iComfort Gel-Infused Memory Foam Contour Pillow A wondrous supportive wedge of memory foam that contours brilliantly without leaving your head sweaty (as some memory foams can). Dust mite-resistant and antimicrobial. Suits side and back sleepers.
CleanRest Allergy-Blocking Designed to protect completely against dust mites, bedbugs, and toxins. Note: Some pillows in this category make a “crunchy” noise, due to the polyester cover, but this one is quiet, as well as comfortable. Suits side and back sleepers.
Height: Comfort and neck support are less about firmness than about height, says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a sleep specialist in Virginia. “Side sleepers need a high pillow to fill the space between shoulder and ear,” he says. Back sleepers should use a low one so as not to kink the neck and restrict airflow, and stomach sleepers need a flat pillow (or no pillow). Since body weight influences a pillow’s functional height, sticklers should shop in person.
Fill: What’s the difference between down and feathers? Down is the soft stuff closest to the skin of the bird. It holds more air than feathers do, so it’s loftier and more luxurious. If you’re prone to allergies, you should avoid both materials, because they can attract and hold dust. Instead, opt for synthetic down.