The Best Pillow, No Matter How You Like to Sleep

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The Best Pillow, No Matter How You Like to Sleep

A good night's sleep is invaluable, and setting yourself up for 8 hours of uninterrupted Zzz's should be your top priority when selecting the which pillow you'll be snuggling up with. That's why we've updated this list to include the latest and greatest in pillow options and technology. One thing hasn't changed though—when choosing a pillow, you should keep in mind whether you're a side, stomach, or back sleeper, as well as  consider the sorts of materials you'll want to be in close proximity to.

There are all kinds of pillows out there—from soft down to firm latex. If you're not sure where to start, keep scrolling.  We rounded up some of the crème de la crème of sleep headrests. 

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There are a lot of side sleepers out there—research shows that it's one of the most common sleeping positions. And all of these side sleepers need comfy pillows on which they can rest their heads. 

We're a huge fan of the Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Memory foam pillow because its shredded memory foam interior never gets lumpy or deflates, so regardless of how much use this baby gets, your level of comfort doesn't decrease. We also love that you can remove some of the filling if it's too stuffed for your sleeping tastes!

Best Pillow For Side Sleepers
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If you're a stomach sleeper, you want a pillow with a low profile so you don't stress your neck and back. Xtreme Comfort's SlimSleeper fits the bill. It's a thinner version of the company's much-loved traditional pillow, filled with shredded memory foam that never goes flat or becomes lumpy. 

One of our favorite parts of this pillow is that you can maneuver the filling to create the exact shape that's most comfortable for you. The filling is encased in a micro-vented cover made partially from bamboo, which keeps you cool even on warm nights.

Best Pillow For Stomach Sleepers
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We are here for the sleepers who don't want to rest upon synthetic materials. The Holy Lamb Organics Eco Wool Pillow is filled with Eco-Wool Batting and has a premium organic cotton cover. 

The pillow is machine washable and adjustable, meaning you can remove some of the filling if it's too tall for comfort. Reviewers love this pillow and offer some helpful hints for extending its useful life, such as tossing it in the dryer for a quick fluff if it starts to get a little deflated. 

Best Pillow For Allergy Sufferers
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Do you sleep better when your head is cradled by the coolest of pillows?

Then this is the one you are looking for. Filled with pieces of shredded latex, this pillow is cooler than traditional options because the variation in the size and shape of the latex pieces allows for greater air circulation and prevents the trapping of heat.

Best Pillow for Keeping Cool
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If you're a fan of this Venice, Calif., company's sumptuous down comforters (if so, hey, you've got a LOT of company) then you will recognize the same loft and cloudlike feel that's found in Parachute down comforters.

This pillow also has a lightweight feel for a down-filled product. And this is a high-quality down, too, meaning you won't see feathers poking through the sateen cover.

In case you're wondering, you can put this pillow in the washing machine. But take note: Parachute pillows are popular for a reason: Be prepared join a waitlist.

Best Down Pillow For Side And Back Sleepers
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This Canadian-made pillow pulls out all the stops: High-quality down, purity-tested components, hypoallergenic properties, and an Egyptian cotton shell with a whopping 500 thread count. 

And anyone who's ever slept on high-thread-count material knows that it's very, very tough to go back to cheap sheets after that. Plus, it's the perfect profile for a stomach sleeper.

Best Down Pillow For Stomach Sleepers
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We are here for the sleepers who don't want to rest upon synthetic materials. The Holy Lamb Organics Eco Wool Pillow is filled with Eco-Wool Batting and has a premium organic cotton cover. 

The pillow is machine washable and adjustable, meaning you can remove some of the filling if it's too tall for comfort. Reviewers love this pillow and offer some helpful hints for extending its useful life, such as tossing it in the dryer for a quick fluff it starts to get a little deflated. 

Best Pillow Made With Organic Materials
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Many back-pain sufferers swear by these firm-density pillows, pointing out that this buoyant filling means that you'll never have to fluff your pillow again. The pillow's outer zone gives the neck extra support, while the middle zone lets the head fall a bit, keeping the head at a natural angle. This pillow comes in different profiles and densities, but start with the low-profile, firm version.

Best Pillow For Back Pain
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This pillow is an excellent option for people on a tighter budget. 

It has a hypoallergenic and antibacterial bamboo and polyester cover that keeps sleepers cool and a zippered inner chamber that gives you access to the pillow's filling. This means you can add or remove filling as needed for a firmer or softer pillow. This baby even comes with a little cotton bag to store filling that you're not using. 

Best Pillow for People on a Budget
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Our heads aren't the only thing that need support as we sleep. This memory foam body pillow supports whatever body part needs supporting and has an extra-breathable micro-vented cover that keeps the pillow cool even when you're snuggled up on it. 

We especially like the the memory foam filling holds its shape and doesn't need to be fluffed—important with a pillow this size! 

Best Body Pillow

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