I’ve had the opportunity to review more than 20 pillows featuring a huge range of fillings, covers, and unique qualities. I’ve done my best to come up with a comprehensive list of the top pillows that should suit all sleep needs and preferences.
Is there one perfect pillow that meets everyone’s needs? No way! That’s because we all sleep differently. And that’s one reason you’ll find so many different types of pillows on the market, with new fabrics and technologies designed to help you get your best sleep.
This enormous amount of choice can seem daunting at first, but if you use my experiences with these pillows and combine it with your own personal checklist, it won’t take you long to find the right pillow for you.
My Top 8 Reviewed Pillows
- Side Sleepers: Coop Home Goods Original
- Multiple Sleep Positions: Helix Sleep
- Stomach Sleepers: TEMPUR-Embrace
- Back Sleepers: Nest Bedding Easy Breather
- Most Luxurious: e-Luxury Supply Hotel White Goose Down
- Most Eco-Friendly: Brentwood Home Helena
- Most Budget-Friendly: Five Star Down Alternative
- Coolest: Bear
Best Pillow For Side Sleepers
Why the Coop Home Goods Original from Coop Home Goods?
- In order to keep their heads and necks supported, side sleepers tend to need a pillow with more loft and height. This pillow comes overstuffed (meaning it’s got a lot of height), and the shredded pieces of memory foam that comprise its filling are large and won’t go flat on you.
- It’s also got a super-soft outer cover made with rayon or viscose from bamboo.
- You can machine wash and dry the pillow (though we recommend just washing the removable cover only).
- Dimensions: 20″ x 30″ for Queen
- Filling: crosscut proprietary blend of foam mix is coated with premium combed microfiber
- The cover is 60 percent Polyester and 40 percent Bamboo-Derived Rayon — designed to keep you cool through the night
- Made in the USA
- 5-year limited warranty and 100-night sleep trial
- Shredded memory foam mix for comfort and shape-ability
- Machine washable (whole pillow or just outer cover)
- Hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant
- Comes in Standard, Queen, and King sizes
Best Pillow For All Positions
Why the Helix from Helix Sleep?
- Helix’s pillow completely rocks for people who sleep in all different positions because it has adjustable comfort inserts that you can take out or add depending on which position you’re sleeping in.
- There’s no mess involved in pulling out the inserts (i.e. no need to go looking for a plastic bag to hold extra stuffing!). It’s really easy to add or remove the inserts depending on what feels comfortable to you at the moment.
- If you’re a hot sleeper, check out the Helix Cool, which is the same pillow design but features a cooling fabric.
- Standard (18″ x 26″) and King (18″ x 32″) sizes available
- Helix says the Standard size pillow works best with a Twin, Twin XL, Full, or Queen mattress. The King size pillow will work perfectly with your King or CA King mattress.
- Outer Comfort Shell:
- 1 lb Memory foam and down alternative on each side (about 2 to 3 lb total)
- 1.25” gusset to allow for adjustable loft
- Standard and cooling outer cover fabric available
- Standard fabric is high-grade polyester
- The cooling fabric is ultra cool knit polyethylene fabric
- Support Insert Layers:
- Two 1-lb memory foam and down alternative insert layers
- Designed to fit perfectly within the Outer Comfort Shell
- The removable inserts are designed for all sleeping positions and body types
- Not machine washable; spot clean only
- Made in the USA
- 100-night trial and 3-year limited warranty
Best Pillow For Stomach Sleepers
Why the TEMPUR-Embrace from Tempur-Pedic?
- The Tempur-Embrace is a crazy shape, but it’s crazy comfortable for people who like soft pillows and sleep primarily on their stomachs (or even backs!).
- The K- or X-like shape allows the side of your head to rest comfortably without feeling smothered or suffocated.
- The super-soft removable cover and a mix of shredded memory foam and a memory foam pad allows for some adjustability along with room for movement, making it as comfortable as can be.
