Let me start by congratulating you for embarking on a quest to find the best pillow. With so many options out there, pillow-shopping can get pretty overwhelming, and it might be tempting to just keep snoozing with the same ones you’ve had since high school (we’ve all been there, trust me). But why settle for less when you can sleep with the pillow that’s perfect for you? Well, settle in, folks, because I’m about to take you through my Best Pillows of 2022 roundup! I hand-picked 10 that appeal to a wide variety of sleep styles, temperature preferences, and budgets so that everyone can find their perfect match.
Best Pillows of 2022
- Editor’s Pick – Saatva Latex Pillow
- Best Firm Pillow – Casper Foam Pillow
- Best Cooling Memory Foam Pillow – Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Pillow
- Best for Back Sleepers – TEMPUR-Cloud Pillow
- Best for Shoulder Pain – DreamCloud Best Rest Memory Foam Pillow
- Best Pillow for Neck Pain – Purple Harmony Pillow
- Best for Side Sleepers – Nectar Resident Pillow
- Best Adjustable Pillow – WinkBeds Adjust-A-Cube
Saatva Latex Pillow
You know those pillows that remind you of a hotel? Plush and comfortable, yet structured and supportive? Well, if you want to have that kind of sleeping experience every night at home, try out the Saatva Latex Pillow.
Per its name, the Saatva pillow is made from a mix of down alternative and Talalay latex. We think this construction makes it extremely cozy, cool, and a great option for back sleepers and combination sleepers. If you take out the insert, it could be a solid choice for stomach sleepers, as well.
Why It’s a Good Pick
Saatva’s latex pillow has a unique feel — more of a plush quality that makes it softer than other latex pillows on the market. This means that if you’re not into a buoyant pillow, but you love the cooling properties of latex, the Saatva could be the one for you.
The Saatva Pillow’s real standout feature is a shredded latex core that offers unrivaled support. I really love this pillow for back sleepers in particular. It offers the perfect amount of soft cushioning and support to keep their necks and spines aligned.
Eco-conscious shoppers should love that the Saatva pillow is plush, lofty, and filled with down-like microfibers. So, if you like the feel of feathers but don’t want to sleep on a pillow with animal products, then this pillow is a solid choice. As an added bonus, the cover is 100% organic cotton, and the latex core is made from renewable, natural resources.
Still want more info? Check out my full Saatva pillow review to learn more.
Price: $165–185, with a 45-night trial and one-year warranty.
A fluffable mix of down-alternative and Talalay latex makes this pillow cozy, cool, and great for combo sleepers!
Casper Foam Pillow
The Casper Foam Pillow features a three-layer design that incorporates both high- and low-density foams for a balanced feel. The outer layers are softer and give this pillow a cloud-like comfort, while the inner layer is more supportive. Overall, the Casper Foam Pillow is on the firmer side, but we think that deciding between the mid-loft and low-loft versions can help you find the best fit for your sleep preferences (more on that below).
Why It’s a Good Firm Pick
This pillow is extremely versatile. It should be great for neck pain, since the soft outer layers of foam are meant to cradle the head and neck while the inner layer promotes neutral spine alignment and prevents the pillow from going flat. Not only that, but the pillow is suited for each sleeping position, depending on the loft you choose. The Casper Foam Pillow comes in a medium loft and low loft model — the low loft is better for back and stomach sleepers, while the medium loft is better for side sleepers.
Hot sleepers might also like to know that the Casper’s cover fabric is made from a moisture-wicking blend of Spandex and polyester, and each layer of foam inside this pillow is ventilated for optimized breathability. As a hot sleeper myself, I was pretty impressed by this pillow’s ability to keep me cool.
This foam is the brand’s proprietary formula, and it’s designed to offer a light and buoyant feel. So, if you’re looking for that deep sink into memory foam, you might want to look elsewhere.
