A lot of people focus on getting the best mattress and it’s not surprising why. You spend nearly a third of your life in bed so you need to make sure you’re sleeping on a comfortable and supportive bed.
But, here’s the thing:
Your pillows are just as important as your mattress when it comes to sleep quality. A scrunchy and worn-out pillow won’t help you sleep soundly at night. It will just leave you with nothing but pain and stiffness.
To help you pick the right pillow for you, we’ve rounded up the best pillows on the market today in terms of quality, material, and purpose. Check out our top picks below!
Best Overall Pillow – Dosaze Cool Breeze Adjustable Pillow, $120
The Dosaze Cool Breeze Adjustable Pillow has everything you need in a pillow. In all of our testing, this pillow was the best across every category. It has a simple mechanism to adjust to your preferred sleep position, loft, and firmness – unlike other pillows that require you to adjust fill (which can get messy), this pillow uses multiple cores so that you can easily (and without a mess) adjust your pillow. This makes it a great option to have around because it will allow guests and other members of your household to also adjust their pillows.
Some additional features that we’re a very nice touch were the temperature regulation, silver-infused (naturally antimicrobial) and waterproof cover, and breathable gusset to ensure the freshness of the pillow. One very important thing to note – while this pillow is more expensive than your average pillow, you are really getting 3 pillows in one, and the waterproof and dust-mite proof cover will increase the lifespan of the pillow. While most pillows yellow and increase in weight over time (due to sweat and other not so nice stuff seeping into the pillow), this pillow is built to last for years and years. You also won’t need to buy an additional pillow protector (although a pillow protector wouldn’t hurt) for this pillow.
Its height is adjustable which makes it perfect for any sleep position or preference. If you’re a stomach sleeper, you can use the lighter weight inner core. In case you like sleeping on your back, you can use medium weight inner core. If you’re a side sleeper (and require a bit more loft), you can use both inner cores.
The pillow comes with a water-proof surface to keep liquids away. It can also repel dust mites.
- Adjustable height and firmness
- Premium down alternative memory fiber filling
- Dust mite resistant and waterproof
- Silver-infused, antimicrobial cover
- Breathable gusset to promote air flow
Best Down Pillow: Sleep Number DownComfort Pillow, $199.99
Sleep Number is a premium brand that commands a premium price in the sleep space, but for good reason. This premium downcomfort adjustable pillow is one of the best on the market.
The down feathers support your head and it really feels like sleeping on a cloud. A lot of reviewers call it the ‘best they’ve ever owned.’
This pillow is great for any sleep position. Whether you’re a side sleeper or you like sleeping on your back, you’ll find it easy to fall and stay asleep with this pillow because you can adjust it’s height with the multiple inserts. If we had one complaint,
- Premium down filling
- Adjustable height
- Great for any sleep position
- Dust mite, mildew, and mold resistant
- Very expensive
Best Memory Foam Pillow: Coop Home Goods Eden Adjustable Pillow, $80
A lot of people are raving about this pillow and it’s not hard to see why. Apart from being vegan and cruelty-free, this pillow comes with an extra 1/2 lb bag of fill. You can use the extra stuffing to create a higher loft.
And the best part? The pillow comes with a 100-night sleep trial. This means that if you’re not completely happy with it during that period, you can let them know and they’ll allow you to return it for free. Then can even help you customize your fill to your preference.
- Dust mite resistant
- Tested and certified by GREENGUARD Gold and CertiPUR-US
- New pillow comes with a weird smell.
Best Cooling Pillow: Purple Harmony Pillow, $159
People who’ve tried this pillow claim that it feels like sleeping on a cloud.
This pillow leverages the patented purple grid hex, combined with a talalay latex core and a moisture wicking cooling cover to ensure a cool, comfortable night’s rest. It provides just the right balance of softness vs. support.
The pillow also has ventilation holes which allows it to remain fresh and cool throughout your sleep
- Great balance of softness and support
- Comes with a washable, cooling cover cover
- Has a medium soft feel
Best Pillow for Side Sleepers: Cushion Lab Extra Support Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam Pillow, $45.99
This pillow is easy to adjust. For a side sleeper, this is great since you can add or remove the Hyperfoam fillings. You can adjust the height so you can sleep comfortably at night.
Apart from that, the pillow is also fluffy. It creates this enveloping cushion to releive the pressure on your head and neck as you sleep.
The pillow’s memory foam has no harmful substances. It’s tested and certified by the CertiPUR-US for your peace of mind.
- Fluffy but supportive
- Machine washable cover
- Too soft for some people
Best Pillow for Back Pain: BeautifulLife Half Moon Bolster Knee Pillow, $23.87
This pillow is designed to provide multi-positional body support. You can use it under your knees as you sleep or as a spacer between your legs. It also works really well in providing lumbar support when you’re sitting on your couch.
It’s made with visco-elastic memory foam to provide not just comfort but support as well. And just most of the pillows on this list, it’s also hypoallergenic.
- Has a breathable organic cotton cover
- Great for multi-position use
- Made with high-quality visco-elastic memory foam
- Too hard for some people
- Not soft
Best Pillow for Stomach Sleepers: Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper, $41.96
This is one of the slimmest pillows around and it’s great for stomach sleepers, particularly those who like to sleep with their arms under the pillow.
Apart from being slim, this pillow is quite light, too. Weighing no more than 2 pounds, it’s a good pillow to take with you on trips.
Now, don’t worry about exposing this pillow to different conditions. Its fill is made from latex memory foam that’s designed to resist mildew.
- Slim and light
- Features 100% cotton cover
- Can’t be machine washed
- Not for people with latex allergy
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