19 Best Pillows UK Reviewed in 2021 (Expert Buyers Guide)

Last Updated on 1 Jan. 2020 comments (28)

Imagine your perfect bed. Go on, I’ll wait. I don’t know about you, but mine is stacked high with perfect, plush pillows.

Your pillow can make or break your sleep. We’ve all had that night in a hotel when we’ve sunk straight through the pillow, as if it wasn’t there at all. It’s so dissatisfying!

This guide will ensure you never have to deal with that feeling again.

I’ve collected everything you could ever want to know about pillows: what type you should get, what type of pillow will solve your particular sleep problems, even how to look after your pillows.

As well as answering your every need, I’ve also reviewed the 7 best pillows (UK) along with links to where you can get them online. I’ve got a quick rundown of a few from the list below.

So, get comfortable and let’s make your perfect bed!

Top 5 Best Pillows UK Reviewed

1. Top Choice – Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

Best Pillows UK - Panda Life Pillow

Brand: Panda Life

Filling: Memory Foam

Firmness: Medium-Firm

  • 30-Day Trial
  • 10-Year Guarantee
  • Breathable Bamboo Cover
  • Great For Back And Side Sleepers
  • Great For Neck Pain
  • Environmentally Friendly Packaging

PRICES & REVIEWS

This is my absolute favourite pillow out of the bunch. The Panda pillow. Panda have completely changed the pillow game, designing a memory foam masterpiece that will last 10 years! The average pillow will last a maximum of two, which makes this pillow pretty amazing.

The cover on this pillow is made from bamboo. This means it’s soft. Breathable. Temperature-controlled. Able to wick away moisture. Bamboo is also one of the most sustainable materials on the planet.

Did I mention how much I love this pillow?

It’s about 12cm tall, which means it’s ideal for people who sleep on their back or their side, but it might be a little too high for front-sleepers.

This pillow is fairly firm but extremely comfortable, especially since the memory foam cradles your head while you sleep.

The final amazing thing about this pillow is that Panda donate a portion of their profits to WWF, to help them maintain wild panda habitats.

All in all, this is the best pillow on the list. I would highly recommend it! Read the full panda pillow review here.

2. Best Pillow For Neck Pain – Dunlopillo Super Comfort Full Latex pillow

Best Latex Pillow Dunlopillo

Brand: Dunlopillo

Filling: Latex

Firmness: Firm

  • 100% Natural Latex
  • Washable Polyester Cover
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for back and side sleepers
  • 5-year guarantee

PRICES & REVIEWS

Picking the best pillow to review that will help with neck pain was really important to me. I know how debilitating it can be to deal with neck, shoulder and back pain.

If you’re getting neck pain when you wake up, it’s usually because the balance you get while you sleep is unbalanced. A pillow that fully supports your neck and head can help prevent it.

Obviously, I would always recommend you see your doctor about persistent pain – I can’t advise you. Also, if you suffer from back pain, it’s more likely that you have a problem with your mattress than your pillow. I’ve written a few posts about this, which you can check out here.

With that out of the way, Dunlopillo have created a stellar pillow for dealing with neck pain.

It’s made from latex, which means it’s really responsive to the way your head moves while you sleep, providing maximum support. Latex is slightly bouncier than memory foam, which will also help.

This pillow comes with a removable machine-washable cover and a whopping five-year guarantee, so you know that this is going to last.

It’s also 100% latex, so no hidden chemicals being used here.

Definitely the best latex pillow you can buy, read more on my article on neck pain pillows.

3. Best Pillow For Side Sleepers – Kally Ultimate Side Sleeper Pillow

Kally Side Sleeper Pillow Review

Firmness: Medium-Soft

Filling: Hollowfibre

  • Medium Firmness
  • Hollowfibre filling
  • 14-day Trial
  • Designed for Side Sleepers

PRICES & REVIEWS

The Kally Side sleeper pillow is my favourite non-memory foam pillow to sleep on. Its box shape gives you plenty of support along shoulder and head making it an ideal choice for side sleepers.

