Sarah: Hey, guys, it's Sarah from Sleepopolis.
Some of you probably already know that I have tested and reviewed dozens and dozens of pillows,
but today, I'm going to show you my top picks of 2020.
I picked a little something for every style of sleeper.
Before we get into my roundup, just keep in mind that I dive into much more detail in
my full written review, which you can find by going to sleepopolis.com.
Type in best pillows of 2020.
It'll be the first thing that pops up.
While you're there, take a look around to see how these pillows stack up against pillows
from some of the most popular brands in the industry, including Tempur-Pedic, Casper,
MyPillow, and dozens more.
First, let's dive into this roundup.
Sarah: First up on my list is the Natural Down pillow from Brooklinen.
I think it's specifically for folks who are looking for a real down pillow.
It's filled with 100 percent Canadian white duck down.
It features a nice high fill power of 600.
That means it's going to be super fluffy, super huggable.
In my opinion, it reminds me of the luxury pillows you find in a nice hotel.
That's also got a really soft and compressible fill which, like I said, makes it super fluffable,
suitable for all positions.
I also love that the down inside the pillow is treated with antibacterial additives that
make it resistant to mold and mildew and also hypoallergenic.
Depending on the size you get, price ranges from about $99 to $119.
Something I love about Brooklinen is you get a very generous return policy of a full year,
so you've got a full year to return it.
It also comes with a lifetime warranty, which means if throughout the entire course that
you own this pillow, if ever it's damaged, you can just call Brooklinen, and you'll be
Sarah: Next up on my list is the Purple Harmony.
I picked it because, first of all, it's a great all-position pillow, which means whether
you're a back, side, or stomach sleeper, it's going to work for you.
Also, I picked it for folks who are looking to alleviate neck pain.
Let's start with the cover fabric.
It features this really soft and stretchy spandex mesh fabric.
It's super breathable and stretchy.
Then directly below that is the brand's proprietary hyper-elastic polymer which, if you've tested
the original Purple pillow, you already know has a quick response to pressure.
It is amazing at maintaining its shape and conforming to your head and neck.
Then directly beneath that, what fills the pillow is one piece of ventilated Talalay
In my experience, the combination of the hyper-elastic polymer and the Talalay latex make for a very
buoyant and bouncy pillow, but also does a great job of keeping the pillow shape no matter
how much tossing and turning you do throughout the night and tightly conforms to pressure.
No matter which position you're in, it's always helping to keep your head, neck, and spine
all in healthy neutral alignment which, like I said, might be particularly beneficial for
those of you looking to alleviate neck pain.
This pillow is 160 bucks, which is a little on the pricey side, but it comes with a very
generous trial period of 100 nights.
Sarah: Here we have the TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze from Tempur-Pedic.
I picked it particularly for you memory-foam fans.
It's covered in 100 percent cotton.
The cover fabric feels really soft to the touch.
Inside is one piece of the brand's proprietary Tempur material which, in my opinion, sets
the standard for memory foam.
It offers that uniquely deep sink into the pillow.
It's super moldable and has a very slow response to pressure that tightly conforms to your
head and neck.
It does feature a lofty profile of about six inches, so it's probably going to be best
suited to side and back sleepers.
One of my favorite things about this pillow is that on both sides, there's a cooling gel
No matter which side you're sleeping on, it's going to feel cool and soothing against your
Depending on the size you choose, price ranges from about $170 to $200, but it is backed
by a five-year warranty.
Sarah: Next pillow on my list is particularly near and dear to my heart because it is the
pillow I sleep with, the Eli & Elm side-sleeper pillow.
It's covered in a very soft organic cotton cover fabric and amply stuffed full of a fluffy
down alternative and the brand's proprietary shredded latex.
You'll notice it also has a zipper on the side, which means you can reach in and manipulate
the stuffing according to your liking.
For me, I put a little bit more stuffing on the sides and a little bit less in the middle
of the pillow.
Which brings me to the main draw of this pillow which is its ergonomic shape, which makes
it look like a boomerang.
The purpose of this shape is to conform to the precise contours of your head, neck, and
shoulders which is, as the name suggests, particularly beneficial for side sleepers.
I will say in my experience that I really enjoy it for back sleeping, too.
I rest my head right in the middle of that boomerang shape when I'm on my back and then
roll to either my left or my right when I want to enjoy the loftier side when I'm sleeping
on my side.
It comes in one size.
It's $99, and you get a nice 45-day trial period to test it out.
Sarah: Next up, I picked something specifically for stomach sleepers.
It's the Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling pillow.
I'm looking at the low-profile pillow.
It does come in a high-profile pillow as well, but the low-profile is ideal for stomach sleepers
because remember, stomach sleepers need a lower lofted pillow in order to maintain healthy
This pillow has a loft of about three inches high, but it does compress into a lower loft
of about two inches under the weight of your head.
One of my favorite things about this pillow is how cooling it is.
On the inside, you've got one piece of ventilated memory foam that's infused with copper and
graphite, both of which serve to draw heat away from your sleeping head.
It's covered in phase-change material which is uniquely icy cool to the touch.
If you are a stomach sleeper looking for a cooling pillow, this is probably going to
be your best bet.
Depending on the size you choose, price ranges from about $130 to $150.
