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|Down Alt.||Down||Feather||Latex||Memory Foam||Poly-
|Neck pain relief||b+||c||B-||c||b+||b||c||b+|
|Easy to use||D||C||C||C-||A||A||B||D|
|Short break in||D||B||B-||B||B||C||c||C|
|No need to fluff||c||d+||d||d||a||B||b-||A-|
|soft to med- firm||soft to med||soft to med- firm||med to med- firm||med-soft to firm||med|
* Based only on the top-rated pillows of their type.
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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.
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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.
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
detailed down alternative
pillow reviews & ratings based on over 4,695 actual
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.
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
detailed feather pillow reviews
& ratings based on 989 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
detailed latex pillow reviews
& ratings based on 4,060 actual owner experiences.
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
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.
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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