I bought these as sham stuffers/inserts for a guest bed. I chose them because they come in extra firm, which is needed for decorative purposes. Also I needed two, they are cotton, a decent thread count, inexpensive, and have a good rating. I don't have a lot of hope for any pillows I buy here, because the last batch I bought from Overstock did not hold up. But hopefully with minimal use they will keep their shape and firmness, and synthetic fill seems to hold up longer. Personally my last choice in a sleeping pillow is synthetic fill, but some people like them. So if I need additional sleeping pillows for guests, I can always use these as well. Because they are not feather or down, they won't cause problems for people with allergies, and feathers won't be flying all over the room. (There were some pieces of stuffing I noticed however, but that might have come from the down alternative pillows I bought at the same time, also reviewed today).