If you’re a side sleeper looking for a comfortable pillow, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested virtually all of the popular pillows out there so you don’t have to, and now we’ve made this list to share our educated opinions with you. And speaking of our list, here’s a sneak peak at the best pillows for side sleepers:
Don’t worry, no one paid us to have control over this list or the pillows that we’ve selected. Everything we write comes from the opinions of our experienced editors and team members who test out all types of bedding products on a day-to-day basis.
One thing that we want to emphasize is that we all have different body types, there is going to be a great deal of variability in terms of which pillow is best for you. For certain side sleepers, the 5-7″ uncompressed loft is correct, but other more petite individuals might prefer the 3-5″ range. Unfortunately, this will likely mean a trial-and-error process for you.
Another thing worth mentioning is that almost all pillows will soften and compress over time. Regardless of whether you get a foam pillow or down pillow, or something in between, it will become softer and less lofty as you use it. The only exception to this rule might be latex pillows or some of the pillows that use a unique gel-like material. As such, you should consider replacing your pillows ever 18-24 months.
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|The Leesa Premium Foam Pillow is a comfortable and quality neutral-foam pillow that accommodates side sleepers under 250 lbs the best|
|Check Best Price||This pillow uses Talalay latex and the brand’s game-changing Hyper-Elastic Polymer to achieve a feel that’s soft, comfortable, and ultra bouncy. Available in two sizes, we think it suits side sleepers of all body types.|
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|The Layla Pillow feels airy and light, yet denser than your standard down feather pillow. The loft is also adjustable, so side sleepers can modify the pillow to fit their specific preferences.|
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|Check Best Price||The Original Casper Pillow reminds us of a luxurious down pillow, minus the luxury price tag. It has a pillow-in-pillow design for comfort and support, plus it’s the most affordable on our list.|
|Check Best Price||The T&N Pillow is breathable and provides fluffy comfort and ample support for side sleepers. If you just want a comfortable foam pillow, we think you'll love the one from Tuft & Needle.|
The best kind of pillow for side sleepers is something lofty (tall) and of course, accommodating. A pillow that’s too think can lead to a kinked neck or sore shoulder due to a lack of support, so side sleepers want something lofty enough to keep their spines in neutral alignment.
Essentially, you should be able to draw a straight line from your nose down to your belly button. If not, it may be time for a more suitable pillow. Below, we reveal the ones that we think work best for those who sleep predominately on their side. You can visit our Pillow Reviews page to see all of our guides, and read about other pillows that may work for you.
Leesa is one of the most popular bed-in-a-box brands on the internet due to their generally comfortable and accommodating mattress. The Premium Foam Pillow follows that same sentiment in that it’s so comfortable, most people won’t have any objections to it.
This pillow is made with one big slab of high-quality aerated polyurethane foam (mattress jargon for neutral-foam), which is really comfortable and more breathable than your standard poly foam (thanks to those little air pockets inside).
The cover is similar to the one on Leesa’s mattress if you’re familiar with it, and luckily, it’s machine washable.
Lessa’s Premium Foam pillow feels soft, light, and responsive. Accordingly, if you’re somebody who hates the viscous feel of memory foam, you’ll probably really enjoy this pillow. It’s supportive and supple, without making your head feel like it’s sinking into the material.
It’s not the most lofty pillow we’ve ever seen, so we’d mostly recommend it to petite and average side sleepers. Heavy side sleepers, though, might want to consider a pillow with a little bit more loft/support.
Leesa’s Premium Foam pillow is available in two sizes; the standard is about $80 without discount, and the king size retails for about $100. Compared to other prices on this list, we think the Leesa Pillow is pretty affordable. Budget shoppers, though, might want to check out the Original Casper Pillow.
Tired of sleeping with your standard foam or down feather pillow? If so, you might want to consider the Purple Harmony Pillow. It has a completely original feel thanks to the “360 Purple Grid Hex” that utilizes the brand’s unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer material.
Essentially, the main material is like a grid of gel-like hexagons that are soft, supportive, and really bouncy. We always say that it reminds us of a shoe gel-insole. It may sound strange if you’ve never felt it, but they’ve made a name for themselves as one of the most popular online bedding brands because of the stuff.
