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Have you been thinking about trying a memory foam/latex foam pillow or mattress? There are some variables that you need to consider before a purchase. What kind of foam is suitable for my needs? Is there really a difference in feel between latex foam and memory foam? Will I have to deal with any kind of odor when I buy the mattress/pillow? Are there different types of memory foam? Are there different types of latex foam?
Hopefully, this guide will provide you with the answers that you need to make an informed decision, and lead you to the mattress/pillow of your dreams!
We’ll start with memory foam. With the rise in demand for easily shippable mattresses, memory foam has become an excellent solution. This material can be vacuum-sealed and rolled into a relatively compact box for cheaper and more efficient shipping. Once the seal is released just sit back and watch it expand into a mattress that is designed to hug all of your curves and cradle your body throughout the night. The same concept applies for pillows. Memory foam pillows are designed to mold to your head and neck to relieve pressure points, so you wake up without the usual aches and pains that you can sometimes get from a more traditional pillow or mattress.
There are three common types of memory foam to choose from, each with their own unique qualities.
Traditional/Viscoelastic Memory Foam
Traditional memory foam was initially made in the 1970s for NASA. They used memory foam to cushion the astronauts during their turbulent ascent. In the early 90s, memory foam mattresses were put into production. These mattresses are made out of a petroleum-based, polyurethane foam. Once the mattresses began successfully selling, pillows were made to give the body a full cradling feel. Traditional memory foam is designed to for motion isolation as it conforms to the body.
There are some downsides to traditional memory foam mattresses. The first is that this material tends to retain heat which can make you overheat and sweat. Quite often this problem can be remedied with a gel topper that keeps the surface of your mattress cool. The second most common complaint about this material is an off-gassing odor, but if given time to air out, the smell usually dissipates.
Plant-Based Memory Foam
If you suffer from allergies or have really sensitive skin, plant-based memory foam might be the perfect solution for you. At least a portion of “green” memory foam is manufactured with plant-based oils. With fewer chemicals being used to make this memory foam off-gassing isn’t as much of a concern. This foam is also made with an open-cell design so it is much more breathable than the traditional memory foam, which helps it redirect heat away from the body. The primary downside to plant-based bedding products is their higher price tag. They can often be difficult to find in your local mattress store, but many internet retailers do ship directly to the customer.
Gel-Infused Memory Foam
One of the newest types of memory foam, gel-infused memory foam, was made to combat the retention of heat that its traditional counterpart is known for. Gel-infused memory foam can either be topped with gel pockets or millions of gel beads are directly injected into the foam itself. Both are made to dissipate heat away from the body keeping you cool throughout the night. This gel technology is still being improved to ensure that no matter how much you move around you stay cool and comfortable, but with every new product, manufacturers are getting closer to that goal.
Known for its durability and responsiveness, latex foam is a more eco-friendly option over memory foam. There are three different types of latex foam; natural latex, blended latex, and 100% synthetic. Natural latex is harvested from rubber trees and is perfect for people who suffer from allergies.
Natural latex is harvested from rubber trees and is perfect for people who suffer from allergies. Although they do exist, it can be difficult to find pillows and mattresses that are made with 100% natural latex due to high manufacturing costs. Blended latex pillows and mattresses are much more commonly found in retail stores. Generally, manufacturers will “top” their products with natural latex and make the rest with synthetic latex. A less eco-friendly way of manufacturing pillows and mattresses is to use 100% synthetic latex foam. The most common type of synthetic latex is called SBR, or styrene-butadiene rubber. Synthetic latex foam is also not as durable as natural or blended latex, so the lifespan of your mattress or pillow would likely be much shorter.
There are two primary methods of processing latex: the Dunlop process and the Talalay process. The Dunlop process is the original way of making latex foam. It is produced by pouring the latex in its liquid form into a mold and it baked in a vulcanization oven. Then it is washed and dried at a high temperature to help it retain elasticity. This process makes the foam dense and very springy. Dunlop latex doesn’t mold to the body as easily as memory foam.
The Talalay process is a little bit more involved. The partially fill the mold with the liquid latex, and then they seal it and vacuum expand it. The mold is then frozen. This makes the foam become a gel. Once it’s reached this stage, it is baked in a vulcanized oven. this process makes for a more bouncy and less dense foam.
Both processes create a similar feel. They are both more bouncy and responsive than memory foam, so they generally create a firmer feel in mattresses and pillows. This can be great for sleepers with back problems that don’t want to sink as much into their mattress. Because latex foam is a little more breathable than memory foam it tends to help you sleep a little cooler.