But if you’re someone who loves the comfy feel of foam but wish it didn’t offer such a slow response to pressure, you should definitely take this pillow for a spin or read my full Casper Foam Pillow review to learn more.
Price: $89–$119, with a 30-night trial period and one-year warranty.
The Casper Foam Pillow sleeps cool and has the balanced support that's great for back and side sleepers!
Best Cooling Memory Foam Pillow
Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Memory Foam Pillow
If you’re a hot sleeper who loves the contouring feeling of memory foam, this luxury pillow from Brooklyn Bedding could be the right fit for you.
Feel-wise, we found that it was overall pretty buoyant, and slept somewhat like a latex pillow. Sleepers who would much rather prefer a pillow that lets you sink in a bit might want to opt for something else. But if you enjoy a bouncy feel, then you might just fall in love with the Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Memory Foam Pillow.
Why It’s Good For Hot Sleepers
Its features are specifically designed to keep hot sleepers cool, starting with a cover that’s literally cool to the touch. As for the interior, the pillow’s memory foam is infused with graphite and copper, which helps draw heat away from the body. It also has a breathable cover and is ventilated for added airflow.
Not only that, but those who have allergies could be big fans of the material. The construction of this pillow is not only hypoallergenic, but dust mite-resistant and mold-resistant as well.
The Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Memory Pillow comes in King size and Queen size and is available with a high loft or low loft. I recommend side sleepers go with the high loft version, while back and stomach sleepers will be more comfortable with the low loft version.
Interested in learning more? Check out my full Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Pillow review.
Price: $129–149, with a 30-night trial and a three-year warranty.
The Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling pillow is perfect for sleepers who love the feeling of memory foam and want to sleep cool.
Best for Back Sleepers
If you’re a back sleeper searching for the pillow of your dreams, then the TEMPUR-Cloud pillow could be a perfect match for you.
Built with the brand’s proprietary TEMPUR-Material, this pillow offers a super-slow response to pressure and should conform to your body shape. This means that memory foam lovers should really take a liking to the feel of this pillow.
Why It’s Great For Back Sleepers
What makes this pillow particularly great for back sleepers is its loft level: it has a medium height that’s just right when sleeping on your back. This height in combination with its ultra-contouring feel will provide back sleepers with some great support that should help prevent neck and back pain.
With that being said, we think that this pillow should work in pretty much every sleeping position. We found that back sleepers’ spinal alignment remained proper, that the foam compresses enough to keep the neck comfy for stomach sleepers, and that it still provides good support and height for many side sleepers.
I also want to take a second to talk about this pillow’s cover. It’s made from a moisture-wicking polyester material that’s so soft, I almost didn’t want to put a pillowcase on it! Also, it’s washable, so those who like easy cleaning will definitely appreciate that aspect of the pillow.
Interested in learning more? Check out my full Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Cloud pillow review.
Price: $89, with free shipping and a five-year warranty.
The TEMPUR-Cloud pillow provides the great body-contouring memory foam feel that Tempur-Pedic is known for and is a great choice for the back sleepers out there!
Best for Shoulder Pain
DreamCloud Best Rest Memory Foam Pillow
Sleeping shouldn’t be a pain but, unfortunately for many, it is! If you’re dealing with shoulder pain, you want to make sure you find the right mattress and, more importantly, the right pillow. That’s where the DreamCloud Best Rest Memory Foam Pillow comes in.
We think that overall, this pillow makes for a solid match when it comes to sleeping on one’s back and side. With good support in these positions and a relatively high loft, the DreamCloud Best Rest should also please combination sleepers as well.
Why It’s Good For Shoulder Pain
The DreamCloud Best Rest is made from thick memory foam and boasts a 5.5” profile height. Pillow height is important when you’re looking for a pillow for shoulder pain. A pillow like the DreamCloud Best Rest can help keep the head supported, relieving pressure on the shoulders. If you struggle with shoulder pain, this pillow could really offer you relief!
