Memory Foam vs. Latex vs. Feather Pillow Comparisons
Do you like to sleep? I do. I don't get enough of it, but I like it when I do get some. I've tried duck feather, memory foam, and latex pillows in the last couple of years. This article is about what I thought about them for anyone who is thinking of buying a new pillow and wants to know about those newfangled foam contraptions.
Contour or Standard Shape Pillows?
The contour type of pillow supports your neck as well as your head. They're a bit different looking compared to regular old-fashioned pillows. They are extremely comfortable though. These are great if you ever have neck or back pain, as they hold your head in a natural position.
Most of these pillows have a high side and a low side, so you can choose how much you want to support your neck. They take a little getting used to but are excellent if you lie on your back a lot, and they are extremely comfortable in that position.
Standard shape pillows are still more versatile, and the nice thing about them is you can turn them if you want to do so. I prefer the shape of a standard pillow, but I'm a side-sleeper.
Memory Foam Pillows
This pillow is made from polyurethane foam, which softens when heat is applied. The heat of your body is enough to make this happen. You can usually press your hand or any other body part into it, pull it out, and see an imprint for a while afterwards. They mold to the shape of your neck and head to support it better than a standard pillow.
These pillows are very comfortable. Your head sinks in at first but then feels like it's floating. The only possible downside—which potentially is a fairly big downside if it affects you—is that there are reports online of some people finding polyurethane pillows affect their breathing, making them cough or in some cases aggravating asthma and other breathing problems. I never had a problem with this, and I think the majority of people that own these pillows are perfectly fine. But it is something to keep in mind.
Duck Feather/Down Pillows
These are old school pillows that traditionally have been the choice if you wanted a luxury item. I got some bought as a gift and of course I tried them out.
These are good pillows if you like a very soft pillow that moulds to your head shape completely. They will need fluffing up in the night, which is not my preference. But you definitely do find that your head sinks into them completely. They are also hard wearing and last for a long time. So if that is something that you are after, they may be worth considering.
I used these for a while but wanted to try something different.
The feel of latex is different from memory foam and very different from duck feather. It is a lot bouncier and returns back to its normal shape a lot quicker. Unlike a memory foam pillow, which can be quite dense and feels like your head is buried in it, this is lightweight in comparison and springy. Compared to a feather pillow, you will feel like your head is on top of the pillow, rather than in the pillow.
Once again, it's a strange feeling to start with. I felt like my head was bobbing about on it at first like a nodding dog, but once I'd got used to it, I found it very comfortable again. Latex is not reported to cause any breathing irritation issues.
These are extremely comfortable pillows and my personal favorite.
My Favorite Kind of Pillow
I personally prefer the latex pillow out of all of the pillows mentioned. The one linked is by a company called Organic Textiles. I have no personal link to them, but can say that their pillows are great!
In my experience, whether polyurethane or latex, the downside of foam pillows is that after about 12–18 months, they lose their bounce and need replacing. They get a lot heavier over time, which I can only presume is them soaking up sweat. When this happens, they need replacing, whereas duck feather pillows can be used for several years. It's not cheap to do this regularly, but if it helps you to get a good night sleep, then it's well worth it in my opinion.
My personal viewpoint is that latex pillows are the best type of pillows due to their comfort level. I am a side-sleeper, so that does affect my viewpoint. I also like to stay above the pillow and not sink into it. You may be different.
Either way, I hope this article helped you find out a little more about pillows. Good luck with your search for the perfect pillow.