Brooklinen Mid-Plush Down Alternative Pillow Review

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Brooklinen’s Down Alternative pillow in the Mid-Plush comfort level is a nice hypoallergenic option for those love the feel of down but want enough support to sleep on their sides comfortably. Could it be a good fit for you? Read on for my full review.

Key Features

  • 20” x 26” x (about) 6″
  • Filling: 100% microfiber
  • Cover: 400 thread count long-staple cotton shell
  • Plush, Mid-Plush and Firm
  • Sizes Available: Standard or King
  • Oeko-tex® certified to be free of harmful chemicals
  • Hypoallergenic
  • 60-night trial
  • Price $59 (Standard) and $79 (King)
  • Made in the USA

Firmness Options

I reviewed the Mid-Plush pillow but spoke to a customer service representative about each option: Firm, Mid-Plush and Plush and who they may be a good fit for. Here is how she described each:

  • Firm: The Firm pillow has a high-quality firmness, much recommended for back sleepers.
  • Mid-Plush: The Mid-Plush pillow is our best-seller and most versatile as it balances support and softness to give you the best of both worlds in one pillow, and is recommended for side sleepers. – has the tallest height profile as well. 
  • Plush: The Plush pillow is extremely fluffy and soft, and is recommended for stomach sleepers.

Who Makes It?

Brooklinen is an online bedding company that focuses on making simple products and are transparent about their manufacturing processes. Brooklinen also makes down pillows that come in the same three comfort level options. Read our review of the Mid-Plush down pillow, here.

In addition to pillows, they also sell comforters, sheets, blankets, and candles. You can check out our review of their Classic sheet bundle, here.

Pillow Construction

This review is for the Mid-Plush Down Alternative pillow in the Standard size.

The pillow is in a traditional pillow shape (so if you use a pillowcase it should work well). The dimensions are 20” x 26” x 6″ which means it has a roughly 6” height profile.

Inside the pillow is a 100% microfiber fill. Brooklinen says the filling is made with  “next-generation hypoallergenic microfibers” and that they are shredded and shaved to mimic the texture of down, without the clumping of cheaper alternatives.

The pillow’s outer cover is 400-thread out long-staple cotton. The cover is not removable but the entire pillow can be machine washed and is dryer friendly.

The care instructions say you can have the pillow dry cleaned professionally or you can machine wash it on a cold gentle cycle with mild detergent and a low tumble dry on the lowest heat setting.

Pros

  • Machine washable and dryer friendly
  • Won’t fall flat easily
  • Overstuffed nature makes it good for side sleepers or larger framed individuals
  • Trial period

Cons

  • Its overstuffed nature may not make it a great fit for those who sleep on their stomach, back or even in multiple positions
  • May feel too large or overly supportive for petite individuals
  • May not fit every budget at $59 for a Standard and $79 for a King

My Experience

The pillow came fully expanded in a nice bag with handles. When I opened up the packaging, there was no smell and the pillow looked clean and crisp with the cotton cover.

Even though I got the Mid-Plush option, I noticed immediately that the pillow seemed full and overstuffed. The Mid-Plush has the most loft of all the pillow options – around 6″.

With some down or down alternative pillows, you can easily push your hand through the pillow and temporarily flatten it out. There was no way to do this with the Brooklinen pillow, it was full and responsive.

For me, the only comfortable sleep position was on my side, where I could benefit from the enhanced support and full nature of the pillow. The Mid-Plush is designed for side sleepers, but also for multiple sleepers. I personally had a harder time getting comfortable on my back as the angle of my head and my neck was too much with this pillow.

As you can see from the photo, I’m not completely able to achieve a neutral head, neck and spine alignment. You can see that my head and neck are at a slight angle. While the pillow was still comfortable for me, over time it may not be the best fit for me personally.

The pillow was easy to care for. I put it in a balanced load in my washer on gentle and was surprised at how quickly it dried on the lowest heat setting in my dryer. No issues with the filling or losing any loft or support. You can also dry clean it if you prefer.

Overall

I had a good experience with the Brooklinen Mid-Plush Down Alternative pillow and I think it has several positive things going for it. First, it won’t go flat and you won’t need to punch it or fluff up the filling after a few night’s sleep. The microfibers inside helped keep the pillow lofted and supportive during my whole review.

I also liked that it was easy to care for and that it could work well for side sleepers and larger framed individuals. Even though it doesn’t have a gusset, the pillow really feels significant while providing that comforting feeling of a down-like pillow.

Luckily it also comes with a 60-night trial period and is affordably priced, so those who are not sure which comfort level to get may want to consider a couple of options in order to find the right one.

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Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.
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