I had just purchased a numbers mattress one without the pillow top. I purchased it so I could finally get a bed that was not to soft but not hard as a rock. I had purchased 3 mattresses in the last 2 yrs. Well this one hit the spot! I was sleeping good, just needed a little fluff on the top lol. When I got the feather bed it didn't have any odor to it. I let it set for a bit before making my bed as it says to do. After it had set for a few I then made my bed. This has added the little softness that my mattress needed on the top. I have to say I have been sleeping like a baby, not waking up all through the night. I fluff it once a week when I change my sheets an comforter. I haven't had any feathers poke me. Don't think that will really be an issue. When I was younger had a real feather bed mattress, this one is just as comfortable. This is a great value, love it! I have recommended it to other family members an friends.