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10 of the Most Comfortable Pillows for Every Type of Sleeper

Best pillows for every kind of sleeper
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Brooklinen, Buffy
March 11, 2024

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Your pillow shouldn’t be the reason you lose sleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning, fluffing and flattening, you might be in need of a bedtime upgrade. No matter if you’re a back, side, or stomach sleeper, we’ve pulled together some options that’ll have you resting easy every night. From cube pillows meant for side sleepers to memory foam pillows that cradle your head and neck — plus pregnancy pillows you’ll use long after the little one comes — here are our recommendations for the best pillows for every kind of sleeper.

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A memory foam pillow that converted us…

Prior to trying this pillow, we were latex pillow enthusiasts — but after giving this memory foam one a try, we can never go back. We can’t get over how well it stays cool and forms to our head and neck. Plus, the jersey knit cover is so soft. It does have a medium-density, so is probably best for side sleepers. ($30+, Target)

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The original Casper pillow…

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Casper pillow, since its pillow-in-pillow design sparked a ton of competitors. And for good reason. This pillow is downright delightful to lay your head on, from the plush feel to the crisp cotton percale cover. We find it stays cool, but if you want to take it up a notch, there’s also the hybrid pillow with cooling technology. ($65+, Nordstrom)

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Wraparound pillow

A wraparound support pillow that’ll help you get more comfortable…

This long twisty tube can be moved into whatever position you see fit, whether you’re pregnant or just looking for a comfier way to Netflix and chill. It’s almost 7 feet long and has been filled with about 55 bottles of plastic that’s actually extra-fluffy. The outside is made from ultra-smooth Tencel lyocell fibers that get softer with every wash and are also 100% recyclable. We recommend adding a pillow cover for extra comfort and style. ($92.65, Buffy)

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Memory foam pillow

A memory foam pillow designed to help your back and neck pain…

It’s made with a blend of 20% polyester to create the perfect balance of comfort and adjustable support. Plus, it has a zipper that can adjust the firmness and adapt to your sleeping habits. It comes with cooling-infused foam and breathable mesh so you won’t overheat and is available in two sizes. Buy them in a pack of two or three to save more. ($52+, Brooklinen)

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Side sleepers pillow
Pillow Cube

A cube pillow intended to provide comfort for side sleepers…

You’ll wake up without a stiff neck or night sweats, thanks to this pillow’s frozen fibers that’ll keep you 10 degrees cooler. It’s shaped like an ice cube and comes in different heights to accommodate broader shoulders. No more waking up and flipping to the cool side. ($69.99, Pillow Cube)

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Bamboo pillow

A breathable bamboo pillow that’ll adapt to your sleeping style…

It has a machine-washable bamboo-and-poly-blend cover, and is designed to deliver optimal cooling, comfort, and air circulation during the night. Get it in a queen or king size or as a body pillow that measures 4 feet long. Psst…when it arrives, remove it from its bag and pop it in the dryer for five minutes to fluff it up. ($32.96+, Amazon)

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Memory foam pillow
The Cushion Lab

A patented pillow meant to help you get your deepest sleep…

We’ve tried this one and can attest that the soft, zero-pressure cushioning and contour support cradled our head and neck perfectly all night long. It also comes with a smooth pillowcase (made of a nylon and spandex blend) that prevents unwanted frizz and creasing in your skin. ($88, Cushion Lab)

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Pregnancy pillow
Bed Bath & Beyond

A pregnancy pillow that’ll stabilize you on both sides…

Thanks to its U-shape, you’ll be safely nestled in between and won’t need to constantly readjust during the night. You’ll love the belly and back support no matter where you’re sitting or sleeping. It’s overstuffed with a hypoallergenic down alternative and is machine-washable. It’s also great for supporting those with hip pain. ($64.59, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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side sleeping pillow

An adaptive foam pillow great for back and side support…

This pillow is filled with adaptive foam that strikes the right balance between soft and supportive. Plus, it has two cooling features — cooling gel beads that trap and pull away heat, and a graphite layer that ensures you’re always lying on the cool side. It has a hypoallergenic cover, has been Oeko-Tex 100 certified (which means it’s been tested for potentially harmful chemicals), and is available in standard and king sizes. ($85+, Amazon)

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A pregnancy wedge that you can rest your belly on…

One side has soft memory foam while the other side is firmer, so you can choose the kind of support you need. This one’s been designed with perforated foam so it’ll stay cool as you sleep, and has a plush velvet cover that’s machine-washable. Pro tip: Use it for support behind your back while sitting up on the couch, under your legs for improved circulation, or in between your knees while you sleep. ($29.99, Amazon)

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