No one material is better than the other, but each has its own unique qualities that can help you achieve a deeper, more restful sleep.
It’s time to start planning for Mother’s Day! Finding that perfect gift for your mother or grandmother can be a daunting task. If you are tired of sending flowers year after year, bedding is a soft and cozy alternative. Not sure what she might like? Not to worry! This bedding guide will walk you through the different options of bedding, and provide links to products that might delight your mother on her special day.
Give your mother the gift of a peaceful night’s sleep with pillows that support and cradle her head. In this section, we’ll break down our pillows on Pillows.com by fill. Each fill offers its own set of support levels.
Feather and down pillows are probably some of our best selling pillows. These pillows have a cloud-like feel and compress under the head. If your mother is a little “old-fashioned”, she might prefer a feather and down option. They are offered in varying support levels as well. Generally, a good rule of thumb for determining the support level of a feather and down pillow is to look at the ratio of feathers to down. A 100% down pillow is going to be the softest and most compressible pillow you can get, whereas the firmest is a 95% feather/5% down or 100% feather pillow. Below are some pillows under each support level category:
Soft: Pacific Coast Feather Company Natural Down Pillow (Good for stomach sleepers)
Medium-Soft: Phoenix Down 50% White Goose Feather/50% White Goose Down Pillow (Good for stomach and back sleepers)
Medium: Manchester Mills Down Dreams Pillow (Good for side back, and some stomach sleepers)
Medium-Firm: Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow (Good for side and back sleepers)
Firm: Down Dream Classic Firm Pillow (Good for side sleepers)
Polyester pillows have several advantages over the traditional feather and down pillows. The first is that they are great for people who suffer from allergies. Many people are allergic to the dust particles that tend to cling to feathers, and polyester doesn’t retain dust. The second reason why polyester is a good option is that it doesn’t need frequent fluffing like its feather/down counterparts. Polyester has a more springy quality to it, so it helps the pillow maintain it’s loft and form. Below are some pillows under each support level category:
Soft: Pillowtex Down Alternative Pillow (Good for stomach sleepers)
Medium-Soft: Restful Nights Conformance Supreme Pillow (Good for stomach and back sleepers)
Medium: Down Alternative Eco Pillow (Good side, back, and some stomach sleepers)
Medium-Firm: Dream Surrender Pillow (Good for side and back sleepers)
Firm: Dream Surrender Firm (Good for side sleepers)
Extra Firm: Infinity Pillow (Good for side sleepers with a wider shoulder width)
Memory Foam is certainly an acquired taste for many sleepers. These pillows tend to be firmer and a little warmer than the traditional pillows. Of course, memory foam technology has come far in recent years. Many manufacturers are making memory foam more dough-like, and some introduce cooling gel to combat the heating qualities of this material. Below are some of our favorites:
Soft to Medium-Soft: Malouf Zoned Dough Low Loft Plush Memory Foam Pillow (Good for stomach and back sleepers) This pillow is also offered in High Loft Plush, Low Loft Firm, and High Loft Firm)
Medium: Technogel Deluxe Pillow (Side and back sleepers)
Firm: RemFit 400 Series Pillow (This pillow is adjustable, so it can potentially be good for all sleep positions)
Another excellent Mother’s Day gift is a new comforter! Depending on where you mother or grandmother lives, she may need a comforter to fit the climate. Below are some great comforters for summer, winter, and fall:
These comforters are very lightweight and feel more like a blanket or throw. They are excellent for summertime sleeping or for areas that stay warmer for longer during the year.
Down Comforter: Phoenix Down Brussels Comforter
Polyester Comforter: Tempo Duvet Insert
These comforters are very versatile and are great for the fall, or climates that generally stay in the mid-range temperatures.
Feather and Down Comforter: Pillowtex Classic Weight Feather and Down Comforter
Polyester Comforter: Malouf Down Alternative Microfiber Comforter
These are the heaviest comforters that keep you warm, even in the dead of winter.
Feather and Down: Pillowtex Arctic Weight Feather and Down Comforter
Although we carry many different pillows and comforters, these are some of our favorites. Hopefully, this guide can lead you to find the perfect gift for your mother or grandmother! Happy Mother’s Day!
As your head sinks softly into the hotel pillow of your dreams, after a relaxing day of vacation you wonder “how I can recapture this glorious sleep at home?” Anybody can bring that luxury slumber into the comfort of their own home since a handful of retailers sell hospitality pillows and bedding featured at the most popular hotels around the world.
