The best adjustable bed frames in 2021

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  • A high-quality adjustable bed frame enhances your sleep experience.
  • Useful features include massage capabilities, lighting, and anti-snore adjustments.
  • The Intellibed Sleep Genius is our top pick because it’s quiet and has speakers and a helpful app.

As the online bed-in-a-box industry has grown, more manufacturers are also offering adjustable bed bases that are higher quality, with more features, and priced more affordably than traditional adjustable bed frames. Most of the electronic frames available today come standard with USB ports, under-bed lighting, head and foot adjustments, and a range of massage functions.

I’ve been testing sleep products professionally for three years and have reviewed dozens of mattresses, sheet sets, sleep aids, and more. I relied on my own product testing experience for this guide and put all the frames I could fit in my house through a set of standard tests (details of which can be found at the end of this guide).

We’re working on testing every product in this guide, but for bed frames I wasn’t able to test just yet, I based my recommendations on consumer reviews and ratings of hundreds of owners and experts. Our guide features bases that performed well in our tests, have useful functions that justify their price, and work with a wide variety of mattress types.

Unless otherwise noted, the prices quoted in this guide are for the Queen-sized unit. For prices of other sizes, simply follow the links in the guide to visit the product page. If you are searching for a non-adjustable frame, check out our guide to the best bed frames.

Here are the best adjustable bed frames in 2021

The best adjustable bed frame overall

Photo the Saatva Lineal base, the best massaging adjustable bed frame

The Intellibed Sleep Genius Smart Base is your best option if you have a larger budget and want an adjustable bed frame that can do it all, including play audio and provide sonic massages.

Pros: Six built-in speakers, haptic pulse technology for sonic massages, an intuitive app with presets and programmability, voice controls, whisper-quiet operation, compatible with a broad array of mattresses, 20-year limited warranty

Cons: No returns, expensive, controls and speakers sometimes experience connectivity issues

There’s no getting around the fact that the Intellibed Sleep Genius Smart Base is a luxury item. It’s the most expensive model we tested. But the bed frame’s performance and smart features make it worth the hefty price tag.

You can adjust the frame using the back-lit remote control or intuitive Intellibed phone app, which is available on iOS and Android devices and has voice control. Or you can pair it with your smart-home assistant, such as Amazon Alexa, and adjust the Sleep Genius using verbal instructions.

This smart base has six speakers located near the head that pair with your Bluetooth-capable devices. Thanks to haptic pulse technology, the speakers work with the unit’s massage functions so that you can actually feel whatever you are listening to, whether it’s the action movie or the preprogrammed relaxing sounds for sleep.

There are varying intensities of massage and wave massages, or you can target your head or feet. I found the high-intensity massage was relaxing but not particularly powerful. The vibrations were light and relaxing, but there wasn’t any kneading or deep tissue work. However, I tested the base with Intellibed’s Matrix Grand, which is an incredible 17 inches thick and very heavy. Other thinner mattresses will likely facilitate a more pronounced massage. Regardless, even when the massage function was at its highest intensity, the frame was still whisper quiet — only about 5 decibels above ambient sound levels, so it didn’t interfere with whatever I was watching.

It has four preset positions. TV/PC is the steepest incline of the feet and head so you can sit up and watch media or work. Lounge has a less harsh incline at the feet and head. I liked this one the most because it kept me comfortable for longer periods of time and worked well for reading and watching streaming media. Zero Gravity inclines the head and foot slightly with the feet slightly higher to make you feel like you’re floating in space. Flat flattens the base for a traditional sleep experience. You can also program the base to remember up to three custom positions. I like that the mattress doesn’t shift or cause the split frames to “walk” away from their original position. This is a common problem with adjustable frames.

The frame has about seven inches of clearance underneath, which you can adjust to 2.5 inches. And, the platform that your mattress will rest on is about 14 inches off the ground (9.5 inches if you choose the lower height option). I chose the maximum clearance and have found the under-bed lighting comes in handy when I drop items and need help finding them.

Other than the price, my biggest complaint is that connecting to the base via the app — both the speakers and the controls — can be finicky at times. Also, the audio doesn’t sync up perfectly with video when I use the speakers to stream media.These issues are compounded by the fact that there are no returns so if you’re unhappy with the performance of the high-end features, you’re out of luck.

The best budget adjustable bed frame

Photo the Lucid L300, the best budget adjustable bed frame

If you don’t need a bed frame that can massage you, the Lucid L300 Bed Base is an excellent budget option that comes with a 30-day return policy.

Pros: 10-year warranty, compatible with a variety of mattress types, 30-day return policy, head and foot incline, easy assembly, USB charging stations, remembers your preferred position

Cons: No white-glove delivery available, no massaging, not available in showrooms 

The Lucid brand regularly pops up in our sleep product guides as a top budget option, and the Lucid L300 Bed Base is an example of this. It costs $300 less than any other adjustable bed frame we considered. Despite it’s low price, it appears to be a solid option. We say “appears” because we have not had a chance to test it as of this writing. Fortunately, it’s backed by Amazon’s 30-day return policy.

Since the L300 is offered through Amazon, white-glove delivery isn’t available. But it’s designed with a folding hinge that allows Lucid to ship the base virtually completely assembled. You just unfold it and install the appropriate hardware, and you’re good to go. The company claims this process takes five minutes. 

The L300 has both foot and head inclines. You use a wireless remote with built-in flashlight to adjust the head to angles of 0 to 60 degrees and the foot to 0 to 45 degrees. Plus, you can program the remote to remember your favorite position.

Each side of the frame has two USB charging ports: one for fast charging and the other for regular-speed charging.

The Lucid L300 is backed by a 10-year warranty and is available in Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Split King sizes. The frame is designed to accommodate spring, foam, and hybrid mattresses ranging in size from 8 to 12 inches thick. The base holds the mattress in place using metal support bars at the foot of the bed.

The biggest negative with the L300 is that it’s the only model in our guide that doesn’t have a massage function.

The best sleep-tracking adjustable bed frame

Photo the Tempur Pedic Ergo Smart base, the best sleep tracking adjustable bed frame

If you are looking for an adjustable bed frame that provides hard data to guide you in improving your restfulness, consider the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Ergo Smart Base.

Pros: Helps neutralize snoring, tracks your sleep quality, 25-year limited warranty, quiet operation, available in eight different sizes and styles

Cons: No returns, weak massaging

Like our top pick, the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Ergo Smart Base also has high-end smart features you won’t find in most adjustable bed frames. However, unlike the Sleep Genius, it’s available at a slightly more affordable price, around $1,600. 

What sets the Ergo Smart Base apart is its Sleeptracker app. Thanks to sensors installed at the head of the base, the app collects data on the air quality, your breathing, your heart rate, and more. Based on its findings, it can tell you how restful your sleep is and offer recommendations to improve it. Tempur-Pedic is also constantly updating the technology. Since I first started testing the Ergo Smart Base, the company updated the firmware to use sleep data to assess when you are snoring and automatically adjust the base to a position that will help alleviate it.

The Tempur-Ergo Smart Base is the go-to bed frame that I sleep on when I’m not testing mattresses. In addition to the anti-snore quiet mode mentioned above, it has a “zero gravity” preset that elevates the legs and torso, which I regularly turn to when reading or streaming in bed. It’s relaxing for those long binge sessions.

The Ergo Smart Base offers several massaging programs, but I found that it wasn’t very strong even on the highest setting. However, I tested it with the hefty 157-pound Tempur-Pedic PRObreeze mattress, which may have dampened the massaging abilities of the base. On the plus side, whether massaging or adjusting positions, the frame moves smoothly and quietly. My sound meter showed it was no louder than ambient noise. I haven’t had any connectivity issues in the year or so I’ve slept on it. 

I like that the remote is backlit so it’s easy to see what I’m doing in the dark. There are also lights underneath the bed, which are helpful when I need to find something in my bedroom and don’t want to disturb my wife.

Each leg is made up of four 3-inch adjustable segments so you can choose to have 3, 6, 9, or 12 inches of clearance under your bed. Your mattress will rest about 3.5 inches above that.

Read our full review of the Tempur-Ergo Smart Base here.

The best massaging adjustable bed frame

Photo the Saatva Lineal base, the best massaging adjustable bed frame

If you are looking for an adjustable bed frame that provides a strong, soothing massage, the Saatva Lineal Adjustable Base is your best choice.

Pros: Adjusts quietly, three massage speeds and modes, under-bed lighting, in-home setup is included in the price, 25-year limited warranty

Cons: Not available in showrooms, no returns or home trials

Of the adjustable bed frames I’ve tested firsthand, the Saatva Lineal Adjustable Base has the most powerful massager. The highest intensity supplies soothing relaxation, and there are two other massage speeds to choose from. I rarely use the lower massage speeds because I prefer more power. The highest intensity doesn’t compare to a deep tissue massage; instead, it’s strong vibrations.

You can choose a head massage, foot massage, or a full-body wave massage. When the massager is running, it’s quiet enough for TV viewing. However, it is significantly louder than ambient sound levels and would likely wake a sleeping partner.

