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Pillows: Ratings of Sources

Total of 12 Sources
1. SleepLikeTheDead.com
Sept. 4, 2013
Pillow Reviews, Ratings & Comparison
by Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com
Our AssessmentThis text-heavy website compiles ratings and reviews of various pillow types from more than 21,000 users, although you cannot read individual consumer reviews. Editors discuss the performance of 12 types of pillows, ranging from buckwheat and down to full-body and travel pillows. Handy charts compare the pros and cons of different types of pillows, including factors such as softness, support and durability. Editors also identify the best-rated brands within each pillow type.
2. Good Housekeeping
March 2011
Best Pillows
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentIn February 2011, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute put 66 bed pillows through a battery of tests. Testers wrestled pillows into cases, ran them through the washer and weighted them down to test their supportiveness. This article names editors' top picks in several categories, including fiber, feather and foam pillows. Each winner gets a one-sentence summary, with a link to a full review. Several of the winners are discontinued, however.
3. Allergy Buyers Club.com
As of October 2013
Pillows - Down Pillow Comparisons, Wool, Cotton Pillow Ratings, Reviews
by Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
Our AssessmentAllergyBuyersClub.com is a retail site dealing in products for allergy sufferers. The site offers about 25 pillows in down, synthetic fiber, natural latex and natural fibers such as silk and wool. On this page, editors list the pros and cons of the various pillows, along with star ratings. Links take you to pages for specific products, which include more detailed reviews and, in some cases, comments from customers. Brand names aren't always provided, however.
4. ConsumerReports.org
April 2013
Are Pricey Pillows Worth It?
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentIn Spring 2013, 71 staff members at ConsumerReports.org took part in a blind sleep test, trying out two pillows -- one pricey and one inexpensive -- for five nights each. The results show that for memory-foam pillows, price doesn't equal quality: a $35 foam pillow from Target was just as comfortable as a $99 Tempur-Pedic. For down and polyester pillows, however, most staffers found the pricier pillow more comfortable. The video does not name the specific brands tested.
5. Health
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Sleep on This: Our Top Pillow Picks
by Elizabeth Roehrig
Our AssessmentTesters from Health magazine sleep on 20 pillows, checking each one for neck support, odor and how well it keeps the stuffing contained. This article names six top picks: one natural and one synthetic pillow for back, side and stomach sleepers. However, there's no direct comparison between pillows and no mention of how the other pillows in the test performed.
6. Amazon.com
As of October 2013
Bed Pillows
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentShopping for pillows at Amazon.com can be a bit overwhelming; there are literally thousands of choices here, in every conceivable type, from foam and feather varieties to full-body and travel pillows. We found several options here that have high overall ratings from 500 users or more. However, because the ratings on the site contribute to those at SleepLikeTheDead.com, we have used these reviews only as a source of additional information about top picks.
7. Walmart.com
As of October 2013
Bed Pillows
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentMore than 1,000 pillows are sold at Walmart.com, including memory foam, latex, down, synthetic fiber and cotton-filled pillows. We found about half a dozen products here that receive strong overall ratings (4 stars or better) from at least 100 users. However, due to the overlap with the recommendations at SleepLikeTheDead.com, we have used Walmart.com reviews only to gain further information about recommended pillows.
8. WebMD.com
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Snuggle Up with the Perfect Pillow
by Colette Bouchez
Our AssessmentWebMD.com is a well-known site offering information on a variety of health topics. This article focuses on how pillows affect sleep quality and what to consider when choosing a new one. It touches on such topics as when to replace your pillow, the pros and cons of different fillings and recommendations for back, side and stomach sleepers. However, no specific brands or models are recommended. Physician Brunilda Nazario reviewed the article's content for accuracy.
9. RealSimple.com
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The Best Pillows
by Stephen Treffinger
Our AssessmentTesters from Real Simple magazine sleep on 35 pillows to identify "the comfiest replacements" for an old pillow. This slideshow names top picks in eight categories, from soft and lofty to extra firm. Each winner gets a photo, a brief summary and a link for purchasing. However, two of the eight winners are now discontinued, and there's no mention of the pillows that didn't make the cut.
Editor's Choice -- Pillow Reviews
by Mercia Tapping
Our AssessmentAllergyConsumerReview.com is the informational arm of the retail site AllergyBuyersClub.com, which specializes in allergy-control products. In this article, Mercia Tapping, an editor at the site, discusses her experiences trying out "every pillow known to humanity" over a three-year period and identifies her top picks. Since her recommendations overlap with those at the AllergyBuyersClub.com site, we have used this article solely as a source of additional information about those picks.
11. BetterSleepingBlog.com
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Pillow Reviews
by Editors of BetterSleepingBlog.com
Our AssessmentBetterSleepingBlog.com provides information on various sleep-related topics, including sleep products, sleep disorders and cures for insomnia. This article lists the site's top 10 recommendations for pillows, with links to reviews covering each pillow's pros and cons in detail. However, the reviews seem to be based solely on an analysis of user comments on the site. To avoid overlapping recommendations, we have used the reviews on this site for background information only.
12. Overstock.com
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Best Pillows for Every Kind of Sleep
by Editors of Overstock.com
Our AssessmentAn unnamed staff writer at the retail site Overstock.com discusses the best pillow choices for specific sleep needs. In addition to discussing pillows for back, side and stomach sleepers, the article briefly mentions three specific health needs: pain relief, allergies and snoring. However, there are no specific recommendations here. There's also no mention of the author's credentials or what sources were used for the article.
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