With getting quality sleep being such an important factor in living a healthy life, bedding is constantly reinvented and improved. Still, knowing what products work best for your needs is a challenge. Especially, when it comes to pillows.
New pillows come out every year. So, what is the best and newest pillow out there? Unlike the ‘80’s traditional pillow, pillows now come in different shapes, thicknesses, materials, and firmness levels. We have become more educated in sleep patterns and what comforts we need to enhance our rest at night.
Here at Savvy Sleeper, we hope to be a resourceful guide on the best quality bedding available. So, without further ado, here is all you need to know about what types of pillows are available and our top pillow suggestions.
Best Pillows of 2020
Below you’ll find our 10 Best Pillows of 2020. We will go into depth to give you greater insight into these pillows. We will also talk about the different pillow filling technologies that are available.
If you’re looking for a review on a particular pillow, fill free to skip to that section.
|Pillow||Highlight||Warranty & Sleep Trial||Price (Queen sizes)|
|Amerisleep's Comfort Classic||CertiPUR-US® certified, with a highly breathable open-cell structure and made in the USA||7-day return policy|
|Coop Home Original||Shredded memory foam conforms to your head and rated as being a very comfortable pillow||5-year warranty|
100-day sleep trial
|DreamNorth Premium Gel||Allergen-free and dirt resistant||90-day manufacturer warranty|
|Continental Bedding||Unmatched softness and hypoallergenic||6-month warranty|
|Purple||Give optimal neck support and designed to keep you cool at night||1-year warranty|
|Hullo||Environmentally friendly and provides firm support, while conforming to your head and neck||No confirmed warranty|
|Dreamwave Ultra Slim||Very slim pillow that is a great addition to every stomach, back, and side sleepers bedroom||3-year warranty|
100-day sleep trial
|Beckham Hotel Collection||Super plush gel material that is dust mite and mildew resistant||30-day return|
1. Amerisleep’s Comfort Classic Pillow
When looking for a proper pillow, it’s important to consider comfort as well as support. Some pillows will feel comfortable but won’t provide the support necessary throughout the night. This can lead to a sore neck, a misaligned spine, tossing and turning, and more.
The general rule of thumb: side sleepers prefer a thicker, firmer pillow. This allows their head to be properly supported and their spine to be straight. Back and stomach sleepers prefer a thinner, softer pillow. This allows stomach and back sleepers to keep their spine straight. If they had a thicker or firmer pillow, it would push their head up, bending their neck, resulting in discomfort.
But what if you are not just one kind of sleeper? Most people are combination sleepers or, at the very least, start in one position as they fall asleep and end up in another. This is why we like Amerisleep’s Comfort Classic Pillow. By making a pillow with highly-respsonvie, open-cell memory foam, Amerisleep designed a pillow that adapts to your sleeping position throughout the night.
2. Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow
This gel fiber pillow has resistance to mildew, mold, and dust mites. They are also chemical and allergen free. It’s fantastic for those with respiratory issues. Buckham’s super plush material has a no shift construction. This means the pillow will not slip out from under you. They also guarantee their pillow will not stain or fade over time.
3. Coop Home Goods: The Original
Shredded memory foam fills this pillow. The material provides the sleeper with the right balance in supporting the head and neck and comfort for your sleeping style. One thing to keep in mind is the pillow filling is CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD GOLD certified. This means this pillow is made without harmful chemicals.
The case the pillow comes with is breathable and removable. This will help you keep your pillow clean.
4. DreamNorth Premium Gel Pillow Loft
This premium gel pillow is allergen-free and dirt resistant. Dust mites, mold, and mildew will not be able to get into this pillow. Customers say it’s so comfortable it’s like laying your head on a cloud. This ultra-soft pillow is meant to maximize the comfort of your sleep.
5. Continental Bedding 100% Premium White Goose Down Luxury
When you think of luxury pillows, Goose down pillows likely come to mind. Continental Bedding took one of the most coveted fills for bedding and put it into a well-crafted casing. This pillow is the perfect height for back, stomach, and side sleeper. Clean goose down clusters that are tightly packed into the casing, make this pillow hypoallergenic.
Purple made a name for itself for their funny commercials which challenged the mattress industry and for their unique hyper-elastic polymer or “purple” material. This material is designed to take the pressure off of you. Purple makes two pillows: the Purple® Plush Pillow and the original Purple® pillow. We are recommending you consider the Purple® pillow which features the same unique technology found in their mattresses.
The point of the Purple® pillow is to support your head and neck without losing its shape. What’s more, Purple’s use of their Smart Comfort Grid in this promotes for air flow, which dissipates body heat and leads to a cool nights rest.
Buckwheat pillows are a fantastic option if you’re looking for a truly natural and organic pillow. The Hullo pillow allows you to adjust the pillow to your needs. Need it thicker? Add more buckwheat fill. Need it thinner? Remove buckwheat fill.
