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#1 Sleep Restoration gel fiber-filled pillow
These gel-fiber filled pillows feel supportive yet fluffy and comfortable. It’s named our “Best Value” because you get two pillows for less than the cost of our top pick, the Xtreme Comfort. The Sleep Restoration pillows felt comfortable without needing an adjustment—which is good because you can’t remove the super plush gel-filled fiber at all if the pillow is too high or fluffy for you.
You wouldn’t lay your head on this pillow and think it’s made with “gel” at all until you rub the pillow between your forefinger and thumb to feel the gel fiber. They seemed lofty, but settle down to a comfortable height while sleeping on your side or back.
#2 Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow
Snuggle-Pedic has been in the pillow industry for quite a long time already, and this may be because they put so much thought in the materials that they used in creating their products.
Take this pillow, for instance. It may be made of the usual memory foam material, but the memory foam that the company uses have CertiPUR-US and foam testing certifications. It also does not contain flame retardants and other dangerous chemicals.
On the other hand, its cover is made of bamboo-derived rayon which is considered to be hypoallergenic and resistant to dust and mites. It also has a micro-vented design which boosts its breathability.
One thing that makes this pillow stand out is its adjustable feature. Given the fact that it contains shredded fill materials, the user is allowed to adjust the pillow’s loft and customize it to suit his needs.
All that the user has to do is open the zipper closure of the pillow and remove a few shredded memory foam pieces until he has achieved his desired loft.
#3 Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow
Ok, so “Hotel Beckham” is not a real hotel, let alone a real place. And in the interest of managing expectations, these are not the kind of pillows you’d sleep with at, say, the Four Seasons. They are, however, the platonic idea of what a hotel pillow should be: crisp-white, plush, and not one bit offensive. Our testing group of side and back sleepers agreed: we’d happily rest our heads anywhere there’s a Beckham Hotel Collection gel pillow, and that’s why it’s our favorite low-budget pick.
Pillows at this price point typically feel like someone smushed a cardigan into the shape of a headrest, especially after a couple weeks of use. Our team tested a wide range of budget pillows for the lion’s share of 2018, and, unsurprisingly, found that their loft (the height of the pillow as it lays flat on the bed) was highly inconsistent. Not so with Beckham.
Beckham pillows are sold in packs of two and filled with polyester gel-infused fibers, which is more or less the tops for this price point. Meant to be an alternative to down feathers, gel fiber is also naturally hypoallergenic because of its synthetic makeup. So folks susceptible to allergens (bless you!) can breath easy.
Needless to say, this thing is comfortable. Almost all of our testers pegged this pillow as being at a higher price point. During testing, it was the best for all sleeping positions. Side sleepers, who benefit from a high loft (thicker pillow), loved it, while back sleepers, who need a slightly lower loft, didn’t want to part with it. Even our designated stomach sleeper (combination stomach and side, to be exact), gave it two relaxed thumbs up.
Fiber gel gives the support of memory foam with a down-like softness, and the Beckham pillow does not disappoint. This pillow is moderately soft with a bit of resistance, and it took minimal fluffing to get it back to tip-top shape. While you can’t expect too much temperature regulation at this price point, none of our testers commented about overheating, sweating, or the pillow running too hot.
#4 Malouf Z Talalay Pillow
If there’s one thing I want to say about this pillow, all I can say is that it is designed for high breathability. The pillow is made of all-natural, zero-synthetic additive latex material with built-in holes in its surface.
The placement and sizes of the pillow holes are designed to deliver the right amount of air circulation, maintaining the relaxed feel of the pillow all throughout the night. And since it is considered to be all-natural, the chances that you may develop an allergic reaction with it is pretty slim.
The pillow’s cover is made of 100% cotton which is also equally as breathable and soft as the pillow.
#5 Spring Bed Pillows – Firm and Fluffy at The Same Time
Inside the pillow, you can find polyester microfiber fill which envelopes 40 individual pocket springs which make up the pillow’s unique spring suspension system.
According to the company, the unique suspension system that they have integrated with this pillow solves all the issues of memory foam while still providing its benefits. The spring allows the air to go in and out, delivering the breathability and softness of memory foam and down. Because of its pocket springs, the pillow also provides the interactive response of memory foam.
Since each coil is separately wrapped, they are capable of individual movement and will never go flat for many years to come.
The pillow has a percale weave cover with silky fibers and 3D mesh for extreme breathability.
With the pillow’s unique spring technology, it offers extreme adjustability with every move that the user makes. Moreover, many users claim that pillow instantly changes its shape according to the user’s position.
Because of this, you are rest assured that the pillow can be able to provide you with enough support regardless if you are lying on your side, stomach or back.
#6 Coop Home Goods
The Coop Home Goods, is a shredded gel memory foam pillow model that is a standout for several reasons. One reason is adjustable loft. Owners can add or remove the shredded foam fill to increase or decrease the loft, giving them a customized feel every night.
The pillow also sleeps much cooler than other similar models, due to the gel-infused foam as well as a bamboo-rayon cover. The Eden retains its shape fairly well too; poor shape recovery is a common complaint among shredded foam pillow owners. A removable polyester liner makes the Eden easy to clean as well, since the cover is machine washable.