The 10 Best Ergonomic Pillows

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This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Eliminate the dependence on old, lumpy cushions to achieve a comfortable and restful night's slumber by trying one of these ergonomic pillows as an alternative. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, they can be used as sleep aids, physical rehabilitation tools, and solutions for reducing the severity of symptoms associated with conditions such as arthritis and acid reflux. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Snuggle-Pedic Ultra Luxury

2. Core Tri-Core

3. Cabeau Evolution

Editor's Notes

June 04, 2020:

Unlike traditional down pillows that are primarily used to provide head support, these ergonomic pillows come in different shapes and sizes, many with memory foam interiors and slow recoveries for contouring to the individual shape of one's head, neck, and back to promote proper spine alignment. When used as sleep aids, they can also assist in providing improved blood circulation to the muscles, particularly when their level of firmness is adjustable to suit different sleeping styles (i.e. back, side, or stomach). We've done our best to incorporate as many distinct models as possible, so you can find something that not only matches your body type, but one that gives you the support needed to ensure a good night's sleep. Many of these options can also double as therapeutic tools to help with medical disorders like arthritis or even acid reflux.

Both the Snuggle-Pedic Ultra Luxury and Carex Semi Roll quickly conform to most body shapes, the former of which is equipped with a breathable bamboo and polyester cover that keeps you cool.

We've also added the Core Tri-Core for its concave center and cervical side rolls that cradle the head, neck, and shoulders.

Flying can be problematic when it comes to maintaining comfort, especially if you're stuck on an airplane seat with limited room to lean back or move around. We've included the Cabeau Evolution for such a situation, as it can easily mold to the shape of your neck and be stored at nearly a fraction of its original size inside the provided travel bag.

If you suffer from chronic hip, knee, or leg pain, the ComfiLife Orthopedic fits unobtrusively between the ankles and it can keep your body properly aligned while you sleep.

Both the Xtreme Comforts Kool-Flow and Mediflow Original offer adjustable designs, one of which is equipped with a completely insulated water pouch that can be filled to the desired level to achieve optimal firmness.

If you tend to get overheated when taking a nap (I know that I do in the summer months), the built-in ventilation holes and gel particle technology in the Bluewave Ultra does a good job of dispersing excess heat so that it doesn't collect around your head.

Special Honors

Sleep Number Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sleep Number is a major manufacturer of high-quality mattresses, bedding, and pillow products. It is known most famously for its adjustable air mattress, which allows sleepers to customize the firmness of the bed using varying degrees of air pressure. The company's line of pillow products includes models designed specifically for body conforming, pressure relief, and overall comfort.

4. Relax Home Life Wedge

5. ComfiLife Orthopedic

6. Xtreme Comforts Kool-Flow

7. Coisum Cervical Contour

8. Bluewave Ultra

9. Carex Semi Roll

10. Mediflow Original

Jeff Newburgh
Last updated by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

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