Many people struggle with getting a high quality, restful sleep. Do you wake up feeling tired? Do you have a hard time getting into your morning groove? In my experience, these issues often indicate underlying postural issues. Neck and back problems can cause you to toss and turn in your sleep, preventing you from waking up rejuvenated.
The best way to address this is with a memory foam pillow. Unlike the traditional pillow, these products are made from a unique polyurethane material that responds dynamically to your body. Instead of forcing your neck into an awkward angle, these pillows gently hold your head in a centered, neutral position. Since all of our bodies are different, these are not a “one size fits all” product. It is important to find a pillow that meets the specific needs of your body if you want to maximize the postural benefits you will receive.
There are many competing products on the market. Each of them have their own unique ways of addressing some of the drawbacks to memory foam pillows. This can make selecting the best pillow for your needs an intimidating task. I’m going to walk you through some of the most popular products and discuss the pros and cons of each. With luck, I’ll be able to help you cut through the marketing nonsense and help you understand what to look for in a high quality memory foam pillow.
#1 Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Kool-Flow Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow
Wow! That name sure is a mouthful. What appealed to me the most about this pillow was the micro vented cover. One of the primary drawbacks of memory foam pillows is that they are not as airy and breathable as some other types. Bamboo is a very soft natural material. It’s water wicking capabilities could really improve the usability of memory foam in hot or humid environments.
What put me off about this pillow is the shape. Generally, memory foam pillows are purchased with a specific thickness in mind. The thicker your pillow is, the firmer the feel will be. Because this is not a uniform thickness, the tendency will be for your heat to roll in either direction. I’ll have to give this one a pass for that reason. (Read My Full Review Here)
- Natural bamboo cover
- Moisture wicking qualities
- Improved airflow
- Made in USA
- Uneven thickness
- Poor shaping
#2 Restwel Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow
Everyone knows memory foam is way better than your traditional pillow, which will go flat in a matter of months and only do damage to your body. The memory foam in this pillow contours right to your head and neck for a better night’s sleep. It also retains its shape for years, meaning it is likely the last pillow you will ever buy. Unlike a lot of other manufacturers, who will only give a 30-day warranty, Restwel gives you a lifetime warranty, that’s how confident they are.
I absolutely love that it comes with a lifetime warranty because it makes me feel like there was really no risk at all when I purchased it. This memory foam pillow from Restwel is known to relieve headaches, migraines, and neck pain. You can go to sleep in a matter of minutes and wake up pain-free. Since this pillow is hypoallergenic, you don’t have to worry about your allergies ever flaring up, which is a huge relief, especially during allergy season.
- The best thing about this pillow is the guarantee that it comes with. Restwel guarantees that you will sleep better, with no headaches or neck pain. And if you don’t, they’ll give you your money back.
- Unfortunately, this pillow can be kind of expensive. It usually runs somewhere between $80 and $90. Even at full price, it is definitely worth it.
#3 Sleep Innovations Contour Memory Foam Pillow
This is exactly the shape I like to see from a solid memory foam pillow! The thickness is uniform lengthwise, and the pillows contours mimic the natural shape of your face and neck. A pillow designed like this will work for both individuals who like to sleep on their back, and those that sleep on their side. This is, however, a pretty plain unit.
There are no extras added on by the manufacturer to deal with cooling issues caused by a solid pillow, and there is no mechanism for adjusting the firmness. If you are looking for a basic model this one may suffice, but since I am on the hunt for the best memory foam pillow I will have to move on.
- Suitable for sleeping on both your back and your side
- Well shaped
- Excellent warranty
- No additional cooling
#4 PharMeDoc Contour Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Gel
I thought this was a really unique take on the cooling issue. Having used cooling gel pillows before, I can tell you that they certainly do work, but only for a short time. Within 20 or so minutes of resting your face against the gel, they will have absorbed the heat from your skin and will not cool you any further.
While this is an excellent choice for those of you who suffer from hot flashes or rosacea, this is not a permanent solution. Cooling is more about air flow and moisture wicking. Cooling gel can actually make this worse as you are dealing with a semi-solid mass against your face. For this reason, I am going to have to move on. (Read My Full Review Here)
- Properly Shaped
- Temporary relief for hot flashes
- Potential moisture issues
- No permanent cooling
#5 Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Viscose Rayon Cover
Now this looks interesting! I’ve always found that the best memory foam pillows allow you to adjust them instead of requiring you to purchase a specific size or shape. Why make a purchase that may not work for you? By adding or removing the shaved memory foam from the zippered case, you will be able to easily and accurately adjust the firmness to your liking.
As for all those cooling problem we haven’t been able find a solution too? So far, every pillow I have looked at has been a solid block of foam. Shredding the foam is a very simple, unique improvement to a common design. Because memory foam softens by responding to warmth and pressure, laying your head down against this pillow will still provide you with adequate support. Meanwhile, the air filled spaces between the little pieces of memory foam allow natural airflow to keep you cool at night.
Shredding of the foam also allows you to adjust this the same way you would a synthetic pillow: simply shift it around as desired. This pillow also has the bamboo cover I liked so much on the snuggle-pedic model. It seems that I have finally found a pillow that has addressed every issue I’ve found so far!
But there is one more thing that makes this the best memory foam pillow on the market – the foam is replaceable! Many memory foam pillows only last a few years. Repeatedly applying pressure to the same area of memory foam tends to cause the foam to lose its shape over time. Not only will the shredded model last longer (just give it a shake and you’re resting your head on a new pieces of the foam!), but bulk shredded foam is CHEAP on Amazon. Even if you have 4 of these pillows for your household, you’d be able to replace all of the foam at an affordable price. (Read My Full Review Here)
- Superior cooling
- Moisture wicking qualities
- Superior lifetime
- Less expensive over time
- Made in USA
- Not as firm as “block” style pillows