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How to Compare Foam Pillows

by Sadie S.

Woman sleeping with memory foam pillow

With the advent of memory foam, deciding which type of foam pillow you should buy is no longer the snap decision it once was. Pillows are highly personalized possessions. They impact not only your sleep but also how you feel during the day. Below, you'll learn how to compare foam pillows.

Comparing Foam Pillows:

  1. Think about it: Determine what is important to you in a pillow. Do you like your pillow to provide firm or soft support? Do you suffer from allergies or neck or spine pain? Do you mind shopping for pillows every few years? Do you expect your pillows to last for decades? The answers to these questions will help narrow your choices and point you toward the pillows that will help you get the good night's rest you deserve.

  2. Know the differences: Know the differences between three types of foam pillows. Memory foam pillows are made of polyurethane. They are denser than latex pillows and are designed to conform to your head and neck, regardless of your sleep position. Memory foam pillows are an excellent choice if you experience neck or back pain, as they provide constant, even alignment and support to those areas. Both natural and synthetic latex foam pillows are flexible and durable and come in a wide variety of firmness and density configurations.

  3. Consider these facts: Memory foam pillows are not recommended for individuals with severe allergies or respiratory problems, as the material gives off a slight chemical odor. Natural latex foam, derived from the rubber tree plant, is hypoallergenic and anti-microbial; however, only synthetic latex, derived from two oil byproducts, guarantees against allergic reactions.

  4. Consider replacement: Decide how often you want to replace your pillows. You might prefer changing pillows often or only expect to buy new pillows a couple of times in your life. Memory foam pillows will last an average of three years to seven years, whereas latex foam pillows can maintain their form and function for as long as 30 years.

  5. Don't skimp: Resist the temptation to buy the least expensive memory foam pillow you can find. The degree of density will determine the life of the pillow. Memory foam with a 5-pound density or higher will last the longest, while a pillow with a 3-pound density or less will likely hold its shape for less than three years.

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