The pillow also offers some fantastic contouring. The Best Rest’s memory foam provides that slow-moving feel most of us have come to expect. Lying on your back, you should feel the pillow conform to the shape of your head and neck. Side-sleeping, the DreamCloud will cushion your head, while still keeping it propped up.
While it is a memory foam pillow, you also shouldn’t have to worry about sleeping hot. The pillow features a breathable cover and copper gel-infused memory foam. Copper gel should help to draw heat away from your body, ensuring a cool night of sleep!
Take a look at our DreamCloud Best Rest Pillow review to learn more.
Price: $99–129, with a 50-night sleep trial.
The DreamCloud Best Rest is a memory foam pillow made with a cool-to-the-touch cover and CopperGel foam. It's a great pillow for hot sleepers!
Best Soft Pillow For Neck Pain
Purple Harmony Pillow
Next up on my list is the Purple Harmony pillow, and I picked it specifically for those looking for a soft pillow that alleviates neck pain.
The Purple Harmony pillows, like Purple mattresses in general, have an extremely unique feel that can be great for those who are looking for something different. We think that it lies on the firmer side of the scale, but it should still have plenty of cushion. It’s also made from a very breathable spandex mesh material that wicks moisture and promotes a ton of airflow through the pillow. As a hot sleeper, I can tell you that this served to draw heat away from my head, and make for a nice, cool snooze.
Why It’s Good For Neck Pain
That said, the real magic lies directly beneath the cover fabric. I’m talking, of course, about the brand’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a unique material that’s exceptionally bouncy and durable while remaining somewhat soft, and it’s prominently featured in the Purple Mattress and Purple original pillow.
In the Purple Harmony, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer gives the pillow its shape, and helps it maintain its integrity night after night. Meanwhile, one piece of Talalay latex makes up the core of this pillow, which only adds to its bouncy-quick response to pressure. Why would you want a bouncy pillow, you ask? Well, its buoyant resilience keeps it from going flat no matter the sleeping position.
In my experience, that’s what makes this pillow great for neck pain. The Purple Harmony supported me in every sleeping position, conformed to the natural contours of my head and neck, and bounced back to its original shape every morning.
Read all about it in my full Purple Harmony pillow review!
Price: $179, with a 100-night trial period and a one-year warranty.
The Purple Harmony is great for any position sleeper and is extremely breathable to help you sleep cool through the night!
Best for Side Sleepers
Nectar Resident Pillow
The Nectar Resident Pillow is a memory foam option with a very interesting pillow-in-pillow design. At the center are two types of comfort foam, surrounded by plush stuffing.
This gives the pillow a balanced feel that offers a bit of that slow-moving memory foam sensation, as well as the fluffiness you usually get with down. Looking for the best of both worlds? You should find it with the Nectar.
Why It’s Good For Side Sleepers
The design makes the Resident memory foam pillow adjustable! If you’re a side sleeper who needs something especially soft, you can actually unzip the pillow and remove or add the fill to your liking. Pro tip: side sleepers who need some good loft to support their head might want to leave the pillow completely filled.
As for other sleeping positions, back sleepers can take out a bit of fill for that perfect balance of comfort and support. Stomach sleepers might want to take out most of the fill to soften the pillow as much as possible.
Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that the Nectar Resident Pillow is good for cooling. With a Tencel fabric cover, there should be solid airflow and breathability, so the memory foam shouldn’t sleep too hot.
Price: $75, with a five-year warranty as well as a 50-night sleep trial.
The Nectar Resident is an adjustable pillow that comes overfilled to put you in control of your comfort. If the pillow is firm, remove stuffing until it is just right. The inner pillow is supportive, but the outer pillow adds a soft touch of fluff to allow you to decide how much you want.
Best Adjustable Pillow
Per its name, the gel-infused memory foam cubes of the WinkBeds Adjust-a-Cube Pillow can be modified into your preferred mold or fluff combination. Just unzip the cover and shape the structure to your preference. And because there’s plenty of space between the cubes, there’s a ton of airflow and cooling here. So hot sleepers, take note!