At Pillows.com we carry the largest selection of pillows found anywhere, including hotel pillows. In fact, we sell pillows featured at over 50 different hotels and resorts. Our top sellers are hotel pillows due to their quality, durability, and affordability. If you are having trouble deciding which hotel pillow is right for you, look no further! This guide will cover our top 10 best selling hotel pillows. Read on to discover the benefits of each pillow, what kind of support each pillow provides, and what pillow is best for what sleeping position. Now it’s that much easier to transform your bedroom into a luxury hotel suite!
1. Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow – Featured in Many Marriott Properties
Marriott often features the Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow in their properties across the United States. This is Pillows.com’s #1 selling pillow because it offers a terrific combination of softness and support that leaves our customers comparing it to “sleeping on a cloud.”
Pillow Filling: Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillows are filled with hyper cleaned duck feather and down. Pacific Coast puts their feather and down fill through a patented cleaning process to eliminate dust mites and allergens from their feather or down. Because of this washing process, Pacific Coast guarantees that their down and feather pillows will not cause an allergic reaction.
Construction: The pillow-in-a-pillow two chamber design of the Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow allows for both softness and support. The Inner chamber of the pillow is filled with 95% duck feather and 5% down. The outer chamber of the pillow is filled with a minimum of 75% down. The inner chamber takes up 87% of the entire pillow while the outer chamber takes up 13% of the pillow.
Firmness Level: The Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow offers medium support.
Sleeping position: Many people consider the Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow ideal for all sleep positions, but we recommend it for back sleepers.
Why It’s A Top Seller: The pillow in pillow design allows for your head to softly sink in before hitting the supportive inner chamber. This allows for your head to cradle in comfortable down while still being supported by the inner duck feathers.
2. Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow – Featured in Many Four Seasons Resorts
For years Four Seasons has partnered with Phoenix Down to feature the Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow in many of their locations. This pillow is a very supportive feather/down pillow since it is filled with a generous amount of feather. The 75% feather fill in the pillow causes the pillow have more loft and a more substantive feel.
Pillow Filling: The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow is filled with 75% White Goose Feather and 25% White Goose Down.
Construction: The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow is built with a single chamber design allowing for the feathers and down to fully mix. The blend of feathers and down make this pillow a supportive, yet durable and comfortable pillow. The covering is 100% down-proof cotton which allows for a truly luxurious sleep experience.
Firmness Level: The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow provides medium plus support.
Sleeping Position: The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow is ideal for side sleepers and back sleepers.
Why it’s a top seller: Four Season Hotels offer their guest more than a luxurious looking room, they offer them a luxurious and comfortable sleep experience with the Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow. The perfect blend of feather to down present in this pillow allows for more substantive support while not sacrificing the comfortable softness the down brings. The Phoenix Down 75/25 Feather and Down Pillow actually contains significantly more down than most of the popular dual and triple chamber hotel pillows.
3. Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow – Featured in Many Hampton Inn Properties and Hilton Hotels
Hampton Inn and Hilton properties both usually carry the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow in their rooms. This pillow has a unique construction that allows it to be more lofty they your typical down/feather pillow. When sleeping on the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow your head will feel cradled in the softness of down while getting a good amount of support to get you the rest you need.
Pillow Filling: Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillows are filled with duck feather and down cleaned with Pacific Coast’s patented hyper cleaning process which eliminates dust mites and other allergens. For this reason Pacific Coast guarantees that all of their down and feather pillows will not cause an allergic reaction.
Construction: The pillow-in-a-pillow design of the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow is what creates that soft yet supportive feel delivered by all of the dual chamber Pacific Coast hotel pillows. The Inner chamber to be filled with 95% duck feather 5% down while the outer chamber is filled with a minimum of 75% down. The inner chamber takes up 89% of the entire pillow while the outer chamber takes up 11% of the pillow.
Firmness Level: The Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow offers medium plus support.
Sleeping Position: The Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow is great for side and back sleepers.
Why it’s a top seller: The pillow in pillow design of the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow allows for your head to sink in softness before hitting the supportive inner chamber. This allows your head to cradle in comfortable down while still being supported by the inner duck feathers.
4. Pillowtex Triple Core White Duck Down/Feather Pillow – Featured in Many Boutique Hotels
Smaller boutique hotels take the time to find the finest down/feather pillows to be featured in their rooms. The Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow has a unique three compartment construction that allows this generously filled pillow to loft and provide the proper support that weary travelers need. The Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow delivers great value for a hotel pillow at a starting price of $29.95.
