The Best Pillow Reviews by Beds.Org

Our readers want to know what the best pillow is for them. Most mattress manufacturers also make pillows to be used with the beds or sold separately. On most mattress websites, pillows are listed under accessories, along with mattress toppers, steel bed frames, and other items. These pillows and others are also sold by on-site and online retailers, often separately from the manufacturer's other products, including mattresses.

There are several kinds of pillows to choose from in a number of categories: Filling, Shape & Size, Cover. Each of these factors into a customer's selection of a pillow and how the customer rates that pillow. Generally, a user's evaluation of a product (including pillows) influences others shopping for that product, whether the review is by personal communication, on a blog, on a review site, or on a retailer's sales page.

When looking for a pillow, it is helpful to hear from others who share their experiences. This is where reviews are useful. With online reviews, we can hear from many more people than we know personally. The more reviews of an item, the better we can see how its users rate it, whether it is better than another item.

One important source of customer pillow reviews is Amazon, since so many customers shop there and review their pillows there. To be sure that we have a fair sample, we have selected from pillows with a minimum number of reviews. That way, just one, two or three reviews will not seriously skew the results.

The top ten pillows reviewed on Amazon have average customer ratings from 4.5 to 4.9 stars out of 5 stars. The top two are from Relief-Mart. These are the CozyCloud Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow (4.9) and the Body Pillow by Snuggle- Pedic (4.8). Relief-Mart also has the #8 pillow.

The top ten Amazon pillow reviews also include four other pillows which are very similar to the Relief-Mart products. All seven of these pillows are filled with shredded memory foam and have covers made with bamboo fibers. Another top ten pillow (#9) is filled with shredded memory foam and gel-infused fibers. The two remaining members of the top ten are a buckwheat pillow (#4) and a down alternative pillow (#10).

Shredded Memory Foam Pillows with Bamboo Covers


The CozyCloud Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow has an average customer rating of 4.9 stars [actually 4.85] out of 5 stars at the time of this writing. Billed by Relief-Mart as "Cozy Like Down With Support That Never Goes Flat!" this shredded memory foam pillow could be considered a down alternative pillow. Fluffing is not needed, as it is with down.

Relief-Mart says it has the cradling of memory foam with a quicker return to shape. The reason is that the pieces of foam are left from cutting the 4-lb. memory foam used in the top layers of its memory foam mattresses. This foam is less heat sensitive and more pressure sensitive than the 5-lb. memory foam used further down in the mattresses (as in the Soft- Pedic). the foam is made in the United States and is certified by CertiPur-US.

The manufacturer says this pillow is not only "cozy like down," but "cool as a cloud" (thus the name CozyCloud). The cover is a 43/57 blend of bamboo fibers and polyester. This fabric also has micro-vents for airflow, so it is tagged Kool-Flow™.

Dr. Rick Swartzburg, the designer of the CozyCloud pillow, says it "is perfect for those sleepers who want a traditional shape design and a softer feel, but want the extra support that comes with a higher grade memory foam blend." Whatever your sleeping position, he says, this pillow is right for you. Over 88% of Amazon customers agree with him in their reviews.

Relief-Mart has a 5- year warranty and 30-day Risk-Free Trial on the CozyCloud Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow. It is available in Queen and King sizes

Snuggle-Pedic Body Pillow

The Body Pillow by Snuggle-Pedic was the top pillow on Amazon before the introduction of the CozyCloud. Right now it has an average customer rating of 4.8 [4.75] stars on Amazon with 88% of reviewers giving it 5 stars. Like the later model, it is filled with shredded memory foam and covered with a bamboo-polyester blend Kool-Flow™ micro-vented fabric.

The Body Pillow comes in one size. It takes a 20" wide by 54" long pillowcase. Relief-Mart says the size is variable depending on how is is used. In other words, it is very conformable because of the shredded memory foam inside.

The Snuggle-Pedic Body Pillow has a 90-day trial period and is covered by a 20-year warranty. It can be ordered directly from Selectabed (Relief-Mart's mattress sales division), but shipping is free if ordered through Amazon.

Buckwheat Pillow

The #4 pillow in the Top Ten on Amazon is the ComfySleep Buckwheat Pillow. This is the only member of this group with a natural filling. A buckwheat pillow is filled with buckwheat hulls from the same grain used to make buckwheat pancakes. Buckwheat: eat it for breakfast, sleep on it at night.

A buckwheat pillow can be contured by hand, molded to fit the part of the body lying on it. Buckwheat hulls are sold for refilling pillows.

Buckwheat Pillows by ComfySleep are available in four sizes: Traditional (15"x21"), Classic (15"x23"), Classic Plus (15"x26"), and Standard (20"x26").

Shredded Gel Memory Foam Pillows with Bamboo Covers

The #7 pillow of the Top Ten Pillows on Amazon is the Bamboo Covered Stay Cool Shredded Gel Memory Foam Pillow from the Five Diamond Collection.  Made in the United States, this pillow differs from the top two in using memory foam which is gel-infused. Shredded memory foam by itself is cooler than a slab of memory foam, since it lets more air flow through.  Gel has an initial cooling effect as it absorbs heat. Like most of the other shredded memory foam pillows in the Top Ten, the cover is a blend with bamboo fibers.

Shredded Memory Foam Gel Fiber-Filled Pillows

The #9 member of the Top Ten Pillows is the Clara Clark Shredded Memory Foam Gel Fiber-Filled Cool All Side Sleeper Bed Pillow. The nature of the "gel fiber" is not explained. This could be the manner in which gel is introduced into the memory foam, but gel-infused fibers may also be mixed with the shredded memory foam.

The cover of this pillow from Clara Clark Canada is made of rayon derived from bamboo. Rayon is known for feeling like silk. It is also hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.

Down Alternative Pillows

The #10 pillow in the Top Ten is the Charisma Jumbo Luxury Down Alternative Pillows - 2pk. The alternative for down in this pillow is polyester fiber filling, a material also used by thousands of quilters. The cover is 100% cotton.

Charisma at Home is a member of the Iconix Brand Group, Inc. It markets fine linens and other bedding, focusing on upper class women.

On Amazon, one item can quickly overtake another in ranking. At the beginning of writing this the Charisma Jumbo Luxury Down Alternative Pillow (2-pack) was the #10 pillow on Amazon. Now it has been overtaken by a newcomer to the Top Ten, the Standard Down Alternative Bed Pillow - Medium Firm - Hypo-allergenic - 2 Pack - By Comfy Solutions.

The Comfy Solutions down alternative pillow also uses polyester fiber filling and has a cotton cover.

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