The bed adjustments operate quietly, though. Using my sound meter, I found that the motor was no louder than ambient sound, which is a must when you need to make adjustments in the night and don’t want to disturb your significant other. There are presets for common positions, or you can program your own. The base has brackets on all four corners that did an outstanding job of keeping the Saatva Solaire Adjustable Mattress in place as I made frequent adjustments.

The Lineal comes in nine different sizes and configurations, including the relatively rare Split Queen, which allows you to independently adjust the positions of the two sides of a Queen frame, an excellent option for your average couple. I like that the bed frame comes with white-glove delivery, so you don’t need to assemble or move around heavy pieces.

Additionally, the legs are adjustable using a push-pin system. You can choose between eight and 13 inches of clearance (in half-inch increments) under your frame for a total height of 13 to 18 inches.

If I hadn’t tested the Lineal firsthand, I’d be hesitant to recommend it since there are no returns and no showrooms where you can see it firsthand. But I’ve been using the frame for nine months now — it’s currently in my teenager’s room — and we haven’t had any degradation in performance. It’s also covered by a 5-year full and 25-year limited warranty.

Read our full Saatva Lineal Adjustable Base review

The best adjustable bed frame with a risk-free trial

Photo the Casper Adjustable pro, the best adjustable bed frame with a risk free trial

The Casper Adjustable Pro is ideal if you are unsure if a massaging adjustable bed frame is right for you since you can try it for 30 nights risk-free.

Pros: 30-day risk-free home trial, intuitive backlit remote control, massages, 20-year limited warranty, available in showrooms across the country

Cons: Expensive for the features it offers, no white-glove delivery due to the pandemic

The best way to tell if a bed frame is right for you is to test it out. Unfortunately, most retailers don’t offer risk-free trials. This is not the case with the Casper Adjustable Pro, which comes with an impressive 30-day risk-free trial. Plus, you can try the bed frame in showrooms across the country, and it’s backed by a 20-year limited warranty. This makes the Adjustable Pro a safe pick.

We haven’t tested the Casper Adjustable Pro firsthand yet, but we can tell you it has many of the features that have made adjustable bed frames a popular solution. It has USB ports so you can keep your devices nearby as they charge. The under-bed lights make it easier to find your devices in the dark. The remote controller is intuitive and back-lit for easy night use. There are also presets for anti-snoring, zero gravity, and flat positions. As you make adjustments, the mattress is held in place using a foot retainer bar. 

The maximum height of the legs is 16.3 inches, but there are four height settings. You can reduce the height in three-inch increments so that it’s just 7.3 inches off the ground for custom accessibility.

The Adjustable Pro also offers an array of relaxing massage functions. You can isolate your head or your feet or do both at once.

One negative with this model is that it’s fairly expensive for not having any of the high-end features that set our top picks apart. Also, Casper doesn’t currently offer white-glove delivery so you are on your own putting it together.

The company recommends using either an all-foam or hybrid mattress. This is a fairly common recommendation among adjustable bed frame manufacturers. Traditional innerspring mattresses shouldn’t be used with adjustable bases because they are too rigid and don’t flex with the base.

What we’re testing next

We looked at numerous adjustable bed frame models while researching this guide. Though the following units missed the cut, they may suit your needs better than the above options.

Purple PowerBase ($1,499): There’s a lot to like about the massaging PowerBase. The remote control lights up for easy visibility at night and has three one-touch functions, and you can program your favorite positions. Plus, the base features a remote cradle, which is useful since I’ve misplaced my adjustable bed remotes in the past. There are no returns, but Purple has showrooms across the nation. Also, white-glove delivery is included in your purchase. 

Nectar Adjustable Bed Frame ($699.00): Insider Reviews’ Lulu Chang tested the Nectar Adjustable Bed, and it was our previous top pick. However, we’ve found other manufacturers have surpassed this model, which, though affordable, lacks basics like under-bed lighting and white-glove delivery. Also, the massage it provides is weak. Still, if you are looking for a good, basic, cost-effective adjustable base with a 50-night home trial, the Nectar base may be for you.

Leesa Adjustable Base ($1,299.00): Lulu Chang also tested the Leesa Adjustable Base and included it in previous versions of our guide. She liked that it has a super-quiet motor, telescoping legs to achieve your ideal height, and an under-bed light to guide you during midnight bathroom runs. However, the base doesn’t have a massaging function or any preset positions. At this price point, there are more feature-rich bases worth considering.

Methodology

Image of Sealy Ease Power Base Adjustable Bed Frame Zero Gravity Setting

I’ve tested sleep products professionally for three years and have reviewed dozens of mattresses, sheet sets, sleep aids, and more. I put each adjustable bed frame I receive through several tests, and for any highly rated units I have not fully tested firsthand, I extrapolate the key performance indicators based on the reviews of my colleagues and those of other trustworthy product-review websites. The most important adjustable base factors to consider are ease of use, basic performance, and how well special features work.

Here are the main attributes we look for and how we test them:

Ease of use: There will be times when you’re half asleep and want to adjust your bed. Is this achievable with the bed frame? To assess this, I look at the controller to see if it’s backlit and clearly labeled for intuitive control. I also assess the phone app, if available, and see if it lets me make adjustments. Many of us would prefer not to have another remote control on our nightstand to keep track of so we gave preference to frames that could be controlled with an app on your phone. I also examined the presets and programmable buttons for accurate operation.

Noise: As you’re making adjustments in the middle of the night, you don’t want to wake your partner. This makes quiet operation a must. I tested this by positioning a sound meter 12 inches from the side of the frame and measuring the decibel readout as I moved both the head and foot of the bed. I compared this to the ambient noise (usually around 45 decibels) to assess how loud it gets. If the difference is less than 10 decibels, I consider the frame to be quiet.

Massage intensity: I also measure the loudness — using the same method above — and intensity of the massage functions. You want a bed to soothe and relax you, but you don’t want it to be so loud you can’t watch TV. Many manufacturers advertise that their base offers a “deep tissue massage.” I have not found one that does that. Instead, the best you can hope for is a good rumble that comes close to making your voice sound weird as you talk. My massage intensity test is somewhat subjective. Fortunately, I can easily compare the frames head-to-head in my lab (i.e., my home).

Special features: Just about all of the top bases feature USB charging ports and under-bed lights. I look at unique extras, such as sleep tracking, alarms, speakers, voice control, and more. Of course, I look at whether the smart features actually work as advertised.

Mattress considerations: First, I examine what mattresses are compatible with the frame. Due to space constraints, this is hard to test firsthand so my assessments are mainly based on a combination of experience and manufacturer recommendations. With the mattress in place, I adjust the frame from flat to maximum foot and head angles several times to see if the mattress or frame move in relation to each other or the floor. This factor is important because constantly readjusting heavy mattresses and frames may be untenable for some.

Additionally, we examine what sizes are available, whether there are split units that allow you to adjust each side of the bed individually, the location and number of adjustable points, the warranty period, the return policy, the availability of showrooms, and whether white-glove delivery is an option.

What to look for in an adjustable bed frame

If you’re willing to forgo some features, you can save money. It pays to shop around and really consider what features you need. For example, I rarely use my bed frame for massages. If massages don’t interest you, you can save hundreds of dollars on a base.

The biggest negative we’ve found with buying an adjustable bed frame is that few brands offer risk-free home trials. The standard is no returns, refunds, or exchanges. This problem is compounded when the bed frame isn’t available in showrooms. This forces you to make an expensive purchase of a product you can’t try out first or return. If you want to avoid the risk, we encourage you to choose a base that you can potentially return. Casper is the only model in our guide that comes with one, though you might also want to consider Nectar’s base.

On the bright side, warranties for bed frames tend to be long – usually 20 or 25 years. Take a good look at the fine print, though. The full length of the warranty usually only applies to the frame and mechanical parts, not electronic components. And the warranty tends to be prorated after the third year.

Keep in mind that not all mattresses work with adjustable bed frames. For instance, traditional innerspring mattresses should not be used on adjustable bases. On the other hand, if you have a bed that arrived compressed, commonly called a “bed-in-a-box,” then it will almost always work on these frames. If you are unsure if your mattress is compatible, check with the manufacturer.

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The 6 best body pillows we tested in 2021

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  • Body pillows are designed to create extra support so you can sleep better throughout the night.
  • A body pillow can improve your sleep by providing more comfort and proper spinal alignment.
  • The Coop Home Goods Body Pillow is our top pick because its adjustable to suit a variety of needs.

For many of us, finding a comfortable sleeping position can be difficult. Sometimes it takes tossing and turning, wrestling with pillows, and conforming to uncomfortable postures. These constant sleep disturbances can be detrimental to our physical and mental wellbeing. Body pillows can provide extra support and comfort to enhance your sleep. They’re typically popular among pregnant women and those recovering after surgery or injuries. But anyone can benefit from snuggling with a body pillow.

As a certified sleep science consultant, I know the importance of getting a good night’s rest. I managed a sleep laboratory for over two years and have conducted a vast amount of research on sleep. I’ve tested products for SleepScore labs and presented my work at the Eastern Psychological Association. And one of my all-time favorite sleep products is my body pillow.

I interviewed two experts – sleep consultant Zeke Medina, PharmD and physical therapist Karen Litzy, DPT – and tested nine body pillows for this guide. I slept with each for seven nights and evaluated them on comfort, breathability, and support. You can read more about our methodology and things to consider when purchasing a body pillow here.