Pillow Filling: The Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow is filled with three inner chambers of luxurious white duck down and feathers. The inner chamber is comprised of 95% feather/5% duck down while the two outer chambers contain 75% feather/25% down.
Construction: The Triple Core Pillow consists of three chambers. The inner chamber consists of a higher proportion of feathers, which allows the pillow to be supportive. The two outer chambers are filled with more down feather than the inner so that the sleeper’s head is delicately cradled in softness. This three chamber construction also ensures that the fill remains consistently placed within the pillow allowing for even support all night long.
Firmness Level: The Pillowtex Triple Core Down/Feather Pillow is rated medium plus to firm. This is one of the firmest multiple chamber hotel pillows and offers a fantastic sleep experience. However, the sleeper looking for the firmest of pillows should really look to a pillow filled with memory foam or synthetic fill.
Sleeping Position: The Triple Core Pillow is ideal for back or side sleepers.
Why it’s a top seller: The Pillowtex Triple Core is a top seller since it offers everything you would ever want from a down/feather pillow – support and softness. The inner chamber gives your head support, while the outer chambers allow your head to rest comfortably. And, it is our best value down/feather chambered hotel pillow.
5. Pacific Coast Tria Pillow – Featured in Many Ritz-Carlton Resorts
Ritz-Carlton is known to provide their guests the Pacific Coast Tria Pillow. This pillow is filled with a greater amount of luxurious down then other Pacific Coast chambered hotel pillows. As such the Pacific Coast Tria Pillow delivers a softer feel when compared to the Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow featured in many Marriott Hotels. Yet, the three chambers in this pillow means that there is still solid support emanating from the core of the pillow. The Pacific Coast Tria Feather and Down Pillow featured in Ritz-Carlton properties offers an amazing sleep experience that is truly luxurious.
Pillow Filling: Pacific Coast Tria Pillows are filled with duck feather and down that has undergone Pacific Coast’s patented hyper cleaning process. This process ensures that the Pacific Coast Tria Pillow will not cause an allergic reaction.
Construction: The Tria Pillow is built with a pillow-in-a-pillow design. The inner chamber is filled with 95% duck feather and 5% down. The outer chamber is filled with a minimum of 75% down. The inner chamber takes up 83% of the entire pillow while the outer chamber takes up 17% of the pillow.
Firmness Level: Pacific Coast Tria Pillows offer a medium level of support. This is the softest of Pacific Coast’s feather and down chambered hotel pillows.
Sleeping Position: The Pacific Coast Tria Pillow is Ideal for back sleepers. Some stomach sleepers may also enjoy this pillow. This is probably the best pillow for stomach sleepers looking for a chambered hotel pillow.
Why it’s a top seller: Ritz-Carlton is known for luxurious and elegant rooms that offer more than a luxurious look. They offer a restful night of sleep to all of their guests by placing the Pacific Coast Tria Pillow on their beds. The Tria offers a luxurious down feel while maintaining a support level that won’t leave you with neck pain.
6. Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillows – Featured in Many Independent Properties
Independent hotels sometimes do not have the luxury to invest in pillows like other big hotel chains. However, Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillows are affordable pillows that do not skimp on quality. As such, Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillows have become very popular in many independent hotels. Moreover, the Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillow is a top selling hotel pillow on Amazon.com. Lastly, the Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillow delivers great value to the consumer as you can get two pillows for the price of a typical hotel pillow.
Pillow Filling: The Pillowtex Hotel Feather and Down Pillows contains 98% white duck feathers and 2% white duck down.
Construction: This pillow has a single chamber with a 100% down-proof cotton cover with a 230 thread count.
Firmness Level: This pillow is classified as firm for a down and feather pillow.
Price: $39.99-$49.99 per set
Sleeping Position: The Pillowtex Hotel Down and Feather is ideal for back and side sleepers.
Why it’s a top seller: The Pillowtex Hotel Down and Feather Pillow is a top seller due to its affordability and comfort.
7. Hyatt Hotels are known to feature the Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillows
Hyatt Hotels are known to feature Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillows. This pillow has more room in its outer chamber for more luxurious down. This allows the Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillow to deliver a softer feel while maintaining an ideal support level.
Pillow Filling: Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillows are filled with Hyperclean duck feather and down. Pacific Coast puts their feather and down through extensive washing to ensure dust mites and other allergens are eliminated from the feather or down fill.
