Good Life Essentials Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Review

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Good Life Essential’s shredded memory foam pillow with bamboo cover is a soft, breathable, and great for those who like shredded foam filling. Fresh out the dryer, it can be a great fit for those who prefer a firmer pillow. It may not be the perfect fit for everyone, though. Read on for my full review.

Key Features

  • Comes in sizes: Standard, Queen and King (reviewed Queen)
  • Made in the USA
  • Filling: 100% Polyurethane Shredded Foam
  • CertiPUR-US Certified Foam
  • Cover: 50% Bamboo and 50% polyester blend textured cover
  • Shredded memory foam is designed to be molded to your desired comfort
  • Hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant
  • Only sold on Amazon
  • Machine washable and dryer friendly
  • 30-day trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Care: Cold gentle wash and low tumble dry; make sure pillow is completely dry before using

Who Makes It?

The shredded memory foam pillow seems to be the only product made by Good Life Essentials. Their website is pretty bare bones and only features their pillow in three sizes. On Facebook, they say they’re a Home Decor company but provide little information aside from that.

The pillow is only sold on Amazon.

Pillow Construction

My review is for the Queen size pillow and all three sizes (Standard, Queen, and King) come in a traditional pillow shape. The dimensions of the Queen are 17 x 6 x 6 inches and the pillow weighs a little more than 3lbs.

The outer fabric cover is 50% bamboo fabric (most likely bamboo- derived rayon or viscose) and 50% polyester. The outer cover is not removable but the entire pillow can be machine washed and dried.

The filling is made from shredded memory foam pieces (100% polyurethane foam) that are made with CertiPUR-US Certified foam. It’s hard to tell the size and feel of the foam without cutting the pillow open, but they seem to be a good range of larger to smaller pieces.

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Good Life Essentials Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Review

Pros

  • Soft bamboo cover
  • Machine washable and dryer friendly
  • Good initial support for side and back sleepers
  • 30- Day trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant

Cons

  • Starts to lose loft/become flattened after a few night’s sleep
  • Filling moves and creates space/gap in pillow for your head
  • May need to consistently throw in the dryer to reinvigorate
  • Long time to dry – nearly 2 hours in 20-minute increments

My Experience

The pillow arrived vacuum sealed and rolled up for efficient and eco-friendly shipping (fewer materials needed). It was easy to unwrap and came with several sets of instructions.

The pillow if flat and clustered after being vacuum sealed, so Good Life Essentials suggests you throw the pillow in the dryer for 15 minutes on a high heat setting to “allow memory foam cells to recover.”

Once the pillow has been reinvigorated you will be able to tell that it is fully stuffed. The pieces of shredded memory foam made it feel slightly lumpier to me than a down pillow or a pillow with smaller filling, but the thicker outer fabric made it less noticeable.

The pillow is machine washable and dryer friendly so I wanted to test that out. They suggest you balance the weight of the pillow with towels in the washer and dryer. I followed the instructions by doing a cold load (on gentle) and the pillow came out now worse for the wear.

The care instructions recommend you start drying it on a low setting (this is often the case for products made with bamboo). I started off low and after an hour it still wasn’t dry and I moved it to a warmer setting it and it took another hour for it to dry completely.

I really like that you can completely wash and dry this pillow but a two hour long dry cycle is pretty much the max amount of time I want to have anything in the dryer. This lengthy drying time seems to be indicative of shredded memory foam pillows, as I had a similar experience with my Snuggle-Pedic pillow.

The pillow is designed for all sleep positions and is supposed to relieve neck, back, and shoulder pain while allowing muscles to fully relax.

Good Life Essentials Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Review

Even though the pillow feels full after being dried, when you lay your head down you sink into the pillow and your spine and neck alignment becomes more neutral. As a side sleeper who prefers a firmer pillow, I liked the firmness level at this point.

Other customers mentioned this, and I have to agree, after a few days, my head and neck started to carve out a little space in the pillow and become uneven and flatter in certain areas.

After three nights sleeping on the pillow it had noticeably flattened out and there was an indent where my head was.

Good Life Essentials Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Review
Pillow loft after 3 nights of use (side and back sleeper)

I put it back in the dryer on a high heat for 15 minutes and it fluffed back up to its original loft. Once it cooled off from the dryer it lost a little height but was still noticeably larger than before I put it in.

Good Life Essentials Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Review
Pillow loft after being in the dryer for 15 minutes on high heat and cooled

Final Recommendation

There are plenty of aspects of the Good Life Essentials shredded memory foam pillow to like. It’s got a soft and breathable cover, a good amount of shredded memory foam filling and is easy to care for.

Fresh out of the dryer the pillow has a wonderful loft, your head sinks in and those who prefer a medium to a medium-firm pillow (like me) may like the level of support it provides.

Good Life Essentials Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Review

Good Life Essentials says the pillow is designed to never go flat, however, after a few nights sleep the pillow becomes noticeably flatter and the foam becomes less responsive.

Those who don’t mind tossing their pillow in the dryer every few days may enjoy the support and feel of the pieces of shredded memory foam inside the pillow.

There is a 30-day trial period so those who are interested in trying it and seeing how it feels for them after a few nights.

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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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