Pillows Reviews and Research
Total of 10 Sources
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Pillow Reviews and Ratings
by Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com
Our AssessmentThis text-heavy website compiles ratings and reviews of various pillow types from more than 1,400 users, although you cannot read individual consumer reviews. Covered here are the pros and cons of 11 types of pillows, ranging from buckwheat and memory foam to water and wool. There's also a helpful chart that rates pillows for clumping, odor, maintenance and many other variables.
by Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
Our AssessmentAs you might expect, this site evaluates pillow types mainly from an allergy perspective, but the editors also consider comfort and price. However, only down, wool, silk, latex and cotton pillows are included here, so it's not as useful as other sites.
We Test It: Therapeutic Pillows
by Editors of Prevention
Our AssessmentThis comparison test isn't quite rigorous in its methodology -- each pillow was used by a Prevention staffer for at least two nights -- but at least it's comprehensive, encompassing nine individual brands. Editors provide brief recommendations for each kind of pillow and include comments, most of which are uniformly positive.
Different Types of Pillows
by John Schubbe
Our AssessmentSchubbe, an Appleton, Wisc., chiropractor, goes into great detail about the best types of pillows for various sleeping postures, based on size, shape and firmness, but doesn't have anything to say about pillow materials (down, cotton, buckwheat, etc.).
Right Pillow Helps Avoid Pain in Neck
by Robin Wright
Our AssessmentThis in-depth article is full of useful information, such as the observation that the average department-store pillow lasts for only 18 months. Wright interviews experts, including the president of AllergyBuyersClub.com, as well as a physical therapist and pain specialist at George Washington Hospital, about pillow hygiene and the best types of pillows for different uses.
by Deborah Fineblum Raub
Our AssessmentRaub's article focuses on the expertise of a New Hampshire chiropractor who's made a lifelong quest out of finding the perfect pillow. In discussing his findings, she offers good, general information about the right (and wrong) types of pillows, and how they should and shouldn't be used.
Purchasing the Right Pillow
by Caitlin A. Johnson
Our AssessmentCaitlin Johnson summarizes a segment on CBS' "The Early Show" featuring an editor from Real Simple magazine, who describes the pros and cons of various types of pillows, as well as pillow maintenance and lifespans and the right pillows for various sleeping patterns.
Permeability of Synthetic and Feather Pillows to Live House Dust Mites and House Dust
by R. Siebers, H.S. Nam and J. Crane
Our AssessmentThis research paper, published in the official journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology, finds that polyester and polyester/cotton pillows are more susceptible to dust and dust mites than feather pillows. The authors acknowledge, however, that recent advances in synthetic pillow fillings make them more comparable to feathers and down in terms of their resistance to dust mites.
Memory Foam Pillows: A Basic Guide
by James Wikman
Our AssessmentIn this helpful article, James Wikman surveys the various types and shapes of memory foam pillows, including bed pillows, neck pillows, and body pillows. He doesn't, however, have anything negative to say about memory foam compared to materials that some other reviewers like better (such as cotton or down).
Before You Buy a Bed Pillow
by Editors of About.com
Our AssessmentThis brief article on About.com's interior decorating channel leads readers through a checklist of things to consider before buying pillows, including budget, bed size, firmness and sleeping posture. However, not as much detail is provided as on other sites. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)