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Best Pillows

Are you on the hunt for the perfect pillow, but not quite sure where to start? Well, you’ve come to the right place because I’ve rounded up my top pillow picks for 2019, and I chose pillows with every style of sleeper in mind. So, read on to find out which sleep accessory is the right one for you!

Best for Side Sleepers
Layla Pillow
Layla Pillow
Layla Pillow

The impressive level of loft of the Layla pillow provides great pressure relief for your neck and shoulder, while the foam gently conforms to your head!

Best Down Alternative
Saatva Dreams Pillow
Saatva Dreams Pillow
Saatva Dreams Pillow

A fluffable mix of down-alternative and Talalay latex makes this pillow cozy, cool, and great for combo sleepers! 

Best Cooling
Bear Pillow
Bear Pillow
Bear Pillow

With a phase change cover, the Bear pillow is best for back sleepers who run hot. 

Best Natural Latex
Avocado Pillow
Avocado Pillow
Avocado Pillow

Made with all-natural latex, the Avocado pillow is both eco-conscious and supportive! 

Best Memory Foam
COOP Home Goods Body Pillow
COOP Home Goods Body Pillow
COOP Home Goods Body Pillow

This pillow is perfect for folks who love the feel of memory foam so much, they want to enjoy that support across their whole body. COOP makes this pillow in a standard version as well!

Best for Neck Pain
SpineAlign Pillow by Dr. Loth
SpineAlign Pillow by Dr. Loth
SpineAlign Pillow by Dr. Loth

Crafted by a chiropractor, the SpineAlign pillow was designed to help back and side sleepers keep healthy posture throughout the night. Take 5% off your order with the code SLEEPOPOLIS5!

Best for Stomach Sleepers
Nolah Pillow
Nolah Pillow
Nolah Pillow

The low fill and soft feel of the Nolah AirFiber pillow makes it the best option for Stomach Sleepers.

Choosing Your Perfect Pillow

Okay, sleepers, before we get into the roundup, let’s start from square one: How do you know which pillow is right for you?

Well, sleep is something we all do differently (and no two bodies are exactly the same), so it’s important to find the pillows that are going to support your unique needs. Regardless of your slumber style, though, your pillow’s most important job is to help you maintain healthy posture throughout the night. (1) That said, let’s take a look at which types of pillows are most compatible with each sleeping position:

  • Side Sleepers — Side sleepers should aim for something more firmly supportive, with a lofty profile. A higher loft (height) is going to provide some nice pressure relief in your shoulder, and hold your head in neutral alignment with your spine. A firmer level of support will ensure that your head doesn’t gradually sink down, out of neutral alignment with your spine. If you want to know more about side sleeping, check out my guide to the best pillows for side sleepers!
  • Back Sleepers — Back sleepers should stick to what I call a “happy medium pillow.” This means that the loft should not be too tall, but not too low either. And the firmness should be medium to medium firm. However, back sleepers often alternate between the supine and lateral positions. So, if you’re a back/side sleeper, you might want to check out my guide to the best pillows for combination sleepers.
  • Stomach Sleepers — In order to keep neutral alignment, it’s very important for stomach sleepers to use a pillow with low loft, and soft firmness. This is going to support the natural curvature of your spine, and make sure your head/neck is not craned upwards. This is kind of a hard and fast rule, so if you’re a stomach sleeper looking for a range of options, take a look at my best pillows for stomach sleepers review.

Best Pillow Side Sleepers

If you want to know more about choosing the right pillow for neutral spine alignment, check out my guide to the best pillows for neck pain. With guidance from physical therapist Dr. Keith Poorbaugh of the Sleepopolis Expert Network, I paired six pillows with the ideal sleeping positions.

Once you’ve found a pillow that’s going to support a healthy posture, you can dive deeper into the fun details. Now, you might be asking yourself, “But how do I know if my posture is healthy or not?” Well, Dr. Poorbaugh told me that there’s a simple way to find out:

“In order to support the natural C curve of the cervical spine, choose a position that supports a neutral spine. This could be represented by ears in line with shoulders, or the chin in line with the sternum.”