The plump filling gives it a really luxurious feel which will have you sleeping soundly all night long. I know it did for me, I closed my eyes and woke up peacefully the next morning after a great night sleep.

The cover is made from a machine washable poly-cotton which is nice and breathable making it a great choice of cooling pillow. Plus it’s a standard size and fits snugly into a regular pillowcase.

A wonderful choice and easy addition for the best side sleeper pillow.

4. Best Latex Pillow – Marcapiuma Natural Breathable Latex Pillow

 Macapiuma Natural Breathable Latex Pillow

Firmness: Firm

Filling: Latex

  • Great for stomach sleepers
  • Hypoallergenic
  • breathable
  • Durable

Price & Reviews

Latex is a great choice for allergy sufferers because it’s naturally hypoallergenic. And it’s a great eco-friendly choice because latex is sustainably harvested from rubber trees that get replanted.

Comfortable for all sleeping positions but the low profile makes it especially useful for front sleepers and stomach sleepers as you can lie on it without craning yuor neck.

But if you’re a side sleeper you can just put one of your old pillows underneath to raise it up while still getting the supportive benefits of latex.

A long-lasting and top quality pillow ideal for helping ease neck pain and ensuring a good night’s sleep.

5. Best Memory Foam Pillow – Eve Breathable Memory Foam Pillow

eve Pillow

Firmness: Medium-firm

Filling: Memory foam

  • 30-Day Trial
  • 3-yar Guarantee
  • Medium-Firm
  • Washable Cover
  • Superb Comfort

PRICES & REVIEWS

Eve are the masters of memory foam and this plump pillow perfectly supports your shoulders, head and neck.

It has the height that you need from a pillow if you sleep on your side and is also hypoallergenic. No more snuffy noses!

When you order through the Eve website, you get a 30-day trial period to put this pillow through its paces and if you decide it isn’t for you, you get a full refund.

However, the chances of you needing to return it are slim. It even comes with a three-year guarantee, so Eve are happy to put their money where their mouth is for this pillow.

More on memory foam pillows

WHAT TYPE OF PILLOWS CAN I BUY?

There’s a huge variety in pillows that you can buy, which can seem a bit overwhelming. The six main ones are: memory foam, synthetic, down, feather, latex and buckwheat.

1. MEMORY FOAM

Fun fact: memory foam was created by NASA in the 1960s. It was originally for aircraft seats but has turned out to be a brilliant material for pillows.

When it’s exposed to heat, memory foam becomes soft, which is what makes it mould perfectly to your body. These kinds of pillows cradle your head as you sleep, which will give you maximum support.

If you find that you suffer from neck or shoulder pain, then this is probably the pillow for you. Memory foam has been developed a great deal, so instead of holding you in one position all night long, it’s a lot more responsive to your movement.

Memory foam pillows are ideal for back and side sleepers and they’re my personal favourite. Check out my article on them here.

2. SYNTHETIC

This is the most common type of pillow.

These pillows are great if you’re on a budget but they aren’t all that durable. They’ll last between six months and two years – depending on how much you spend – before they become flat or lumpy.

The filling of synthetic pillows tend to be either hollow fibre or microfibre: these are both polyester but microfibre is usually more comfortable. Hollow fibre is the cheaper of the two and holds heat extremely well. This is great in the wintertime but can be uncomfortable in summer!

I’d recommend a different synthetic filling – cluster fibre. These pillows are made of lots of tiny balls of soft material, which makes these super soft and comfortable.

3. DOWN

Down is much softer than feather providing a fluffy filling that often doesn’t give enough support but makes for a fluffy pillow. Normally an addon to feather pillows to make them fluffier and more snuggly.

Just make sure they are ethically sourced down feathers.

4. FEATHER

I’m not a huge fan of feather pillows as they don’t offer a lot of support. They work well for front sleepers as you don’t need a lot of lift but I’m a broad-shouldered side sleeper so need a nice thick pillow to support me. Again if you’re interested in a feather pillow please make sure there is some sort of statement from the brad saying they use ethically sourced feathers.

