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THE GOOD: Above average pain-relief potential • contouring support and adjustable loft / firmness • initial odor minimal.
THE BAD: Heavy when filled • durability / longevity questionable • determining fill quantity to suit one's preference can take time & experimentation • water leakage and noise possible but not common.
THE PILLOW: The pillow has a layer of polyester fiber supported by a five-quart capacity water base. The quantity of water inside can be adjusted to customize loft and firmness. Mediflow Inc. (in business since 1994) makes both Mediflow and Chiroflow pillows which appear to differ in name only.
THE COMPETITION: See how Mediflow compares to other pillow types in the pillow reviews summary.
The ratings below show how Mediflow / Chiroflow pillows overall compare to the average pillow as evaluated by consumers.
|Affordable||C||The Mediflow / Chiroflow pillow is often priced – including at Amazon – around $45.|
|Durability / longevity||c||The polyfiber part of the pillow may flatten or clump over time, and about 3% of owners report leaking. On the plus side, because the foundation of the pillow is water, it does not have the tendency to sag and compress over time as much as other pillow types.|
|Less pain||b+||The pillow performs above average in regard to pain relief. At least 30% of owners say they have less pain, especially neck pain, since using the pillow. The pillow has been shown in several credible studies to reduce pain and improve quality of sleep. Nevertheless, about 4% of owners say it causes pain for various reasons.|
|Supportive||b||Owners often praise the product for its support as well as how it maintains it. Also, the water inside immediately adjusts to maintain correct head/neck/back support as you move.|
|Moldable||d-||A "moldable" pillow is one whose shape can be easily altered or scrunched to increase comfort and support. The Mediflow / Chiroflow should not be considered moldable, especially when filled with a significant amount of water.|
|Cuddly||c-||A "cuddly" pillow is one that is soft and huggable, as opposed to hard, rigid, stiff and or heavy. Softer and lighter pillows than Mediflow / Chiroflow are more cuddly.|
|Reduces snoring||B+||The pillow's support potential tends to be effective at keeping a person's air passage open and thereby reducing snoring.|
|Contents won't shift / clump||c||The polyfiber contents may shift, clump, and hollow as the pillow ages.|
|Loft variety||b-||The pillow lets you adjust the loft somewhat by adding or removing water. Even with no water inside, the pillow still has considerable loft because of the polyfiber top layer. Excessive loft is reported by about 7% of owners.|
|Firmness variety||b-||Firmness can be adjusted to a moderate degree by adding or removing water. Even at full capacity, however, the pillow to most owners has no greater than medium firmness.|
|Back sleep friendly||b||Adjustable loft helps many back sleepers find proper support. Small people may find the pillow too thick.|
|Side sleep friendly||b+||Adjustable loft helps many side sleepers find proper support and loft. Small people may find the pillow too thick for side sleep.|
|Stomach sleep friendly||D+||Loft may be too high for many stomach sleepers, especially those with a soft mattress.|
|Short break in||C||About three night's use on average seem to be required to obtain normal comfort.|
|Small person friendly||C+||While acceptable for petite people, the pillow may be too lofty for some. The travel version may be better suited for smaller people.|
|Avg sized person friendly||B||The pillows are well suited in most cases for people 130-230 pounds.|
|Large person friendly||A-||The pillow is suited for most people 230+ pounds, including those with broad shoulders, due to its loft potential.|
|No initial odor||A-||No more than 2% of owners report an initial unpleasant smell.|
|No sleeping hot or cold||C+||About 5% of owners report the pillow acting as a heat trap. About 2% report the pillow sleeping too cold.|
|No noise||D+||About 8% of Mediflow / Chiroflow owners say that the pillow can be noisy if all air inside is not removed. The polyester inside may also make mild compression noise especially as the pillow ages.|
|Fewer allergies||b-||Water pillows are hypoallergenic. However, dust mites will find the polyester contents attractive.|
|Easy to use||d||Adding water and determining fill quantity to suit personal preference can take time and can be messy. Some owners report that removing or tightening the fill cap is difficult.|
|Easy to maintain||D+||The pillow can be washed and air dried, but some owners report damage occurring during washing. The water inside should be changed at least once a year.|
|Easy to lift, move, handle||f||Even with a small amount of water inside, the pillow is heavy. Filled just half way it weighs eight pounds. At least 7% of owners say weight is a disadvantage.|
|Stays in place||A||Due to the pillow being heavy (when filled with water), it stays in place on the bed and needs little if any adjustment during the night.|
Our ratings are based on over 2,400 Mediflow pillow owner / consumer reviews that were collected using an unbiased, accurate methodology.
– The main complaint for the pillow is weight because it can weigh over 10 pounds when completely filled. This can make picking up the pillow or moving its position difficult and even strenuous for some.
– A significant number of owners report that the pillow reduces their "sleeping hot" problems due to the presence of water. About 3% of owners, however, say the pillow sleeps too cold.
– While loft and firmness can be adjusted by adding or removing water from the pillow, at least 15% of owners report that this adjustability is limited in its usefulness.
– Determining how much water is needed inside to suit one's personal preference often requires at least some trial and error.
– Even at a low fill quantity, the pillow is often too thick for stomach sleepers.
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