The Best Pillow

Posted on 5 May 2022

After spending over 17 hours actively comparing 17 models, we have concluded that the My Lovely Bed offers the best price-quality ratio.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best mid-range

My Lovely Bed (50 x 70 cm)

This pillow has its own unique design with a 100% cotton percale cover and a siliconised hollow microfibre stuffing. A combination that gives it a plump and soft feel.

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After testing, the My Lovely Bed emerged as the most convincing option. Not only is it extremely affordable and particularly large, it also has a 100% cotton percale cover and a hollow microfibre stuffing that users, regardless of their sleeping position and habits, are very happy with. Comfort, breathability and support are all there for you to enjoy a peaceful and cool night’s sleep.

 

 

Best budget

Dunlopillo (60 x 60 cm)

This set of 2 square pillows appeals with its authentic stuffing of feathers. It has a lot of volume and a soft comfort ‘in the old-fashioned way’, as users say.

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Made in France, these 60 x 60 cm pillows have a sterilised feather stuffing covered with a 100% cotton cover. Although you can slightly feel the feathers through the fabric, users say that a slightly thicker cover is enough to flatten the pillow. Similarly, some people notice particular smell from the feathers when they unpack the pillow, but a few days of airing it out in the open is enough to overcome the problem. Beyond that, the majority of people say they are seduced by the authenticity of the feathers, whose softness and plumpness are suitable mainly for those who sleep on their stomach or back.

 

Best high-end

Panda (40 x 60 cm)

This cushion stands out from the competition thanks to bamboo in its design. In addition to being known as a sustainable source, it gives the cushion hypoallergenic and thermoregulatory characteristics.

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Although this memory foam pillow is not the most affordable on the market, it appealed to us thanks to its bamboo fibre design on the one hand, and on the other hand, its ability to work on the various pressure points in the neck and shoulders. Indeed, far from the theoretical arguments, the Panda pillow actually proved to be very effective during our tests. With its medium firmness and optimal support, it may take a little time to get used to it, but eventually appealed to people that sleep on the back and on the side.

 

High-end alternative

Blanrêve (60 x 40 cm)

The strength of this pillow lies in its ergonomic design. It is indeed the only one in this selection to have an S-shape, which is particularly effective for sleepers with neck pain.

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Let’s face it, the price is quite high, but its orthopaedic properties and semi-firm finish, which is ideal for all sleeping positions, keep this pillow in the competition. Although our tests showed that smaller people did not necessarily find it to their liking at first, they also, and above all, gave us the opportunity to observe a real restorative power that is largely favoured by the ergonomic shape of the pillow.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-endHigh-end alternative
My Lovely BedDunlopilloPandaBlanrêve
My Lovely Bed (50 x 70 cm)Dunlopillo (60 x 60 cm)Panda (40 x 60 cm)Blanrêve (60 x 40 cm)
This pillow has its own unique design with a 100% cotton percale cover and a siliconised hollow microfibre stuffing. A combination that gives it a plump and soft feel.This set of 2 square pillows appeals with its authentic stuffing of feathers. It has a lot of volume and a soft comfort ‘in the old-fashioned way’, as users say.This cushion stands out from the competition thanks to bamboo in its design. In addition, it gives the cushion hypoallergenic and thermoregulatory characteristics.The strength of this pillow lies in its ergonomic design. It is indeed the only one in this selection to have an S-shape, which is particularly effective for sleepers with neck pain.
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Honorable mentions 

For now, there are no products available on the European market that we feel have the necessary qualities to be included in our main selection. We will be sure to provide you with interesting alternatives as soon as we become aware of them.

 

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How to choose your pillow?

Choosing a comfortable pillow that is adapted to your body shape is essential to ensure a good night’s sleep without pain. However, the choice can be quite complicated because, as we have already observed in our selection of the meilleurs matelas, there are a multitude of products on the market and they often seem very similar. We have listed the important points for you.

Confort des oreillers
Synthetic fibres, memory foam or down, it’s all about stuffing. | Source : Selectos

Here are some things to look out for before you buy:

  • Support: a good pillow is above all one that respects your morphology, by maintaining the alignment of your cervicals whatever your favourite position. Generally speaking, it is advised to choose a firm pillow if you sleep on your side, a rather firm one if you prefer to sleep on your back, and a soft one if you sleep on your stomach. Note that some brands offer cushions that are either adjustable or designed to suit most positions.
  • Shape: some models have a curved shape to provide better support for the neck. Although pillows can sometimes provide relief and comfort, there is no magic formula to make certain aches disappear. The dimensions are usually either square (50 x 50 cm or 60 x 60 cm) or 50 x 70 cm. Other sizes are sometimes available, but you may find it more difficult to find suitable pillowcases.
Épaisseur des oreillers
Not all pillows have the same shape or the same fluffiness. | Source : Selectos
  • Materials: the ideal is to favour hypoallergenic, anti-dust mite and anti-bacterial components. Moreover, more and more brands are offering materials certified by the Oeko-tex label (standard 100), which certifies that the textiles used are free of products that are harmful to our health and the environment. Certified products are of course to be preferred.
  • Maintenance: to extend the life of your pillow, remember to protect it with a pillowcase. You can also shake it out and air it regularly. Some models can be machine washed, but check the tag and the care instructions! Although some specialists say that you should change your pillow every 2 to 5 years, the most important thing is to determine whether its comfort and support are still up to your expectations.
Texture des oreillers
Ideally, hypoallergenic, anti-mite and anti-bacterial components should be used. | Source : Selectos

Although all these features will help you find your way around, it is the stuffing that is most likely to vary from one model to another. Here are the most common types currently on the market:

  • Synthetic fibres: Along with foam, these are the most common. They are often microfibres or polyester. The advantage is that you can usually put them in the washing machine. Cushions filled with synthetic fibres come in a variety of choices, varying in firmness.
  • Memory foam: very ergonomic, it adapts perfectly to your morphology, creating a cosy nest for your head, neck and shoulders. It provides optimum support and reduces the risk of pain caused by poor posture. The synthetic material, however, is often less effective in regulating the temperature.
  • Latex: it is appreciated for its firmness and the very good support it provides for the head and neck. It also has good heat regulation. But always choose a natural latex pillow rather than a synthetic one: it will be free of potentially toxic chemicals.
Les Meilleurs Oreillers
To extend its life, you can shake and aerate it regularly. | Source : Selectos
  • Wool: contrary to what you might think, it regulates heat and humidity efficiently. This means that it will provide you with a warm pillow during winter, but will prevent you from having an uncomfortable night’s sleep in sweat during summer. Wool pillows are known for not sagging but are too firm for some people.
  • Cereals: this is an eco-responsible and comfortable choice. They are logically natural and often organically grown. In addition, they have the advantage of being adapted to all morphologies, while offering good support for the head. Cereals are naturally breathable and offer effective protection against dust mites. However, some people find them a little noisy and they can give the pillow a slight smell.
  • Feathers and down: these make the pillow soft and fluffy, and are therefore particularly suitable if you sleep on your stomach. They are less common nowadays, but are generally more expensive and some people are allergic to them. If you are interested in this type of stuffing, make sure you choose a cruelty-free brand, so that no animals are exploited during its design.

Obviously, sensitivities and preferences are very personal and can vary greatly from one person to another. Fortunately, most brands offer a trial period so that you can make an informed decision and return the pillow if you feel uncomfortable.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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