I also have a lot of memories of being stabbed in the face by feathers sticking out of the cover which I’m sure doesn’t help anything!

5. LATEX

These pillows are similar to memory foam, they feel quite spongy. However, they tend to be a bit more springy and firm.

Latex comes from the sap of rubber trees, so it’s a good natural alternative to memory foam if that’s what you’re interested in. However, be aware that cheaper latex pillows tend to be mixed with chemicals since it keeps costs down. Always check it’s 100% latex!

6. BUCKWHEAT

You probably haven’t heard of buckwheat pillows but they’ve become hugely popular in Asia.

Buckwheat is a type of fruit and the husks are used in the pillows. Don’t worry, they’re thoroughly washed!

These tiny husks naturally mould around your head and neck, making them ideal if you suffer from neck pain, much like memory foam pillows.

They feel a lot like the neck pillows you can get at the airport which are filled with microbeads.

The downside is that these pillows are quite noisy as you move around on them. Like memory foam, new buckwheat pillows also tend to have a strange smell but this will fade if you air them out.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN I’M COMPARING THE BEST PILLOWS?

1. FIRMNESS

There are three categories of firmness: soft, medium and firm.

Soft pillows don’t provide much support, but can be very comfortable. I’d stay away from these if you suffer from any neck stiffness or pain, since you need something a bit more substantial.

In my own experience, soft pillows make my head droop as I sleep on my side and I usually wake up with a sore neck.

Medium pillows are great, since you get the best of everything. You get the comfort of a soft pillow and the support of a firmer pillow all in one. These are great for just about everyone.

Firm pillows are a lot more comfortable than they sound. They provide the most support out of all the pillows you can buy, so are great for neck and shoulder pain. These are also good if you have wide shoulders, since you don’t sink into these pillows as much

2. HYPOALLERGENIC

I appreciate that this won’t be a big concern for everyone but if you’re an asthma sufferer like me, this is something you need to pay attention to.

Whether it’s asthma or allergies, hypoallergenic pillows are the way forward.

Non-hypoallergenic pillows tend to carry a lot of dust – way more than you think – and in my own experience, I’m wheezing and coughing all night. Hypoallergenic pillows don’t gather dust, so are generally cleaner and healthier.

Plus, they’re dust mite resistant. And that’s good for everyone!

3. WHAT TYPE OF SLEEPER IS IT FOR?

This is one of the most important things to consider before you buy a pillow but it’s something that not many people know much about.

You can be a front sleeper, side sleeper, back sleeper, or a mixture of them all.

Think about the position you usually wake up in. On your face? Lying on one side? This will give you a big clue about what type of sleeper you are.

Lots of pillows are designed specifically for the position you sleep in, so take some time and get the perfect one for you.

Other Pillow Reviews

Best pillows for front sleepers

Studio by Silentnight Pillow

 Studio by Silentnight Pillow

Firmness: Adjustable

Filling: Hollowfibre

  • Adjustable Height
  • 3 pillow inserts
  • 2-year guarantee
  • Machine washable

This is a fun pillow because it’s made up of 3 different inserts which each have a different firmness so you can mix and match to get your perfect firmness and your perfect height.

Finding a thin pillow that’s comfortable can be hard so this is ideal because you can use it with either one or two inserts and it’s thin yet the high-quality filling allows it to stay plush.

It’ll take a few nights of trying out the various combinations but once you’re found the right one you’ll never be able to go back to a standard pillow.

Dust mite protected and machine washable, plus a 2-year guarantee for peace of mind and many comfortable nights of sleep to come.

Best pillows for back sleepers

SnuggleDown Medium Support back sleeper pillow

 SnuggleDown Medium Support back sleeper pillow

Brand: SnuggleDown

Filling: Cluster Fibre

Firmness: Medium

  • Machine Washable Cover
  • Support designed for back sleepers
  • Medium Feel

If you sleep on your back, you don’t want a pillow that’s too high, or you’re going to end up with neck pain. This pillow by Snuggledown is smaller than the others on this list, so is perfect for all you back sleepers out there.

