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Pillow Types & Materials: What to Know

What impact can material type make on your sleep quality? Check out all the important pillow types & materials.

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Pillow Types & Materials: What to Know

It sure can be confusing to come across different types of pillows and not know which of these are best suited to your individual needs.

One just has to browse around in a bed or bath store to find an array of pillows in all shapes, sizes, and styles. But deciphering the features and benefits of the various models can be a challenge.

To give you a better understanding of what's on the market, let's take a look at the different types of pillows you will come across nowadays.

Hybrid Pillows

These types of pillows combine the best of both worlds, with a soft quilted top layer, and a firm gel pillow base.

Pros: This type of pillow features a down-like pocket layer on the one side, with a much firmer and ventilated comfort layer filled with gel-like materials on the other side. It also sports a removable pillow insert, which you'll find between the two layers.

What people like is the customization features of these pillows. It is seen as the perfect pillow for those looking for firm support, coupled with the soft cushy feel you will experience with a down pillow.

Cons: The only problem with a hybrid pillow is that it costs a lot of money. One would easily set you back from $125 to $135. However, this is a small price to pay if you consider how long they will last and how comfortable they are. And many manufacturers offer you 100 nights to test it out to make sure it's right for you.

Down Pillows

Oh so soft! That is how many fans of down describe these pillows. It is like they are on cloud nine.

Pros: These pillows are neither too soft or too firm. One can probably attribute this to the fact that most down pillows feature 750 fill power.

Those who find themselves allergic to feathers will love the fact that these pillows are treated to help remove bacteria and allergens. Furthermore, the pillows are 100 percent cotton, soft and smooth as well as strong enough to hold the down.

Down pillows will hold their loft through the night without collapsing or compacting.

Cons: Some people might find these pillows too soft and squishy for their liking. Those with a sensitive sense of smell may also pick up a faint feathery odor.

Down-Alternative Pillows

Some folks are on a tight budget and would like alternative options to down pillows.

That is where synthetic downs come into the picture. They are more affordable but offer similar benefits.

Pros: Made from polyester, these pillows provide an incredible sleeping experience as this type of materials works hard to trap the heat and let us experience coolness.

Another benefit is that you can machine wash the synthetic down pillows without losing its original shape as you can just shake and fluff it back into its former loft.

Down alternatives like these mimic the comforts and softness of the original downs.

Those who are sensitive to any allergens due to respiratory issues will found this down suitable because of its hypoallergenic properties.

We still think the original down pillows are best. But, if you are strapped for cash, then a synthetic down is the best alternative.

Buckwheat Hull Pillows

For people who tend to get hot at night, a buckwheat hull pillow will keep you cool at night no matter what.

Pros: If you are a restless sleeper, then you will love the idea of being able to sleep on your stomach without any regrets using a buckwheat hull pillow. Only a couple of minutes later, you can just bunch it up, flip it over and carry on sleeping, no sweat, no fuss.

The buckwheat hulls inside make this pillow completely moldable to your head, whether you want something loftier or flatter. The supreme adaptability feature scores top marks with many a sleeper. It also gives lots of support.

Cons: Many folks find it way too hard to sleep on. Indeed, its beanbag-like feel might take some getting used to.

Contour Memory Foam Pillows

If you tend to wake up with a sore back, aching upper body, or stiff neck, then this pillow is a must-have, thanks to its super-efficient contours.

Pros: The beauty of this kind of pillow is a functional upper layer that consists of open cell memory foam, which spans a core of traditional memory foam to provide extra support.

The open cell structure provides breathability, so there is no need to fear waking up all sweaty and hot.

This pillow will comfortably cradle your neck and head to relieve the pressures that accompany all kinds of aches and pains. Ultimately, these pillows do a fantastic job of aligning your spine properly while you are asleep.

Cons: Not everyone is in love with the contours of this pillow as some adjustment is needed at first. But, once you get used to it, there is no turning back.

Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

This pillow is full of shredded memory foam to provide one with all the support you need to ensure a comfy sensation without the excessive firmness or heat that accompanies solid foam.

Pros: These pillows are dust-mite resistant and hypoallergenic. People who are often congested will benefit from making use of these types of pillows.

When it is cleaning time, all you need to do is throw it in your washing machine and let it drip dry afterward.

Cons: You may detect a bit of odor, which is nothing to really worry about. It will fade over time.

So, whether you are a side sleeper, love lying on your back, or prefer sleeping on your front, there is a pillow for everyone that is perfect for ensuring a good night's rest.

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