In honor of March being Sleep Awareness Month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite dream-worthy pillows.

By Madison Alcedo
March 15, 2019
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Pluto Pillow

Creating a dream sleep environment is key to ensuring a good-night’s rest, and the pillow you sleep on might affect your sleep patterns more than you realize. The way we sleep and how much of it has almost become a daily point of conversation thanks to an increase of new bedding brands you see on Instagram and sleep products that have gone viral, like weighted blankets, sleep lamps, and silk pillowcases. With more options than ever for your bedroom, selecting the best pillow to help you sleep better might seem like a daunting task.

For a few tips and tricks on choosing the perfect pillow for you, we spoke to Dr. W. Chris Winter, MD, a doctor who specializes in sleep and neurology and is also the author of The Sleep Solution.

“Pillows affect our sleep significantly,” he says. “The support can alleviate pain, and the materials can help suppress allergies to dust mites, down, etc. The pillow can influence the temperature of your head which can make a big difference in sleep quality. Finding a pillow that is well-suited to an individual creates a positive sense of ‘home,’ and when you use it, that influences sleep. Even smell can be important as we tie that sense closest to memory!”

Related: This Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow Has Over 13,000 Perfect Reviews on Amazon

One of the most important factors that Dr. Winter says you should consider when choosing the right pillow for you is determining your exact concerns. Are you more concerned about the support you’ll get, how hot/cold you’ll feel, the weight of the pillow, or the materials used? All of these questions should be determined to help comb through the dozens of options that claim to help you sleep better. While you might think you should base your pillow on what position you sleep in, Dr. Winter says it’s not always the same position each night like you may think.

“Your sleeping position can be very different than how you start out sleeping in bed,” he says.  This is important because a side sleeping pillow can be quite uncomfortable sleeping on your back. It's also important to consider your size as this directly relates to support. For example, the distance from downward ear to bed when on your side. Ultimately usually side sleepers need more cervical spine support, with back sleepers usually preferring a thinner pillow.”

With Dr. Winter’s recommendations in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best (and most affordable!) pillow options from some of our favorite brands so that you can you can finally create the sleep oasis you’ve always dreamed of.

Pluto Pillow

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Pluto Pillow

We love Pluto Pillow because the pillows are completely personalized for you. Just take a quick survey of your sleep habits and pillow preferences, and you’ll have a custom pillow shipped directly to you. Pluto’s pillow design also makes it unique. While your answers determine the amount of silky polyester fibers that go into your pillow (and how thick they are), the pillow still provides both comfort and support thanks to the inner core (that’s made with a high-performance foam) and an extra-soft quilted outer layer. 

Our pick:

Pluto Pillow: $85; plutopillow.com.  

Brooklinen

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Brooklinen

The cult-favorite bedding brand Brooklinen, which offers a huge selection of luxurious percale and linen sheets, also has some comfortable pillows that we couldn’t pass up. If you’re a fan of true down pillows, Brooklinen has options for every preference. Choose your pillow based on firmness—there’s plush, mid-plush, and firm. If you love a pillow that’s on the firmer side but still adore that sink-in feeling, opt for its firmest down pillow.

Our pick:

Firm Down Pillow: $69; brooklinen.com.

West Elm

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West Elm

West Elm’s collection of the mattress brand Leesa (a foam mattress brand with more than 12,500 five-star reviews) includes several pillow options that work for any type of sleeper. Plus, when a company makes amazing mattresses, you know its pillows will be top-notch, too. The reason we love Leesa pillows is because they provide two simple options. You can choose the classic Leesa Pillow made from a performance foam that is supportive yet helps with airflow or the Leesa Hybrid that has a combination of down-filled pockets on one side and cooling foam insert on the other side.

Our pick:

Leesa Hybrid Pillow: $93-$101 (was $125-$135); westelm.com.

Parachute

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Parachute

Not only do we love Parachute for its endless bedding options and amazing wool mattress, the brand has a small but mighty selection of pillows. If you love super plushness, the down pillow  is our favorite since it’s filled with 750-fill power European white down—it’s also available in three different densities including soft, medium, and firm. If you’re a fan of super luxurious hotel pillows, this is the place to shop.

Our pick:

Down Pillow: $89-169; parachutehome.com.

Amazon

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Amazon

When you’re really stuck on choosing the best pillow for you, Amazon reviews can help. There’s a plethora of amazing pillows from Amazon, but one stuck out to us. Our favorite memory foam pillow has more than 13,000 five-star reviews. Customers love it because it’s meant for every type of sleeper, has a removable foam filling, and is also hypoallergenic. Not only do they think it’s super comfortable and supportive, the pillow comes with an ultra buttery-soft case made from sustainable bamboo.

Our pick:

Coop Home Goods Hypoallergenic Memory Foam Pillow: $60-$65; amazon.com.  

Helix

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Helix

The mattress brand Helix knows a thing or two about good pillows. The company offers a unique wedge pillow that helps to reduce back and neck pain that’s also useful for reading or watching TV in bed. But if you’re a hot sleeper, our favorite option from Helix is the ultra-cool pillow that’s cool to the touch thanks to its knit polyethylene outer fabric. And it also works well for people who love pillows in between soft and firm.

Our pick:

Helix Ultra-Cool Pillow: $115; helixsleep.com.

Layla Sleep

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Layla Sleep

Mattress brand Layla has created a dreamy copper-infused pillow that’s said to help remove dead skin cells. Not only is it good for your skin, but it’s made with Kapok fill, which feels almost like you’re sleeping on a cloud.

Our pick:

Layla Pillow: $79 (was $99); laylasleep.com.

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