We have posted dozens upon dozens of mattress reviews, but your pillow is seriously important to getting a good night’s sleep as well. In fact, switching out your pillow might be the first step you take in overhauling your sleeping game. It’s obviously far more affordable than a new bed and it still affects things like your posture, neck position, temperature regulation and more. This page is our repository of the various pillow reviews that we’ve posted to date. We are, however, constantly getting new pillows and posting new reviews, so if the pillow you’re interested in isn’t on this list, feel free to email us and we’ll try to prioritize it.
Pillows for Side Sleepers
You probably knew this, but not all pillows are created equal. And that’s especially true for different sleeping positions. Side sleepers will tend to prefer a pillow with a decent amount of loft. You’re probably looking for something in 2-4” range when compressed. Any taller or thinner and you’ll likely get neck pain. You really want to keep your neck in proper alignment with your spine.
Pillows for Back Sleepers
Similar to side sleepers, back sleepers can usually get away with a pillow that has a bit more loft to it. You’ll probably be looking for something in the 1-4” range when compressed. Even better is a mattress that’s specifically designed to keep the natural C curvature of your neck. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re sleeping on your back, you want to face upward, not forward.
Stomach Sleeper Pillows
If you’re a strict stomach sleeper, you’re probably more fickle when it comes to a pillow. You really want something with minimal loft (0.5 - 2.5” compressed). Stomach sleep is already not ideal for spinal alignment and you don’t want to make it worse with a pillow that has a lot of loft.
Different Pillow Materials
The loft is clearly important with a pillow, but the material make is key as well. However, this has more to do with preference than anything. Some pillows are foam slabs, down, foam shreds, etc. Foam slabs tend to be slightly less adjustable since you’re dealing with a chuck of material. Foam shreds and down tend to allow for maximum pressure dispersal because the material can be compressed but also shifted side to side. Again, this all comes down to personal preference, but you may consider trying a few types of pillows before making a final decision.
This is a relatively new category, but we’re seeing more and more pillows that incorporate materials to active cool you down. For example, the Sealy Chill Pillow and Leesa Hybrid Pillow both have a gel slab that is cool-to-the-touch and will indeed cool you down. Other pillows though, like the Helix Cool Pillow and Bear Pillow use a special textile in the fabric of their respective covers to cool you down. All this is to say that if you sleep especially warm at night, you may consider a cooling pillow.