The support that you get from this pillow is brilliant. It prevents tension from building up in your neck which means you’re able to sleep deeper for longer.

This pillow has also been designed so that it is completely filled right up to the edges, so it’s not going to sag or become lumpy.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that sleeping on your back can cause snoring! You may need to ask the others who live in the house if this is a problem for you…

This is actually my second favourite, I’d say the best back sleep pillow has to be Panda Pillow from the top of the article.

Best cooling pillows

Kally Sleep Cooling Pillow

Kally cooling pillow

Firmness: Medium-Firm

Filling: Hollowfibre and Foam

  • Combo fillings of foam and hollowfibre
  • Breathable Cotton Cover
  • Mesh walled sides great for side and back sleepers
  • Hypoallergenic

I tested this pillow out at the perfect time, right as I was dealing with a fever. And while it didn’t perform miracles (I was sick after all) it did provide some much needed cooling relief to my head through those hot sweaty nights.

The filling is a combo of foam and hollow fibre which give you the support of a memory foam pillow without feeling like you’re actually sleeping on one. It feels just like a regular pillow except a little firmer for much needed extra support to your head.

I have quite broad shoulders and sleep on my side so I need a second pillow underneath for the height but I really like the feel of it. You sink in without being trapped and there is a lot of room through the pillow to breathe.

Easily my new favourite cooling pillow, definitely the most effective I’ve tried.

Best orthopaedic pillows

Ecosafeter Contour Memory Foam Pillow

 Ecosafeter Contour Memory Foam Pillow

Firmness: Medium-firm

Filling: Memory foam

  • Contour for maximum neck support
  • Dustproof yet breathable
  • Suits all sleeping positions

If you’re experiencing any neck pain or shoulder pain, then a new orthopaedic pillow could be the answer (although you should see your doctor first).

This contour allows for maximum support of the spines natural shape so the pressure gets relieved and you can get a deep sleep you’ve been wanting and wake up with minimal stiffness or pain.

A support pillow is a bit strange to get used to at first but stick with it it’s well worth it.

Also, I should point out that this pillow comes with a bit of a strange smell at first, that is totally normal to memory foam and it dissipates over the first few days to being completely gone within a couple of weeks, it’s the same with memory foam mattresses bu is totally harmless.

Best memory foam pillows

Silentnight Impress Deluxe Memory Foam Pillow

Best Memory Foam Pillow Impress Deluxe

Firmness: Firm

Filling: Memory foam

  • Made in the UK
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Machine washable
  • Softer version available

This is the second best memory foam pillow on the list and is a good all-rounder. I’ve said it a hundred times that memory foam is my favourite thing to sleep on and I’ll probably say it a hundred times more.

Silentnight are a big name in the world of sleep and their products can be trusted. This pillow comes with a two-year guarantee, which puts it at the upper end of how long the average pillow will last.

It also comes with a poly/cotton cover, which is lovely and soft but it can only be wiped clean. I’d recommend getting another pillowcase to keep your pillow fresh.

Like all memory foam pillows, it’s also worth knowing that it will smell strange for the first 24 hours or so while you air it out. This is normal, though, so don’t panic!

But again I think the best memory foam pillow has to be the Panda pillow with this as a close second, the panda is also a great alternative to the igel pillow.

Best Luxury Pillow

Simba Hybrid Pillow

Simba Outlast Pillow

Firmness: Adjustable

Filling: Small foam cubes

  • King size pillow available
  • Adjustable Height
  • Down, memory foam and microfibre
  • Extremely softcover

BLACK FRIDAY (2020) SALE: 35% OFF on orders over £300

The Simba outlast can be adjusted for height by adding or taking out the memory foam nanotubes inside it so you can get the exact feel you want. Plus it’s double-sided, one side is a luxurious and cooling down with the memory foam underneath and the other is plump and cloud-like microfibre for a maximum snuggle.

Now I’m not going to miss-lead you here, this pillow is not cheap, it’s double the price of the other premium pillows here but it is something special and the absolute height of luxury so I had to include it.

