Best pillows 2022: 10 top memory foam, microfibre and down choices

The best pillows as tried and tested, for side sleepers, front and back sleepers in 2022. So you can sleep better

Best pillows graphic with yellow background featuring silentnight, slumberdown and panda pillow
blank
(Image credit: Future)

Owning one of the best pillows, believe it or not, will do wonders when it comes to getting a great night’s sleep. Since research shows at least eight hours of sleep is essential to our wellbeing, having a comfortable place to rest your head is more important than you think. 

But this doesn't mean buying yourself the best pillow has to be expensive. In fact, we’ve found a selection of the top affordable pillows, suitable for each and every type of sleeper. From the best pillows for side sleepers, snorers and allergy sufferers to the best down, memory foam and sustainable pillows, this round-up is the answer to all your budget and bedtime needs. Whether you’re struggling to sleep soundly throughout the night or are looking to replace your tired, overused pillow, there’s a pillow upgrade for you. 

To make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, we’ve tried all of these pillows, as well as spoken to industry experts on what to look out for with your next bedding buy. Though if you’re in the market for even better sleep, don’t rely on a place to put your head. Combine with one of the best mattresses and let your mind and body drift off into the deepest of slumbers.

The best pillows

Simba hybrid pillow cut outReal Homes Rated Gold badge

(Image credit: Simba )
Best overall pillow

Specifications

Filling: Open-cell foam tubes and & Aerelle® cool nights fibres
Firmness: Medium firm
Cover: Stratos cotton
Care : Machine wash 40°C and tumble dry

Reasons to buy

+
Great for all types of sleepers
+
Temperature regulation
+
Removable cover for easy washing
+
Stays plump

Reasons to avoid

-
An investment (but SO worth it!)

This Simba hybrid pillow has been a longstanding favourite for us at Real Homes, and for many others too it seems. While we’ve updated this guide to test new and other high-rated pillows on the market, no other has managed to knock the Simba hybrid off its top spot as our best overall pillow. What’s so special? It’s been scientifically engineered to give you the best night's sleep, with temperature regulation and adjustable height. Trust us, it really is worth investing for a great night’s sleep. 

It’s a medium to firm pillow that’s perfect for side sleepers, but the adjustable height feature allows you to achieve the perfect neck and shoulder alignment that would also work for back sleepers. You can add or remove the foam Nanocubes for your ideal firmness and height, meaning no more back pain or sore necks when you wake up. Its cotton cover is astronaut inspired, with a technology that absorbs, stores and releases heat as you need it. Not once did our tester wake up hot Are you a back, side, hot, cold or a sleeper that suffers from neck pain? Covering just about all bases, this pillow could be a one size fits all job. 

It’s easy to care for too. Remove the cover and pop in the wash. It’ll come out as good as new with little to no deflation. 

Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow cut outReal Homes Rated Gold badge

(Image credit: Panda Life )

2. Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

Best memory foam pillow

Specifications

Filling: Visco memory foam
Firmness: Firm
Cover: Bamboo fibre
Care : Machine wash cover only

Reasons to buy

+
Environmentally friendly
+
Hypoallergenic
+
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified
+
Remains firm 
+
Reasonable price 

Reasons to avoid

-
Not best for front sleepers 
-
Pillow itself can't be washed

Wanting something soft and smooth to sink into at the end of a long, hard day? The Panda memory foam pillow will ensure the ultimate comfort experience. It's the best memory foam pillow for anyone who is eco conscious, too. After years of research, Panda uses the latest in memory foam technology to bring you a pillow that comes with a ten year guarantee. One of our team members has been sleeping on this pillow for years, and they still love it as much as they did the first night. It's still firm, and better yet: it's super comfortable for side and back sleepers. Just avoid if you sleep on your front, we know this from experience.

It's filled with three layers of memory foam, making it soft to the touch but firm at its core. This means no more back pain or waking up with a sore neck. They’re all different types of visco memory recommended by doctors and orthopaedic experts, so if you don’t trust us, you can trust them.

