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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 firm||mostly
* Based only on the top-rated pillows of their type.
** Select models only.
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.
See comparisons for top-rated full-body, wedge, and neck (travel) pillows based on over 19,000+ consumer experiences.
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 3,130 actual owner experiences.
Pros: Generally soft • affordable • 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 6,540 actual
Pros: More soft than firm • cuddly • scrunchable • lightweight • durable • quiet.
Cons: Can lack adequate loft and support • initial odor possible • often pricey • may need to be fluffed / shaken regularly • down may escape case.
Read detailed down pillow reviews
& ratings based on 947 actual owner experiences.
Pros: More soft than firm • often moldable and cuddly • fairly long-lasting and durable • often affordable.
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 940 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 4,263 actual owner experiences.
Pros: Often soft yet supportive • strongly conforming • 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 17,538 actual
Pros: Often inexpensive • potentially suited for all sleep positions • easy to care for • little if any initial odor.
Cons: Can be lumpy • contents may shift and develop hollow spots • fair longevity at best • not always silent.
Read detailed polyester pillow reviews & ratings based on 1,413 actual owner experiences.
Pros: Pain relief ability • contouring support • adjustable loft and firmness • few odor complaints.
Cons: Heavy when filled • possible noise issues • need to experiment to determine right water amount to suit individual preference • average durability / longevity.
Read detailed water pillow review & ratings based on 2,422 actual owner experiences.
Our research findings are based on over 56,000 pillow owner reviews and experiences collected mainly from online retailers Amazon, Overstock.com, Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Macy's.
Sample size refers to the number of owner experiences that our pillow ratings are based on. A sample of 50 or more owner experiences gathered is large enough for most pillows to provide findings with a maximum margin of sampling error of ±3 percentage points.
Data is usually not collected from pillows owners who say that they have slept on a particular pillow for less than one week as this is often not enough time to form an accurate opinion. In addition, outdated consumer experience data (data older than five years) is not often collected or is removed from our data set.
When collecting owner experience data from a retailer's website, such as Amazon, "verified reviews" are the only type of review from which data is gathered.
We do not evaluate all pillows available on the market. We evaluate only those that rate highest in owner satisfaction (usually a rating above 83%) based on a significant sample size. Pillows that do not meet this criteria do not appear in our research findings, and owner data on such pillows is not including in our ratings.
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