Cooling sheets, a luxe cushioning mattress, a silk sleep mask—all are fabulous ways to improve your nightly rest, but few items make more of a difference than a good pillow. Side, back and stomach sleepers often require different features, and investing money into an expensive brand (even with a money-back guarantee) can often be a frustrating and confusing process. Luckily, there are a ton of affordable and fabulous options for every kind of sleeper. Here, 12 of the best pillows on Amazon, whether you want super soft foam or adjustable filling.
The 12 Best Pillows on Amazon for a Glorious Night’s Sleep
How to Pick the Best Pillow for You
Here are a few things to consider before you start your search:
• If you’re a side sleeper, look for a medium-density, high-loft pillow that can still contour to your body. You’ll want something that’s tall and firm to keep your head, neck and spine aligned, and memory foam or gel pillows offer just enough support without being too hard.
• If you’re a stomach sleeper, choose a low loft, and soft-to-medium density pillow that can keep your head and neck at a comfortable angle. Thick, ultra-firm pillows are a stomach sleeper’s enemy, and you want to look for something thin and soft, so your neck isn’t tilted at such an angle that your ear’s practically touching your shoulder.
• If you sleep on your back, look for a medium-medium pillow that has medium loft and density. That way, you’ll have the neck support you need, without pushing your head too far upward (because no one wants that kind of neck pain in the morning).
Best Pillows on Amazon
- Best Overall: PLX Pillows
- Best Adjustable Design: Coop Home Goods Pillows
- Most Comfortable: Beckham Luxury Linens Pillows
- Most Unique Design: WonderSleep Pillow
- Most Basic: Utopia Bedding Plus Pillow
- Best Wedge Design: AllSett Health Wedge Pillow
- Best Affordable Gel Set: Fern and Willow Pillows
- Best For Sensitive Skin and Allergies: BioPEDIC Antimicrobial Pillows
- Best Soft Foam: Weekender Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow
- Trendiest Pick: Casper Sleep Pillow
- Best Pregnancy Pillow: PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow
- Best Reading Pillow: Milliard Reading Pillow
1. Plx Pillows
Brilliant for sleepers of all types, these bamboo/polyester pillows are just the right amount of soft and are excellent for helping you keep cool even on the hottest summer nights. They’re also machine washable, unlike down and latex pillows, so you can just toss ‘em in your washer with your regular linen load. (They even come with a 10-year warranty.) PLX suggests tossing in the dryer for ten to 15 minutes (or leaving in a sunny window) to help them fluff up before using, but if you prefer a denser feel, you can skip that step.
2. Coop Home Goods Pillows
Best Adjustable Design
This bamboo and memory foam pillow makes it incredibly easy to either add or remove squish to find your Goldilocks-level of support. It also comes with an extra supply of memory foam so you can really stuff it to the max, if you’re the type who prefers a very firm pillow. Made from wonderfully breathable materials, it’s designed to remain cool while you sleep, and is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant, too. This is a particularly great option for side sleepers, where its blend of bamboo-derived viscose rayon and polyester stuffing allows the pillow to move with your body when you press down on it, but its high-density fill offers solid head and neck support (so you’re not flopping around in your sleep).
3. Beckham Luxury Linens Pillows
These pillows are made using a super-plush gel fiber, rather than memory foam, down feathers or other down alternatives, and it has a 100 percent cotton outer layer, giving it an incredibly comfy feel, inside and out. They also feature a “no-shift construction” designed to prevent the filling from aggregating all on one side or getting pushed out from under your head while you sleep. That said, anyone who prefers a very firm or super-soft pillow might be better off with a different pick.
4. Wondersleep Pillow
Most Unique Design
Like the Coop Home Goods pillow above, this WonderSleep model also comes with additional stuffing, which makes it easy to adjust the fill in your pillow to fit your exact needs. The difference? This guy comes in at a third of the price. And, interestingly, despite the memory foam interior, it’s also machine washable. Of course, the cheaper price point does mean it isn’t as high quality, and for some, the outer layer may feel too warm after a full night’s sleep. If you tend to run super hot, we recommend slipping the inner layer, which contains the filling, out to use on its own.
5. Utopia Bedding Plus Pillow
Firm or plush? Microfiber or polyester? There’s a lot to consider when buying a pillow. But for some easy sleepers who just don’t want to be bothered having to sort through tons of verbiage, this Utopia Bedding pillow is a great fit, filled with plush, hypoallergenic down-alternative fibers that offer plenty of support for side and back sleepers, but not so much that stomach sleepers won’t also get a good night’s sleep. Plus, you can buy them in packs of two, six or eight and in four different sizes (standard, queen, king and European).
