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 ones.
We’ve put our heads down and reviewed a ton of pillows in the past, including offerings for side-sleepers, stomach-sleepers, expecting mothers, and one pillow with a divot that miraculously alleviated one writer’s neck pain. Here, we’ve rounded up the most cooling pillows available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best cooling pillows with ventilation
“I’m happy with it! The pillow is thick, but it feels soft and everything about it is nice — gentle on the neck, feels cool as well. I bought two and my mom came to my house and demanded I give her one after trying it out. She left my house with it that day because she was in love with it.”
“These pillows are unbelievably comfortable! I bought two because they were rather inexpensive for memory foam. My boyfriend and I both absolutely LOVE them! They stay relatively cool throughout the night (so no need to flip it over to switch to the ‘cool side’) and are firm and supportive. They’re seeming to hold their shape very well, and feel like you’re resting your head on a cloud all night.”
Best cooling pillow with adjustable foam filling
“I have looked for a new pillow for many years now, one that would replace my flimsy expensive down pillow. As a side sleeper, I’m extremely picky with pillows, and in fact, even when I travel I pack my own, as I cannot sleep without it. Once I get a new pillow, it takes me weeks to get used to it. First time using this I was able to quickly fall asleep and remain comfortable, which isn’t typical for me. Even after a week of use, I can say this is by far the best pillow I have ever used. It’s soft like down, but a bit firmer, thus holding its shape and stays cool, which I like.”
Best cooling down pillow
“Finally, I have found a pillow that really meets the standard of ‘cool.’ I purchased, and returned four other pillows claiming to be cooling.
These well-priced ones are the first ones to meet my needs. Although during the night I find after sleeping on one, I may need to turn it over to have a cool side, or trade it out for the other one, it remains cool for a much longer period of time than any others. Good buy!!”
Best cooling gel pillow
“LOVE! Came well-packaged and vacuum-sealed. Fluffed up nicely when taken out. No weird smell or anything like some pillows can have and super comfy! I was having neck and shoulder pain from my other pillow and the first night I slept with this pillow I awoke with no pain! For me it is the perfect amount of support. Your head sinks in perfectly, not too much and not too little! I hope they never stop making this pillow!”
Best cooling bamboo pillows
“If you’re looking for ‘the’ pillow, this just may be it! I needed something firm and thick, but not too firm since I’m a side sleeper. And I hated waking all night long to flip my pillow to get cool again. This pillow sleeps firm, yet supportive and I never would have believed a memory-foam pillow could sleep cool, but the cover on this one makes it happen! It feels soft and doughy, like a really interesting texture, and the bamboo must be what makes it stay so cool. Whatever it is, I am one happy customer.”
“I have tried several different types of pillows with claims they will provide the ‘best’ night’s sleep, from memory-foam pillows that tend to retain body heat to cooling pillows that are not supportive. This pillow truly stands out! It is firm, but comfortably supportive. It stays cooler than all other memory-foam pillows I have tried. I have only had it for a couple of days so far, but have slept like a baby ever since it arrived.”
Best cooling contour pillow
“It is sooo comfortable. The shorter height is perfect for me, and the curved shape is perfect for my ovaloid noggin. The foam is just the right amount of soft. It seems crazy that a pillow would make such a difference in my sleep, but I no longer turn about in my sleep to get comfortable; I find that I lay down, feel extremely comfortable, fall asleep, and wake up in the same position but completely refreshed! It’s unreal. Feels almost like latex.”
Best cooling travel pillow
“I have a regular sized version of this pillow, and I loved it so much I ended up getting this travel sized one. It is the perfect size to bring with you on any kind of trip. The memory foam is very comfortable. My favorite thing about this pillow is the gel pad on the front. I really hate sleeping with a warm pillow, and the gel pad does a great job of keeping the pillow cool.”
Best cooling body pillow
“I am 20 weeks pregnant and pregnancy pillows are uncomfortable and hold heat like no others. I’m already hot all the time so sleeping was terrible for me. This pillow came jam-packed in a tiny box, flat as a pancake. BUT the instructions say to put it in the dryer, which I did … It puffed up a lot and is sooo comfy. I’ve been using it every night for a little over a week and I have been sleeping extremely well. It really does stay cold all night which is a godsend. Worth every penny!”
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