Let not forget its eco-friendly credentials. Its cover is made from bamboo fibres, which can be washed, unlike the memory foam pillow itself. Bamboo is not only a great sustainable material, but it’s antibacterial and mould-resistant too, meaning it'll stay fresher for longer. 

Lexitex sleep posture pillow cut out on a blue backgroundReal Homes Rated Gold badge

(Image credit: Levitex )

3. Levitex Sleep Posture Pillow

Best pillow for side sleepers

Specifications

Filling: Levitex foam
Firmness: Medium firm
Cover: 100% nylon
Care: Machine wash and tumble dry cover only at 40°C

Reasons to buy

+
Ideal for side sleepers 
+
Will help with sleep posture and neck pain 
+
Doesn't flatten
+
Good price point

Reasons to avoid

-
Not great for back or front sleepers 
-
Can only wash the cover

This is a new type of pillow made with levitex foam we are yet to have seen before, and it’s making its mark on the pillow industry. After a sleep consultation with founder of the brand James Leinhardt, he soon issued us a medium size pillow to try. After just a few uses, the difference was really noticed. Our tester sometimes suffers from shoulder pain. Turns out, all they needed was a pillow that sat at the correct height. 

Using revolutionary Levitex foam to help your sleep posture, neck and back pain, this pillow comes in variants of sizes, rather than firmness, as other brands offer. Ranging from sizes small to extra large, there’s an option for everyone, at a good price too. Finding a pillow that’s the right size for you aims to align your neck, spine and hips for the ultimate sleeping position, which is why this pillow is not recommended for back or front sleepers. In fact, James suggests trying to transition to side sleeping for the best night rest. 

The levitex foam is encased in a nylon cover (we’d have liked this to be a sustainable alternative), which can be washed and tumble dried. Sustainable efforts arent totally forgotten either, as Levitex offset their carbon emissions by planting two trees for every pillow bought. 

Woolroom chatsworth washable traceable wool pillow on a bed with a grey backgroundReal Homes Rated Gold badge

(Image credit: WoolRoom)

4. Woolroom Chatsworth Collection Washable Wool Pillow

Best sustainable pillow

Specifications

Filling: 100% British Wool
Firmness : Medium
Cover: Organic cotton cover quilted with British Wool
Care : Wash at 30°C

Reasons to buy

+
Best for back sleepers 
+
Traceable, sustainable wool
+
Entirely Washable 
+
Good price point

Reasons to avoid

-
Needs to be plumped often 

Made solely from traceable British wool and certified organic cotton Woolroom’s Chatsworth Collection Washable Wool pillow is our best sustainable option. In keeping with its full transparency approach, we love how you can open this pillow up to see and feel its contents in full-form. Don’t be put off by its slightly flat appearance, this pillow is super plush thanks to its dense wool ball inside that you can add to or remove from and adjust to your liking. Which comes in handy as initially we did find this pillow was something you had to get used to. But with a few plumps up and nights to sleep and find the right arrangement, there’s no going back. 

The main attraction of this pillow however, isn't its overall comfortability. Rather, its wool filling is a reason to buy in itself. Sourced from the Chatsworth Estate, the wool inside these pillows are part of a Traceable Wool ID programme, so you can know what your bedding is made of and exactly where it came from. You’ll get all the benefits of wool for your bedding too; its temperature regulating and hypoallergenic, with the UK Allergy Seal of Approval for a great night’s sleep. 

What's better? It’s fully machine washable. The added practicality of being able to bung all of your pillows in the wash without faffing with removing covers or inside stuffing makes the price seem all too good to be true. If you're eco-conscious (as we all should be, mind) this pillow is a best sustainable buy.

