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unbiased Memory Foam Pillow Reviews, Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 26,564 Consumer Experiences

April 23, 2018

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 pricey • firmness excessive for some • above average weight.

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.

Affordable D+ C+ Prices are often $30-$85. Shredded averages about $50 and 1-piece about $45. Paying 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.
Supportive B b- Most owners say their memory foam pillow provides adequate or better support and holds its shape.
Minimizes pressure A A- 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- D+ About 5% of owners (1 in 20) of the shredded type report excessive and bothersome heat retention vs about 11% of owners (1 in 9) for the one-piece type.
No initial odor / off gassing D+ d+ 7%+ of owners (1 in 14) 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 similar to that of the average pillow.
Easy to lift, move C D+ Memory foam pillows, especially the one-piece type, weigh at least average, usually 3 to 5 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.
Easy to clean B+ 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 85% or better owner satisfaction based on 250+ 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 WeekEnder Coop Home Goods Langria
Owner Satisfaction (sample)      
89% (10,688) 86% (330) 85% (15,291) 85% (255)
$50-$70 $30 $55-$65 $24
amazon amazon amazon amazon
shredded 1 piece shredded shredded
traditional traditional traditional traditional
med med med to firm med
low to high 5" (mid) low to high low to high
Adjustable loft      
yes no yes yes
Person Size Best Suited For      
small, avg, large small, avg small, avg, large small, avg
Weight (standard / queen)      
4 lbs (est) 3 lbs 3.5 lbs 3.6 lbs
Sizes Avail.      
standard, queen, king standard standard, queen, king queen
Pillow Machine Washable      
yes no yes no
56% polyester / 43% bamboo 100% polyester 60% polyester / 40% bamboo 65% polyester / 35% bamboo
Distinguishing Advantage Or Trait      
120-day return policy. Above avg customer service. Gel infused. -- Low price.

* See the pillow loft guide and loft calculators.

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About our unbiased memory foam pillow reviews and research

Ratings are based on 26,500+ memory foam bed pillow owner reviews and experiences that were collected using an accurate research methodology..


– Memory foam pillows overall perform better than average on the issue of pain relief. 18% of owners report a pain-relief benefit, including reduced neck pain.

– Memory foam contours to the head and neck better than other pillows resulting in more equal weight distribution and above average pressure relief.

– At least 7% of memory foam pillow owners report substantial off gassing. Off gassing is the release of a chemical-like smell that occurs when the pillow is new.

– About 5% of owners of the shredded type report excessive and bothersome heat retention vs about 11% of owners for the one-piece type.

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