If you're less than comfortable when you lay your head down every night, your pillow might be getting in the way of quality sleep. A great pillow really can make a huge difference — but choosing one of the most comfortable pillows is a balance of personal preference and learning what works.
If it's been awhile since you've perused the pillow aisle, there are way more options now than ever before. Luckily, most are specially designed for your sleeping position. If you're a side sleeper, for example, you'll want to choose a pillow that fully supports the gap between your neck and the bed. A medium firm pillow with memory or shredded foam tends to be your best bet.
For back sleepers, you also need to think about head and neck alignment. The pillow shouldn't push your chin forward or let your head fall back. A contoured design gives your neck extra support since the pillows shape mimics the curve of your spine.
Stomach sleepers: We didn't forget about you. Often, tummy sleepers don't want an overstuffed marshmallow of a pillow — in fact, it's best to find a super flat or adjustable cushion. That way, you get a bit of extra padding without throwing your neck completely out of whack.
No matter which way you sleep, check these out and you'll definitely find the most comfortable pillow of your dreams.
1. The Pillow With A Cult Following On Amazon
Almost 14,000 people on Amazon are obsessed with this pillow. The shredded memory foam filling gently conforms to your body while keeping your neck supported — and you can even add or remove stuffing to get to your desired firmness. Hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant, this pillow will keep you breathing easy. One reviewer wrote: "I LOVE this pillow! It is the most comfortable pillow I have ever owned!"
2. Two Pillows That Are As Soft As Down But Completely Hypoallergenic
These pillows are overstuffed with 28 ounces of microfiber filling. Just as soft as down, but mite resistant and hypoallergenic. Good for all sleeping positions and made in the USA, these pillows are even safe to throw in the wash. One happy customer wrote: "Great price, both pillows are well packaged and the product itself is very comfortable. I definitely recommend it."
3. A Contoured Pillow That Keeps Your Neck Perfectly Supported
This contoured memory foam pillow is designed to keep your head and neck properly aligned, while the gel memory foam conforms to your body and keeps you cool. The soft, jersey pillow cover breathes beautifully, and the foam naturally keeps away mites, bacteria, and allergens. One pleased buyer wrote: "I haven’t been waking up with a stiff neck and sore shoulders like I use to. This pillow is firm and supportive, but with just enough give to make it very comfortable!"
4. A Unique Pillow That's Completely Adjustable & Perfect For Stomach Sleepers
Great for stomach sleepers, this pillow can be as flat or plump as you like. One case holds six separate pillows that you can stack to get your perfect configuration. The 300 thread count 100 percent cotton case feels super luxurious and the microfiber fill is hypoallergenic. One happy Amazoner wrote: "I highly recommend this product to anyone who has neck problems and is tired of spending a lot of money trying to find the right pillow(s) so they can sleep comfortably."
5. A Bamboo Pillow With A 20 Year Warranty
This pillow stays fluffed all day, every day. The shredded bamboo memory foam filling stays cool and never loses its volume, and the breathable micro-vented cover zips on and off so you can throw it in the wash, while the cover and filling are dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic. Plus, the company offers a 20 year warranty to guarantee you get good sleep for many nights to come. One enthusiastic reviewer wrote: "In the two months since I purchased the pillow, it's provided my tired head with that elusive sweet spot: firm and supportive, but with just enough give to make it comfortable."
6. A Pair Of Down Pillows That Are Soft As A Cloud
These pure down pillows feel like you're sleeping on a cloud. The 100 percent cotton covering is soft on your skin and thick enough that you'll never feel the poke of a feather. Easy to clean, just throw these into the wash to keep these at their fluffy best. One reviewer wrote: "These pillows are incredibly comfortable!...My bed is now "upgraded" and the most comfortable it has been in a long time!"
7. A Body Pillow That Snuggles You In Softness
Keep your body in comfortable alignment with this extra-long pillow. The pillow's 100 percent cotton cover blocks allergens and the long, soft shape holds your neck, hips, and knees in alignment for pain-free sleep. One enthusiastic reviewer wrote: "Excellent body pillows ! Fast shipping and great quality! Bought two for my house & loved them so much I bought 4 more for family!"
8. A Pillow That Stay The Perfect Temperature All Night Long
If you run hot and cold, this pillow has you covered. The memory foam pillow has one side for cold nights while the other side is covered in cooling gel for hot weather. The hypoallergenic knit cover is machine washable and the pillow's five inch height is perfect for nearly all sleepers. One happy sleeper wrote: "I was skeptical about this pillow, but I LOVE IT. The first night I used it I didn't have to flip it over once. The pillow stays cool long enough for me to be comfortable all night."
9. A Latex Pillow With Surprisingly Springy Support
Latex may sound like an odd material for a pillow, but it provides amazing support, bounce and comfort. Plus, this latex pillow is naturally antimicrobial, so it prohibits bacterial growth and odors. The soft but firm surface gently cradles your neck making it great for back sleepers. It comes with a washable, 100 percent cotton cover that's soft and breathable. One pleased Amazon customer wrote: "I've thrown away so many poly filled pillows that all did the same thing, get flat and/or lumpy. These are perfect."
10. A Pair That Won't Lose Their Fluffy Shape
Utopia Bedding Extra Lush Polyester Filled Pillows, $22 (2 Pack), Amazon
These super stuffed pillows use siliconized material to keep their puffy shape over time. The microfiber filling provides medium firm support to keep your head in line while still feeling comfy. One happy customer wrote: "These are really comfy pillows that have given me a great night's sleep for many months since purchase... Highly recommended for cost effective pillows :)"
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