From memory foam and gel to hollow fibre and more, there are so many different types of pillows to choose from. But our handy guide on the best pillows is here to help so you needn’t lose any more sleep.
Do you struggle to fall asleep at night and wake up feeling unrefreshed and achy? Or perhaps you have neck pain and sleep problems like tossing and turning, overheating or the inability to stay in a deep sleep? Whether you experience one or more of these issues, most can usually be resolved with a quick and easy swap of your pillow.
Pillows tend to make or break a good night’s slumber and it’s usually advised to change your pillow once every two years. This is because most start to lose their shape and plumpness within 1-2 years, offering less comfort and support… and probably doing more harm than good.
When buying a new pillow, it’s important to find one that offers the right kind of support for the position you like to sleep in. It’s also good to know what your preferred type of firmness is. There’s no point buying one that makes you feel uncomfortable, especially if it feels like you’re sleeping on a brick or if your head sinks down to the mattress.
Our guide includes pillows to suit all kinds of sleepers, from firm, medium and soft support to ones that are specialised for side, back and front/stomach sleepers. You’ll also find the best ergonomic pillows for neck and back support, as well as hypoallergenic, anti-snoring and maternity pillows. We’ve aimed to find the lowest price for each and the best pillows on offer at the time of writing this.
Here are our top picks:
Normally £43.99, you can currently score this pack of two pillows by Sweet Night for £33.89. The pillows can be adjusted to create the perfect amount of comfort and support for all sleep positions – ideal if you’re buying as a couple or for guest pillows. A 100 percent cotton outer case and plump hollow fibre filling offers better air ventilation for cooling and added comfort.
The hypoallergenic pillows are machine washable and can easily bounce back into shape. If you’re suffer from neck pain, these pillows help to align your body, offering a deeper sleep. They can also help with tossing & turning and reduce snoring.
- Sweet Night pillows pack of 2 for £33.89 at Amazon UK
- Sweet Night pillows pack of 2 for $47.99 at Sweet Night US
Silentnight Geltrex Premier
If you suffer from overheating while you sleep, you should probably invest in a pillow with good ventilation. This Silentnight pillow is made with a special Geltex foam, offering increased breathability and airflow to keep you cool-headed during your slumber so that you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised. Its soft and bouncy support results in a comfortable, medium to firm pillow and it’s suitable for side, back and stomach sleepers.
If you don’t need to pay out for a new pillow but want a cheaper solution to keep cool, this comfortable JML Chillmax: Pillow Gel Inlay does the trick for a fraction of the price. Simply slide it inside your pillowcase and on top of your pillow for a restful night’s sleep. There’s no need to refill with water or to freeze it as the gel naturally transfers heat away from your body – but on super hot nights you can always pop it in the fridge for a few hours. It’s currently reduced to £9.95 on Amazon.
The Simba Hybrid pillow offers a dreamy and out-of-this-world sleep experience. It combines space-inspired temperature regulations with Nanocube technology and a soft, durable microfibre fill for maximum comfort and support.The height and firmness is adjustable to your liking and its hypoallergenic materials make it ideal if your sensitive to allergens.
It’s machine washable so you can keep it fresh and clean. The 100 percent cotton cover also makes it ultra-soft and comfortable to rest your head on. The Simba Hybrid pillow is £99 on most sites but you can score a small £5 saving if you pick one up from Argos for £95.
The original Emma pillow is designed for a restful night’s sleep – whatever your sleep position. Its three layers of premium foam make it super soft and comfortable to rest your head on whilst supporting and relieving pressure on your head, neck and back, plus you can adjust the height and the firmness to suit your needs.
It’s crafted with non-toxic, vegan and hypoallergenic materials and extra breathable for ventilation. The Emma pillow is super easy to clean and keeps its shape overnight and over time, making it super durable and worth its higher price tag.
More of the best pillows for neck pain, maternity and a good night’s sleep:
In the UK:
- BedStory Memory Foam Pillow for £38.99 at Amazon
- Kizzen memory foam anti-snoring pillow for £23.79 at Amazon
- Slumberdown CBD infused white pillow for £19.99 at Amazon
- pillowLY shredded memory foam pillow for £18.99 at Amazon
- Silentnight Ultrabounce pack of two for £16.99 at Amazon
- Silentnight Deep Sleep pack of two for £12 at Amazon
- Adam Home premium pillow for £9.45 at Amazon
- Slumberdown anti allergy white pillows 2 Pack for £14.99 at Amazon
- C Stores V shaped maternity pillow for £8.49 at Amazon
- Kolbray C shape pregnancy pillow for £26.99 at Amazon
- Cervical Contour memory foam pillow for £25.99 at Amazon
In the US:
- Beckham Hotel Collection bed pillows set of 2 for $39.99 at Amazon
- Viewstar queen pillows set of 2 for $32.99 at Amazon
- Utopia Bedding gusseted pillow pack of 2 for $23.49 at Amazon
- DreamyBlue premium memory foam pillow for $43.50 at Amazon
- Weekender ventilated gel memory foam pillow for $29.99 at Amazon
- Coop Home Goods premium adjustable loft pillow for $59.99 at Amazon
- Zoey sleep side sleeper pillow for $79.99 at Amazon
- WonderSleep Dream Rite hypoallergenic memory foam pillow for $25.95 at Amazon
That’s all of our top pillow picks! We hope our guide gives you a better night’s sleep and if you’re on the hunt for a new mattress, you might also want to check out our best mattress guide.
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