Brooke and Wilde best cooling pillowReal Homes Rated Gold badge

(Image credit: Brooke and Wilde )
Best cooling pillow

Specifications

Filling: Hollow fibre pockets
Firmness: Soft - Medium
Cover: 100% Egyptian cotton
Care : Machine wash cover only at 40°C

Reasons to buy

+
Best for side sleepers 
+
Thermo-regulating cooling properties 
+
Removable cover

Reasons to avoid

-
Needs regular plumping
-
Big price tag

With thermoregulating technology, the Everdene pillow from UK brand Brook + Wilde ensures a refreshing night’s sleep. It's our best cooling pillow for the summer. Whilst it might not have been the best on this list to sleep on, where uninterrupted comfortability is concerned, it was the best for keeping us cool throughout the night. 

It’s filled with Thermofill Plus hollow fibre and encased in a quilted breathable Egyptian cotton cover, working to regulate your temperature all night long. Fancy, we know - that’s why it does come with quite a hefty price tag. Its plush and large in size, so you can do away with a second pillow, but note that you may need to re-plump to keep it at its best. For this reason, front sleepers may want to opt for a thinner pillow. 

The outer cover can be removed for machine washing at 40 degrees, you can also wash its inside, since it’s made of artificial fibres, but you wouldn't need to wash as regularly, given the material’s non-allergenic properties. Hot head and a home-sufferer? This might be the pillow for you. 

Simba Hybrid Firm pillowReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

(Image credit: Simba )

6. Simba Hybrid Firm Pillow

Best firm pillow

Specifications

Filling: Open-cell foam tubes and & Aerelle® cool nights fibres
Firmness : Medium-firm
Cover : Stratos cotton
Care : Machine wash at 40°C

Reasons to buy

+
Best for back sleepers 
+
Stays firm 
+
Temperature regulation
+
Removable cover for easy washing

Reasons to avoid

-
May be too firm for some 
-
An investment 

A new addition to the Simba Hybrid family, is this best firm pillow. Given the shining reviews for their medium support option, our back sleeper who loves a solid pillow was more than excited to try. Even without giving it a go, we can confirm front sleepers or those who like something to sink into probably wouldn't give you your best night sleep. But for those otherwise, we think you’ll be happy to splash the cash on this investment buy. 

What’s different this time? There is an inner pillow of foam-enclosed Aercoil springs and two softer Simba Renew pillows you can order to your preferred firmness. As Simba contests: ‘It’ll be the more supported sleep you’ve been dreaming of”. There's a cool cotton cover too which features the same Stratos heat control technology, so there’s no compromise on keeping cool at night

As is with Simba’s sister pillow,  simply remove the cover and pop in the wash. It’ll come out as good as new with little to no deflation. 

Silentnight just like down pillows set of two cut outReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

(Image credit: Silentnight )

7. Silentnight Just Like Down Microfibre Pillow

Best affordable pillow

Specifications

Filling: Hollowfibre
Firmness: Medium - Soft
Cover: 100% Microfibre
Care : Machine Washable at 40°C

Reasons to buy

+
Great value down alternative 
+
Best for side sleepers 
+
Super affordable 
+
Can entirely machine wash and tumble dry 

Reasons to avoid

-
 Doesn’t stay plump throughout the night 

If you like the soft, luxurious feel of feather, but can’t stretch your budget, then try this Silentnight Just Like Down microfibre pillow. It’s one that has been loved by one of our testers for years. We do like to sleep on two of these at once, since they tend to flatten throughout the night. But, they’re plump, soft to the touch and an affordable alternative to some of the best down pillows out there. Who likes being poked by feathers when bedding starts to wear away anyway? We certainly don’t. 

It has a medium support rating, but we’d say it’s more soft-to-medium, hence having to double up, but they do work great for side sleepers who usually prefer a firmer option. It’s filled with conjugated spring hollow fibres, which give it a lightweight feather feel and is encased in a 100% microfibre cover. In other words, it’s allergy friendly and offers ultra-soft support to your neck and head. All this for only £14.99? No wonder it’s our best budget buy. 

Oh, and you can wash it too. As we said, we’ve been testing this pillow for some time, and it hasn't lost its ‘just like down’ quality. We’ll update you if that ever changes. 