Why It’s Good For Adjustability
The fill is a mix of ethically sourced wool and natural shredded Talalay latex, both of which are easy to manipulate.
Then there’s the 100% cotton cover. It’s super-easy to zip open, allowing you to reach in and add, remove, or adjust the fill without even having to take off the cover. And because each cube contains gel memory foam, it molds easily to your head, regardless of your sleeping position.
Price: $89–$119, with a limited five-year warranty.
Have you ever wished you could make your pillow just a bit flatter? Or just a bit more plush? The WinkBeds Adjustable pillow allows you to do just that!
Methodology: How Do I Pick The Right Pillow?
Regardless of your preferred sleeping position, your pillow’s most important job is to support healthy posture by keeping your head, neck, and spine in neutral alignment.
This basically means that the natural C-curve of your spine is being supported rather than craned into an unsafe position. If you want to know if you have a neutral spine alignment, simply check to see if your ears are in line with your shoulders and your chin is in line with your sternum.
Below, I’m going to briefly break down the main factors to consider when shopping for the pillow that’s right for your preferred sleep position. But for even more details, be sure to check out my guide to picking the best pillow for your position.
- Side-Sleeping: Side sleepers are typically most compatible with pillows that offer a firmer feel and a lofty profile. A pillow with a tall loft of 4″ or higher serves to hold your head in alignment with your spine, while relieving pressure at the shoulders and hips. Meanwhile, firmer support will prevent your head from gradually sinking throughout the course of the night. If you want to know more about side sleeping, check out my guide to the best pillows for side sleepers!
- Back-Sleeping: When it comes to firmness levels and feel, back sleepers should stick to what I call a “happy medium” build. Essentially, this means that your pillow’s loft and firmness should both have a medium rating in order to promote healthy posture. But back sleepers have a little more room to experiment with loft and firmness. Learn more in my best pillows for back sleepers roundup.
- Stomach-Sleeping: Unlike back sleepers, stomach sleepers have to stick to a hard and fast rule in order to keep their spines neutrally aligned. If you’re a stomach sleeper, a soft pillow with a low loft is going to support the natural curvature of your spine, and prevent your head/neck from being craned upwards. Because it can be easy to strain your neck in this position, finding a stomach sleeper pillow can be kind of tricky. For a range of options, check out my best pillows for stomach sleepers.
- Combination-Sleeping: If you tend to switch positions throughout the night, you’ll want a pillow that is versatile enough to be comfortable in most positions. You’ll also want to opt for a larger pillow, since combo sleepers can tend to slip off their pillows throughout the night. I’d recommend a medium-loft pillow for most combo sleepers, which should help keep your spine in a neutral position. Check out my best pillow for combination sleepers roundup for more information.
Once you’ve found the pillow that supports healthy sleeping posture, you’re ready to dive into the exciting details! For example, take some time to decide if you want a pillow that feels silky or fuzzy. Warming or cooling. Traditionally shaped or ergonomic. The world of pillows is vast, and it’s worth it to find one that’s just right.
What Types of Pillows Are There?
Though there might have only been feather pillows back in the day, these days you can find pillows made with a range of materials. Whether you love the traditional feeling of soft down, or want an ergonomic memory foam pillow, you’ll be able to find a new pillow that suits your sleep needs.
Down Pillows: These pillows are made from de-quilled duck and goose feathers. These feathers come from the chest or underbelly of the bird and are known to be the softest. Down pillows have a cloud-like feel and are typically softer pillows. They tend to be more expensive than other pillows.
Down Alternative Pillows: If you love the feel of down, but want a hypoallergenic (and cheaper) option, then down alternative pillows might be right up your alley. These pillows are typically made from polyester microfibers. They are designed to mimic the feeling of down, but come at a much lower price point.
