6 of the best affordable pillows — memory foam, down alternative, and polyester-filled picks from $3.50

Support your head and neck with one of the best affordable pillows. Some have been tested by our in-house team, and others are highly rated by shoppers

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As beauty sleep advocates, our advice is to buy the best affordable pillows. We truly believe that you don't need to spend your savings to get a quality night's sleep. Whether you're after the best bolster around to replace those you've had for years, need a fresh pair to take to college, or just want a spare for when friends stay over — you won't have to bankrupt yourself in the process.

Spending $100+ isn't an option for some, and there are so many highly-rated, cheap pillows for under $10. We don't mean standard polyester-filled options either, we're talking about the good stuff. Think memory foam, gel-fiber, and feels-like-down types too.

Knowing which bed pillows legitimately deliver quality and value for money isn't that simple, so we've done the legwork and found six of the best pillows that sit under $72 (including three we've slept on). Our head of e-commerce even tested one of these buys in the lead-up to giving birth, commending its comfort during her pregnancy.

6 of the best affordable pillows, chosen by in-house sleep experts

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How do you buy bedding on a budget?

Whether you're browsing cheap bedding sets to take to college, a comfy pillow to replicate a luxury one you've used before, or simply don't have the cash to splash right now, there are ways to still get a good night's sleep. Keeping an eye out for certain bedding features will help you choose a pillow that's comfortable and at the right price point:

1. Are the pillows you're buying OEKO-TEX certified? This is the standard given to synthetic products that have been tested and proven to be free of harmful toxins or chemicals. Cheaper pillows are more likely to be made of polyester or have hollow fiber filling — so it's worth researching. 

2. Keep an eye out for bedding sales and mattress deals. President's Day is a great opportunity to buy the best cheap pillows, but we wouldn't recommend holding off if you're in desperate need. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also known for having great deals on mattresses, pillows, duvets, and the best mattress protectors. You could bag a bargain and overhaul your sleep, for less.

Where to buy the best affordable pillows

Most of the retailers we've listed have a decent returns policy and some pillows have a trial period allowing you to sleep on pillows and give them a test run. This gives you time to see whether it suits your needs.

How we chose these pillows

Just like we did when choosing a cheap mattress, we researched, read reviews, and compared products that were below $80 (for one) against more expensive options. For those we've tested, we ensured to balance sleep quality and price, so you can find the best value pillow for your budget. If you want to know more about what this involves (and yes, it's more than just resting our head) — get the low down in our how we test guide. 

Meet the team

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Annie Collyer

Annie Collyer is our head of ecommerce and reviewed the Coop Original Adjustable Pillow.

Christina Chrysostomou
Christina Chrysostomou

Christina Chrysostomou is our acting head of ecommerce. She reviewed the Zamat Cervical Pillow.

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Louise Oliphant

Louise Oliphant is our former ecommerce editor and sleep expert. She reviewed the Casper Sleep Essential Pillow and did the majority of desk research, sifting through customer feedback on the pillows we haven't been able to call in yet.

Christina Chrysostomou
Former acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the former acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.