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Pillows come in a variety of types and materials. Here is a list of the most common pillows:

  • Down Alternative

  • Memory Foam

  • Latex

  • Down

  • Feather

  • Tempur-Pedic

  • Fiberfill

There are three common pillow sizes:

Standard 26-inches long

Queen 28-inches long

King 36-inches long

 

The width and thickness varies by pillow type and material.

 

Recommended pillow thickness by sleep position:

Side Sleeper = Thicker to Medium Thick, 3-inches to 6-inches

Back Sleeper = Medium Thick to Thin, 2-inches to 4-inches

Stomach Sleeper = Medium Thick to Thin, 1-inch to 4-inches

 

How to choose the right pillow?

When selecting the right pillow, you should take into consideration several factors.

  • Your primary sleeping position, this is the position you spend the majority of the night in. If you sleep on your side, you may need a thicker pillow versus if you sleep on your back or stomach, you may need a thinner pillow.
  • The firmness of your mattress. If you have a firmer mattress and are more on top of the bed, you might need a thicker pillow, whereas if you have a softer mattress and are more in the bed, you may need a slightly smaller pillow.
  • Your preference to "squish" the pillow or scrunch it into the position you prefer. If you like to squish or scrunch your pillow into your neck, then you may prefer a down, feather, or down alternative option.

Testing the pillow in store is a great way to experience it before you buy. If you are not able to test it, or if you would prefer to test a pillow in your own home, you might want to make sure the return policy is acceptable before you buy.

 

Down Alternative Pillows

Down alternative pillows are made from synthetic material, usually polyester. These pillows mimic the feeling of down, with its fluffy and scrunchable feel, but do not have the allergens or dander of natural down material. Also, down alternative pillows are cheaper to produce, so are usually less expensive. The polyester or gel fiber material is difficult to refluff once it gets compressed, so usually down alternative pillows will only last a few months, then need to be replaced.

 

Memory Foam Pillows

Memory foam pillows are made of visco elastic polyeurethane foam which is slower to respond than regular polyeurethane foam, and temperature sensitive. This means the foam will feel firmer at a cooler tempurature and softer at a warmer temperature. This helps the material respond to the body shape and tempurature of each sleeper so it will contour to the shape of the head and neck. Memory foam pillows are not usually scrunchable or fluffy, but there are some memory foam pillows that have crushed foam inside with a layer of foam on the outside to provide some conformability.

 

Latex Pillows

Latex pillows are made from Latex foam rubber. The cell structure of latex foam is different than polyeurethane foam and lasts much longer without breaking down. Latex pillows can last over 10 years and typically have a better breathability and heat dissipation than regular foam due to the fact that the steaming process creates natural holes throughout the pillow for increased breathability. Latex can be made into soft or firm options depending on the mixture and how it is cured. Talalay latex pillows are flash frozen after the creation process to create a more consistent latex material, so it's the same firmness throughout the whole pillow.

 

Down Pillows

Down pillows are made of down material which is the small clusters underneath the feathers of birds. This down material creates a fluffy lofty material that can be scrunched and squished into the right support for the neck and head. Down pillows must be more than 55% down to be considered a down pillow. The higher percentage of down to feathers means a higher quality and will keep its loft longer. Down is measured in fill power and ranges from 450 to 850 fill power. There are different types of down with the most common being duck down and goose down. Geese are larger birds and produce larger down clusters, so usually down pillows are made with goose down. When the material goes through proper cleaning, it can start out hypoallergenic. People who are allergic to down are usually allergic to the impurities left in the material from improper cleaning. Down pillows are one of the mose luxurious and most comfortable pillow types. The higher the thread count of the cover, the less chance of material coming through. It's important to select a down pillow with a high thread count cover and high quality material.

 

Feather Pillows

Feather pillows are similar to down pillows, but are made mostly of feathers. The material offers some loft but is much firmer. Feathers have quills which can poke out of the pillow through the fabric if the thread count is not high enough. Feather pillows are cheaper than down and offer similar benifits. Like down, the most common types of feathers are duck and goose.

 

Tempur-Pedic Pillows

Tempur-Pedic pillows are made of a unique Tempurpedic material that is similar to memory foam, but a higher density which lasts longer. This unique material is designed to conform to the shape of the neck and head providing superior support. The new Tempurpedic pillows offer a cool to the touch cover so you can sleep cooler every night. Tempurpedic pillows are available in a ProLo, ProMid, ProHi, and Breeze option. These Tempurpedic pillows offer some conformability and scrunchability unlike regular memory foam pillows, and are built to last. If you are looking for a luxurious cooler pillow, then the Tempurpedic pillows are a great option.

 

Fiberfill Pillows

Fiberfill pillows are also down alternative pillows. These are synthetic pillows made from materials like gel fiber. Gel fiber is made from stringing gel into long strands and creating fibers from it. This material is hypoallergenic and creates a lofty feel similar to polyester fibers. And like polyester fibers, once gel fiber gets stuck together, it's very difficult to refluff and usually needs to be replaced.

 

Pillow Best Practices

Keeping your pillow clean and sanitary is important. We recommend the use of a pillow protector, which goes over the pillow before your pillow case and prevents moisture and body oils from getting into the pillow.

Washing pillows needs to be done with care. Follow the washing instructions on the tag. Use a commercial washing machine, and front loader with no agitator, then dry on low heat. Use dryer balls or clean tennis balls to help move the material around, and for at least 2-3 full dry cycles, so there is no moisture left in the pillow to prevent mold and mildew growth.

Change pillow cases regularly, and more often if you want to reduce dirt and oils on your face. Switching pillow cases at least two or three times per week can reduce acne and improve complexion.

Down and feather pillows should be refluffed nightly. This can also be done in a dryer on tumble no heat for a short period of time.

 

 

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