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Best Pillow

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Choosing a good pillow is almost as important as choosing a good mattress in order to get a good night’s sleep. Where you’re a back sleeper, side sleeper, stomach sleeper, or expecting we’ve gathered a good list of pillows to give you the support you deserve and need. Plus, they’ve all been thoroughly tested by a dozen testers, each one with a unique sleeping style and need. Here is our list of the best pillows for sleeping. 

Best pillow for any sleep position

Best pillow: Casper Pillow

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Casper Pillow

Comfy and supportive

The Casper Pillow is filled with microfiber, so it’s a firm and fluffy bed pillow that’s easy to clean too. It’s rated pretty high for comfort and it doesn’t move around much as you sleep. And because it’s made of microfiber it stayed much cooler than other pillows in this guide. No flipping to find a cool spot! The entire pillow is machine washable and can be fluffed back to its original shape before drying if you notice any flattening. 

Best value pillow

Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow

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Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow

Feels and supports like a down pillow

The Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow feels just like the fluffy, full down pillows you often find in plush hotel rooms. But the hypoallergenic filling means it’s suitable for allergy sufferers, and it’s much cooler than traditional down pillows too. That’s good news for those who are considered hot sleepers. It’s supportive for back and side sleepers, though not as comfortable for stomach sleepers. 

Best pillow for hot sleepers

Best pillow: Nest Bedding The Easy Breather

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Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow

Pocked design keeps it cool

The Easy Breather by Nest Bedding is filled with shredded CertiPUR-US foam and fiber that is packed tightly to deliver noticeable support, though you can remove some of the foam to create the perfect height and thickness for your needs. he pillow also features a unique ‘pocked’ texture on the outside, created to stop the pillow from overheating while you snooze away. This bed pillow isn’t machine washable and doesn’t include a cover. 

Best pillow for neck pain

Best pillow: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Pillow

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Tempur-Cloud Pillow

Neck support and back comfort

Back sleepers who normally sleep well on firm pillows will adore the Tempur-Cloud, and how it consistently delivers brilliant spine and neck support but without feeling like you’re sleeping on a slab of rock. The Tempur-Cloud is made up of a continual piece of foam, with a removable polyester knit cover that can be washed. It’s a firm pillow and may take some getting used to if you typically sleep with a softer pillow. 

Best maternity pillow

Best pillow_Bluestone Contour Maternity Pillow

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Bluestone Contour U Pregnancy Pillow

Whole body support and comfort

The Bluestone Countour pillow gives relief and support in the areas expectant mothers need. This includes the lower back, legs, and belly. The fiber-filled pillow can be moved and scrunched to find the perfect shape for you. You don’t have to use it only on the bed It’s great for support while sitting on a couch or laying on the floor. You can continue to use this pillow for support during nursing and caring for your new baby. 

Choosing a pillow 

When it comes to the best pillows for sleeping, we recommend picking one that’s designed for your preferred sleeping position. If you lie on your side when drifting off, look for pillows for side sleepers, as these are thicker to fill the gap between your head and shoulder. Fall asleep on your back? Choose pillows for back sleepers - they’re supportive but won’t tilt your head forward at an awkward angle. 

The best pillows for sleeping on your stomach, also known as stomach sleeper pillows, are thinner, which is great because you don’t want to feel as though you’re being suffocated as you snooze. And if you tend to overheat during sleep, look for a cooling pillow.

So how do you know if you have found the best pillow for your sleep style? Simple: if your neck tilts in any direction when your head is on the pillow, you’re out of alignment, so pick another. According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), your pillow requirements will change as you get older and need more support, so your ideal pillow five years ago might feel very different now.