Introduction

Pillows are tricky. Best pillow is like finding the love of your life. You might find it by accident one day or it will take its time to appear in your life. Today, we’re going to help you find the perfect pillow to spend your nights with in 2017. Your perfect pillow might differ in size, shape, technology or weight, but one thing that doesn’t change that it must support your back and spinal column perfectly. (don’t forget to check out our pillow guide at the end of this article)

Let’s begin with the most important question of all – how to improve your sleep quality?

The biggest key to improving your quality of sleep is finding a position where your head is at perfect harmony with the bed, pillow and rest of your body. Relaxing, hushing all the thoughts, changing your breathing pattern to a deep profoundness, and balancing your head in an equilibrium with the rest of your body.

The pillow you’re using can be too big, too soft, too low or too high – or just perfect. It is almost impossible to relax if your uncomfortable and your muscles are tensed up. Not to mention the long-term damage it can do to your body. So this review is just the right thing for you.

I’ve travelled around the world and slept in various hotel beds. Plus my husband has always suffered back pain and that turned me into a sleep-expert. Over the months, we’ve tried our several different pillows until we found the one just perfect for us. See which one is perfect for you below.


Comparison Table

NameFillingFirm or SoftSleeping Position 
BEANS72Buckwheat hullsFirmSide or BackCheck Price
COOP HOME GOODSShredded memory foamMediumSide or BackCheck Price
SLEEP INNOVATIONSViscoelastic/gelFirmSide or BackCheck Price
MEDIFLOWWaterMedium/SoftSide or BackCheck Price
XTREME COMFORTS KOOL FLOWMixed memory foamFirmSide or BackCheck Price
SNUGGLE-PEDIC
Mixed memory foamFirmSide or BackCheck Price
E LUXURY SUPPLYDown and FeathersSoftSide or BackCheck Price
MY PILLOW PREMIUMNot SpecifiedMediumSide or BackCheck Price
XTREME COMFORT SLIMMixed shredded memory foamSoftDe estomagoCheck Price
LEACHCO SNOOGLE TOTALPolyesterMediumSideCheck Price

 Detailed Reviews

 Beans72 Organic Buckwheat Pillow

 

Guarantee: Please see vendor page.

Our Rating: 10/10

Overview: These buckwheat pillows are considered best for side sleepers although they can be used by anyone who likes a good firm pillow. This is a unique option and we were surprised how comfortable these pillow can feel once you get used to them.

Pros:

  • The cover is made from 100% cotton without chemicals. Perfect pillow temperature in summer or winter.
  • Because the filling is made from buckwheat hulls, it retains firmness and shape for much longer than traditional foam fillings.
  • Very firm and doesn’t let your head sink too deep in an uncomfortable position.

Cons:

  • The buckwheat hull filling makes these pillows heavy. So don’t think of packing it in your suitcase while traveling.
  • Can seem noisy every time you change positions the first few nights until your get used to the sound of the hulls swishing around under your head.


 

Coop Home Goods Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam Pillows

 

 

Guarantee: 30-day no questions asked money-back guarantee

Our Rating: 9/10

Overview: This pillow features a hypoallergenic cover resistant to dust-mites and is filled with plush, chunks of memory foam. This is one of the most popular pillows on Amazon because of its great features that offer softness and support at the same time. The reviews of this pillow are hands-down one of the best.

Best Features: You can remove or add more memory foam filling to adjust the firmness to your liking. This is something most pillow don’t offer. However, you have to purchase the additional filling separately. If you decide in future you’d like to increase the size of your pillow, you can simply add more filling and you’re good to go!

Pros:

  • Ideal for allergies from dust-mites
  • Perfect if you like soft pillows that do not sink your head down

Cons:

  • The pillow has a certain strong chemical odor during its first few days that some may find disturbing while sleeping. However leaving the pillow in an airy, well ventilated room should reduce the smell greatly.


 

 Sleep Innovations Cool Contour Memory Foam Pillow

Guarantee: 5 years of guarantee

Our Rating: 8/10

Overview: This pillow comes in a contoured shape for better neck support. The memory foam layer is enhanced by a blue layer that controls temperature always leaving your pillow cool and fresh. If you live in a warm area where you want to avoid the sweaty, warm pillow at night, then this is the perfect pillow for you.

Best Features:

  • Made in USA
  • Firm
  • Great for warm climates

Pros:

  • Great price
  • Free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons:

  • We found that the blue layer on top isn’t as firm as the memory foam itself. This might be an issue for some especially the back-sleepers.


 

Mediflow Original Waterbase Pillow

Guarantee: 30 days money back guarantee and 1 year warranty for defects.

Our Rating: 7/10

Overview: This unique pillow quite literally dances with you all night as you move your head from side to side. How so? It features a bladder that can be filled with water instead of traditional pillow foam filling. If you like the idea of a pillow that moves with you, this could be a great option for you. Also you can adjust the firmness of this pillow by adding or removing water.

Best Features: You can fill this pillow up with water. This means you can easily carry it with you on travels.

Pros:

  • Great for those who have neck pain.
  • This pillow can last for years without much maintenance

Cons:

  • Has a strong chemical odor when new
  • It is important to read proper usage instructions for best results
  • This pillow can get heavy when filled completely


The following pillows are similar in features but have different price points and guarantees. 

Hypoallergenic Bamboo Pillow – Shredded Memory Foam Dust Mite Resistant

Guarantee: 30 days refund policy. 6 years of guarantee.

