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Bed Pillows Shopping Guide | Mattress Firm

Pillows Guide

Find the best pillow type that's perfect for you, whether you're a back sleeper, side sleeper or stomach sleeper.
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Down Pillows
Light and lofty, goose down pillows insulate without retaining too much heat.
Ideal for All Sleep Styles
Hybrid Pillows
Designed to provide ultimate support for all types of sleepers.
Memory Foam Pillows
Memory foam distributes weight evenly and provide a supportive, adaptive feel.
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Hypoallergenic Pillows
Hypoallergenic pillows repel dust mites from your pillow, making it ideal for allergy sufferers.
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Specialty Pillows
Specialty pillows provide multifunctional support for all types of sleepers while satisfying your comfort.
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Importance of a Pillow

For many people, deciding what is the best pillow for them is just as difficult as choosing a new mattress. Pillows provide crucial support to your head and neck at night, which affects how the rest of your body feels in the morning. The best pillow should relax you and relieve tension as soon as you lie down to ease falling asleep.

If you're waking up with neck pain or struggling with conditions like sleep apnea or snoring, it's time to invest in a new pillow. You'll give your head proper support, keep your body in healthy alignment and encourage deeper, higher-quality rest.

What pillow is right for you?

Reminiscent of luxurious hotel beds, down pillows carry a certain touch of glamour. Down pillows deliver a conforming, plush response and have impressive longevity. Though a down pillow is known for its warmth, it insulates without trapping heat, so your body is still able to regulate temperature. Shop the best down pillows.
Like mattresses, pillows can affect your temperature during the night. If your body is too warm, you’ll have a hard time getting quality rest. Cooling pillows limit heat retention, using a combination of ventilation and materials to dissipate heat and help you sleep better. Shop the best cooling pillows.
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Memory foam's adaptable nature gives it a slower response time and a more supportive feel. Memory foam pillows are available in a variety of comfort levels, from soft to extra firm, while shredded-memory-foam pillows offer a breathable feel and cooling memory foam pillows help with temperature regulation. Shop the best memory foam pillows.
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Ideal for allergy sufferers, hypoallergenic pillows are engineered to keep away dust mites. The covers are typically treated with antimicrobial silver chloride that inhibits the bacteria, mold and mildew that cause deterioration stains and odors. Shop the best hypoallergenic pillows.

Best Rated Pillow Reviews

“Comfortable, especially for a side sleeper. Never gets hot from human contact. Contours to the sleeper's face and neck. Best pillow i ever bought! Worth every penny!!”
Paul Franco
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt® Pro + Cooling Pillow
“I love this Chill Hybrid pillow. It is firm but also soft when you put your head down. It is also so nice and cool on a hot/humid night.”
Sleepy's FRíO® Chill Hybrid Pillow
“I absolutely love this pillow. It fits just right in the crook of my neck and doesn't go flat at night. When I turn on my side and pull it toward me, again, it cradles my neck so nicely.”
Beautyrest Black Ice
Memory Foam Pillow
“Your’e going to get soft when you want it, or if you want to switch it up turn the pillow over and you'll get a firmer feal. With the added benefit of cooling right from the cover of the pillow great for anyone who sleeps like a furnace.”
Jerron Rucker Jr, Sleep Expert
Bedgear Frost Performance Pillow

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different pillow sizes?

There are a lot of factors when choosing the perfectly sized pillow. How many you'll need, how big your bed is and how you'll use them all play a role. A king-size pillow or body pillow can make you feel enveloped and snuggled into a smaller bed. A standard or queen-size pillow on a big bed can make you feel like you have a lot more room. There are no rules, other than to make sure you're sleeping perfectly.

And we've got the kids covered, too! Whether you've got a full house or are expecting your first child, we have kids pillows and pregnancy pillows geared to youngsters and pregnant moms alike.

What is the best pillow for neck pain?

Pillows make up 25% of our sleeping surface and help keep our spine in alignment, take tension out of our muscles and can help prevent and/or reduce neck pain. Finding the best pillow for neck pain you may be experiencing is based on your individual sleep needs, such as your sleep position and comfort preferences.

What is pillow loft?

Pillow loft has three categories. Low loft, which is less than four inches thick, is the best pillow for stomach sleepers, who normally sink deep into the mattress. Medium loft, which is between five and six inches, is the best pillow for back sleepers, who sink minimally in the mattress. And high loft, which is more than seven inches in thickness, generally is the best side sleep pillow because it helps side sleepers lie on top of the mattress without sinking in.

The height of the pillow is completely up to you, but different lofts provide different perks to help you find the best pillow.

Why are pillow protectors and pillowcases important?

Pillow protectors are staples of a healthy sleep environment and extend the pillow’s lifespan. From zippered to waterproof to hypoallergenic, they keep your pillows covered to prevent any breakdown in the material construction.

Pillowcases can be customized because they come in a ton of different fabrics and multiple pillowcase sizes. Common materials that make up our cases are cotton, polyester, Tencel and cooling fabric.

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