The Best Editor-Tested Memory Foam Pillows That You Can Buy

published May 12, 2023
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As we get older, the importance of high-quality sleep becomes ever more important. It’s because of this that investing in top-notch bedding no longer feels like a superfluous splurge—it’s a necessity. That said, if you don’t have the funds to replace your mattress at the moment, you can start with your pillows, as they, too, make a major difference in sleep quality. 

While many different types of pillows exist, memory foam pillows are among the most popular thanks to their curve-hugging design. In fact, these pillows can cushion our heads so well that you might just feel like you’re floating mid-air. Of course, in order to experience such stellar sleep results, you have to have a top-rated, high-performing memory foam pillow to fall back on. Before sending you off in search of such, though, get this: We tested a variety of the best-selling memory foam pillows on the market and narrowed it down to the top five. 


The Best Memory Foam Pillows

What to Consider Before Buying a Memory Foam Pillow

There are a few things you’ll want to think about when shopping for a memory foam pillow. They are as follows:

Profile and Shape

While you might think that all pillows are created equally, we’re here to assure you that they’re not. In addition to being sold in various profiles, ranging from low to high, memory foam pillows are also sold in various shapes depending on the type of sleeper you are and the level of support you seek. So what does this mean? If you’re someone who sleeps on your stomach or back, you will likely want a lower profile pillow, as they’ll be less likely to cause kinks in your neck. Meanwhile, if you sleep on your side, a higher-profile pillow can help offer ample neck support. 

In terms of shape, memory foam pillows are sold in classic rectangular options (in queen and king sizes), as well as hourglass designs (meant to relieve pressure between the knees for side sleepers), and half-moon silhouettes (to offer knee support for back sleepers or ankle support for stomach sleepers, both of which help relieve lower back pressure). 

Comfort and Customization

While many memory foam pillows are sold in a single size with new additional flair, some are available in various sizes, profiles, and fill options. All of these things make finding your most comfortable memory foam pillow a breeze. 

Durability

Memory foam pillows (like all pillows) come in contact with your face and/or body and, as such, should be washed regularly. Thankfully, most memory foam pillows come with removable, machine-washable covers to make caring for them easier than ever. If your pillow doesn’t come with such, you may want to rethink purchasing it, as trying to toss the entire pillow into the wash could surely damage the quality and threaten durability.

Certifications

  • CertiPUR-US: Ensures the foam is free from harmful chemicals, flame retardants, heavy metals, and more.

What We Look for in a Memory Foam Pillow

We tested a range of memory foam pillows with the below in mind:

  • Fill: What type of fill does your pillow have? Does your pillow come with extra fill?
  • Support: Did the pillow offer ample neck support? What about pressure relief?
  • Comfort: How was your quality of sleep while using the pillow? Did your pillow stay cool throughout the night? Was the pillow breathable?

The Best Memory Foam Pillows

The Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Memory Foam Pillow is beloved by hundreds of shoppers for its breathable design that’s sold in two sizes, as well as two profile options. Where low profiles are ideal for back and stomach sleepers, the brand says that high profiles work well for side sleepers, as the denser pillow helps to better fill the space between the shoulder, neck, and head. “My husband is a hot sleeper who sweats sometimes at night from his hairline,” Executive Lifestyle Director, Charli, says. “He says there was a noticeable difference in his comfort here and credits that to the breathability of this pillow. He also snores a ton less when sleeping on his back (even during allergy season), so it’s providing the necessary height/support he needs to breathe and sleep more peacefully.”

In addition to the customizable nature of the Brooklyn Bedding Pillow (as opposed to only having one standalone option to choose from), this memory foam pillow is made with antimicrobial, allergen-resistant materials, so it’s less likely to cause any sort of adverse reaction. Lastly, the pillow comes with a removable knit cover that’s both cooling and easy to clean. 

Read our full review of the Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Memory Foam Pillow.

Specifications:

  • Antimicrobial
  • 4” or 5” loft
  • Available in Queen and King sizes
  • Machine-washable cover: Use gentle cycle, then tumble dry low or lay flat
  • Spot clean pillow insert
  • 3-year warranty

Who It’s Best For: Hot sleepers of all support preferences. 

Good to Know: Because this pillow’s cover is very smooth, there’s a chance your pillowcase could slide off easily. If this happens, try a pillowcase with an envelope or zipper closure.

Best Budget-Friendly: Rest Haven Memory Foam Pillow

From looks alone, you’d never guess that the Rest Haven Memory Foam Pillow is just $25. The luxe-looking sleep accessory features a five-inch profile that’s sold in standard, queen, and king sizes — so you can tailor it to the size of your bed or your pillow size preference. 