Our Rating: 7/10

Overview: This is a firm pillow with technology that allows excellent ventilation and breathability. This pillow comes with two different types of memory foams to prolong the firmness for the pillow over the years. The pillow cover is made of bamboo fibre, which is great for controlling temperature and keeping the pillow fresh on hot nights.

Pros:

  • Firm
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Bamboo fibers for excellent temperature control.

Cons:

  • According to our test, the firmness of the pillow may decrease over time.

 

Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Combination

 

Guarantee: 90 day money-back guarantee. A whopping 20 yr guarantee!

Our Rating: 7/10

Overview: This is a firm pillow with technology that allows excellent ventilation and breathability. This pillow comes with two different types of memory foams to prolong the firmness for the pillow over the years. The pillow cover is made of bamboo fibre, which is great for controlling temperature and keeping the pillow fresh on hot nights.

Best Feature: Their slogan is, “Shredded Style Combination Memory Foam Pillow That NEVER GOES FLAT!”

Pros:

  • You can personalize the filling upon purchase from the seller.

Contras:

  • According to our test, the firmness of the pillow may decrease over time.


Extra Soft Down Filled Pillow for Stomach Sleepers w/ Cotton Casing – Made in the USA, Queen

Guarantee: 6 years. 

Our Rating: 6/10

Overview: This exquisite pillow is composed of 80% down and 20% geese feathers. It is also hypoallergenic with a 100% cotton casing. The pillow is manufactured in the USA. Just like most down pillow there are pros and cons, and this pillow isn’t an exception. Especially the size of pillow can be too small for some of us. Besides that it is a great pillow that feels familiar and stays soft.

Best Feature: A great combination of softness and durability.

Pros:

  • Easy to wash and care for.

Contras:

  • The pillow size is a bit small and might fit very loosely in standard pillow shams.


 

My Pillow Premium Series Bed Pillow, Standard/Queen Size, Blue Level

Guarantee: Please see vendor page. 

Our Rating: 7/10

Overview: Thanks to it telemarketing this pillow is back in popularity. If you want a reliable pillow without too much guess work or research, this is the safe bet. This brand promises to have unique qualities like temperature control and a patented technology that prevents the inside filling from losing its firmness over time.

Pros:

  • You have the flexibility of adding more filling if you so wish in future.
  • The breathability of the material allows for great temperature control qualities

Cons:

  • Despite the patented technology, we found that the filling loses its firmness over time and this can be problematic for some people.


 

Slim Hypoallergenic Bamboo Pillow – Shredded Memory Foam With Kool-Flow Micro-Vented Bamboo Cove

Guarantee: 30 days full refund.

Our Rating: 7/10

Overview: A reasonably great pillow with extra firmness and technology that allows breathability. It comes filled with two types of memory foams to maintain firmness over a longer period of time.

Best Feature: this pillow was specifically designed for people who sleep on their stomach.

Pros:

  • One of the most reasonably priced pillow in this category.

Cons:

  • Despite its thin design, the weight of the pillow feel a bit on the heavier side.


LEACHCO SNOOGLE TOTAL BODY PILLOW

Guarantee: Contact vendor for details.

Our Rating: 7/10

Overview: A great pillow for pregnant women designed with their needs in mind specifically. The contours of the pillow are comfortable and offer support in exactly the right places. It comes in six different colors to match with your bedding and bedroom colors.

Best Feature: This is a large pillow. It has a washable cover and more than 7000 raving reviews from satisfied customers.

Pros:

  • With its large design, you can envelope your body in soothing comfort.
  • Versatile

Cons:

  • The pillow cover may lose its shape after a few washing and shrink.
  • The part where the head goes may feel a bit too firm for some people.


 

Frequently Asked Questions About Pillows

Can you wash the pillows?

If you would like to maintain the firmness and quality of your pillows, then the answer is a big no. Unless it specifically says on your pillow that it is washable in a washing machine we advise against it. The movement of the washing machine, the water, the strong detergents can deteriorate the composition and quality of the filling and the cover.

What is the best type of pillow for those who sleep on their side?

The best type of pillow for folks who are side sleepers, is the one that maintains it firmness and has a decent height to maintain a straight spine. We love this pillow and find it great for side sleepers.

What is an ideal height (thickness) for a pillow?

It is very important to understand what determines an ideal height for your pillow. The usually depends on your musculature and if you have any neck pain issues or conditions like sleep apnea. The best height is where your head is perfectly in straight line with your spine and where you feel comfortable and relaxed in that posture. You want you shoulder and neck relaxed and rested. Having a pillow too high can cause hyperextension in your neck or shoulders and you may feel tightness upon waking up in that region.

What is memory foam? And how is it different from shredded memory foam?

The memory foam, as the name suggests, is a type of foam material that “remembers” its original position before being compressed and returns to that position upon pressure release. It is typically made from polyester. These have been extremely popular choice for bedding accessories and memory foam pillows are also sometimes referred to as, Smart Pillows.

The foam texture is very comfortable and the biggest use of these pillows is in therapeutic case, such as – cervical support pillow, pillows for pregnant women, pillows for back pain, etc.

One of the disadvantages of memory foam is that some people may find them too hard and uncomfortable to sleep on.

So to solve this problem, some innovative brands are now offering shredded memory foam pillows which contain shredded pieces of memory foam. These are less firm and last longer.