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The Best Body Pillows, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best mattresses, the best pregnancy pillows, and the best pillowcases, here we’re going deep on the best body pillows on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Memory-Foam Body Pillows

Sleep Innovations Embrace Memory Foam Body Pillow with Microfiber Cover

“I absolutely love this pillow. I have a serious back problem and am also a side sleeper. This keeps me in the same position and supports my leg high enough and firm enough all night, so I stay pretty much in the same position. Other back sufferers know, if you wake up in a bad position, you will be in pain. This pillow began relieving my back pain the first night I got it. What a relief. Now, after a few weeks, I am off the opiates the doctors prescribed, thank God.”

Simply Slumber Memory Foam Body Pillow With Bamboo Cover

“I cannot say enough good things about this pillow. I have lived with cheap Walmart body pillows for years. I replace them about every six months at around $15 each because they become too soft and have no support. I am a BIG woman and I like the support. This pillow has everything I ever thought a body pillow should have. It is big, it is firm, and it is very supportive. I have a feeling this one will last me years. I have slept so much better with it since I got it.”

The Best Shredded-Memory-Foam Body Pillow

Coop Home Goods - Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam Body Pillow

“I have knee pain from a Baker’s cyst and foot pain from a compressed nerve. I’ve been uncomfortable for months with my old, flat body pillow. I had an extra memory-foam head pillow, but it wasn’t long enough to separate my knees and my feet. When I found this one, I already knew that when it arrived at my house it would be vacuum-sealed for transport, and would require ‘fluffing.’ The first night was the true test. I’m so used to waking up every hour or so in pain and tossing and turning, but I didn’t! It was so wonderful. I got a real, full night’s rest, no pain. Even better, I wasn’t in pain in the morning. I am so glad they make this pillow; thank you for the wonderful sleep.”

The Best Ecofriendly Cooling Body Pillow

Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Combination Body Pillow with Kool-Flow Breathable Cooling

“I am a very sedentary person due to my job, and this causes unbelievable back pain. Although my bed is quite amazing, I still have a hard time sleeping without shoving at least two pillows between my legs, and usually at least one I can rest my arm over. Not only does this body pillow eliminate the need for those other three pillows I was using but it is so much more comfortable and convenient. I no longer spend half of my night wrangling all these pillows because my new body pillow is fluffier, and it stays in one place for me all night long. I should also mention that I am six-foot-four and a heavy guy, so any pillow that a guy like me finds to be a great size and comfortable is saying a lot.”

The Best Hypoallergenic Body Pillow

Aller-Ease Cotton Hypoallergenic Allergy Protection Body Pillow

“There is no perfect pillow for everyone — some people like it firm, some like it softer. I found this one to be perfect! It is on the softer side, so it wouldn’t be great if you want to put your head on it. But it’s not flat, and it cushions my knees nicely. I used to have a problem sleeping through the night, and hugging this pillow is one of the things that’s helped me sleep more soundly. It’s also nice in hot weather because it stays pretty cool.”

The Best U-Shaped Body Pillow

Comfort U Total Body Support Pillow

“I have no words to describe how much of a game changer this has been for me. My husband is ordering one for himself as we speak. Best sleep ever, comfortable, great quality. It’s approximately five feet long. There is no need to order an extra cover, as the one it comes with has a zipper and is a nice cotton-poly blend. I am not pregnant, so I ordered it to get a better night’s sleep, and I did.”

The Best C-Shape Body Pillow

Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

“I have herniated discs, and this makes every day easier for me. It gives me so much back support and takes the pressure off my shoulders and abs. I would bet that I would have healed much faster had I known about this right after the injury occurred. This has been a lifesaver in terms of improving my pain and functioning.”

The Best Pregnancy Body Pillow

Queen Rose 55” Pregnancy Pillow

“I am a stomach sleeper, so being pregnant is a giant sleeping pain for me. I had to adjust to sleeping on my side, and I kept getting sciatica in my left hip/butt cheek while sleeping and had to figure something out. I’ve had it a little over a month and sleep so much better now. I love that I can cuddle it, and it’s not too hot or heavy to keep my arms under. I can push the opposite side behind my back for support and lie facing up a bit comfortably. I am definitely going to be using this long after giving birth. I’m probably going to buy one for my husband and daughter as well because they both love it as much as me.”

The Best L-Shaped Body Pillow

Z Gel Memory Foam L-Shape Pillow for Side Sleeping Comfort

“I’ve finally found a pillow that works for me. This is the fifth pillow I’ve purchased on the search for the right one. I’m a side/stomach sleeper. I always woke up with pain in my neck or shoulder-blade area. I’ve tried a large body pillow, shredded bamboo foam, cervical pillow, and memory foam. All would work for a week or so, and then the pain would come back. I’ve had this for a few months and the pain hasn’t come back. It’s different than memory foam, as I find it more malleable. It’s perfect to put your hand on top or under the pillow while sleeping. This pillow is incredibly comfortable and perfect for those who sleep in different positions.”

The Best Space-Saving Body Pillow

Squishy Deluxe Microbead Body Pillow

“I am so happy to have found a body pillow that doesn’t take up half the bed. I switch sides frequently, and this easily moves with me. I’ve not had a pillow made with the microbeads, but I love how it feels compared to a stuffed pillow. Time will tell how it holds up. A little pricey but no regrets.”

The Best Machine-Washable Body Pillow

Utopia Bedding Ultra Soft Body Pillow

“This Ultra Soft Body Pillow is well-made, and it’s also machine washable. I have had several other body pillows that cannot be tossed into the washer and dryer. Per manufacturer’s instructions, you should use tennis balls in the dryer to help with the movement of the pillow.”

The Best Replacement-Boyfriend Body Pillow

Boyfriend Pillow Body Pillow with Benefits

“This pillow is so comfortable; before I bought this pillow, I used to wake up with neck pain, but now I sleep through the night. I love my boyfriend pillow; I recommend this product.”

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The Best Body Pillows, According to Amazon Reviews