“This pillow has solved my constant neck pain and keeps me cool throughout the night — it’s a stomach sleeper’s dream,” says Managing Editor Tamara’s boyfriend. The pillow insert, which is housed in a removable cover, is pale blue and features cylindrical channels to give the pillow optimal squish and breathability. These channels also help the pillow offer ideal pressure relief, no matter whether you’re a side, back, or stomach sleeper. 

Specifications:

  • Polyurethane foam and polyester
  • 5” loft
  • Available in Standard, Queen, and King
  • Machine-washable cover
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 3-year limited warranty

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a high-quality memory foam pillow without a high price tag.

Good to Know: Save a few bucks on the Queen and King sizes by buying two.

Best Luxury: Layla Kapok Pillow

If you prefer a fluffier pillow, look no further than the Layla Kapok Pillow. While still incredibly supportive, this memory foam pillow is made with shredded foam, which makes it more malleable for whatever position you prefer to sleep in. Additionally, the down-like Kapok fibers are softer and airier than cotton or wool, giving you a longer-lasting loft than other pillows. “The pillow feels like a hug while I’m sleeping. It has good neck support, doesn’t sink in too much, and molds to my shape the longer I lay on it,” says our tester, Alex. “I’d been having trouble finding a good pillow, and this was a game-changer.”

The cloud-like pillow comes housed in a unique gray and white honeycomb cover, that’s infused with copper to offer antimicrobial and cooling benefits alike. Its convenience is in how customizable it is. The pillow arrives overstuffed, and if you find that it’s too plush, simply unzip it and remove some of the fill. Not fully convinced that it’s the pillow for you? The brand provides a 120-night trial with a 100 percent money-back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied. 

Specifications:

  • 66% polyester, 30% viscose, 4% poly/lycra blend cover
  • Fill: Shredded open-cell memory foam and natural Kapok Fibers
  • Adjustable loft (Pillow comes overstuffed)
  • Available in Queen and King
  • Machine-washable cover: Use gentle cycle and air dry for best results
  • CertiPur-US Certified
  • 5-year warranty

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a super plush, customizable pillow.

Good to Know: While you can technically take off the cover and toss it in the wash, it requires finding a place to put all of the memory foam and kapok fibers, which isn’t super convenient.

The TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow is a memory foam pillow designed for all sleep positions. Supportive yet adaptive, the pillow forms around your head for firm support throughout the night (or whenever you’re using it). It’s sold in two sizes, both of which offer an ultra-high profile compared to other pillows on this list. Best of all said profile doesn’t cave in with use, so you can look forward to firm, comfortable, cool support for years to come. 

Another highlight of the pillow? It features a TEMPUR-Breeze Gel Layer on both sides of the pillow, so it stays super cool all through the night. “I was fed up with all of my pillows flattening out,” reveals Jac, Apartment Therapy’s Brand Partnerships Manager. “I’ve always liked firmer pillows and these are perfect. It’s held its shape, and most importantly it’s held its height. I had friends recently stay with me and they commented on how great of sleep they got with them. Another great thing is I’m not flipping my pillow to get the cool side anymore, that’ll be essential in the summer.”

Specifications:

  • 100% premium cotton quilted cover
  • Fill: Adaptive TEMPUR material and TEMPUR-Breeze gel
  • 6.4” loft
  • Medium feel
  • Available in Queen and King
  • Machine-washable cover: Wash cold and tumble cool; Air dry for best results
  • 5-year limited warranty

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a firm, cooling pillow.

Good to Know: Be careful not to over-dry the cover. While you can tumble dry it on low in a machine, air drying is your safest bet.

A cooling pillow that also helps prevent odors from nestling where you rest your head? We love to see it! The Comfort Revolution Charcoal Gel Memory Foam Pillow might be sold in just one size, but its unique design makes up for it. The key feature of this pillow is the textured gel top layer that not only keeps the pillow cool but acts as a soothing, massage-like surface, too. What’s more, since it’s fitted with a removable, machine-washable cover, the pillow is easy to care for.

 “I’ve had a lot of memory foam pillows over the years, and they often feel really dense and hot,” says Home Projects Director, Megan. “This one had enough give that it felt cushiony, and the gel helps keep it cool. I also really like the textured side (though who knows if that has any actual measurable benefit on tension relief as claimed… but it does feel good). I think this could be a tiny bit higher for side sleeping, though for anyone who does a combination of positions like I do it is a good fit—very adaptable.”

Specifications:

  • 100% polyester cover
  • Fill: Charcoal-infused memory foam with a cooling gel layer
  • Medium feel
  • Standard size
  • Machine-washable cover

Who It’s Best For: Those craving a cool, cushiony pillow that’s easy to clean.

Good to Know: The charcoal is meant to assist with keeping your pillow fresh for longer.