It comes with a 30-day return policy.
Sarah: OK, back sleepers, this next one is for you.
It's the Casper Foam pillow.
It features a unique three-layer design that combines both high-density and low-density
The middle layer has got foam that's a little bit firmer and more dense and serves as the
support system, while the outer layers are more plush and super comfortable on your head
The reason I love it for back sleeping, even though I will say it's suitable for side sleeping
too, the reason I love it for back sleeping is because when you're lying on your back,
the plush outer layers are comfortably cradling your head and neck, while the internal high-density
support system is making sure that you're maintaining neutral spine alignment.
Depending on the size you get, price ranges from about $89 to $119, but Casper always
offers a very generous trial period of 100 nights.
Sarah: Next up on my list is a unique sleep accessory designed specifically for folks
on the go.
It's called the Turtle Travel pillow.
It's got a very soft fleece cover fabric, but the main draw to this pillow is its internal
plastic support system which has been scientifically tested and proven to keep your head and neck
in a comfortable and safe position when you're in the upright position.
Aside from how comfortable it keeps you while you're traveling, one of my favorite things
about it is it's super light.
It weighs less than a pound.
It's very compact.
It's super easy to travel with, and it's only 30 bucks which is definitely more affordable
than some of the other travel pillows I've tested.
Sarah: All right, next up is the Bear Pillow which is going to be most beneficial to those
of you who run hot, because the whole name of the game of this pillow is to be super
cool to the touch.
First of all, it's covered in that phase-change material I was telling you about earlier,
which does make the pillow feel like it's been refrigerated.
On the inside is one solid piece of the brand's proprietary polyfoam which is also ventilated
for better breathability.
To even further boost the breathability of this pillow, two mesh panels cap each end
of the pillow.
Essentially, you're getting the icy cool cover fabric, but you're also getting a lot of airflow
within the pillow.
Also, keep in mind that phase-change material is naturally moisture-wicking.
Whether you run hot or you're prone to night sweats or both, the Bear Pillow is probably
going to be your best bet.
Depending on the size you get, price ranges from at $95 to $115.
Sarah: Last but certainly not least is the Coop Home Goods Body pillow.
I picked it specifically for folks who are looking for that full-body support.
The cover fabric is made from a blend of polyester and bamboo, both of which are naturally moisture-wicking
and super soft to the touch.
Inside this pillow is a ton of shredded gel-infused memory foam.
For folks who love that body-conforming feel of memory foam but want it for their whole
body and not just their head and neck, this is probably going to be best suited to you.
It's great for hugging or holding in between your legs which, in my experience, relieves
good pressure at the hips.
Those of you who are pregnant and need to sleep on your sides might find that this is
particularly compatible with you.
It comes in one size.
It's about $70, which I have to say is a great value considering the very high-quality materials
You also get a five-year warranty and a 100-night trial period.
Sarah: Now that we've taken a close look at my top nine favorite pillows, allow me to
address some questions that I get all the time about using a pillow in general.
The first question that I hear all the time is, are pillows even necessary?
Before I even answer that question, I want to say that the most important thing while
you're sleeping is to maintain healthy posture, which is represented by having your head,
neck, and spine all in neutral alignment.
If you want to know what a quick and easy trick to decide whether or not your spine
is actually in neutral alignment, your chin should be in line with your sternum, and your
ears should be in line with your shoulders.
That said, if you can accomplish that without a pillow in the back- or stomach-sleeping
positions, I think you're OK.
Ultimately, pillows provide a little more comfort so you may want one, but remember,
neutral spine alignment is the name of the game.
That said, side sleepers do need to sleep with a pillow because when you're on your
side, you need that extra elevation to make sure that your head, neck, and spine are all
in neutral alignment and your head isn't being cranked downward.
Then another thing that's good for side sleepers is that a pillow is going to also relieve
pressure at your shoulder and your hips.
Side sleepers, I suggest using a pillow.
Back and stomach sleepers, you can get away without using a pillow, but just make sure
that you're keeping neutral spine alignment.
On that note, a lot of people want to know how many pillows you should sleep with.
Well, for your head and neck, just one pillow should do the job.
Remember, you want to make sure that no matter what your go-to position is, that one pillow
is helping you to maintain neutral spine alignment.
You'll hear me say that again and again.
However, back and side sleepers particularly might find that sleeping with a pillow beneath
their knees or in between their legs also helps to relieve pressure at the hips and
helps to keep that neutral spine alignment.
Lastly, how often should you replace your pillow?
The general rule of thumb is every one to two years.
However, a lot comes down to the specific materials used.
Sometimes you kind of have to eyeball it.
For example, if you've had your pillow for about six months and you notice that it just
goes flat, it can't maintain its shape anymore, that means it's probably no longer supporting
you properly, and it's time for an upgrade.
Sarah: That's it for me, but remember, for every last detail on all of these pillows,
go to sleepopolis.com.
Search best pillows of 2020.
It will be the first thing that pops up.
It'll dive into all kinds of detail.
While you're there, if you want to know more about how to pick the pillow that's perfect
for your go-to sleeping position, just go to Guides, click How to Choose a Pillow, and
I'll let you know exactly how to pick the pillow that's perfect for you.
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