Here are the best body pillows in 2021

The best body pillow overall

Best body pillow 2021 Coop

The Coop Home Goods Body Pillow is soft, supportive, and perfect for any body type.

Pros: Comfortable, snuggly, and supportive; adjustable; removable cover is machine washable; 100-day trial period

Cons: Strong “new memory foam” odor can be overpowering and take days to completely fade, bulky

I’m obsessed with the Coop Home Goods Body Pillow; it checks all the boxes for better sleep. Like our pick for best bed pillow (also from Coop), this body pillow is fully adjustable; you can add or remove the shredded memory foam to suit your sleep style and personal preferences. It’s also features a removable pillowcase for easy washing.

The Coop is bulky, but just the right height for me; not too low and not too elevated. It conformed so well to my body right out of the box, so I didn’t have to remove any foam. It’s extremely flexible, moldable, and supportive — great for any body type. 

It’s also the softest, most snuggly pillow I’ve tested. I love cuddling with it and have continued to use it for months after testing because it’s really helped with my shoulder pain. It hasn’t flattened out at all, and I sleep so much better with the support it provides. It stays cool throughout the night because it’s made with super-breathable polyester and bamboo-derived viscose rayon.

Although a mild chemical odor is normal with memory foam pillows, the Coop had a very strong smell out of the box. The company recommends running it through the dryer with a dryer sheet for an hour to reduce the smell, which I did. While this helped, the odor didn’t completely disappear until a week later, though I do think it’s worth the wait. You can rest assured that this pillow is safe, hypoallergenic, and CertiPUR-US certified.

Read our full review of the Coop Home Goods Body Pillow here.

The best body pillow for side sleepers

Best body pillow 2021 Snuggle Pedic

The Snuggle-Pedic is the most comfortable body pillow for side sleepers. It’s flexible and doesn’t go flat after months of use.

Pros: Free pillow customizations within 120-night trial period, contours exceptionally well to the body, provides great support between the knees for side sleepers, very comfortable and soft  

Cons: Might be too large and heavy for smaller individuals

My parents sent me the Snuggle-Pedic last Christmas and I’ve been sleeping better with it since. It shipped in a small and compact vacuum-sealed package and expands when you remove it from the packaging and toss it in the dryer for 20 minutes, which is what the company recommends. It had a mild new foam odor that dissipated within a couple of days.

I like this pillow for side sleepers because it’s firm and bulky, and side sleepers typically need more support in their pillows than back and stomach sleepers. However, out of the box it was a bit too lofty for my petite frame (I’m 5’2″ and 126 pounds). I contacted the company to customize my pillow and it came back perfect. While many side sleepers will find the loft just right, it’s nice to know you have the option of getting a more custom fit to your body.

After a few nights of sleeping with the Snuggle-Pedic, I noticed reduced hip and neck strain. I also like the bamboo, breathable cover that kept me cool throughout the night. My Snuggle-Pedic body pillow has not gone flat after months of use; it’s still fluffy, soft, and supportive. 

The Snuggle-Pedic body pillow truly impressed me. As a side sleeper, it can be difficult to find a restful position because the hips, shoulder, and knees are often under a lot of pressure. This pillow provided me with perfect support in all the right places.

The best cooling body pillow

Best body pillow 2021 Zoma

If you tend to sleep hot, the Zoma Sleep Body Pillow can keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Pros: Regulates temperature exceptionally well, comfortable 

Cons: Washing and drying is time-consuming, shorter length might not be good for taller people, no trial period

The Zoma Sleep Body Pillow is made with high-quality materials that kept me cool and comfortable throughout the night. The cover is made from a blend of stretchy, lightweight polyester and spandex. It’s filled with shredded gel memory foam intended to keep hot sleepers at a comfortable temperature. It’s a very well-made, high-quality body pillow that provides great support and breathability. 

It’s somewhat firmer than the Coop pillow but still provides great support and comfort. The 6-inch loft is helpful for side sleepers like me who need support between the knees. After a couple of nights sleeping with the Zoma, I noticed a positive impact on my posture and spinal alignment.

The Zoma Sleep is two inches shorter than our top pick, so it’s not possible to rest my head on it and have full leg support at the same time. I’m relatively short, so I could definitely see this being a more noticeable issue for taller folks who want a pillow that supports the whole body. That said, the smaller size could be a boon for those who sleep with a partner and don’t want to hog the whole bed. The cover is also not removable, which makes washing and drying the pillow a lengthy process. 

Despite the two missing inches and complicated washing process, the Zoma does provide excellent body support and absorbs heat well. For pregnant women, this pillow is firm enough to rest a growing belly on to relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips.

The best body pillow for back pain

Best body pillow 2021 Tempur Pedic

The Tempur-Pedic Body Pillow might just be the solution to reduce tossing and turning throughout the night.

Pros: Exceptionally supportive and versatile, removable and machine washable cover, firmness is great for heavier individuals

Cons: Firmer and heavier than the usual body pillow, might not be a good choice for smaller bodies, no trial period

This body pillow, made from Tempur-Pedic material developed by NASA, is engineered with shapeable micro-cushions that respond and adapt exceptionally well to the body. It’s designed for pregnant women and side-sleepers, but people with injuries, muscle tension, and back pain can also benefit from the sturdy support it provides. 

The tension relief that I experienced after sleeping with the Tempur-Pedic was incredible. I love this pillow’s versatility; I have used it to prop up my legs, relieve pressure on my lower hips, and stabilize my back when I’m sitting up. No matter how I use it, the pillow always returns to its original shape.

The Tempur-Pedic is much firmer than the other pillows I tested. While this is a great feature for larger individuals and people looking for extra support, it might not be as comfortable for smaller folks or people who prefer a softer pillow. The foam is dense and heavy, so moving it around in the middle of the night could be tiring for people recovering from injuries, though the added heft means it doesn’t fall off or move around the bed as easily.

The best body pillow for pregnancy

Best body pillow for pregnancy 2021 Moonlight

The Moonlight Comfort-U Full Body Pillow provides exceptional support and comfort from all sides, which makes it great for pregnancy.

Pros: Great support through all stages of pregnancy, flexible for daytime and nighttime lounging

Cons: Larger than most, will occupy a significant amount of space in your bed, no trial period

The Moonlight Comfort-U Full Body Pillow is the best pillow for pregnancy because it provides 360 degree support and great comfort. It’s filled with hypoallergenic synthetic down and made with non-toxic materials that go through extensive testing to ensure the safety of the baby and mother. This pillow is specifically engineered to help women sleep better throughout pregnancy. 

During her pregnancy, Medina’s wife used a U-shaped body pillow like this one that wrapped around her body. “For early pregnancy, she would put one side of the pillow between her legs to avoid her knees from being sore,” he said. “In her later trimester when her belly was larger, she would use the body pillow to support her back.” 

This pillow can help expectant mothers find the best position to sleep comfortably — it supports the back and baby bump simultaneously and helps you avoid laying on your belly. This support can alleviate body aches that pregnant women often experience. Many also find it useful after pregnancy for nursing. 

I love that it can be used in a variety of ways throughout the night and even during the day. However, it occupies half of my Queen-sized bed, so consider the size of your bed before purchasing. Additionally, washing this pillow was no easy task because of its size and it can take a long time to dry.  

That said, I love to wrap myself around the Moonlight Comfort-U, even if I’m not pregnant or sleeping. Since working from home, it’s helped me with my posture as back support and it can be a game-changer for expectant mothers.

The best versatile body pillow

Best body pillow 2021 Leachco

The Leachco Snoogle‘s C-shape design makes it versatile to use throughout the day and night, and may be especially comfortable for expecting mothers.

Pros: Multiple ways to align and use this pillow

Cons: Larger and firm, cover is not very soft, no trial period, short warranty

The Leachco Snoogle is the most versatile body pillow I tested. This “C-shaped” body pillow was designed by a registered nurse to create extra support for expectant mothers and provide proper spinal alignment. It features a sham-style removable cover that is machine washable and dryer safe. 

I love how versatile the pillow is; it wraps around my body nicely, supporting my entire back and stabilizing my sleeping position throughout the night. The shape can be swirled into a lounge pillow, and I’ve used it to prop up my legs, cocoon me as I read comfortably in bed, and even as a replacement for my bed pillow. For expectant mothers, this pillow will support you all around. 

That said, there are a few things to consider about this body pillow because, as versatile as it is, it might not be for everyone. First, the texture of the cover is rough and resting my face on it was uncomfortable. I also found it very difficult to remove and replace the cover for washing. Second, it’s quite firm and might not be a good option for those looking for a softer pillow. Finally, it’s large size takes up quite a lot of room in my bed. 

Although I didn’t love the Leachco Snoogle‘s texture and firmness, I love to wrap myself around it while I read, work on my laptop, or watch TV. It’s very supportive, and there are many ways to configure it. If you want to upgrade, Leachco also makes a variety of softer covers for this pillow.

What else we tested

Best body pillow 2021 what else

What else we recommend and why:

  • Oubonun Body Pillow: The Oubonun features a hidden zipper to adjust its hypoallergenic polyester fiber fill. It’s softer than most but provides sufficient support and won’t take up much space in your bed. One side is quilted, which is a nice detail. It even includes a pillow case as a bonus. I recommend this body pillow if you’re on a budget; it’s good value for the money.

