Best Pillows 2020 (Top 9!) - Which is the Best Pillow for You?

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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

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.

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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

fully refunded.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

sleeping posture.

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.

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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

and neck.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sarah: That's it for me, but remember, for every last detail on all of these pillows,

go to

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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