- Dimensions: Standard/Queen: 23.6″ x 19.7″ x 4.7″ (Comes in one size)
- Cover: 99 percent Polyester, 1 percent Elastane
- Filling: 69 percent Shredded Polyurethane Foam, 31 percent Polyurethane Foam Pad
- Soft-medium feel overall
- Designed to be compatible with all sleep positions
- Removable/washable cover
- Unique design (an X-shape with rounded corners) features indentations in the sides to facilitate comfortable breathing and a better sleep climate
- 5-year limited warranty
- Return Policy: No returns allowed
- Care instructions: Machine wash cover in warm water and line-dry (or dry clean)
Best Pillow For Back Sleepers
Why the Easy Breather from Nest Bedding?
- People who sleep primarily on their back will enjoy the Easy Breather because of its unique filling: 75 percent shredded memory foam pieces and 25 percent polyester fibers.
- This pillow has a memory foam feel without being overly firm. That’s good news because excessively firm pillows can sometimes lead to neck stiffness and soreness.
- It’s adjustable, so it could work for any position. But it’s an especially nice fit for back sleepers!
- There’s also a natural shredded latex easy breather option as well.
- Cover: Tencel blended fabric
- Filling: Proprietary blend of shredded memory foam (75 percent) and polyester fibers (25 percent)
- Adjustable: These pillows come stuffed full and can be adjusted by removing some of the material via the zippered cover
- Care: Do not wash the pillow or the pillow casing
- 100-night trial
- CertiPUR-US® certified foam
- Comes in: Standard, Queen, and King
- Made with all USA-made materials
Most Luxurious Pillow
Why the Hotel White Goose Down for Back/Side Sleepers from e-Luxury Supply?
- This pillow has so many luxurious qualities, including:
- 230 thread count
- 100 percent cotton cover
- A really nice 80 percent down to 20 percent feather ratio
- A medium to firm feel and enough loft to keep side and back sleepers happy (Read: It won’t fall flat)
- It’s a little on the pricier side, but if you want to feel like you’re sleeping on a dream (and you’re not allergic to down), then give it a try
- 230 thread count
- 100 percent Cambric cotton
- 600 fill power white goose down (80 percent down/20 percent feathers)
- Easy care: machine wash and dry
- Shell made in China, filled and finished in the USA
- Fill weight: Standard has 15 oz of fill; the Queen has 18 oz; and the King has 21 oz
- Sizes: Standard, Euro, Queen, and King
Most Eco-Friendly Pillow
Why the Helena from Brentwood Home?
- The Helena pillow from Brentwood Home is filled with shredded pieces of natural latex ribbons and something called Kapok fibers, which are derived from seed pod fluff from rainforest trees.
- The outer cover is organic and the whole pillow is synthetic and pesticide-free, making it a great option for anyone looking for a more natural pillow.
- The pillow is adjustable, so you can add or remove the filling.
- The cover is washable.
- 100 percent organic cotton cover
- 50/50 Kapok fiber (100 percent organic and pesticide-free) and latex fill
- Queen size pillow is 19″ x 29″
- Zipper allows you to add or remove fill to adjust the pillow to the perfect size and firmness for your needs
- Eco-Institute Certified free of synthetic materials
- Available in Standard, Queen, and King
- Made in the USA
- 1-Year Warranty
- *Please note: An updated version of the pillow has two covers: an outer cover that can be removed and laundered and an inside cover that holds the filling
Most Budget-Friendly Pillow
Why the Down Alternative from Five Star?
- This is a great pillow to consider if you are on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice comfort and durability.
- It comes in four different sizes, including standard and Euro.
- It has a crisp cotton cover.
- The whole pillow is easy to clean.
- It retails for about $35 for a Queen (depending on the retailer).
- Sizes: Standard, Queen, King, and Euro Size
- 100 percent cotton cover (called Damask fabric) with satin piping
- 300 thread count
- 2.9 lb (Standard size)
- 1.5″ gusset for maximum loft
- 100 percent polyester fibers (down-like filling)
- Machine washable on a cool setting
- Made by Mastertex
- Flat and formed — cannot be scrunched up like a down pillow
Why the Bear from Bear Mattress?