What we don’t recommend and why:

  • PharMeDoc Full Body Pillow: I was excited to test this one out since it’s received many great reviews. However, the quality, shape, and comfort was not what I expected. It’s flat, flimsy and there was virtually no support. It’s uneven and lumpy in some parts. I can’t recommend this pillow because it didn’t improve my sleep.
  • Ikea Axfryle Body Pillow: This was an impulse buy from Ikea, but it just sits in a closet now after I used it for only a couple of days. It’s flat and poor quality with very little stuffing. 

Our testing methodology

Best body pillow 2021 methodology

To find the best body pillows, I did hands-on testing with nine different models, relied on my background in sleep research, and interviewed sleep expert Zeke Medina, PharmD and physical therapist Karen Litzy, DPT. As a sleep researcher and certified sleep science consultant, it’s important for me to review items that truly improve quality sleep. I paid close attention to how well I slept with each pillow, including how comfortable, breathable, and supportive they were. Here’s how I evaluated each pillow:

Setup: First, I wanted to know whether the body pillows emitted any chemical odors as soon as I opened the package. If there was an odor, I evaluated how long it took for any smells to dissipate. I also noted if the pillows were adjustable and if they included a removable and washable cover. 

Specs and components: I recorded each body pillow’s length, weight, firmness, and quality of materials. I also noted if they were hypoallergenic and researched if the pillows’ fills were CertiPUR-US certified or made without toxic materials. 

Sleeping: I slept with each body pillow for seven consecutive nights, taking note of how well I was able to fall asleep, how well I stayed asleep, and how I felt in the morning. I evaluated how comfortable and soft the materials were, whether I slept cool or hot, and how much support and tension relief I felt throughout the night and in the morning. 

Return policy: I looked at the return policy and warranty of each pillow. This is important, in case individuals are unsure it’s the right fit. “No single pillow is the answer for everybody,” says Medina, so it’s best to try out body pillows to figure out what works for you.  

Long-term use: Since original testing, I’ve continued to regularly use our top picks and will report back about their durability over time.

FAQs

What are the benefits of sleeping with a body pillow?

The benefits you get from a body pillow will depend on your individual needs and preferences, but here are some common reasons to consider a body pillow:

They relieve muscle tension: A body pillow can help sleepers ease muscle tension and stress throughout the night. “You can throw your leg over it to take the stress off your shoulder, hip, and knees,” says Medina. “You can also place the pillow between your legs to alleviate the pressure between the knees.” 

Litzy also said that many people end up using their body pillow throughout the day to find comfort and tension relief. “They can help position people while they’re sleeping and even while awake,” she said. “Body pillows can sometimes be more comfortable because you can manipulate them a little bit easier as opposed to having two to three regular pillows.” 

They can ease recovery from surgery or injury: Similar to the benefits listed above, body pillows can be useful for correctly positioning and offloading joints after surgery, and for people struggling with pain and discomfort.

“If you’re getting over an injury or surgery, a body pillow can be a way to make you more comfortable,” said Litzy. That extra support helps avoid body aches in the morning by relieving muscle tension in the hip joints, neck, and back. “One thing that we know that helps with recovery is sleep,” she said. A body pillow can help you get that much-needed rest.

They can increase oxytocin levels: A body pillow can also encourage relaxation after a long day. We know that hugging releases oxytocin, a neuropeptide known as the “cuddle hormone.” This hormone reduces stress and induces a sense of safety. Cuddling with a teddy bear can make a child feel safe and relaxed. Similarly, a body pillow can help adults wind down at bedtime to sleep soundly throughout the night. 

They can make sleeping more comfortable when you’re pregnant: If you’re pregnant, a body pillow can help support the baby bump. “Having 20 to 40 extra pounds in your midsection can cause all types of issues,” said Medina. “A body pillow can be positioned in a way that can support the back to relieve pressure.” Litzy said pregnant people typically find body pillows helpful for supporting their legs and elevating their bodies. 

They can reduce snoring: Individuals who snore or have sleep apnea can benefit from sleeping with a body pillow. It can be used to elevate the head and neck to reduce snoring. Body pillows can also be a way to reduce moving too much during the night to find a comfortable breathing position.


How to choose a body pillow

There are dozens of options on the market when it comes to body pillows. Choosing the right one depends entirely on your individual needs and preferences. Consider the following factors as you search for the perfect one:  

Bed size: Think about how much space you have on your bed. Some body pillows, like our top pick by Coop, can be quite large and end up taking up a lot of space. If you share a bed with someone, you might want to go for a smaller, lightweight body pillow like the Zoma. 

Body size: The same applies to weight, if you’re smaller you might prefer a body pillow that you can adjust, like the Coop Home. If you’re a heavier individual, a firmer body pillow like the Tempur-Pedic will provide you with the support you need. 

Materials: Be mindful of the materials and filling that manufacturers use, since you’ll be spending a lot of nights with the pillow. You’ll want to make sure your body pillow is hypoallergenic and made without the use of harmful chemicals. You can confirm the latter by checking if the memory foam is CertiPUR-US certified. Most of the pillows on this guide have received this certification. 

Care instructions: Some body pillows like the Coop and Tempur-Pedic come with a removable cover that can be washed. Others like the Snuggle-Pedic and Zoma don’t, and washing them can be time consuming. Like any regular pillow, it’s recommended to use a case with your body pillow that you can wash often.

Customization: You want to make sure that you’re getting the proper support and correct spinal alignment. What works for one person might not work for another. Consider your own needs, as well as factors such as your weight, height, and sleeping position. Our top-rated pillow is fully adjustable to fit a variety of different body types and sleep styles. 

Cooling: Breathability is a big factor to consider. “You don’t want to become overheated on the body pillow,” Medina said. “When the body raises its temperature, it provokes a wake response.” More awakenings throughout the night will result in low-quality sleep. A good body pillow will give you the support, comfort, and breathability that can improve how you sleep. Body pillows like the Zoma and Snuggle-Pedic are made with breathable materials that can keep you cool throughout the night. 

Return policy and warranty: It’s also important to have the option to exchange or return a body pillow if it doesn’t fit your needs. So, it’s always good to check the trial period and return policy in case you’re not satisfied with your purchase.

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How much does a mattress cost? We break down why mattresses cost what they do and what you should expect to spend

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  • Mattress prices are influenced most by type, size, and whether it’s sold online or in a physical store.
  • Expect to pay $450 or less for a budget-friendly foam mattress, or at least $2,500 for a luxury latex mattress.
  • Mattress sales throughout the year can save you hundreds of dollars.

When it comes to buying a mattress, it doesn’t hurt to pay more for a quality model that will keep you comfortable and last for years. However, it helps to be aware of what those price ranges are so your expectations aren’t skewed and you don’t overpay for your mattress.

But how much does a mattress cost? There are several criteria to take into account. Read on to find out what determines the cost of a mattress, and learn what you can expect to pay for budget, mid-priced, and luxury models.

We’ll even explain how you can save money on a new mattress and pick up some free sleep accessories in the process.

Once you have a handle of your budget, check out our comprehensive guide to the best mattresses for every type of sleeper.

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What influences the cost of a mattress?

In determining the cost of a mattress these three criteria carry the most weight:

  • Type: What your mattress is made of (and how it’s made) influences cost in a big way. All-natural materials tend to command higher prices than synthetic materials.
  • Size: Naturally, bigger mattresses cost more. The price of a twin mattress is roughly half the cost of a king.
  • Buying online: Purchasing a mattress online is less expensive than buying from physical stores, which usually have significant markups on mattresses.

Additional factors that contribute to mattress costs:

  • Shipping costs: Although many popular bed-in-a-box brands offer free shipping.
  • White-glove setup: This extra service can also include the removal of your old mattress.
  • Returns: Some warranties may place the burden of return shipping costs onto the customer.
  • Foundations and box springs, or other necessary accessories: Some of these add-ons may be a requirement for you to enjoy for your new mattress.

Mattress costs by type

Prices vary quite a bit among mattress types, and even within the individual mattress types there are differences in costs. Here’s how it breaks down:

Type of mattress Budget Mid-priced Luxury
Foam mattress $450 or less From $1,000 From $1,300
Innerspring mattress $600 or less From $1,000 From $1,200
Hybrid mattress $1,100 or less From $1,500 From $2,200
Latex mattress $1,200 or less From $2,000 From $2,500

Foam mattress costs

Foam mattresses contain multiple layers of adaptable material that supports and contours your body. (Most bed-in-a-box brands specialize in foam mattresses.) Polyfoam, a high-density foam that degrades quickly with regular use, is typically found in budget foam mattresses. Memory foam and foam with specialty cooling materials are more durable but also more expensive.

Innerspring mattress costs

An innerspring mattress may be what comes to mind when you think of a traditional bed. While there’s little construction-wise to distinguish today’s hybrid mattresses from innerspring mattresses – both are usually made from a combination of foam and springs – many legacy mattress brands like Sleepy’s, Beautyrest, and others still sell mattresses under the innerspring category. These usually denote mattresses that are a bit firmer and have the traditional bounce of a spring mattress

Hybrid mattress costs

Hybrid is a newer term to describe mattresses that blend foam and springs. Construction-wise, they’re not all that different than today’s innerspring mattresses, but they may have more layers, thicker construction, and a softer feel than what you think of with a traditional spring mattress.

