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The 5 Best Shredded Memory Foam Pillows

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Whether you get hot and sweaty at night, are prone to neck stiffness, or simply like a little added comfort, investing in a shredded memory foam pillow is a great way to round out your bed setup. The best shredded memory foam pillows have a zippered opening on one side so you can adjust the amount of filling and get just the right level of loft for your needs.

When shopping around, one big factor to keep in mind is your budget. There’s a big variation in price when it comes to different shredded memory foam pillows — usually, the cheaper the pillow, the less perks it will have. It’s possible to find a quality pillow for under $50 or even under $30, but it may not have adjustable filling. Some additional features you might get at the higher price point include an extra bag of memory foam to make your pillow firmer and a gusseted design for better loft.

You’ll also want to think about whether you tend to sleep hot. Shredded memory foam already allows for better air circulation than solid memory foam, helping your pillow stay cooler. But if you’re an especially hot sleeper, consider an option that also features cooling gel for additional temperature regulation. As for the pillowcase, keep in mind that cotton is known for being breathable and soft, but polyester is better at wicking away sweat to help keep you dry.

Finally, if you want to make sure your pillow is made with the highest quality materials, look for certifications from third-party programs like CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD.

With these qualities in mind, check out this list I've made of the best shredded memory foam pillows. I've included choices in a variety of materials and styles.

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The Editor’s Pick

This Coop Home Goods shredded memory foam pillow provides an excellent combination of softness and support. The double-layer cover is made with breathable polyester on the inside and a silky rayon blend on the outside for softness. The filling is a cushy mix of memory foam and microfiber that’s GREENGUARD Gold and CertiPUR-US certified, which means it adheres to stringent safety standards. And, like the other options on this list, the filling can be customized to your sleep preferences — remove some for a slimmer pillow, or add the included half pound of extra filling for maximum firmness. Not only is the cover removable, but the entire pillow can be machine-washed, too (though the brand recommends only washing the pillow itself once per year).

One Bustle editor’s take: “Making the switch to these pillows is easily one of the best things I’ve done for my sleep routine. I love the fact that the filling is adjustable, and the cover is so soft I’m often tempted to use it without a pillowcase. I sleep so much better with these (and wake up less stiff!)” — Danielle Kraese

Available sizes: Queen, King

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The Budget-Friendly Option

If you’re looking to stick to a budget, you can’t go wrong with this two-pack of shredded memory foam pillows from Linenspa. Even with the modest price tag, they’re still made with high-quality, CertiPUR-US certified memory foam that can be shaped to fit your head and neck comfortably. It’s made with a polyester cover that resists wrinkles and fading. Though, one downside: Unlike some of the pricier options on this list, this pillow doesn’t let you customize the amount of filling.

One reviewer wrote: “These are great! They are slightly smaller than a standard size pillow, -which i like. I think theyre just right. Also theyre soft and they left room for the shredded foam to move around a little., which i also like. Ive bought other similar pillows that were overstuffed, which makes it too firm in my opinion. These are perfect. My neck loves them! A great pillows for a great price!”

Available sizes: Standard, Queen, King

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The Best Splurge

If you’re really ready to invest in better sleep, look no further than this luxurious, adjustable pillow from LUXOME. Made with a soft bamboo cover that boasts a gusseted design, it includes three distinct inserts: one filled with down alternative, one that’s a mix of down alternative and memory foam, and one that’s gel-infused shredded memory foam. The three inserts can be used in any combination to create the perfect amount of support, and each one has adjustable loft too for even more customization. On top of that, the memory foam is CertiPUR-US-certified so you can rest assured that it’s high quality stuff.

One reviewer wrote: “BEST. PILLOW. EVER!!!! [...] This pillow is amazing!! Being able to customize it to the perfect level of comfort makes it worth every penny!!”

Available sizes: Queen, King

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The Best Cooling Pillow

These clever cooling bed pillows are made specifically for hot sleepers. They have a two-sided design — one of which offers the chilling features — with CertiPUR-US-certified gel memory foam that can be adjusted to your perfect level of firmness. The cover is a cozy blend of bamboo and polyester that one fan called “super soft,” and it’s machine-washable, too (though the pillow itself is not). Snag them as single pillows or in a pack of two.

One reviewer wrote: “Great buy. Will definitely order again when needed. The pillows are truly cool to the touch and stay cool. The shredded memory foam is my favorite, since it provides the best balance between a soft and firm pillow.”

Available sizes: Queen, King

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The Best Body Pillow

Perfect for side and back sleepers, this memory foam body pillow will envelope you in head-to-toe comfort. It’s filled with plush, shredded memory foam that gives you full-body support and doesn’t go flat, according to reviewers. It features a cooling gel topper for added comfort, and it has a removable cover that can be machine washed. It’s easy to see why this pillow has earned hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.

One reviewer wrote: “This pillow comes compressed, has to be fluffed into shape. But, as described, it’s plush, keeps cool so it doesn’t cause any sweating. It is heavier than expected but keeps it’s shape and gives the support I need for back, hip and knees. Overall great experience so far, worth the purchase.”

Available sizes: One size (54 x 20 inches)