Oh, and the middle of the pillow is ventilated making it a really great cooling pillow for if you suffer hot flushes through the night.

Best pillows for shoulder pain

UUQ Memory Foam Butterfly Pillow

 UUQ Memory Foam Butterfly Pillow

Firmness: Medium

Filling: Memory foam

  • Great for back and side sleepers
  • Hypoallergenic Cover
  • Shaped for maximum shoulder support

This pillow looks strange, very strange, but its clever design is exactly what you need to deal with shoulder pain.

The cutouts at the side give your shoulder joints a place to rest so they can relax and the slope of the pillow keeps your head aligned so your neck gets the support it needs.

Plus it’s memory foam so you get the support from that as it softens and perfectly cradles your head.

Though it does mean when you first receive the pillow it does have a funny smell, that’s totally normal, it’s just off-gassing and goes away in a few days.

You should also know that it takes about 5 days for this pillow to start shaping properly to your body to give you the support, so there will be an adjustment period but stick with it, it can definitely help you work towards relieving shoulder pain.

Best anti-snoring pillow

NOFFA Soft Contour Cervical Pillow

 NOFFA Soft Contour Cervical Pillow

Filling: Latex like foam

Firmness: Medium

  • Latex like foam
  • 90-day guarantee
  • Queen size pillow available

The contour of this can really help with snoring, your head gets cradled and your neck gets supported which keeps airways open and clear and stops your head drooping on your back which can stop snoring.

And when I say your snoring I mean your partners snoring.

It’s not memory foam so has good bounce back and doesn’t trap as much heat pus it keeps the price down.

It’s got two heights of contour which gives you a bit more choice to find a comfortable position, because a contour pillow feels strange at first but it’s well worth it if you’re dealing with snoring.

Best down pillow

Pair of Luxury Goose Feather and Down Hotel Quality Pillows

 Pair of Luxury Goose Feather and Down Hotel Quality Pillows

Filling: Goose down and feathers

Firmness: Soft

  • 85% feather and 15% down
  • HYpoallergenic
  • Machine washable
  • 100% Natural
  • Made in the UK

Goose down feather is that little bit more luxurious than duck feathers or duck down because it’s softer, warmer and plumper so well worth looking out for.

You get the pair which is great for the price and they are hotel quality so lovely and plump while also being hypoallergenic and machine washable.

the casing is 100% cotton which allows for greater breathability allowing for a restful sleep not a sweaty sleep.

There’s nothing quite like letting your head hit a feather pillow so it’s an easy call to have this as the best feather pillow on the list.

Best hypoallergenic pillow

Silentnight Anti-Allergy Pillow – White, Pack of 2

 Silentnight Anti Allergy Pillow - White, Pack of 2

Filling: Hollowfibre

Firmness: Soft-medium

  • 2-year guarantee
  • Allergy UK seal of approval
  • Machine washable

Silentnight have been making cheap and cheerful bedding for a long time now, so of course they’re antiallergenic pillows are a great budget choice and a nice clean fresh choice.

treated to be completely hypoallergenic and they’re machine washable so if you want to freshen them up you can wash them and the anti-allergy treatment stays in effect.

A nice soft feel so you’ll need the two of them to sleep on and because of the filling they will need gentle fluffing to get them back to shape before you go to sleep each night.

But you can’t argue with the freshness.

Best firm pillow

Snuggledown Firm Support Side Sleeper Pillow

 Snuggledown Firm Support Side Sleeper Pillow

Filling: Microfibre

Firmness: Firm

  • Cheap price
  • Box-wall support for side sleepers
  • 100% cotton casing
  • Machine washable
  • Made in the UK

This is an excellent firm pillow and a fine choice for side sleepers, it’s stitched into a box shape so it’s got high walls for maximum support along your shoulder and neck.

I personally still need another pillow underneath but it depends on your size and how broad your shoulders are whether or not you’ll need a second pillow underneath.

It’s also got all the other good stuff in it too, hypoallergenic, machine washable and it’s made in the UK.

A few of the memory foam pillows I’ve talked about are a firmer feel but if you want a firm non-memory foam pillow then this will be a great choice.