Latex mattress costs

Latex is a more eco-friendly alternative to memory foam. However, turning latex into foam is an involved and costly process – and that’s reflected in the price. Synthetic latex is less expensive than natural latex, but many latex mattresses on the market contain a blend of man-made filler and natural materials.

Air bed mattress costs

Air bed mattresses allow you to adjust the firmness via air pump, which makes it perfect for couples with different sleep preferences. This level of customization does come at a premium, however. The most expensive air beds have latex or memory foam comfort layers and include a remote control so you can make adjustments easily.

How much should I spend on a mattress?

Based on our testing, you should expect to spend between $1,000 to $2,000 for a really great quality Queen-sized mattress that is supportive and built for long-term use. Most of our top picks fall into this range. Time and time again our experts have said you should think of a mattress as an investment; you spend about a third of your life on it, and sleep quality has the ability to impact your health and well-being.

While you can spend more, in our experience, the benefits are minimal unless you’re buying a bed that is specifically engineered to solve a specific sleep problem like adjustable air beds or cooling mattresses.

Our mattress picks by budget

One of our favorite mid-priced mattresses is the DreamCloud Premier Hybrid Mattress. It’s made with CertiPUR-US certified foams and has a firmness that will appeal to most sleepers. Best of all, DreamCloud offers a generous 365-day trial, plus a lifetime warranty.

Premier Hybrid Mattress (small)

If price is no object, check out the luxury Tempur-Pedic PRObreeze Hybrid Mattress. It’s designed to keep you cool all night and provides pressure relief without that dreadful sinking feeling. A 10-year Tempur-Pedic warranty applies, but there’s no trial period.

PRObreeze Mattress (Queen) (small)

As for a budget mattress, the affordable Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress starts at $198. It has excellent motion transfer and cooling properties for its price; however, the tradeoff here is poor edge support. Zinus throws in a 100-night trial plus a 10-year warranty.

Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress (Queen) (small)

How can I save money on a mattress?

Buying a mattress online is cheaper than purchasing one at a significant markup in-store. For peace of mind, online mattress sellers include a trial period so you can try your new mattress risk-free and return it at little to no cost if it doesn’t work out.

The best mattress deals tend to come from brands such as Casper, Leesa, Tempur-Pedic, and Tuft & Needle. You can also find occasional discounts from stores like Wayfair and Overstock. These mattress sales can help you save as much as $500 on your purchase. Plus, many vendors like to throw in freebies, ranging from premium pillows to mattress covers.

Mattress sales typically crop up around major holidays, and we recently saw a parade of offers for sleep awareness week in mid-March. However, there are mattress deals to be found year-round – you can check some of those out below.

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The 7 best pillows in 2021 for side, back, and stomach sleepers

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  • We tested 13 pillows (and counting) to find the most comfortable choices for every sleep position.
  • The Coop Home Goods Pillow is our top pick because it can be customized to the perfect fill for ultimate support and comfort.
  • If you’re looking to outfit the rest of your bed, check out our guides to the best mattress, best bed frame, and best sheets.

Our sleep habits can have a major impact on our health and wellbeing. Central to getting a great night’s sleep is having a solid setup, including a really comfortable, supportive pillow.

“A good pillow is absolutely a top priority,” said Rebecca Robbins, sleep researcher, author, and post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, “No matter your budget, I really encourage people to splurge and invest in these products because they will help. The bed is the foundation of our sleep and if these elements aren’t supportive and not cozy to your personal preference, you put yourself at risk for sleep difficulties.”

With that in mind, we tested 11 different pillows and considered many others. I’ve been writing unbiased, meticulously tested product reviews for more than seven years and have a personal stake in finding a good pillow: I’m a living embodiment of the princess and the pea and have purchased more pillows than I can count in pursuit of a good night’s sleep.

While I (a back sleeper) slept on every pillow recommended in this guide for at least three nights, individual preferences and anatomy vary greatly (see: how to find the perfect pillow), so I enlisted a stomach sleeper (my husband) and two side sleepers (my neighbors) to try each pillow for at least a night and considered feedback from other editors who have tried or reviewed pillows over the last few years. You can read all about other pillows we tested and our methodology here.

Here are the best pillows in 2021

The best overall

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The Coop Home Goods Original Pillow offers thoughtful features like adjustable fill, a washable pillow cover, and an unparalleled 100-night trial that make it the best choice for most people.

Pros: Completely customizable with removable fill, comes with additional fill if you prefer a firmer pillow, comes with a washable encasement, hypoallergenic, 5-year warranty, 100-night trial

Cons: On the firmer side and might not be the best choice if you don’t like memory foam, testers in previous reviews thought it arrived with a slightly funny smell

It’s rare to come across a product as thoughtfully designed as the Coop Home Goods Original Pillow. Made from hypoallergenic shredded memory foam, the fill in the Coop pillow is adjustable so you can customize it to the perfect loft for your sleep preferences. Other thoughtful features like a washable cover, 5-year warranty, and 100-night trial make it our top recommendation. 

When you open the box, you’re greeted by a bright yellow insert that walks you through how to customize the pillow and suggestions on how much fill to add or remove (it’s more than you think) based on your preferred sleeping position. While the pillow arrives almost overfilled, it also comes with a half-pound bag of additional fill in case you need even more support. 

I followed the package recommendations to remove about a third of the fill for back sleepers. The result felt deeply personalized and it was very comfortable to sleep on with a great balance of support and fluff. 

One drawback? If you favor a softer, more down-like fill (like I do), you may find the Coop pillow is on the firmer side and tends to get a bit hot during the night. However, we think most people will love the customization of the Coop pillow, especially if you prefer the springy feel of memory foam.

Read our full review of Coop Home Goods’ The Original Pillow

The best pillow for side sleepers

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The Casper Original Pillow offers the loft and support that side sleepers need but with the soft and fluffy feel of a down alternative. 

Pros: Soft and fluffy, 2-inch gusset that provides support for side sleepers, removable inner pillow, machine washable, 100-night trial period

Cons: Loft is not very adjustable, not as supportive as memory foam

The goal of a good pillow is to bring your neck in alignment with the rest of your spine. For side sleepers, this means bridging the gap between your ear and where your shoulder meets the mattress. But shoulder size and height can vary a lot from person to person, meaning one side sleeper might need a really lofty pillow while another needs just a little bit of lift. The Coop pillow is ideal for side sleepers because it offers a lot of customization to help fill that gap. But if you’re not a memory foam fan, your next best bet is the Casper Original Pillow

Made from down-alternative fill with a percale cotton shell, the Casper pillow feels a lot like the soft, plush pillows you’d find in hotel rooms. A 2-inch gusset (the strip of fabric between seams that gives the pillow a more boxy shape) keeps the pillow lofted for the supportive lift that side sleepers require, but the plush fill still gives the “sinking in” sensation when you lay your head down. One of the side sleepers who tried the pillow over several weeks also loved that the pillow stayed cool throughout the night and kept its shape despite its softer fill. 

You can adjust the fill a bit by removing the inner pillow, but all the side sleepers who tried it preferred the loft of the full pillow. If you want a balance of support and softness, we recommend giving the Casper Original Pillow a try; just keep in mind that it’s not as customizable or adjustable as other pillows.

Read our full review of the Casper Original Pillow

The best pillow for back sleepers

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Luxuriously plush, the Saatva Pillow offers an ultra comfortable, hotel-like experience and is particularly well-suited to back sleepers.

Pros: Moderate height that’s ideal for back sleepers, plush like a hotel pillow, supportive latex core, 45-day trial period, comes with a pillow cover, cover and outer pillow are machine washable

Cons: Not very adjustable, too lofty for stomach sleepers

The Saatva Pillow is made from a supportive shredded latex core surrounded by a plush, down alternative layer and a satteen cotton liner. Its unique construction makes it different from any pillow I’ve ever felt before — it’s got the hefty weight and support of a memory foam pillow, but with the plush, cool feel of a down pillow. Throughout testing, I kept coming back to this pillow and it quickly became my go-to for nights I wasn’t actively testing anything new.

I’ve now been sleeping on this pillow for five months and it looks and feels as plush as it did on the day I got it. I love how my head sinks into this soft pillow, but it’s still supportive enough to keep its shape all night long and when I wake up, the pillow looks just as plush as when I fell asleep on it. I’m a very active sleeper who likes to move around a lot in bed and take my bedding with me, so I love that the pillow is equally plush and comfortable from all sides and angles. It’s still soft and supportive when I inevitably fold it, scoop it, or hug it throughout the night. Finally, it’s hypoallergenic, which is a must for allergy sufferers like myself. 

While the Saatva pillow is my perfect pillow, it’s not adjustable enough to be our top recommendation for most people. The only adjustability offered is the ability to remove the latex core, which also takes away the supportive part of the pillow. Multiple stomach sleepers who tried the pillow as part of our testing found it too lofty, even with the inner core removed. Some side sleepers might also find the pillow not quite lofty enough; we think it’s best for back sleepers and those who prefer a plusher, cooler feel than memory foam. 

