The 6 Best Memory Foam Pillows of 2022, Tested by The Spruce

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Known for its pressure-relieving and contouring capabilities, memory foam is one of the most popular materials used in bedding. Memory foam pillows, in particular, offer crave-worthy support while you doze. By relieving pressure throughout the neck, head, and shoulders, the material can accommodate any sleeping position, depending on how thick it is.

Memory foam pillows are a great choice for supporting your head when you sleep, according to  Robert Hayden, DC, chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. “The human head should weigh 13 to 15 pounds, so a soft pillow will allow the head to burrow into the pillow and create uncomfortable angles for the neck. A firm memory foam should do the trick,” he says.

After extensive research and testing, our top pick is the Snuggle-Pedic Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, a medium-firm pillow that’s adjustable and reasonably priced.

Below, the best memory foam pillows for every budget.


Final Verdict

Overall, we recommend the Snuggle-Pedic Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, a completely adjustable pillow that works for all types of sleepers and is totally machine-washable. If you’re on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the Rest Haven Shredded Memory Foam Bed Pillows, which is sold as a set of two and is filled with CertiPUR-US certified shredded memory foam.

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We evaluate products using comprehensive and repeatable testing methodologies established to pressure test the key features for each product category. We then grade products on how they stack up in various qualities we know you’ll care about (think comfort, useability, value, design) to help decide which products are the best, deserving a spot on this list.

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Sleeping Position

While most memory foam pillows are designed to accommodate various sleeping positions, you should still keep your preferred sleeping style in mind when shopping around. Firmer and contoured options that maintain their shape tend to be best for back sleepers and side sleepers—and back sleepers should choose a thinner pillow than side sleepers. On the other hand, those who doze on their stomachs will want to look for something a little less firm and a bit more squishy, like shredded memory foam. Adjustable picks, like Marlow’s The Pillow, is designed to work with all sleeping styles.

Adjustability

When browsing memory foam bed pillows, you’ll find shredded options as well as those featuring a single piece of foam. If you’re looking for an adjustable pillow, like our top pick from Snuggle-Pedic, go with the former. In most cases, the case will have a zipper opening, where you can add or remove the shredded fill to adjust the firmness. (Bear in mind, though, that not all shredded memory foam pillows are adjustable, so be sure to check the product description.)

One thing about memory foam pillows is that they can be quite warm, says Dr. Hayden. “”I can think of no contradiction for foam pillows other than possible allergies and the fact that they can get warm: they reflect your body heat,” he shares. To combat this and therefore, adjust your preferences yourself, he recommends adding a cotton pillowcase.

Size/Shape

You’ll also want to consider the size and shape of the pillow. Memory foam pillows often come in Standard, Queen, and King sizes to accommodate regular pillowcases and shams. However, some are on the smaller side, contoured, or otherwise oddly shaped. With this in mind, lots of folks have a designated pillow for sleeping and a more decorative option for making the bed.

Care Instructions

You’ll also want to consider the care instructions. Some memory foam pillows have removable covers, which are typically machine-washable. With others, you can toss the entire pillow—fill, case, and all—into your washing machine and dry it in your dryer. Most importantly, the pillow should be easy to clean, as this will help it last longer. Some of our testers deducted point for difficult care instructions, despite how much they enjoyed the pillow.

Certifications

One of the most important certifications you’ll want to look out for is CertiPUR-US, which tells you that the foam component of your pillow meets rigorous standards for emissions and durability. This means it’s been independently tested to confirm the product is made without formaldehyde, ozone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP flame retardants, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals.

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FAQ

  • Memory foam pillows range in price and can cost almost $200 but there are also more affordable options available. Watch for sales on your pillow of choice but plenty of memory foam pillows can be had at regular price for under $50. These pillows are available in a variety of sizes from a variety of manufacturers and may be contoured, shredded, or shapeable.

  • When you are traveling you don’t always have a lot of space; compact items are ideal. Small memory foam pillows will be easy to pack and use in small places, such as airplanes. They can be squished into a book bag or carry-on luggage and easily retrieved to help you get some rest on your journey. Stay away from standard, queen, or oversized pillows while you are traveling unless you plan to have a suitcase just for your pillow.

  • Think about how you are most comfortable when you sleep. Are you primarily a side or back sleeper? Different pillows may be specifically designed for the sleeping position you prefer. Look for a pillow company that notes whether its product is for side sleepers or back sleepers. If you’re looking for even more customization, choose a memory foam pillow that has removable shredded foam or extra foam sheets. This will allow you to shape and mold your pillow to your body as needed.

  • Memory foam pillows should be replaced about every three years but to ensure their longevity, spot clean them instead of putting them in the washing machine. Many people state shredded memory foam pillows are more durable than solid pillows since they can be “fluffed,” but make sure they also have a removable cover that can be washed. Once the memory foam starts to smell, retain stains, or doesn’t offer the same level of sleeping support, it’s time for a new one.

  • Memory foam conforms to the shape of your head, neck, and upper shoulders. This relieves pressure on these areas and ultimately creates a more comfortable sleeping environment. Some people appreciate the soft plushness of memory foam pillows, while others believe they offer ergonomic benefits.

    Depending on the shape, thickness, and specific contouring, some can help support your natural alignment. As such, memory foam pillows help prevent a stiff neck and sore muscles.

  • The proper way to clean a memory foam pillow depends on whether it’s solid or shredded, though you’ll always want to check the care instructions. Shredded foam pillows can often be washed in a washing machine and dried in a dryer.

    Solid memory foam pillows can be hand-washed in a large sink or tub. Fill the basin with lukewarm water, add a drizzle of gentle detergent, submerge the pillow, and let it soak for about 15 minutes. Next, thoroughly rinse the pillow and let it air-dry on a flat surface in a ventilated area.

  • Generally speaking, you should replace your memory foam pillow every two or three years. There are various signs your pillow is on its last leg. This includes permanent stains from sweat and body oils, noticeable lumps throughout the fill material, or an overall flattened appearance that doesn’t re-fluff. Additionally, if you wake up with a sore neck or shoulders, it might be a good time to update your pillow.

The Spruce / Rachel Marek


Theresa Holland is a commerce writer specializing in home design, bedding essentials, and lifestyle. For this roundup, she interviewed a flexible polyurethane foam expert and researched the key features of memory foam pillows, including size, shape, firmness, and case fabric. She pored over user reviews, combed through product specs, checked material certifications, and considered the price, density, fill style, and contouring of dozens of options before landing on her final picks.

Theresa has been writing for The Spruce since 2019, where she covers sleep products, furniture, and cleaning supplies. You can read more of her stories on Verywell, MyDomaine, and Byrdie.

Expert advice was provided by Robert Hayden, DC, chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association.

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