Soak and Sleep Hungarian Goose Down Pillows cut outReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

(Image credit: Soak and Sleep )

8. Soak and Sleep Hungarian Goose down pillow

Best down pillow for front sleepers

Specifications

Filling: 90% Hungarian goose feather and 10% down
Firmness: Medium
Cover: 280TC cotton
Care : Machine wash at 40°C and tumble dry until completely dry

Reasons to buy

+
Best for front sleepers 
+
Great quality down option
+
Lightweight and flexible 
+
Can entirely machine wash and tumble dry

Reasons to avoid

-
Needs re-plumping
-
More expensive  

This best-selling Hungarian down pillow is a fair favourite amongst the front sleepers and feather-filled lovers. We’re currently testing this one out and haven't slept on it for long enough to give an honest review on its longevity. But, for first impressions, it sure doesn't disappoint. After resting our heads on this luxurious Hungarian goose-down pillow we know why everyone else out there rates it best. 

As you’d expect from natural filling, it's soft and cushioning, yet surprisingly supportive too. It’d be great for front sleepers who need something to snuggle into, as you won’t fall flat to the mattress like you might on poorer quality pillows. You will have to re-plump at times, which won’t be a problem for fidgets who like to reshape their pillow mid-sleep, mind. At a higher price than others, but on average for down pillows of the same range, it’s a worthwhile purchase if feather-filled cushioning is what you’re after. 

Unlike other natural pillows though, you can actually wash it. Though make sure to let it fully tumble dry to a crisp to avoid damaging the air-trapping qualities inside. It comes with a 230 thread count cotton cover too, so it’ll keep soft to the touch, even after a wash. 

Slumberdown anti-snore pillow cut outReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

(Image credit: Slumberdown)

9. Slumberdown Anti Snore Pillow

Best pillow for back sleepers and snorers

Specifications

Filling: Hollow fibre
Firmness: Medium
Cover: 100% cotton
Care : Machine wash and dry at 40°C

Reasons to buy

+
Best for back sleepers and snorers 
+
Super affordable 
+
Entirely machine washable and tumble drier friendly 

Reasons to avoid

-
On the firmer side
-
Gets less soft after a few washes

This anti-snore pillow boasts a bold claim to stop you (or your partners') loud snoring. And whilst we can’t say it reduced the noise completely, it did relieve some symptoms and help our tester sleep better through the night. In comparison to other tested pillows, we can say it marked up as our best pillow for back sleepers and snorers alike. If you’re a side sleeper or don’t snore, we’d suggest skipping this read…but if you’re buying on behalf of your snoring spouse or bed-sharer, then it might be worth the thought. 

Designed with an ‘S’ shaped inner foam core which helps to encourage better breathing whilst gently supporting the head and neck. It's firm but soft with a 100% cotton cover which gently springs back after laying your head. For only a fraction of the price of other pillows on this list, you might as well try it for yourself. After all, Slumberdown has been making bedding for years, what’s the worst that could happen? 

Well, we’ll tell you. Its easy-care qualities that allow it to be washed and dried and put back on your bed in no time are great for ease but not so great for its quality. After washing, we found this pillow had lost its bounce. It flattened a little and the cotton cover became slightly bobbly. We gave it a quick plump up and out on our favourite silk pillowcase before sleep and it was fine, but we doubt it’ll last a lifetime. 

Slumberdown Anti Allergy Pillow (Pack of 2), Microfibre, White, 2-PackReal Homes Rated bronze

(Image credit: Amazon)

10. Slumberdown anti-allergy pillow

Best anti-allergy pillow

Specifications

Filling: Hollow fibre
Firmness: Soft
Cover: Microfibre polyester
Care : Machine wash at 40°C and tumble dry

Reasons to buy

+
UK allergy seal of approval 
+
Super-soft 
+
Inexpensive 
+
Entirely machine washable and tumble dryer friendly 

Reasons to avoid

-
Not great for back sleepers 
-
Offers little support 

These anti-allergy pillows by Slumberdown are a fantastic affordable buy at just £9 for two. They may not be anything overly special, but they do the trick for allergy sufferers who need a down alternative with extra protection. Our tester, a home-fever sufferer, tried these in the height of high-pollen counts, which put them through their paces. We can’t have solely relied on these to relieve our symptoms entirely, but we did notice a difference when we swapped from a feather-filled alternative. 

