What Kind of Pillow Should I Get?

It’s not just all about mattresses. The kind of pillow you get can make an enormous difference in the way you sleep, the quality of your sleep, and how much you sleep. It can even make a difference for allergies and snoring!

What Are My Options?

The most important factor when choosing a pillow is the material it’s made of. You’ve got lots of choices, including the oldest natural pillow stuffing, or the latest in comfort technology. Let’s take a look at all the materials you could choose:


These pillows are stuffed with buckwheat hulls, which is one of the oldest filling materials humans have used. The main advantage of buckwheat is that it’s very solid. Pillows end up being very firm, and very moldable. You can shape the pillow into a bowl shape, for instance. 

Disadvantages include the expense, the heaviness, and the noise it makes. 


Down is the inner layer of feathers in certain kinds of birds. This is another old material that humans have used for thousands of years. Down is very plush and soft, and is very comfortable for many people. Some people say it’s “like sleeping on a cloud.”

On the other hand, down is definitely not the most affordable option. Also, it can cause allergy issues for people who are sensitive.

Memory Foam

Just like a memory foam mattress, memory foam pillows contain some of the latest technology. They conform to your head, which makes them very comfortable for many people. They’re also very supportive, and can help with backaches or other medical issues. 

Disadvantages of memory foam include the fact that it isn’t moldable, that it may have an odor (which dissipates after a few days), and that it doesn’t work well for front-sleepers.

Down Alternatives

Down alternatives are usually made from a synthetic fill material, which actually outperforms down in certain ways. Down alternatives are affordable, somewhat moldable, and breathe well.

Down alternatives usually require a lot of fluffing, however, and they wouldn’t be the best choice for people who need a lot of support or are suffering from back problems.

Which One Should I Get?

Now that we’ve taken a look at the advantages and disadvantages of different materials, your choice is up to you and what fits you the best. Your next step should probably be to go try out the different materials to see which one works the best for your needs. The best place to do that is a good showroom or shop, with experts who can help you.