Memory Foam Pillows: These pillows are made from — you guessed it — memory foam. Memory foam is a relatively new material designed to cradle your body. It has a slow response to pressure and is much denser than down or down alternative. Memory foam pillows are typically more ergonomic than other pillows, and are a great choice for those who suffer from neck pain.
Memory Foam Alternative Pillows: These days, lots of brands have their own proprietary versions of memory foam that feel like the classic material with a few tweaks. For example, memory foam does have a reputation for trapping body heat, but memory foam alternative pillows can be filled with cooling materials. Gel memory foam pillows are especially common, but you can also find memory foam pillows with graphite or copper infusions, which help dissipate heat. Memory foam alternative might also be more aerated, which helps improve breathability.
Latex Pillows: These pillows are made from natural Talalay or Dunlop latex, which is sourced from rubber trees. Latex has a bouncy, buoyant feel and is almost like the opposite of memory foam. It provides some nice pressure relief, and is known to be naturally cooling. Latex pillows tend to be on the pricier side.
Hybrid Pillows: These are a relatively new type of pillow on the market. They are reversible and adjustable pillows with a soft, down-like side and a firmer side that tends to have cooling properties. These pillows are great for sleepers who aren’t sure what they want or like to switch things up. The Leesa Hybrid pillow is one of the few we’ve tested.
What Does Pillow Loft Mean?
If you’ve never heard of pillow loft before, don’t worry — it simply refers to the pillow’s height. Depending on your sleeping style, you’ll want to opt for a certain pillow loft.
Low-Loft: Low-loft pillows tend to be 3″ tall or less. These pillows are best for stomach sleepers, who need little to no loft to achieve a neutral spinal alignment.
Mid-Loft: Mid-loft pillows are 3″ to 5″ tall. They’re best for back or combination sleepers, since they provide a medium amount of support.
High-Loft: These pillows are 5″ or taller and are best for strict side sleepers. Side sleepers need a higher loft to keep their neck positioned in line with their spine, which helps prevent neck pain.
What Size Pillows Can I Buy?
Many brands offer pillows in more than one size. The typical sizes you’ll find are standard, queen, and king. You can also find specialized pillows like body pillows and ergonomic pillows.
Standard: Standard size pillows measure 20″ x 26″. Standard pillows are the least expensive pillow size and are the most commonly used.
Queen: Queen pillows measure 20″ x 30″. Two of these pillows fit nicely on a queen size bed. Hotel pillows are often queen size.
King: King size pillows are the largest at 20″ x 36″. They are great for sleepers who tend to move around a lot, since they offer quite a lot of surface area. These pillows are the most expensive of the bunch.
Body: Body pillows tend to measure about 20″ x 54″. These pillows are particularly useful for side sleepers, who can place them between their legs to prevent knee rubbing.
You’ve seen my favorite pillows of 2022, and you’re ready to get shopping. But, before you do, remember to keep a close eye on loft, firmness, and all the little details that cater to your unique sleep needs. And take advantage of those trial periods when they’re offered! After all, personally testing a pillow can be a great way to make sure that it will support you all night long. Happy shopping, everybody!
What is the best pillow for side sleepers?
In general, side sleepers need a pillow with a lofty profile and firmer feel in order to maintain neutral spine alignment and relieve pressure at the shoulders.
What is the best pillow for neck pain?
The best pillow for neck pain is the one that promotes neutral spine alignment when you’re in your go-to sleeping position. Of course, this looks different for each position, but making sure that your head and neck are never craned out of alignment with your spine is the best way to alleviate neck pain.
How long should you keep pillows?
In general, you should replace your pillow every one to two years. However, the lifespan of your pillow largely depends on the materials used to make it! I suggest checking in with your pillows every six months to make sure they’re still supporting you properly.
What pillow is best for stomach sleepers?
Typically, stomach sleepers need a pillow with a low profile and a soft feel in order to maintain neutral spine alignment and relieve pressure in the lower back and abdomen.