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|Down Alt.||Down||Feather||Latex||Memory Foam||Poly-
|Neck pain relief||b+||c||c+||c||b+||b||c+||b+|
|Easy to use||D+||C||C||C-||A||A||B||D|
|Back sleep friendly||b||b||b||b-||c+||B+||b||b|
|Front sleep friendly||c-||b-||b||c+||c||D+||c+||D+|
|Side sleep friendly||c+||b-||b||b-||b||B||b-||b|
|Small person friendly||A-||C||B-||B||C||C||C||C|
|Avg person friendly||A||A||B+||B+||A||B+||A-||B+|
|Large person friendly||A-||B||D+||D+||C||B+||B||A-|
|Short break in||D||B||A-||B||B-||C||D+||C-|
|No need to fluff||c||d+||d||d||a||B||b-||A-|
|soft to med- firm||med- soft||med||med- firm||med||med|
See comparisons for top-rated full-body, wedge, and neck (travel) pillows based on over 15,000+ 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 • somewhat heavy • odor possible • may need to experiment to determine right fill quantity
Down Alternative "Gel" 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 "gel" pillow reviews & ratings based on over 4,238 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 1,305 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
Read detailed feather pillow reviews & ratings based on 1,731 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 4,563 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 5,622 actual owner experiences.
Pros: Often inexpensive • potentially suited for all sleep positions • easy to care for • few initial odor reports
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 2,609 actual owner experiences.
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