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So I Need a Pillow, Google is an Unreliable Source of Info

BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party?Registered User regular
The wife and I are getting new bedding, we have a moderately comfortable mattress that well be replacing when we move, but we'd like to splurge and get some REALLY nice pillows and comforter in the mean time.

What do y'all use / recommend for quality pillows? I'm typically and side/back sleeper, wife is typically a side/stomach sleeper. I'm using this as a jumping off point, but all the Google / YouTube "reviews" appear to be pretty biased and shady.

Do you all use a comforter? I love a big heavy blanket, wife doesnt really care. It's nice for our Canadian winters...

Also, our next mattress combo might be a King, so thoughts on getting a king sized comforter for our queen size bed for the next 6 months to a year? TIA all.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    I prioritize heat dissipation over everything else, so I wen't with a full Tuft & Needle bedroom set. Their return policy is great and you can buy their products in Lowes if you don't feel like waiting for a delivery.

    I'm currently wrestling with comforters. I'm a hot-blooded man and I'm waiting for a Kickstarter comfortable to be released.

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  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    I'd prefer a quilt to a comforter if you like a heavy blanket. I've had expensive pillows, seemed like a waste to me and I now generally just go get something that's sized right for my shoulder width.

    A good body pillow is awesome though. Especially if you have any body parts that need to be kept propped up for comfort.

  • SwashbucklerXXSwashbucklerXX Swashbucklin' Canuck Registered User regular
    I'm also a side/back sleeper and I require a super-extra-firm pillow to be comfy. I swear by my bamboo memory foam pillow that I found at Canadian Tire of all places. The problem is that it has no tags and I can't tell who the heck made it. I know it's not one of those "Miracle Memory Foam" pillows with the super "As Seen on TV" branding. It might be by Alwyn Home, which are the pillows that look the closest to what I have.

    Two years later and it's still super-extra-firm. I have to flip it on occasion, but it always poofs back up.

    We also have a duvet. Husband looooves it for staying warm in our semi-Canadian southern BC winters. I've started menopause and have found it to be a bit too much some nights, so I guess it depends on how soon your wife starts getting hot flashes. :) A pile of blankets/quilts is easier for waking up too hot/cold in the middle of the night and being able to quickly adjust.

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  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    yea i like the memory foam pillow that has a cool side thing that I got at costco a while back.

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  • CelloCello Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    I haven't got much to contribute here because I'm also a back/side sleeper and I have been struggling to find a good pillow for years

    I got a pillow at Sleep Country that was a standard latex pillow that tested well and cost a hundred bucks, but after a few weeks it compressed, is now too low and cricks my neck one way. I got another one that is memory foam you stuff yourself but it's too stiff and it cricks my neck the other way, and the stuffing only shipped to Canada because they didn't realize Amazon shipped me one of their products and felt bad they couldn't follow through on the free softer stuffing promise (that should be US only), so I paid them to send it to me only to make the pillow worse

    So uh I'll be watching this thread, basically

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    I have a Casper pillow and it's not great. It does not hold up to my hot self; Completely squishes down into nothing.

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    Preference for pillows can vary wildly between people. I'd say the best first step would be going to a department store and feeling the pillows there to get an idea of what you'd want.

    We love comforters and even more we love weighted blankets. We use this brand that not only keeps us warm but feels amazing to sleep under.

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  • CarpyCarpy Registered User regular
    We have buckwheat pillows, they use buckwheat shells for stuffing. They seem odd because they're heavy and the shells are firm, but once you sort of work your head in you can get a great night's sleep. Also I run hot at night and don't have any problems with it dissipating heat.

  • BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    I am a very big fan of natural materials, so pillows and duvets with natural fill is a must. How much, the shape and all then depends on how you sleep and the temperature you bedroom. If it isn't just abut the same all year round then go for a light insulating duvet for the warmer season and a heavier one for the cold season.

    Here is a link to a page with goon info: https://ringsted-dun.dk/en/duvet-selector/

    It is also a company that makes pillows and duvets, but I think their advice section is really giving straight honest info.

    The whole area with pillows, blankets, duvets and more has some regional differences. It seems in some countries it is blankets and in others it is duvets, for me the later is the right choice. A blanket is more for cuddling under in front of a fire place on a really chilly day.

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  • PailryderPailryder Registered User regular
    Costco sells great pillows. They are heavy, firm, heat dissipating. I think they have a few online but i'm not seeing the ones we bought two years ago. If you have a membership or one near you it might be worth checking out.

  • iRevertiRevert Tactical Martha Stewart Registered User regular
    @BouwsT A good resource that might help you is SLTD: https://www.sleeplikethedead.com/

    Just like any other "review" site I just use it as a bit of extra info when I do my research so take it as you will.