Best soft pillow

Makimoo MP2 Super Soft Queen Size Bamboo Fiber Pillow 2 Pack

Makimoo MP2 Super Soft Queen Size Bamboo Fiber Pillow 2 Pack

Firmness: Soft

Filling: Polyester

  • Soft filling and casing
  • Anti-allergy
  • Extra plump
  • Hypoallergenic

These pillows are really nice and fluffy, plenty of plumpness and softness for a really luxurious sleep experience.

The bamboo and polyester and cover provides an extra layer of softness that’s also naturally hypoallergenic and wicks away moisture for maximum breathability and moisture-wicking.

It’s only the queen size available so they’re a little bit bigger but they still fit on most beds. Antibacterial and extra soft, what more could you want?

Best Organic Buckwheat pillow

Brow Farm Organic Buckwheat Pillow

Buckwheat pillow

Brand: Brow Farm

Filling: Buckwheat husks

Firmness: Firm

  • Lifetime guarantee
  • A natural alternative to memory foam
  • Natural Temperature control

I know it seems a little strange to fill your pillow with buckwheat. Stay with me!

The buckwheat husks in the Brow Farm pillow are triple washed in a rigorous cleaning process before being put in the pillow casing, so you know you’re getting a high-quality product.

This pillow also offers some of the best neck support available, since the buckwheat is comfortable but firm. Exactly what you want!

There are a couple of downsides to this pillow though. The buckwheat husks can make a little bit of noise as you move around in the night and this pillow is definitely one of the heaviest on the list – about three kilos!

However, this is still a fantastic pillow and I can see these getting only more and more popular.

Best toddler pillow

Panda Life Toddler Pillow

Panda Toddler Pillow Review

Brand: Panda Life

Filling: Memory Foam

Dimensions: 45 x 25 x 3 cm

  • Comes With Bamboo Cover
  • Odourless Memory Foam
  • Contoured to Fight Flat Head Syndrome

The Panda Toddler pillow is a great choice, it’s made from odourless memory foam so you can use it right out the box and has a soft bamboo cover.

Bamboo is a really special material because it’s naturally climate-controlled keeping your little one cool but comfortable and it’s naturally hypoallergenic and a completely sustainable material.

It’s got a contoured shape which helps fight against flat head syndrome and the memory foam allows proper alignment of the neck and spine. This gives that little extra support ideal for growing toddlers.

Overall, it’s an absolutely outstanding toddler pillow and one you won’t go wrong with.

FAQS

WHY SHOULD I CHANGE MY PILLOW?

Like anything, pillows get tired over time.

They lose their firmness and eventually stop providing any support, which can cause neck pain and disturbed sleep. Hate it when you can’t get comfy in bed and just toss and turn? Then regularly change your pillows!

Old pillows also become filled with dust, bacteria and even dust mites (which come from the same family as spiders…).

I SUFFER FROM ACNE. WILL CHANGING MY PILLOW HELP?

Yes, quite likely.

Like I said before, old pillows just collect dirt and grime. If that’s what you’re resting your face and head on every night, then it’s going to have a negative impact on your skin and hair. Regularly changing them, along with other cleaning routines for both your skin and your pillows will help.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY PILLOW?

First of all, if your pillow is a yellow colour – bin it immediately.

Aside from that, I’d recommend every one or two years. A cheap pillow will only really last three to six months, so would need to be replaced sooner.

If you want to check if your pillow is still firm, there are some tests that you can do:

For the feather pillows, fold it in half and squeeze the air out of it. If the pillow plumps itself back up and unfolds itself, then you don’t need to change it yet. If it stays folded, then you need a new one.

For synthetic pillows, fold it in half and squeeze the air out of it. Put a medium-sized book on top of it and if it unfolds, then it’s still firm. If it stays folded, replace it.

For memory foam pillows, put it on a firm surface and press down firmly with your hand. If it doesn’t spring back into shape in two minutes, then it’s lost its firmness and needs replaced.

HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY PILLOW?

