Know About the Different Pillow Materials

Sleep on this before your next pillow purchase

Think it’s time to purchase new pillows for the bedroom? A visit to the stores would tell you that there are many types of pillows out there. Most pillows look the same on the surface, and but you’ll notice upon touch that the fillers in the various pillow types offer different benefits.

Memory foam
Memory foam, also referred to as visco-elastic polyurethane foam, was developed for astronauts at NASA in the 1960s. To know if it’s a memory foam pillow, press it down with your palm for a few seconds and then let go. The area that you had pressed down should remain pressed, then slowly springing back up to its original shape. The material works by being sensitive to temperature. When in contact with your body heat, it conforms to the contours of your neck and head to give them support. Some users may find that memory foam pillows relieve pressure points on the neck and shoulders. Generally denser than other pillow types, memory foam is known to be heavier and more supportive of your body. Note that no two memory foam pillows are the same as they can come in different levels of firmness. So be sure to compare and test out the different brands and products out there.

Latex is not to be confused with memory foam. The primary difference is that latex is not temperature sensitive. Latex is a natural material obtained from rubber trees. Also different from memory foam is that it bounces back instantly. It comes in different densities, but with the right one, you can enjoy support and pressure relief when sleeping. A long lasting material, it is cool and airy. You might want to avoid latex pillows if you are allergic to latex. However, people with allergy to dust mites might find latex pillows a good choice.

Down filler
Down pillows are essentially filled with the feathers of geese and ducks. The fluffy down feathers cluster and expand, trapping air and forming air pockets. Soft and warm, down pillows also maintain the loft, the height and plumpness of the pillow. As such, down pillows also provide the needed support. This also means that good quality down pillows can last longer than synthetic ones. Not all down pillows are made equal, so look for good quality down and a thick pillow cover that prevents the feathers from poking out. Again, down pillows also come in different densities to cater to your sleeping style and contours of your body.

Synthetic filler
Made of man-made material, typically polyester, synthetic pillows are the cheapest among the different types. Synthetic pillows also tend to have a shorter life span than the others. They also do not conform to the head and neck as well. However, synthetic pillows, especially hollow fibre ones, tend to be lightweight and machine-washable. Under the synthetic category, you’ll also find hollow fibre and micro fibre. Allergy sufferers may find synthetic pillows ideal as they are usually manufactured to be hypoallergenic. If you love the feel of down pillows but are allergic to the material, go for down alternative pillows, which are made with micro fibre. Micro fibre pillows are just as soft as down pillows and are also produced with allergy sufferers in mind.