Memory Foam Pillow Vs Latex Pillow Vs Feather Pillow Comparison

A woman, pretending to sleep

So what are these foam pillows all about then?

Do you like to sleep? I do. I don't get enough of it, but I like it when I do get some. In fact looking at that picture of that woman there makes me jealous as she looks so comfortable, even though she's almost certainly just posing for the photo, isn't even asleep and knowing women, is probably quite cold. I've never known a woman that could lie in bed like that without the covers pulled at least up their chin and probably higher. And they still complain of being cold.

Anyway this guide isn't about women and their nighttime cover hogging antics, but is about pillows. I've tried duck feather, memory foam and also latex pillows in the last couple of years and this article 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..

Memory foam pillow

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 mould to the shape of your neck and hard 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. Now 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 possibly bear in mind.

Latex pillow

After my memory foam pillow bit the dust I decided to try a latex pillow. The feel of latex is different to memory foam. It is a lot bouncier and returns back to its normal shape a lot quicker. Unlike a standard or memory foam pillow which can be quite dense and which feel like your head is buried in it, this is lightweight in comparison and springy.

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.

Duck feather / down pillow

These are old school pillows that traditionally have been the choice if you want a luxury item. I got some bought as a gift and of course I tried them out.

I find duck feather pillows to be a complete pain to be honest, they are soft so need to be beaten into shape several times a night as they stop supporting my head after a while as I move around and now and again the sharp end of a feather pops out from the pillow which is uncomfortable. I got rid, but you may like them.

Contour or standard shape pillow?

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 as are extremely comfortable in that position.

I personally prefer the latex pillow out of all of the pillows mentioned. My current pillow of choice is a Dunlopillo King, which is enormous and very comfortable in my opinion.

The downside of foam pillows, whether polyurethane or latex is that in my experience after a 12-18 months, they have lost their bounce and need replacing. They get a lot heavier over time, which I can only presume is them soaking up sweat and when this happens they need replacing, whereas duck feather pillows can be used for several years.

However duck feathers, although they do last for a while are too soft and too scratchy to be a viable option in my opinion. In fact just thinking about duck feather pillows makes me feel a bit itchy.

I hope this article helped you find out a little more about pillows and good luck with your search for the perfect pillow.

If you have any comments then please leave them below.

Good night.. ZZZ

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Desperate 3 years ago

Thanks. I will follow your advice.

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centurymills 2 years ago from Sheffield UK


I Prefer The Latex,They Are So Comfortable And A Lot Cheaper Than A Proper Memory Foam Pillow. I Do Have A Memory Foam Topper And Its The Best Thing I Have Ever Purchased.

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