Best Collections for Foam, Polyester, and Feather Pillows

The Pros and Cons Of Pillow Types

Foam Pillow

Buying a new pillow is one of those necessities that may end up giving you a better sleeping experience and improve your overall health. Choosing what type of pillow can be a hassle though because there are many different types and each will have its own benefits. You can usually narrow your choices down by the type of material that makes up your pillow such as foam, polyester, or feathers.


Most of the time when you hear about foam pillows you will be looking at memory foam as the primary material. Memory foam is a type of polyurethane that has had chemicals added to it to make it more dense and viscous. It reacts with heat and pressure to contour to you and then returns to its original shape once the pressure and heat are removed. The pros of this type of material for pillows, mattresses, and mattress covers include comfort and support for people with neck and back problems.

Some of the cons of foam are that there can be a chemical smell associated with the material and it is combustible. There can be issues with infants being able to roll over on memory foam so it is not recommended as a sleeping surface for them. There is a potential for irritation from emissions of this material and it holds body heat in so may be uncomfortable in warm climates.


Polyester is one of the least expensive materials used to make pillows and therefore is one of the most common pillow types. This material also makes washable and durable pillows ideal for everything from sleeping on to decoration. The inexpensiveness of the material is not without its drawbacks though; polyester pillows can emit odors and be vulnerable to dust mites because of poor ventilation. You may also find poor neck support from polyester pillows. Generally speaking, you should replace polyester pillows every couple of years because they become compressed.


Feather pillows, or a feather and down combination, have been around for a long time and are considered some of the softest pillows available. In addition to being soft, these pillows are also durable, flexible, and lightweight. These pillows are not without their detractions however; feather pillows can be noisy, the feathers can poke through the pillow, and you will need to shake and fluff the pillow often. Feather pillows are usually made with a plastic cover layered under the fabric one to help keep the quills of the feathers contained within the pillow. This plastic layer can make noise as you move and you will still have feathers find weak spots, especially as the pillow ages.

The life of your pillow will usually be between one and two years. This is when the filling will start to break down and contain things such as mold and fungus that cannot really be washed out. It is also the perfect excuse to try out new pillow types to see which one is the best for you. When looking at the different materials that your next pillow can be made from you should go over the pros and cons of each type with your preferences in mind.

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