  • NaphtaliNaphtali Null Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    I've been using these for a few years (reversable gel memory foam pillow, has a firm and a soft side), and they're pretty comfortable if you don't need a ton of pillows under your head (I usually side sleep or sleep on my back, it works for both). Had one for two years and it held up really well, got a second about six months ago when I thought the pillow was starting to go on me but in reality it was my old mattress.

    I've also been trying a Casper pillow lately as well (since I just switched over to a Casper mattress last month), and I'm not a big fan of what the pillow offers for the price. Might be better if you stack two of them together, but I find I can sleep on just one of the foam pillows above without too much issue. I can do the same on the Casper somewhat as its good at molding to your head, but it does become pretty flat in the process. FWIW I find I re-position a lot in my sleep so the foam one is usually really good at handling that, the Casper less so even though they claim it does. The Casper is pretty nice feeling, if you want to try them you might gamble on two (they do have a generous return policy).

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  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    Pailryder wrote: »
    Costco sells great pillows. They are heavy, firm, heat dissipating. I think they have a few online but i'm not seeing the ones we bought two years ago. If you have a membership or one near you it might be worth checking out.

    yea. That is where my current one is for. They sometimes sell this "bamboo" foam one that has a panada and bamboo on it. I tried it. As a side/back sleeper it didn't work for me. somehow too high and not high enough at the same time. the one I have has a small notch in it that I supposes is for your shoulder to slot in so your head is in the center.

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  • ArtereisArtereis Registered User regular
    I picked up an Oreous pillow from the very troubled Kickstarter. I was all set to link a new site they could be bought from but I still don't think they've secured a reliable distribution channel. They mentioned in a backup update that they'd be using Amazon to process their remaining shipments, so maybe they'll show up on the site at some point. It's the best pillow I've ever used.

  • SimpsoniaSimpsonia Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    I went through pillows for years always having neck pain in the morning. Feathers sucked for me, memory foam (bamboo, shredded, and solid) sucked for me, buckwheat, etc. What I found eventually was that solid latex pillows were the best. They had the neck support I needed, had none of the heat retention issues of foam, and were nice and springy. The pillow I went with was just from Amazon, Brooklyn something or other latex pillow. It did compress a little bit after the first month, but I just put an old hand towel in pillowcase on the underside of the pillow and it has been just the right height since then (2 years and going strong).

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    I got a pillow from Pillowise on the advice of my physical therapist and that help a lot with my neck.

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  • BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party? Registered User regular
    Man, the pillow ecosystem is as diverse as I feared. I was really hoping for all of you to just shout in chorus a single brand. I guess we aren't all so lucky. :hydra:

    I really appreciate all the info so far, I'm tossing some options at the wife and will report back once a decision has been made.

    @iRevert , I checked out that website, I'm impressed with the information but I'm leery of shill reviewers and it seems the pillow/mattress community is full of them. Even an aggregate reviewer pulls their reviews from online retailers will likely be disproportionately affected by paid reviews... Anyone know of a TRULY independent source, or is it pretty wild-west out there?

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    I’ve been using my pillow premium which are shredded memory foam. Those are good, the Costco memory cool memory foam are good too.

  • ClipseClipse Registered User regular
    I'd highly recommend Brooklinen's down pillows (I can't personally vouch for the down alternative, though the company in general seems pretty dedicated to quality); they also do an excellent job breaking down the actual details of how stuff is constructed and why -- see their pillow breakdown, for example. They're quite good for sheets and comforters/duvets as well.

    And if your definition of splurging extends into the stratosphere, Frette has fantastic down pillows. Just... don't look at the prices if you're faint of heart.

  • djmitchelladjmitchella Registered User regular
    I have one of these shaped memory foam pillows, which is pretty danged solid but if you like a solid pillow I can recommend it. (the rest of my family thinks I may as well be sleeping on some 2x4s, mind you, so it may not be for everyone)

  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    so we bought a casper mattress this weekend and went to a physical store to test them out first. They have their own pillow line and its not bad. its definitely on the softer side but it is a 2 layer pillow. soft outer core and a firm support layer in the middle. I didn't try it out too long, but my wife bought one and she seems to really like it based on one night of sleeping.

    she is more of a back sleeper. I thought it might have been a touch too soft for a side sleeper. I was intrigued though, need to give it some time when she isn't looker

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    I bought a buckwheat pillow at the advice of this thread and it's my jam. Just like sleeping with a packed backpack under your head, but better posture. Softness fucks up my back so I like having the pillow hard as tiny rocks.

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  • CelloCello Registered User regular
    mts wrote: »

    I've checked this one out too, but the problem is it's definitely aimed at an American audience

    Some of the pillows you can't get here, and some of them that have free returns only apply to the US

    I'm trying a gel pillow I got from Costco, which seems relatively comfortable but waaaaay too low for side sleeping. I'll probably try unstuffing one of my other pillows I bought from the US to see if maybe I can use it to raise the height a bit, see if my neck stiffness decreases that way...

