What every best Pillows has:
- Easy care instructions.
The editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com have analyzed at more than 56,000 individual owner reviews for eight types of pillows, including memory foam, down and down alternative, as well as several others. Based on this data, they rate overall consumer satisfaction with each type of pillow, as well as with specific models, giving each a satisfaction rating. However, the pillows are not reviewed in any further detail.
TheSweethome.com researches a number of pillows, finally settling on 31 pillows that six testers -- side, back and stomach sleepers -- tried out on their own beds. Pillows are recommended by sleeping style, which may be a helpful starting place for many who don't move around a lot at night. Testing is thorough and well-documented, and a couple of top pillows as well as runners up are named.
Shopping 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 pillows here that have high overall ratings from thousands of users. Memory foam and down pillows tend to be the most highly rated. Some pillows are exclusive to Amazon.com, others are sold by third-party sellers and can be found more reasonably priced elsewhere.
Overstock.com carries many kinds of pillows, including sleep pillows, bed rest pillows, decorative pillows and daybed pillows. They are also the primary seller of several popular pillow brands, including National Sleep Products and Science of Sleep. Many of the pillows on this site garner hundreds or even thousands of reviews.
Walmart.com sells hundreds of pillows of all types, and quite a few get hundreds of reviews. A search for "pillows" brings up a number of categories, including bed pillows, decorative, pillows and outdoor cushions, which makes narrowing down your choices much easier. Walmart is the primary retailer for the inexpensive Mainstay brand of pillow.
Normally this site would be higher on our list, but it was recently acquired by All Things Digital, LLC and the original duo who did the testing is no longer employed by the website. While reviews are still there and available, and we looked at them carefully, we ultimately did not use them to make our picks. Rather, we're keeping an eye on the site to see what changes are made, and if these "older" reviews are left standing.
In this roundup, editors review the top body pillows -- some are specifically aimed at pregnant women, others are just body pillows that also work well in pregnancy. Seven "best" pillows are named, but there does not seem to have been any actual testing.
AllergyBuyersClub.com is a retail site dealing in products for allergy sufferers. The site offers a good number of pillows in down, latex, down alternative and natural fibers. 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.
ConsumerReports.org no longer does comparative tests or reviews of pillows, but this free-to-the-public buying guide offers some tips for choosing the right pillow. Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman consults with sleep specialists to recommend which type of pillow might be the best choice for various sleep positions, but no specific pillow brands are named. However, elsewhere on this site, the My Pillow, an infomercial staple, is thoroughly reviewed.
Testers 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.
PeterGreenberg.com is a popular blog about all things travel-related. In this post, contributor Darra Stone tests and ranks 11 different travel pillows for comfort, portability and practicality. Each pillow gets a brief, but thorough, review.
This archived WebMD.com 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.