The best pillow for stomach sleepers

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Soft, but not too thin, the Parachute Down Alternative Pillow has the perfect loft for stomach sleepers who want just a bit of cushion.

Pros: Soft and pillowy, made from hypoallergenic down alternative, folds easily for added support when lying on your side or back, stays cool, 60-day return window

Cons: Needs to be fluffed regularly to retain its shape, doesn’t offer enough support for sleepers who spend the majority of the night on their back or side and therefore not the best choice for guest bedrooms, fill cannot be adjusted

Stomach sleepers generally require the least amount of pillow support, since your head and spine are already pretty close to alignment when lying on your stomach. Most stomach sleepers would benefit a soft pillow with just a bit of loft, and for that, the Parachute Down Alternative Pillow is our top choice. 

This is the only pillow that received high marks for comfort from my husband, who is an avowed stomach sleeper and finds most pillows too lofty. The Parachute pillow elevates his head just enough to alleviate any neck strain, and the sateen cotton encasement keeps the pillow remarkably cool all night long; ideal for those, like him, who run hot. We purchased four of these pillows a little over a year ago, and they were our mainstay before I started testing and evaluating pillows for this guide. In a lot of ways, this pillow hits all the marks for me: it stays cool, is incredibly soft and comfortable, and is hypoallergenic. But while my husband happily drifts asleep with one of these pillows tucked under his head, I (a back sleeper) need to stack two or three to get the loft I need to fall asleep comfortably. 

While the fill is thin enough that the pillow easily folds over for some support if you occasionally flip to your side or back during the night, it doesn’t provide enough for those who spend the majority of the night in those positions. The pillow also won’t offer much lift if you’re looking to prop yourself up to read or watch TV while lounging in bed. Still, it’s a great personal pillow for any stomach sleeper who has found other pillows too lofty. 

The best pillow for neck pain

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The Leesa Hybrid Pillow‘s cooling gel side provides ice-like relief from neck pain, while the quilted side offers a more traditional pillow experience for nights when you don’t need as much support.

Pros: Cooling gel helps relieve neck pain, good for hot sleepers, two different sides to choose from for optimal support, removable inner pillow for adjusting loft, inner pillow can be used as a travel pillow

Cons: On the heavy side, takes some getting used to, may be too squat for some side sleepers

As someone who has struggled with back and neck troubles, I literally feel your pain if you’re currently dealing with a stiff or painful neck. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the first line of business is to make sure that your current pillow isn’t causing or exacerbating your neck strain. Your pillow should support your neck in alignment with the rest of your spine in your preferred sleeping position. If you’re deep in the throes of an existing neck sprain, you should check with your doctor before considering a new pillow. 

Experts told us that a memory foam pillow is the preferred choice for neck pain because the material offers cushion and support to keep your neck aligned, and doesn’t flatten or “sink” throughout the night like other more fluffy pillows. For this, we think our overall pick by Coop is a great choice since you can customize it to your perfect loft. But if your pain is making it hard to even get to sleep, I highly recommend you try out the Leesa Hybrid Pillow.

The pillow’s has a gel-filled cooling side and a quilted cushioning side, with a removable mini-pillow in between for adjustability. The gel-side is where the Leesa pillow truly shines; it provides an instant chilling effect that I found deeply soothing for muscle pain and neck strain in a similar effect to holding a wrapped ice pack up to your neck. On nights when my back and neck have really hurt, the Leesa has provided some much needed relief to help me fall asleep. 

That said, this hybrid pillow has received mixed reviews from our testers over the years. With only two possible (and both relatively low) heights, it’s also less adjustable than other pillows we tested, and best suited for stomach and back sleepers who don’t need a lot of loft. It’s also fairly heavy, and its unique design may take a few nights to get used to.

Read our full review of the Leesa Hybrid Pillow

The best pillow on a budget

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At just under $20 per pillow, the Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillows are an inexpensive option that still offers a comfortable, supportive night’s sleep.

Pros: Inexpensive, soft and stackable, sleeps relatively cool, machine washable, good for stomach and side sleepers, 30-day return window, hypoallergenic

Cons: Side sleepers will likely need two or more of these pillows, pillows are not adjustable

If you’re the type of person that can fall asleep just about anywhere or you’re primarily concerned about price, the Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow is the best bang for your buck. 

I was intrigued by the sheer number of positive Amazon reviews — there are more than 25,000 five-star reviews, and we all know that reviews aren’t always reliable. But when I tried them for myself, I understood why. These pillows are on the thinner side, but have a gentle, down-like plushness that sets them apart from other inexpensive pillows I’ve tried from Ikea and Target. While they’re definitely more squishy than supportive, they’re a good choice for stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and anyone who likes to hug, fold, or stack their pillows at night. I’ve spent several months now sleeping with these pillows on and off, and they haven’t gone flat or gotten lumpy. They are a little less lofty and bouncy than when I first got them, but I actually like that, since it gives them a more lived-in feel. 

“Gel pillow” is a bit of a misnomer; there’s no liquid or cooling gel in these pillows like there is in some other cooling pillows. Instead, these pillows are filled with polyester gel fiber, which is similar to a down alternative in both feel and performance. The pillows stay relatively cool compared to denser materials like memory foam, but stop short of actively cooling you like the Leesa Hybrid Pillow.

While these pillows aren’t adjustable, each pack comes with two pillows, so you can easily stack them to your desired comfort level. The company also offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee — a rarity for Amazon-only pillow brands.

The best luxury pillow

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If you love memory foam and are looking for something a bit more luxurious than what’s out there, the Saatva Memory Foam Pillow offers a spa-like feel at a premium price. 

Pros: Luxurious feel, soft, spa-like feel, stays cool, doesn’t need to be fluffed, machine washable, 45-day trial period

Cons: Not very adjustable, firmer than down-alternative pillows

In my 30+ years of sleeping on pillows, I’ve come to the conclusion that memory foam is just too hot and dense for me. Then I slept on the Saatva Memory Foam Pillow. The pillow is made from a combination of solid and shredded memory foam, and the result is a luxurious and supportive softness I haven’t experienced before in memory foam pillows. Its equal parts plush and supportive, and reminds me of a larger version of the pillows they use to support your head during a spa facial. 

The pillow particularly appealed to the memory foam lovers among our testers, who concurred that it stayed remarkably cool and soft. We also liked that it offered plenty of support for sitting up and reading. I love lounging on this pillow throughout the day, and whenever I lay my head down on it to sleep I feel like I’m a queen on the most luxurious hotel bed. If that’s the experience you’re looking for, this pillow may be right for you.

Loft-wise, the pillow has a moderate fill that is well-suited for side and back sleepers, but doesn’t offer much adjustability; you can remove the memory foam core, but that takes almost all the support out of the pillow. And at $145, this Saatva pillow (along with Saatva’s flagship pillow, which we recommend above for back sleepers) is the most expensive pillow we tried. While the company offers a 45-day trial period, it’s a big investment to make for a pillow that might not offer the right loft for you. 

Still, I have never once had to fluff the pillow; each morning when I wake up, it’s as perfectly plush and springy as when I went to sleep on it. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a spa-like experience, we highly recommend the Saatva Memory Foam Pillow. 

What else we tested

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We researched more than a dozen pillows and tested 11 that fit our criteria while writing this guide.  

What else we recommend and why:

  • Zoma Pillow ($75.00): I really enjoyed sleeping on this memory foam pillow, which comes encased in a gray, mesh-like fabric. Unlike other memory foam pillows I’ve tried, it wasn’t too hot or stiff and is a nice, moderate loft that works well for both side sleepers and back sleepers. Surprisingly, even my stomach-sleeping husband liked this pillow despite its moderate loft, since the pillow compresses pretty easily due to the softer memory foam and polyester filling blend. The gray pillow encasement comes off for easy cleaning and also hides stains well, so the pillow still looks brand new even after many nights sleeping on it. Unfortunately, the loft isn’t adjustable; I found the compression flattened out the pillow a bit during the night, and I woke up with my head sunken into the pillow. This didn’t cause me any neck pain and it was easy enough to fluff up the pillow again, but I prefer a pillow that doesn’t compress as much during the night. If you like a malleable, softer memory foam pillow, the Zoma pillow may be a good choice for you.
  • Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow ($99.00): Like our best overall pick by Coop, this pillow is stuffed with shredded foam that makes it easily adjustable to your sleeping preference—just remove fill as needed. However, it lacked many of the attributes that made our top pick a standout, like a pillow protector, a longer trial period, and additional foam right in the box for those who need even more loft. Comfort-wise, it was similar to other shredded foam pillows we tested: supportive, with some bounce, and runs a teeny bit hot. While it’s a top choice with other consumer review sites, we think the Nest pillow offers fewer features than similar pillows do at a lower price point. 
  • Amerisleep Dual Comfort Pillow ($130): This memory foam pillow has two sides: a “comfort” side and a “support” side, but I found little difference between either. Both sides are relatively firm, and while the “comfort” side may offer a teeny bit more softness, both were too stiff for my own preference or the preference of my testers. It was relatively cool compared to other memory foam pillows I’ve tried and may be a good option for those who like a pillow that lays flat and offers a lot of support.