That said, I’ve picked a wide range of options for this roundup, and I’ve broken them into specific categories to help you choose which one might be the best fit for you. So, without further ado, let’s get into my list of the seven best pillows 2019 has to offer.

The Best Pillows of 2019

Best Pillow for Side Sleepers

Trying out the Layla pillow for side sleeping

Layla Pillow

Remember when I said side sleepers need a pillow with a lofty build? Well, meet the Layla pillow.

Of every pillow I’ve ever tested (of which there have been a great many), the Layla pillow has the loftiest build. It’s got a profile of about seven inches tall, but its plush fill of shredded memory foam and Kapok fibers allow you to fluff it up to be even higher than that. This impressive level of loft is going to provide great pressure relief for your neck and shoulder, while the foam gently conforms to your head.

Something else I love about the Layla pillow is its cover fabric. It’s made from ThermoGel infused stretch-knit cotton, which is the same cozy-cooling material that covers the Layla Mattress. It’s super soft to the touch, and copper is discreetly woven into the material, which the folks at Layla say will help dissipate your body’s heat. Additionally, this pillow is hypoallergenic, so I feel totally safe mushing my face into it!

Now, because this pillow is so lofty and fluffable, it’s particularly beneficial for taller folks and those with broad shoulders. However, if you’re petite and worried this pillow might be too tall for you, simply adjust the fill. The Layla pillow has a zipper on one side of it, allowing sleepers to reach in and pull out as much stuffing as they like.

Check out all the details on this pillow in my review of the Layla Pillow.

Pricing: $79 for a Queen, and $99 for a King

Perfect for: Side sleepers who need help keeping cool, and love a big, fluffable pillow.

Layla Pillow
Layla Pillow

The impressive level of loft of the Layla pillow provides great pressure relief for your neck and shoulder, while the foam gently conforms to your head!

Best Down Alternative Pillow

Holding onto the Saatva

Saatva Dreams Pillow

Folks who enjoy the feathery feel of down (but don’t want to sleep on any animal products) are likely to love the Saatva Dreams pillow.

This pillow is designed to offer a feel that’s plush, supportive, and super fluffy. How does it do all that, you ask? By employing the company’s unique three-layer construction, of course! The cover fabric is made from organic, sateen woven cotton which feels silky to the touch. Then, the outer pillow is stuffed full of a down-alternative called microdenier fiber, and the pillow’s inner core is filled with shredded American Talalay latex.

I’ll be honest — this is the pillow I sleep on at home. I love the plush feel of a down-alternative pillow, but finding one that doesn’t go flat over the course of the night can be a challenge. Down-alternative pillows often require frequent fluffing in order to maintain shape, but the Talalay latex core inside this pillow kind of does that work for you. Talalay latex is known for its bouncy resilience and, in this case, it’s keeping the outer layer of the pillow feeling fluffed and ready for cozy sleeping.

I am a combo sleeper, and I consider this to be a great all-position pillow. So, sleepers of all styles who love the feel of down-alternative should check out my full review of the Saatva Dreams pillow!

Pricing: $145 for a Queen, and $165 for a King

Perfect for: Combo sleepers who love the feathery feel of down-alternative!

Saatva Dreams Pillow
Saatva Dreams Pillow

A fluffable mix of down-alternative and Talalay latex makes this pillow cozy, cool, and great for combo sleepers! 

Best Cooling Pillow

Bear Pillow

Listen up, hot sleepers, because this pillow is all about you.

The Bear pillow is filled with one piece of the company’s proprietary foam, which is designed to conform to your head and neck like memory foam, but also have the bouncy resilience of latex. This means that it’s going to do a good job of relieving pressure in the head, neck, and shoulders, specifically in the back and side sleeping positions.

But the thing that stands out about this pillow is how very cooling it is. This pillow is covered in something called phase change material, which genuinely feels icy to the touch. The first time I tested this pillow, I thought it had been refrigerated beforehand. And because the phase change material is woven into the fabric, it’s designed to stay cool no matter how many times you wash it.

Additionally, this pillow is capped on each side with mesh panels to enhance breathability. In my experience testing pillows, it really doesn’t get much cooler than this. It does have a lofty profile of about 5 inches so, I’m afraid this isn’t for you, stomach sleepers. But if you’re a back or side sleeper prone to heating up at night, give this pillow a try.