The hollowfibre filling is anti-bacterial, and actively works to protect against dust mites. If you need further convincing, they have the UK Allergy Seal of Approval. The cover is microfiber polyester too, keeping your pillow feeling fresh and clean whilst being kind to your skin. We’d say these are best for front sleepers, as they’re soft and sinkable, the softest on our list, in fact. This means this Slumberdown pillow won’t rate best amongst the side and back sleepers who need a little more support. But buy them for anyone you know with allergies and you’re sure to relieve them of those mysterious nighttime itches and sneezes. 

The whole thing can be popped into the washer and dryer for easy cleaning. But as we have noticed, they may bobble a bit over time. Though it won’t cost much to replace them. 

12. iGel Side Sleeper Deep Pillow

Best pillow for comfort

Specifications

Filling: Polyester
Firmness: Firm
Cover: 100 per cent cotton
Care: Machine wash at 40°C and tumble dry on normal to low heat

Reasons to buy

+
Made in Britain
+
1-year guarantee
+
iGel™ Advance temperature technology
+
Visco elastic conforms to head shape
+
Moisture wicking properties

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
One size only

Fancy yourself a bit of a fussy sleeper? There's no need to be ashamed about it. Considering the average person snoozes for around 26 years of their life, it's OK to be a bit selective about your sleep accessories.

If some pillows in the past have been too flat, and some too plump, this iGel Side Sleeper Deep Pillow is just right. Yes, Christina, our self-confessed sleep connoisseur sounds like she's remixing Goldilocks and the Three bears and The Princess and the pea when she talks about this pillow, but that's because it's been a real game changer when it comes to getting her forty winks.

The magic literally lies in the phase change crystals inside iGel™ Advance technology which responds to your body temperature to absorb, store and release heat as you need it so you can use it all year round... even in the summer when sleep is a little uncomfortable.

The gentle pressure relief supports your head, almost cradling it. Though, if you're a side sleeper who can't bear to break up with your existing pillow, this makes a great support if you find yourself rolling into the recovery position. 

Christina has found other pillows can cause neck strain, but it appears this has been designed to be higher than standard pillows, bridging the gap between her head and the mattress. At 5 foot 3 inches, having a set of pillows her 6 foot plus fiance liked too was a bonus.

Though a little spenny for just under £75, when you think that a groggy sleep can result in extra coffee, shop-bought snacks, and a bad mood, the next day (at best!) – it's a small price to pay.


How to choose the best pillow for your needs

Choosing the best pillow may seem easy. Is the price right? Does it feel soft? What's it made of? Well whilst these are all important things to consider, there's a little more to it. To explain it better, and with more validity, we've spoken to industry experts from Levitex, Woolroom and Slumberdown. 

As James Leinhardt, Sleep & Posture Expert and Founder of Levitex (opens in new tab) states 'We don’t all wear the same size shoe so what we lie on at night shouldn’t be one size fits all either. Choosing the right pillow for you is ensuring the best possible sleeping surface for an optimised sleep posture'. Unsurprisingly, it's not all about what's inside your pillow, too. 

'Whether you are buying hypoallergenic pillows or regular, you should bear in mind the inner filling, outer cover, height preference and sleeping style. Remember, this is for your own sleep benefits and should fit most of your needs and wants if a good-nights rest is what you are after.' adds Chris Tattersall, Clean Sleep Expert and MD at Woolroom (opens in new tab).

What type of sleeper are you? 