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    yeah that seems to be the norm for pillows, and it's better for your neck and back but I feel weird sleeping like that myself

    none of those new fancy high tech pillows take into consideration people with sinus problems at night either

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    so we actually just got a new mattress and most of my back and neck (and mostly everywhere pain) is gone and my pillows feel much better than previously.

    there is a lot to be said about matching the pillow to the mattress.

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  • BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party? Registered User regular
    I'm totally at a loss with the online options here, but on the plus side this has forced me to do some research into local stores and a found a really cool furniture store that has bedding/pillow test samples so I'm going to try and drag the wife there this weekend. Will update on what we got, if anything.

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  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    mts wrote: »

    I may have just spent too much on pillows after seeing this and doing some research but frankly the ones I picked up from Sam's Club, while great for a couple months, have gone to crap in an annoying short period of time.

  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    mts wrote: »

    I may have just spent too much on pillows after seeing this and doing some research but frankly the ones I picked up from Sam's Club, while great for a couple months, have gone to crap in an annoying short period of time.

    Which did you get? I am intrigued by the top two

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  • MorblitzMorblitz Registered User regular
    I got one of these: https://www.dunlopillo-bedding.com.au/latex-pillows.html discounted on an online website after hearing a recommendation about it. I ended up getting the classic version.

    I was skeptical at the price and hopeful it wasn't full of crap but man it is the best pillow I have slept on. I have a bad back/neck so a good nights rest without waking up in a lot of pain is a game changer for me.

    I've had it for a week and it's the best sleep I've had in a few years. The pillow took a little bit of getting used to on the first night because it isn't quite memory foam. It's firm without being rigid and uncomfortable like a brick, and it's thick without feeling intrusive to your neck. It has a lot of give and bounce back so you feel supported a lot.
    I'm a side sleeper for the most part so rigid pillows hurt me and this one has been quite nice to sleep on.

    It's supposed to last for about 10 years, and if that's the case I think it more than pays for itself.

    Personally it's going to be hard to go back to other pillows. I have to go away for a night next month and I'm sleeping on a friends couch before I go to a seminar so I'm worried about waking up in pain - I'm seriously considering taking the pillow with me.

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  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    mts wrote: »
    mts wrote: »

    I may have just spent too much on pillows after seeing this and doing some research but frankly the ones I picked up from Sam's Club, while great for a couple months, have gone to crap in an annoying short period of time.

    Which did you get? I am intrigued by the top two

    I picked up a couple of the Xtreme Comforts shredded memory foam ones. I don't have them yet but they're supposed to arrive tomorrow and I'll try and remember to report back. So far all I know is I got an email from someone named Karen with an attached pdf file?

    Apparently these are pillows that come with instructions.

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  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    Ok so after sleeping on them they are very very comfy.

    Only downside is they had a funky acrid odor right after coming out of the packaging but that was mentioned in the pdf and the instructions of tossing them in the dryer on high heat for 20 minutes almost completely removed it. I assume after a few washings the odor will be gone completely and I didn't notice through the liner and the pillow case at all last night so I'm not worried.

    If they hold up in the long run they seem like a great deal even with being a bit on the spendy side of things.

  • BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party? Registered User regular
    Okay my friends, we went to that local shop and while they didn't have a selection per-se, they had these Malouf pillows that they were so in love with they didn't carry anything else. That doesn't mean much honestly, but after trying a few out in the show room, these things felt damn comfy and I like supporting family owned business when it's convenient, so we decided to just go for it. The pillows don't have a try-and-buy return policy, but they do have a really robust 5 year warranty on materials. I also found out afterward that the local retailer pricing is between 10-25% cheaper than most online retailers so, score!

    From a physical stand-point they have a cut-out for side sleepers to tuck their shoulder in without adjusting the natural height of the head. If you sleep on your back, just flip the pillow so the cut-out is facing the wall/headboard, so it works both ways. mujv2ds6ys9q.jpg.

    An aerated memory foam is the material. g6jt4gwn7pf0.jpg

    These pillows come infused with scents, or a neutral charcoal. I got a charcoal pillow, BouwsWife got Lavender. 9uddlpvyb6lc.jpgobxsd1mm97a3.jpg

    First couple of nights, I'm VERY impressed so far. I find that I'm not hunting for a comfortable position when lying on my side, and the pillow stayed relatively cool through the night which means less adjusting. Wife is moderately impressed, though she's getting used to the new pillow height. Honestly I didn't think she wanted a new pillow, as I was the one sleeping on the 20 year old piece of shit. Will update down the road after we've spent some more time with the products.

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