The Pinzon Basics Overfilled Ultra Soft Microplush Mattress Pad is like a featherbed but filled with synthetic fiber stuffing instead of feathers. This makes it a good alternative for people who are allergic to down, although it may attract dust mites like a featherbed does. Users generally find it comfortable and sturdy, but cleaning it can be a problem. Several say the fiberbed is damaged by machine-washing.
Plush filling, but with rigid seams. Most user reviews describe the Pinzon Basics fiberbed as very comfortable. They say the filling feels cushy and the "microplush" fabric cover is soft against their skin. However, some complain that the material bunches up at the seams, creating a rigid wrinkle that can be felt through bed linens. Heat retention also draws mixed reviews; some owners say the fiberbed doesn't sleep hot at all while others report that it definitely adds warmth, which is a plus in winter but a drawback in summer.
Difficult to clean. The Pinzon Basics fiberbed runs true to size and stays put on the mattress, reviewers say, but many complain that it's hard to clean. While the pad is theoretically machine washable, owners find it hard to cram into a standard washer and dryer, and many who try to wash the topper at home report that it suffers serious damage. One says it holds up OK as long as it's dried on a rack, but this can be a hassle. As the exclusive seller, Amazon.com recommends professional cleaning, but this can add significantly to the long-term cost of this inexpensive fiberbed.
Good construction, but no warranty. In general, this fiberbed gets good marks for durability. Several reviews describe it as sturdy, and a few say it has given good service for two or three years so far. Most of the complaints regarding longevity come from users who put the fiberbed through the washer and dryer. They describe a wide range of damage, from pilling of the cover and burned spots to the whole cover melting and the stuffing spilling out. The topper doesn't come with a warranty, so handling it with extra care is the only way to protect your investment.
SleepLikeTheDead.com editors analyze more than 3,000 user reviews for fiberbeds to determine how they perform. The Pinzon Basics Overfilled Ultra Soft Microplush Mattress Pad gets an 89 percent overall rating based on more than 1,150 reviews, but there are no details about specific pros and cons.
Review: Fiberbed (Down Alternative) Mattress Topper Reviews, Ratings & Comparison, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, Updated July 3, 2013
The Pinzon Basics Overfilled Ultra Soft Microplush Mattress Pad attracts more than 1,250 reviews at Amazon.com and earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Most owners praise its comfort and fit, but some say it's hard to clean and a few complain that the seams feel lumpy.
Review: Pinzon Basics Overfilled Ultra Soft Microplush Mattress Pad, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013