What are the best and most comfortable pillows that aren't overly expensive?
August 14, 2010 12:36 AM   Subscribe

What are the best and most comfortable pillows that aren't overly expensive?

I want to buy a couple of pillows for my new dorm life. Never really researched pillows till today, but I've always loved those soft fluffy pillows you have in luxury hotels.

I want to buy a couple of pillows online so any good deals that can be had right now would be great. I wouldn't want to spend more than $50 on them both.
posted by libbrichus to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I am a fan of The Company Store. You need to choose the pillows based on how you sleep. I have one of their cheap-ish down/feather soft pillows and one of the pricier medium-firm down pillows. I use the single firm down pillow when I want to sleep on my back, and I use both when I want to sleep on my side. Very comfy.

(I also like their ultra-light down comforters. It's nice to not feel crushed by your comforter!)
posted by jrockway at 12:43 AM on August 14, 2010

This Nordstrom Pillow is truly amazing. It's flexible but firm enough to give you proper support, and, as luck would have it, it IS a fluffy luxury hotel pillow, as it's the one used in Westin's Heavenly Bed collection.

Yes, it's $75 for the Queen, but they last for years providing great support, and they are AMAZING. The girlfriend and I fight over the remaining one, if either of us forgets to bring ours over.

You don't need two; you can get a cheap bed pillow for the stacked approach, and it is money incredibly well-spent. I've bought three people this exact pillow and all of them completely adore them.

Go the extra $25 (plus tax :p) and treat yourself; it's worth it.
posted by disillusioned at 12:47 AM on August 14, 2010

If you are willing to pay $80 for the pillow, get one that's all down. Feathers do not loft or really do anything.
posted by jrockway at 12:51 AM on August 14, 2010

I like these from IKEA, but make sure to choose the right one depending on how you sleep. There are different pillows for stomach, side and back sleepers.
posted by wolfr at 3:46 AM on August 14, 2010

No, see, all down is *too* flimsy. A good mix of feather ensures that you get support while still being collapsible.
posted by disillusioned at 3:50 AM on August 14, 2010

posted by MonkeyToes at 4:58 AM on August 14, 2010

I wouldn't want to spend more than $50 on them both.

Then prepare to be disappointed. Cheap pillows are precisely that and feel every penny that you saved.

Buy one good one, rather than two. I recently bought the GOSA VIDE/ KÄRNA combination pillow and they are really awesome. A foam support in the middle inside a down sleeve that gives you softness and volume. Much, much more comfortable than I thought they'd be but again they'd get over the $50 total for one set.
posted by Brockles at 5:54 AM on August 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'm generally fanatical about spending every single dollar necessary to get the absolute best sleep possible, but I still find myself dead to the world with my head on $20 Target down pillows. Not sure if they're an amazing deal or if I'm just weird.
posted by Tomorrowful at 6:31 AM on August 14, 2010

I love the Circle of Down pillows. A pack of 2 pillows is $39.99.
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 8:07 AM on August 14, 2010

Do you have access to Costco? We got two "memory foam" pillows there for under $50 and they're AWESOME.
posted by BlahLaLa at 8:48 AM on August 14, 2010

If you do have a Costco membership, you might also be interested in the cheap 2-pack of Sealy pillows they have. I think they're like $9 or $10 per pair. They are really comfy -- and cheap enough that you can replace them pretty often if they start to flatten out or get icky.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:14 PM on August 14, 2010

I second the Costco memory foam pillows but not the Sealy pillows. Those went flat almost immediately. My memory foam pillow has lasted about a year and a half and I'm going to buy new ones soon because I just love them. I'm a side sleeper, fwiw.
posted by Mamarati at 10:55 PM on August 15, 2010

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