Are Pricey Pillows Better?

April 22, 2010 10:23:12 PM PDT
A pillow can cost a hundred dollars, or even more! But does a pricey pillow get you a good night's sleep? Consumer Reports went to work to find out.

Consumer Reports asked dozens of panelists to, well, go to sleep on the job, trying out the same type of pillow they normally sleep on feather-down, polyester, or memory-foam.

Each person took home an expensive and an inexpensive pillow, not knowing which was which. They slept with them for five consecutive nights. The pillow pairs tested:

  • Feather: a $100 Bed Bath & Beyond pillow and a $30 one from JCPenney.
  • Polyester: an $81 Company Store pillow and a $10 Kmart pillow.
  • Memory foam: a $99 Tempur-Pedic vs. a $35 Target pillow.

    So how did the pillows stack up with the panelists? It turns out that for the polyester and feather pillows, most staffers did find the more expensive pillows more comfortable.

    But when it came to memory foam pillows, panelists judged both pillows to have about the same level of comfort. So you could save more than $60 by getting the $35 memory foam pillow from Target savings that just might help you sleep better at night.

    Trying to figure out whether a soft, medium, or firm pillow is what works best for you? The Better Sleep Council says it depends on how you sleep. For people who sleep on their side, firm pillows are best. Back sleepers should use a medium-firm pillow. And soft is good if you like to sleep on your stomach.

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