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November 4, 2016

Pillow Type Comparison

Select a pillow type below for more details, including pillow brand / model ratings based on consumer experiences. Ratings indicate what tends to be true for most owners.

Down Alt. Down Feather Latex Memory Foam Poly-
sample 3031 4695 909 989 4060 13,503 3186 2097
Owner satisfaction* 84% 84% 84% 81% 85% 87% 82% 78%
Price d+ A- d B+ C- D+ a C+
Durable b c b b A- c+ D+ c
Supportive a c- c c+ b+ b c b
Neck pain relief b+ c B- c b+ b c b+
Moldable b+ B- B b C C C+ d-
Scrunchable C+ A A- B- D C+ C- D
Cuddly d B+ B+ b c+ B- b- c-
Easy to use D C C C- A A B D
Won't clump/Shift d- c- c C- a B- d c
No noise d C+ b d a b+ C D+
Lightweight D B- a- b+ d+ D+ B- f
No odor c- b+ c- d+ c- d a- b+
not hot b+ b c+ B b c- c+ b
reduces snoring b+ c- c- c b b- c b
Short break in D B B- B B C c C
fewer allergies b c+ c c b b c- b-
No need to fluff c d+ d d a B b- A-
Machine Washable D A- D C- D- C- A- C-
Availability D B+ D+ D+ D A B- D
Firmness firm mostly
soft to med- firm soft to med soft to med- firm med to med- firm med-soft to firm med
Adjustable Loft yes no no no no yes** no yes

* Based only on the top-rated pillows of their type.
** Select models only.

Pillow Loft Guide and Loft Calculators

Having a pillow with proper loft (or height / thickness) is necessary for achieving comfort and support. Using a pillow with loft that is overly thick or overly thin often results in poor neck alignment and uneven pressure. Discomfort, pain, and breathing difficulties often result.

Use our pillow loft guide and calculators to learn how much loft may best suit you.

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Important: Our research show what is true for pillow owners overall as a group. Your personal evaluation may differ from our findings.

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 3,031 actual owner experiences.

Down Alternative Pillows

Pros: Generally soft • reasonably priced • cuddly • often 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 pillow reviews & ratings based on over 4,695 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 909 actual owner experiences.

Feather Pillows

Pros: Soft • often moldable and 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 989 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 4,060 actual owner experiences.

Memory Foam Pillows

Pros: Often soft yet supportive • conforms well • no noise.

Cons: Initial off gassing odor possible • can be pricey • firmness excessive for some • above average weight

Read detailed memory foam pillow reviews & ratings based on 13,503 actual owner experiences.

Polyester Pillows

Pros: Often inexpensive • potentially suited for all sleep positions • easy to care for • few initial odor reports

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

Read detailed polyester pillow reviews & ratings based on 3,186 actual owner experiences.

Water-base 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 2,097 actual owner experiences.

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