The Serta iComfort Contour Pillow is made of memory foam, specially shaped to cradle the head and support the neck. This makes it comfortable for most back and side sleepers, but not suitable for stomach sleepers. It may also be uncomfortable for users with short necks that don't fit comfortably into the curve of the pillow. It's a bit pricey, but it holds up well and comes with a five-year warranty.
Shaped for support. Testers at Real Simple magazine say this pillow "contours brilliantly" to support the head and neck, without trapping body heat the way some memory foams can. They also note that the material is resistant to dust mites and microbes -- good news for allergy sufferers. Most Amazon.com users find the pillow extremely comfortable for both back and side sleeping. A couple of them, however, say this pillow feels too big or thick. One short-necked user complains of pain because the pillow's shape forces her head forward. Several users do note that the pillow feels firmer when you first lie down; however, it softens in response to your body heat.
Pricey but durable. At roughly $70, this memory-foam pillow is pricier than a fiber pillow but cheaper than most down pillows. Users say the pillow holds up well over time; one owner says it grew only slightly softer over a nine-month period, and another says it's still "shaped perfectly" after two years. The pillow comes in only one size, 20 inches by 15 inches. This is significantly smaller than the standard 20 by 26, but users don't find it too small; if anything, they say, it feels a bit big. The pillow has a removable, washable cover and is backed by a five-year warranty.
1. Real Simple
Testers from Real Simple magazine sleep on 35 pillows and name eight top picks. The Serta iComfort Contour Pillow is recommended as "neck nirvana" for its excellent support that's suitable for side and back sleepers. Editors say it "contours brilliantly without leaving your head sweaty (as some memory foams can)."
Review: The Best Pillows, Stephen Treffinger, Not Dated
The Serta iComfort Contour Pillow receives more than 20 reviews at Amazon.com, most of them overwhelmingly positive. Users say it's very supportive, durable and comfortable for side or back sleepers. The main complaint is that the pillow is too thick for some users.
Review: Serta iComfort Contour Pillow (Standard Size), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013