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See comparisons for the top-rated full-body, wedge, and neck (travel) pillows based on over 5,700 consumer experiences.
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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 • fairly heavy • odor possible • may need to experiment to determine right fill quantity
Down Alternative / "Gel" Pillows
Pros: Generally soft • reasonably priced • cuddly • moldable
Cons: May lack adequate support and firmness • questionable longevity • clumping / lumpiness likely with age • may require regular fluffing
Read detailed down alternative "gel" pillow reviews & ratings based on over 3,150 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 over 1,100 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 over 900 actual owner experiences.
Pros: Good compromise between soft and firm/supportive • usually holds shape • effective at pain relief • wont clump or develop hollow spots
Cons: May give off initial odor • may flatten somewhat over time • can be pricey • can feel unnatural to some
Read detailed latex pillow reviews & ratings based on over 3,000 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 a heat trap • overall value questionable
Read detailed memory foam pillow reviews & ratings based on over 3,800 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 possible • durability questionable
Read detailed microbead pillow reviews & ratings based on 670+ actual owner experiences.
Pros: Often inexpensive • easy to care for • no odor likely
Water-base (Mediflow / Chiroflow) Pillows
Pros: Pain relieving 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 1,300+ actual owner experiences.
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