How to choose pillow filling best for you

Apr 23, 2018 | Best pillow for sleeping

Do you know how wide choice of fillings exist?

  • Down or feather pillows
  • Synthetic down and polyester fill
  • Cotton
  • Wool
  • Latex
  • Memory foam

an infinite number of filling type, quality and amount combinations



If you have asthma, allergies, or chronic neck pain, you may need a particular filling or a dust mite-proof cover for the pillow.

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How to choose your best pillow filling guide step by step:

Down or feather pillows?

These pillows are light and soft—if you like a soft place to rest your head at night, you may like a down pillow. Down pillows are usually made from either goose or duck fibers.
Down and feather pillows are in wide choice of firmness from very soft and flat good for stomack sleepers to more firm for side and back sleepers. Be aware that “pure down” and “all down” pillows may still contain feathers and other fill.


A feather pillow will likely be harder than down pillow, and there is a chance that some of the feather quills could poke through the fabric, particularly in cheaper feather pillows.

They are resilient and breathable because they are made of a natural material.

Many people worry about allergic reactions and sensitivity to down. There are people who have hard allergies to down and feathers. Often, however, the allergic reaction to down comes from a lower-quality down filling that hasn’t been sufficiently cleaned.

You can look for hypo-allergenic down, often called “hypodown,” Good quality down pillows are expensive, but worth it if this is the type of pillow you prefer.

Synthetic down and polyester fill.

Synthetic down pillows are less expensive than natural, hypo-allergenic natural down but they will need replacing more frequently.

Cotton Pillow

Cotton pillows are naturally hypo-allergenic and resistant to dust mites and mold. Cotton pillows are mostly flat and firm.


Wool Pillow

These pillows are naturally hypo-allergenic, and resistant to mold and dust mites. Wool pillows wick away moisture from your head and neck and can be effective at helping regulate your temperature during sleep, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Wool pillows are quite firm so they are not the best for stomach sleeper.



Latex pillows are made from the sap of rubber trees.

Latex pillows tend to be more firm than down, but still very comfortable. These pillows hold their shape

Latex pillows come in all shapes and sizes. Consistencies vary as well, some use shredded material while others are made of solid cores. Latex is resistant to mold and dust mites. They are made in many shapes, deliver extra support to the head and neck. Good choice for side and back sleepers.

Negative – they have special odor which could be problem for sensitive to smells people..

Memory foam pillow

Memory foam is made of potyurethane. Very popular in recent years. Pillows are responding to your weight and body heat. Memory foam softens and contours to the lines of your head, neck, and shoulders. It also distributes weight evenly across its surface. They provide good support, especially if you have neck, jaw, or shoulder problems.


Negative – this filling can make you hot because the material doesn’t “breathe”

They are not the best choice for mixed sleeper who change position many times throughout the night, they take a bit of time to mold into different shapes.

Synthetic materials like memory foam and polyester are made through chemical processes, consider your own allergies and chemical sensitivities when selecting a pillow type.

Quality of any fill matters to comfort, support and time of living of your pillow. This is also reflected in the price.

Health conditions may mean that a "normal" pillow may not be your best choice.

Consider specialty shaped pillows.

Cervical pillows provide extra firmness in the lower part of the pillow in order to provide support for the neck

Cool pillows are designed to include fillings that absorb head heat in order to keep you feeling cool. Recommended if you suffering from hot flashes.

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What about size of your best pillow.

For most people, a standard-size pillow is sufficiently large. If you prefer a larger pillow, that’s fine, provided you can keep your sleep posture in alignment. The thickness or thinness of your pillow should enable you to sleep with your head, neck, and shoulders aligned with your spine, as well as provide you comfort

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