Who Is This Best For?

Back, side and combo sleepers

Folks who like down/feather pillows

Consumers who seek long-term protection (3 year warranty)

Travelers (comes with carrying case and handle)

Who Won’t Love It?

Especially hot sleepers

Primary stomach sleepers

Memory foam fans

Budget shoppers

Malouf Company Policies

The Malouf Z Triple Layer Down Pillow is available to purchase on the company’s website or via Amazon. You’ll most likely want to purchase the pillow through Amazon though considering the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

If you go through Amazon, the Z Pillow will ship for free like pretty much all the other pillows we’ve reviewed.

However, unlike a lot of the other pillows we’ve reviewed, the Z pillow does not come with any sort of trial period. Instead, you’ll have to rely on Amazon’s return policy. Amazon typically gives you 30 days from the date of purchase so essentially that will serve as your sleep trial.

The Z Pillow also comes with a three year warranty, which is actually pretty good compared to bedding industry standards. We’ve found that most online pillows typically come with a one year warranty, such as the Lull Pillow.

Z Down Pillow Price

The Z Triple Layer Down Pillow is on the expensive side. There’s really no getting around it. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.


However, those are just the MSRP prices. You can often find the pillow much cheaper on Amazon. For example, we’ve seen the queen size for about $130 before.

If you’re looking for a more affordable pillow, you might want to check out our Sealy Chill or Bear Pillow reviews.


The Z Down Pillow is comprised of three layers. The top and bottom layers are made of 90% down and 10% feathers. The middle layer flips the mix though – it’s made of 90% feathers and 10% down.

For those of you who don’t know, down clusters are the fibers that are found closest to the bird’s skin. Down clusters tend to be more durable and responsive than feathers. The incremental responsiveness is what helps give the pillow its loft. However, down clusters are more expensive than feathers, which is a big reason why you see a lot of blended mixes out there.

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Nice blend of down and feathers in this pillow

Feathers have a little structure to them (the quill) and feel crisp but over time the quills start to align and tend to flatten out. You’ve probably experienced this at some point in your life, whether it was in a hotel, at band camp or in your grandma’s guest bedroom. The pillow seems super fluffy at first but over the course of the night, it starts to flatten out and you find yourself fluffing it the middle of the night when you go to switch positions.

Wrapping the three layers is a 100% unbleached, undyed cotton cover. The cover is non-removable but it does come with a convenient carrying pouch and handle in case you want to take the pillow on your next vacation or business trip.

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Comes with travel tote/case

In terms of care, it’s recommended you do not machine wash this pillow. Instead, if it gets dirty, you should just spot clean the cover with a mild detergent. Once you spot clean it, you can however, put it in the dryer on a low heat setting.


As you might imagine given the construction, the pillow has a traditional soft, down feel to it. It’s extremely fluffy and comfortable. Also, given the top and bottom layers are comprised mostly of down, we found that the pillow holds its shape longer than most feather or feather/down mix pillows we’ve tested.

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The Malouf Z Down pillow holds its shape surprisingly well

Plus, the top layer (thanks to the 90% down) pops back to position in a few seconds after pressure is released. It’s not immediate but we’d say it’s sort of similar to memory foam in terms of responsiveness.

However, with that said, you will find that the pillow flattens out a bit during the night. In other words, you’ll most likely find yourself re-fluffing or folding the pillow over when you wake up or go to switch positions.

Temperature Regulation

As we stated above, the cover on the pillow is made of cotton. It does not contain any special cooling textiles or materials in it. As such, we think this pillow sleeps temperature neutral. It won’t actively cool your head down but it also won’t be the reason why you warm up.

If you’re looking for a cooling pillow, you might want to check out the Leesa Hybrid Pillow.

Who Is The Z Down Pillow Best For?

Pillows are more important than most people realize. They can make a big difference in how well you sleep. However, with that said, it’s tough to find the right one. There’s no single pillow out there that is best for everyone considering we’re all different shapes, sizes and weights.

The Z Down Pillow is considered a non-adjustable pillow. In other words, you can’t add or remove down/feathers to the pillow to increase/decrease loft or firmness. In it’s uncompressed state, the Z Pillow has about a 7-7.5″ loft. When compressed by your head though, the pillow drops to about a 3.5-4.5″ loft depending on the weight of your noggin.

As such, we see this pillow being best for back, side and combo sleepers. These types of sleepers generally prefer pillows with moderate loft (3-5″).

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Excellent option for side sleepers

On the other hand, stomach sleepers won’t find the pillow ideal. These types of sleepers generally require a pillow with a low loft so their neck is not kinked while sleeping.

However, keep in mind this is a feather mixed pillow, meaning it will compress and flatten more over time. As such, as time passes, stomach sleepers may find that the pillow becomes a more viable option.

Malouf Z Pillow Review Verdict

All in all, we really like the Z Down Pillow. If you’re into down/feather pillows, it’s tough to argue against it. It’s soft and fluffy yet it also holds its shape pretty well considering its composition. Really, the only downside we see with the pillow is its high price tag.

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The Review Team

  • Matt Ross

    Back Sleeper

  • Jeff Rizzo

    Jeff Rizzo

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie

    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

How did the Slumber Yard team get this pillow?

Malouf Sleep sent us this pillow for free in order to test it. However, we retain full editorial control over the content we publish.

How did Malouf source the materials for this pillow?

Malouf Sleep sources responsibly harvested down and feathers. In others words, the feathers and down are never plucked from live animals.

How expensive is this pillow?

It retails for right under $180, but we’ve noticed that price tends to be higher on the Malouf website than it is on Amazon.

How does shipping work?

Whether you purchase this pillow on the brand’s website or on Amazon, you’ll receive free shipping to your front door.

Can I return the Z Triple Layer Down Pillow if I don’t like it?

If you purchase from the brand’s website, you won’t be able to return the pillow. Though, if you purchase from Amazon, you’ll be given the site’s standard 30-day return policy.