The hexagons allow for a bunch of tiny air pockets, while the machine washable mesh cover promotes even more airflow throughout it. This is one of the reasons why we’ve deemed it one of the coolest sleeping pillows we’ve tested here.
The core of the pillow, however, is made from bouncy, aerated Talalay latex. Both the latex and Purple Grid Hex are hypoallergenic, which is ideal for those who suffer from allergies.
It comes in two different sizes; standard which is 6.5” in loft (height), and tall which is 7.5” in loft. They’re each the same price, and will usually cost about $160. So the Purple Harmony Pillow is definitely one of the pricier additions on this list, but we think it’s a really luxurious pillow and perfect for side sleepers looking to shake up their go-to bedding.
If you’re a petite or average sized side sleeper, we recommend the 6.5” model. If you’re over ~240 lbs, however, you may want to consider their tall model.
Layla’s pillow is lightweight and reminds us of a blend between memory foam and down feathers. We say this because the fill is made with Kapok fiber and little shreds of memory foam, which makes it feel airy and light, but denser and loftier than pillows that are made with down feathers.
The cover is soft-to-the-touch, machine washable, and copper-infused to help draw heat away from your body. This technology is helpful for individuals who sleep warm. It’s not as cool sleeping as the Purple Harmony Pillow, but it can help keep individuals from feeling too hot at night.
It’s a pretty lofty pillow at around 8” tall uncompressed, but we think it works really well for side sleepers of almost all body types, from petite to those with a heavier build. If you want to make it a little thinner, you actually have the option to do so.
This pillow has an adjustable loft feature, which is one of our favorite features of this pillow. For those of you who prefer a little less loft, like petite side sleepers, the Layla pillow comes with a zipper so you can remove material to make it more accommodating for you.
This pillow comes in a queen size and a king size, and will cost about $100 or around $120 depending on the one you decide on.
The Original Casper Pillow is perfect for people who like the feel of traditional down pillows, but don’t love the number in their bank account after buying one. Rather than goose/duck feathers, this pillow is filled with polyester microfiber that’s individually blown into the cover, and encased in a 100% cotton cover.
This makes the Original Casper Pillow feel super fluffy and soft, but slightly denser than their Down Pillow. Rest assured, though, this pillow doesn’t go flat due to its “pillow-in-pillow” design. The inner pillow offers a solid amount of support, while the outer pillow provides the down-like comfort. All it needs is a good fluff before bed, and it’s ready to go.
It’s about 5-6” in loft which we think is enough for most side sleepers, but we might not recommend this pillow to heavy side sleepers who need a real lofty pillow. Side sleepers need something soft and lofty, but those over ~240 lbs also need more loft and support to keep their spine and neck in proper alignment. In that case, we’d recommend Layla or Purple Harmony.
The entire pillow is machine washable, which makes cleaning super easy to do. Just separate the inner pillow from the outer one, and make sure it’s zipped back up before you throw them both in the wash. Due to this feature, we think it could be a good pillow for messy kids or those who want to give their pillow a deep clean.
These pillows are available in standard and king sizes. The standard model sells for about $65, while the king pillow retails for about $85. They may not be your average Target pillow prices, but they’re definitely the most affordable pillows on this list and best for those looking to save a little extra money.
The T&N Pillow is available in two different sizes: standard and king. But even though they’re both supportive and hefty pillows, they feel softer than you’d think.
The entire thing is made out of aerated T&N Adaptive foam which is soft and fluffy, but it also has the contouring support of memory foam with the bounce of latex foam. Overall, it’s a really comfortable and responsive pillow.
The cover is made with micro polyamide and polyester, meaning it’s breathable and really soft. It also has mesh panels on the sides to allow for increased airflow.
Compared to the other pillows on this list, it’s pretty moderately priced. It’s not the most expensive, but it’s not as affordable as the Original Casper Pillow. The price depends on whether you go with the queen size or king size. The queen will cost you about $75 and the king is around $100. Though, you may be able to get it for cheaper if you manage to purchase during one of their promos.