Pillows make an easy and quick investment. They're integral to the bedroom experience and your sleep quality. When was the last time you went to someone's house and they didn't have any on their bed? Worst comes to worst, they might only have two pillows.
Nobody should have less than four. I'm pretty skeptical of people who claim they fall asleep like babies at the comfort of only two.
What most people don't know, however, is that they come in different types, and different sizes. And the beauty of it is, just like bedsheets, you don't feel so limited given that you can play around with the sizes. For instance, sometimes it can be beneficial to buy comforter sizes just a step above your actual bedsize so that it falls gracefully on the floor. It's a style.
Same applies to pillows. If you're a fan of queen pillows and you only have a double, don't be afraid to buy yourself one or two. It's likely they'll fit, and more importantly, you'll be just as, if not more comfortable.
Okay, sizes. Lots of people, even those with not so much expertise in bed and pillow sizes, know at least what twin, double, queen, and king sizes are. But what they might not know is that there are different types, made for different proclivities. The softest pillows are the most niche, probably due to the embarrassment that comes with knowing you pillow-physics like the back of your hand. Which may be why most end up with simple feather pillows.
I'll admit, feather does the job, but there's nothing wrong with dipping your toes in the water.
So, then, what are the different types of pillows?
Feather Pillows: If you're a vegan, you might want to close your eyes. Feather pillows are used with feathers that come ducks, geese, and other birds that are kept for eggs and poultry. They are one of the two most common kinds of pillows, and are most likely the cheapest. Overstock.ca is an abundance of Old Fashion Granny Ticking Feather Pillow, but If you want something softer, you'll have to get yourself a Down Pillow.
Down Pillows: Down pillows are like feather ones but much softer because the feathers come from the birds' undercoat. This allows the pillow to form better to the shape of your head. The Sleep Council, a US-based organization set on encouraging people to have the best sleep experience possible, lists the Feather & Black Super Soft King Pillow as one of the best down pillows out there.
Memory Foam Pillows: Memory foams are the next most common pillow types. Yes, I know, it sounds special. That's why lots of people still buy them. But Memory Foam is great because its purpose is to remember you. Down pillows are good at it, but they're not exactly the best. See the Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow if you want the most bang for your buck, and pick yourself up the best memory foam pillow of 2017.
The biggest downside is the heat retention. Memory foam retains a lot of heat, which can get a little pesky on hot summer nights. On the other hand, they're excellent in the winter.
And if you worry at night about the dead birds you're sleeping on, or the bamboo derivatives used to make your pillow, the next one is just for you.
Buckwheat Pillows: Buckwheat ones are lit because they're natural and plant-based. You don't have to worry about inhumane animal treatment because no animals are used to make them. However, what's important to note is that buckwheat pillows are more firm, given the filling comes from buckwheat hulls. Heat retention is not the best, but it makes an excellent pillow for neck and head support if you're into the more hardcore sleep experiences.
Many people opt out on not buying buckwheat ones because they're not exactly the easiest the clean. But if you're willing to put in the extra effort for the extra support, it's totally worth it. Check out the Hullo Pillow, which is listed as the most popular buckwheat pillow on the market.
And when it comes to price, don't worry. Investing in a good pillow is always a good idea because they'll last a really long time, which is especially true if you take our advice and seek out the best night's sleep possible.
The Art of Pillow-seeking, we'll call it. And you are the artist.