The 11 Best Cooling Pillows of 2022

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A cooling bed pillow can help regulate your body temperature while wicking away sweat and keeping you comfortable in whatever position you sleep. However, it’s important to note that pillows can’t actively cool you.

“Instead, think of them as temperature-regulating pillows [that] won’t absorb heat like others on the market,” says Logan Foley, managing editor at SleepFoundation.org. “When we’re talking about cooling pillows, the marketing can be slightly misleading.”

With that in mind, we tested and researched the best cooling pillows available online, evaluating each on quality and skin-feel of shell, cooling properties of fill, how easy it is to keep clean, and the type of support it provides sleepers. Our top pick is the Coop Home Goods Eden Pillow, which features gel-infused memory foam inside a breathable viscose shell that’s comfortable for most types of sleepers.

Ahead, find the best cooling pillows to stay supported and cool at night.


Final Verdict

Our top choice is the Coop Home Goods Eden Pillow, which earned a 4.8 overall score from our home tester on account of its adjustable gel-infused cooling fill and luxuriously thick and stretchy shell. However, if you’re looking for something more wallet-friendly, the HIMOON Bed Pillow is an excellent choice, and comes in a set of two.

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We researched the best and highest rated cooling pillows on the market. Then, we put our top picks to the test at The Lab in Des Moines, Iowa. Our product testers evaluated each option’s quality, durability, comfort, cooling properties, and overall value. Our long-term testers then took each of our original 28 picks home to sleep on them, wash them, and evaluate them for weeks. We combined our writer’s research with our tester’s insights to compile this list.

Material

There are a couple of materials to source for cooling properties. “The best cooling pillows are usually made out of gel or latex and feature a cotton or bamboo fabric cover,” says Foley. While she notes that memory foam can trap heat, shredded options are usually a bit more breathable as they allow for more airflow. Additionally, Foley explains that pillows infused with cooling materials, such as gel, copper, or graphite, can provide a temperature-regulating effect, like our top pick from Coop Home.

Real goose or duck down and vegan-friendly down-alternative fill fibers also tend to be relatively breathable. For those with allergies or ones who prefer a vegan lifestyle, the Slumber Cloud down alternative is meant to mimic the natural material.

Foley notes the cover also helps keep you cool, so look for lightweight (preferably natural) bedding fabrics with relatively low thread counts to ensure adequate airflow. A great cover also contributes to the pillow’s softness. For example, our tester loved the feel of Cozy Earth’s silk pillow.

Cooling technology

Specific cooling technology includes temperature-regulating gel beads, heat-absorbing liners, moisture-wicking fabrics, or a proprietary material with a unique ability to keep you at a comfortable temp throughout the night.

Some brands use fancier language than others, but our tester was definitely impressed with Slumber Cloud’s NASA-approved technology.

Care instructions

It’s important to check the care requirements before buying any type of bedding or insert. Some cooling pillows can be safely laundered in a standard washing machine and tumble-dried in a dryer. Some come with removable, machine-washable covers, and others are meant to be spot-cleaned only. When in doubt, follow the brand’s recommended cleaning instructions.

Luckily, most brands include detailed instructions on their website for the best results. Some, like The Pillow from Marlow, are completely non-machine washable, which contributed to our tester’s ratings.

Support

While staying cool is the primary goal, you’ll also want to choose a pillow that offers the right amount of support for your sleep position. For example, according to Foley, side sleepers need a thicker pillow that supports the head and neck, while back sleepers need a lower pillow that supports the head, neck, and shoulders. 

FAQ

  • Most cooling pillows work by using materials that enable airflow and draw heat away from your body. By using more breathable fill materials (such as down, memory foam, or latex), your pillow stays cooler. Other pillows help regulate temperature by using gel inserts that stay cool to the touch and won’t absorb your body heat.

  • Depending on the material and quality of the overall pillow, most cooling pillows have decent longevity. A typical gel and memory foam cooling pillow will last two to three years before needing a replacement. This is considered an above-average lifespan when compared to traditional down alternative pillows. 

  • To get the most out of a cooling pillow, choose a pillowcase that’s moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating. Some good options include bamboo, cotton, silk, and satin. These materials effectively wick moisture (cutting down on night sweats and overheating) and are breathable, so they prevent heat from building underneath your head as you sleep. 

  • To ensure the safety of your cooling pillows, look for certifications from CertiPUR-US or OEKO-Tex. These organizations certify that foam products, including those infused with gel, copper, or graphite, are safe and free of harmful chemicals. The best cooling pillows meet the testing and certification standards of these organizations.

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Theresa Holland is a freelance commerce writer specializing in textiles and sleep products. She analyzed first-hand reviews from our home testers and referenced several peer-reviewed articles on the breathability and moisture-wicking properties of various fabrics, foams, and fill fibers. All of Theresa’s final picks are well-designed, easy to care for, effective in regulating body temperature, and ultimately a good value. Theresa has personally tested bedding products from many brands on this list, including Coop Home Goods, Marlow, Tuft & Needle, Saatva, and The Company Store. But as a side sleeper, her go-to is the Pillow Cube.

Logan Foley, managing editor at SleepFoundation.org provided additional information for this story, including insight into materials and cooling technologies. Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA and Communications Counsel of the CertiPUR-US program, provided guidance on the toxicity regulations of cooling pillows.

Here at The Spruce we want to ensure we fully stand behind every product we recommend, and that when we say something is the best, we mean it. You might have noticed The Spruce Approved badge next to the products on this list. Every product with this badge has been rigorously tested in person and carefully selected by our expert team of lab testers and editors. In most cases, we buy all these products ourselves, though occasionally we get samples provided to us directly by companies. No matter how we procure products, they all go through the same tests and must meet the same strict criteria to make the best-of cut. We also pride ourselves on transparency and will always let you know if we received a product for free.

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