Buckwheat hulls firmly support the head and neck in a way that surpasses traditional pillow fillings, such as down or foam. The buckwheat husks allow air to flow through them, which prevents heat build up. For those of you who are looking for a natural filling in your pillow, this pillow is a good option.
8. Bluewave Ultra Slim Gel Infused Memory Foam
This pillow stands only 2.5 to 2.75 inches tall. But don’t let its appearance fool you. It’s designed to be the best pillow for stomach and back sleepers. How did they do this? By making one side flat and the other rounded, they personalized the two twos of the pillow to ensure the neck and head are always supported.
Temperature regulated gel infused memory foam stops you from sleeping hot. Bluewave also added ventilation holes to increase air flow through the pillow.
Types of Pillows Fillings
Pillows filled with this stuffing are comfortably soft, while still providing a good amount of support. Coming from the backs and wings of geese and ducks, these pillows contain small and curled feathers work to keep its shape and structure after extended use. This type of pillow tends to be on the firmer side. Due to the insulating nature of the feathers, there is an increased risk of feather pillows sleeping hot. This pillow may not work if you don’t want to have to fluff your pillow throughout the night or if you are concerned about allergies.
True down is from the undercoating of a bird. Located under the feathers near the skin in the chest region of geese, ducks, and swans these soft fibers, a make a lightweight pillow. More cushy than firm.
The nature of this natural fiber makes this pillow hard to clean and, like feathers, increase the risk of allergy concerns. Down pillows will also need fluffing as it tends to fall flat.
If you want something a little more cost effective and easily managed, consider Synthetic Down. In this pillow, fluffy polyester mimics true down pillows. Making it a better choice for those with allergies. It’s also better on the budget and much easier to keep clean.
Be sure to keep a look out for the true down to feature ratio in this pillow. To drive down the price, many manufacturers add features. This means a true down pillow can be very pricey.
Memory foam pillows revolutionized the pillow industry in how they material contoured to the sleeper’s head. They can bounce back with varying speeds and come in various shapes. Memory foam holds a constant shape. There is no need for fluffing and there are no issues with the pillow lumping. This material is durable, meant to last for years. It’s fantastic for relieving back and neck pain and addressing other sleep issues.
The downsides are that this pillow can smell of the chemicals it’s made from. This pillow is also way too firm for those who sleep on their stomachs.
If you’re a traveler, you probably familiar with this type of pillow filling. Microbeads are typically in travel neck pillows. The pillow is on the firm side but the beads to have a squishy-slippery feel to them.
This pillow is very supportive and, like memory foam, molds to the curves of your neck and head. The beads allow air to flow through the pillow.
For those who are looking for environmentally friendly options, you should know that there are tons of pillows that are available to you. The following pillows are some of the more common natural fiber pillows.
Buckwheat pillows have been in use in Asia for generations. They’re filled with husks of buckwheat seeds. Although it may not seem like the most ideal choice for bedding, it does have many qualities that modern bedding possesses. Husks provide breathability. They are hypoallergenic and they conform to your head and neck. This is important to achieve an aligned spine during sleep.
On the flip side, the seed husks are noisy from rubbing together. This will also mean the pillow will ‘crunch’ when you lay down on it. The buckwheat pillow is too hard for stomach sleepers and is much heavier than other pillows.
Kapok Fiber is another option for those looking for natural fibers in their pillows. Kapok is a fluffy material that comes from the inside of a seed pod from the Ceiba tree. Kapok is hypoallergenic and mold and mildew resistant.
For those of you who love the feel of down, this is a great replacement due to its buoyant nature. Although, just with all natural fibers, this filling needs fluffing. This filling is on the more costly side.
Cotton bedding is practical. When thinking of cotton bedding, we usually think of the cotton pillowcase that keeps the filling inside or of bed sheets. Even though this option isn’t the most popular, it still has beneficial qualities. Cotton filling is mostly good for those with allergies. It is firmer than down. SO, this option would be best for side and back sleepers.
On the other hand, cotton needs cleaning on a frequent schedule. It will get lumpy eventually and does not do a good job of supporting your head and neck while you sleep.
Gel fillings keep the pillow cool as a sleeper sleeps all night long. The filling keeps the pillow from flattening out; however, it can mold into any shape the sleeper finds will give them more comfort. This pillow is another one you can count among the hypoallergenic. Gel is often combined with other fillings such as memory foam to give a sleeper more stability.
This pillow is not a good fit for all sleepers. It is best for side or back sleepers.
For Further Reading:
Now that you have a general idea of what you are looking for in a pillow, you can make an informed decision and hopefully start sleeping better sooner rather than later. If interested in other sleep health topics, we have dozens of other articles, including an article on finding the best mattress protector and an article on finding the best mattress for you.