12 Cooling Pillows for When You’re Just Too Hot to Sleep

updated Mar 28, 2024
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Sleeping on a cool pillow is always a plus, but if you live in a warmer climate, it’s especially necessary (particularly if you’re like me and sleep in a room that constantly feels oh-so-hot, no matter how many fans are running!). But no need to sweat it, because there are plenty of pillows on the market that are specifically designed to keep you cool as you catch those valuable Zzzs.

The Best Cooling Pillows

With a great cooling pillow, there will be no more tossing, turning, and constantly flipping your pillow over to briefly enjoy its cold side. Below, we’ve rounded up 12 popular cooling pillows that promise to help you chill out and stay comfortable as you sleep, no matter what the season. You’ll thank us later!

Looking for more cooling bedding? We also rounded up some of the best cooling sheets and lightweight quilts and coverlets that’ll help you get a cooler (and sweat-free) night’s sleep all year long. Stay cool, folks.

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From our partner
Tuft & Needle

Quality memory foam pillows can cost you a pretty penny, but this mid-price find from Tuft & Needle is bound to save you money in the long run. How so? Well, its soft but supportive open-cell foam naturally conforms to your head, neck, and shoulders, preventing cricks and pains that could warrant a visit to the chiropractor. One of our contributors absolutely swears by this breathable, temperature-regulating pillow. "The cooling gel beds and graphite technology within worked together beautifully to create a cooling base with the perfect density," Ivy wrote. "The pillow was firm enough to support my head and neck in any position, but soft and squishy enough to sink right in." If you're after a medium-firm feel, this is the pillow for you.

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I bought these pillows on a whim a few years ago, and I guess I just got lucky because they're still my favorite. Budget-friendly and filled with a cooling poly gel fiber, they're a suitable choice for just about anyone. They also have, in my opinion, a perfect height and feel—not too soft, not too firm, and just enough bulk to be comfortable for both side sleepers and stomach sleepers. Plus, I can confirm that they hold up over time, and look and feel just as good as when I first got them. I truly have nothing negative to say about these pillows, and they should be your starting point in your cooling bedding search.

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was $52.00

If you're a fan of QVC, then you're likely familiar with Northern Lights and its top-of-the-line bedding (the brand's been a part of the QVC family for 30+ years!) Designed especially for those in need of a cool sleep, each Northern Nights Luxury Cooling Pillow is filled with DuraAire Down Alternative fill — a polyester fiber shaped to create maximum lift with a soft and fluffy feel — while also wrapped in cool-to-the-touch HeiQ Cool Technology fabric, designed to stay cool to the touch and wick away moisture. Best of all, this set comes in three smart firmness options: a set with two plush pillows, a set with two firm pillows, and a set with one of each, so you can find the perfect pillow with ease.

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was $139.00

A favorite of Shopping Editor Blair, Casper's recently launched Foam Pillow with Snow Technology is a winner for someone admittedly picky about their pillows. "Sleep experts may balk, but I’m a creature of pillow habit through and through. I’ve tried out some replacements here and there, yet none felt worthy of a swap. That is, until I slept on Casper’s latest version and it completely changed my pillow preferences," she writes. "As part of Casper’s Cooling Collection, it features interior perforations for increased breathability and air circulation. Plus, the pillow has four HeatDelete Bands to help prevent overheating. Just touching the outer layer, you can instantly gauge the coolness and comfort levels — and just wait until you lay on it. Night sweats? Not anymore!"

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was $199.00

Tempur-Pedic's TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow (phew, that's a mouthful) is a great pick for those who looking for a cooling pillow with optimal support. With a medium firmness level, this pillow offers balanced support great for all sleep styles and positions. And with its TEMPUR-Breeze Gel Layers that transfer heat away from you as sleep (made better by the breathable cotton quilt cover) you'll never have to worry about flipping to the cool side ever again.

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was $139.00

Touting itself as the "coolest pillow in the world", the GhostPillow from GhostBed is made with a patented phase-change material that adjusts to your body heat in real-time to keep you cool as you doze off. Wrapped in a "cool-to-the-touch" Ghost ice fabric cover, it's also super supportive thanks to its treated gel memory foam fill. Best of all, GhostBed offers a 101-night sleep trial so you can really find out if it's the right pick for you.

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From our partner

Another supportive memory foam find, the Beautyrest Absolute Relaxation Pillow is made with AqualCool cooling technology, a ventilated design, and pressure-relieving memory foam for a pillow that provides optimal support and temperature regulation for a good night's sleep. Would you expect anything less from the sleep experts at Beautyrest?

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Coop Sleep Goods

Coop Home Goods is a cult favorite for pillows, and while you might be familiar with their iconic Original pillow, their Eden pillow is even better for hot sleepers. The fill contains a mix of cross-cut, gel-infused memory foam and microfiber that can be adjusted, and the liner is made of a super breathable bamboo-derived fabric that'll keep you comfy all night. The Eden is softer than the Original, making it especially suited for stomach and back sleepers, and unlike the Original it's available in Standard size, plus Queen and King.

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was $54.99

Another great Amazon find, this Snuggle-Pedic pillow is, as its name suggests, totally snuggle-worthy. It's made up of shredded memory foam with a breathable bamboo-poly cover and actually does hold its shape over time, as 17,000+ five-star reviews can attest to. It's available in three sizes and comes with a 120-night trial period, so you can rest easy when you buy.

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Brooklyn Bedding
was $129.00

Brooklyn Bedding is best-known for its cooling mattress so it only makes sense that they'd have a killer cooling pillow, too. This pillow is designed with dual-action cooling that combines pin core ventilation for increased airflow and a cool gel surface infusion that draws heat out and away from your head and neck. Top that off with a silky smooth circular knit cover and two available profiles for all sleepers, it's easy to see why this pillow is another beloved Brooklyn Bedding pick.

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We're big fans of Avocado here at Apartment Therapy, and their original Green pillow was chosen as the best organic pillow on our Best List. While the Green pillow is pretty amazing, it's the brand's newer Molded Latex pillow that we recommend for something cooling. It has a charcoal-infused latex core that's both organic and temperature-regulating, plus is capable of eliminating odors and moisture. It's firmer than the Green pillow, making it better suited to side and back sleepers.

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Nest Bedding
was $119.00

Cozy, customizable, and a favorite of Assistant Shopping Editor Brit, the Easy Breather pillow from Nest Bedding is a pick she lovingly calls "the Goldilocks of cooling pillows". "The Easy Breather Pillow arrives at its firmest," she explains. "It’s packed with a mix of memory foam and polyester fiber, and it comes overstuffed on purpose. The point of the pillow is to adjust it to your liking by removing the fill." But the star? The cover. "The cooling cover is another big plus, especially for hot sleepers. It’s breathable and temperature-regulating, so I never had that urge to flip the pillow to its cool side, because it didn’t get too hot. And thanks to its moisture-wicking capabilities, not once did I get that cheek-sticking-to-the-pillow feeling that comes when the bedroom gets too stuffy." We call that a winner in our book!