The folks at Bear Mattress say that this pillow was designed with the active sleeper in mind, as its cooling properties are meant to promote better sleep and muscle recovery. For the full scoop on this pillow, check out my full Bear pillow review.

Pricing: $95 for a Queen, and $115 for a King

Perfect for: Back and side sleepers who live active lifestyles, and need help keeping cool.

Bear Pillow
Bear Pillow

With a phase change cover, the Bear pillow is best for back sleepers who run hot. 

Best Natural Latex Pillow

Avocado Pillow

Next up, we’ve got the Avocado Green pillow (can you already tell it’s organic?).

The Avocado Green pillow is covered in organic cotton, and filled with a blend of Kapok (the natural tree fiber we saw in Layla’s pillow) and 100% natural Dunlop latex shreds. This pillow is exclusively made from organic, sustainably harvested materials, making it a great option for those looking to “sleep green.”

The Kapok that fills this pillow offers a plush, fluffy feel, while the natural Dunlop latex provides a bouncy, quick response to pressure. If you prefer the springy support of latex to the deep sink of memory foam (but also want to make sure that the latex is 100% natural), this could very well be the pillow for you.

Additionally, this pillow is adjustable, which makes it suitable for all sleeping positions. All you have to do is unzip the cover fabric, reach inside, and adjust the internal fill to your liking. Remember: your pillow’s loft should support a neutral spine, so you may have to experiment a little bit with the fill level until you find your perfect balance.

If you want to know more about this organic sleep accessory, check out my full review of the Avocado Green pillow.

Pricing: $79 for a Standard, $89 for a Queen, $99 for a King

Perfect for: Eco-friendly sleepers who love the buoyant support of natural Dunlop latex.

Avocado Pillow
Avocado Pillow

Made with all-natural latex, the Avocado pillow is both eco-conscious and supportive! 

Best Memory Foam Pillow

COOP Home Goods Pillow

Last (but certainly not least) is one of my all-time favorite pillows — the Coop Home Goods body pillow.

This pillow is perfect for folks who love the feel of memory foam so much, they want to enjoy that support across their whole body. This pillow is stuffed full of shredded memory foam which does a great job of conforming to your shape, offering support anywhere you need it. And this pillow is quite large at about 54 inches tall so, if you’re petite like me, you can pretty much treat it like a miniature, mobile mattress.

The memory foam inside this pillow is very moldable, so feel free to hug it and enjoy some between-the-leg or under-the-arm support. You may find that holding a pillow between your legs relieves pressure in your lower back, and helps to align your spine. Another cool thing about this pillow is that, if  you lay it across your mattress, you can roll back and forth and never run out of pillow.

If you do love the idea of a body-conforming memory foam pillow, but you want it in a standard size, Coop Home Goods offers that as well (don’t worry, we’ve reviewed the standard Coop Home Goods memory foam pillow too!).

For the full scoop on this big ol’ body pillow, check out my full review on the Coop Home Goods body pillow.

Pricing: This body pillow comes in one size at about $70.

Perfect for: Memory foam fans looking for full-body pressure relief.

COOP Home Goods Body Pillow
COOP Home Goods Body Pillow

This pillow is perfect for folks who love the feel of memory foam so much, they want to enjoy that support across their whole body. COOP makes this pillow in a standard version as well!

Best Pillow for Neck Pain

Side sleeping on the SpineAlign pillow

SpineAlign Pillow

Sleepers with neck pain, allow me to introduce you to the SpineAlign pillow by Dr. Loth.

The SpineAlign pillow was designed by a chiropractor to help back and side sleepers alleviate neck pain, and keep a neutral spine while they sleep. Its construction features three chambers — two with higher loft for side sleepers, and one middle chamber with a slightly lower loft for back sleepers.

All three chambers are filled with a proprietary blend of fiber and foam, which offers a slow response to pressure. The high loft of the side chambers helps sleepers keep neutral spine alignment when in the lateral position, while also relieving pressure at the shoulders. Meanwhile, the middle chamber not only helps back sleepers maintain spine alignment, but its lower loft serves to hold the sleeper’s head in place so it’s harder to deviate from healthy posture.

