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Summary of Pillow Type Pros and Cons
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
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 3,300 actual owner experiences.
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 1,300 actual owner experiences.
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 3,308 actual owner experiences.
Pros: Good mix of softness and support • usually holds shape • often effective at pain relief • wont 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 3,700 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 4,600 actual owner experiences.
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 690+ actual owner experiences.
Pros: Often inexpensive • easy to care for • no odor likely
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 1,500+ actual owner experiences.
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