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15 Types of Pillows And Their Unique Benefits: Part One

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Find the pillow that’s right for you and your comfort needs.

In addition to choosing a perfect mattress, you also need to find the perfect pillow to ensure a great night’s sleep. You may think that pillows are an easy purchase, but they now come in so many varieties of materials and shapes that shopping for one can be challenging. Read on to discover the many options available and what benefits each type of pillow can offer. 

Down Pillow

Down is the “undercoating” of a bird or a group of fibers that lay closest to a bird’s skin. Down usually comes from a goose, duck, or swan. The primary benefits of down pillows are their softness, lightness, and insulation abilities. The downside to down is that it is more expensive than other pillows, some people can be allergic, and it is difficult to clean and maintain. 

Synthetic Down Pillow

Synthetic down pillows, made with puffs of polyester, are a good option for those on a budget or with down allergies. They are also an alternative to down for those uncomfortable with the practice of removing down from birds. These pillows are as soft and lightweight as regular down, although they do not insulate heat quite as well. 

Memory Foam

Memory foam pillows are made using polyurethane. They are popular due to their extreme density and ability to mold around your head and neck as you sleep. When you wake up, the pillow returns to its original shape. These pillows can help align the spine and neck and provide general support for pain relief or other sleep-related health issues like acid reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). These pillows will not lump, and they are very durable. However, these may be too firm for stomach sleepers or cause breathability issues because of their density. 

Shredded Memory Foam

These pillows are filled with shredded pieces of memory foam. These pieces offer the same molding ability as regular memory foam, but with a more adjustable shape. These pillows are suitable for back and side sleepers because of their firmness. However, they may flatten over time, and once cleaned, they take a longer time to thoroughly dry. 


Latex pillows are known for being soft, supportive, and durable. Latex blend pillows, however, may be blended with polyurethane, so be wary if you are looking for a polyurethane-free pillow. These pillows are suitable for those who want the features of memory foam but without the polyurethane. They are not suggested for those with latex allergies, and they can lack breathability. 

Body Pillow

This name says it all: this pillow is made to support your entire body. These pillows are long and narrow, so they run the length of your body. They are often used for comfort, support, and pressure relief. Pregnant women often benefit from them, as do people who need support below their head. These pillows have a variety of fillings and firmness levels available. The primary drawback to a body pillow is its size, which requires you to give a significant amount of space on your bed to it. 


The primary benefit to adjustable pillows is that you have control over how much or how little filling is inside. You can make adjustable pillows with any filling, although most people tend to use shredded memory foam. These pillows give you control over the firmness of your pillow. This adjustability does mean that the pillow is potentially messier and that it can take a fair amount of time to find the right filling for yourself. 

Visit our blog next week to discover eight more unique types of pillows and their benefits.

Sleep Well With A Mattress From All American Mattress

At All American Mattress, we have the expertise and great prices to help you choose the perfect pillows and foam mattress for your bedroom. We have mattresses and bed frames available made from a variety of materials to suit your needs, whatever they are. Stop by our showroom, visit us online, or give us a call at (410) 451-9006 to see how we can get your toddler sleeping through the night. We offer brand names at affordable prices, and we will always work hard to keep your whole family comfortable. For more mattress shopping tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.