Having Trouble Sleeping? It Could Be Your Pillow—Here Are 12 Solutions
Here are the 12 most common types of pillows to help you find the pillow of your dreams.
Not too long ago, choosing a pillow was pretty much a no-brainer. Fast forward to today and there’s a different type of pillow for every purpose, occasion, and season.
Pregnant and unable to find a comfortable position no matter how hard you try? There’s a pillow for that. Trying to get some rest on a red eye? Totally covered. Need a pillow that cools you down while you sleep? So many options. And all this before you start talking about the different types of pillow materials you can choose from.
To help you navigate the wide world of pillows—and to hopefully help you find one that’ll ensure better nights of sleep ahead—we’ve outlined 12 different types of pillows for you to choose from. Here’s to catching more zzzs.
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A growing number of pillows are being crafted from hypoallergenic materials to help reduce existing allergy symptoms while also eliminating exposure to dust mites. The Claritin Ultimate Allergen Barrier White Down ClearLoft Cotton pillow is made with hypoallergenic white down fill and a comfortable, breathable cover that prevents dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens from getting inside and affecting your sleep.
To buy: $89; bedbathandbeyond.com.
People who crave exceptionally soft pillows will enjoy a good night’s sleep on one that’s stuffed with feathers, down, or a combination of both. Down is the softer, lighter feather that is used as the main fill, while larger feathers provide some structure. Try Blue Ridge Home Fashions Down Feather Bed Pillow, which features gusseted sides to help maintain pillow shape, a quilted cotton cover, and a mixture of goose feather and down.
To buy: 2 for $43; target.com.
Latex is a preferred type of pillow material for those seeking supportive, firm structure. The material itself is derived from the rubber tree and is also hypoallergenic. Brooklyn Bedding's Talalay Latex Pillow is available in both a low and high loft, depending on your needs. If you’re a side sleeper, then the high loft will suit you best. Those who sleep on their back or stomach will likely get better sleep on a low loft option.
To buy: $89; brooklynbedding.com.
If you prefer firm support but don’t want to sacrifice too much softness, memory foam pillows are for you. This type of pillow conforms to your head, neck, and shoulders in a way that gently envelops you without feeling too rigid. Memory foam is especially great for those with neck and shoulder tension and pain. Try Perfect Cloud’s Double Airflow Memory Foam Pillow, which is crafted from air-infused memory foam that helps ventilate while providing support.
To buy: $50, perfectcloudmattress.com.
A shredded foam pillow is ideal for those who find that traditional memory foam pillows are too rigid. The shredded pieces make for a softer overall effect and also allow you to manipulate the shape of the pillow itself, while still getting the support of foam. This Shredded Foam Pillow from Brooklyn Bridge is made with cooling gel-infused shredded foam and a moisture-wicking, anti-microbial cover.
To buy: $44; brooklynbedding.com.
Tempur-Pedic is actually a bedding brand versus a specific type of pillow. The company is known for its “tempur” material (viscoelastic foam) and is considered a pioneer in the world of memory foam. Each of the pillows sold by Tempur-Pedic features cooling fabric with moisture-wicking fibers to keep you cool throughout the night, as well as the brand’s signature heavy and firm viscoelastic memory foam. They’re also equipped with removable covers for easy pillow cleaning.
To buy: $84; amazon.com.
Microbead pillows are for those who prefer super soft cushioning. As the name denotes, they're stuffed with thousands of soft, tiny beads that conform easily to your head, neck, and shoulders. They’re also highly breathable. Try the Remedy Cumulus Microbead Fiber Standard Pillow, a plush pillow filled with temperature-regulating microbeads.
To buy: $32; wayfair.com.
Cooling pillows are arguably one of the best inventions of all time (you can try to fight us on that one). They do exactly what their name implies, sometimes via a cooling gel material and other times with breathable fabrics that help regulate body temperature. Nest’s The Cool Pillow combines both technologies as well as shredded gel foam fill that makes the pillow feel cool to the touch.
To buy: $129; nestbedding.com.
Getting some shut-eye on an airplane, bus, or long car ride may feel impossible without a handy travel pillow. Travel pillows are often small in size (some are even inflatable) since they need to be lugged around, but they can still provide much-needed comfort on long hauls and red eyes. You’ll often see U-shaped options at the airport, though a number of travel pillow styles exist. The unique Huzi Infinity Pillow wraps around your neck in multiple ways so you can find your most comfortable cushion and neck support.
To buy: $40; amazon.com.
It may look strange, but the wedge pillow is a hero for all sorts of problems. Because it elevates your head (some do this more than others), a wedge pillow can alleviate snoring, GERD, heartburn, acid reflux, sleep apnea, and offer lower lumbar support while sitting in bed before going to sleep. Some wedge pillows are inflatable, though most are made from foam to provide comfort and structure. Try Brookstone’s 4-in-1 Bed Wedge Pillow, which allows you to adjust the height depending on your needs.
To buy: $99; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Pregnancy pillows come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, but they all help provide much-needed comfort during those otherwise uncomfortable nights throughout your pregnancy. Restorology’s 60-Inch Full Body Pregnancy Pillow is a C-shaped pillow that’s strategically designed to reduce pressure on the lower back while also allowing room for a growing bump.
To buy: $34; amazon.com.
If you’re not pregnant but still searching for a pillow that helps relieve tension across your body, a full-length body pillow is the way to go. These also come in a few different shapes, but the most common is a simple tubular design that’s around five feet long. The Wamsutta Dream Zone Luxury Quilted Body Pillow is filled with a mixture of down and feather, wrapped in a 500-count cotton sateen quilted cover.
To buy: $60, bedbathandbeyond.com.