Memory Foam Pillow Reviews, Ratings and Comparisons – 2018

Based on 20,278 Consumer Experiences

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Often soft yet supportive • tends to conform effectively to head and neck • no noise • loft adjustable for some models.

THE BAD: Initial off gassing odor possible • can be somewhat pricey • firmness excessive for some.

THE PILLOWS: Memory foam is made from polyurethane with additional chemicals added to increase density. The pillows come in different varieties including shredded and one-piece.

THE COMPETITION: Memory foam pillows often compete most directly with latex pillows. See how memory foam compares to other pillow types in the pillow reviews summary.

Memory Foam Pillow Ratings: As a Group

The following table shows how the two main types of memory foam pillows – shredded (consisting of many small, separate pieces of memory foam) and one-piece (consisting of a single piece of memory foam) – rate against the average pillow.

  SHREDDED 1‑PIECE  
Affordable D+ C+ Prices are often $30-$75. Shredded averages about $50, 1-piece about $42. Paying a higher price does not necessarily result in higher satisfaction.
Durability / longevity B- c Shredded tends to last longer given its ability to be fluffed. Both types will lose “memory” and support over time. Expect on average a 3-4 year lifespan.
Less (neck) pain B b- 18% of owners say their pillow results in less (neck) pain. About 8%, however, report increased pain, often due to excessive firmness or lack of support.
Support B b- Most owners say their memory foam pillow provides adequate or better support and holds its shape.
Minimizes pressure A B+ Memory foam contours to the head / neck better than other pillows resulting in more equal weight distribution and above average pressure relief.
Moldable B d "Moldable" means the pillow can be easily altered or scrunched to increase comfort / support. Shredded, unlike 1-piece, offers at least some moldability.
Cuddly B+ C A "cuddly" pillow is soft and huggable – not hard, rigid, stiff or oddly shaped.
Contents won't shift / clump C+ A A strength of one-piece memory foam pillows. Shredded has less stable contents which may shift somewhat during the night.
Not a heat trap B- C- About 5% of owners (1 in 20) of the shredded type report excessive and bothersome heat retention vs about 10% of owners (1 in 10) for the one-piece type.
No initial odor / off gassing D+ d+ 8%+ of owners (1 in 13) report significant off gassing – a chemical-like odor occurring due to manufacturing & packaging. It often ends after a few days but can persist longer. Headaches, nausea, eye / throat irritation, sweating, insomnia & asthma from off gassing occur for about 2% of owners.
Short break in B- C Break-in time is mostly similar to that of the average pillow.
Easy to lift, move C C+ Memory foam pillows, especially the shredded type, weigh at least average, usually around 3 lbs.
No noise B+ b+ Some covers may make a rustling sound when compressed. The pillows themselves are silent.
Fewer allergies B+ b- The foam is antimicrobial and resistant to allergens. Dust mites reportedly do not eat the foam but still may live inside to feed on shedded skin cells.
Easy to maintain C A Shredded memory foam pillows may require occasional fluffing. One-piece types do not.
Can be thoroughly cleaned A- C- The one-piece type should be spot cleaned. The shredded type can usually be machine washed.

Top-Rated Memory Foam Pillows: Comparison, Prices, Specs

The table below evaluates memory foam pillows with 83% or better owner satisfaction based on at least 300 owner experiences. Important: Information regarding firmness, loft and sleep position shows what tends to be true for owners. Your personal evaluation may differ.

Snuggle- Pedic Blue Wave Slim Coop Home Goods WeekEnder
Owner Satisfaction (sample)      
87% (3,985) 87% (352) 86% (15,259) 83% (682)
Price      
$50-$70 $40-$49 $55-$65 $30-$47
Retailer      
amazon amazon amazon amazon
Type      
shredded 1 piece shredded 1 piece
Shape      
traditional traditional traditional traditional
Firmness      
med med-firm med to firm med
Loft*      
low to high low (2.6") or less low to high med-high (6" est)
Adjustable loft      
yes no yes no
Sleep Position Best Suited For      
all back, stomach all side, back
Person Size Best Suited For      
small, avg, large small, avg small, avg, large avg, large
Weight (standard / queen)      
4 lbs fully filled 2.6 - 2 lbs 3.5 lbs fully filled 2.75 lbs
Sizes Avail.      
standard, queen, king standard standard, queen, king standard, queen, king
Pillow Machine Washable      
yes no yes no
Cover      
56% polyester / 43% bamboo 60% polyester / 40% bamboo 60% polyester / 40% bamboo 100% polyester

* See the pillow loft guide and loft calculators.


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