He is specifically interested in the connection between sleep and overall health. Marten has written for media publications like Consequence of Sound and received a master’s degree in Film Studies from Emory University. He comes from Franklin, Indiana, and spends all the time he can writing, directing, and acting in films.