Ask yourself whether you sleep on your side, back or front. Which position you sleep in is key to finding the right firmness. Karen Innes, NPD Manager at Slumberdown (opens in new tab)and Chris Tattersall, Clean Sleep Expert and MD at Woolroom explain which type of pillow you should choose according to the position you find yourself sleeping in, and other factors such as allergies or whether you're currently pregnant...

If you sleep on your front or back
'Front sleepers should opt for a soft pillow, supporting and aligning your head and body, so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep. If you prefer to dose off lying on your back, a medium support pillow is ideal for keeping your head and neck cushioned and creates a gentle curve through to your back' claims Karen.

For side sleepers
Speaking with Karen again, this time about side sleepers, she states 'for the majority of us that enjoy sleeping on our side, a firmer pillow is the best choice, providing the right support for your head and neck, to ensure your spine stays straight. If you’re struggling to find a firm pillow to suit your needs, why not try a specially designed support pillow, produced with a unique core block to offer the added support you need?'

For pregnant sleepers
When you are pregnant the best sleeping position is on your left side as it helps increase the flow of blood (and nutrients) to the placenta. If you aren't used to sleeping this way, the best pregnancy pillow will help you lie in comfort.

For allergy sufferers
Chris from Woolroom explains what to do if you suffer from allergies. 'For allergy-suffers and those who want the most natural material options, it is important to pick a chemical-free fibre. Polyester and memory foam are materials made through a variety of chemical processes, therefore if you are sensitive to chemicals in general, the safest way to go about this is to research what sorts of chemicals were involved in the pillow-making process and cross-reference them with your allergies. If there is a match, it is best to avoid.' Alternatively, he says 'wool provides a dry sleeping environment that is uninhabitable for allergens, and therefore completely dust-mite free and naturally hypoallergenic – making it the ideal choice for sleepers who suffer with allergies, especially in the summer. In addition, this miracle fibre helps to manage heat and moisture, and effectively reduce humidity throughout the night. 70% of the heat from the body comes out through the head, therefore a cool pillow is virtual for a great night’s sleep.'

What filling is best? 

From down, feather-filled and microfibre to wool, memory foam and anti-snore shaped pillows there's a lot of jargon to understand. So we've broken down the options so you can understand them better. 

Natural fillings: including duck and goose feathers and down, feel soft and luxurious, giving you that extra-cosy sensation of sinking into your pillow. Though bare in find they often come with a more expensive price tag.

Synthetic filling: If you like the softness of down or you suffer from allergies or respiratory diseases, synthetic fibre fillings mimic the feel, for a more reasonable price. 

For those who need more support in bed, or just prefer the feel of a firm pillow, there are latex, hybrid and memory foam. Helpful for sufferers of neck or back pain, they keep the spine and muscles correctly elevated and aligned for deep sleep and a pain-free morning.

Are expensive pillows worth it?

Investing in the best pillows isn't the only thing you can do to increase your chances of a good night's sleep.

Finding a duvet and pairing it with the best sheets can make a big difference to a comfortable snooze. You'll find our top picks of both in our guides to the best duvets and best duvet cover sets available. 

And don't worry, you don't need to spend a small fortune to get a better night's sleep, our edit of the best bedding brands will point you in the right direction for finding options to suit your budget.

How often do you replace pillows?

Usually, most experts would recommend replacing your pillows after 2 years, unless they have become visibly worn by then. Buying a new pillow ensures you are sleeping on something that's supportive and clean, which is especially important if you suffer from allergies. To help with longevity, it's important to care for your pillows where you can. Our how to wash pillows guide offers expert advice and tips on how to keep your pillows clean.  

How we tested these pillows

Yes, that’s right, we’ve been snoozing on the job putting the top pillows - and brands - to the test. Though, since different sleepers require a different type of pillow to sleep soundly, we’ve shared the snooze time amongst numerous members of the Real Homes team as well as passed them around to family members for an all-round rating - plus, if this task was left to one person, they’d be napping too much to get any work done. We’ve had allergy sufferers try out our best anti-allergy pillow and a snorer (we won’t tell you who), see which anti-snore pillow helped them sleep any quieter, to just name a few. They’ve been slept on, washed and used again for numerous nights to take into account every sleep scenario. You can rest assured, these pillows are the best value for your money because we certainly have been.

