How to Choose the Perfect Pillow

You may be thinking….that’s easy, you go down to the bed and bath store and pull a few off the shelf and squish, press, lay your head on them and whichever feels good and is within your budget will be fine (trial and error, I guess?). Or maybe you’re replacing your old pillows with cruelty-free, organic alternatives, but don’t know where to begin.

Everybody is unique, so there is no one “perfect” pillow for everyone. It’s just not that simple. Deciphering the “pillow puzzle” might have you throwing in the towel and settling for anything soft-ish to prop your head up on. Read on for advice on how to best match your comfort needs to various types of pillows.

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 I believe the first thing to consider when purchasing anything really, is what it is made of. Since about 1/3 of your time is spent in bed and pillows are right in your face, I wouldn’t recommend petroleum-based poly-fill or memory foam, which is found to contain 60+ toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The healthiest choice is always organic.

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The inside of our Organic Cotton Pillow

Next, consider your sleeping position(s) and the pillow loft (or height) needed:

  • Side sleepers: Choose a pillow that is the proper loft, so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position. For example, if the pillow is for a child, you may need a light-loft pillow. If it’s for a person with broad shoulders you may need a full-loft pillow, and medium- and full-loft pillows are generally best for the average-sized person.
  • Back sleepers: A puffy, light- to medium-loft pillow is usually best, to gently lift your head without putting too much pressure on your neck.
  • Belly sleepers: Try a light-loft pillow, or none at all, so your head isn’t too high.

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Now for the fun part. What a pillow is stuffed with greatly determines how it feels. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, click on the links to the organic pillows after the question, and that pillow could be the best one for you.

If you’re still unsure, just call and talk to one of our knowledgable pillow experts at Lifekind at 1-800-284-4983. I love getting calls about pillows, because I enjoy using adjectives like “puffy,” “shmooshable,” “buoyant,” and “moldable.”

The Down Pillow Lover’s Cruelty-Free Alternatives

If you love down pillows and are looking for a cruelty-free organic option, or want to get away from the allergens caused by the dust mites that like to cozy up in down, look no further.

Lifekind carries two pillows that possess the qualities of down pillows, but are more breathable and better for temperature regulation. The Natural Rubber Molded Pillow and the Wool Wrapped Shredded Rubber Pillow are made of pure, natural-rubber latex, which repels dust mites naturally. The wool in the Shredded Rubber Pillow also repels dust mites. You can decide on your own which one is right for you, or if you’re still unsure, call and talk to a Lifekind Product Specialist at 800-284-4983.

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The Natural Rubber Molded Pillow

  • Our softest-feeling pillow
  • Supportive softness elevates the head without pressure
  • Light, buoyant, flexible and squish-able
  • Molded rubber bounces back to pillow shape, softly

The Wool-Wrapped Shredded Rubber Pillow

  • Filled with small pieces of fluffy natural rubber inside an outer chamber of wool
  • Can be customized by removing some fill; the more you remove, the fluffier it is, like a down pillow
  • More fill has a “feather pillow” feel and is heavier
  • Can be fluffed, shaped, and “smooshed” like a down pillow