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The Best Pillows of 2021: The definitive in-depth review of top-rated pillows
These are the best pillows available on the market today.
Jenny Brown
09.13.21

Best Pillow – Winner: Dosaze Cooling Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow

If you want the short answer – here is hands down the best pillow available in 2021, the crème de la crème:

Dosaze Adjustable Pillow
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Dosaze Adjustable Pillow

And now for the long answer.

Finding the right pillow can be downright exhausting.

Our goal with this article is to help you take the guesswork out of finding the perfect pillow by putting popular styles to the test – in this study, we looked at over 40 of the most popular pillows on the market available, and evaluated them to find the best. We looked for pillows that would work for all types of sleepers (back, side, stomach).

For decades, I had been sleeping on whatever pillow I found at the department store when moving residences. I could never find the exact best pillow for me – some were too flat or too thick, too firm or too soft, too hot, or to rough. I took it upon myself to find the best pillow available on the market. It is worth noting that I am a combination sleeper and I rotate between sleeping on my back, side, and stomach. I was looking for a pillow that would be great for a sleeper like me.

I started by going through a bunch of lists of the best pillows – I scoured Amazon and direct to consumer sites to come up with a list of 8 of the best pillows on the market for all sleepers. We ranked the pillows according to the following characteristics:

  • Support / comfort
  • Fill
  • Cover
  • Temperature regulation
  • Return policy / warranty
  • Price

Overall, the best pillow I slept on by far was the Dosaze Adjustable Pillow. I enjoy sleeping on the Dosaze Adjustable pillow in all three sleep positions thanks to the adjustability of the loft and the medium-soft firmness. I also found it significantly cooler than the other pillows that I tested. I highly recommend this pillow as my top pick, especially for side-sleepers or people who sleep in a combination of positions. Here’s a summary of our final rankings:

1) Winner: The Dosaze Adjustable Pillow – LEARN MORE

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After all of our research and testing, we found that this pillow is hands down the best pillow available, the Crème de la Crème. Here’s what we loved:

Pros:

✓ Best value and quality for the price

✓ Adjustable loft ensures a perfect balance of comfort and support

✓ Durable and easy to maintain

✓ 100% proprietary open cell gel memory foam (not a blend with polyester)

✓ Designed and made in the USA

✓ Luxurious, cool cover

✓ 60 night sleep trial

✓ 3 year warranty

Cons:

❌ Only available online

We found that the premium memory foam the most durable and most comfortable – it provided the overall best balance of support and comfort. It is a bit more expensive, but it is well worth it because of the quality and durability.

This pillow is handmade in the USA and utilizes a proprietary open cell gel memory foam that promotes airflow to regulate your temperature and prevent overheating. I noticed that this pillow was noticeably cooler than other pillows.

You’ll also see that this pillow is a lot more reasonably priced than a lot of the pillows on this list – it’s a much better value than those other pillows and we found it actually be much more comfortable than pillows that are 2x or even 3x the price.

2) Coop Home Goods Eden Adjustable Pillow – LEARN MORE

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.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dust mite resistant
  • Tested and certified by GREENGUARD Gold and CertiPUR-US

Cons:

  • New pillow comes with a weird smell.
  • Hybrid memory foam and polyester fiber fill
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3) Layla Kapok Pillow – LEARN MORE

This pillow has solid reviews, and the copper infused Kapok material claims to keep you cool throughout the night. In practice, it is a bit hit or miss. While the pillow definitely is not any warmer than most pillows, it is hard to tell whether it truly keeps you cool at night – just look at the reviews:

That being said, overall it does have nice reviews and is touted as a nice pillow. It could be worth trying as it claims to have a plush feel (from the Kapok fiber) while maintaining the support of memory foam.

Pros:

  • Kapok fiber has a nice, plush feel
  • Soft, comfortable cover
  • Has a medium soft feel

Cons:

  • Tends to run a bit warm
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Layla

4) Purple Harmony Pillow – LEARN MORE

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

Pros:

  • Great balance of softness and support
  • Comes with a washable, cooling cover cover
  • Has a medium soft feel

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Unique feel that takes some getting used to
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5) Sleep Number DownComfort Pillow – LEARN MORE

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,

Pros:

  • Premium down filling
  • Adjustable height
  • Great for any sleep position
  • Dust mite, mildew, and mold resistant

Cons:

  • Very expensive
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Sleep Number

6) Helix Adjustable Pillow – LEARN MORE

One of the layers inside this pillow can be removed, making it easy to achieve proper neck alignment. That means it’s great for back sleepers. The gel microfiber fill is ideal for both staying cool and staying comfortable. Plus, it comes with a one-year warranty when you buy direct from Helix, so if you aren’t 100% satisfied, you can simply send it back to the company for a refund.

Dimensions: 18 x 26 inches

Pros:

  • Adjustable height
  • Breathable materials
  • One-year warranty

Cons:

  • You can subtract thickness but you can’t add it, so if you’re a side sleeper, it may be too thin.

7) Sleep Number True Temp Pillow – LEARN MORE

This pillow by sleep number comes in a contoured shape for back and stomach sleepers that will give you an additional feeling of support. Classic and adjustable versions are available as well. Meanwhile, the temperature balancing technology will make sure that no matter what time of the night it is, the temperature will remain consistently cool. You don’t have to worry about a lot of variation.

Pros:

  • Classic, contour, and ultimate shape options
  • Consistently cool temperature
  • Supportive memory foam

Cons:

  • If you like to change up your sleeping position daily, it’s important to remember that the contour option won’t work great for slide sleepers.
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8) Pillow Cube – LEARN MORE

This pillow has been blowing up on social media – it’s touted as the perfect pillow for side sleepers, so we put it to the test. While this pillow can work well for some side sleepers, we don’t like how you cannot customize it and while you can purchase different sizes, we’d ideally want the ability to completely customize the pillow. Also, most sleepers are combination sleepers, and this pillow isn’t great for those of us that are.

Pros:

  • High quality memory foam
  • Good for some side sleepers because it fills your shoulder gap

Cons:

  • Not adjustable
  • Doesn’t work for combination sleepers
  • Sleeps on the warmer side
Pillow Cube
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Pillow Cube

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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