The best pillows in 2021

We're ideally meant to spend about one-third of our lifetime in a state of rest. So it's important to optimize a healthy bedroom space and consistently get a good night's sleep. One key to establishing a bedtime routine that promotes rest is to prioritize comfort.

There's a lot of focus on choosing the right mattress for your sleep habits, but you'd be remiss in ignoring the difference the right bed pillow can make, too.

While individual sleeping preferences will differ, there's likely a pillow type that meets your comfort expectations -- whether it's a latex foam pillow, gel memory foam pillow, water pillow, wedge pillow, latex pillow, support pillow, body pillow, orthopedic pillow, contoured pillow, feather pillow, hybrid pillow, buckwheat pillow, pillow made with organic cotton or even a special pillow that specifically promotes spinal alignment. It's just a matter of considering all your pillow (and pillow protector) options, which seem to expand every day. So, before you become overwhelmed, let us help you narrow things down.

Here are some questions you should ask when you're shopping for the best pillow for your needs: Are you a back, stomach or side sleeper? Are you one of those combination sleepers? Do you run hot or cold while sleeping?

Are you allergic to goose down or feathers?  To help you decide on the right pillow, we've rounded up some of the best bed pillow options available online right now. We've also explained their material differences and included pillow review input from enthusiastic internet reviewers -- complete with our own hands-on (heads-on?) impressions and our recommendations for whose needs they'll likely suit best.

Here's hoping that a good night's rest is right around the corner.

Pillows we've tested

Best price Size (inches) Firmness Other sizes and shapes Multipack options Materials Machine-washable? Hypoallergenic? Trial period? Warranty Nectar Pillow Cosy House Bamboo Pillow Original Casper Pillow Coop Home Goods "The Original" The Purple Harmony Pillow
£75 17x29 Adjustable N/A N/A two types of memory foam including visco-elastic memory foam, quilted outer shell No Not specified 50 days Not specified
£40 (standard/queen) 17.5x20.5 Adjustable King (£48) 2-pack (£70) 4-pack (£129.95) CertiPUR-US high-density shredded memory foam, adaptive transition foam, bamboo case Case only Yes Zero-hassle returns Not specified
£65 (standard) 18x26 "soft, but also supportive," non-adjustable King (18x34) £77 N/A polyester microfiber fill, polyester fabric lining, 100% cotton cover Yes Not specified 100 days 1 year
£60 (queen) 20x30 Adjustable King (£65) N/A Polyester liner, visoelastic polyurethane and polyester fill, bamboo derived viscose rayon and polyester case Yes Yes 100 days 5 years
£159 (standard) 17x26 "just the right amount of soft support," nonadjustable Tall (an extra inch of height, no additional cost) N/A 92% nylon fiber, 8% spandex fiber cover, hyper-elastic Purple polymer grid, ventilated Talalay latex with polyester cover  Cover only Yes 100 days 1 year

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