- The minute you touch it with your hands, you’ll feel the cooling yarn that’s woven into their Double-Ice fabric.
- The whole pillow has a cold, smooth, almost performance-wear-like feel to it.
- It has ventilated mesh sides.
- If you remove the cover, you’ll find the Loft-X hybrid foam inside is ventilated to further promote airflow.
- Made with Double-Ice Fabric: a special removable fabric that stays cool to the touch throughout the night
- The core is made with Loft-X Foam: a hybrid foam that combines memory foam and latex foam to contour to your spine and neck (100 percent polyurethane)
- Dual mesh side panels offer continuous airflow throughout your sleep
- Removable cover is machine washable and dryer friendly
- Hypoallergenic and antimicrobial protection
- Free Shipping
- 2-Year Warranty
Best For Heavier People
Why the TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling from Tempur-Pedic?
Tempur-Pedic offers a diverse selection of pillows. We’ve already mentioned the TEMPUR-Embrace as one of our top picks, but we also love the TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling for different reasons. This pillow is large and significant — it’s filled with a solid piece of molded memory foam that comes in at over 6″ in height. Did we mention it weighs 7lb?
The benefits of this pillow are that it includes a gel pad that really does keep the pillow cool, while its medium firmness and density ensure it won’t go flat or move around on you at night. It’s a substantial pillow that may benefit people with larger body sizes or frames who apply more pressure to their pillow(s).
Best On Amazon
Why the Snuggle-Pedic Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam from Snuggle-Pedic?
To say Snuggle-Pedic’s Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam pillow is well-loved on Amazon may be an understatement. The pillow has more than 10,000 reviews and averages 4.5/5 stars. More than 85 percent of the reviews are 4- and 5-star reviews.
There really are good reasons to like this adjustable pillow! The pillow features a breathable, soft viscose from bamboo/polyester knit cover. It’s filled with a proprietary mix of shredded foam pieces that people can add or remove until they find the perfect firmness and loft —making it a good fit for all types of sleepers. It’s relatively affordable. And the makers of the pillow encourage customer feedback and offer free customizations (such as additional pillow filling) if you need them!
Best For Neck Pain
Why The SpineAlign?
Dr. Loth’s SpineAlign pillow was designed by a chiropractor (Dr. Loth!) with the intention of helping back and side sleepers find a position to sleep in that would be healthy for their heads, necks, and spines. The contour pillow is unique in that it features two outer chambers and an inner chamber that are all filled with a blended mix of foam and fibers for support. You can access each chamber individually and customize the pillow so your head and neck are neutrally aligned.
The pillow really takes so many personal needs into consideration, including sleep position and even height. (So follow the directions carefully!) With so many details in place and the medical experience behind the creation, it’s a great pillow option for those dealing with neck pain.
What Are The Different Types Of Pillow Filling?
Take a look at any bedding or department store, and you’ll see more pillows with different fillings and combinations than you know what to do with. Honestly, it can be overwhelming to figure out which one is right for you.
Below is a list of some of the most popular and lesser-known fillings today.
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If you’re interested in learning about some more lesser-known options, you can check out our list here.
Finding The Right Loft And Firmness Level
People who wake up with a stiff head or neck may be working with a pillow that is not the right height (also called loft) or firmness for their primary sleep position. One way to reduce the risk of neck pain is to ensure your head is resting on a pillow that allows for your head, neck, and spine to be in a straight line. (This is also referred to as neutral alignment.)
Changing up your sleep position may also help alleviate neck or back pain. Try to sleep on your back or on your side, say experts, who also recommend that people avoid sleeping on their stomachs.
“Imagine standing and looking one way for two or three hours at a time. Stretching your neck muscle for that long creates soreness,” explains Dr. Andrew Bang, DC of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in a post on the clinic’s website.
Rest easy knowing that your dream pillow is out there waiting for you. There are so many different pillows and brands out there along with many risk-free options.
This list is intended to be informational and help guide you in the direction of the best pillow for you based on your specific needs. Don’t feel like you have to absolutely love the first pillow you try. Instead, be willing to shop around until you discover the very best pillow for you.