1. Pillow firmness
When you are choosing a new pillow, you should know what pillow firmness is going to allow you to sleep with your head, neck, and shoulders aligned with your spine, as well as provide you comfort.
The way you sleep will affect the loft, or height, of your pillow. Back and stomach sleepers may want to choose a flatter pillow that helps keep the neck aligned properly, but if you sleep on your side, a loftier pillow, which fills the gap between head and neck, might be the best choice.
2. Cover Fabric
Natural cover fabrics, such as cotton will have far better breathability than polyester and other man-made fibers.
3. Choosing a Filling
There are different types of fillings, you just have to find the best option for you. Check here our Short Guide for Choosing the Right Pillow Filling. Here is a tip: look for an indicator called fill power, which refers to how much filling the pillow has, because the more filling, the plumper and longer lasting the pillow will be.
4. The size matters
To choose the right size pillow, you’ll need to consider three factors:
- how big your bed is
- how many pillows you need
- how you will use them
Pillow sizes correspond roughly to mattresses (standard, queen, king). However, that doesn’t mean you have to play by the rules — an oversize pillow can feel enveloping and cozy on a smaller bed. If you like to prop yourself against a pile of pillows for reading, buy smaller-size ones that you can layer. Even on a king-size bed, a standard pillow may be what you want to sleep on.
5. Special needs
You’ll find plenty of specialty pillows on the market tailored to specific situations. For example, people with allergies might think about a pillow with a cover and filling that are specifically formulated to keep away dust and mites. If you snore, consider a pillow shaped to position your head and neck in a way that will prevent your airway from becoming compressed.
6. Pillow Cover
Make sure the pillow cover and pillowcase fit properly. Don’t stuff a big pillow into an undersized cover, or let a standard-size pillow swim in an extra-large pillowcase. Use soft, natural, breathable fabrics to cover your pillows, like Egyptian cotton. Discover here our pillowcases.