What is the most comfortable pillow? If you ask your family and friends, they will each give a different answer. Some will say they prefer memory foam pillows, some will prefer feather pillows. There will be those who love a thin pillow and those who prefer a higher contoured pillow. There is no one pillow that will be the most comfortable for everyone.
This makes looking for a new pillow difficult because if you ask those around you for a recommendation, everyone will suggest something different. If your current pillow needs to be replaced, before even looking at options, consider the following.
- Your sleeping position
- Do you wake up with neck pain?
- Do you suffer from allergies?
- Do you snore while sleeping?
These are important considerations when you are looking for a new pillow. Once you know how you sleep and what conditions you are struggling with, you can find a pillow for sleeping that helps with those specific things.
What makes a pillow comfortable?
As mentioned there is no one answer to this but there are a few things you need to look out for when looking for a new pillow.
Height – Your sleeping position will generally determine the height of your pillow. Stomach sleepers must opt for a thinner pillow. The thinner pillow allows for the gentle alignment of the spine while offering support for the head. A pillow that is too high will result in additional strain on the neck. Back and side sleepers can look for a slightly higher pillow. Back sleepers should opt for medium height, a pillow that is too high will push the neck forward resulting in strain and discomfort while sleeping.
Filling – Pillows can be filled with a range of materials, including memory foam, goose -feathers, kapok, buckwheat, and even water. Each one of these fillings offers sleepers a unique experience. It is almost impossible to say which one of these is better than the other and it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Memory foam-filled pillows are the more common, popular choice with a wide variety of pillows to chose from. While goose feather and down pillows are soft, you might struggle with allergies and comfort. Water and buckwheat both provide good support and are a natural option but might take some getting used to.
Breathability – Not all pillows are breathable and the result of using one of these pillows could be a hot, uncomfortable night’s sleep. Whatever type of pillow you chose, you want one that has a good cooling system.
Hypoallergenic – No one wants to lay their head on a pillow that is going to aggravate or cause allergies. A good pillow will be hypoallergenic and be dust mite resistant. Look out for this when shopping.
Now that we know what makes a pillow comfortable, let’s look at some of the contenders for this title and the reasons why we considered them.
Xtreme Comforts Slim Pillow
This is a great all-round pillow that will work well for all types of sleeping positions.
Height – There are two different heights available, the traditional pillow is higher for back and side sleepers while the slim sleeper is ideal for belly sleepers.
Filling – Only the best quality memory foam is used in this pillow. The foam is CertiPUR-US certified and is free of nasty chemicals and toxins. It is made from shredded memory foam which conforms to your head and neck, providing you with the right alignment and support.
Breathability – You don’t have to worry about overheating with this pillow. It makes use of micro-vented Kool-Flow technology to improve circulation and ventilation.
Hypoallergenic – The Xtreme Comforts Pillow is hypoallergenic and dustmite resistant.
On the surface, this looks like a plain, simple pillow and in many ways, it is but sometimes simple is better. It ticks all the boxes and may just be the most comfortable pillow you sleep on.
Height – The standard pillow has a loft of 5-inches this pillow is ideal for back and side sleepers. There are two other heights though, a thinner one and a higher one. There is something for everyone.
Filling – It is a CertiPUR US certified memory foam pillow that is soft while still providing support.
Breathability – This pillow has been infused with temperature-regulating gel for maximum air circulation.
Hypoallergenic – This pillow is hypoallergenic.
LOVSoul Goose Down Pillow
If you are looking for a pillow to give someone as a gift, consider this one. It offers comfort and luxury.
Height – Goose down pillows are generally soft but the three-chamber design of this pillow means there is enough firmness while still maintaining the soft feel. It is suitable for all types of sleeping positions.
Filling – It is filled with the perfect combination of goose feather and goose down.
Breathability – The three chamber design of this pillow and the 100% Egyptian Cotton fabric help to prevent overheating.
Hypoallergenic – This pillow has received the Downpass, IDLF and OEKO-TEX authentication.
This pillow’s mission is to provide you with a restful night sleeps and it seems to achieve that mission more often than not.
Height – The loft of this pillow is 5”, this might be a little too high for stomach sleepers but is perfect for both back and neck sleepers.
Filling – Shredded bamboo memory foam and polyester fiber have been used to fill this pillow. As a result, it provides both firm support and soft comfort. The foam is CertiPUR-US certified.
Breathability – The multi-layered bamboo-derived fabric means you will have a cool nights sleep with this pillow. The breathable layers provide better air-circulation which means you won’t wake up with a sweaty face stuck to the pillow.
Hypoallergenic – This is a hypoallergenic pillow.
Elite Rest Slim Sleeper
Height – Measuring only 2.5” this is an ultra-slim pillow, perfect for stomach sleepers. It could also work for back sleepers who prefer a slimmer pillow.
Filling – Safe, premium memory foam is used in this pillow. Sleepers will find their breathing is improved and their spine is better aligned with this pillow.
Breathability – This pillow does not come with specific cooling technology but based on reviews it will not make you hot and uncomfortable during the night.
Hypoallergenic – The foam used in this pillow is odor-free, anti-fungal and hypoallergenic.
After extensive research, we do believe that one of these is the most comfortable pillow you will ever find. If you struggle to get comfortable at night or are prone to neck pain after sleeping, take time to decide on which pillow will work best for you.