This will depend on the type you’ve got and you should always follow the instructions on the label.

Most synthetic pillows are machine washable, so just chuck it in the machine on a low-spin cycle and then either tumble dry it or hang it up outside. You could always consider taking it to a laundry place if you aren’t sure.

Memory foam is a little tougher to clean but has the benefit of not collecting germs. Check out my other article about how to wash a pillow for more.

HOW MANY PILLOWS SHOULD I SLEEP ON?

This kind of depends on the position you sleep in.

If you like memory foam, then one should be enough, regardless of the way you sleep.

If you have broad shoulders then you might need more than one, to give you the height you need.

Generally, you want enough pillows that your head lies flat while you sleep and not at an angle, so test out a few combinations and see what works. I’ve got a separate article with more on that here.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT PILLOW I NEED. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

There’s a lot of information here, so if you’re stuck don’t panic!

You can leave any questions you have in the comment box below to get in touch with me, and I’ll be able to give you some more personal advice about what to look for in your perfect pillow.

DO I EVEN NEED A PILLOW?

Some people argue that you don’t and if you can get it right it’s the best way to sleep. But I just can’t get on board, I like having my head hit the pillow when I go to bed. But for those interested, I did write a full article on sleeping without a pillow.

RELATED READING

Best Toddler Pillow

Best Duvet

Bamboo Pillow Reviews

Best pregnancy pillows in the UK reviewed

All the best knee pillows in the UK reviewed
Emma Pillow Review
Simba Pillow Review

HAPPY SLEEPING!

Comments (28)

  • Jo
    November 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Down is like an insulating undercoat on all birds (not just young ones) and it is naturally shed. As I understand it, when this is taken from their nests for use in filling pillows, duvets & jackets etc, it is replaced by a man made fibre so the birds do not lose out on their insulating function.
    However, feathers are very often taken by live-plucking the birds – sometimes up to 4 times a year for the poor things, and so I have to disagree with your comment that down is inhumane but feathers are not.

    • thedozyowl
      November 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Good point Jo,

      I hadn’t actually considered it that way, I’ll update the article as soon as I can to correct myself.

      Thanks

    • thedozyowl
      December 4, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Thanks for that San!

  • David Brown
    January 16, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Hi I look at your recommendations on most of the pillows but there is no mention about the pillows witch are filled wool ?and if they have eney benefit to give a good night’s sleep.

    • thedozyowl
      January 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      You are absolutely right David! I’ll need to scout some out and update this article thank you very much!

  • Andre Corrigan
    January 18, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Hi
    I bought the Snuggledown dude sleeper based on your review and it’s amazing!
    I have arthritis which affects C4 & C7 and the relief after only 2 nights is unbelievable. It’s less than half price on Amazon at the moment too!
    Thank you

    • thedozyowl
      January 29, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Andre!

      Sorry for the slow reply. I’m really glad you’re enjoying it! Always happy to hear when people are sleeping better 🙂

    • Andre Corrigan
      January 18, 2018 at 2:13 am

      Not sure where the ‘ Dude ‘ came from

  • Jenny
    April 11, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for a great, well-researched article!

    It helped me to choose a good pillow (the Panda one) and I’ve just ordered it from their website. Looking forward to blissful sleep now!

  • Sophie
    May 31, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Excellent article, thanks Kieran! I am on a budget so about to order the Snuggle down side sleeper pillow off Amazon. (2 for £21.99)

    Well done Jo! We must stop the abuse of poor defenceless birds!

  • Angela Walker
    July 17, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Help please. I often fall asleep on my tummy then wake up on my side. I am suffering from neck pain and need to change my pillow but haven’t a clue which one would best suit ~ any advice would be helpful x

    • Kieran
      July 17, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Hi Angela,

      Oh no I’m sorry to hear that! Well if I were you I would go for either the Panda Life pillow if you like memory foam and something a bit firmer.

      Hope that helps!

      Happy sleeping.