What we don’t recommend and why:

  • Zen Chi Buckwheat Pillow ($34.95): We didn’t test this pillow for this iteration of this guide. It was previously our top pick for best buckwheat hull pillow but failed to meet our standards for inclusion because some Amazon reviews mention brand-new pillows arriving with wheat beetles on or inside the pillows or in the packaging — not exactly a quality that inspires a night of good dreams. While the pillow height and fill are adjustable, the company also doesn’t accept returns or exchanges of any opened merchandise, which makes this a risky purchase if you’re not sure you like the feel of buckwheat. 
  • Le’Vista Hotel Collection Pillow ($26.99 for two): Formerly our best budget pillow, this Amazon-only brand has an unclear return policy (many report being charged a return fee) and gets middling reviews on the site. We didn’t test it this time around because it didn’t meet our criteria for returns. Still, $10 per pillow is a great price, and it might be worth a try if you’re budget-oriented. Just keep in mind that customer service might be nonexistent and many reviewers claim the pillows flatten out quickly.  
  • Tulo Pillow ($71): A few of our side-sleeping editors recommended this moderate-height memory foam pillow, but we didn’t test it for this guide because it lacks many of the qualities of our top picks: it’s not adjustable or washable, and the company doesn’t offer a trial period or returns of open pillows.  
  • Royal Hotel Goose Down Pillow ($159.99 for two): This goose down pillow was featured and recommended in previous iterations of this guide, but we ultimately excluded it this time around because the company doesn’t appear to accept returns. If you have your heart set on a down pillow, check out our guide to the best down pillows.
  • Vaya Pillow ($60): I tried this pillow, but was perplexed that the pillow I received looks significantly different than what is on the website. I contacted the brand, which claimed that the pillow I received is a newer version, but after many months of waiting for a website update, I still only see the old pillows available. I thought this pillow was far too overfilled, even for side sleepers, and the inaccuracies of what we received versus what’s on the website are concerning. 

Testing methodology

There is no one-size-fits-all best pillow for everyone; individual anatomy, sleep habits, and preferences deeply impact how comfortable a pillow will be from person-to-person. For that reason, our rating criteria for this guide relied heavily on the following considerations:

Return policy and trial period: It’s impossible to know how comfortable a pillow is going to be for you until you sleep on it, despite how comprehensive our guide aims to be. “The most important thing is trying the pillows out to see what works for you,” said Robbins, which includes being able to touch, lay on, and sleep with a pillow before deciding if it’s right for you. For this guide, we only considered pillows that accept returns of used merchandise for a full refund with at least a 30-day trial window, which gives you ample time to decide if a pillow is right for you.

Adjustability: We prioritized pillows that are adjustable, with removable inserts or shredded fill for dialing in your perfect loft. This creates a more custom pillow that would better suit your needs.

Ease of use: We looked at how well each pillow fit a standard pillowcase, whether the pillow came with a case or protector, and whether all or parts of the pillow were washable for better hygiene and pillow longevity.

Comfort: I slept on all of the pillows for at least three (sometimes agonizing) nights. I also enlisted a side sleeper and a stomach sleeper to try the pillows over the course of a couple weeks. For future updates, we will develop a diverse sleep panel and have them test our top picks for additional feedback.

What we look forward to testing

  • Coop Home Goods Eden Pillow ($79.99): Made by the same company as our best overall pillow, the Eden Pillow features the same adjustable fill feature, but with softer, gel-infused foam. It could be a good option for those who are intrigued by an adjustable pillow, but like a cooler, softer feel. 
  • Sleep Number Comfortfit Pillow Ultimate ($89.99): This adjustable pillow has several smaller inner pillows that you can add or remove for your ideal loft. It’s made from down-alternative fill and could be a good adjustable option for those who don’t like the feel of memory foam. 
  • Boll & Branch Pillows ($150 to $195): Boll & Branch reportedly tried 100 different prototypes, and at least five of our editors have tried its down and down alternative pillows. We’ll be retesting and incorporating the feedback into this guide. 
  • Brooklinen Pillows ($59 to $99): Brooklinen makes three different pillows in both down and down-alternative fills. Executive editor Ellen Hoffman reviewed the plush and mid-plush down options, and favored the mid-plush, calling it “a little bit of everything in a good way.” We’re currently testing Brooklinen’s mid-plush down alternative option against our top picks for our next update this this guide.
  • Bear Pillow ($100): Breton Fischetti, VP of commerce, tried the Bear Pillow and said it improved his neck pain and helped him sleep better. Made from memory foam and “double ice fabric,” the pillow claims to stay cool all night long. We’ll be testing for a future update to this guide. 
  • Hullo Pillow ($99): The Hullo pillow is made from buckwheat hulls, a traditional fill used in Japan and many other Asian countries. Since we no longer have a buckwheat pillow we recommend, we’re looking forward to testing this popular model and reporting back on our findings.

How to pick the perfect pillow

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Robbins told us the single biggest consideration when picking a pillow is your preferred sleep position: side, back, or stomach. The goal of your pillow is to support your neck in a neutral position aligned with the rest of your spine, but that alignment shifts depending on the position you’re sleeping in. While we all move around during sleep — switching positions about 60 times throughout each night — most of us spend the majority of our sleeping time in one position. 

Not sure what your sleep position is? Consider what position you typically fall asleep or wake up in. Robbins also has a neat exercise she performs with her clients: imagine you’ve been up for 24 hours and are presented with a big, luxurious hotel bed; how would you lie down on it to go to sleep? The position you envision is most likely your preferred sleep position and plays a big role in what type of pillow will work best for you. 

Side sleepers: Around 65% of the US population are side sleepers, according to Robbins, and this position requires the most loft and support to bridge the wide gap between the side of your head and where your shoulder rests on the mattress. If you’re a side sleeper, choose a lofty pillow — ideally with an adjustable fill since there can be a lot of variability in the size of that shoulder gap from person to person. Robbins said hotels and sleep clinics usually outfit rooms with side sleepers in mind, so if you’re buying pillows for a guest bedroom, a side sleeper friendly pillow is usually a good bet. 

Back sleepers: Back sleepers are the Goldilocks of pillow hunters — they need a pillow that is not too soft and not too firm, and with just enough support to lift the back of the head to be in line with their shoulders. Back sleepers tend to benefit from a medium, cushion-y pillow made from down or down alternative, though an adjustable pillow with at least one-third of the fill removed may work as well. 

Stomach sleepers: In the minority are stomach sleepers, who need the least amount of support from their pillow. Typically a thin, very soft pillow works best for stomach sleepers — just enough fill to cushion their face from the flat surface of the mattress. 

FAQs

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How often should I replace my pillow?

Even the best pillows aren’t meant to last forever; for the best sleep, the National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing a well-used pillow every couple of years. Our fluffy little pillows absorb a shocking amount of dead skin and body oils night after night, which is the perfect breeding ground for allergens like dust mites. 

You can tell if it’s time for a new pillow if your pillow is lumpy or flat no matter how much you fluff it. Robbins also told us that a healthy pillow springs back when you compress it; if you fold your pillow in half and it stays put, it’s probably time for a new pillow. (One caveat: it may not work with a very, very thin pillow.)

Which pillows are best for allergy sufferers?

Many pillows are made from hypoallergenic materials, but if you’re prone to allergies, Robbins recommends looking for a pillow with a synthetic filling. Pillows with animal fillings (such as down) may trigger allergies or exacerbate them over time, since dust mites really like fillings made from animal material.

No matter your pillow, the National Sleep Foundation and Robbins both recommend adding a pillow protector (an encasement that adds another level of protection from allergens, body oils, dust mites, and other pests) in addition to a pillowcase if your pillow doesn’t already come with one (many of our top picks do), fluffing your pillows daily, and washing your pillow every couple of months according to manufacturer directions. Taking care of your pillow not only extends its life and helps you sleep better, but can also ease allergies. 

Are pillows adjustable?

It depends on the pillow. Many are not. However, our top pick, the Coop Home Goods Original Pillow is completely adjustable, so you can find the loft that’s right for you. To adjust, you simply add or remove filling (the box comes with extra filling if you like a lot of loft) to reach your ideal comfort level.

What are the best pillows for hot sleepers?

If you tend to sleep hot (as I do), you may find pillows with down or down alternative filling — such as the Casper Original Pillow, Parachute Down Alternative Pillow, Saatva Pillow, or Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillows — have better airflow than memory foam pillows. Some memory foam pillows have started advertising “gel foam” that purportedly keeps your cooler. However, we haven’t found that this type of foam produces a marked difference in comfort for hot sleepers. If you absolutely must have a foam pillow, the Leesa Hybrid Pillow is the coolest foam pillow we’ve found.

How much do pillows cost?

You can find pillows at a range of price points, anywhere from $10 to several hundred dollars. While it’s not always the case that you have to spend more to get a good pillow (our best budget pick costs just $20), considering how much of our lives we spend sleeping, Robbins recommends thinking of a pillow as an investment that will pay you back in better sleep. Our favorite pillow is completely customizable and costs about $60, though you can often find it on sale for as little as $40 during the holidays and other sales events.

Can I wash my pillow?

It depends on the pillow. We recommend following manufacturer instructions for how to best care for and clean your pillow. 

What is pillow loft?