This is an updated review of the best pillows, and some favourites will have kept their place on the bed. As for the new pillows, we’ll pay special attention to how they last over time and update the guide accordingly. No one likes sleeping on a tired pillow, do they? 

Still intrigued by our testing process? Find out more about how we test on our page. 

Here are a few of our Real Homes pillow testers and what they said about their favourites:

Jennifer Oksien illustration
Jennifer Oksien

Jennifer is one of our expert reviewers here at Future, and she's tested a fair few of the pillows throughout her time. Her favourite? The Simba Hybrid and Brooke and Wilde's Cooling pillow gets her vote: 

"I'm (probably) the biggest fan of the Simba pillow. I think it's so dreamy. I'm a side sleeper and find it so soft yet supportive, and after a rummage with the fillings it's great for sitting up in bed with.

The Brooke and Wilde cooling pillow doesn't retain any heat which I've found particularly ideal for warmer nights. The materials used feels lovely and soft, too, and I love that that the cover can be removed for washing."

Louise Oliphant author illustration
Louise Oliphant

Louise is our UK bedding expert, knowing the importance of getting her beauty sleep without having a huge budget to spend, Louise is always on the lookout for affordable finds. A side sleeper and allergy-sufferer, she's reviewed the majority of these pillows, including our best sustainable, anti-allergy, affordable and for side sleeper options: 

"The Silentnight 'just like down' pillows I have used for many years, they're synthetic which is good for my home allergies and the best cheap alterative for a luxury feel. They're quite soft though and I now like to alternate between this and the Levitex posture pillow. I didn't have trouble with neck pain or stiffness before, but I do find I sleep better, without waking in the night". 

Annie Collyer illustration
Annie Collyer

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor and has been testing products for Real Homes since 2018. Annie has tested a range of pillows, but as a front sleeper, she finds it hard to find one she loves. The one she currently sleeps on is no longer in production, too, so can't be featured on this list! However, her fiance is a big fan of helping her test pillows as a side sleeper, and he is obsessed with the Panda pillow in this guide. He's been sleeping on this pillow for the best part of three years now and finds it hard to get a good night's rest without it. He's a huge memory foam fan and loves how firm this pillow has stayed even after sleeping on it night after night. It's also surprisingly breathable.

Christina author photo
Christina Chrysostomou

From cleaning to eating and sleeping, Christina likes to keep a healthy home, and understands the importance of catching those vital zzzs. She believes a pillow can make or break a good night's sleep, and was eager to put a plump cushion through its paces.

The iGel Side Sleeper Deep Pillow (opens in new tab) is her absolute favourite, though it must be said, she doesn't always use it to rest her head on.

'My friend mentioned getting a pregnancy pillow as I'm a side sleeper, but I couldn't bring myself to order one because of the size of it, and well... because it's meant for women who are expecting children,'

'This pillow does sort of acts like one, in the sense that I can cradle it in a recovery-type position, but looks like a "normal" headrest. It doesn't have that C-shaped or U-shaped characteristic that would make it stand out on our king-sized bed.' 

Louise Oliphant
Ecommerce Writer

Louise is the Ecommerce Writer at Real Homes, specialising in sleep content so you can wind-down well. With prior PR experience working for a luxury bedding brand, Louise knows the importance of getting a great night’s sleep. Joining the other side of the desk as a full-time journo, Louise brings her bedding expertise to writing sleep buying guides across Real Homes, Ideal Homes, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens and Gardeningetc. Aside from helping readers get essential shut eye, Louise also writes shopping content for homeware items that’ll add a decorative edge to your space.With an eye for design that won’t snooze on style, but a budget that won’t quite stretch, Louise loves nothing more than a modern designer dupe. From coloured glassware to contemporary storage, anything to upgrade the bare space of her rented East London flat. 

SPONSORS