6. Allsett Health Wedge Pillow
Best Wedge Design
Whether you’re hoping to prop up your legs while you sleep or your back while you read, this wedge pillow from AllSett Health is a great option for two main reasons: its adjustable design and breathable memory foam filling, which stays cool throughout the night. There are seven ways to reconfigure this pillow, which comes in two parts, so you’re guaranteed to find at least one that works for you. With more than 5,500 reviews raving about how comfortable it is, the AllSett sits right in that sweet spot between soft and supportive. “I was recently discharged after a week in the hospital for bone fusion procedures through the front and back of my neck,” says one reviewer. ”I ordered two other wedge pillows and was about to give up, but [this] wedge changed everything. The material is soft and fuzzy, and the pillow has the perfect amount of give: not too stiff, not too soft.”
7. Fern And Willow Pillows
Best Affordable Gel Set
Fern and Willow’s two-piece set is made from an innovative gel down-alternative that’s phenomenal at keeping cool, even for the hottest sleepers. You can also adjust the amount of filling if you want more or less, so it can be made to work for any type of sleeper, and the covers are made from 100 percent cotton. The brand suggests massaging the filling to help it fluff up after unboxing or washing. “The pillows fluffed out perfectly and sleeping on them was a true joy,” says one happy shopper. “They are definitely hotel quality. The pillows are soft and fluffy and return to their shape quite easily. “
8. Biopedic Antimicrobial Pillows
Best For Sensitive Skin and Allergies
For those who have super sensitive skin or are allegoric to seemingly everything around, you can’t just shop any old pillow. This BioPEDIC design is antibacterial, antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and incredibly soft and fluffy to help you get a good night’s sleep without stressing about any irritations. The outer layer is made from 200-thread-count, 100 percent cotton. Some reviewers found these to be too thin for side sleepers, but there are a few promising comments that suggest these would work for almost anyone. “We own an upscale bed and breakfast and, consequently, we have found a broad range of what our guests want from a pillow,” reads one review. “It's difficult finding common ground, and we really don't want to stock multiple kinds of pillows. We have feather pillows upon request, but this pillow has saved us for everyone else.”
9. Weekender Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow
Best Soft Foam
This cooling foam design isn’t nearly as firm as most foam pillows, but the plush feel makes it a great choice for anyone who prefers a softer cushion, especially stomach sleepers. Venitlation holes help keep you cool, even on the hottest nights, and the removeable cover can be machine washed or replaced with a different fabric, if you prefer. It comes in standard, queen and king sizes, and is super lightweight with a five-inch loft. P.S. It also comes with a three-year warranty, so if you find you just don’t love it, even after a few months' use, you can return it for a full refund.
10. Casper Sleep Pillow
We call Casper’s pillows the “trendiest” options, but they are so much more than just Instagram fodder. This down-alternative option is made using an innovative pillow-in-pillow design, which helps prevent the fill from clumping or shifting too much under your head and helps keep the material from overheating. It is on the softer side, so those who prefer a firm feel might be better off with Casper’s foam pillow, but for side sleepers it is truly a cozy, cool dream.
11. Pharmedoc Pregnancy Pillow
Best Pregnancy Pillow
As your belly continues to grow, it’s important you get ample support in your hips and back, even when lying down. This pregnancy pillow comes with more than 51,000 reviews, most from women and partners raving about how comfortable it is for all three trimesters and even post partem, but also from sleepers who just prefer the comfort of a full body pillow. It comes in nine different colors, including two velvet-covered options, and the back extension is detachable so you can adjust exactly how it fits around your body, and is also covered by a lifetime warranty, making it a total no-brainer, in our opinion.
12. Milliard Reading Pillow
Best Reading Pillow
Looking for a pillow to prop you up while you read or work in bed? This design from Milliard has almost 11,000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating and comes in three sizes, to better fit your frame. Most folks will likely do well with the standard size, but there’s also a petite and an x-large if you want something smaller or with a bit more oomph. It comes stuffed with shredded memory foam, that can be added or removed to adjust the firmness, and the outer cover is machine washable, just in case that cup of coffee you enjoy with your afternoon reading sesh spills over. And the velour cover remains surprisingly cool to the touch, making it more comfortable for extended use. Per one review, “I work from home a lot, using a lapdesk and now this, sitting on my bed, and this is so comfy and supportive.”
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