Construction: The pillow-in-a-pillow design of the Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillow allows for this pillow to deliver softness and support. The inner chamber of the pillow is filled with 95% duck feather and 5% duck down. The outer chamber is filled with a minimum of 75% down. The inner chamber takes up 75% of the entire pillow while the outer chamber takes up 25% of the pillow. This leaves more room in the outer chamber for down which allows the pillow to deliver more softness than Pacific Coast’s other hotel pillows.
Firmness Level: This pillow is considered to deliver a soft to medium support level.
Sleeping Position: Ideal for stomach and back sleepers
Why it’s a top seller: The Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillow offers the pillow-in-a-pillow design commonly found in Pacific Coast hotel pillows, but the outer chamber is larger allowing for more down fill to be present and a softer feel.
8. Down Lite 50% White Goose Down/50% White Goose Feather Pillow – Featured at Many Westin Hotels
Westin features the Down Lite 50% White Goose Down/50% White Goose Feather Pillows in many of their hotel rooms. This down/feather pillow is part of the Westin Heavenly Collection, which is loved by many Westin guests. This pillow is great for those looking for a soft yet lofty pillow to recreate your bedroom into an oasis.
Pillow Filling: The Down Lite 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow is made with premium white goose down and feather.
Construction: This pillow is a single chamber pillow with 230 thread count covering. The equal combination of down and feathers allows for a luxurious and comfortable sleep.
Firmness Level: The Down Lite 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow delivers medium support and a significant amount of loft.
Sleeping Position: This pillow is ideal for side and back sleepers. Stomach sleepers who want a little more elevation or like to scrunch up their pillow will likely also love this pillow.
Why it’s a top seller: This pillow is a top seller due to it’s ample filling of premium white goose down and feather that allows the head to sink comfortably into this well made pillow. This pillow is simply heavenly.
9. Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow – Featured in Many Sheraton Hotels
Sheraton is known to feature Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillows in many of their hotel rooms. This equal combination of down and feather will satisfy any traveler who craves comfort and support from a hotel pillow. This 50/50 down and feather pillow is also featured at a variety of Starwood Properties. Starwood is the larger ownership group that owns Sheraton Hotels.
Pillow Filling: The Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow is filled with an equal proportion of luxurious down and feather.
Construction: This is a single chamber design pillow has a durable 100% cotton cover that has a double needle sewn edge.
Firmness Level: The Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow offers soft to medium support.
Sleeping position: This pillow is ideal for stomach and side sleepers as it offers less support than the other hotel pillows featured here. The pillow has a great deal of loft and is truly luxurious with the amount of down present in the blend of fill.
Why it’s a top seller: The Encompass Group 50% Down/50% Feather Pillow is a top seller due to its luxurious equal proportion of down and feather. Guests worldwide have enjoyed this pillow for years in many Sheraton Hotels. This is a tried and tested traditional pillow.
10. Restful Nights Polyester Fiber Pillows – Featured in Many Holiday Inn Express Hotels
Holiday Inn Properties including those carrying the Holiday Inn Express brand are known to feature Restful Night Synthetic Fill Pillows. These pillows come in two different support levels so the weary traveler can choose the pillow that best meets their needs. The medium support version is great for back sleepers because it provides enough support for your head while maintaining a comfortable and lofty feel. The firm support is great for side sleepers looking to keep in their neck aligned with their spine to keep from getting pesky neck aches.
Pillow Filling: The Restful Nights Medium and Firm Holiday Inn Pillows are filled with 100% polyester fiber. These particular pillows come in either medium or firm support that allow for them to accommodate a variety of different sleep positions.
Construction: The Restful Nights Synthetic Fill Pillows are made with a single chamber design filled with 100% polyester fiber to ensure maximum comfort and support. These pillows are branded with the Holiday Inn Logo and also include a free pillow protector with every pillow.
Firmness Level: These pillows come in a medium and firm version.
Sleeping position: The medium support version of the Restful Nights Synthetic Fill Pillow is ideal for side sleepers while the firm support version of the pillow is ideal for back sleepers.
Why it’s a top seller: Holiday Inn Properties like to give a variety of choices to their guests and they take this philosophy to their beds by offering two choices of pillows. This gives Holiday Inn guests options for either a medium pillow for those who love to sleep on their back or a firm pillow for those who are side sleepers. The 100% polyester fill pillows do not lose their shape and loft as quickly as others and maintain a comfortable feel.
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