  • little tern
    October 5, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I have just got myself a Panda pillow to try,in general they send a medium rated firmness one first which to my mind is on the soft side and I think my head just sinks too close to the mattress straining neck and shoulder on the opposite side, so I was interested to see you’re rating it as firm.Did you request a firm one ? I can go back to Pandalife to ask for a firmer one under their 30 night trial. My Q is this: what makes the firmness rating firm ? Is there a measurement of something per square inch but then I am uncertain as to how a customer would translate that data into something meaningful for their particular needs? I assume a firm pillow will mean the head sinks not so low but then you don’t want your head being held at an incorrect angle! Who knew that choosing a correct pillow is so tricky! Thanks for your useful reviews.. I will keep trying to find my perfect pillow…

    • Kieran
      October 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Little Tern,

      Interesting… I actually base my decision on my own opinion of the firmness and the general consensus because I haven’t found a way to officially measure it. So the people I spoke with generally rated it as a firm feel but it’s interesting to hear you found it on the softer side, I’ll have to look into it again!

      Panda only have the one pillow so you won’t be able to swap it under the 30 day trial but you can send it back for a refund if you don’t like it I believe 🙂

  • Jon
    March 2, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Hi Dozyowl,

    I came to your site looking for info to help with shoring problems, but you don’t appear to mention it. Have I missed it? Any thoughts? I go to sleep on my front but turn to snore on my back.

    Thanks,

    Jon

  • Gail Lawes
    March 10, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Hi I wake all the time with headache and I over heat at night and a woman in my 40s
    And struggling to feel rested am a side sleeper plz help😢

    • Kieran
      March 11, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Gail, Sorry to hear that! It sounds horrible, I’d give the Panda pillow a go, it has a lot of support and great for side sleepers, and they’ve got a 30-day trial so if it doesn’t work you can return it. Otherwise, I’d look into a mouth guard as you might be clenching your teeth in your sleep which could give you a headache.

  • Leyla Truscott-Gillick
    July 28, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    I stumbled upon this article at the right time! 😁 Researching pillows myself as recent neck pain and on going headaches. I recently purchased an igel mattress which is extremely comfortable. I see that you can also purchase an igel pillow also, priced at £59.00 per pillow! Before I make that type of investment I wanted to make sure it would definitely be worth it. Sadly you have not reviewed this pillow. Might be worth it 😀

    • Kieran
      July 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Leyla! I haven’t had a chance to look at that pillow yet but I will add it to the list!

  • Hugo
    January 18, 2020 at 8:28 am

    For the more budget aware reader, can you comment on IKEA latex pillows? Thanks.

    • Kieran
      March 4, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Afraid I haven’t tried them yet!

  • Nicola
    May 26, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    I have just placed an order of the dreamcloud hybrid mattress after reading thoroughly your reviews as I am suffering with my lower back and had so many problems in the past with previous mattress but I am trying to find the correct pillow for the mattress I am unable to purchase their pillows as they di not sell them on line ..I wake with severe neck ache every morning having to take painkillers to revive my head and neck .at the moment I’m using 100 % good down but not very supportive . I’m liking the panda pillow reviews but will these be okay on the new mattress when it arrives I I sleep on my side and husband sleeps front and back Please help as i have spent so much money on pillows and mattresses lately.

    • Kieran
      May 26, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Nicola, I am really sorry to hear that it sounds horrible, good choice on the Dreamcloud though, that should help a lot. No Goose down won’t be very good for neck pain, you’ll certainly want some memory foam, so yes the Panda pillow should work and will work fine on your mattress. You could also consider the Kally Sleep neck pain pillow, I haven’t written about it yet but I’ve recently tested it and love it, as a side sleeper on a memory foam mattress. Check it out here. Both have free trials so you could try and send them back if they don’t work.

      Hope you get the sleep you deserve soon.

      • Nicola
        May 28, 2020 at 9:19 am

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply this is such a great help I will take a look at the Kelly also aswellas the panda …all the best ..nicola .

  • Chris
    August 17, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Help have tried no end of pillows from memory foam to feather etc including tempur,Casper,eve ,simba shredded foam none suitable still struggling to sleep but when I do I wake with neck pain,can you help

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy