As its name would suggest, the Beyond Down Synthetic Down Side Sleeper Bed Pillow from Sleep Better is designed for side sleepers. Most users say its wide gusset and synthetic down filling offer good comfort and support in this position, but a few say the pillow compresses too much and loses its support. Also, while the pillow does have the feel of down at a significantly lower price, it may not offer the same durability.
Extra thick. This pillow is built like a plush brick. Its 4½-inch gusset is designed to provide the extra neck support needed for side sleepers, and most reviewers say it does just that. One Amazon.com review says the pillow "gives good support without being too firm," and another describes it as "soft without being too yielding." Users also appreciate that the gel-infused polyester fiber sleeps cooler than down. However, a small but vocal minority complains that this thick-looking pillow flattens down to nothing under the weight of a sleeper's head, leaving too little support for the neck.
Mixed reports on durability. Users disagree about how well this pillow holds up over time. We saw a few reviews saying that the pillow was still as lofty as ever after six months or a year of regular use, including machine washing and drying. Other reviewers, however, complain that this pillow loses its loft within a few months, or even a few weeks. We also read one complaint that the seams split open after a month of use. The pillow does have a five-year warranty, so in theory a damaged one could be returned, but we saw no reports from anyone who had done so.
Testers from Health magazine sleep on 20 pillows, checking each one for neck support, odor and how well it keeps the stuffing contained. The Beyond Down Synthetic Down Side Sleeper is rated the best synthetic side-sleeper pillow, with good support and "an almost downlike feel."
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We found over 120 reviews on Amazon.com for the Sleep Better Beyond Down Synthetic Down Side Sleeper Bed Pillow, with ratings averaging 3.8 stars out of 5. Most users say it's firm, gives good support and holds its shape well; however, a few say it's not supportive enough, especially for side sleepers.
Review: Beyond Down Gel Fiber Side Sleeper Pillow, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
This Sleep Better pillow receives about 65 reviews here, with ratings averaging 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners generally say it's supportive and holds its shape well, but a few say it's too soft and not supportive enough.
Review: Beyond Down Synthetic Down Gel Fiber Pillow (Set of 2), Contributors to Overstock.com, As of October 2013