Loft refers to the height of your pillow, which will determine how far off the mattress it will lift your head. In general, experts recommend a pillow that will keep your head and neck in alignment with the rest of your spine. How much loft that’s needed to accomplish this depends on your sleeping position (side sleepers need more loft to bridge their shoulder gap, while stomach sleepers need very little loft since their head is so close to the mattress) and individual anatomy. A pillow with an adjustable loft, like our top pick, helps you dial in the perfect loft for your body and sleeping style.

What pillow sizes are available?

Aside from decorative throw pillows and Euro pillows, most pillows for sleeping come in two sizes: Standard (or Queen) and King. We recommend a Standard/Queen size for Twin, Full, and Queen mattresses, and King pillows for King or California King mattresses. 

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Waterbeds used to be a $2 billion industry, but memory-foam mattresses helped cause their downfall

  • Charlie Hall invented the waterbed in 1968, just after the “Summer of Love,” and started what became a $2 billion industry.
  • The water-filled mattress earned a provocative reputation throughout its heyday in the ’70s and ’80s. 
  • But Hall intended for waterbeds to help people get better sleep, although research on the health benefits have been inconclusive.
  • Hall’s new company, Hall Flotation, aims to bring them back, emphasizing the comfort of a “wave-suppression system.”
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Announcer: Wouldn’t you rather spend your evening in a waterbed? For a limited time, $189.99.

Girl: Daddy, can I have a waterbed? Please, Daddy, can I have a waterbed?

Narrator: Remember waterbeds? You might not, but they were all the rage in the ’70s and ’80s, and they kind of developed a reputation as a mattress that was good for, you know, stuff other than sleeping. But, believe it or not, waterbeds weren’t actually invented to make bedtime bouncier. They were intended to help people get better sleep.

Waterbeds, as we know them, were invented in 1968, just after the “Summer of Love.”

Charlie Hall: A very open, experimental time in San Francisco.

Narrator: That’s Charlie Hall, the man who invented the waterbed. The waterbed was part of Charlie’s thesis project at San Francisco State University. His idea was to create furniture that could form to the contours of a person’s body without creating pressure points.

Hall: Famous furniture designers like Eames and Mies van der Rohe and people like that had signature chairs, but I think they were more a sculptural effort, often, than something that really analyzed comfort.

Narrator: The key concept of the waterbed is displacement. So as you move, water fills the gaps, and every curve of your body gets equal support. But research is nonconclusive as to whether or not waterbeds help alleviate aches and pains. In the same way that some people like firm mattresses and others like it soft, it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

Now, before settling on water, Charlie tried to make a chair filled with Jell-O and another with liquid corn starch.

Hall: It was corn starch that was used to thicken cherry pies.

Narrator: Needless to say, neither one of those really worked out, but Charlie came up with another design that was a hit. It was a large mattress filled with water, and it could be used as either a bed or a kind of gathering space that you could have in your living room. He called it the “Pleasure Pit.” So, so much for avoiding those sexual implications. I mean, come on.

Next, the design was patented in 1971. It featured a coil for warming the bed so the water wouldn’t get cold, and it was lined to prevent leaks. It was also intended to go inside a hard-sided bed frame to keep the bed from expanding too much laterally.

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, San Francisco was the heart of the counterculture movement. So a lot of people thought the undulating mattress was pretty groovy. Hugh Hefner had one, according to a 1971 article from Time magazine, king-size, covered with Tasmanian opossum. Charlie sold waterbeds to some other notable figures, like one of the Smothers Brothers and Jefferson Airplane. He even sold a few to a nudist colony.

By the late ’80s, the waterbed industry had reached around $2 billion and accounted for about 12% to 15% of the market in the US. But not everyone was on board. From a practical standpoint, people worried about leaks and weight. Waterbeds, once they’re filled with water, can weigh over 2,000 pounds, which makes them nearly impossible to move without draining them. There were also rumors of waterbeds falling straight through the floor because of how heavy they were, but Charlie says that concern was overblown.

Hall: Any normal construction can support a waterbed.

Narrator: Others didn’t like the waves generated by moving around in bed. Any time you roll over in a waterbed, it sends waves through the mattress to the other side, which could wake up your sleeping partner or you when the waves come back your way. And even though Charlie Hall had patented his design, this didn’t stop other producers from making knockoffs, which were often much less sophisticated.

Hall: $29 bags of vinyl were being sold out of pickup trucks on college campuses and called waterbeds. And you could lay on them, it was this giant blob, not particularly safe and not particularly comfortable. A lot of bad designs, I think, were kind of the demise of the big volume in waterbeds.

Narrator: In the 1990s, new mattress designs hit the market. Tempur-Pedic introduced memory foam mattresses to the US, and Sleep Number offered adjustable beds with inflatable air pockets. Waterbeds developed a stigma.

Today, waterbeds account for less than 5% of the mattress market. But 50 years after Hall’s invention, he’s back fighting the stigma. His company, Hall Flotation, makes luxury waterbeds called Afloat mattresses, and they’re all about helping you get a good night’s sleep.

Hall: Waterbeds were sloshy and gurgly and moved a lot. This one is very still.

Narrator: Afloat mattresses have a wave-suppression system so that when one person moves, it doesn’t have an effect on the other person. Charlie thinks it’s a good time to get back in the waterbed business. There’s more variety in the mattress market than there used to be, so customers might be willing to branch out. But only time will tell if these new waterbeds actually catch on. For now, I guess we’ll just have to sleep on it.

Hall: Waterbeds are experiential, you can’t look at one and tell what it’s about. You have to lay down on one.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in February 2019.

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I’ve reviewed a lot of bedding brands, but Parachute is my go-to choice for its softness, comfort, and range of understated colors

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For better or worse, the efficiency of your sleep affects the efficiency and freedom of your waking hours. It bookends the time you spend awake and contextualizes it; good sleep can make it easier to think clearly, be positive and productive, and operate at a high level. Bad sleep can impose unnecessary restrictions on your life and daily choices, creating a habit of missed opportunities. 

I’ve covered Brooklinen, Sheex, Loomstead, and Coyuchi, but Parachute’s Percale Venice Sheet Set has surpassed every other brand as my go-to everyday choice for bedding. I’m still loyal to Brooklinen’s Twill Sheet Set for winter, because who can get past something that literally feels like a worn-in flannel (and you get a bit more mileage out of your money there), but I genuinely enjoy sleeping on these Percale sheets every day. I’ve even stripped them off in order to try other kinds and felt eager to put them back on again. 

Review of Parachute’s Venice Percale sheets

Parachute’s sheets come in six sizes – Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. I tested the Venice Percale Set for my Full mattress, which came with a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and two pillowcases.

Part of the reason why I love the Venice set is that it includes a duvet cover while other sets didn’t and would cost between $130 and $190 to add on. It isn’t cheap and some companies, such as Brooklinen, give you a top sheet and more pillowcases for about the same price, but Parachute is still my personal pick for comfort and style. Plus, every time you buy a set, Parachute donates a life-saving malaria bed net through Nothing But Nets (a United Nations foundation aimed at ending malaria).

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Parachute sheets come in beautiful colors that make you think of fresh air and watery, springtime sunshine. I tested the color Powder and it’s the perfect, understated blue that does a great job of mimicking that semi-illusory hue of fresh snow. My room is small but has great light and most of my home goods purchases aim to maximize that. Parachute, with its light tones and easy draping, has a light-handed way of making every room look a little more laid-back and sun-drenched. The products are designed in Venice Beach, and their effortless construction is reminiscent of that.

In terms of feel, the Percale was crisp and crinkly like a white button-down. The Percale is best for those who get hot at night since the fabric is lightweight, breathable, and cool to the touch. It’s made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton. 

On my bed, it looked clean and felt comfortable, but it was slightly softer (and perhaps a bit thinner) out of the box than sheets I’ve tried at a similar price point. This is probably due to the fact that when you come into contact with Parachute bedding, you’re interacting with the materials in their natural form, without being treated by toxic materials.

Parachute is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, which means its products are not made with harmful chemicals and synthetics. Most importantly, it doesn’t artificially soften their fabrics. The Percale sheets, for instance, are stonewashed for comfort, which uses (you guessed it) large stones to roughen up fabric in order to increase softness and flexibility. 

This natural take, however, means that their sheets may be more susceptible to chemicals. The company advises you to stay away from harsh liquid and powdered detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and bleaching agents because they coat and weaken natural fibers. You’ll want to keep the bedding away from household cleaners and personal care products that contain benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxy acids to prevent any color change. If you have a face or body cream that works on regulating the clarity of your skin, check the ingredients before buying a set.  

Parachute‘s design plan also makes my life a little easier. Pillowcases have an envelope-close so my pillow doesn’t slide out of one end during the night, and the duvet covers have a button closure and twill ties in all four corners, plus an added fabric flap to smooth out the texture of the corners.  

The bottom line

All in all, Parachute‘s quality is pretty stellar across the board. My experience with its Percale Venice Sheet Set means I’ll likely be coming back for a Sateen set in the near future, or to check out the bathrobe that has generated so much buzz online. If you’re looking for a pair of soft, chemical-free sheets that you can feel good about sleeping on, I highly recommend checking out Parachute. And if you don’t love them as much as I did, you have 60-days to make up your mind and send them back.

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