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September 4, 2014

Pillow Type Comparison

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Down Alt. Down Feather Latex Memory Foam Micro bead Poly-
sample 1797 3530 1322 3606 3619 4657 746 1214 1912
Owner satisfaction B B- C c- B- c d C+ c
Durable b- c b b- B+ c c- c c+
affordable d B+ d a d c+ b a- B-
Pain reduction b+ c c+ c b+ b c+ c+ b+
Supportive a c c- c+ b b b- c+ b
Moldable b a- b+ b- d+ d+ b+ C+ d-
Cuddly d a- a b c+ c+ c b- c-
Won't clump/Shift d- c- c+ c+ a a c d c
Back sleep friendly b b b b- c+ B c b b
Front sleep friendly c b- b c+ c D+ c c+ c-
Side sleep friendly c+ b- b b- b c+ b- b- b
No noise d b b d a b c- b c-
Lightweight c- c a- b d+ c- b- c+ f
No odor c- b- c d c- d- d+ a- b
not hot b+ b c+ B b c- b+ c+ b
reduces snoring b+ c- c- c b b- b c b
fewer allergies b c+ c c b+ b- b c- b-
No need to fluff c d+ d- d a a b- b- b
cleaning ease c- b c- c- c C c+ b+ c
Firmness firm soft-
soft- med med- soft med med- firm firm- med med med
Adjustable Loft yes no no no no no no no yes

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Sleep Like The Dead Editor Discusses Pillow Type Pros and Cons

Summary of Pillow Type Pros and Cons

Buckwheat Pillows

Pros: Generally supportive and contouring • above-average potential for neck pain relief • height / loft adjustable by adding or removing hulls • good air flow

Cons: Too firm for some • some noise • too small for some • somewhat heavy • odor possible • may need to experiment to determine right fill quantity

Read detailed buckwheat pillow reviews & ratings based on 1,700 actual owner experiences.

Down Alternative "Gel" Pillows

Pros: Generally soft • reasonably priced • cuddly • moldable / scrunchable

Cons: May lack adequate support and firmness • questionable longevity • clumping / lumpiness possible with age • may require regular fluffing / shaking

Read detailed down alternative "gel" pillow reviews & ratings based on over 3,500 actual owner experiences.

Down Pillows

Pros: Soft • cuddly • scrunchable • lightweight • durable • quiet

Cons: Can lack adequate loft and support • initial odor possible • can be pricey • may need to be fluffed / shaken regularly • down may escape case

Read detailed down pillow reviews & ratings based on 1,322 actual owner experiences.

Feather Pillows

Pros: Soft • moldable • cuddly • fairly long-lasting and durable • often inexpensive

Cons: Can lack adequate support and loft • quills may poke through cover • some noise / rustling • need to fluff / shake to maintain loft and comfort • odor possible

Read detailed feather pillow reviews & ratings based on 3,606 actual owner experiences.

Latex Pillows

Pros: Good mix of softness and support • usually holds shape • often effective at pain relief • won’t clump or develop hollow spots

Cons: May have initial odor • may flatten somewhat over time • can be pricey • can feel unnatural to some • often heavy

Read detailed latex pillow reviews & ratings based on 3,619 actual owner experiences.

Memory Foam Pillows

Pros: Good compromise between soft and supportive • above-average pain relief potential • contoured support • quiet • contents won't clump or shift • easy to care for

Cons: Initial off gassing odor possible • loft / support may not suit individual needs • too firm for some • may act as heat trap

Read detailed memory foam pillow reviews & ratings based on 4,657 actual owner experiences.

Microbead Pillows

Pros: Generally supportive and conforming • can be effective at pain relief (especially neck and shoulder) • good air flow

Cons: Too firm for some • off gassing odor potential • durability questionable

Read detailed microbead pillow reviews & ratings based on 746 actual owner experiences.

Polyester Pillows

Pros: Often inexpensive • easy to care for • no odor likely

Cons: Can be lumpy • contents may shift and develop hollow spots • fair longevity at best

Read detailed polyester pillow reviews & ratings based on 1,214 actual owner experiences.

Water-base (Mediflow / Chiroflow) Pillows

Pros: Pain relief ability • contouring support • adjustable loft and firmness • few odor and heat complaints

Cons: Heavy when filled • possible noise issues • need to experiment to determine right water amount to suit individual preference • average durability

Read detailed water pillow review & ratings based on 1,912 actual owner experiences.

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