What I love about this pillow, though, is that it really covers all its bases. We all have different body types and sleep habits so, to accommodate that diversity, one side chamber is built with higher loft for sleepers who are 5’7” and taller. The other side (without the company’s logo) is a bit shorter to accommodate those who are under 5’7”. However, if you don’t like the way the fill is distributed, all three chambers are adjustable (and don’t be afraid to move filling from one chamber into another chamber!).

Interested in this unique, three-chambered pillow? Check out my full SpineAlign pillow review.

Pricing: $129 for a Queen, $149 for a King

Perfect for: Back and side sleepers who need a little help alleviating neck pain.

Take 5% off your order!
SpineAlign Pillow by Dr. Loth
SpineAlign Pillow by Dr. Loth

Crafted by a chiropractor, the SpineAlign pillow was designed to help back and side sleepers keep healthy posture throughout the night. Take 5% off your order with the code SLEEPOPOLIS5!

Best Pillow for Stomach Sleepers

Nolah AirFiber Pillow

Now, I know we haven’t seen much for stomach sleepers yet… but this one is just for you!

The Nolah AirFiber pillow is filled with a fluffy down-alternative that is easily compressed into a super low loft, while also offering a feather-like feel that many sleepers enjoy. As I said, a lower lofted pillow is going to help stomach sleepers keep a neutral spine, and prevent their heads from being craned upwards.

This pillow is not adjustable, but it is very shapeable which allows you to fold, squish, and flatten it into the loft of your liking. Additionally, its foldable nature lets sleepers comfortably reach their arms underneath the pillow, which is often a natural movement for stomach sleepers who don’t want to sleep with their arms directly at their sides.

If you’re a stomach sleeper who is also prone to warming up during the night, you’ll be glad to know that the cover fabric of this pillow is made from breathable cotton, and infused with cooling phase change material. So, while it’s not quite as cooling as the Bear pillow, it’s still designed to help regulate your body’s temperature.

Nolah makes a pillow specifically for back and side sleepers too, and you can find out all about both pillows in my full Nolah pillow review.

Pricing: This pillow comes in one size, at $74

Perfect for: Stomach sleepers who run hot, and love the fluffy feel of down-alternative!

Nolah Pillow
Nolah Pillow

The low fill and soft feel of the Nolah AirFiber pillow makes it the best option for Stomach Sleepers.

Let’s Recap!

Alright, you’ve seen my top seven pillow picks, but let’s recap the highlights so you know what to look for when you’re shopping on your own.

  • Materials — The feel and support of your pillow is largely determined by the materials used. Love the fluffy feel of feathers? Go with down or a down-alternative pillow. If you prefer organic materials, Kapok and natural latex shreds are great options. Those who love that deep, body-conforming sink into the pillow might be most compatible with memory foam.
  • Position — When it comes to picking the perfect pillow, loft and firmness matter! So remember: side sleepers are best suited to a higher loft with firmer support, stomach sleepers need lower loft and soft firmness, and back sleepers can float somewhere in between.
  • Adjustability — When it doubt, it’s a good idea to pick a pillow with an adjustable fill. This allows sleepers to play around with the loft and firmness until they find their perfect comfort zone.

Final Thoughts

Now remember, folks: there’s a wide world of pillows out there, and these are just seven of my personal favorites. That said, each of these pillows comes with a trial period wherein you can test it out for a month or so before you commit to buying it. When it comes to picking your perfect pillow, I always recommend doing some preliminary research (by reading Sleepopolis reviews!), and taking advantage of any trial period a bedding brand has to offer. Well, now you know my lineup of the best pillow of 2019, so go forth and sleep well!

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Sarah is a Sleepopolis staff writer and bedding expert. Every week, she personally tests and reviews new pillows, sheet sets, and other sleep accessories. She accompanies every video review with a meticulously detailed article to ensure her audience has all the pertinent info they need to have the best shopping experience possible. Perhaps that’s why her fans have dubbed her “the most thorough pillow reviewer on the Internet.” Having tested everything from sleep trackers to mattress toppers, Sarah's expertise runs deep and is always expanding. She received her degree in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and spends her free time doing stand-up, making pasta, and hanging with her cats.